An entire Survival Guide set! Excellent. She's also working on an album too. EXCELLENT!
I went to once-a-month punk on the Saturday before last, the 17th and really enjoyed this one. Everyone on the flyer played, with a sort of last minute addition (MISTERMEANER!!!). I even got there early, like, two pints and one monster, early. And I stayed til the last song. The streets were still pretty active on the walk back to the zoo, maybe because of all the recent graduates celebrating (congrats to all of this years new graduates!). But yeah, I dug every one of the sets. The theme of the night, Punk Vs. Ska.
Look Out! Rosie! opened, and played a very energetic set. I think they're from Hawaii Kai side. Nice blend of punk and ska grooves.
Anti-Matter played second, with some high energy punk rock, fast and sweet. Really nice sound. They mentioned a CD release show coming up, I think in the beginning of July. Flyers were passed out. Check them on Facebook HERE.
MisterMeaner brought the rage afterwards. Loved the set, but maybe I didn't show it? I'm fine with just watching the band, especially in small settings. Looking forward to their upcoming show with Good Riddance though. That's gonna be a tight show. I'm still waiting for that moment to hear, AREA 51, live. In fact, I hope they open with that song.
The last time I saw Black Square was at...I can't think of the venue name...right at fort street mall and Beretania...that one place you go upstairs...anyway, it was there, Upstanding Youth played and so did Buckshot Shorty. Maybe a couple other bands too? I'm unsure. It was a nice chunk of time since then, so it was especially nice to hear their songs live finally. The Rude Boy song they played is really tight. I think it's a newer song, but I imagine they've been playing live for a while now. I need to hear that again.
Pimpbot closed the night. Excellent set as always. Tons of energy with non-stop jams. And I think they played a few more songs than originally planned. Very nice. The crowd was definitely enjoying themselves. I thought I was going to see a fight break out in front of me. I'm glad that didn't happen, it was too late into the night for that to happen all ready.
Black Square and Pimpbot will be playing this Saturday again too! Info HERE. Along with Super Fuct. Should be fun. #localmusic
I was able to make the show on the 26th. Missed all openers (Black Square plays tomorrow in Kailua with The Smitz at Boardriders and Pimpbot turns 13-years-old and will be playing in Waikiki on Saturday), and all ready maybe a half hour to 45 minutes into Big D's set? I was able to catch about 9 songs, from what I can remember. These are the songs in no particular order:
- Find Out (I think they played Find Out, wasn't too familiar with the song. Funny, it reminded me of Jah Ska's, Milk Chocolate).
- Describing the Sky
- Girls Against Drunk Bitches
- Little Bitch
- A Steady Riot
- Noise Complaint
Chris Bush, a former sax player (he told me he played on the Gypsy Hill EP, Good-Luck and How It Goes), performed with the band, which was cool. I wondered if they played Cutshow. Oh and How It Goes turns 10-years-old! Really great batch of songs, with some of my favorites on it. Glad I got to hear a few of them live.
Turns out too that Hawaii was the first stop for their tour. I think they're currently in Australia, but since then all ready made stops in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. Awesome.
Opposition Rising will be kicking off their tour soon. They'll also be releasing their 10" as well. Lot's off dates along the West Coast as well as up Northwest. They have two shows in Portland, one of which is at the Red Room. Ahhh, the Redroom. Nice bar. It was so close to my old job. It was a nice place to chill after work. And some really excellent shows there too. Don't fear the 82nd!
Night Gaunts are a ska band from New Zealand and they'll be playing their first U.S. show this June. Been listening to these guys for a little bit now. Really high energy and groovy tracks from this five-piece. I think if you're in the Chicago/surrounding areas, you probably should go to this show. And Mustard Plug is playing!
Oh and this is them playing live at a radio station. This is the good stuff. They released an EP last year titled, Love Life & the Devil. Their full-length, Full Body Tourettes [Pt.II] is a great one too. Check it out on their Bandcamp HERE.
This will be happening next month. OPPOSITION RISING on tour. Looks like it will be all East Coast dates. Nothing here on sometime-rainy-mostly-sunny West Coast :-D. Wish I could make it to one of these though. Dope stuff. Never heard any of their music? Well, this Boston based band has their album, Aftermathematics, up for free download on their BANDCAMP. Pick up the vinly though, it's pretty sweet looking.
Three birthdays? A birthday show? This one looks like it will be excellent. Really cool lineup. And it's at Station. I haven't been there yet. Looking forward to the weekend...#getintoit
And to think I was planning on not doing anything this weekend. Then I stumble onto this. Randomly. I saw a copy of a Clones of the Queen EP at a local shop. I won't say where...it's mine! Sounds like a good line up. Pink Mist rocks my socks off. Vdara Death Ray sounds cool. Are they cool? Erika Elona will be a nice listen. #getintoit
I made it to the last half of the second night of No Suck Fest 2012. My first one. I was hoping to catch Mistermeaner's set, but turns out, parking is damn hard to find. But I guess if only you don't know where to look. I've never been to Anna's before. So I didn't know where to look. I must have circled the block about ten times before deciding to park in one of the residential streets on front of someone's house. I don't like parking on front of people's houses. I know I don't like it. I live in Kalihi (not the valley) and the farther uphill you travel, parking becomes scarce. And not everyone has a garage. Anyway, I find parking and about 9:40. I cruise until heading in at about 9:52.
Witch Baby (check out their Facebook HERE) begin their set shortly afterwards. Some sweet 90's alternative with a nice pop-rock flare and a bit of attitude in the vocals on a couple select tunes. Nice jams which I could easily get into. I'd like to see them play again sometime.
Pimpbot played next. Always a good time when those guys play. They kept it groovy and energetic throughout their set. They played a new song too (two?). It seemed all too quick though. I wish they played Meet You at the Bar. But they did play Roll with the Punches. I absolutely love that song. And I also need to hear CK live again soon. Pimpbot ended their set with Ragga Muffin.
The night got even better when The Quintessentials played next. It was the first time I've ever seen them play considering how long I've been listening to The Catalogs and Crawling Chaos. They played songs from their newest album, Realm of the Great Old Ones, including The Devils Henchmen. Good album too. Quite a bit of songs from Viva Los Muertos (The Catalogs). I need to hear Specimen 32 live. I think they have a show coming up this week too.
I didn't stay long after that. I stuck around for Toys that Kill's first song and dug out. I was planning on coming out for the third day at...I think it was at Manifest this time. Never been there either. I wanted to check out Night Birds too and pick up the new TTK LP. But couldn't make it to that one either. Oh well. I was just bummed I missed Mistermeaner. Good time though. Enjoyed the $6 tallboy PBR. Here's to next year!