Words & Photos by Joe Calixto
In early June, Southern California punk legends the Descendents announced their new record Hypercaffium Spazzinate, which was the band’s first full length record since 2004’s Cool To Be You. Shortly after the announcement the band dropped their US tour dates. With a good mix of festival shows and large venues the Descendents enlisted the help of some of the scene’s top acts, Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, Fucked Up and Bully on selected dates. A month later, Epitaph records put out Hypercaffium Spazzinate and the reception was incredible.
Fast forward to October 1st, 2016. The stage was set. It was a sold out show at the Hollywood Palladium. The crowd grew bigger and bigger by the minute. As I was waiting to be escorted into the photo pit, I overheard a guy telling his son, “Dude, the Descendents sold out the Palladium, you need to be more stoked.” There it hit me. This show was fucking huge.
I haven’t had any information about the show until day of. All I knew was Modern Baseball and the Descendents were playing. I hear the house music turn of and the first band started playing. We missed the first 3 songs for some reason but our media escort was nice enough to take us to shoot a couple of songs.
Sharp Shock was up first, I’ll be honest, I have never heard of the band until last night but at first glance, I definitely knew who those people were. The most notable member was world famous tattoo artist Dan Smith on bass. The other two members, Davey Warsop and Korey Horn, I recognized from a band I saw open for Rival Schools called Suedehead. They definitely got things going for the night.
Up next were Modern Baseball. I was definitely surprised at first when I saw MOBO was opening for the Descendents considering they appeal to a much younger crowd but what the hell, MOBO is tight and that’s all that matters. A day after a cancelled Pomona show due to illness, Modern Baseball took the stage with their witty antics and energetic performance. I couldn’t really tell if anyone of them was sick. The sing-alongs were definitely there for them.
Finally, the moment almost every single person in the entire room was waiting for. The pit was filled up to the door. The smoking section cleared up super fast. The fucking Descendents was about to play to a sold out Hollywood Palladium. Dropping a 28 song set of both new songs and the hits that kept crowd surfers, mosh warriors, circle pitters busy for the next hour and a half. It was definitely a Descendents show for the history books.
And for guys past their 50s, holy shit, the energy they put out is beyond what some 20+ year olds can even do. This is what makes the Descendents truly an incredible band.
Check out some of the photos from last night’s fiasco!
“EVERYTHING SUCKS TODAY”
Also, a big Thank You to Epitaph records for being so awesome to us always! <3 XOXO