D-Generation (10:30 PM)

Prima Donna (9:30 PM)

Biters (8:45 PM)

Thousand Watt Stare (8:00 PM)

Sat, September 24, 2011

7:30 pm


This event is all ages

All original line up: Howie Pyro, Michael Wildwood, Jesse Malin, Danny Sage, Richard Bacchus

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D-Generation - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
All original members - Howie Pyro, Michael Wildwood, Jesse Malin, Danny Sage and Richard Bacchus

If you take the energy and gritty lyrics from the Clash and the New York punk harmonies from the Ramones, add to that the trash glamour Rock’n’Roll of Hanoi Rocks mixed with the darkness of Lords of the New Church, and transport it all to the sick sad state of the 1990s where the TV junkies live their remote controlled lives through a digital wide screen tube… Then you’ve got D Generation.
Prima Donna - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Prima Donna
A five-man high-energy machine, Prima Donna have only been on the scene for three years, yet in that time have knocked out over 325 shows, nearly a third of which were overseas. Their live show is a whirlwind of color, energy, bravado, volume, and an avalanche of catchy, sing-along choruses. Clearly inspired by the early punk of groups such as X-Ray Spex, the Ramones, and the Sex Pistols as well as '70s glitter such as Mott the Hoople and David Bowie, the group's sharp n' concise songwriting sidesteps any notions of the group being "retro." How retro can a group be if their average age is 22?

All of this live excitement and excellence caught the eyes and ears of Acetate Records, who in the past have had the good taste to issue music by such artists as The Hangmen, Throw Rag, Jackson United, The Black Halos and Nine Pound Hammer. Prima Donna's Acetate debut 'After Hours' is a ten-song collection of all-original, driving Rock n' Roll. Song's like "Soul Stripper" and "Dummy Luv" openly defy you to sit still, arranged to cause maximum sonic damage. Combining thick, rhythm guitars with stinging lead lines, the sound is explosive, propelled by ceaseless forward motion, yet never is melody sacrificed. Solos never noodle or shred - whether taken by Kevin (of Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs) on guitar or Aaron on sax or keyboards, they are as soulful and melodic as the songs they support. Up front and center, Kevin proves to be the man of the hour, singing in a strong tenor that is at once sultry and swaggering, clear and unaffected.

Co-producing the album with Messiaz (Eddie Spaghetti, Neila, Monique Powell, Ladykillers), the band's pure vision of what Rock n' Roll is permeates every track. Muscular riffs, to-the-point lyrics, killer licks, songs that get themselves over with in under three minutes - it ain't a formula if you're living it. These guys live it, all year 'round, on the road, in the studio, in the street.
Biters - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
From The Heart Attacks to Poison Arrows to Biters, the long road of rock n’ roll glory for singer/guitarist Tuk has been littered with trashy riffs, drug problems, and dead ends. The usual suicide story that sticks to every tight-pant Thunders junkie like a safety pin on a worn out leather jacket lands a lot closer to sad than success, but if the stigma doesn’t kill ya, it can only make you stronger, right? Probably, which is why Tuk hopes his latest bubblegum machine, Biters, will break through the bastard cliches and avoid the inevitable burst that comes when you sink your teeth into the cheap, sticky solution of reckless days and wasted nights. Whether that happens remains to be seen, but for now our springboard is this self-titled EP, and goddamn it if it’s not screamin’ at me like a gaggle of teenage groupies. With the five deliciously catchy glam punk ditties on board here, I don’t know how the Biters are ever going to avoid burnin’ out in the gutter like a bunch of high school dropouts. This is some magic marker mayhem, man, part Cheap Trick power pop, part New York Dolls lipstick rock, and all jukebox jive. If the Biters aren’t the biggest band in the world real soon, we’re all doomed.
Thousand Watt Stare - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Thousand Watt Stare
Feel free, if you’d like, to wave your hands uproariously in the air and proclaim to the world that Punk is dead, that it’s a lost form of music not viable since the hey days of 1970’s New York where every nitty, gritty street punk filled the room of CBGB’s to catch the latest Punk Rock escapade. Nowadays, that feeling of elation through Punk Rock music, and even Rock music itself, is at best experienced through an every-so-often tour of older bands still kickin’ around and playin’ for the fans, which is wonderful, but it’d be nice to see some newer ensembles step up to the plate and prove once and for all that the death of Punk is a complete and total lie. So with that being said, I direct your attention to Thousand Watt Stare, a brand-spankin’ new band whose members, (Mr.Christian Martucci of Black President, Strychnine Babies, and The Chelsea Smiles, and Mr.Dylan Howard and Mr.Pat Kim of Unwritten Law), are more than experienced in the art of making Punk Rock music and playing it in the way it was meant to be played: fast, loud, and no bullshit attached. Blended nicely with it’s fair share of Rockabilly and straight up Rock n’ Roll, (and leaving all that Emo and Screamo by the wayside), Thousand Watt Stare may just be the saviors that Punk Rock music has been looking for.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change