Phoenix Ska Punk Bowling - Pub Rock Live - 10/5/2013
Judging by the main event Saturday at Pub Rock Live, Phoenix Ska Punk Bowling was a smashing success. It seems as though the entire ska punk community came out to support Andrew Jones and his crazy dream of putting Phoenix on the map as a punk rock town.
"I expected 10 people at every venue," said Jones of his cross-town festival, "but it's actually going really well. Like, it's actually more than I had even hoped for, and that tells me that a lot of people are really interested in this kind of event, and they really want to see it happen."
Local all-female punk outfit The Venomous Pinks opened the night, and it was clear they weren't messing around--everything from their look to their attitude to their fast-paced tunes just screamed punk when they were on stage. The Phoenix-based act was easily the hardest sound of the night, considering their almost metal-like jams were opening for three pop-punk acts.
Perhaps the most appropriate part of their set was their cover of Hall and Oates classic "Maneater." Because if these ladies keep busting out killer sets and opening for their biggest shows they are going to eat away at the fanbases of their male counterparts and put a stranglehold on the Phoenix punk scene.
Gaby Kaos of The Venemous Pinks
Following the Pinks came Southern Illinois pop-punk quartet The Copyrights. Pub Rock really started filling in as the Copyrights came on, and after a few songs the mosh pit got going in front of the stage.
It was also during The Copyrights that it became apparent how forreal this show was. Justin "Junior" Waldrop of Skull Drug, Friday's Pub Rock headliner; Brian Paulson of Rotten Youth; Brad Dilznik of Girl Boner; and other local punks trickled in with the crowd to show support for the first Phoenix Ska Punk Bowling's main event. And something about all the local musicians standing around, some of whom did not even play this weekend, just screams out, "Hey, you're doing it right."
Following The Copyrights things started getting interesting when The Queers opted to go on third, allowing Teenage Bottlerocket to close out the event. Joe Queer, Dangerous Dave, and Lurch Nobody gave the crowd exactly what they wanted: High-energy Queers covers and higher-energy Queers originals.
The Queers' energy definitely descended into the crowd, also; once they got on all bets were off for standing in front of the stage, unless you were willing to brave what was surely the gnarliest mosh happening in Phoenix Saturday night.