Who could turn down a face like that? Well on Saturday, August 13th, a crowd of about 200 people showed up to a thing more rare than the zombie chicks you see to the left, a Psychobilly show in Long Beach.
As I've probably said before, Long Beach is known for many things but not its shows. Luckily, the VFW on South St. and Paramount Ave. gave this part of the city something to rock out to. People came from as far away as Oxnard to watch the line-up of unknown icons. There were six bands that played their sets with slap bass and stand-up drummers. The Vamps, Cannibal Mad Men, The Peabrains, The Grims (personal favorite), The Triggers, and Cold Blue Rebels.
The Peabrains were great, they got a lot of people out and starting a few "wrecking pits" but the band that brought the house down had to be The Grims. They are a band that plays lots of local bars and has gone on tour across the state as well as some out of state shows. The Triggers were a last minute addition that did not disappoint; the band has been around for a while without a doubt.
Between all of this musical talent, the organizers managed to squeeze in a Zombie Pinup Padgeant where a handful of ladies went up on stage and the crowd got to pick a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for the hottest zombie. Shows like this make me wonder why more dont happen in Long Beach. This was a perfect venue because the loud noise did not bother anyone, there was parking as far as the eye could see, and the old timers joined in on the festivities. The $10 cover charge was well worth the killer lineup. There was a tattoo shop that set up a tent and was doing tattoos on the spot, there were a few vendors selling items for the underground music lover, and the bar was selling drinks all night long. It was almost a shame that more people did not know about it, but that comes with the type of music being played. Would anyone consider going to a show like this? Why do you think there aren't more shows like this in Long Beach? With such a huge retro and old school scene in the city, why do you think this wasn't as popular as the ink-n-iron festival?
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Man this looks super tight..... Nice pics man.
It really was pretty dope, I hadn't been to a show this dope in a while