Posts Tagged ‘Bombay Snakes’

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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On Father’s Day Eve this past weekend, legendary punk band Agent Orange headlined a show at The Juke Joint in Anaheim near their hometown. Although this show occurred mainly just for the heck of it, the bands on the night’s lineup catered well to the older crowd, as an unintentional nod to the punk rock fathers out there. As my friend Mike mentioned to me prior to the show, “bloodstains and seek and destroy define my childhood” and as a result, I encountered plenty of the elder crowd at this show. Surprisingly, I also encountered a significant amount of girls at this show, showing that punk rock appeals to more than just guys. One of the girls attended the show with her dad, further displaying how punk rock unifies friends and families.

The original lineup contained Splntr as an opener. However, Bombay Snakes opened the night instead with their street punk set. For an opening band, they played a solid set with very little downtime and a strong sound similar to Civet. I also love to see gals in bands, and this rad chick rocked out just as hard as the guys in the crowd. Should they play another show locally, I encourage you to attend their show to appreciate and support local music.

O.C.A. played on stage next following Bombay Snakes. They did not take long to set up, and once they got started, they did not allow much downtime. Instead, they jumped right into the fray with their punk rock set that combines street punk with hints of oi punk. Nothing too exciting occurred – just a good loud set with a small pit starting up to last the night.

The Yeastie Boys appeared to play during the night, an unexpected surprise since they did not appear on the original lineup. Just like with all their shows, Yeastie Boys brought anything possible to distract and annoy the crowd, including clown go-go dancers, balloons, and beach balls. As a punk rock cover band, they started their set with lesser known songs, then moved their way to more popular songs, such as Holiday In Cambodia and Kids Of The Black Hole. They generated a large crowd in the room, almost appearing larger than the crowd later in the night for Agent Orange. Despite the Juke Joint’s new hardwood flooring, Yeastie Boys kept the party to just the inflatables, foregoing the confetti, party poppers, and other loose decorations.

Moving on with the night, Longway started their set to a seemingly less crowded audience than the previous band. However, to my surprise, more girls had shown up by now for Longway’s set. In fact, for almost the entire duration of Longway’s set, the girls dominated the pit, and had to drag guys into the pit, including myself. I went along with it while listening to Longway’s punk rock set. Their set ended up lasting about ten minutes longer than the previous bands – this only allowed the girls to continue circling the pit for that much longer.

Agent Orange finally appeared with a rather lengthy set list, which they eventually trimmed down, removing the less popular songs. As a result, they skipped around quite a bit, and went out of order a few times. Because of this, I did not prepare myself for when they played Bloodstains, as it started immediately following another song. After The Last Goodbye, the set list indicated an encore, which they ended up not playing. This may have occurred for the better, as the venue filled to capacity once Agent Orange started their set. I lodged myself in a corner by the stage, and just stayed put due to the tight crowd. The pit finally gave way to all the big guys in the crowd, with the circle collapsing for a good ol’ push & shove mosh pit. For a venue this small, a pit would not have enough room for the slam dancing circle pit, but a mosh pit fits in just well here.

On this night, punk rock fans would have loved to stick around Orange County. In addition to this show, Rezurex headlined the OC Psycho Punk Fest not too far from the Juke Joint. However, another show in Santa Ana headlined by Narcoleptic Youth got canceled, so most people planning to attend that show ended up traveling to the Rezurex show. This week contains a handful of great local shows too. If you find yourself in or near Pasadena this Friday night, check out Old Towne Pub for a benefit show. In Orange County, the Observatory hosts two punk rock shows this weekend: A Wilhelm Scream with The Flatliners, and Nekromantix. Next week, expect some more great shows, including the return of Union 13 to Southern California!