Over the Halloween weekend, San Francisco-based Pirates Press Records celebrated their 9th anniversary with a couple of shows. The guys at the label sure know how to put on a party, and enlisted the help of some of their friends in Street Dogs, Harrington Saints, The Interrupters, The Ratchets, Druglords of The Avenue, and many, many more. Street Dogs headlined Friday and Saturday, with FM359 taking over duties on Sunday. Over the anniversary shows, 11 bands performed, and not one of them sucked. In fact, I even found a new favorite band in the form of Bishops Green.
Unfortunately I was only able to attend Friday night, however I did make it for Street Dogs set on Saturday, and the last song (“The Fighter”) performed by FM359 on Sunday. Friday night began with a little acoustic set from Lenny Lashley and he definitely set the mood. There was just this positive, celebratory energy that seemed to be flowing through the club.
After Lenny was Santa Cruz-based, female-fronted Custom Fit. The band sounded great, very clean – a particular moment that stands out was their kick-ass cover of Cock Sparrer’s “Teenage Heart”. I’m always bad at show reviews because for me once the music gets playing and the crowd starts dancing, it’s all a blur of good times. The weekend was definitely a streetpunk/Oi! event, and all vibes were jubilant.
Sydney Ducks was next to take the stage. The band recently released their new album, “Death Toll”, through Pirates Press, and focused heavily on that material for their set. Really dance-able, groovy punk (if that even makes sense). The band hails from San Francisco, and you definitely get that vibe. Downtown Struts guitarist Ben (who was performing Saturday night) filled in to help the Ducks out, and you couldn’t tell that he literally had a day to learn the entire set. Bravo sir.
The Harrington Saints are a band that I have had the privilege to see several times, and they never cease to please me. The guys recently released their “Singles Collection” EP and just returned from a little UK tour.
To round out the night’s performances was Street Dogs. Not much needs to be said about these guys that they haven;t already shown. Tough, melodic, evocative, and real, the Street Dogs are always a pleasure to see live. This show was a little unique as it was on the heels of the Red Sox’s World Series win, adding to the celebratory mood. The band played the normal staples, “Toby’s Got a Drinkin’ Problem”, “In Defense of Dorchester”, “Back to the World”, etc, and really got everyone excited for the next two nights to come.