PUNK ROCK BOWLING – TOC
Circle Jerks | Streetlight Manifesto | Leftover Crack | Youth Brigade | Good Riddance | Urethane | Side Eyes
Youth of Today | The Aggrolites | The Bronx | Plague Vendor | Field Day | Decent Criminal | Suburban Resistance
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Punk Rock Bowling on Saturday had a great lineup. Starting with Side Eyes, everytime I see them they amaze. The entire band has an energy and stage presence that keeps me glued to them. I love the looks Astrid McDonald keeps giving the audience, this must be where they get the name Side Eyes lol. Their bass player is funny, he has a country style about himself with the semi-mullet and mustache, and then he explodes with energy and starts jumping all over the stage! Their guitarist also starts out seemingly low-key and then starts diving at the speakers with his guitar to get distortion… I love them.
It was my first time seeing Good Riddance, I really liked a lot of their songs, catchy and had lyrics that I could relate to. The drummer had me mesmerized, he kept making “crazy eyes” and was moving around like he was getting ready to strike! They dedicated one of their songs to Youth Brigade, another great band that played later in the day.
Next at Punk Rock Bowling was Plague Vendor! They had a very memorable performance and they were one the best live shows of the day! Brandon, the lead singer, was floating on top of the audience. He crowd surfed, did pushups on the hands of the people in the crowd, did handstands, and sang in the middle of the circle pit getting the whole audience excited and into the music! Not only was their show fun, but very polite as they thanked the security guards for making the show happen. He gave special mention to the guard Eric Meisel that was holding him up on the crowd barriers throughout most of the show.
Punk Rock Bowling’s very own, Youth Brigade, played next on the Main Stage and they were great. Their drummer was gone having a baby so they had a drummer fill in for him and he did a great job! When they finished, I ran over to the Monster Stage to see The Bronx! They had a huge pit going and the entire crowd was jumping with their music having an awesome time!
Back to the Punk Rock Bowling “Main Stage” with Leftover Crack. I was especially stoked to see their guitarist Brad Logan, who co-authored a new book on Leftover Crack. They had a pretty big sized band… their bass player was great, she had the killer rock stance. The keyboard player had long pink hair and sang alongside lead singer Stza (Scott Sturgeon), who I think we saw a few years back with Choking Victim. There was a lot of families enjoying the performance, with parents and little kids dancing and mashing throughout the whole audience! They also did a super nice tribute to their bassist friend Alec Baillie that passed away.
Youth of Today and Circle Jerks finished off the night of amazing punk rock performances strong! Circle Jerks are a Punk Rock stable and I feel super lucky to get to see them live. There were circle pits all over the crowd. I saw at least three just from where I was standing. They sounded amazing and were one to check off of my punk rock concert wish list for sure!
– Madison Mairs
13 Stitches Magazine
YOUTH OF TODAY
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