Descendents, Fucked Up and Night Birds @ The Electric Factory.
It’s always a thrill to see legendary acts, even when they show up on stage looking like the suburban, middle-aged parents that they are.
Pioneering California punk band and progenitors of pop punk (for better or worse) Descendents took to the stage at the Electric Factory yesterday, celebrating the release of their first new album – Hypercaffium Spazzinate – in 12 years . They launched right into the music and immediately, the whole floor area began swaying and moshing.
Frontman Milo Auckerman took a moment between songs to say, “I have this nightmare of waking up on November 9, I get my cup of coffee and I pull out my newspaper and I’m like, ‘Oh my god. Everything sucks!'”
It was a great night of pent up teen angst and societal defiance, you know, everything punk is supposed to be about. The crowd loved it, demanding two encores. For a moment, it seemed like a third might come as well, though sadly, it did not.
Canadian punks Fucked Up were a blast just before Descendents. Lead singer Mr. Damian spent most of the band’s set in the crowd, screaming in fans’ faces as they screamed his lyrics right back at him.
Night Birds opened the night. They had talent, for sure, but their performance was way overshadowed by Mr. Damian’s antics and the amazing drumming by Descendents’ Bill Stevenson. That man inspired countless drummers over the past 40 years and he still pounds the drums like he’s the skinny teen he once was.