Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2009 01:46am | Post a Comment

Agent Orange "Voices In The Night" live
All The Rebels Productions
Legendary longtime SoCal punk outfit Agent Orange play Blakes on Telegraph -- a couple of blocks down from Amoeba Music Berkeley -- tonight, Friday July 17th. This highly recommended surf-punk, skate-rock show, put together by longtime Bay Area underground music ambassador/music promoter Peps of All The Rebels Productions, also features the two tight Bay Area bands Jack Killed Jill and Gutwrench.

Tonight's show, which is being co-promoted by Amoeba (look for the Amoeba banner near the stage area tonight), promises to be a rockin', hella fun night for all, with all three bands perfectly complimenting one another's sound. Oakland's Jack Killed Jill effortessly mine that classic Cali punk sound with power-punk guitar progressions and infectious choruses that beg to sung along with. Meantime, San Francisco's Gutwrench, not to be confused with the New Jersey metal band of the same name, also serve up a classic punk sound, albeit a little more on the heavier guitar sound, that pays homage to both classic Cali punk and classic UK punk rock.
Agent Orange
And to top it all off is veteran Orange County act Agent Orange, who decades ago pioneered melding punk rock with their regional traditional surf guitar music (reinterpreting classic surf songs like "Miserlou") and who consequently have been hugely influential within the skate-punk/skate-core scene. And somehow the band have managed to maintain their sharp edge even 30 years since first forming -- as witnessed by the recent live video footage both above and below of the band.

Above is a recent live version of the band doing "Voices In The Night," which to me sounds even better than the album version. And below is the band doing their classic "The Last Goodbye" in a performance in the past year at the Knitting Factory in New York City. Both are prime examples of what to expect from the band tongiht at Blakes. Blakes is located at 2367 Telegraph Ave near the UC Berkeley campus. 9pm - 2am. 18+ $10 advance, $13 at door. For more details click here for the Blakes on Telegraph site. And for more info on Agent Orange click here.

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