5/22 – SHOW REVIEW – Knee Deep/Cheap Shoes/Bloodpig/Malaska

If the heat was oppression, then the music was rebellion.. or it sure felt that way. Jammed into a little garage on the outskirts of Stockton, there was no shortage of fury, anger, and slam dancing; Stockton hardcore was alive and well again, just as it is at every hot and sticky punk show. Despite the temperature reaching roughly 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit in the spot, sets from Knee Deep, Cheap Shoes, Bloodpig, and Malaska set out to prove that the heat was on the proverbial back -burner.

Photo credit to Tanner Heard

Knee Deep opened the show with the classic grindcore tease: get people amped with a dissonant riff, then light the fuel. Vocalist Danny Parra's fed-up delivery and hectic stage antics got the crowd into it early, with show-goers throwing their fists with reckless abandon to the music they strived to hear, while the cavalcade of 1-2's and crushing riffs behind songs like "Winter" bombarded fans with a net of brutality. Savage, right? Knee Deep is one of those bands that could play anywhere on the card, but you'll always have the energy for their set.

Check out Knee Deep's Bandcamp page here.


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Next on the bill were perennial crowd pleasers Cheap Shoes. Another band you don't want to miss, their blend of hardcore punk and grind visions paves the way for a proudly-earned black eye. Ripping through song after song, including a cover of the legendary Minor Threat song "Seein' Red", the band was relentless. Even a snapped string on Matt Moua's guitar couldn't halt the momentum, as they furiously climbed back into action, spearheaded by the most famous back in the Stockton scene, which of course belongs to vocalist Richard Burriel. What a god damn name he has.

Check out Cheap Shoes' Bandcamp page here.

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I don't know if you know this, but Joey Barrows is not a typical human being. Throughout the other bands' sets, he sat quietly in the back, announcing when sets were starting and remained calm during some intense music.. even before Bloodpig came out, he quietly said into the microphone something to the effect of "we'll be playing songs soon, please come inside".. then the garage turned to hell. Bloodpig is a well known entity, but their music cannot be understood until you see them perform live. Joey is roughly similar to a schizophrenic chimp, throwing itself with reckless abandon to the sounds of violent music. Songs like "Deer Stripper" were undeniably fan favorites, and seeing a man hang from the jankiest rafters you've ever seen is a treat. Joey, be safe.

Check out Bloodpig's Bandcamp page here.


Photo credit to Tanner Heard

The final band of the night was none other than Malaska.. where do I begin. Not only was there an impromptu rap jam session with the band, but earlier in the night, I had overheard drummer Andrew Paunon and bassist Derrik Held hinting at their opener.. when they teased us with "Witch Dice (Sorry I Exist)" before fully unloading into a cover of Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy", I'm not sure anyone could fully believe it. Playing the tune to utter perfection, the band then segued into the song they teased the fans at the start of the show with, and everyone knew the words. Five people to a microphone was not uncommon throughout the song, as Derrik screamed his way through the triumphantly anthemic track. Songs like "Ghost Machine" and "Treasure" rounded out the set, before an audience requested rendition of the "Friends" theme song had the last laugh, closing out what shaped up to be a perfect way to end a Monday night show. Here's to more, my dudes.

Check out Malaska's Bandcamp page here.

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