Photo Gallery: Punk Rock Bowling Day One – The Generators, Devils Brigade, The Slackers, Anti-Nowhere League, Cock Sparrer and more

Day one of Punk Rock Bowling was rather heavy on the old English scene. No complaints here – with bands like Angelic Upstarts, Anti-Nowhere League, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, and Cock Sparrer, fucking Cock Sparrer…how could you go wrong? The afternoon, though began with some relatively local blood – The Gashers, Black Market Syndicate, The Generators, and Devil’s Brigade ripped it up in the Vegas sun before the ‘British Invasion’.

Due to bowling constraints and proper festival prepping, DS didn’t arrive to the fest until The Generators’ set, however you can view some shots of the opening bands from our friends over at PunksInVegas.

LA punks The Generators ripped through their set, showing their years of experience through an energetic stage presence. The band is fresh off their latest release, “Life Gives – Life Takes”, and they show no signs of slowing down. Next came Devil’s Brigade, and as most Rancid fans can attest, it’s always exciting to see Matt Freeman take over vocal duties for a song or two – front and center and looking like he’s having the time of his life.

The rest of the bands to take the stage were no spring chickens, but you wouldn’t be able to tell after their performances. PTTB really did nice job of transitioning from that West Coast sound to that ‘old school punk’. Angelic Upstarts have been one of my favorite bands since my teens, and it was great to finally see them on American soil (I had previously seen them in England years ago). The interjection of The Slackers I found to be brilliant. Get everyone riled up and then, as the sun is disappearing and the temperature is becoming bearable, throw in some ska. This is not just any ska though – this is The Slackers. If Neville Staple, Desmond Dekker, or Tommy McCook were in the audience there’s no doubt they would be nodding their head in approval in between skanking.

Bring Anti-Nowhere League to the stage and you know things are going to get rowdy. I’ve been a fan of ANWL for awhile, and I found it interesting that Nick “Animal” Culmer looks younger today than he did back in 2009 when I first saw them live. Maybe it’s the English sun that keeps him looking youthful…

Anyway, the headliner for the first night of PRB 2014 was the legendary Cock Sparrer, who’s merch stand (along with Pirates Press Records) was packed the entire night with fans trying their best to get previously never seen tour gear. People travel far and near to witness the aging Cock Sparrer, who still sings songs about “What’s It Like To Be Old” and “Because You’re Young”, and clearly loves every minute of being on stage. Colin, Daryl, Mick, and the Steves have amazing stage presence, and they truly know how to get the house behind them. I’ve never seen a Sparrer show that I didn’t love.

You can check out the entire photo gallery of the bands that performed at day one of Punk Rock Bowling below.

It’s always difficult to balance hanging with friends, eating, drinking, photographing, and doing all else that is involved with a multi-day music festival, and as the main stage festivities finished up, I scurried back to my room to ‘hydrate’ and get ready for the Judge/H2O club show at the Country Saloon which was moments away.


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