Better grab your migraine medication, because the HoZac Blackout Fest is here! Yup, HoZac Records‘ sludge-endary garage festival is ready to needle your eardrums and liver (if not necessarily in that particular order) once again, from May 15-17 at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL.
The first Blackout was in 2001, there was a little respite from 2006-10, but since 2011, HoZac has continually heaved up a solid lineup of soldering-hot punk, garage and whatsit noise—plus requisite rowdy reunions—and this year is no different. Friday night’s headliner is the legendary British pre-power poppers, the Boys; and Saturday has the latest killer lineup of the Dictators NYC stomping all over the stage. Numerous awesome Hozac and non-HozAc bands will fill out the punchy proceedings, like First Base (Toronto), Shocked Minds (Brooklyn), and A Giant Dog (Austin). And there’s the Blackout Art Show on Thursday featuring photos and illustrations from seven similarly soil-minded visual artists; and music from Chicago locals Nones and Toupee, and a rare appearance from Columbus, Ohio’s Counter Intuits (ex-Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Times New Viking).
Now there was a three-day pass you could buy, but those sold out in three days. So here’s your chance to win a full pass to the fest. Just fill out the form below (note: you must be 21+ to get into the fest) and keep your fingers crossed. The contest closes Tuesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. The winner will be contacted by following day. So hop to it, pal! And while you’re at it, check the quick Q&A with Counter Intuits’ singer, Ron House, below too.
Why did Counter Intuits choose to do the Blackout Fest, as you don’t play too often, do you?
We got a band together to play the songs Jared (Phillips) and I recorded. So you know what they say, “If you see a gun on the table, someone’s gonna use it.”
What do you plan on doing at the “Art Show” stage; and do you plan on storming the stage during the Dictators set?
Well, Jared went to the Columbus College of Art and Design, so our DIY cred is still being paid for in resulting loan. I still remember hearing “California Sun” (by the Dictators) for the first time on WMMS in ’74. I was thrilled. I put the inner sleeve of “What We Need Is The Handsomest Man In R’n’R” on my dorm room door. But these days I’m more a Jayne County man.
What are the future plans for the band?
Our plans are to be as sloppy and ambitious as possible. Cassette release soon, 7-inch this summer. Double LP next year?