Hope your August is a better month, Dagg.
Haps... I don't know if anyone remembers the band 40 Below Summer (their hit single was "Self Medicate" which had a video on Headbanger's Ball in '03), but they headlined Smitefest this past weekend and my band played two sets. We kicked off the 2nd stage after-party after 40 Below played (they liked us) and we played again the next day on the main stage.
I never got into them, because I was never really into nu-metal in its heyday and "Self Medicate" was just another generic nu-metal song to me. But at the show, they were playing mostly new (and new to me) material and I enjoyed it. I love it when things turn my expectations upside down and open up the possibility of a change of heart. And they were pretty chill guys, so that's always a plus. I hate it when you get a chance to meet a band and they're douchewads. And, hey, they're a New Jersey band so home state pride.