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With the Offspring and Pennywise, Surf City Blitz debuts in Huntington Beach as a new festival with a familiar feel – Orange County Register

With the Offspring and Pennywise, Surf City Blitz debuts in Huntington Beach as a new festival with a familiar feel – Orange County Register

The soundtrack of Southern California’s seashore tradition instantly evokes the harmonies and browsing odes of the Beach Boys and the screaming surf guitar of Dick Dale, however punk rock is simply as necessary to the area’s musical material.

Surf City Blitz tapped into that connection at Huntington State Beach on Saturday, Oct. 27, with a lineup of bands that formed the sound of Southern California punk over the final 40 years. Hermosa Beach-based Pennywise and Venice-rooted Suicidal Tendencies led into a closing efficiency by The Offspring, enjoying what guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman stated was a true hometown present for the band. (Plus, Riverside’s Voodoo Glow Skulls and Lengthy Beach’s TSOL performed earlier in the day.) The bands themselves profusely thanked the others on the invoice, and lots of the members of the later bands might be noticed watching their influences like TSOL and Worry from the aspect of the stage.

  • Followers pose for photographs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Stunt riders exhibit throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Offspring carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers pose for photographs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Offspring carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers pose for photographs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Greg Okay. of the Offspring performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers pose for pictures throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Noodles of the Offspring performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Suicidal Tendencies carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers pose for pictures throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers pose for pictures throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dexter Holland of the Offspring performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Worry performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dexter Holland of the Offspring performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pennywise performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Pennywise performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jim Lindberg of Pennywise performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • KLOS personalties Frosty, Heidi and Frank hosted Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Suicidal Tendencies carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Suicidal Tendencies carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Suicidal Tendencies carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mike “Cyco Miko” Muir of Suicidal Tendencies performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mike “Cyco Miko” Muir of Suicidal Tendencies performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Suicidal Tendencies carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Worry performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Lee Ving of Worry performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Lee Ving of Worry performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. performs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mike Roche and Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. carry out throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers take in the seashore environment at Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rock photographer Lisa Johnson hosted ‘Lisa Johnson’s Goldmine Storage’ that includes pictures and artwork by Southern California artists at Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Members of Voodoo Glow Skulls pose for a photograph throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Members of Voodoo Glow Skulls pose for a photograph throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rock photographer Lisa Johnson hosted ‘Lisa Johnson’s Goldmine Storage’ that includes pictures and artwork by Southern California artists at Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bikes and artwork have been common throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bikes and artwork have been common throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers pose for photographs throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Bikes and artwork have been fashionable throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Followers take in the seashore environment at Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

  • Youngsters exhibit their stuff throughout Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, Contributing Photographer)

And in the crowd of 20,000, the viewers mirrored that historical past, too. There have been loads of longtime followers with well-loved Suicidal T-shirts and flipped invoice hats in the crowd alongside with those that probably caught the Offspring and Pennywise enjoying yard exhibits. Then there have been the ’90s teenagers who found these bands by way of the nice Epitaph “Punk-O-Rama” compilations of that decade. And the latter group introduced their very own youngsters alongside, pulling them in wagons or letting them run round in a moveable playpen on the sand.

However that’s a part of the great thing about Surf City Blitz. Sitting in low-backed chairs whereas Lee Ving and Worry rip into “I Don’t Care About You” might not appear very punk rock, nevertheless it was at this fest. Being in Huntington, it’s not a far drive for Los Angeles, Lengthy Beach, South Bay, Inland Empire and San Diego punk followers, to not point out the viewers who biked to the festival from close by locales in Orange County. It was a like a massive yard celebration, however the cops didn’t bust it up and you had different leisure by way of the races from the Roland Sands Moto Beach Basic on the grounds, too.

“This is the best … place to live on the entire planet” Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg stated from the stage throughout his band’s set.

And with an ever-growing variety of multi-day music occasions rising on Southern California’s prime actual property, the greatest festival development of 2018 is punk rock festivals on the seashore.

Earlier this yr, the firm behind Surf City Blitz, Synergy International Leisure (SGE), had comparable success with the new Again to the Beach festival that included units from 311, Chic, Goldfinger, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Aquabats and extra.

The Sunday invoice for Surf City Blitz is simply as influential, with SoCal staples Social Distortion and Dangerous Faith wth Bay Space punks Rancid closing out the day and L.A. newcomers The Interrupters enjoying early in the afternoon.

And one among the few California punk bands not booked for the fest, The Vandals, ended up on stage when Pennywise introduced the Orange County band out to play “Urban Struggle” (with former Dangerous Faith and present Avenged Sevenfold drummer Brooks Wackerman, as well).

Different highlights of Pennywise’s set included “My Own Country,” which guitarist Fletcher Dragge launched with a politically charged plea for the left and the proper to seek out widespread floor, punk cowl variations of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and Beastie Boys “Fight for Your Right” earlier than the set ended with a huge sing-along to the band’s most beloved track, “Bro Hymn.”

Pennywise wasn’t the solely band capitalizing on covers. The Offspring opened its hour-and-10-minute set with its tackle Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” earlier than going into extra familiar territory with “All I Want” and 1994 breakout single “Come Out and Play.”

The band additionally performed a new track, “It Won’t Get Better,” from its upcoming album.

Singer Dexter Holland stated “Go Dodgers” at one level, which was applicable since so many in the crowd have been checking for rating updates in the World Collection recreation towards the Boston Purple Sox.

Then it was again to the Southern California rock radio staples, together with “Why Don’t You Get a Job,” “Bad Habit,” “Want You Bad,” “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and encore-closer “Self Esteem,” which wrapped up the first night time of music.

Surf City Blitz

With: The Offspring, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Worry, TSOL, The Mad Caddies, Voodoo Glow Skulls and extra.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27

The place: Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

 

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