Last night was too fun for words. It was one of those experiences that you will always remember when thinking back on a particular phase of your life. One of those nights you never want to end. This wasn’t solely due to the fact that all four bands were fantastic, for this was expected. It was the unexpected that made for such a memorable time.
I think I’ve found my new favorite LA venue in the Blue Star. Though it’s in downtown LA, it’s in the middle of nowhere. This makes for plenty of free parking, nobody to complain about noise, and ease of sneaking some drinks pre-show. I’m also excited to have found a new friend with which to get drunk at punk shows with in my homie Coco. Oh and there was the additional excitement of running into my coworker and being introduced to his awesome group of like-minded cohorts. But enough personal stuff. Let’s talk performances:
TacocaT - Crazy awesome start to the show. Each member was extremely charismatic in their own way. Vocalist Emily Nokes danced around the stage like a sweeter version of Jenn Clavin singing about vaporizers and psychic cats while drummer Lelah pounded her Slingerland kit like nobody’s business. They got chants for “one more song”, but guitarist Eric reminded everyone that “We’re in a time crunch! It’s 2012!!!”
Pangea - Always a pleasure to see these local punks in action. Good as always. Burger just repressed their LP, so get it before it’s gone!
Guantanamo Baywatch - Super rad surf-punk. Plenty of upbeat drums, gnarly bass, and twangy, reverb soaked guitars. I had only heard a couple tracks by these guys before the show and I was thoroughly impressed by their set. So much dancing ensued. Of course it helped that we were three tall cans in.
Mean Jeans - Oh was there Mean Jeans! Definitely the snarkiest bunch of the night, but that’s what made them such a fun time. SInger Billy announced that they’re alternating between “tight” and “loose” sets throughout this tour and it soon became apparent that last night was a “loose” one. They slammed through hit after hit covering subjects that ranged from running out of cigs to throwing stones like Keanu Reeves. And speaking of covers, they played an awesome rendition of Zombie by the Cranberries. Definitely looking forward to the next time those dudes make it through LA.