Left Over Crack – Druglords Of The Avenue – Rats In The Wall – Bum City Saints – at Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
April 12, 2013
I showed up to this event just as doors were opening, there was a huge line of Punkers that went way past the venue and down the street of the quite industrial like surroundings of Thee Parkside. The show sold out a few hours before bands were due on and it caused some panic for a lot of gig goers but as far as know little or no one was left behind and everyone got it just fine.
First on was San Francisco's Bum City Saints, I've heard of these guys a million times since coming to the city two years ago but never got a chance to see them so I was totally stoked. I made sure to push my way up front in the already packed bar to catch these guys and they were awesome. Right from the start the energy was high and their catchy fast paced Punk songs full of aggression had everyone moving. This Punk Trio really got everyone into it and started the whole night with a great bang. There were killer riffs, lots of bass and lots of gang vocals. I loved every second of it and can't wait to see them again. My favorite moment of their time on stage was a rad Punk cover of Survivor's “Eye of The Tiger” it was faster, rawer and really really good. Bum City Saints just released a cd thats for sure worth checking out and are playing Gilman Street later in month.
Next up was Rats in the Wall, I had never heard of these guys but excited all the same and especially so when Brad Logan of Leftover Crack came on stage and I realized he was part of the group. They had a mix of fast and slow dark Punk songs and the singer was rad. Their set was short and I really enjoyed it, lots of noise, but good noise.
Second to last on stage was Drug Lords of the Avenue, like the other bands I had never seen them live but was stoked for what was in store, like Rats in the Wall there was members from other bands including Johnny from Swingin Utters who I recognized instantly. They played a string of catchy Punk songs that were fun and exciting and I can't wait to catch these them again at Punk Rock Bowling this year.
At this point the venue was more packed than I've ever seen it ever, and I've been to a million Parkside shows in the past, the heat in there was nearly unbearable and everyone was shoulder to shoulder waiting for the legendary band to take stage.
As Brad, Alec and the others took stage and tuned their guitars, it wasn't long before the front doors swung open and Stza made his way in. He squatted on the ground for some time looking over the set list and screaming into the mic, testing it out I guess, a minute or so passed and everyone was ready he got up and it was time for The Good, The Bad and The Leftover Crack.
They played lots of classics from all of their albums and threw in lots of Chocking Victim and other songs from past bands and the crowd couldn't get enough. Luckily i was side stage and didn't get too smashed but I seen lots of moshing, and beer being splashed everywhere and the heat was something else.
The band were so energetic and I love watching Stza perform, he is for sure one of my favorite vocalist and the way he changes his voice and screeches those amazing anthems is nothing short of awesome. My favorite songs from the night were “Rock The 40 oz”, “Life is Pain” and “500 Channels” but every single song was good and full of raw passion. Watching Brad and Alec swing their guitars around was great too, those guys rule, they all do.
I was so stoked on seeing LOC, a few years ago when I was living in Ireland. My band Cut The Reins had the pleasure to play with them in Galway, Ireland and in London, England so seeing them all on stage brought back some good memories. I do miss Ezra alot in the band but the new guitarist and vocalist was also very cool. It's no surprise the venue sold out and I'm sure any show they play sells out, these guys rule and if you haven't heard of them, buy their records and read their lyrics, their as smart as their are amazing live.
More photos of the show can be seen HERE
-Brian Mc Cann Jr.-
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