Sound and Fury came back again for a third year in a row since taking a quick little 3-year break. This year though is quite special. Sound and Fury celebrates its 10th year of being one of California’s top festivals (imo). Ten years of hardcore and punk, ten years of spin kicks, ten years of stage dives, ten years of circle pits, ten years of cargo shorts, ten years of varsity font prints, ten fucking years! That’s a lot of years man!
Since 2006, Sound and Fury has brought to southern California some of the world’s heaviest and hard hitting bands. Bands like Have Heart, Sinking Ships, American Nightmare, Bane, Rise and Fall, Earth Crisis and a bajillion more bands you’ve probably heard from in the B9 boards.
Although the festival called it a day in 2013, due to some unavoidable circumstances, California hardcore did not lay low with festivals like For The Children and Nitty Gritty Fest. So when SAF made its comeback in 2016, everyone was ready to go off like it never disappeared.
Fast forward to 2018, two years after its grand return. Sound and Fury teams up with Pure Noise Records to celebrate the festival’s 10th year. Moving the festival down the street from the Regent Theater to an even larger Belasco Theater. Everything about this year’s festivities spelled HUGE.
This year brought bands like Cold World, Negative Approach, Ceremony, of course the champs, Bracewar and gave us the return of Rotting Out. The festival brought a lot to the table this year, including a couple of more mellow acts like Teenage Wrist and Oso Oso (both bands I absolutely love). And three of southern California hardcore’s finest – Initiate, Dare and Dead Heat (who quite possibly brought the best set of 2018).
Every year, the crowd has only gotten bigger and bigger, bringing people from all across the world together. I personally met up with a friend from Belgium (who I met at SAF 2012) for the first time in six years. I have some friends from Canada that graced us with their presence and met some folks from Australia, Austria, Mexico. (Unfortunately no one from the Philippines). This goes to show that Sound and Fury is worldwide, imo!
Aside from music, the festival also promoted the arts behind the scene. Photographers, filmers, and of course, illustrators were present at the event to document the year’s madness. Some of my favorite photographers were present and that was sick! It’s like a damn high school reunion.
I know you’re tired of my blabbering by now, so to close this out, I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW IF I COULD LOVE ANY OTHER FESTIVAL MORE THAN I LOVE SOUND AND FURY. I’VE NEVER FELT MORE AT HOME BEING PART OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL LIKE THIS. THANK YOU RILEY, MARTIN, MADISON AND EVERYONE INVOLVED! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!! (all caps)