Battalion Of Saints / False Confession / Circle One / Headnoise / Hymen Blasters@Regal Inn in Lakewood, CA.
Written by GE 138.
Always a fun time in CA. hahahaha
The Battalion Of Saints / False Confession / Circle One / Headnoise / The Hymen Blasters gig at the Regal Inn was a bit intense, to say the least! LOL When one of the biggest monsters you've ever seen in your life gets set loose in a tiny bar to wreak havoc upon anyone and everyone in the place, a monster who was going to prison in a few days mind you, well, let's just say that people who are there just to watch the bands don't take too kindly to such shenanigans. The club fought back against the monster. Punk Rock Chaos ensued. Then Peace was made, nice words were said, and it was all lies. Some "Family" member followers of one of the bands playing came back with a couple of carloads full of bad intentions, looking for certain people who saw retaliation coming a mile away and smartly left a long time ago. Weapons were readied, locked and loaded, and the tension in the air was thick. The wisest decision of their pathetic lives was made and they left. Reminded me of the good/bad old days at the Olympic Auditorium when stupid shit like that was an everyday occurance at the gigs. Can't say I missed it but it certainly gets the blood pumping in a good way... hahaha Oh eff. I'm getting too old for this shit... aren't I? 😉
Musically the gig itself was phenomenal. The Hymen Blasters started things off with an alright set of generic Punk Rock music that I didn't really pay too much attention to, sorry. I was too busy outside yenta-ing it up with friends new and old who came out for the gig, heh. And then False Confession played... FALSE CONFESSION!! hahahaha I haven't seen those guys probably since dollar band night at the Cathay de Grande! LOL AND THEY FUCKING KILLED IT!! Wow! They had Ismael from Dr. Know and like, every other band from Oxnard, ha ha ha, on bass and I was like AAAAAAHHHHH!! Fucking Nardcore in my face and I loved it! Their Burn and Plug In Jesus releases are certified classics and when they played Kill For Fun, from the Mystic Records comp We Got Power - Party Or Go Home, I was losing it in the parking lot, jumping around in my own little slam pit with Robert from Headnoise!! hahaha After finishing setting up my drum kit I ran inside to catch the last few songs from the band and just soaked up all the glorious old school Punk Rock vibes False Confession was giving off from the tiny stage at the Regal Inn. They were fanfuckingtastic!! Wow! Made my night...
Headnoise played next and we were pretty OK. My drum set barely fits on the stage and it was bouncing around A LOT while I was playing. Tom's guitar sounded nice and thick once he got his rig working properly, and watching Robert and Edie charm a crowd is nothing short of magical. People dug us. We played our standard set and fumbled during Hey America. Meh. Circle One were pretty good as well - none of that rockstar BS posturing this time from them like they had on display at the gig at the Blacklight District Lounge on St. Patrick's Day a few months earlier. They sounded good, playing loads of classic songs like Left-Right-Left, Destroy Exxon, Are You Afraid, G.I. Combat, Fuck Off, and watching fucking Mike Vallejo rip through those classic tunes, with all those squirrely little twisty fills he throws in while playing those fast as fuck riffs was worth the price of admission alone. I stood there spellbound like I did when I was 14 at some long forgotten gig from 40 years ago just marvelling at his playing. They sounded good, but the fact that they just let the fight / assault go on without comment was pretty shitty. The fact that Circle One just kept playing showed they didn't really give a fuck, and knowing their Family's notoriously violent history and twisted backstory, it's not that shocking. It's just been a while since I've seen it and even longer since I've had to deal with it. Phooey.
After all the drama got sorted out and dealt with, Battalion Of Saints took to the stage, almost anti-climactic, using the Headnoise gear as a backline. We were playing a couple of gigs with the band and it wasn't a problem for them to be using our gear. The drummer was drooling over the prospect of using my kit, and I can't say I blame him... heh. It's been years since I've seen BOS, and with George Anthony on vocals and a plethora of interchangeable musicians backing him, the bands formula is proven successful and road tested: loud guitars, screamed out aggressive vocals, and a thunderous hard pounding rhythm section to propel it all forward. Fuck to the Yes!! They were waaaaaaayyyyyy too loud for the small room, but once you got past the abrasive aural element of it all the Battalion Of Saints sounded really good, ripping through classics like My Mind's Diseased, Sweaty Little Girls, Beefmaster, Second Coming, No More Lies, I Wanna Make You Scream, Right Or Wrong and of course, their blistering version of Motörhead's Ace Of Spades to close out the night. The place had pretty much cleared out after the aforementioned drama or maybe because it was fast approaching closing time, but they brave few who stuck around were treated to quite the satisfying little set from BOS. Sure it didn't sound the same as the classic lineup did many moons ago, but nowadays what band does? I'm a huge fan and I gotta say, it wasn't horrible, and it was good to hear those songs played again at a ridiculously loud volume, as they were meant to be heard. Bob and I ended the night as we usually do at the Regal Inn, by eating freshly made doughnuts from Sambath's Doughnuts before heading out to the highway, the 605 to the 5 to our hotel room to get a few hours rest before our all ages gig in Laguna Beach with BOS which started at noon. Ugh. #tourlife #livinglikearockstar #partyonwayne