It was a proper night of angst and love as punk rock fans packed the famous Alex’s Bar in Long Beach to see a stellar lineup of Upper Downer, Bella Novella, Bar Stool Preachers and Bad Cop Bad Cop.
California locals Upper Downer started the night off with a raucous set that got the crowd going. Playing songs from their recent digital self-released EP S/T, the band showed off their unique blend of anarcho-ska-punk, with fierce drumming, gritty vocals, badass bass lines and growling guitar riffs. In celebration of the April release of their new record Incinerate, Long Beach locals Bella Novella set the stage on fire with their visually-captivating presence and their unique sound said to be a mix of ‘Linda Rondstadt meets Queens of the Stone Age meets Blue Oyster Cult’. This rock trio will indeed win you over!
Coming off a wild year of touring, Bad Cop Bad Cop was on fire playing in their favorite hometown bar…
The venue was packed with excited fans as The Bar Stool Preachers brought UK ska-punk feels to the night. While the band might be new to the scene, their presence and sound are pure veteran status. Catching the attention of Aimee Interrupter (of The Interrupters) whose vocals are featured on their song “Choose My Friends”, the band is currently on tour with Bouncing Souls and just wrapped up the 15th Anniversary of Rock the Ship in October.
Last, but certainly not least, were the badass ladies of Bad Cop Bad Cop. One can truly feel the love of their fans as these queens of punk rock lit up the stage with fan favorites and surprising the crowd with a tease of a new song. Coming off a wild year of touring, Bad Cop Bad Cop was on fire playing in their favorite hometown bar, allowing them to experiment with the setlist and busting out an acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac’s “You Make Loving Fun”.
Be sure to catch Bad Cop Bad Cop on November 27th at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa and be on the lookout for new music coming soon!
Photography by Jenni Lynne