Musink 2014 – Gorilla Biscuits – Judge – H2O – Strife – and Soul Search – at The Orange County Fairgrounds – Costa Mesa, CA
March 23, 2014
The last day of Musink 2014 kicked off with smaller but dedicated fan base for Hardcore legends Gorilla Biscuits, Judge and H2O.
Before the performances of the third day of Musink are covered we at Big Wheel Magazine were lucky enough to meet and interview Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) who happened to be on the booth floor talking with his partner in Hound Squad (houndsquad.com), Luciano Aguilar (Air force Veteran Dog Handler).
BW: When did you get word that you would be doing the show?
SD: About a week ago Travis hit me up and asked me if I would like to do that song we did together a while back called “Not Today.” Then went to the rehearsal room with those guys for about 3 days and worked it out then got up there last night and jammed it and had a really good time.
BW: What do you have going on with Hound Squad?
SD: This is my new clothing line I’m promoting. My partner Luciano Aguilar, who I had worked with on different projects, approached me with the idea to get something going for that dude with his pit-bull.
BW: What do you think about the festival in general and what do you think about the performances?
SD: Well first of all, all the bands that played throughout this weekend have been incredible. I saw some really cool thing as well as some legendary musicians. As far as the whole festival in general I think it was a success. I think Musink does a great job at bringing both music and tattoo cultures together. I definitely got to give Travis a big shout out for that.
Soul Search opened up the musical performances for the final day of Musink 2014. Their set was well done and set the stage perfectly for Strife to follow.
Strife's lead singer Rick Rodney took the stage next by jumping into some aggressive guitar riffs and a bloody lip Rodney and his band immediately gave the kind of high impact performance Strife is famous for. Their entire performance was as energetic and pronounced as it was when it began.
H2O was the next band up of the night. Though they tour fairly regularly, they don't visit the west coast often. Hardcore Punk legends in their own right H2O opened up with “Nothing to Prove,” and the audience responded with the biggest circle pit of Musink 2014. About half way through their set Travis Barker stepped in to play drums for “One life, One Chance” and they finished their performance with “What Happened?”
Judge took the stage next. A band that has influenced countless of other bands to start playing, Judge proved once again that they are more than their mythology. Judges performance was hardcore musical chaos at its finest. Judge delivered a set that seemed to draw the entirety of the fairgrounds to their performance, and jumping onto and off stage in true Hardcore fashion.
The final band of Musink 2014 was Gorilla Biscuits. They have been together since the late 1980s and have not lost a step since the day they were formed. During their set Anthony Cicarelli (Lead Vocals) talked about how he and his band was responsible for changing the stage set up that featured an extended stage allowing for fans to jump off and crowd surf from. Gorilla Biscuits opened with “New Direction” and as the trumpets of that song sounded off those fans in attendance that had drifted to other parts of the venue made their way to the stage. Gorilla Biscuits followed “New Direction” with “Degradation” which they dedicated to the Descendents. Their entire set was played with the energy and vigor that I could contend with any band today.
Once Gorilla Biscuits set ended that crowd dispersed and brought an end to Musink 2014.
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