Winter festivals are rarely worth leaving your house for because really, who wants to spend a winter day outside freezing and battling frostbite?
Luckily, the upcoming Home Sick Festival is indoors, at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater, and features a large number of talented Bay Area and touring artists. The lineup includes Ceremony, Power Trip, Touché Amoré, Black Marble, King Woman, Culture Abuse, FURY, HIDE, Screature, ACRYLICS and Super Unison. Part of the proceeds go to those affected by the North Bay Fires.
If you’re still on the fence — here’s a deeper dive on some of the artists:
Hailing from Rohnert Park — aka Sonoma County’s beloved sleepy college town — Ceremony is arguably one of the most notable bands to come out of the North Bay. Forming in 2005, the band’s spent years touring the world with notable bands like AFI and playing festivals as epic as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
Perhaps one of the best parts about Ceremony is the band’s willingness to continually reinvent themselves and create a new sound beyond punk and hardcore. Over the course of the band’s career, the members have released five distinct studio albums, with 2015’s “The L-Shaped Man,” taking the band in a completely new direction, with clean vocals and single note guitar riffs over power chords.
Listening to the band’s albums “Violence Violence” and “Rohnert Park,” alongside “The L-Shaped Man,” shows just how much the band has grown throughout the years. Even though each album is special in its own right and served a purpose, the band doesn’t get stuck in repetitive ruts.
Track you should listen to: “Bleeder,” shows the band’s new sound but also features early gritty vibes too. It’s a good track to introduce you to the band’s new sound if you haven’t listened to them in a bit
Recommended if you like: Give Up The Ghost, The Menzingers, Pixies (newer stuff).
Remember when the lineup for the Home Sick Festival was first released and the event poster had three giant question marks holding a spot for an unnamed band?
Good news: We finally know the mystery band is Culture Abuse.
If you’ve never heard of Culture Abuse, but you’re into old-school punk like The Ramones and Sex Pistols, you might want to check the band out. The group’s sound is infused with garage, punk and just a smidgen of power pop that leaves songs stuck in your head for days.
Culture Abuse recently signed to Epitaph Records and just finished a nationwide tour alongside WAVVES and Joyce Manor, but you might remember seeing the members of this San Fransisco band playing or roaming around at local shows in the North Bay.
The band’s first full-length release, “Peach,” is a 10-song, high-energy album. To get the full immersion, listen to this record from the opening track, “Chinatown” — about injustice, police brutality and living life to the fullest –– to the last track, “Heavy Love,” a mellow tune with hazy guitar riffs.
Recommended if you like: Creative Adult, WAVVES, SWMRS.
Track you should listen to: “So Busted,” the perfect soundtrack to any love story. The song reminds listeners material objects like fancy cars don’t compare to finding the kind of love that makes you want to grow old with someone.