GBH – Adolescents – and 5th Wave – at The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
September 13, 2014
Punk is still transcending all age groups and genders. And the proof was at the Fonda Theatre on Saturday night for GBH, The Adolescents opened by the San Fernando Local Skacore band, 5th Wave.
It was a full venue for all 3 sets. 5th Wave opened to a large group of core fans. Their set was surprisingly good and actually a little short. I could have listened to a few more songs from this group that was exceptionally tight. Although they seemed somewhat shy on stage at first, they loosened up but then the set was over. And it did leave me wanting just a little bit more. Theres a pretty good scene in San Fernando right now and this band is one of the examples why. I will make it a point to see them again if I have the opportunity. And you should too.
By the time the Adolescents set started, the fans heated up the theatre and the pit did not stop throughout the entire set. Whether you were moving to the music or not, sweat was the gift of the bands that night and we all received it. Sweaty, and intense as the Adolescents did not let anyone down with its set list. From "No Way" to "Kids of The Black Hole", founding members Tony Cadena and Steve Soto absolutely killed it like kids half their way only wish they could.
They sounded really great and made me remember why I make it a point to see them live every time I can. It felt like a Sauna in the theatre by the time they were midway through the set and Im sure their fans (and every one else in the theatre) left about 10 lbs lighter than when they showed up. But that was okay - the bar was available to ensure I was hydrated during the sets. And the Fonda has a great view of the stage from the bar. So win-win-win. I didn't want them to end the set.
What can be said about GBH that hasn't been said before. They always put on a great show and by the time their set started, the crowd was ripe and ready. Colin Abrahall and the boys looked and sounded as though theyd sold their souls to the devil to be this damn good 32 years later.
It was cool to see young Punks in the crowd singing along to songs like "Give Me Fire" and "Big Women", proving that Punk really does transcend those age barriers like no other genre of music. As furious as GBH ever ever has been, the crowd was just as furious.
As far as Punk shows go, the stars were aligned. It was a Saturday night. At one of the best venues in Los Angeles. The bands were pretty incredible. The crowd wanted it bad and got it. And we all left tired and sore and happy wondering if wed ever get to see a line up this great on a Saturday night again. I pondered it myself. The answer is, fuck yes! How do I know this, you ask? Because its Punk. And in 2014 Punk is still not dead, and will continue to to transcend age, groups, genders, and time for years and decades to come.
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