Agent Orange, Nekromantix, UK Subs, The Guana Batz, Messer Chups – Tickets – Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA – October 28th, 2018

Agent Orange, Nekromantix, UK Subs, The Guana Batz, Messer Chups

Casbah presents

Agent Orange

Nekromantix

UK Subs

The Guana Batz

Messer Chups

Sun, October 28, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Observatory North Park

San Diego, CA

$25

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Agent Orange
Agent Orange
Named after the chemical defoliant so chillingly used by the USA in the Vietnam War, Agent Orange were one of a number of bands formed in the highly active "So-Cal" hardcore scene of Fullerton, Orange County, comprised Mike Palm (vocals, guitar), Steve "Soto" Rodgers (bass) and Scott Miller (drums). However, Rodgers left early in their development to form another local punk attraction, the Adolescents. His replacement was James Levesque.
The band's first important supporter was KROQ disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer, who was fundamental to the promotion of many similar outfits. Their debut release, the Bloodstains EP, was the only one to feature Rodgers, and its title track was the first song the fledgling band wrote. Afterwards, they signed to prominent local label Posh Boy Records, run by Robbie Fields. The subsequent debut album showed the band rising above the usual three-chord bluster of hardcore with a melodic approach that recalled 60s surf instrumental bands (the Ventures being the most obvious influence). However, the band stormed out of the studio near to the album's completion, complaining about being "produced' and Fields' behaviour in general, leaving engineer David Hines and Jay Lansford (of Simpletones, Stepmothers and Channel 3 fame) to finish off the recordings. The Bitchin' Summer EP was one of the first skate/surf punk crossover items, with three energized surf guitar instrumentals establishing the band's future direction. Various problems delayed the next release until the trio signed with Enigma Records for 1984"s When You Least Expect It ... EP, which saw a conscious and largely unsuccessful attempt to accommodate a more disciplined, polished sound, a mistake compounded by a pointless cover version of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love'. However, all the elements came together for 1986"s This Is The Voice - the overdriven guitar mesh now allied to first-rate songwriting and delivery. This time the cover of "Dangerman" was fine, but subordinate to the Agent Orange originals. Levesque had been replaced by Brent Liles (ex-Social Distortion) the previous year.
Agent Orange remained largely quiet during the early part of the 90s save for a live album. Palm returned in 1996 with two new members and a studio album, Virtually Indestructible. Their 2000 release was a mixture of new recordings and re-recordings.
Nekromantix
Nekromantix
Danish-American Psychobilly band, formed in 1989 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Current Lineup:
Kim Nekroman (Kim Gaarde) - Double Bass, Vocals
Francisco Mesa - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Lux Drumette - Drums

Past Members:
Andy DeMize (Andrew Martinez (2)) – Drums (2006–2009)
Pete Belair – Guitar, Backing Vocals (2007–2008)
Tröy Deströy (Troy Russel) – Guitar, Backing Vocals (2005–2007)
Wasted James (James Meza) – Drums (2005–2006)
Kristian Sandorff – Drums (2000–2005)
Grim Tim Handsome (Tim Kristensen) – Drums (1993–1996)
Søren Petersen – Guitar, Backing Vocals (1995–1996)
Thormod – Guitar (1995)
Emil Oelund – Guitar (1994–1995)
Ian Dawn (Jan Daggry) – Guitar, Backing Vocals (1993–1994)
Peter Sandorff – Guitar, Backing Vocals (1989–1993, 1997–2005)
Peek (2) (Sebastian Jensen) – Drums (1989–1993)
Jens Brygmann – Drums (1989)
Paolo Molinari – Guitar (1989)
UK Subs
UK Subs
The UK Subs were another group that emerged from the scene at The Roxy in London in 1977. Founder and Lead Vocalist Charlie Harper was playing in R&B and pub rock groups before being influenced by bands like The Damned to turn to punk.

The band was based around Harper's growling Cockney vocals with Nicky Garratt on Guitar, Paul Slack on Bass and a variety of drummers. Although adopting punk stylings, the bands work was still heavily influenced by R&B, albeit played fast. Their sound was most similar to Sham 69 or The Angelic Upstarts, although without the skinhead following

Whilst never having a big hit, several singles made the lower reaches of the Top 30 in the late 70s, including "Stranglehold", "Tomorrow's Girls", a cover of The Zombies classic "She's Not There" and "Warhead". The first two studio LPs "Another Kind of Blues" and "Brand New Age" also made the lower reaches of the album charts.

In 1983 Nicky Garratt left the band along with bass player Alvin Gibbs and then drummer Kim Wylie leaving Charlie Harper to recruit a whole new band.

Garratt would come back in and out of the line-up over the following 25 years whilst Charlie carried on touring and recording with an almost ever changing line-up.

The UK Subs are the only band to record an album for every letter of the alphabet, in order, reaching Z (Ziezo) in 2016.
The Guana Batz
The Guana Batz
English psychobilly band formed in 1983 in Feltham, Middlesex. Regularly performed at London's Klub Foot.
Messer Chups
Messer Chups
Formed in Hamburg in 1998 and originally consisted of Oleg Gitarkin (bass) and Annette Schneider (synths). They had several member changes and in 2003, they invited Lydia Kavina - the most famous thereminvox-player and grand-niece of its inventor - to release Crazy Price and Vamp Babes. As of 2016, Messer Chups is based in St. Petersburg, Russia and works as a trio consisted of Oleg "Gitaracula" Fomchenkov (formerly known as Oleg Gitarkin) on guitar, Svetlana "Zombierella" Nagaeva (formerly known as Zombi Girl) on bass and Dr. Boris (Boris Israel Fernandez) on drums.
Venue Information:
Observatory North Park
2981 University Ave
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://observatorynp.com/