Nerf Herder / Up Syndrome / Never Heard Of It

Nerf Herder/Up Syndrome/Never Heard Of It: live in Anahiem, CAlive in Anahiem, CA (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: WussEmoRockWussEmoRock
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Chain Reaction, a small club that has a max cap. of 252 people is located in Anaheim, California and has been around for 5 years. To celebrate, they are having 3 secret shows, last night was Thrice (hardcore), tonight was Indie Rock (well none of the bands really were) and tomorrow night is Ska. All.

Chain Reaction, a small club that has a max cap. of 252 people is located in Anaheim, California and has been around for 5 years. To celebrate, they are having 3 secret shows, last night was Thrice (hardcore), tonight was Indie Rock (well none of the bands really were) and tomorrow night is Ska. All 3 shows are suppose to be secret but the first 2 shows the bands names leaked out.

With that in mind, I knew what I was in store for. In order of apperance, Never Heard of It, Up Syndrome, Nerf Herder, and Sugarcult. I knew right away that I would be leaving before Sugarcult, because if any of you read my review of the Less Than Jake show a week ago, you will understand why.

I had never been to the Chain Reaction before, and it really is a hole in the wall, but what a cool hole in the wall it is. First up at 8 was Never Heard of It, a local band (although who tours the U.S. quite often) from West Covina, who put on a great set of pop punk songs. They played everything off of their most recent release, "Limited Eedition." If you want to check them out download the songs "No Regrets" or the cover song "Buttercup." Not many people got very involved in their set, but that was the case with most all the bands the whole night thru. A group of 5 dumbshit mother fuckers (excuse me for my language, they just really pissed me off) thought tonight was an indie rock show so they didn't like any of the bands, so when they weren't yelling "you suck" they were dancing/playing tag/dancing retarted/rolling on the ground/just being plain dumb (I hope someone from the show reads this so they can second what I am saying). Trust me, it was very annoying, to the bands and the fans.

Luckily, after Up Syndrome, they got a clue and left. Now Up Syndrome, boy were they fun to watch. I only knew the first 2 songs they played which dissapointed me, but never the less they put on an outstanding set playing "The Jackson 5 Were Wrong," and many other great ones. It seemed most everyone was at the show to see them, being that it was their area, O.C. They had a midget come out and introduce them which was really cool, and they have the worlds nicest guitarist named Big John who has a crazy looking mohawk, who really knows how to put on a great show for the crowd along with the newest addition to the band, the bassist, and Chris their singer who runs around in the pit singing with the crowd. During their last song, they ahd everyone come up on stage who wanted to, to help them sing it. Everyone check out this band!!!

Everyone look out!!! Nerf Herder is now up!!! Hell yes, one of my favorite bands playing a show with now less than 100 people still at it. Very cool if you ask me. They played "Jacket," "Welcome to My World," and "High Fi Anxiety" from their neswest album "American Cheese." They also played the crowd favorites "Van Halen," "Courntey Love," "Sorry," and the hilarious song "Love Sandwich." Big John from U.S. came back out on stage for "Pantera fans in Love" to play guitar for Perry, which was really cool. They are now going on the Punk O Rama Tour, and should be back stated Perry when I talked to him sometime around December. Oh, and if the girl who gave me the drum stick from Nerf Herder is reading this, thank you very much, you rock!!!

Sugarcult is horrible, so I left and went home. Well, let me rephrase that, they are really nice guys even though some people think that they are jerks, but their music for an hour would be just too much. Especially twice in 2 weeks.

Overall, this show was well worth it, and it was awesome no one was there even though it was sold out. It sucked that the Chain Reaction staff were being such pricks and not letting anyone even go outside for a second, I had to have Big John from U.S. go out to my car and get my wallet for me since he could go in and out, that was my only complaint of the whole night, no ins and outs.


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Anonymous (December 17, 2002)

Up Syndrome is good, and I'm glad you assholes got fucked over. They are on Nitro Records, and you aren't. Go cry, you "Indie Rockers" haha

Anonymous (November 4, 2002)

dumbshit pride... woo hoo.

wait, no. stfu

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

id like to confess that i was one of "the 5 dumbshits" at this show. yeah, so we got jacked by these chain reaction jerks' false advertising, but we still went in and got our moneys worth. yeah the bands really sucked, and so did everyone there. i mean, seroiusly why go to a show if youre just gonna stand there and do nothing. you can do that at home listening to music and whacking off while checking out internet porn for free. my point is that when you go to a show, you should have some damn fun, even if it means making an ass of yourslef. so since i had such a good time, im pretty damn glad to the a "dumbshit." so whoever wrote this review i thank you for mentioning us and just want to let you know that you are a true JACKASS!!

and furthermore, there were 7 of us "dumbshits". so learn how to count... you JACKASS!!!!

dumbshit pride.

Anonymous (September 5, 2002)

WER does it again.

Why you always rippin' on Sugarcult? I just don't get it. I think it's cuz they don't play Ska? No wait that's what you were into last week. Well at least you like Nerf Herder, I can appreciate that.

Regardless, I can't believe these sweater kids and how dissapointed they were due to the fact there would be no tearjerker-rock that night. They should have sat at home and read CMJ to see the release date of the next Dashboard live CD.


WussEmoRock (September 5, 2002)

To Maggy and Marty, were you the 2 with red hair? anyway, I didn't mean you guys were dumbshit motherfuckers, but you were very annoying haha. I don't blame you though, chain did screw a lot of people over who bought the tickets before they announced who was playing, I on the other hand got the tickets when I heard who was playing (cause of nerf herder). So I understand that you guys had fun creating a buzz, and even though it would have been nci if you guys had toned tag and dancing down a little, I have to admit, you had me laughing the whole time. rock on for still going inside.


Anonymous (September 5, 2002)

up syndrome havent sucked my cock...should i feel left out?

Anonymous (September 5, 2002)

I too was part of the group of "dumbshits". I would just like to say I had the most fun at that show. Even though all the bands sucked and were a sorry excuse for "emo" or even pop punk I still enjoyed making an ass out of myself. I know its not the bands fault that Chain Reaction fucked us all over and we weren't the only ones pissed about it. There was probably 30 or so kids selling tickets outside, dissapointed in the "indie rock" selection. To anyone who didn't get the joke: oh well. It is really funny how we created such a buzz.


Anonymous (September 5, 2002)

Ha ha ha ha ha.. I would just like to say I was amongst one of the "dumbshit mother fuckers" at the show.. that show was great!! I got to go on stage and talk in the mic!! And no, we didn't just leave cuz we "got a clue", we just got tired and bored...

WussEmoRock (September 4, 2002)

Also, I've heard that since the tickets were so similar to the indie rock show and the hard rock show (thrice one the night before) a bunch of people used their tickets for that one and the club didn't even notice.


Anonymous (September 4, 2002)

agreed. Up Syndrome is really terrible and sooo generic. First off, bands that purposely spell their names wrong should just break up..now. And cover songs live are pretty lame.

Anonymous (September 4, 2002)

it means that the show was billed as indie rock up until a week before the show then it was changed to pop punk... the strongest rumors were that it would be vagrant bands so, about 200 kids left or didn't even bother to show up once they knew who was playing. so yes all the tickets were sold but not everyone came into the club... so it was sold out but it wasn't crowded. this show was a disappointment... and oh yeah up syndrome sucks everyone's cocks, i hate them, they should never have played "at your funeral" to start their set. they just insulted saves the day right there. and and you forgot to mention fag jon was in the middle of a "love sandwich" during nerf herder, that is probably the most girls he'll ever have in his whole life. okay sorry i just hate up syndrome.

Anonymous (September 4, 2002)

Sugarcult headlining for Nerf Herder? ;(

WussEmoRock (September 4, 2002)

think about it.


Anonymous (September 4, 2002)

"Overall, this show was well worth it, and it was awesome no one was there even though it was sold out."

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