🎶 Sound went out for a little bit during Between the Buried and Me’s set and they just carried on because they are pros. #FF23

Also, it’s kinda awkward to restart a song when it could be like a 17-minute song.

🎶 Very excited for BtBaM. Surprisingly, this will be my first time seeing them. Rumored to be playing all old stuff, tonight. #FF23

🎶 Ok, I heard a lot of chatter about Callous Daoboys so checked them out. They’re having a ton of fun. Bonus points for electric violin and tenor sax at the Shed Stage. #FF23

🎶 good on BtBaM for having a few non-black clothing options. #FF23

🎶 There’s been someone scoring stage dives this weekend, and it’s been hilarious and awesome. From her post in the #FF23 community:

Now I know some if you think I’ve been a bit harsh with my scoring but I have some high standards. The things I’m looking for are distance. If you don’t make it past the first or second row is it even a dive? Style. No floundering. Looking like a dead fish isn’t gonna get you anywhere. And hight. Use those legs people you have em for a reason.

These are the medals she has yet to award:

stage dive scoring signs (1-10) and available medals: belly flop, best in fest, stage dives high fives, careless whisper, youth attack, big man small moves, distance jumper, unwarranted stage dive

🎶 today is “local day” for me because I’ll be going to the event and set with Haste the Day, seeing Trenches, and (just learned this on Friday) one of my coworkers is in Plea for Purging. #FF23

🎶 my one regret so far is not seeing HolyName. Somehow missed that they were at the pond stage. #FF23

🎶 it’s both funny and awesome to see these other #FF23 attendees be like “whoa, who are these TFU folks, they’re amazing” and also “wow the Demon Hunter guy got on the stage with Living Sacrifice” etc.

🎶 Ryan Clark said Training for Utopia hadn’t performed together in 24 years. Now they’ve released another track and expect to do this again. #FF23

Lineup was the same except with the addition of Don’s son on guitar.

The “uniform” they chose was hilarious.

My view from the stage side:

They all wore cowboy-tassle shirts.

🎶 Sadly, as with Underoath, I think I’m no longer the target audience for Zao. For both, the first few albums were incredible (up through Liberate te ex Inferis for Zao), but just haven’t landed for me much since. Still a fun performance, though! #FF23

🎶 was hoping Living Sacrifice would do the 2 drummers setup again, but that’s ok. #FF23

🎶 “Harpsichord-core” says Chris of Becoming the Archetype, as he asks Pastor Seth Hecox to play the intro to the next track. 🤭 #FF23

🎶 I was curious because I heard shed-stage music coming from the pond-stage, but it’s apparently a lesser-known local band called FAÜLEN. Will need to check them out. #FF23

🎶 this will be my first time seeing Becoming the Archetype in person. They will likely not being playing my favorite track O Holy Night #FF23

After them: Living Sacrifice & Zao, who I have seen multiple times, including multiple times together.

Then: the TFU reunion I’ve been hoping for!!!

🎶 Mindforce very much has the “New York rap but actually it’s hardcore instead of hip hop” vibe. #FF23

“It doesn’t bother me, so it shouldn’t bother you” is a pretty shitty way to look at the world, folks.

🎶 Like @mileszs@ruby.social I like to find non-black band shirts. Kudos to With Blood Comes Cleansing for a pink one! #FF23

A pink shirt with “metal letters”

🎶 For some reason I can’t think of, Norma Jean are not as chaotically frenetic in their performance as they were 20 years ago 😆 #FF23

🎶 Hopesfall demonstrating some of that “post-“ goodness, and they seem like the most (musically) sophisticated act today. #FF23

🎶 Ok, I knew Gideon was doing this whole…shall we say…Budweiser-core aesthetic, but they really lean into it. #FF23