I rushed out of work on Saturday hoping to jet over to Thee Parkside and catch my buddies in Rile 9 Collective, however I made it to the venue just in time to hear the last chord and the mic drop from Frankie Loyal. As drummer and vocalist, he sometimes feels the need to get out from behind his kit and connect closer with the audience, which he does in great fashion, while enlisting the help of wife Ramona, and full-time drummer for the Santa Cruz outfit Custom Fit.
I knew I was going to miss the openers The Quitters and TV Static, and according to friends, they were both great sets. But I was incredibly excited to see for the first time hardcore punk group Bonecrusher. The guys hadn’t played Thee Parkside for over a decade, and all the aging punks ready to let fists fly was testament to the excitement in the air.
It was pretty cool seeing members of Suede Razors, Roadside Bombs, and more getting down in the pit – age is just a number. Bonecrusher played an incredible set, and except for the occasional pause to catch breath and tune, it was energy non-stop from the get-go. During “The Fight”, fans almost took the chorus a little too literal and there was almost bloodshed on the dance floor. Cooler heads prevailed, and the band reminded everyone that “The Fight” is against ‘the man’ and ‘institution’, not each other. Other hits included “Angry Youth”, “The Price You Pay”, “Wrecking Crew”, “Gotta Believe”, and so many more. Incredible set and great night of hardcore punk.
You can have a look at photos from Bonecrusher’s set below.
Big thanks to Frankie and Audra for help with the show.