As someone who has attended Punk Rock Bowling the last several years, I was nearly heartbroken when I was unable to make the annual trip this year. I was even more heartbroken when I saw a few of the bands on the lineup, including one I had never seen before – Dillinger Four. After a little bit of “well, what if we drove into Vegas for one day” hypothesizing, I discovered that Dillinger Four announced an LA date prior to PRB weekend with support from one of my favorite bands, Off With Their Heads. A decision was made and tickets were purchased the moment they went on sale.
The opening acts were a bonus to an already incredible show. Many of my fellow DS writers love Night Birds, so I was excited to finally check them out live. Toys That Kill always put on a great show, and Rough Kids opened the night. On that Friday, when I knew many of my friends would be in Vegas, I grabbed my camera and headed to The Echoplex here in Los Angeles.
Each band put on a great set. Rough Kids announced this was technically their “record release,” as it was the first show they played since putting out their latest self-titled LP. Night Birds exploded onto the stage with lots of energy, living up to the expectations I had going into the night. Toys That Kill were a great mid-point of the show, playing an lively set that got everyone moving as the crowd got larger. Off With Their Heads, my personal highlight of the evening, ripped through their set as they are known to do, with a lot of power and a little bit of sarcasm. I was especially thrilled that they strayed away from the set list I saw before they took the stage and ended up throwing in a few of my favorite songs. Lastly, Dillinger Four showed why they are punk rock legends. Even though they do not tour the west coast often, the crowd welcomed them with open arms and knew how lucky they were to be at this show. Overall, a great night for punk rock, especially for those of us who had to miss out on PRB this year.
Check out the full gallery from the show below!