Last Night: Youth Brigade, Channel 3, the Stitches at Alex's Bar, Long Beach
The Show: Half my life had passed since I last saw Youth Brigade and surprisingly, I enjoyed their set much more than I did as a 15-year-old punker. Back then, I didn't care about melody, but these days, I dig a catchy tune. Channel 3 was highly entertaining, even if they preferred the slower rock stuff to the faster hardcore numbers. In cheerful spirits, singer Mike Magrann kept the show moving with some funny one-liners between songs. At one point, he told the crowd that one of his friends liked to have sex to the upcoming song. Once it was over, he asked, "Did anyone get fucked?"
I walked in mid-way through Werewolf's set. The foursome included Hernandez on bass and picked up where San Diego's Hot Snakes left off. I missed Blockage and am bummed I did because my good friend Nick plays drums for them. Unfortunately, I didn't know that beforehand or else I would have showed up earlier. Sorry Nick.
The Crowd: The audience was your typical tattooed, horizontal-striped, pierced (and leopard print for the ladies) Alex's crowd. Were they fired up? Yes. So much so that two fights broke out during the first three Youth Brigade songs. The first was during, "Violence," which ironically, isn't about beating up people at a bar. Once the brawlers were gone, the beer-soaked pit didn't slow down as a few guys and girls ran in circles for the majority of Youth Brigade's 45-minute set. One guy who won the title of Drunkest Person at the Bar did the worm in the middle of the pit once Youth Brigade frontman Shawn Stern asked him to breakdance.
Overheard: "Up next is Middle Age Brigade."