Making music since before the members of Glitter Density were born, Fetal Pig represents a Des Moines DIY punk scene that’s been around since before nearly all of the currently active music venues and festivals in the city.

Their take on post-hardcore incorporates elements of noise and punk rock, taking a page from acts like The Jesus Lizard and Slint, and some of the more rooted Sonic Youth heavy-hitters. But then there’s a certain paranoia in the way Fetal Pig lead-man, Dan Hutchinson, carries the songs in jagged, claustrophobic angles that is entirely his own.

Considering the tendency these days for music festivals to book legendary acts, it’s great to see a festival like Gross Domestic Product pay respect to those responsible for paving its way. Fetal Pig, we’re not worthy.

– By Trey Reis of DSM Shows

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See Fetal Pig at Gross Domestic Product on Saturday, May 28 at Wooly’s (504 E. Locust) at 6:30pm. Click here to purchase advance discount tickets.

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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Gross Domestic Product 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer CompanyTallgrass Brewing CompanyGreater Des Moines PartnershipBravo Greater Des MoinesGuitar CenterHy-VeeThe Blazing SaddleSaturday Mfg.VolunteerLocalWooly’sDSM Shows, and KFMG 98.9 FM.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.

Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.

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