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Lars Frederiksen and The Bastards

Lars Frederiksen and The Bastards: live in Santa Cruzlive in Santa Cruz (2004)
Hellcat Records

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Highway 17 is normally pretty packed on weeknights with commuters making their way from Silicon Valley proper back over the hill to Santa Cruz where the dirty waters of the Pacific Ocean pound its shores. I guess people had gone home early after the long 4th of July holiday weekend because 17 was e.


Highway 17 is normally pretty packed on weeknights with commuters making their way from Silicon Valley proper back over the hill to Santa Cruz where the dirty waters of the Pacific Ocean pound its shores. I guess people had gone home early after the long 4th of July holiday weekend because 17 was empty except for the thick forests that surround the curvy mountain roads. Downtown Santa Cruz also normally crowded with pedestrians was sleepy. The kids were piled thick outside of the Veteran's Hall on Front Street as they usually are when a good show is in town. The place is all ages and bears more resemblance to a high school gymnasium with a cheap stage curtain than a nightclub. Shows here tend to draw quite a few members of the 18 and under crowd. A particular show several years earlier involving Violent Society, The Unseen and The Casualties at said venue comes vividly to mind. I'll never forget the three skinhead kids (probably under the age of 12) dancing, pogoing and singing along with every song.

Having just seen The Bastards and Horrorpops several weeks before there is little I can say that I haven't already. My review of that show can be read here. Essentially this show was the same lineup sans two bands. There are however some highlights to this particular show that some of you out in computerland might find entertaining. If you haven't done so already I highly recommend seeing these two bands in an intimate setting like Vet's Hall. It will be one you won't soon forget.

Pistol Grip opened the show and although i've seen them several times I don't know their material so I can't comment on what was played. They seemed to have improved quite a bit since I last saw them 3 years ago and several of the songs off their upcoming BYO release sounded very promising. The crowd was really into these guys and they sounded fantastic.

The Briefs were next and this was my first time seeing them. This is another band that I have heard a lot about, but again I don't have any of their material so I cannot comment on what was played. First off the band played at a breakneck speed with a very raw 1977 garage punk feel to the music. The songs were short, the guitars were loud and the drums hit hard and precise. They played like a pack of ADD stricken kids on a serious sugar high who forgot to take their ritalin. Much like the Beltones and the Forgotten BYO was wise to pick this band up for their label.

Horrorpops were next and they added some welcome diversity to the show. It was clear by the number of shirts that I saw in the audience who many came to see. As Patricia and the band took the stage the crowd cheered with excitement. This was my 3rd time seeing them in 10 months time but they were still as entertaining and captivating with their music and stage presence as the first time I saw them. They opened with Julia which immediately led right into Ghouls. After clearing up a few issues with the sound guy Patricia explained she had the opportunity to converse in her native language (Danish) that night backstage. She explained that she was speaking with Lar's mother who was in attendance. Drama Queen was then dedicated to her followed by Where they Wander and Miss Take. As Patricia had warned, Girl In A Cage was stopped about 10 seconds in because they didn't like the fact that few people were skanking. Supported by more and more cheering from the crowd was the next song, Baby Lou Tattoo. Dotted with Hearts had the go-go dancers bringing heart shaped pillow props on stage which only served to enhance the synchronized dancing that makes Horrorpops so entertaining. The girls at the front of the stage screamed as Nekroman went into his vocal solo midsong. Last but certainly not least was a cover of Billy Idol's Rebel Yell which saw Patricia not only trading instruments with Nekroman but also instructing the audience to sing a long to the chorus. She shouted into the mic "More....More.....More" before they started. Had the show been 21 and up there probably would have been more singing along on this tune, but as it were the majority of the audience seemed a bit confused. Toward the end of Rebel Yell a large group of girls up at the front of the stage proceeded to scream uncontrollably as Nekroman flipped the upright bass completely upside down as he continued to slap it without even the slightest break in the rhythm.

Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards were next and the audience was warmed up and ready. Wearing wraparound biker shades and looking more and more like Lemmy Kilmiester Lars introduced the band and said that he knew Santa Cruz could get a good circle pit going. With that the band opened with the ferocious Dead American followed immediately by Anti-Social. The audience swelled backward and to the sides to accomodate the growing pit. Billy Bragg's To Have and To Have Not was next and had the kids screaming the chorus into the mic that Gordy shoved into the crowd. Campbell, CA was next and given that Santa Cruz is only about 25 miles away it only made sense that some of the kids were singing along louder than the others. Gods of War off of Viking elicited a huge pit and violent slamming from the crowd. S.P.D. followed and also seemed to have some kids singing along which is strange because the new album doesn't release until next week. Lars took a break and explained that his brother used to say that the kids were quiet on the street he lived on after something bad would happen, then things would be back to normal the following day. This led him into a new one off Viking The Kids are Quiet on Sharmon Palms, a new singalong anthem which nicely showcases some of Scott Abel's talent (and talented he is). Army of Zombies, Wine & Roses and Mainlining Murder were next followed by 10 Plagues of Egypt. The Motorhead version of Leavin' Here followed. Lars then dedicated Skunx to brother (Rockin') Rob (R.I.P.) and friend Ben Zanotto (R.I.P.). The band then left the stage as the audience demanded an encore.

Lars appeared back on stage shortly after leaving and asked someone for a lighter to light his cigarette with. As he inhaled he exclaimed very matter-of-factly that cigarettes kill you and "so does riding a motorcycle but I do it anyway". He then began to discuss the ridiculously unprotective half-shell helmets that are commonplace on a lot of bikers. The entire band eventually came back onstage and Lars introduced everyone saying that Craig's new band the Mercy Killers would have a track on the upcoming Give 'em The Boot. This led into the first song of the encore which is about all the band members, Bastards. 6 Foot 5 followed, again with the kids knowing every word of the chorus. Lastly was Vietnam which ended the show. The lights went on and Road to Rock n' Roll by The Mescaleros began to play on the PA .

I've heard people say around here that nothing good ever comes out of Campbell. Those people obviously have never heard Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. The set in Santa Cruz was very similar to their show three weeks earlier on the Punks Vs. Psychos tour in San Francisco. The energy was the same as well; raw and intense, genuine and incendiary. Vet's hall was alive. The Bastards have a hell of a record coming out. Based on what i've heard so far Viking is going to be incredible whether you are from the south bay or not.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

I met Lars on Tuesday in Dublin...and we was the nicest guy ever.He talked to me and my mates right until he had to go backstage.
SAVAGE!!!!
And chris

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

"....what? That photoshoot looks like it was taken in a rotten motel, and they put little-to-no money into it.

So what if they take pictures to market a CD? There has been no in-store or TV marketing at all for the album."

First off, I'm not against them taking photos and advertising, I don't think publicity for a music CD would ever be a bad thing thing and I'd never have a problem with that. Looking back now after reading your comment and being a little more level-minded you are right, the scale of it wasn't over-the-top at all. I hereby retract that part of my comment below, I was biased due to my confusion and dislike of the content.

-Anthony

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

I've meet with Lars, he's very nice.

sounds like somebody's jealous...

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

If anyone has ever seen the real Lars, you will know that he is one of the biggest piece of shit humans in existance.

FUCK LARS!
FUCK RANCID!
FUCK HELLCAT!
FUCK YOU!

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

Kudos to whomever does the booking for the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz, I've seen some great shows recently.

gladimnotemo (July 15, 2004)

" Punk, to me anyway, isn't about large themed photoshoots where choice photos are used to market a CD."

....what? That photoshoot looks like it was taken in a rotten motel, and they put little-to-no money into it.

So what if they take pictures to market a CD? There has been no in-store or TV marketing at all for the album.

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

BSD you hate Lars, we got it on the first review.

Now why waste your (and everyone's) time by opening the 2nd Lars review and bitching about it.... AGAIN!

You're punk, we got it. Now try to find another way to upgrade your ''Punknews cred''

(I can understand someone reading a review of a band/artist they hate and bitching just for the sake of doing it, the problem with you is that you've posted more than anybody else on the 1st review and you're doing the same on the 2nd review...)

You won't change shit here and you might aswell go on with your life.

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

That 1% video on the epitaph website makes me fucking sick, maybe if someone explained the angle to me it would help. Punk, to me anyway, isn't about large themed photoshoots where choice photos are used to market a CD. Lars and Tim probably couldn't care less about being punk in the traditional sense, and good for them, I just fail to understand this direction and I wish I did. I expect someone to say it's financial, but I still highly doubt it . It seems Lars is pushing the sex thing as much as possible but it strikes me as so meaningless and blasť.

I think however, that Epitaph blocking the Lars comments on thier website is fair enough, most of the comments were puerile to say the least. They have a business to run.

Having said this, the two oriental girls in the video are hot.

-Anthony

sjoipunx (July 15, 2004)

"Secondly, why the hell are you reviewing two live shows, by the same bands, in two weeks time? Is there an underlying point here that I'm missing? Even if you left out the fact that I think Lars and his bastards are talentless assclowns, there's no need for a second such review. "

Anchors,

I reviewed two live shows for several reasons. 1. The Bastards were in town 3 times locally in about a month's time. I will most likely review the third, free record-release show that occurred at Amoeba records on Haight in SF on July 13th so you can post more positive comments. 2. I wrote the review because surely there are fans out there that didn't get a chance to see the tour and this is their only way of experiencing it and 3. There were differences between the two shows worth mentioning.

The overwhelming reason for writing the two reviews though is that I am a big fan of the Bastards and other bands with major roots in the South Bay. I live in Campbell and when I first got into punk music many of the people I met went on to play in bands that eventually made a name for themselves. This includes Rancid, The Bastards, The Forgotten, etc. If you've ever been here you know there isn't much to be proud of.

The thing i'm wondering is why you read reviews and post comments on a band you claim to hate so much.

To put it in your words " Is there an underlying point here that I'm missing?"

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

And I don't know why you think Lemmy is such a hardass. He likes a lot of modern music biz personalities you'd expect him to smash with or hit with his IRON HORSE.

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

"However, I'm pretty sure the largest contingent of Lars fans sport studded belts and listen to the Casualties.

Lastly, 80's hardcore is pretty damn lame. I'm not talking groundbreaking bands like Bad Brains, Black Flag, and Minor Threat, I'm talking about shitty youth crew bands that do nothing but rant and rave about brotherhood and vigilance."

I'd rather hear Motorhead-rip off punk than some jabbering art-school idiots dropping tempo changes to try to sound cool in their annoying voices. It's like comparing Hawkwind and Motorhead to King Crimson. Even Hawkwind would kick ass all over KC.

The Casualties comment doesn't need to be argued with... Since I'm pretty sure you don't go to street-punk shows if you think anyone at all likes the Casualties.

So because there were youth crew bands after hardcore died, you can't like Discharge, FU's, Reagan Youth, Dead Kennedys, Nausea, Void, Iron Cross, The Adolescents, TSOL, The Circle Jerks, Fear, etc? And the Boston scene had cool "crew" bands like SSD and Negative FX. But really, "Youth Crew" hardcore didn't get big until the late 80's. It really isn't 80's hardcore.

-BSD

klasticono (July 15, 2004)

Speaking of the Epitaph site, people were trashing this album on there so much that they've disabled the ability to view comments about anything Lars-related.

http://www.epitaph.com/bands/index.php?id=381

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

Anchors had it right on except for the fact that both Blood Bros and Casualties suck!Lars and his crew rule!

Anchors (July 15, 2004)

Correction!

THIS score is for the Cash Money Millionaires.

The half star is for Lars.

Anchors (July 15, 2004)

First off, this score is for the Cash Money Millionaires.

Secondly, Lemmy still would kick ass, and in copius amounts as well. Keith Richards is 147, and he could probably still bust some heads, too. The only time age makes a difference is if you're relagated too eating pudding and baby food.

Third, it's obvious that the Blood Brothers are superior to Lars, Rancid, the Bastards, and any other halfass side projects he decides to plague the earth with. A lot of kids that like the Blood Brothers, are in fact lame scenesters with dyed hair and white belts, but that doesn't account for their fan base as a whole. However, I'm pretty sure the largest contingent of Lars fans sport studded belts and listen to the Casualties.

Lastly, 80's hardcore is pretty damn lame. I'm not talking groundbreaking bands like Bad Brains, Black Flag, and Minor Threat, I'm talking about shitty youth crew bands that do nothing but rant and rave about brotherhood and vigilance. Bands with chips on their shoulders still pretending theres some war against non straight edge kids in need of being waged. Hardcore of today isn't much better, but that shit sucked just as much.

enjoy (July 15, 2004)

I saw the Punx vs. Psychos tour when it stopped in Birmingham, Alabama. I enjoyed it. The Bastards finished their set with Vietnam which was kind of appropriate "Running the streets of Birmingham..." I like what I've heard of the new album though.

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

"what the fuck is up with the artwork on the new lars album?"

Watch that 3rd video on the Epitaph site and you will see whats up with the artwork. I think Tim Armstrong might quit Rancid and become a porn director.

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

Okay, whatever you say. Just don't plug your "dope" site again. Thanks.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

"lam" i meant lame as in bsd is lame

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

to BSD I fucking hate basketball. that shit is lame and yeah most 80s hardcore is lam. get laid you dumb shit

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

"FUCK MOST 80's hardcore!"

Take off the basket ball jersey and get some brains, you braindead, bloody, loose, stretched out cunt.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

The new album rocks. However, when did Lars get so punk???

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

jesus, what a stupid ploy to keep some cred. Now that tim is a fucking hollywood scenester writing records for pop divas and shit, lars is trying to get all "extreme" like some mountain dew commercial. Who fucking cares if he likes hookers? He's never mentioned it before, so why go out of your way to make sure everyone know that you love crack whores? What a fucking idiot. And the funny part is that there are people who are gonna be all like "damn dude, that's punk!". Unfuckingbelievable.

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

what the fuck is up with the artwork on the new lars album?

It's like a cash money millionaires album or somthing.
lame!

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

Yeah the naked pics is funny stuff FUCK MOST 80's hardcore!

klasticono (July 14, 2004)

I got the album yesterday and it's so bad it's funny (the lyrics at least, some of those tracks smoke).

"You broke my heart/I dug your ditch/Now I'm coming after you, you dirty bitch! I'm gonna murder you!"

"I've done every hooker from here to Toledo."

"I've been rich, I've been poor, I've spent it all on whores."

There's more where that came from. Plus, the insert booklet is full of (censored) pictures of him posing with naked groupies.

MarkieStabone (July 14, 2004)

"tight genes"

i know this is a misspelling, but damn, it's hilarious. wouldn't want to taint the scenester genepool.

Anonymous (July 14, 2004)

how dare ye call modest mouse shitty. i shall murder you whilst you sleep.

-the angry pirate

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

Yeah, really. The Bastards may suck, and I may think Lars is, by and large, a fucking fraud, but they're nowhere near as bad as the Blood Brothers and those shitty "sludge with grindy parts" hardcore bands.

Plus, I doubt Lemmy would do any such thing. He's was old when he quit Hawkwind, and by the time "Ace of Spades" came out, he should have been dead.

But back to the Bastards VS the Blood Brothers... One time some fuck at a Havoc show came in with his tight genes, white belt and blown-out-in-the back hair, having the gaul to make fun of the other fashion kids... Needless to say, the fashion/street-punks exacted a little justice in the pit and no one cared because no one likes it when scenester fucks try to invade shows.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

This show kicked ass.Plus he saw Pistol Grip and The Briefs. Would you rather have him watch shitty bands like Blood Bros,Modest Mouse and Saves the Day

Anchors (July 13, 2004)

Lemmy would slowly murder Lars if he thought for even a second that Lars was trying to imitate him.

Secondly, why the hell are you reviewing two live shows, by the same bands, in two weeks time? Is there an underlying point here that I'm missing? Even if you left out the fact that I think Lars and his bastards are talentless assclowns, there's no need for a second such review.

Honestly, go see something different kid.

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

Nice review.
"she took off her shirt, pulled up her skirt,layed on the bed and said come over here"

gladimnotemo (July 13, 2004)

The new album is ripe full of plotting murder, prostitutes, violence....it's weird, but I love it. It's like Lars' life story in 30 minutes.

So, where's the Bastards and Only Crime reviews then, eh?

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

The new album is incredible

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

I say ship Lars back to Denmark. It's obvious that Scandi-cracks can't make good music.

klasticono (July 13, 2004)

Not a bad review, I missed every LA-area show (whoops), save for a few songs from afar at the House of Blues. Anyway, sounds like the Bastards are putting on some good shows.

Anyway, why's this live show been reviewed three times already? Someone needs to write something about the album! I hear it's rife with humorously idiotic lyrics about beating people up, sexual escapades, killing women, etc., and I can't wait. Also, the artwork seems amusing so far.

theOneTrueBill (July 13, 2004)

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