Sunday, March 6th was a big day for Vacant Lot Entertainment / VLE Records, as they put on their very first Punk Rock Social, featuring local up-and-comers Blue Anarchy, Sarchasm, and SoCal’s Fozzy’s Hero, True Rivals, and headliners Sic Waiting. The heavy rains did a lot to dissuade fans from braving the weather, however the intimate crowd made the event pretty special.
First up to the stage was Oakland-based Blue Anarchy. The trio isn’t even out of high school, but they sure know how to rock. It was almost like a scene out of School of Rock. Drummer Gabriel Garza does well to help with vocal responsibilities, and frontwomen Rachel McGuire and Quinn Flannery rip it up on guitar and bass respectively. Succinct, crisp riffs, great breaks, and energy that is only reflective of a young band make these guys something to pay attention to. These guys will be doing big things so keep your eyes on them. You can listen to their latest single, “Alpha Mail”, here.
Next to the stage was Gilman regulars Sarchasm. The band hails from the Bay, and has made 924 Gilman St one of their homes. Guitarist Mari Campos heads up Insomniac Productions, which helps put on shows at the legendary venue, and the group definitely drew a crowd. Mari and the girls were playing without bassist Alex Botkin, so Mari took over bass duties while under-the-weather guitarist Isabel pushed through on the strings. The band is gearing up to release their new EP “Challenger” in June, and you can sample a few tracks here.
Fozzy’s Hero is a band that comes out with all guns blazing from the very first chord. There’s enough melodic tones to bring the band home to mom, but let’s be real – this is a punk band through and through. The band’s latest album, “Successfully Set For Failure” was released last year, and the guys spent the majority of the set ripping through the work. You can listen to that album here.
Out of all the bands playing, I was most excited to see LA’s True Rivals. These guys absolutely rock and with a stage presence to go with the sound. One-Eyed Jackson and Derik Envy’s energy can’t be contained and as you watch them bounce and jump around stage, you know these guys are at the top of their game, and having a great time doing it. This is one of those bands where the set photos really do tell the story of the energy in the house.
In a weird twist of fate, it seemed as the night went on the venue thinned out instead of filling up. The dedicated fans that stuck around were treated to an amazing, yet short set by Sic Waiting. The band recently released “Derailer”, and I was super stoked to see favorites like “Active Alumni” and “War Is The Answer” performed live. Stage presence leaves a little to the imagination, but during some of the guitar solos, we are shown how to really rip it up. The band will be doing a lot of touring this year, including a spot at the party in the desert that is Punk Rock Bowling.
Have a look at the entire night of photos below.
Big thanks to Gregg, JC, and the rest of the crew for putting on this event.