Posts Tagged ‘November 2013’

The Misfits (FB / TW) performing Where Eagles Dare at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

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The Dickies (FB) performing Paranoid at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

D.I. performing Guns at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

D.I. performing Johnny’s Got A Problem at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

D.I. performing Amoeba at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 16, 2013.

Glassjaw (FB) performing Two Tabs of Mescaline at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 2, 2013.

Glassjaw (FB) performing Tip Your Bartender at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Filmed on November 2, 2013.

After a rough day of shopping during Black Friday sales, why not release some aggression and stress at a punk rock show? Lots of shows took place last Friday night, but no other shows featured as many acts as the O.C. Psycho Punk Fest #2. With 19 bands scheduled to perform at this all-ages concert, this follow-up show that cost $7 proved the best deal for that Black Friday, compared to other shows costing significantly more. Sure this show did not see the great number of people that other shows pulled that night, but everyone who did attend does not regret going to this show.

I arrived at the venue during Reverse Cowgirl‘s set, which contained a large amount of people in and around the pit already. For a small band out of Long Beach, they sure perform like more well-known bands. If quality bands like this start playing this early, this would set a precedent for the night.

Angels of Mischief originally had the stage to perform next. However, they never showed up. The crowd waited patiently for the next band, Beneath The Cellar. At this point, I realized that the headliners would perform earlier, leaving the end available for more openers. The quality of the music just kept rising with each passing band.

The first of the night’s headliners, Hard Fall Hearts, began playing next. This rockabilly band came all the way up to this venue from San Diego County. Along with the next band, they provided an unforgettable hour of rockabilly music.

The Rocketz played next on the main stage as the night’s second headliner. As another rockabilly band from San Diego, they perfectly followed up from Hard Fall Hearts, providing the sounds of that genre that everyone present had just heard. After this though, we would only get punk rock until the end of the night, which does not bother me.

Now moving into the “After Dark” bands, we start with Destruction Made Simple. As always, they brought the energy and intensity that they always bring to shows. At this particular show, they mainly played songs from their latest album, now available for listening online. They still ended with 21 Year Plan, like they always should.

The night’s third and final headliner started playing on the main stage. The Returners resembled some sort of horror punk band, similar to The Misfits. The crowd had started to slowly trickle down, but those who waited got The Returners’ full set and in person.

Rottbite originally had the stage next, but did not set up on time. Instead, 21 Skulls went on early. Sadly, a large chunk of the audience left after The Returners, resulting in less than 30 people in the venue. People would slowly start to leave towards the end of the night.

Corrupted Youth performed as the main stage’s final band of the night. Vocalist Nacho had had too much to drink prior to this night. Although he still could perform regularly, he mysteriously left the stage during their second-to-last song. Learned learned: do not drink without a large audience.

Rottbite finally showed up and played their set from the smaller stage. However, by now, no more than 20 people remained to watch the performance. In fact, I left after Rottbite’s set, not sticking around to see if Wife Beaters would ever go on.

Miss out on this show? The first O.C. Psycho Punk Fest took place roughly half a year ago. If the pattern holds up, we can expect a third show no sooner than May 2014. Make sure to Like all of the bands’ pages on Facebook to stay updated on their upcoming shows, which may include a O.C. Psycho Punk Fest #3!

What better way to kick off Thanksgiving weekend than with a punk rock show? Last week on Thanksgiving Eve, Guttermouth headlined a local show at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Featuring a slew of other punk bands from California, this show attracted hundreds of eager fans to this tiny venue on a night filled with other great shows in Southern California. Guttermouth played at this same venue earlier this year, so those who attended that show may find this one extremely familiar.

The night started early with Anti Social. At this point in the night, people slowly started filing in to Characters, so Anti Social did not play to such a huge crowd. However, they still rocked, and the few fans that did show up this early showed everyone that an opening band can generate buzz.

Infected took the stage next. Every time I looked at their vocalist, I pictured the vocalist from Wasted Ones from a show not too long ago. Infected started their lengthy set nice and heavy. Just when we thought they would come off as just some other opener, along comes a really drunk guy in a red shirt trying to get on stage to do something. He only ends up yelling into the mic and stumbling around. His drunken stupor provided a healthy dosage of entertainment to not only the crowd, but to the band.

After the drunk guys calmed down, The Trenches began playing their set. Their main vocalist sounds like he carries a country accent, making for a blended sound of two otherwise unrelated genres. They did not see the same type of pit as the previous band, seeing as the main driving force of that pit had stepped out to the patio to rest up. The Trenches still played an enjoyable set that any punk fan would like.

Playing with a different lineup, The Plexikill stepped up to the stage. I barely recognized any of the members, mainly since they had a different drummer that night. Despite not having the original lineup for thise show, they still played their songs to a nearly-full room.

The night’s sub-headliner Y.A.P.O. finally made their way to the stage. I should have seen Y.A.P.O. at least once more earlier this year, but they did not make it to one show. The lead vocalist claimed to have a sickness that affected his throat. However, his raspy voice actually made them sound more genuine. Perhaps more punk rock vocalists should perform with a sore throat or other similar sicknesses?

As informal and vicious as kindergarten kids with leashes, Guttermouth finally set up with huge anticipation from the crowd. It appeared that everyone wanted a piece of the band, as they all stormed the stage during many of the songs. Peculiarly, no one ever truly spit in the pit, contrary to the rumors started of a local Guttermouth show. As they began their set, they clearly showed that they did not follow their posted set list. Instead, they just played songs that they felt like playing, and in random order. For example, they ended the night with I’m Destroying The World.

Also, props to the fan in a wheelchair. I have seen him at other shows, and he can surely survive in the pit when it gets close to him.

Miss this Guttermouth Thanksgiving show? You can catch them again in two weeks in West Hollywood, along with more great local bands. Keep it clean, and enjoy yourself when Guttermouth finally started performing at the next show you attend.

The 2013 Long Beach Comic & Horror Con wrapped up this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. This two-day expo of comics, video games, anime, manga, and toys brought together fans, artists, designers, and more. With plenty of speakers and workshops, the expo ensured that any attendee would find something to stay occupied. Occasionally, some dynamic event would break out for all attendees to spectate, such as Elvis singing or a duel between two individuals. The main floor consisted of merchandise on the sides and artists in the center. This year added some new vendors from last year, a result of expanding the space and adding more aisles for visitors to browse through.

What comic convention can rightfully call themselves a Comic Con without cosplay? Hundreds of attendees displayed their creativity and craftsmanship with the various costumes donned to this expo. Sure the majority wore costumes less original than anticipated (such as Star Wars characters – sorry Slave Leia fans), but for those who put on something new or different, I ensured that I would obtain a photo. Check out some of the good costumes from Sunday afternoon:

Did you attend this year? Remember that the Long Beach Comic Con occurs twice a year, so if you cannot attend the San Diego Comic Con, Long Beach also has a great turnout. Never underestimate an event similar to a big one, as Long Beach proves each year that the people truly love this expo.