JFA has a new tribute album out, and they play absolutely nothing on it, as other famous bands cover their songs. To celebrate this release, JFA will play some CD Release shows, such as one that they wrapped up last Saturday night at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. This show had so many bands playing that it started at 2pm in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time for attendees to find something else to do following the show, such as stick around for live DJ’s all night or head down the road to a Manic Hispanic show. Taking place on a weekend filled with many other great punk rock shows, including the massive FYF Fest, JFA had to do something to bring out the crowds, so they also invited local punk rock legends D.I. to play as well. In addition, seven other great local bands played this show, making for one everlasting day of punk rock in Long Beach.
Rottbite opened the show with their street punk music set. Much like the last time I saw them, Rottbite followed a similar set list with songs that highlight their instrumental range. While the vocals did not come off as well as their last show, the hollowness of the venue allowed their instrumentals to resonate well within the walls. Although I enjoyed seeing them again, I would have liked to see them play later in the day rather than open the show.
Local Long Beach band Carpit set up on stage next. Since seeing them last October, they have not deviated far from their reckless set. Carpit plays like a typical punk band from the street, with elements of skate punk and hardcore punk. They really appear to love stickers, as they handed out Carpit stickers the entire time, and more after their set the rest of the time that they spent here at the Gaslamp. Their music bears a close resemblance to Whitekaps, but not as defined.
Another local Long Beach band, Speakout, played next. As probably the youngest band of the day to play, they carry more of a pop sound, similar to that of Slick Shoes. In fact, they even dared to cover a Linkin Park song, and people who know me know that I do not care for Linkin Park. The crowd seemed to love them, although at this point, the crowd consisted of mostly teenagers running around the pit without direction. I believe Speakout has their fan base, but they need a different type of show than this one, a more hardcore show.
The local bands continue with ComPreHend next. Lying somewhere between Rottbite and Carpit, ComPreHend play hardcore punk music with instrumental variety. By this point of the day, we now start to see the older fans gather in the pit, while the kids continued to slam dance around them. Nothing truly stood out during this performance – they played a good set that allowed the kids to expel their aggression.
Moving along in the day, Jurassic Punx played next. In a rush to get their set started, they forewent the routine sound check to start playing immediately, only to produce a completely illegible opening song. Not one of the instruments synced with one another, leading to what sounded like band practice. They eventually got everything squared away, and started their set for real, which contained many cover songs from 80’s punk bands. As a tribute band to the first generation of punk rock, they played hits from bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Adolescents, and more. They could not contain their excitement on the stage, so once they had finished their set, they marched down to the pit to slam with the rest of us.
The S.C.A.B.S. (Social Critics Against Bullshit Systems) played on stage next. The S.C.A.B.S. play hardcore punk music akin to Black Flag with Henry Rollins. They spent a good amount of time during their set attempting to goad the crowd into moving forward to unintentionally start a pit. When all but a little girl remained put, the band themselves had to take matters into their own hands, and following Jurassic Punx’s lead, they got into the pit once their set had ended.
The night’s trio of headliners would now kick off, starting with Amerikan Made. Since their inception in 1992, Amerikan Made has lived the real punk rock life of partying hard, rocking out, and offending people. If I could name a band that most loves hecklers, I would choose Amerikan Made. Their no-nonsense songs combined with big-balled lyrics makes for the perfect punk show, including songs like Quit Being A Pussy. Once Amerikan Made had reached the final song in their set list, they received word that D.I. still had not yet arrived – as a result, Amerikan Made played two more songs to buy time. This would turn out more in vain than for benefit, as D.I. never appeared until way later in the night.
With D.I. nowhere in sight, JFA started setting up on stage, giving everyone in attendance an earlier headline show than expected. Even a private party off to the side completely unrelated to the show took interest and lined up along the side of the stage for a clear view. Fans who attended a JFA show in February would recognize the set list, as they played nearly the same songs in the same order. This did not daunt the fans, as they raged around the pit tirelessly all through the night. But by the end of JFA’s originally scheduled set list, D.I. still had not arrived at the venue. A phone call from the show organizer revealed that they did not know that the show started in the afternoon. To stall for some more time, JFA played some extra songs, but they could only play so much, as they had nearly exhausted all of their known songs and covers.
About fifteen minutes after JFA played their last song, D.I. finally arrived. Once set up, they started with On The Western Front, which led me to believe that they would play the same set list as the last two shows that I saw them at. Regardless, they still entertained the crowd, thanks in part to vocalist Casey Royer’s random ramblings between songs. Other than that, they performed exactly as they do in previous shows, so nothing exciting truly occurred during their set.
Miss out on this show? You can catch another JFA CD Release Show this Friday night in West Los Angeles. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. The first band starts at 8pm. No one under 18 may attend. If you want to know about more punk rock shows coming up, feel free to contact me via Twitter or my Facebook page, both linked on the left side of this window.