Respect Your Elders: Top Five Veteranos at the Punk Rock Picnic
|TSOL back in the day|
But first, we must pay our respect to our elders. Here are five locally grown bands that made their mark in the early '80s. (And yes, they are worth taking a break from drinking in the parking lot, I promise.)
You might remember these guys from their cameo appearance on the exaggerated-punk '80s favorite, Suburbia. They started up in 1979 in Long Beach and to this day, still put on an amusing show. Front man Jack Grisham's self-deprecating humor will either enthrall or disgust you, but to hear the group play the weirdo-personality-affirming anthem, "Code Blue" is worth hearing him talk about all of his groupie experiences.
2) Ill-Repute (6 p.m.: Main Stage #2)
3) Angry Samoans (7:30 p.m.: Living Dead Stage)
4) Dont No (6:30 PM- Living Dead Stage)
These Huntington Beach hardcore veterans are so punk rock, they don't even have a YouTube video available. But they do have a MySpace page, so check them out before you go. The band plays with a unique heaviness (with even heavier lyrics backing them up), and this is the first time I've ever see them in a lineup, so you should all be excited.
5) Agression (3 PM: Main Stage)
Agression was yet another sweet Oxnard contribution to the 1980's Central California hardcore scene. Their song "Salty Leather" was immortalized in the classic international Punk And Disorderly Vol. 1 compilation. They are considered to be an indispensable part of the merry skate-punk genre as their earlier songs talked shit about such issues as rich kids and insomnia. They eventually turned metal, but I hope they play some of their old school stuff.
So, there you have it. See you all in the pit! (Check out a few photos from last year's event here.)