Spending St. Patrick's Day in Long Beach opening up for a Legendary LA hardcore Punk band? Sure, why not? 😋
There's just something life affirming about playing music with your friends, no matter the situation or no matter how shitty your band are and their music is. Playing in a real band again has me giddy. Playing real venues - no backyards or slabs of concrete in East Los or wobbly pallet stages in spray painted warehouses, has been a blessing. Opening up for some crazy cool bands has been fun. Getting blown off by one of them isn't. I didn't say blown away, I said blown off, with their BS Rockstar "we gotta play now or else our crowd is gonna leave" move that I haven't even heard of since the Battle of the Bands days back at Gazzarri's back in 1985... 😂Oh well. It doesn't matter. I saw Circle One enough back in the days with their real singer to wash away any negative BS I gotta deal with from their current incarnation. Shame too, because they sounded good. Destroy Exxon and Fuck Off still shred, same with Mike V., holy shit that guy's a monster guitarist still, but the guys in the pit sporting bolts and the other one with the "88" sports jersey were kind of offsetting to say the least. The band has always had that gangland goon following though... I just thought we were all a bit old to still be carrying on like that is all. Le sigh. Pico Rivera Hardcore is alive and well, sort of, and despite all the BS is still sounding good. Salud!