Words & photos by Joe Calixto
As the summer ended, Los Angeles welcomed fall with one banger of a show. Los Angeles’ hardcore punk legends The Bronx kicked off one of the season’s hottest tours at the El Rey Theater, taking with them one of LA’s best kept secret, Plague Vendor from Whittier,CA and everyone’s (well, MY FAVORITE) 2-piece band in the history of music, the fantastical, ’68 from Atlanta,GA.
Knowing the ’68 guys personally, I’m always excited to see friends in town, but who am I kidding, seeing a ’68 set is just a whole different experience. Even as openers, the Atlanta duo will either make your jaw drop or leave you wanting more. Former The Chariot frontman Josh Scogin just knows how to throw on one hell of a show, mixing up pure energy and witty banter and some good ol’ rock n roll. The band put out a new record this year called, Two Parts Viper, and it was a treat hearing these new songs for the first time. If you haven’t seen/checked them out… what the fuck are you waiting for?! Check em out! All friendships aside, I back this band so hard.
Following ’68, was locals rockers Plague Vendor. Since forming on 2009, the Whittier locals have made their way up the scene and being direct support on this tour just proves that hard work pays off. After releasing their second album BLOODSWEAT through Epitaph Records, there was no sign of them slowing down. Literally, their guitar player was wearing a fracture boot and still killing it. I remember the first time I saw these guys was at When We Were Young Festival earlier this year and was blown away by their stage presence. Not a dull moment on stage. Definitely a band worth checking out.
Finally, The Bronx didn’t waste any time playing an in-your-face set in front of their hometown crowd. Playing all the hits and of course playing some new songs from a record that literally came out the same day. Straight up a tour kickoff/hometown show/record release show for the LA legends. At one part of their set, frontman Matt Caughtran sang about 3-4 songs in the pit and shit was so wild. My favorite part of the night was definitely seeing different scenes (from hardcore tough guys, punks, skramz revivalists, emo kids, rocker foos, hipsters, crust kids, a few goths, (wouldn’t be surprised if there were) country folks, orgcore people and normies) gather and celebrate a band that has been so crucial in the local scene here in Los Angeles.
I left the show thinking, HOLY FUCK! NOW THAT’S HOW YOU END SUMMER.
Check out some photos below.
What’s left of California? What’s left of Los Angeles?