This past weekend, San Francisco played host to many memorable events, the most important of course being the 10th anniversary parties for local record label Pirates Press. The weekend full of concerts began on Friday night with some local blood in the form of Harrington Saints, Reducers SF, and Custom Fit, with a little addition of some British blood in Argy Bargy.
Santa Cruz-based Custom Fit brings a bit of the old-school wherever they go, and I must say was a really proper start to the weekend’s festivities. As always, the first band to the stage typically finds difficulty getting the crowd moving, but Sabi and crew never seem to have this issue. The band rounded out their set by inviting Hannah McFaull on stage to help cover her dad’s “Teenage Heart”.
Next to the stage was San Francisco’s own Reducers SF. The Bay Area groups on stage that night were no strangers to each other, and it’s almost as if they were meant to play with each other. The band’s brand of classic street punk was a great follow-up to Custom Fit, and to top it off, Cock Sparrer frontman Colin McFaull joined the guys on stage to help out on vocals with their song “Last Train”. It was at about this point that I thought to myself, “if the rest of the weekend continues the same as these first two hours have, we are in for one hell of a trip!”
Harrington Saints are a band that I have been privileged to see many times, and the energy the band exudes is something you have to witness. Frontman Darrel gets very intimate with the crowd, often inviting fans to share the microphone with him. The band just released a new 7″, “Upright Citizen”, and played a few new songs for fans to sing along to. The night of local bands came to an end as Watford, Darryl, and crew rounded out the ‘pre-party’ with Argy Bargy.
Formed in 1992, Argy Bargy is no stranger to the international punk scene. After last seeing them in England, it was great to see them at my local venue Thee Parkside. Great end to a wonderful start to the weekend, and at this point recovery was on my mind for the long day ahead.
You can view all shots from Friday’s shows below, and stay tuned for more shots of the main “Rock The Ship” event featuring Cock Sparrer, Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, and many more coming in the next few days.