Backstage at Riot Fest: 22 Portraits and Gifs

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on September 18, 2014

Team Spirit at Riot Fest Chicago; All Photos and Gifs by Laura Baker-Finch

Chicago, Illinois -- Ever wondered what happens once the last song is played and the band leaves the festival stage? At Riot Fest Chicago we met up with some of our favorite bands on the lineup to find out. The Menzingers get interviewed by puppets and steal each other's beers, Pianos Become the Teeth hop fences into forests, Skaters climb trees, Team Spirit goes dumpster diving, Tiny Moving Parts roll around in the grass, and Chumped hang out in Port-a-Potties. Or maybe those are just the things we made them do... 

Scroll down for 22 photos and gifs of the artists above plus Say Anything, GWAR, Modern Baseball, Dads, and Wounds.

Team Spirit 

Team Spirit's Ayad Al Adhamy, Kieren Smith, Dan De Lara, and Alex Russek.

Pianos Become The Teeth 

Kyle Durfey, Chad McDonald, Michael York, David Haik, and Zac Sewell of Pianos Become The Teeth. 


Skaters' Michael Ian Cummings, Joshua Hubbard, Dan Burke, and Noah Rubin. 

Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball's Brendan Lukens, Jacob Ewald, Ian "Slugworth" Farmer, and Sean Huber.

Say Anything

Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains) and Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday) of Say Anything.

The Menzingers

The Menzingers' Tom May, Joe Godino, Eric Keen, and Greg Barnett.


Michael Bishop (Blothar), Mike Derks (Balsac the Jaws of Death), Brad Roberts (Jizmak Da Gusha), Bob Gorman (Bone Snapper), Jamison Land (Beefcake the Mighty), Brent Purgason (Pustulus Maximus), Don Drakulich (Sleazy P. Martini) of GWAR


Dads are John Bradley and Scott Scharinger with touring member Ryan Azada.

Tiny Moving Parts

Dylan Mattheisen, Matthew Chevalier, and Billy Chevalier of Tiny Moving Parts


Anika, Drew, Dan, and Doug of Chumped.


Wounds' Aidan Coogan, James Coogan, and Craig McCann

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