Eight punk and alternative rock bands will perform Saturday at Punk Fest 2006 at Yellowstone Perk on the Roundup Road. Admission to the all-ages show, which starts at 2 p.m., is $8.
Performing groups include:
- Bristle, a punk/hardcore band from Seattle. The three-piece band performs because its members say "it would be a shame to waste what we considered great music." Band members have each played in several different bands, including Load Levelers, Skeezix, and the Rabid Dogs. Bristle recently released an album on Rodent Popsicle Records and has another due out soon.
- The Fight United, a punk rock band from Vancouver, B.C.
- 3 Inch Max, an alternative rock/punk band from Seattle. The four-piece band is on a regional tour and plans a West Coast tour in the fall.
- Lethal Device is a punk/hardcore band from Livingston that recently reunited after splitting up several months back. The four-piece band is known for its high energy. "We're all just a bunch of idiots who scream and yell and call ourselves a band," one member said.
- Hostile Operation is a punk/grunge/hardcore band that formed in Billings two years ago.
- Citizen Abortion is influenced by Nirvana and Black Flag. The band, featuring Steve Erwin on guitar, Ryan Abortion on bass and Dez Cazinski on drums, "sounds like the band you have been running away from your whole life," according to the band's press release.
- Blasters On, a "Western swing/regional Mexican band" from Billings, formed in 2003 out of a mutual urge to rock, its press statement says. After playing a few shows under a slew of different names, the band finally settled on the name Blasters On and in late 2004 they recorded the five-song EP, "Mr. Promiscuis." Creating fast, upbeat and all-around rocking music is what Blasters On is all about, their press statement says. "We don't care what the scene is like, we don't care what music is popular, all we care about is having fun and making music," according to the band.
- Tattoos and Skars, a Billings band, plays simple "three-piece street punk rock and roll," according to their press statement. They've toured the West since forming a few years back and have added a new guitar player. "These boys sing anthem punk to swing a beer and get in a fight. They sing about love, loyalty, friendship, drinking, well, about life in general," according to their press release.