Posts Tagged ‘Broken Patron Saints’

Punk rock shows come and go, especially in Orange County where the punk scene represents a significant fraction of the population compared to the rest of Southern California. However, none truly could measure up to the scope of Narcoleptic Youth and The Voids co-headlining a show at the Doll Hut this past Saturday. Narcoleptic Youth already has a strong following, but The Voids walk on a different level. As a band that has largely retired, they rarely play shows, so when they actually can get all members of the band together for a show, fans everywhere ensure that they can travel to the show.

Opening the night, we have Bad Ass, a badass band. Although I had never seen this gang of six perform live before, I had heard so many great things about them, and they surely lived up to the expectations. Their use of two vocalists give off an impression of dueling vocals, similar to that of X (the band). Who ever thought that punk rock would involve a kazoo? Somehow, Bad Ass managed to incorporate a kazoo into their set, which worked out well to my confusion!

Next, we have the Broken Patron Saints. I first saw these guys right here at the Doll Hut. Just like that first time I saw them, their vocalist has a gritty voice, similar to that of Cheap Sex, while the instrumentals sound like The Misfits. Superimposed together, you have an odd combination of catchy & grim music, along with someone yelling at you. Though that may sound like a bad idea, it actually worked out to give them their own identity that sets them apart from all the other punk bands out there.

Once the next band, Yeastie Boys, entered the room, the party immediately started, despite the band still needing some tune-ups required to perform. This clown-themed punk rock band from Costa Mesa travels with clown get-ups, toys, dancers, and more as they rock out with their original songs plus some covers of songs throughout time. Once they got started, the crowd erupted into a room-wide pit, complete with all the toys the band members had thrown around earlier, such as beach balls, balloons, confetti, tape rollers, party poppers, inflatables, and more. The physicality of the pit proved too much for me, and I only managed four photos before I got hit so heavily that I had to remove myself from the front of the stage.

As the first of the night’s headliners set up, I waited in anticipation for The Voids, a band that rarely ever performs together anymore due to the band members’ real life priorities. Those who have listened to The Voids will likely recognize a female on the vocals, but most could not picture a face to the music. Seeing The Voids for the first time truly reminded that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Unlike virtually every other female-fronted punk rock band I have seen, The Voids’ vocalist, Adri, does not have that ugly punk rock look about her when she performs. When most punk rock bands perform, they take on a certain look that makes them unappealing to non-punk rock fans. The Voids break that mold with Adri, who maintains her womanly composure during the band’s performance. Photos cannot capture her true look – you must attend one of their shows to witness this magnificent band in action.

Finally we get to the final headliner of the night, Narcoleptic Youth. No surprises exist as to why they have the greatest fans – no other bands can imitate their unrivaled fast-paced hardcore punk sound. At times, you would think that vocalist Joey raps during their songs, which many of them have to do with the vices of today’s society. As they have a new album coming out, their set contained a solid mix of old and new songs, with plenty of fan favorites such as Mini Van Soccer Mom, Is This Punk, McAnarchy, Busted Condom, and Bitch Needs A Muzzle. This set also contained a few covers, such as Falling Out by D.I. and Numbers and Easy Way Out by The Adicts. Narcoleptic Youth has quickly become one of my favorite live bands, and after seeing a Narcoleptic Youth performance, you may want more of them too.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages, as they all have shows coming up very soon. Also pay attention to events at the Doll Hut, as they have shows going on every week.

Locally famous punk rock band Narcoleptic Youth headlined a small show in La Habra last Saturday night. With a lineup of six bands, this all-ages show cost only $10 to enter, and provided a solid five hours of pulse-pounding punk rock music. Nothing unusual occurred at this show – all the bands played their sets, and the audience got into it when they felt the mood.

Opening the night, Psyk Ward got going with their quick set. Although their set appeared to last at least 20 minutes, they took very long to transition between songs. They probably only played about five or six songs total, since they used their song breaks to chat with people in the audience. Of the songs they played, they represent traditional Southern California punk rock with no real unique features. Still, they set the stage well for the rest of the night.

Up next, Corrupted Youth took to the stage. I have seen these guys a handful of times in the past, and their sound has not changed. With a tone similar to The Casualties, this band from Boyle Heights fits the true persona of East LA in a punk rock band. Although they still took breaks between songs, their gaps did not last as long as the previous bands, who felt the need to talk between songs. Corrupted Youth just took a quick breather before entering the next song. This 30-minute set of carnage set off the night, as the pit started going hard from this point on.

Locally famous hardcore punk band Sorry State came up next.I last saw these guys right here in this same venue. Just like last time, I had desired to see them perform in a larger venue with better acoustics. The audio quality did not sound as bad this time, as I could finally decipher some of the lyrics and music. Sorry State always makes for a fun time, and the audience sure loved the set.

Starting off the second half of the night, we have the Broken Patron Saints. Their vocalist has a gritty voice, similar to that of Cheap Sex, while the instrumentals sound like The Misfits. Put together, you have an odd combination of catchy, grim music along with someone yelling at you. Though that may sound like a bad idea, it actually worked out to give them their own identity that sets them apart from all the other punk bands out there. Their vocalist remained in front of the fence for almost the entire set, preferring to engage with the circle pit while on the mic.

Although not the night’s headliner, a large percent of the audience had shown up just for the next band, Love Canal. One of the original founding fathers of the Orange County punk scene, this band that started in the early 1980’s still has it going on. When I saw them perform, I kept envisioning the nardcore scene in my head, despite Love Canal playing a more fast-paced punk sound than the hard sounds of nardcore. Seeing Love Canal perform brings back memories of the old punk shows from many years ago. If you seek a punk show like the good old days, you have to see Love Canal live.

Finally we get to the final headliner of the night, Narcoleptic Youth. No surprises exist as to why they have the greatest fans – no other bands can imitate their unrivaled fast-paced hardcore punk sound. At times, you would think that vocalist Joey raps during their songs, which many of them have to do with the vices of today’s society. As they have a new album coming out, their set contained a solid mix of old and new songs, with plenty of fan favorites such as Mini Van Soccer Mom, Is This Punk, McAnarchy, Busted Condom, and Bitch Needs A Muzzle. This set also contained a few covers, such as Falling Out by D.I. and Numbers and Easy Way Out by The Adicts. Narcoleptic Youth has quickly become one of my favorite live bands, and after seeing a Narcoleptic Youth performance, you may want more of them too.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages, as they all have shows coming up very soon. Also pay attention to events at the 13th Frame Lounge, as they have shows going on every week.

Orange County punk bands of the 90’s got back together, as they all played a show at the World Famous Doll Hut last Friday night, just like they did 15 years ago. When the Doll Hut announced their closure just over a year ago, no one ever expected this show to ever return. When the Doll Hut announced a year later that they would reopen, punk fans rejoiced as they got their beloved punk rock venue back. For this show, every band played a set approximately 45 minutes long, stretching out the night to last a lot longer than originally scheduled.

First off, we have the Broken Patron Saints. Their vocalist has a gritty voice, similar to that of Cheap Sex, while the instrumentals sound like The Misfits. Put together, you have an odd combination of catchy, grim music along with someone yelling at you. Though that may sound like a bad idea, it actually worked out to give them their own identity that sets them apart from all the other punk bands out there.

The Walking Toxins played as the next opening act. Coming all the way out from Hemet, The Walking Toxins have an old school sound to them, resembling some of the 1980’s punk bands. As such, they did not play the typical fast and loud style like most punk bands do, allowing the audience to keep up with the music. I would relate them most closely with The Simpletones, a prominent 1980’s punk band. If you like bands with the 1980’s sound, check out The Walking Toxins.

We now enter the reunion bands, starting with the Radioactive Chicken Heads. As the world’s only food-themed punk band, audiences everywhere can only expect shenanigans when these guys and gals storm the stage. Their utilization of a keytar and trumpet make them a punk-ska hybrid band, so skanking fans can get their feet moving. With a band consisting of characters like these, it should go without saying to expect some antics to occur, such as the intrusion of Frankenchicken, Chuck E Cheese, Liquid Fat, the headless chicken, mirrored Carrot Topp, and more. Pictures cannot fully illustrate the nature of a Radioactive Chicken Heads show – one must attend a show in person to obtain the full experience.

What do you get when you cross The Vandals with the Yeastie Boys? You get the Atomic Bombs! When these guys perform, they pull off the strangest stunts and acts that can bewilder anyone not expecting it. Like The Vandals, the songs of the Atomic Bombs do not make much sense, or relate to irrelevant things. Like the Yeastie Boys, the Atomic Bombs will clown around, climbing the bar, shooting silly string, throwing inflatable props, and whatnot. As for music, aside from the silly lyrics, the instrumentals rage hard and fast, not leaving much room to breathe. Thankfully, they always took a break between songs, allowing the audience to catch their breaths. They appeared to get tired by the end of their set, as the vocalist started slurring a bit. I think by then, most of the people present just wanted the next band to come up already.

Finally we get to the final headliner of the night, Narcoleptic Youth. No surprises exist as to why they have the greatest fans – no other bands can imitate their unrivaled fast-paced hardcore punk sound. At times, you would think that vocalist Joey raps during their songs, which many of them have to do with the vices of today’s society. Much like their first song asks “Is This Punk?” Narcoleptic Youth represents true punk rock, in case you need to describe it to anyone who still believes that Green Day plays punk rock. For the rest of their set, Narcoleptic Youth played mostly old songs, staying true to the nature of this reunion show. As a result, the set list contained mostly fan favorites, which ignited the small pit’s rage into slamming into everything, including the band on stage. Narcoleptic Youth has quickly become one of my favorite live bands, and after seeing a Narcoleptic Youth performance, you may want more of them too.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages, as they all have shows coming up very soon. Also pay attention to the Doll Hut’s Facebook page, as they have shows going on every week.