For these which are fast to quip that punk rock is lifeless, the inaugural Surf City Blitz simply gave them a huge ‘ol finger as 40,000 followers confirmed to take in units by The Offspring, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Rancid, Social Distortion and extra at Huntington State Beach over the weekend.
The sold-out pageant attracted followers of all-ages, who partied arduous throughout day one the place The Offspring topped the line-up and lots of returned for extra on Sunday with Social Distortion main the cost. Held in conjunction with the Roland Sands Moto Beach Basic, the KLOS 95.5/FM sponsored Surf City Blitz was crammed with adrenaline. From the moshing to the racing, the occasion served as a large punk rock household reunion with bands on the invoice which might be proudly celebrating two, three or in some instances, 4 many years of creating loud and unruly music in the good state of California.
A majority of the units on Sunday became mass sing-a-longs, beginning with The Interrupters. Followers turned out earlier to the fest on Sunday than they did on Saturday to see the a lot talked buzzed about L.A. ska/punk rock band. The quartet stood out on the two-day Again to the Beach pageant, held on the similar venue again in April, and has been on a speedy rise ever since.
The set was so upbeat, high-energy and kicked off with “A Friend Like Me” and “By My Side.” Followers moshed and skanked by means of the thick sand, which was no straightforward feat, and fogeys hoisted their younger youngsters up on their shoulders so they might see and sing alongside. One younger fan, with a shiny blue mohawk, fist pumped and sang every of the songs, catching the eye of vocalist Amiee Interrupter, who made positive to give him a fast wave.
The Interrupters’ set was tight and the viewers truly knew rather more than simply their radio single, “She’s Kerosene.” At this tempo and with that type of stay present, it gained’t be lengthy earlier than the group is top-billing at festivals like these in the world.
“It’s not everyday that we get to play to crowd like this,” guitarist Kevin Bivona referred to as out from the stage. “And I’m not just talking the size … I’m talking about the energy and the love we feel.”
San Francisco-based band Black Insurgent Motorbike Membership appeared the odd man out on the line-up with its extra straight-forward rock. There was a unusual shift in the gang that had swelled across the stage. It appeared as if half have been into it and the opposite half opted to make a beer run or go take a look at the precise bikes racing a few dozen yards away.
The plenty returned for Bad Religion. The L.A. punk rock band, which is among the teams about prepared to have fun its 40th anniversary, nonetheless has a lot chew. Alongside favorites similar to “21st Century (Digital Boy),” “Infected” and “Recipe for Hate,” the band debuted a model new track, “The Profane Rights of Man,” which packed simply as a lot punch as the remaining. The gang received rowdy, moshed more durable in the sand and sloshed round full cups and tall cans of beer as viewers members roared alongside to “You,” “Infected” and “Sorrow” and helped the band commemorate the 30th anniversary of its album, “Suffer,” with the album title monitor, “How Much Is Enough?,” “Do What You Want” and “Give You Nothing.”
Individuals have been equally as excited to stand/sink in the sand and sing alongside with Rancid. The set was fairly stellar with favorites like “Roots Radicals,” “Journey to the End of the East Bay,” “Olympia WA.” and the closing back-to-back hits, “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho.” The band performed a few off of its newest album, “Trouble Maker,” together with “Ghost of a Chance” and “Telegraph Avenue,” and gave a lot of shout-outs and devoted songs to different bands on the line-up.
Vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen devoted “Time Bomb” to Saturday performers Suicidal Tendencies, gave Social D, a band he stated he first noticed when he was simply 11 years previous, a shout out earlier than the music “Old Friend.” Rancid even performed a little of Pennywise’s “Bro Hymn.”
“Where’s Fletcher,” Frederiksen requested about Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge, who was noticed hanging out and taking in units earlier in the day. “He’s out eating a killer whale right now. He’s beating it up and drinking a Zima.”
As a lot as Surf City Blitz was a enjoyable punk rock present for the followers, it was additionally a place the place all of those bands’ members — who’ve been associates and performed collectively for many years — might collect and catch up with each other. Even native bands that weren’t on the invoice confirmed up to hang around backstage together with members of Avenged Sevenfold, Ignite and The Vandals. That informal, enjoyable, hometown vibe undoubtedly carried over into the stay performances.
Social Distortion closed out Surf City Blitz with a hit-filled set that began with “Reach for the Sky” and “Highway 101.” It busted out “She’s a Knockout” and “Bad Luck,” however earlier than “Mommy’s Little Monster,” frontman Mike Ness took a good exhausting take a look at the gang and allow them to know that again in the day, he would have advised you that you simply have been out of your thoughts for those who stated they’d be enjoying a sold-out present of this measurement, on the seashore, with simultaneous motorbike racing.
“They were telling us we couldn’t do this, but here we are,” he stated, noting that persistence has been the important thing to the band’s success.
Although the group has been gone on tour all summer time, a jaunt which Ness stated wasn’t as glamorous because it sounded, the gamers didn’t present indicators of fatigue. They put “Another State of Mind” subsequent to “Machine Gun Blues” in the set and gave the gang a recent providing to allow them to know “… a new album is in the future,” Ness assured. The music, “Over You,” was influenced by bands resembling New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders, Ness shared, however in the direction of the top, the guitars began to sound extra like Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly.”
In fact, the Fullerton-based group wouldn’t omit “Ball and Chain,” “Story of My Life” and its blistering cowl of “Ring of Fire,” ending Surf City Blitz on a excessive word and just about sealing the deal that this pageant will return in 2019. With all of those influential artists nonetheless out touring the world — and impressed to create new materials in 2018 — they is probably not getting the popularity they deserve in the mainstream, however bringing all of them collectively for a sold-out, two-day occasion on the seashore is proof that punk rock could be very a lot alive and doubtless extra necessary and wanted now than ever.
Surf City Blitz Day Two
With: Social Distortion, Rancid, Bad Religion, Black Insurgent Motorbike Membership, The Interrupters, The Wrecks, Aaron Lee Tasjan and 2nd Price Kings
When: Sunday, Oct. 28
The place: Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach