The main reason I was at this particular day party performed next on the inside stage - the Beets from New York. I'm guessing Queens specifically, based on the banners that were flying behind the band. This three-piece had a very elaborate stage set-up, a wall of banners and lots of different lights and apparently even a dude dedicated to running the light show, who hid behind the banners (no idea if this hiding is normal or just because the Slims stage is small). Their music is crazy catchy, infectious, jangly and a little sloppy, sounding like early Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers mixed with Half Japanese and Papas Fritas. They might have spent more time setting up and breaking down all their crazy decorations than actually playing music, but I still enjoyed the shit out of the Beets.
My final band of the day parties was Swearin'. Again, I knew nothing of these guys (and gal) but had enough friends saying that they wanted to check them out that I figured it would be a band worth sticking around for. There was a delay in their set as the band hadn't arrived at Slims yet, but I was very impressed that within five minutes of their van pulling up they were rocking out, one of the joys of bands sharing a backline. It's been well documented that the sounds of the nineties are alive and well with the kids, and Swearin' definitely falls in line by sounding a lot like Jawbreaker. The female vocals also prompt me for a comparison to Jejune and Ashes, though Swearin' isn't nearly as emo. This was definitely one of the best surprises of the whole fest, it's not often a band I know nothing about blows me away like these kids did.