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REVIEW: Dead Kennedys Bring Life to Classic Punk Performance at The Dive Bar in Las Vegas

By ALENA LIM

When it comes to Dead Kennedys, I know everybody in the punk rock industry is familiar with them. Their single, “Holiday In Cambodia,” which was released during the early 1980s from the album Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, was the first song from this band that caught my attention.

Why did this song had so much meaning to me? It was because my family were former refugees of that horrible holocaust. It meant a lot to me that Dead Kennedys revealed the horrors and reality of the event that took place during the late 1970s through their strong and powerful lyrics .

East Bay Ray – Photo by Alena Lim

‘California Uber Allies’

Another one of my favorites would be their first single that they released in 1979 from the same album called “California Uber Allies” which refers to the California state Governor name Jerry Brown. This song was kind of dedicated to him, expressing his views on his vision of America. Although there had been alternative versions of this song that has been recorded more than once, the original version shall always stand out the most.

The Dive Bar was packed with fans up to the point where I was unable to move at all. Tickets were sold out as everybody was excited to see these legends perform. The lead singer, Ron ‘Skip’ Greer delivered a promising performance through a series of unpredictable body movements, series of psychotic facial expressions while spreading his raw energy of punk, this is what it was all about! It didn’t matter that we were sweating our asses off while struggling to stand upright through the crazy hard-knocking mosh pit.

Ron’s Energy

Ron had so much energy, I was literally having to wipe my face of his saliva multiple times. That’s how much energy he had. Ron empowers the fans next to the stage by maintaining constant physical interaction with the audience as well as literally being ‘in your face.’ While I watched the people go crazy, cheering for every member of Dead Kennedys on that stage, I was very happy to see this moment. Ron ended the show by walking off the stage and going through the audience during his last song, “Chemical Warfare.”

The majority of Dead Kennedy’s albums were released throughout the 1980s such as Plastic Surgery Disasters w/ In God We Trust Inc. released in 1982, Frankenchrist in 1985, Bedtime for Democracy in 1986, and Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death in 1987. Later, Dead Kennedy’s released an album Mutiny On the Bay in 2001 and Live at the Deaf Club in 2004.

Klause – Photo by Alena Lim

‘Too Old for Punk Rock?’

During the show, Ron spoke to us about how he almost couldn’t make it because he was tired. He was touring for the past 20 days and says he’s getting too old for Punk Rock, then tells us we’re too old for it as well, jokingly of course. He was happy that he was able to make it.

There was talk of wanting a reunion with the original singer, Jello Biafra. Due to the legal battles and problems Jello has had with the former members in the past, Ron said he feels it will never happen. I spoke to a fan who says that it’s not the same without Jello. Of course, ANY band is never the same without their original members. The reputation and history of Dead Kennedys has always been kept alive all these years while they were still touring. They are still very much ALIVE and always will be!

D.H. Peligro – Photo by Alena Lim

Dead Kennedys Tour

Dead Kennedys will be touring throughout parts of United Kingdom between June 19 through 26. They will be at the Echoplex in LA on July 20, Brick by Brick in San Diego on July 21, House of Blues in Anaheim on July  22, and Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on July 23.

You can find their tour date information on their Facebook page or their official website deadkennedys.com.

1. Band Members: Ron “Skip” Greer [Vocals]; Klause Flouride [Bassist/Vocals]; East Bay Ray [Lead Guitarist]; D.H. Peligro [Drums/Vocals]

2. Band originally formed: San Francisco, CA in 1978

3. Genre: Punk Rock

4. Location of performance: The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV

5. Amount of crowd: Full House

6. Set list of songs: Forward To Death, Winnebago Warrior, Police Truck, Buzzbomb, Landlord, Jock-O-Rama, Kill the Poor, MP3 Get Off the Web, TDTF, Moon Over Marin, Nazi Punks, Calif Uber Allies, Bleed for Me, Viva Las Vegas, Holiday In Cambodia, Chemical Warfare.

 

Alena Lim Review: Hideouts Blend Some Well-Liked Alternative Ingredients to Create Tasty Punk Treats

Sink In Opens Can of Cool at Slidebar RNR Kitchen

By ALENA LIM

Hideouts is a 5-piece alternative rock/pop punk band from Huntington Beach, formed in 2012 Hideouts released their debut EP titled Stuck Between Stories on November 20, 2012. The 6-song EP show various influences ranging from pop-punk stylings of bands such as Hit the Lights or Cartel, to the modern rock appeal of Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin, and Paramore, with a hint of aggression that may remind you of acts like Four Year Strong or Sleeping With Sirens.

Hideouts – Photo by Alena Lim

Fateful Meeting

The band came together several years later when five members kept crossing each other’s paths. Their interaction with each other made them realize that they all have unsatisfied taste and passion for writing high-energy music. This led the group to demo under the radar in their own metaphorical “hideout” to develop what would be their sound, and in turn led to them settling on the name: Hideouts.

Hideouts opened an introductory performance at the Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen with their song, “Photograph,” bringing the room their delicious and inspirational delight!

Hideouts Deliver The Goods

Their own sound wave delivers thunder to current fans, new fans, as well as long-term friends. I enjoyed their songs, “Alleybyes” and “Halos.” Their music is filled with energetic love and positive vibes which is great for inspiring the young generation for a drama-free world. Hideouts finished the performance with their song, “Pulling Me Down,” expressing their appreciation for the support of everybody as well as the fellow bands being there.

The Hideouts are currently touring with “Sink In,” “Summerfell,” “The New Varsity,” and “Crash Overcast.” This was also their close-out tour location which in fact happens to be their hometown. The release of their Stuck Between Stories, Hideouts are eager and ready to head out tour the world.

Hideouts – Photo by Alena Lim

Vital Statistics:

You can find their facebook @wearehideouts or Instagram @hideouts. They have a lot of followers! Their next event will be on June 1, Thursday at 8 p.m. at the MTL, located in Riverside.

Band members: Vocals/guitar: Dan Chavez; guitar/vocals: Tim Markel; guitar: Robby Friend; drums: Luis “Chocs” Campos; bass: Tomas Garcia

Where they’re from: Huntington Beach and Los Angeles

Genre: Alternative Rock/Pop Punk

Location of performance: The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in Fullerton, CA

Inspirations of the band: Yellowcard, Bayside, Saosin, Thrice, Paramore, Relient K, Jimmy Eat World, Coheed and Cambria, Anberlin, Acceptance, Cartel, Sleeping With Sirens

Set list of songs:

Photograph
Who I Could Be
Alleybyes
Halos
So Not Like You
Chasing Satellites
Pulling Me Down

Sink In

Sink In was formed in early 2015. This group defines the sound of modern pop-rock to a whole different level. Their music style has a refreshed ambient and technical twist to the genre. You can hear it in their first song that they performed called “Higher,” along with a series of flashing bright lights coming out from their giant amplifers in the back of the stage as well as their black-box crates they they used for standing on top of during their performance throughout their show. I was extremely taken by their unique style of sound that made me want more.

Sink In – Photo by Alena Lim

Minnesota Train

One of the pieces I enjoyed from Sink In is “Minnesota Train.” This is a very emotional song because it was dedicated to a well-loved friend who passed away from cancer. The song they closed with, called “Wither,” was the perfect finale to their performance.

Sink In took the opportunity to start touring and booking dates spanning nation-wide. Thanks to the incredible reception while on the road, the band hit the studio to record their debut release. The “Wide Eyes” EP showcases the group’s powerfully written lyrics, precision guitar riffs, and high-energy attitude.

Sink In – Photo by Alena Lim

Wide Eyes EP

Their Wide Eyes EP is currently available. They will be playing on May 25 in Houston, July 16 in Seattle, Aug. 9 in Kansas, and Aug. 11 in Franklin, Ind. More details of their work can be found on their facebook @sinkinpa and their instagram @sinkinband.

Band members: Tighe Eshleman (@tighesinkin): vocals; Cobrette Bardole (@cobrettesinkin): guitar; Brett Latorre (@brettsinkin): bass/vocals; Stefano Pigliapoco (@stefsinkin): drums/vocals

Where they’re from: Hershey, Penn., and Los Angeles
Genre: Pop/Rock
Location of performance: The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen, Fullerton, Ca
Set list of songs:
Intro
Higher
Get Out!
Up There
Castaway
Minnesota Train
Love/Lust
Wither
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