Pulley pulls off energetic set at small venue

In Theater & Arts

It”s not often that punk fans go to San Pedro to see a great
show. In fact, there are only two venues in the whole city. One, La
Zona Rosa #2 (formerly the Waters Club) holds its own against many
Hollywood clubs because of the legendary acts that have performed
there. Sublime, Agent Orange and even Gwar have graced its
stage.

Aug. 20 was no different. More than 200 fans of all ages packed
the venue”s tables, bar and dance floor for the long-awaited return
of Epitaph Records” own Pulley.

 As the fans trickled in, Kido Monet began their painfully
short set. Their ambient mix of musical ballads and hard rocking
jams with throaty screams hardly amused the crowd.

Even the lead singer/guitarist looked bored and lazy, sitting
down in a chair the whole time. They received mild and polite
applause but were not received well.

The second band, Dive Bar Junkies, came out with their posse in
full force. Their fans, which they lovingly call “junkies,” came
out from the woodwork and up to the front of the room to holler
their favorite songs.

DBJ has a style that can be described as intricately assembled
punk and hardcore with a splash of something uniquely different.
Complex guitar sounds and the thumping bass jams (performed by a
woman named P-Nut) got the heart pumping.

Front man Mike Fear added to the act by mixing in funny facial
emotions and mild acrobatics. They were by far the liveliest
musicians at the club.

At all-ages shows you see all sorts of things, but seeing a
young boy ask for the drummer”s sticks is truly heartwarming,
especially when the band is relatively unknown like DBJ.

After a long break, South Bay veterans Poor Kids On Glue (PKG)
hit the stage. They had so much energy, even the bassist got into
it, which is uncommon for most punk bassists. What stood out about
PKG was their drummer.

Sitting in for Tony Palermo was Dave Raim, the drummer for
Lagwagon/Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies. He had a nice, relaxed
flow to his hard-hitting, precise drumming style. He learned all
the songs in just a few practice sessions and was able to pull off
one of the best Pulley shows I”ve seen.

After getting tossed around the pit for a while, I moved onstage
to take pictures and to avoid being killed in the massive and
violent pit. The stage wasn”t much safer with tables and beer
bottles flying everywhere.

Unfortunately, most of the youthful crowd left before Pulley”s
late night performance, leaving a small yet energized audience for
the band.

They ended with their popular song “Cashin’ In” as an echo of
voices repeated every word.

This was definitely a show that made you feel like you were in
high school again, except now you could buy a $5 beer from the
bar.

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