Gonerfest 17: The Bands

Gonerfest 17: The Bands
Who’s who this year? These are the dedicated bands putting forth a lot of time and effort to make Gonerfest 17 happen online. We’re doing our best to keep this boat on schedule, but keep in mind time zone differences and technical difficulties can affect the schedule, so keep an eye out and an open mind.
Let’s Meet the Bands
Nick Allison

Saturday, September 26: 9:00

Nick Allison- Fans of Reigning Sound will want to check out Austin, Texas songwriter Nick Allison. Through his various band projects, Allison has produced several rock albums with punk sensibilities and a western-tinged boogie.

Aquarian Blood

Saturday, September 26: 3:40

Aquarian Blood has two records on the Goner label: Last Nite in Paradise and last year’s A Love That Leads to War.

The Archaeas

Saturday, September 26: 10:15

Archaeas- Goner recently released Archaeas’ first full-length record: a ten-song slab from this Louisville, Kentucky band tearing a hole through what it means to be punk in the ‘20s. We’re confident you’ll agree they rip.

Michael Beach

Saturday, September 26: 4:00

Michael Beach- Michael Beach’s repertoire contains a wide range of poetry and style. His lofty guitar strumming forms sophisticated rock riffs. His experimentation creates catchy interludes. Live it all comes together, so make this a won’t miss.

Big Clown

Saturday, September 26: 2:20

Big Clown- Chaos rules when this new band from Memphis takes the stage. The band play explosive 1-2 minute songs tearing up the conventions of speed by crashing, burning, and making it work. Wanna big sound? Big Clown.


Friday, September 25: 7:50

Bloodbags play hard driving punk with excessive grunge overdrive. Put your hands on the screen during their set; you’ll feel the vibration.

Celebrity Handshake

Saturday, September 26: 2:40

The Cheater Slicks

Friday, September 25: 11:00

The Cheater Slicks- Since 1987, The Cheater Slicks have experimented with the boundaries of trash rock. The now trio will be broadcasting from Columbus, Ohio with a set of punk devolution in the tradition of many intrepid Ohio bands.

Dick Move

Friday, September 25: 6:40

Dick Move- This Auckland, New Zealand group has a driving ’77 sound and a title song with a masterfully woven double entendre. It careens like a truck in a jackknife: a must see if there’s a punker still living in you.

En Attendant Ana

Saturday, September 26: 10:45

En Attendant Ana- For a dose of dramatic indie pop check out En Attendant Ana joining the line up from Paris, France. This multi-instrumental project will satisfy your desire for 4AD-influenced pop.

The Exbats

Saturday, September 26: 1:20

Exbats- Exbats create a mélange of simple punk and catchy indie rock. The band extracts a lot of hip swinging from short, poppy blasts, catchy choruses, and a hint of Mersey sensibility thrown in.

Gee Tee

Friday, September 25: 9:40

Gee Tee- If you think punk is dead, you’ll be glad to see this Sydney, Australia band exporting a set of full-blown head nodders. Gee Tee play lo-fi punk with catchy pop stylings, a Ramones roll, and a bit of Ausmuteants digital wavelength thrown in.  

The Guardian Singles

Friday, September 25: 7:15

Guardian Singles- There’s a bit of melody, a bit of aggression, and a bit of Buzzcocks in Guardian Singles set.  This group from Auckland, New Zealand is a must hear if you’re into ’77-style punk.

Saba Lou

Saturday, September 26: 12:10

Saba Lou- Saba Lou began her recording carrer at 6 years old. Her subtle mix of soul and indie pop creates infectiously catchy pop songs.

Lousy Sue

Saturday, September 26: 3:20

Lousy Sue- Slinky lo-fi pop from Indianapolis. Great for a night of groove. Their first E.P is out now: watch them hit the virtual stage this year at Gonerfest.


Friday, September 25: 10:30

Melenas- Pamplona, Spain’s Melenas have cemented their reputation as a band to look out for with their second album Dias Raros released this year on Trouble in Mind Records. The band joins Gonerfest this year with their ethereal and infectiously hook-laden post punk.

David Nance

Saturday, September 26: 9:40

David Nance- Nance honed his lo-fi pop style covering entire albums by Lou Reed and The Rolling Stones. His most recent album Negative Boogie is a raw-swinging masterpiece. He killed at Gonerfest before and will likely kill again.

Na Noise

Friday. September 25: 6:05

Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks

Friday, September 25th: 5:05 PM

Jack Oblivian & The Sheiks- The Sheiks join Jack Oblivian this year for a punk ‘n’ roll rooftop gig The Beatles wouldn’t have touched with a ten-foot guitar chord. It might not be totally original, but it’s promises to be dangerous.

Oh! Boland

Friday, September 25: 9:00

OH! Boland- This budget pop group from Tuam, Ireland play distortion-laden pop with catchy choruses. Their album Spilt Milk is a solid slab of catchy punk. COVID has interrupted a planned east coast tour, so don’t miss this opportunity to see this high-energy outfit live this year. 

Optic Sink

Sunday, September 27: 2:45

Optic Sink’s debut full-length is coming to Goner soon: Optic Sink.


Friday, September 25: 5:30

Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Saturday, September 26: 11:30

Quintron & Miss Pussycat- This duo’s live show often incorporates a mix of rare keyboards and puppets. Live they can’t be pinned down: there’s no telling what they’ll do with the flexibility of video and time.

The Rebel

Saturday, September 26: 2:00

The Rebel- Country Teasers’ Ben Wallers heads this long-standing experimental project with discordant riffs, mysterious time changes, and DaDa-ist themes. Expect the unexpected. Another wildcard appearance for Gonerfest 17.

Mary Tee and Bruce Brand

Friday, September 25: 10:00

Mary Tee & Bruce Brand – This duo elevated our moods this year producing a video of an excellent cover of The Sparks’ “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” that went viral. They’re now preparing to show their faces at this year’s Gonerfest.

Thigh Master

Friday, September 25: 9:20

Thigh Master- Goner released Thigh Masters’ second album Now For Example last year. The Melbourne troupe was touring extensively before the COVID lockdowns. Tune in to their Gonerfest performance to catch up with the band.


Saturday, September 26: 12:40

Mick Trouble

Saturday, September 26: 9:20

Mick Trouble – Trouble is also Mick’s middle name as missed opportunities and label nonsense has kept his music somewhat under wraps the past few years. Now he’s in high gear and the time to get with Mr. Trouble’s raw brand of infectious of jangle pop is at hand.

True Sons of Thuder

Saturday, September 26: 4:20

True Sons of Thunder- Blastings of no-nonsense trash rock from Memphis, Tennessee. If you’re figuring out a way to throw virtual beer cans, this is one to see for sure.


Saturday, September 26: 3:00

Zerodent- Dry 4/4 punk with the guitar distortion turned down and rickety strumming taking up the slack.  Fans of The Urinals will want to check out Zerodent.

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