The Spits: A study in all-around awesomeness

San Diego's Til Two Club rocks with The Spits, The Lumps, and Useless Eaters. Photo: Brandon Benscoter

LOS ANGELES, March 24, 2013 — It is always fun to see a show at a venue you have never visited, and Til Two Club in San Diego was no exception to this rule. Seeing bands for the first time makes an event even more interesting. The first thing I like to do in such a situation is scan the audience to see how many people also like the bands I do, as well as try to recognize any familiar faces. 

On this evening, there was a packed house with many attendees from the local skate and music scene, including local heavy hitters Mario Rubalcaba (OFF!, Rocket From the Crypt and Earthless just to name a few) and Gar Wood (Night Marchers, Hot Snakes and Tanner). You know the music will be good if these dudes show up to listen.


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San Diego’s own, The Lumps, were playing as we arrived and had a sizeable local following for their opening act. Fronted by Mel “MELICIOUS” LaFara, The Lumps draw comparisons to the likes of Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows and headliners The Spits.

Their sound has a punk backbone with a hint of 70’s psychedelica, which, if you ask me, sounds great. Now that I have tied a sound to a name I will be looking forward to seeing them included on future flyers.

Next up was a band, Useless Eaters, that travelled all the way from Tennessee and seemed to be on a mission to make ears bleed. Led by Seth Sutton, who has clearly learned a lot from the late Jay Reatard. Useless Eaters play with a mentality aimed at converting anything and anyone in their path into true believers in the Memphis sound.

Useless Eaters in action. (Credit: Brandon Benscoter)


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Touring in support of their recently released LP, “Hypertension,” on Jeffery Drag Records, Useless Eaters converted more than a few believers on this night. Their tour continues, so catch them if you can.

When the fog machine gets rolling, you know The Spits are about to take the stage. Known for their on-stage wackiness, costumes and all around awesomeness, The Spits slayed their audience once again. If you have ever seen the 80’s skateboarding cult movie, Thrashin’, you would know who the ‘Daggers’ were. If the Daggers had a band, it would have been The Spits. 

From the first note, the crowd was pure pandemonium. Beer was flying, people were moving and, of course, the sound was nothing short of amazing. The Spits played some personal favorites, such as “Spit Me Out” and “Eyesore City,” while they went for a non-stop, full assault on San Diego.

Their set capped off an awesome night of all around great music. The only disappointment was a lack of XL shirts at the merch booth. Fluffy people need Spits gear too. Hopefully next time they come to town, a Large shirt will fit. 

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

 

Photo Credits: Brandon Benscoter

 


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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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