Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 @ Thee Parkside
// Over here at Modern Industry HQ, the rainy season has been getting us down. Not that San Francisco ever suffers from any drastic weather changes, but these sulking April showers need to go! Oddly enough, just as we thought cabin fever was about to truly do us in, the clouds disbursed and the Bay Area music gods granted us a night on the town. The infamous red paint and glowing neon of Thee Parkside invited us in or some furious barre chords and drunken sing-a-longs. Hallelujah.
Apparently everyone else in town had the same idea, as the line to get in made us a bit late. So we missed most of Great Apes opening set. Sorry dudes. The muffled sound from the patio didn't sound half bad though. After an intermission beer (traditional Anchor Steam was the brew of choice for the evening), a band of locals called Civil War Rust jumped onto the stage. We've been seeing them on show flyers for the past few years, but have never managed to catch them. They didn't disappoint either. While definitely not breaking any new ground in the pop-punk genre, they had their moments of finesse. The "Rusties" were also celebrating the release of their new record The Funny & The Lonely, which could have been had for $5 at the merch booth. Nice.
After an intermission beer, another hard working Bay Area band known as Heartsounds burst into a quick set of tunes from their two Epitaph albums, Until We Surrender and Drifter. We've seen these guys several times and they just get better and better. The crowd was in full swing. There were fists in the air, occasional moshpits, and even a round of applause for guitarist Ben Murray's mom who was in attendance. We were particularly surprised by how good the band made Thee Parkside's PA sound. For those of you not familiar, Thee Parkside, while one of our favorite venues, isn't known for its great acoustics. That being said, bravo Heartsounds. Let's have another intermission beer.
To close the night, Canada's Flatliners burn the house down with their brand of raucous rock/punk/pop/ska songs. A hard band to pigeon hole, but that's a good thing, right? These guys have been fighting the good fight for ten years, and show no signs of letting up. They're still touring on a Fat Wreck Chords album from 2010 and a 7" from 2011, but that really doesn't matter. The Flatliners are a perfect example of a band that doesn't yet have a studio album that does them any justice. Not saying you should ignore the studio material, but they really shine on stage. It's louder and dirtier and just oozes rock n roll. They also must still live in their parents basement because they are perpetually on tour and who can afford to pay rent when you're never even there? Go see them.
Special shout out to Ben of Heartsounds. Our resident pop-punk hater, Taylor, raised his beer to your Thin Lizzy shirt. We think you won him over.