Not only was the night marked by two of Punk's most legendary names from Southern California, it was opened by some examples of Houston's own finest Punk talent The American Heist, and Molotov Compromise. It's a must see, "Read More"!
The American Heist got the bill of opening the entire Texas tour, and was obviously in prime shape for their return to their hometown. Playing faster and tighter than ever the band proceeded through some of their Folk Punk tinged Melodic Hardcore songs that their local fans have come to know and love like "22", and "Turfwar"(which featured a guest appearance on vocals by Randy Rost of Blackmarket Syndicate) along with some newer songs leaning slightly more the direction of Hardcore Punk.
Youth Brigade was met by an already rabid crowd, and they wasted no time in beginning their set. With a quick announcement of their first song "Where Are All The Old Man Bars?" the pit began swirling. By the time they reached the next song, the classic "Violence", the crowd was in full swing, with a raging pit, and an onslaught of stage divers, which would continue for the majority of their performance. As is expected from Youth Brigade they were in top form, playing faster than, and Shawn Stern having every bit of vocal power(maybe more, actually), as he ever has. The song selection varied pretty evenly between the band's releases, and they took a number of requests for classics like "Fight To Unite". Highlights include "Spies For Life", "Modest Proposal"(The first being dedicated to evangelists, and the latter to pushy religious zealots), a special rare performance of "Last Day Of The Year", and the classic anti-suicide song "Did You Want To Die?". Having engaged in a bit of short social, and political conversation in addition to the intense onslaught of songs, they began pulling out their final songs. The more recent hit "I Hate My Life" began their final moments and brought the crowd to a state of chaos before pulling out epic sing along finale "Sink With California", which was interrupted by a "certain" crowd member tripping through the microphone chords as it neared its first climactic pause. *Ahem* Aside from that the set ended on a high note, having already been a worthy show, the crowd was well warmed up for the final act.
However, the band made their way back on-stage to the chanting of the still frenzied fans, and ran through two previously missed classics "Word Attack", and "Creatures". Having already been an amazing encore on its own everyone seemed shocked as a famous two note descent rang out from the amps signaling none other than the Punk classic "Sonic Reducer" originally by the Dead Boys, which worked so amazingly it made one question why it hadn't been performed by the band on a regular basis. Tony did an amazing job on vocals, and the powerful performance of such an unexpected cover wrenched every last ounce of energy out of the audience.
Also, random trivia. In talking with original member, bassist, Steve Soto we learned that Sonic Reducer was in fact the first Punk song he learned to play. Awesome.