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by Aimee Myers

Although they hail from Santa Clarita, Friday, September 5th’s show at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana served as the perfect homecoming event for Together PANGEA. It was filled to the brim with Orange County and Los Angeles’ most raucous teenagers, ready to welcome their hometown heroes back from a nine date West Coast tour. Kicking off the night were fellow Angeleno punks No Parents, who expressed a sense of delightful debauchery in both their lyrics and stage antics as singer Cat Shit stripped down to his boxer briefs while singing about topics such as masturbating in a Burger King bathroom, wanting to join the Illuminati, and being mistaken for his dead uncle by his grandmother. Prior to their set, the audience seemed to be exhausted from yet another long week of high school, but No Parents made certain to use their set to secure a spot as one of LA’s most exciting up-and-coming bands. Be sure to keep an eye on them, as they’re bound to take over the local garage scene, and probably pass out at your friend’s house party in the process. Next up was Portlander trio Guantanamo Baywatch. They describe their genre as “surf sex sludge and garbage,” shred like Traditional Fools, and sing like Shannon and the Clams, creating the perfect haze of lo-fi surf punk fused with 1960s bubblegum pop vocals. After triggering yet another mosh pit, another mist of beer, and another wave of crowd surfers, it was finally time for the headliner. Although it was most kids’ first time stage diving that night, it clearly wasn’t their first time seeing Together PANGEA. A sea full of sweaty faces and impossibly wide smiles thrashed around the Constellation Room, from the first chord of their opener “Sick Shit” to the final wail of their cover of the Dad Horse Experience’s “Gates of Heaven,” making Friday night’s show truly feel like a homecoming not just for the band, but for the youth as well.

 

 

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