The Interrupters, SWMRS, Johnny Madcap, Sharp Shock Haunt Fonda With High Energy Show

SWMRS - Photo by Balancia
SWMRS - Photo © 2017 Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA

The Interrupters headlined a night of high-energy new wave music and Halloween hijinks at The Fonda Theatre that featured Swmrs, Sharp Shock and Johnny Madcap and the Distractions.

In case anyone was wondering where new wave music went, the night proved the genre is very much alive with each of the bands bringing the post-punk sound to Hollywood.

The Interrupters leap into the fray - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Interrupters leap into the fray – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Johnny Madcap

Johnny Madcap kicked off the night with a rousing set, the band is promoting the new single “Panic!” a commentary on “the uncertainty of the world.”

The last time we caught Johnny Madcap and the Distractions, the band opened for post-punk staple The Dead Milkmen. While that was an impressive show, it’s clear that in a couple of years since then, the band has gotten even tighter.

Sharp Shock - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Sharp Shock – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Sharp Shock

Sharp Shock singer and guitarist Davey Warsop and bass player-vocalist Dan Smith brought a UK influence to their set. Korey Kingston (The Aggrolites, Suedehead), is a San Diegan drummer whose favorite genres are reggae and ska. This trio gives us hope that ska and new wave will continue.

SWMRS put on an energetic show - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
SWMRS put on an energetic show – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

SWMRS

Swmrs put on a wild show, underscoring the power of the female fans as hundreds of girls formed a moving wave of outstretched hands. The bandmembers Cole Becker, Max Becker, Joey Armstrong, and Sebastian Mueller sporting interesting Halloween costumes.

Cole Becker and Seb Mueller AKA Granny and Baby - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Cole Becker and Seb Mueller AKA Granny and Baby – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Frontman Cole Becker was dapper in a whiteface makeup dripping blood and a red granny dress which somewhat limited his physical antics. Drummer Armstrong also had white face with glaring white teeth. At one point the amazingly prolific drummer came out from behind the drum kit and stood on the railing by his devoted fans. At his young age, the remarkably talented Armstrong is one of the best drummers around.

Joey Armstrong - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Joey Armstrong – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Maybe one of the best things about this band is the humility. These guys know they are fortunate to be playing music for a living, with Cole Becker telling CaliforniaRocker.com that they love their fans. The band spends time with the adoring throngs after their show.

Joey at the rail with the fans - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Joey at the rail with the fans – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Interrupters

The Interrupters continually and consistently prove they’re worthy of their fans’ devotion. The reggae-ska band led by Aimee Interrupter and brothers Kevin Bivona on guitar, Justin Bivona on bass and Jesse Bivona on drums never disappoints.

The Interrupters put on a high energy ska party - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Interrupters put on a high energy ska party – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The charismatic band jumps, skips and ska-dances their way into their audiences’ hearts. It’s clear there’s a love for their fans and the band doesn’t take the career for granted.  They stole the show at Coachella last year and continue to leap into the hearts of new and devoted fans alike.

Check out our review of The Interrupters at 2017 Coachella

The Interrupters have a new album, Say It Out Loud, that they’re promoting with a tour that brings them to South America and then back to the U.S. through December.

Aimee Interrupter fronts The Interrupters - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Aimee Interrupter fronts The Interrupters – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The Interrupters are reminicent of The Specials and One Step Beyond only in a lighter tone. They make for a great performance band, with a dynamic show and fun attitude. Check out The Interrupters website.

The Interrupters: Reminiscent of One Step Beyond only more fun - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
The Interrupters: Reminiscent of One Step Beyond only more fun – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Aimee Interrupter - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Aimee Interrupter – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Jesse Bivona keeping the beat - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Jesse Bivona keeping the beat – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Johnny Madcap - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Johnny Madcap – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Sharp Shock - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Sharp Shock – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Cole Becker of SWMRS - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Cole Becker of SWMRS – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

SWMRS - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
SWMRS – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Jumping SWMRS - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Jumping SWMRS – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

SWMRS by the light of the handheld devices - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
SWMRS by the light of the handheld devices – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

SWMRS by the light of the handheld devices - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
SWMRS by the light of the handheld devices – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Granny legs - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Granny legs – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Setlist - Interrupters Fonda