6.1.11: Weekend Nachos x Nails x Cyborg x ACxDC x The Afternoon Gentlemen x Disapproval

This is the only show I went to during finals week and I didn’t even know it was happening. I only found out because I took a break from studying and saw that Andrew of Metal Assault tweeted that he was at the show. It was already 2 hours in when I decided to stop studying and head on over to The BLVD, arguably the best venue in Los Angeles.

I got there just as Nails was beginning their set. The place was jam packed, hardly anywhere to stand without being uncomfortable. The BLVD is tiny, hot, and smelly although not usually as packed. That night there was an extra-potent stink. It felt as if everyone was wearing old loaner gym clothes that hadn’t been washed in months. But, as I looked around the room, I noticed that the odor was probably coming from the 4 strategically placed crust punks in attendance. I unintentionally turned into a mouth breather for an hour. Anyway, Nails were impressive! After seeing them, I got the feeling that they made it a point to be concise, not really concerned with how short their set is going to be. Hell, Unsilent Death clocks in at just over 13 minutes and it feels like not a second was wasted. That’s how their set was. I don’t know how much of the set I missed, but I’m guessing I either missed a lot or none of it because they went through 5 or 6 songs in under 15 minutes. I heard a few people moan that their set was too short. Maybe so, but it was easily a memorable one for me. I had Nails riffs from that night stuck in my head for days. So, with that said, I don’t know if I’d consider them a traditional hardcore band, or what, but, I lump them in with bands like Meek is Murder, Trap Them and Black Breath etc. Not quite hardcore, not quite metal, but somewhere in between and it rips. If there’s a name for it, I haven’t heard it and I apologize.

After smashing a few brews with Andrew, we marched right back into the performance area to see Power Violence band Weekend Nachos. I had heard the name for a while, but never bothered to check them out. I didn’t even know what the fuck Power Violence was about. Still don’t. I can’t even determine what sets it apart from hardcore to be honest. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable, because the set was awesome. It was a mess from beginning to end (all 17 minutes of it) and I captured it all on video. It’s not the best stuff you’ll hear on a record, but in a live setting it’s really fun.

Click here to watch part 1 of Weekend Nachos’ set at The BLVD

Click here to watch part 2 of Weekend Nachos’ set at The BLVD

The sound isn’t amazing, but you can hear everything pretty clearly with a bit of crackling. Blame my camera phone, and the sound system at The BLVD.

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