Shattered Faith/13 Scars/Plexikill/Unglued
The Redwood, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Time: 9:00 PM
About a year ago I started talking to Shawn Durand guitarist from 13 Scars. I’m not sure how we met. Somehow on Facebook, a friend of a friend introduced us. Anyway, he’s cool as hell and he wrote me about six months ago to say his band was going to be headed to California (from Washington) in April or May. More than likely they were going to play the Punk Rock Picnic and that I should come out. Shit. Not that I didn’t want to see them, but the thought of enduring a hundred bands was too much for me. So, more than likely I was going to flake.
Well, the Punk Rock Picnic was cancelled or moved or whatever, the point is 13 Scars redid their tour dates and one of the shows was with Shattered Faith, how could I not go?
I left the house somewhere between 8:00 and 8:30 to get to everybody’s favorite pirate bar, The Redwood. Right down the street from me they were filming a commercial, so I was stuck trying to get to the freeway for about 20 minutes. Then I get to the 101 and there’s an accident as I get to Hollywood another 30 minutes. Needless to say I’m late.
Once I get there I see Shawn in the little outdoor patio area, we talk for a second, and then I notice a band loading out. I don’t know who they were or if they were good. So, I talk with Shawn and his cousin for a bit more, then head inside to watch Unglued.
I first saw Unglued a couple of years ago (they opened for Agent Orange), at the Malibu Inn. They are really good. Just a straight forward, bare-bones punk band. I dug ‘em. Singer pulled a good set despite hobbling around on crutches.
Next up was Plexikill. I went outside to get some air and heard them tuning up, saw Mike from The Gears, stopped to say, “Hi.” Next thing I know Plexikill is loading out. I will say that they are a cool band, I saw them a few years ago opening for Continental. I remember them sounding a bit like a mixture of the Ramones and a bit like Rancid.
Next up was 13 Scars. What I dig about this guys is that they can really play. They can do the hardcore stuff as well as the cool old sing-along stuff. Their singer, Bradley Petrovich, has a great voice and is a real good front man. He was all over the place, on top of speakers, in the crowd . . .you name it.
The band is super tight. Overall, great musicians.
The last band of the night was Shattered Faith. Not sure what to say about these guys other than they were great. They did their classic Posh Boy tracks I Love America, Reagan Country and Right Is Right. They sounded, almost, better live than on album.
If you have a chance to see any of these bands, go. You won’t have a chance to sit down, nor will you want to.
All in all, a great show. The PA was good, clear view of the bands, and I had fun. My overall assessment, this one is for the record books!
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