Words by: Wesley Vanhook
Photos by: Pedro Carrera
There’s something magical about Garden Amp in Garden Grove. There’s just a connection that’s felt no matter the artist and this show was nothing short of an experience. It was the perfect venue to host Violent Gentleman’s 10 year anniversary as one punk rock’s most important clothing brands.
Santa Cruz Hardcore outfit Drain have been grinding and making their presence known in the scene. Their fans furthered this point by losing their minds and singing word for word, stage dive after stage dive. Drain is a force to be reckoned with and nothing it seems can slow the rise of this beast of a band.
Bay Area hardcore legends Ignite brought their classic sound and gave the crowd an upbeat positive vibe. The band was the final mystery reveal on the lineup. Their music hit hard and loud. Giving the crowd the proper energy boost to prepare for the night’s headliner.
Hailing from Buffalo, New York, the kings of auditory chaos: Every. Time. I. Die. From the moments the stage lights dimmed, everyone was poised and ready to receive their offering. Chants of “Every Time I Die” started before the guitars were even sound checked. This show was bound to erupt. The lights turned up and the band hit the stage. The scene was silent as vocalist Keith Buckley adjusted his microphone and gave the band a nod before he started shooting rapid fire lyrics that immediately sent everyone over the edge. Moshing, circle pits, and stage dives. Controlled chaos at the band’s fingertips. No matter what they did they had the crowd begging for more. The overall set was amazing, ranging from their newest album, Radical, to ALL the fan favorites. We even got blessed with an old song from the demo days. Every Time I Die are on their game and show no signs of ever faltering from this point. Long live ETID!