Symbol Six, Soul Trash, Off By An Inch
Harper’s Theater, Tarzana, CA
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time: 8:30 PM
This was one of the last shows of the “Liquor Store Tour” that has taken Symbol Six, Soul Trash, and Off By An Inch from San Francisco on February 16, 2011, up through Oregon, Washington, and a few dates in Canada, and finally wrapping up in San Diego, CA on March 3, 2011.
Best way to sum up this tour so far is from a Facebook posting Symbol Six vocalist Eric Leach put up on Saturday, February 26, 2011:
“After 12 show in 11 days, 2600 miles, 1 arrest, 1 water pump valve, lots of new friends and an amazing adventure, Symbol Six, our brothers Soul Trash and Canada’s Off By An Inch are here in L.A. tonight at Harpers in Tarzana. Come and join in!”
Anyhow, I did my usual, contacting all my Valley punk friends to see who wanted to go, and hang at the show, but everybody was at home trying to stay warm on this freezing-ass evening.
I had never seen Soul Trash, or Off By An Inch, so I was sure I would be in for a cool night of new music. All the bands had a fully stocked merchandise area in the club; I got a couple shirts, stickers, patches, and Off By An Inch limited edition EP. Side note: the next morning stickers and patches were stolen by my Son.
I had been to Harper’s Theater back in October or November of 2010, and due to lousy promotion on the club’s part there were only 20-something people, but on this night it was packed. If you got up to get a drink, by the time you got back to your table it was full.
The first band up was Off By An Inch. Off By An Inch are from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. And they were good, very energetic skate-rock. I dug their set, short, but fun!
In between bands I usually go to hang out with some of the guys from the bands, but the way their tour is set up the instruments are all stored in this massive NHRA trailer, and people are buzzing around to the stage then to man the merchandise, it was hard to get in, and get the down-low on the tour.
The funniest thing that was said that night was when Taz Rudd, guitarist from Symbol Six, saw me walk in he said “I just want you to know that it wasn’t me that was arrested on tour.”
The second band to the stage was Soul Trash. Their sound was good clean garage rock/punk, and the vocals were somewhat country with a pinch of rockabilly, not a bad sound.
The third and final band of the night was Symbol Six. If you haven’t seen these guys before, go. Every one of their songs is worthy of being a single. This tour has turned them into a frickin’ Sherman Tank. I’ve seen them many times over the years, and they have never been tighter, like . . . stop on a dime tight. Tighter than an ant’s a-hole.
Their set was definitely the highlight of the night. I got a cool little shout out in the middle of their set, nice ego-boost.
One of the best parts of the set was as they were about to launch into the song Dog Days, from their Monsters 11 album, they called Soul Trash, and Off By An Inch to the stage, and everybody, including merchandise people, rushed the stage. So everybody that could fit on stage, took the stage and belted out the loudest, raunchiest version of Dog Days I’ve ever heard.
Now you know every show I go to I end up seeing some crazy shit somewhere, and I have to pass it along, kind of like a punk rock TMZ. So, right as Soul Trash is midway through their set, three of four bleach blondes come walking into the place with silicone parts to spare. They are only in tank tops, black underwear, and knee-high boots. Anyway, they set-up a table in the back of the club with their pictures available for autographs. I guess they were wannabe porn stars or something. Everybody glances over, but nobody says anything. This is funny, because they are really trying to get attention.
So, after Symbol Six finishes with Dog Days, which could’ve been their final song of the night, the crowd is screaming for more, so Eric Leach calls the tallest of the bleaches. And says, “You want attention? Come on up and entertain.” So, they launch into Problems, by the Sex Pistols, and again the crowd is so pumped they are running up to his microphone, and to sing along, and all the while the “porn-star” is doing a pole-dance type routine on the stage.
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