19 August 2009
Last weekend, the long running Bay Area zine Maximum RocknRoll hosted a five day fest in San Francisco with the folks from Thrillhouse Records (30th & Mission, the best independent punk store in SF, hands down). The bands that played were as diverse as those covered in the pages of MRR, from SF legends CRIME to new bands like YEAR ONE and NODZZZ, from the in your face hardcore of SKIN LIKE IRON to the full on crossover thrash of VOETSEK to the truly odd stylings of KREAMY 'LECTRIC SANTA and 50 MILLION. The killer of the weekend for me was the crew of LA bands that came up to melt our faces. Sadly, TUBERCULOSIS didn't get to play friday night (damn jail, fucking up our good time!), but SEND THE DOGS, DESCARADOS and RAYOS X were all fucking fantastic (as were all of the bands Friday; ADELITAS were a total surprise, and of course, locals N.N. did not disappoint). ASKO were from the same East LA/South Central scene that spawned the bands that graced us this past weekend, and at least 2/3 of the band does time in TUBERCULOSIS and/or RAYOS X. This demo from 2008 is their only document, and it is a full on scorcher. As I've said many times, while I hold the "glory days" of punk in high regard, it's what the punks are doing today that really excites me. Up the punx indeed!