MusInk Days 2 & 3 - OC Fairgrounds - March 9-10, 2013
|Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.|
Saturday's musical lineup featured hometown heroes T.S.O.L., Santa Barbara locals Lagwagon and Hermosa Beach-based Pennywise; while Sunday's show was more oriented toward the rockabilly/country-type crowd, with the Reverend Horton Heat Lucero and Johnny Two Bags and Salvation Town.
T.S.O.L. got things going and proved to all the youngsters that middle-aged men can still make a room full of punkers slam dance like it was 1984. "I can smell that shit, and I have to say that you people are smoking some strong-ass weed," lead singer Jack Grisham told the crowd in between songs. "We have T.S.O.L. bongs for sale in the back; each time you load a bowl, it plays 'Code Blue,'" he said as a joke, which had some of the stoners and punks in the crowd chuckle. T.S.O.L. ripped through an ultra-fast half-hour set of old-school classics. Just as the crowd was warming up, the band performed the final song, the fan favorite, "Abolish Government/Silent Majority," leaving the crowd just amped up enough or Lagwagon and Pennywise.
Lagwagon provided a solid 50-minute set of standard, melodic, pop punk with just enough edge to get some skankers moving. Hailing from Santa Barbara, lead singer Joey Cape enticed the crowd to mosh, and mosh they did. The band--which also features guitarists Chris Flippin and Chris Rest, bass player Joe Raposo, and drummer Dave Raun--provided the musical backdrop that made the most sense to precede the band just about everyone in the crowd came to see: Pennywise. Celebrating 25 years of South Bay punk rock, Pennywise joined the ranks of previous generations of punks hailing from Hermosa Beach, including Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Descendents.
|Fletcher from Pennywise|
But by the time that Pennywise was about to take the stage, many of the dudes on the floor were beginning to mosh. The energy was at an all-time high and the fans went rabid as original singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Bryan McMackin and bass player Randy Bradbury took the stage. Not wasting a minute, the band began thrashing into a set of sing-along, crushing choruses and never-ending slam dancing. "This next song is dedicated to the government," Dragge yelled to the crowd, just before launching into the hit "F**K Authority." "Remember one thing at the end of the day: The politicians in our government work for us. We all work hard and pay taxes for them, but still we have these illegal wars killing people, corruption, fraud, and we're here to say we don't give a fuck and are not ignorant to these motherfuckers in power," he said. The band continued on as the bald-head-dominated, frat party of a pit swirled and swirled, fists flying.
Other crowd favorites included "Living for Today," "Land of the Free" and the famous "Bro Hym." The band also performed a cover song of the Black Flag tune "Gimme Some More" and the Beastie Boys' anthem "Fight for Your Right (To Party)."
Fans in attendance found themselves in a maze full of tattoo artists, from local ink slingers to international tattooists, from color specialists to black-and-gray masters--every kind of artist and style of tattoo could be found in the massive halls of Musink.