Dear Landlord / The Murderburgers / TheCore / Hard Pipe Hitters / Murder Majesty / Tuesday After School / Everyone Meltdown @ The Box Office
by Karl Bakla
From the first time I heard the Dream Homes LP, I really dug Dear Landlord. It was a Pop Punk classic that would cause someone with type 2 diabetes to have a limb amputated & since the last time they played Las Vegas was a few years back with Off With Their Heads at the Divebar, I was stoked to hear that they were playing Las Vegas again. I was not stoked to hear that 7 bands would be playing the show. I don’t give a fuck if your band is Poison Idea during the Pick Your King era; I don’t want to see your band play on a 7 band line up. Yes, I am a dick! So Bethany & I did what any old duffers would do, we showed up late in hopes of missing 4 out of the 7 bands!
We were ready for a night filled with Punk Rock action. We drove to the show in a car blasting Dear Landlord & a trunk filled with beer. We drove through the Arts District avoiding Winos but purposely trying to run over Artists. When we pulled up to the show we were stoked to see Sal from TheCore taking in his equipment. We felt victorious! We knew that our plan to miss almost every band worked. These stupid youngsters trying to outsmart us old farts, ha fucking Posers!
When we got out of the car Sal waved us over, it didn’t look like good news. He informed us that the Murderburgers & Dear Landlord would not be playing. Supposedly the person throwing the show couldn’t meet the band’s guarantee, or some shit. What the fuck? This is some Mitt Romney shit & was it an elaborate conspiracy by the young kids to fuck me over for purposely showing up late. Damn it, this is the second Punk Rock show in a row that I got fucked. I should have called in to Coast to Coast AM on the Wild Card line & brought this shit up.
We still wanted to see TheCore play so we stuck around. Sadly TheCore played to only a handful of people, but they played a really good set. When I first heard TheCore I thought they had a heavy Hot Water Music influence, but the more I listen & the more I see them play, it seems they have more of their own sound. The handful in attendance dug their set & appreciated their Bouncing Souls cover, it must also be mentioned that the soundman seemed to really like them or he was on drugs. Speaking of cover songs by TheCore, their tune on the Samiam tribute album is pretty awesome!
The word on the street was that the Murderburgers & Dear Landlord were going to be playing at Favorites that night instead, fuck them! I dropped Bethany’s ass off at Favorites & I headed home. I ended up winning this night. I got my dream Punk Rock show, one band & that band was a great Local band. I also got home in time for an Operation Repo marathon, which meant lots of lube & jerking it to Sonia. When I picked up Bethany at 1:30 am she was wasted & seemed to enjoy the show, I didn’t care I was more concerned with getting some ointment at Walgreen's because my wiener was raw & I suspect my hand gave it an STD.