Last Thursday I woke up in eager anticipation for the next two nights of Subhumans in San Francisco and Oakland respectively. The shows left me bruised, haggard, hungover, and wanting more as the UK punks continued on their West Coast tour.
Night one opened with the acoustic stylings of Sam Sadowski aka Closet Fiends, who just recently released her debut self-titled EP, which you can listen to here. I unfortunately missed the majority of her set (which I typically do), however friends thought it was a nice start to the night – heartfelt, emotional, and at the same time gritty yet melodic. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for Closet Fiends.
Next to the stage was my buddies in Korrosive. The Oakland punks are no strangers to the scene, and they pool their collective experience to create a sound that seems like it would be straight out of ’80’s England. With a nod to bands like Discharge, Conflict, Anti-Nowhere League and more, the band builds on the success of the past, while maintaining a unique West Coast sound. As the night went on, I realized there was a similar theme to every band – the outlandish frontman (or in the case of Torso – frontwoman). With Scoochie at the helm, you’re sure to have a great time at any Korrosive set – just get ready to dance and move, or you might get trampled.
Fellow Oaklanders, Torso, were next to the stage – and this is modern D-Beat punk at its finest with a twist – female-fronted vocals! Quite the refreshing sound but don’t expect anything subdued or poppy, as the vocals are as in your face as ever, only stopping to catch your breath. The band is touring on the heels of its latest release, “Sono Pronta a Morire”, which came out last month. The majority of their set was comprised of new songs, one of my favorites of which was “No Commonality” – punk at its finest. You can stream the entire new album here.
The air was thick and the floor saturated in beer as the main event took the stage. Subhumans are a band that aren’t really creating new material these days, but that’s not what fans want. We want the classics – the “No”, “Society”, “Religious Wars”…the “Reason For Existence” and “Mickey Mouse is Dead”. Well we got everything we wanted and more. The set was relatively short, so it was very much a wham-bam-thank you ma’am kind of event, barely enough time to recover from the last song before you were thrust back into the overflowing can of sardines that was the pit at Thee Parkside. One thing I really love and admire about Dick Lucas is his longevity in the scene – not only is it testament to his talent and range, but it gives faith for other bands to stick with it and keep perpetuating that beautiful sound of the streets that we all cling to.
Have a look at all of the photos from the night’s sets below.
Thanks to Federico and all the staff at Thee Parkside, Christian, Kevin, and all the rest of the crew that made it a great sweaty night.
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