Somehow, I convinced our bass player to head on down to see The Spits at Luigi's Slice FunGarden in Sacramento last night...he has a new favorite band now...I gained several. It's pretty amazing how quickly I can change my mind about a town, as up 'til this point I'd thought Sacramento was a pretty dull place. It's nice being surprised by real local talent.
Yes, I went to see the Spits, but Rad opened the show with such ferocity and female-fronted hardcore fury that I knew it was going to be a great night. Teef were also a pleasant and funny, punk-as-hell surprise. (Found out later they're also Boats!, but that's another story.) The Croissants were fun in their own snotty, punk-ass way. The Mouthbreathers, from Lawrence, Kansas, with their quick, punk sound and sustained vocals, sound more like one of the new, garage-psych, indie bands, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, considering the fact that all these bands and about 75 fans were crowded into the storage closet @ Luigi's...well, I think it all turned out great!
Well...until the Spits took the stage. Yes, they were as amazing as you'd think, but they were plagued by sound problems for most of the set...which led to some fun, hateful banter between the brothers' Wood. Jarade, our bass player, jumped into the pit for most of the show, while the support posts for a beam made it possible for me to shoot some really crappy video and protect the plastic cup of white wine of another Punk Retrospective crew member. I think we'll be going to more shows in Sacramento if Luigi's will get a corkscrew for the white wine even though it's pretty punk pushing the cork into the bottle with a butter knife.
So, here's Rad, live on KDVS:
Croissants - I Don't Get to Leave Link source
Mouthbreathers - Out of My Head Link source
Spits - All I Want Link source
Here's that crappy video I mentioned: