Review: Musink 2013, Pt. II - Pennywise, Lagwagon, T.S.O.L.

News Flash: Pennywise, Lagwagon, and T.S.O.L. are rad!!! Photo: Pennywise/Adam Ruseling

LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2013 — Night Two at Musink 2013 seemed to be drastically different from Night One. I did not notice anywhere near as many toddlers and babies as were present on Night One. In their place on Night Two was a much more violent crowd—violent in a good way, not dangerous.

This was my first time having the pleasure of seeing T.S.O.L. from Long Beach CA, and they did not disappoint. They opened with “WWIII” from their 1979 T.S.O.L. EP. They also played a lot of the classic songs I have loved for so many years such as, “Superficial Love” and “Abolish Government.”

T.S.O.L. (Credit: Adam Ruseling.)

At one point when cameras turned to a fight that had broken out in the crowd, singer Jack Grisham stopped the band and would not let them start playing again until the cameras stopped filming the fight and turned back to the band instead. He said, “We are not going to be the background music for your YouTube videos.”

T.S.O.L. ended their set with the fan favorite, “Code Blue.” The crowd got very loud while singing all of the lyrics back to the band.

I was blown away by T.S.O.L. and wish it hadn’t taken me so many years to finally see them.

Lagwagon took the stage next and had very little say, but a lot to play. The band from Goleta CA, opened with “Island of Shame” from their Trashed album and never stopped very long between songs. They played many songs from throughout their 21 year career, such as “Lazy,” “Mr. Coffee,” “Violins,” and “May 16.”


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


This band always sounds very tight, and Saturday’s appearance was no exception. I don’t know that there is a punk band out there that sounds as good as Lagwagon does live. Their set ended with a cover of the Motörhead song, “Ace of Spades,” and they killed it!!!

Lagwagon. (Credit: Adam Ruseling.)

Pennywise was the headliner for Night Two of the Musink Festival. I have seen Pennywise way too many times to count, but it has been a while since I have seen them open with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Tonight they returned once again to that classic opening song. From that point on, the crowd went nuts.

The pit was amazing as it grew to engulf much of the crowd within 200 feet of the stage, as well as various smaller pits that would erupt spontaneously throughout the crowd. Even I had to put away my notepad and pen to join the fun when the band played “Living For Today.”

Pennywise, from Hermosa Beach CA, is in the midst of a reunion with lead singer Jim Lindberg, who left the band in 2009. They played about 16 songs including a cover of Black Flag’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and the Beastie Boys hit, “Fight for Your Right.”

While there were some good songs on 2012’s All or Nothing with Lindberg’s replacement, Zoli Teglas, none of them, as expected, made it into the live set. The band did play a good mix of older and newer songs, though, including, “Unknown Road,” “Pennywise,” “Society,” “F___ Authority,” and “My Own Country.”

Randy Bradbury of Pennywise. (Credit: Adam Ruseling.)

Pennywise ended with their normal closing song, “Bro Hymn,” as people from backstage and from the crowd flooded the stage to join the band in singing the anthem. As people started funneling through the exit, a voice rang out from the P.A. system saying, “We will be closing in 5 minutes. Please finish your tattoo and put your clothes on.” Heh heh…good times, indeed!!!

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

 


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Kevin Wells

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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