Thanks to Branden Atoms for being our show "sponsor". He's got a line up next week with Vision of A Dying World (Filter's undiscovered band of the month!), Get Back Loretta (they draw huge!) & the Atoms that should be dope!
The Mermaids, an all girl foursome from Lemon Grove kicked things off with an energetic bang. They brought their own posse- homies from the LG & one cat from Lakeside who did a super awesome crab walk. East County is quite the hot bed for underager ragers. Jakked Rabbits? Hello?
Mermaid is my new favorite band they have a style recognizable to fans of Bikini Kill and Mika Miko- alternative lifestyle friendly hardcorish punk. I think they need some more shows in the San Diego area! What a perfect opening band! They also stuck around all night and danced around, which was great. I wish more bands had their enthusiaism. I texted SESAC Josh mid show and told him to sign them up immeditately. Now I need to get them a show at the Smell! Ha! I can't even get Fifty a show at the Smell. But that's the vibe. At any rate, I'm sold.
The So So Glos were terrific. The consensus, post performance, was that reminded everyone of a little band you may have heard of- the Clash. Obv, that's a strange comparison, since none of us ever saw the Clash live, and frankly, the classic rock treatment that they get on 94/9 is enough to make you forget they were ever cool (cool, maybe, to your dad). But there was just something in the songwriting, the swagger, the energy, that just made me think "Clash." It also made me think "Rancid"- but obviously that would be Rancid from before Tim Armstrong was a sad joke. Maybe it's the fact that the singer plays bass.
I don't know. So So Glos are awesome, and it seems odd that I haven't read more about them from the New York City bloggers. But maybe that's because New York City music bloggers have terrible taste in music? I'll just through that out there. New York City music bloggers like to blog about Alicia Keys. Earfarm- you are the exception to that gross genralization. Maybe I'm not reading the right New York City music blogs.
The Sess... feel the majesty, you know? They are getting ready to tour up the coast with The Prayers & The Muslims & Los Angeles, San Francsico, Portland & Seattle- I'm putting you all on notice. You have an opportunity to check out three of San Diego's finest. They were great, AGAIN, last night. They have really rounded into form and seem very focused and together. It's the right time for them to hit the road, and I am excited for them, the Prayers & the Muslims. Spread the gospel.
Fifty played a good set- it was great to see the So So Glos singing along and the Mermaids dancing up a storm. Sigh. I wish more shows could be like last night's. It had a real family vibe. I really do enjoy attending shows at the Che. Too bad more UCSD students don't bother to come. UCSD students are soooo lammmmeeeeeee...