How Dare You, live at Fest 8

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site highlights a local band. A good local band. This week, the high-powered punk rock of How Dare You.

How Dare You celebrate the release of their latest album – The King, The Clown, and the Colonel (out May 10 on Anchorless Records) – with a show at Back Booth on May 12 with Dirty Tactics and Go Rydell.

Just the facts:

When formed:


Band members’ names & instruments:

  • Justin Goldman – guitar, vocals
  • Elliot Meyer – guitar, vocals
  • Seth Duffala – bass, vocals
  • Zach Swain – drums

Currently available releases:

  • Comfort Road CD on Fail Safe Records
  • Split 7″ with Just Panic on All In Vinyl
  • Split 7″ with the Knockdown on Kiss of Death Records
  • The King, the Clown, and the Colonel CD/LP on Anchorless Records (LP co-released with Amateurecords)
  • Harvest of Hope Fest various artists compilation 2xCD on Fail Safe Records




Upcoming Shows:

5/12 – Album release show at Back Booth with Dirty Tactics and Go Rydell

6/11 – Hoops Tavern with Red City Radio and Captain We’re Sinking

10/28-10/30 – Fest 10 in Gainesville

Describe your sound:

Melodic pop/punk with a touch of grit

Any big news to share?

Our new album is getting released on vinyl – we’ve had people begging for that. We’re looking into pressing the first record, too, finally.

Five Questions:

1) What has been your most memorable show so far?

All of our Fest performances have been amazing, but a real stand-out show was at our second Harvest of Hope Fest: huge crowd, everyone singing along, real warm and fuzzy… but maybe that was the beer.

2) Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?

Loved playing shows with Gatorface and Vrgns, but both bands have disappeared. Been playing with Go Rydell a lot… they’re a good time (and now Justin plays with them, too).

3) Which national band would you most like to share a bill with?

Playing with Hot Water Music or Face to Face would be pretty awesome… Weakerthans, Forgetters, Against Me …

4) What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?

We hear “old,” “tired,” and “grumpy” a lot. Which is fine, it’s true.

5) What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What’s your least favorite?

The only good thing about being an Orlando band is the city’s location – it’s a quick drive to other cities we’d rather play. Our least favorite part is Orlando’s scene. To be fair, we’re not downing the scene because, really, it’s getting better, but it’s still really hard to get people to come out to local shows. Maybe kids don’t like our band and that’s fine, but regardless of genre, getting anyone out to a local event is like pulling teeth. With only a few exceptions, Orlando bands have always had to struggle to find an audience, yet everyone complains there’s nothing going on. Support local music. Period. You may just be surprised with what you find.


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