We cannot even begin to express the sorrow we are feeling at this moment for the loss of our brother and frontman Dan Dafoe. Dan was the most dedicated, hardest working, selfless, honorable, generously loving and trustworthy persons we have ever known. Dan would give you the shirt off of his own back if you needed it. Always with a smile and positivity in his heart wherever he went. Dan’s vision for Atomic Machines was shown every single day with his commitment and generosity towards the band. May his soul speak through his music that he loved so much.
Dans passion for life was infectious, and we are so thankful for the times we shared with him.
You are loved by so many – and will be greatly missed Dan. You will never be forgotten. Your music will live with us forever.
We are heading out on the road this November! Hitting up the coast from San Diego up to Portland, Oregon. We are continuing to write new material each and everyday and will be performing all our new stuff, so come on out! We look forward to seeing all our friends on the West Coast.
We’re releasing Dirty Rats officially! it a limited run.. We’d like to thank local artist..our friend Zio Ziggler for contributing the artwork. We’d also like to thank Pat at Prooflab for putting it together. Thanks for letting us have the rock box… Huge thanks to Scott Llamas over at Popsmear Studios for recording, mixing, mastering, and producing. We will be releasing more new music shortly. Finally, we want to thank all our family, friends and fans for there support. See you at the next show!
The four-day Mocktoberfest is raising money for a music program for 10 Vallejo children, chosen randomly, to receive free music classes and an instrument they would like to play.
The focus on youth attracted many area punk artists to get involved.
Oakland-based nSLASHa, which performed Saturday night at the Bay Terrace Theater, said they were approached by organizer TJ Walkup a few months ago about performing at Mocktoberfest and learned about the festival’s purpose.
“He’s really in tune with the immediate needs in the city he lives in,” Todd Buller of nSLASHa said. “I think the kids want something like this. Anything to support children and music.”
Buller and his bandmate Paul MacLachlan will be performing again Saturday at the Empress Theatre.
“This is our first time in Vallejo, and we’re excited to see what Vallejo is like,” MacLachlan said. “I know (the festival) is something new for the area.”
Walkup’s wife Christina, the festival’s co-organizer, said she realizes that punk might not be everyone’s taste, “but we want to invite everyone, young, old, all ages, anyone who likes to see a fun show.
“Punk rock is peaceful, and can bring so much positivity,” Christina Walkup said.
To introduce the idea of punk, one of the bands performed Saturday Atomic Machines during lunch hour at Hogan Middle School.
“It was probably our best performance ever this year,” drummer Joshua Conrow said. “They were really into it. It was so much fun.”
His band members agreed, and said despite the large number of children, it wrapped up peacefully without any issues.
Resonating Christina Walkup’s sentiment, frontman Dan Dafoe said punk received a misplaced negative stereotype.
“There’s so much positivity in (punk music’s) message,” Dafoe said. “It’s about embracing who you are.”
The San Francisco band, also performing Saturday, will perform again on the festival’s second day Friday at the Bay Terrace Theater.
Another performer Saturday was the San Jose three-man band Klank. Their members said festivals like Mocktoberfest keeps the punk movement alive.
“You got to encourage people, especially youth, (to take up music), it’ll keep them out of trouble,” guitarist and singer Klank Diolosa said. “We are glad to be part of it and more people should support their local music scene.”
TJ and Christina Walkup said they will continue to offer all-ages events throughout the year in their city, in addition to Mocktoberfest.
Anyone 12 to 18 can apply for the music program. Applications can be found online at www.mocktoberfest.org or at the event.
We’re headed down south to play a gig with Kyle’s old band. Going to bring the punk back to LA by playing a show at the Down and Out . Come out and support. It’s going to be an awesome show.
Mocktoberfest is the first and only Punk & Edge Arts festival of its kind in Northern California. It is a four day event on October 19, 25–27, 2013. Each day includes a lineup of musical performances, films, and a docent art display. Attendees are encouraged to bring in ’zines (local, small circulation, self-publications) for exchange at our ’Zine Library, the first of its kind in Vallejo. We’ll be playing on the 19th and the 25th!!!
Mocktoberfest will also feature a historical art display: “The Spirit of Punk, from Then to Now”with notable speakers & visual displays.
Because the goal of this event is to benefit local youth music, we are making this event accessible to an all ages audience. There will be no alcohol, no drugs, no racism, no sexism, no violence, and the show ends at 10 pm sharp.
10 kids, chosen by lottery, will be provided with a music instrument of their choice, and professional lessons to learn in the style of their personal musical preference. Description
As a curated arts event, Mocktoberfest is designed to provide a holistic art and music experience. We are partnered with the Mira Theater Guild 501c3.
We’ll be hanging out on air with the Unbound Sound Show on FCCFree Radio in San Francisco. The radio station is also the media sponsor for Mocktoberfest and will be hosting the live music portion of it. In order to promote it, we’re going to jump on the show October 9th at 9pm. Check us out!