Union 13 opens for The Cockney Rejects and Youth Brigade

Hardcore punk band, Union 13, erupts onstage unveiling new material. Photo: Dr. Jimmy Horlofsky

Union 13 in performance. Credit: Adam Ruseling.

LOS ANGELES, February 21, 2013 — It is not often that you get more than two well-known good bands playing a show together unless you are at a huge festival. Punk fans in Los Angeles got a special treat on February 18 at the El Rey Theatre. The Cockney Rejects, from England, and the seminal Los Angeles punk band, Youth Brigade, essentially co-headlined the show and killed it. However, Union 13, another Los Angeles punk band, really set the stage for the headliners.

Unfortunately, the full crowd did not show up in time to see this hardcore punk band play. Union 13’s set included many favorites including “Never Connected”, from the 1998 Epitaph Records release, Why Are We Destroying Ourselves?

Union 13. Credit: Adam Ruseling.

Union 13 formed in 1992 playing backyard parties in East Los Angeles. They were signed to Los Angeles based Epitaph Records and released their first album, East Los Presents, in 1997. They recorded three albums in four years for the label owned by Brett Gurewitz, guitar player for Bad Religion, before parting ways with both Epitaph and their singer, Edward Escoto.

Escoto is now back and is the only founding member still in the band. The new lineup is very talented and seemed to pick up where the band left off. The relentless drums of new drummer Cassie Jalilie helped make this incarnation of the band seem flawless. Add to that, the blistering finger picking bass of Baltizar Rodriguez along with the shredding guitar work of Eddie Carrasco and the package is easily wrapped up by original vocalist Edward Escoto.

Amidst the older songs, Union 13 also unveiled three new thrashing songs. Edward Escoto said in a brief interview that those three songs will appear on a new E.P., which the band is currently working on.

As they put the finishing touches on the new material, they are hoping it will be ready for a 2013 release. No word, yet, on which label will be releasing this much anticipated album. It has been since 2003 that we have heard anything new from Union 13.

If you showed up late on Monday or not at all, don’t worry. Union 13 will be playing a free show tonight with CJ Ramone at Slidebar in Fullerton, CA.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR.


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