SAVE THE SCENE 1/7/17

As all of you should know, California is in a drought, and has been lacking in water for the past few years. This is because we are consuming greater amounts of water than produced, and the San Diego music scene works a lot like that. We have neglected to create new faces onstage, instead depending on the same people and same music, but there’s only so long that can last. Eventually everyone moves on with their lives, rotating through high school, to college, and onward. How can there be a music scene when the music runs out, or when the bodies that had previously crammed into living rooms, churches, and discarded and re-purposed buildings, just to enjoy live music, no longer carry an interest? Once it’s gone, someone is going to have to care enough to rebuild the entire community back up from the ground. This is why we need to plan a sort of intervention, and that’s exactly what was done.

Local concert promoter and personal friend of ours, Emily LaBlond (Promoceans), recently threw one of the most successful local shows yet, Save The Scene. With over 340 people filling up The Irenic on Saturday, January 7th, we can happily say that the night was a hit.

 

The lineup started out with fairly new group, Soap Detergent, who not only put on an A1 set, but provided a new vibe from the “surf-punk” sounds that echo through San Diego.

Next, the Ventura natives of Paper really took the crowd by surprise, and after asking around, it’s been confirmed that they’ve asserted their fan base in this Southern California community. Their songs and stage presence really stands out from a large amount of other local musicians, maybe that’s why the crowd instantly fell in love with the band. Not only did they smash through some originals, but also put their own flare in the cover of Sublime’s iconic song, “Santeria,” which really hyped the crowd up for the next performers. 

When Opt Out and Essex Class are playing a show, you know things are going to get interesting, and that’s exactly what happened. Picture this: a church, packed full with sweaty crowd surfers … covered in toilet paper. 

Yes, the poor musician’s beach ball. In all reality, that was one of the smartest call’s made by Opt Out, not only was it insanely creative, but was one of the most memorable moments of the night, another one being when Essex Class performed their song, “Honey.” During this, the band asked people in the crowd to step up on stage with them, creating a whole new level of interaction. I have never seen a mini mosh break out on stage before, or so many dedicated fans supporting local music.

Seem’s like every band at Save The Scene had a defining moment, for The Bash Dogs, that would be their rendition of The Beatles, “Twist & Shout.” When the song started out, everyone watching immediately went into a frenzy, including Pat Collins, of Grove and the late Snykes, who took this opportunity to jump on stage to “twist & shout” (literally). The Bash Dogs never disappoint, and will always be a much loved classic in the San Diego scene.

Speaking of Pat Collins, Save The Scene was his new band’s debut show. Grove is compiled of Pat (of course) on guitar and lead vocals, Chris Olson on bass (also a member of the late Snykes), and Lawrence Kattoula on drums. “Roses,” which is one of the band’s originals, instantly won the crowd over, especially when the guys got creative and handed out actual roses into the crowd. I nearly had a heart attack when I heard “Bacardi” and “Killer Whale” coming from the stage, I think I speak for everyone when I say it was a literal dream come true. Although I have accepted that The Snykes are gone for good, it was amazing to see 2/3 of the band back on stage again, and I look forward to hearing a lot more from these talented dudes. 

Overall, Save The Scene was probably the best local show I have been to thus far, the bands were amazing and the crowd was even better. I have never seen, in my entire concert-going career, so many crowd surfers in one place, near the end of the show they even had to start kicking people out. If you didn’t make it to the show I truly feel sorry for you, but don’t worry too much, you’ll just have to come to the next one.

Article by Kyla Wyllie

Photography by Annika Cimas

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