Musink 2013 in Review (Part I)

Bad Religion, The Vandals, and Guttermouth take the stage for Night One. Photo: Warren "The Mutant Boy" Fitzgerald of The Vandals/Brandon Benscoter

LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2013 — Musink 2013 took place in Costa Mesa, CA from March 8-10. This was part tattoo convention and part punk rock music festival. As for the punk rock side, bands included Bad Religion, Pennywise, TSOL, and Reverend Horton Heat.

The first night featured Bad Religion, The Vandals, and Guttermouth.


My night started by watching Huntington Beach’s Guttermouth. It had been a while since I have seen them play, and lead singer Mark Adkins is the only original member left in the band. Guttermouth still sounded as good as ever as they weaved through their set.

Mark Adkins of Guttermouth. (Credit: Brandon Benscoter.)

Guttermouth played many of my old favorites, including “1-2-3…slam” and “Chicken Box,” and some of their newer songs as well. Seeing Mark Adkins’ stage antics never get old.

The crowd responded well to the band. There were even a few fights that broke out during Guttermouth’s set, both male and female.

Such is life at a punk show, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As long as they aren’t racist skinheads ganging up on someone or somebody getting knifed, I am okay with fights at shows. Thankfully, it has been a long time since I have actually seen a skinhead at a show.

The Vandals

Next up on stage were The Vandals, also from Huntington Beach, CA. They only had a half hour and seemed to try to squeeze as much into the set as they could. The band opened with “Urban Struggle” from 1982s Peace Through Vandalism EP. They also played “Pizza Tran” and “Anarchy Burger” from their older days.

Their set closed with Warren “The Mutant Boy” Fitzgerald—who was much better-behaved than I have ever seen him—on vocals for a cover of the Queen song, “Don’t Stop Me Now.” The Vandals sounded great as per usual with Josh Freese on drums.

RELATED: Check out Part II of Kevin’s Musink 2013 review via this link.

Bad Religion

Greg Graffin sings with Bad Religion. (Credit: Brandon Benscoter.)

Bad Religion closed out a busy night number one at Musink. The band was embarking on their U.S. tour, with Friday being the first show of that tour.

Founding member Brett Gurewitz, however, was not with the band during their performance. No word on if he just skipped this show or if he is missing the entire tour.

Bad Religion played songs that spanned their entire 33 year career with all the energy and excitement as if it were the first time they had played them. Their classics included “You,” “Early Man,” “I want to Conquer the World,” “F___ Armageddon This Is Hell,” and “Do What You Want.”

They also played a few songs from their new album, True North, including the title track and “F___ You.”

Bad Religion’s Jay Bentley. (Credit: Brandon Benscoter.)

Bass player Jay Bentley looked happy as a clam to be there, quipping before one song, “Let me see your cigarette lighter apps.”

The band sounded amazing, as they always do. It was just too bad that Brett Gurewitz, aka Mr. Brett, was unable to be there.

Wrap Up, Night One

The attendees at Night One were a strange and diverse crowd. I have never seen so many strollers with little children, toddlers and babies at a punk show. I guess that is the result of all of us getting old and starting families.

Bad Religion guitar player Greg Hetson.

It is rad to see families of punkers though, and hopefully these kids will be inspired to make new punk bands ten to fifteen years from now. Punk rock should never die.


This was the first part in a two part review of the Musink Festival. Part Two will be published tomorrow.


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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