Top 5 Southern California Punk Sets of 2013

Posted: December 27, 2013 in Events, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Top 5
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Old habits sure die hard, but old traditions will never fade away. Many trends gain their initial 15 minutes of fame, and while many of those eventually falter, some persist and last for decades, whether people want it to or not. Much like how food trends constantly change, the music industry changes often too. New genres crop up every year, while a few songs may go viral throughout the year. While music fans tend to try to keep up with the changing times, fans of specific genres will stick with that genre and search for more bands similar to their favorites. Attending an entire show or concert headlined by a particular band can expose early attendees to similar bands from the local area. By showing up within an hour of when the show doors open, attendees can discover other great local bands of the same genre as the headliner. Check out some of this year’s memorable Southern Californian bands that have opened for bigger names in punk rock.

5. Bombay Snakes

Bombay Snakes has yet to expand to a headlining act at a sizable venue, but do not let their fan base size fool you, as their fans show heart and commitment. For a band usually opening a show, they play a solid set with very little downtime and a strong sound similar to Civet. Should they play another show locally, I encourage you to attend their show to appreciate and support local music.

4. The Interrupters

If you appreciate female-fronted ska bands, you will love The Interrupters. The Interrupters play a much more mellow ska/punk music similar to Save Ferris or The Barrymores. They emphasize having fun and enjoying the night rather than getting rowdy in the pit. Vocalist Aimee Allen also manages her own solo singing career, so check out her work when you get a chance. If you miss Save Ferris, you owe it to yourself to check out The Interrupters very soon.

3. Not A Chance

The music of Not A Chance carries the fast element of Falling Sickness, but they sound more like older Against All Authority. Their energy never fades, and they string together all their songs as best as they can, minimizing down time. They play a handful of original songs, and they also cover Bloodhound Gang and Ol’ Dirty Bastard at one point in their sets. I can see Not A Chance going far – they just need their big break.

2. Rottbite

I would go so far as to call Rottbite the most underrated punk band of Southern California. Unlike your typical hardcore street punk band that only screams and plays loud music ad nauseum, Rottbite actually has some variety in their music. This local street punk band from Orange County does not just hit everything at once – they follow a method to the urban madness in their music. When you hear Rottbite’s music, you would expect to hear something like this on the radio by now. With talent this great, I expect to see a lot of Rottbite in the near future.

1. Slow Children

Slow Children has come a long way to carve out their musical style and build a unique brand of their own. They have broken out of the rookie’s vibe and now plays like professionals. Their developed sound now resembles a younger version of A Wilhelm Scream, not just because their bassist wore the shirt, but because Slow Children actually sounds like old A Wilhelm Scream. At this rate of progress, Slow Children will go far in the music industry.

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