These, and two great openers thrown into a sold out venue filled with Punks.
It's time to go insane.
The Born Liars ripped through a strong set of Garage tinged Punk. They're what I'd call "The Best Dysfunctional Band you've never seen". They bicker, fight, pick at each other(in a semi serious manner of course). Somehow they manage Garage-y sounding music more raw than some Punk band, though I suppose a cover of The Weirdos "Life Of Crime" that fits like a glove helps them land on the Punk side.
Lower Class Brats tore through a fierce set that had Walter's completely captured. Anybody close enough to the stage spent their time running for the mic any time it may dangle toward the crowd, while those in the back just screamed through the whole thing regardless. It seemed like everyone was there to see the Brats, about as much as Adolescents by the sheer intensity of excitement surging through the venue.
They played somewhere around 45 minutes of their authentic Hardcore Punk, that could make even the pickiest 80's die hard cry with joy. Some major crowd favorites included: "New Seditionaries", "Go Insane", "Ultra Violence", "Just Like Clockwork", and more. Even after an intense, and spot-on performance the crowd was still shouting for more of their favorite songs.
Adolescents hit the stage abruptly, and immediately launched into "No Way". In response the crowd stood in a bit of silence until the first cry of "NO WAY!!" at which a pit began raging, the crowd began swaying, and whoever was leftover began an onslaught of stage diving. No matter which place you looked you could see(and hear too) every word being recited with an almost delirious smile. The tone was now officially set for the night. Song after song, new or old, the band and the crowd poured every ounce of energy in. The Adolescents proved to even those in doubt they can still play as amazing as ever. The high points(though it's a relative term) included: "Who Is Who", "Brats In Battalions", "Word Attack", "Losing Battle", "OC Confidential", "Wrecking Crew", and I'm going to stop there before I just name every song they played.
What's amazing is how spot on the vocals were. When Tony(please insert favorite last name here) finally stopped to talk to the crowd, you could hear how hoarse, and lost his voice had become since even 3 days prior. Yet you would never know the moment the music started and his time to sing came.
Even after performing "Amoeba", and "Kids Of The Black Hole", the crowd demanded they play "I Hate Children", especially those who jumped on stage to steal the set lists before I could(by now I began having flashbacks to 07 at Meridian). Not only did they obey the crowd, they topped it off by playing their cover Iggy Pop's "I Got A Right".
At the end it felt like having been in some of the old Target video releases, everything seemed just like the golden age... Dare I say it... Maybe even a little better in some ways. Bottom Line: NOTHING CAN SLOW DOWN THE ADOLESCENTS!
ALMOST FORGOT! \/