DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Millencolin and Success in Santa Ana, CA (9/3/15)

I’ve been listening to Millencolin since college (that’s a long time for you keeping track). I never thought I would get the chance to see them live, until they announced their latest album, True Brew. I waited patiently for a US tour to be announced, and there it was – a Los Angeles date on the same night at my friend’s wedding. Luckily, through my disbelief at this unfortunate incident, I noticed that a Santa Ana date was the night before! Let me be honest though, driving 1.5 hours (each way) on a “school” night is not the most appealing thing in the world, but there was no way we were going to miss this show.

I must say, it was worth it. Every single second of this show was incredible. It was my first time at The Observatory in Santa Ana, but now I see why it attracts a large number of tours. It’s spacious, but still has a smaller feel that some mid-size venues. With only 2 bands, it was a shorter show, but the smaller bill was made up for in sing-a-longs, dancing, and banter.

Success opened the show. These Seattle-based punks are the real deal. I first saw them at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling, at their latest album Radio Recovery is already on my top 10 albums of the year list (spoiler alert!). These guys could have been the headliner, given their energy, engagement with the crowd, and catchy songs.

Millencolin took the stage next and it was worth the years-long wait to see them live! These guys were jumping around, running across the stage, and shredding their guitars while standing on the speakers. The crowd went absolutely wild and there wasn’t a slow moment in the set. Their encore event had 5 or more songs! I don’t think this review could really express the excitement of the evening and the realization that we, the crowd, we witnessing something special. Let’s just hope they are back in the US soon!

Check out the full gallery from the show below!

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