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Voodoo Glow Skulls / Against All Authority

Voodoo Glow Skulls / Against All Authority: live in Corpus Christilive in Corpus Christi (2006)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: rklrkl
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Argh. At my parents' house again, for a long break, at least 12 hours away from anyone I know. Days spent drinking High Life, fishing, and doing my best not to fall out of boats, lest I lose my shoes again. I thumb through the paper one morning, looking at the BANDS PLAYING LIVE section, expectin.


Argh.

At my parents' house again, for a long break, at least 12 hours away from anyone I know. Days spent drinking High Life, fishing, and doing my best not to fall out of boats, lest I lose my shoes again. I thumb through the paper one morning, looking at the BANDS PLAYING LIVE section, expecting to see more George Strait, Pussycat Dolls, etc. You know, crap.

VOODOO GLOW SKULLS/AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY/TIME AGAIN. It screams up from the paper. Finally, I have something to do!

I get to the bar around 6, because the paper said the show starts at 7. No, one bartender says it's 7:30. Another says its 8:15. No matter -- $2 16 oz. cans of Lone Star will do little to dampen my spirit. And the marvelous jukebox, full of Black Flag, Fugazi, Minutemen, and other grand punk bands, eagerly swallows up the crumpled dollar bills I feed into it. I even get to sit and talk with VGS bassist Jorge Casillas for a bit...no free swag, alas.

Finally, after 2 hours of fairly steady drinking, I pay my $16, and wander through a door at the side of the bar into a whole 'nother room. This is the stage area. It is fairly decent sized, enough to seem cavernous with only 30-35 people there to see the opening band, locals Drastic Actions. Who the hell knew there was a punk scene in Corpus Christi? But I digress. Drastic Actions are a fairly typical punk band, nothing special, clearly schooled in Black Flag and other early hardcore bands. I don't remember much about their set, except for them covering Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me," which Jughead's Revenge did a much better job on. All that aside, they sound as innovative as Mr Bungle when compared to...

Time Again. Goddamnit, I hate Time Again. My friend once described them as, "the byproduct of Rancid taking a shit." After seeing them live, I would have to amend that to, "the byproduct of Rancid eating 35 Grande meals at Taco Bell and blowing up a Port-A-Potty." The singer is the very definition of Hot Topic heroin chic. Nice mohawk, dude. Is that a Rancid hoodie you've got on? Oh, and you're stripping it off to reveal a Casualties t-shirt with cut sleeves? And this first song is called... Oh, who gives a fuck? This is bad. I've seen some horrible local bands in my life. I've played shows with Christian screamo bands. I saw AFI at the last Warped tour I went to. And I would rather be any of those places than watching this insipid, caricature `77-style garbage. Just remembering it makes my stomach clench. I went to the bar and had 3 shots of Johnnie Walker in a row in an effort to end the pain. No such luck. If I'd only known...I would've brought a box of rancid tomatoes.

Mercifully, Time Again quit playing. Maybe their guitarist broke a nail, I'm not sure. And it doesn't matter. Because next up, is Against All Authority. I could hardly contain my excitement as they began to set up. This is the band I came to see, the one I felt should've been headlining, but, hey, that just means I have to wait less time to see them. I have no idea what the set list was, because I was too busy having a good time to bother to write anything down. They started out with "All Fall Down," and the crowd went into a frenzy. Bassist/vocalist Danny Lore is just as snotty live as he is on the albums, and actually, I could hear his vocals a bit better live than on the Hopeless recordings. During the set, my beer got warm, and crushed in my hand. Guess I was a bit too enthralled, or maybe the scotch fucked up my motor skills. Who cares, it's a punk(/ska) show, right? No one is reading this review at this point anyways. They closed out the show with a cover of "Holiday in Cambodia," replacing the Pol Pot reference with "George. Bush." Expected? Probably. Overdone? Perhaps. Rousing good fun? You bet.

Next up, the headliners...the Voodoo Glow Skulls -- to be honest, a band I had forgotten was in existence. I admit to rocking out heavily to "Band Geek Mafia" during high school, but apart from various other songs that've appeared on compilations, that's all I know. So, I can't tell you what songs they started out with, or really, what songs they played at all, aside from "Delinquent Song."

However, I can tell you that the horns (sax and trombone) were crisp and clear, and the horned lucha mask worn by lead singer Frank Casillas shone under the lights. I can also tell you that ten 16 oz. cans of Lone Star have a way of eroding the memory. They played well, I enjoyed it. Sorry for tapering off here, but my memory is quite shot.

I got lost on the way home. But, you know, I preferred driving around on empty Texas highways, somewhat drunk, not knowing what the fuck was going on, to seeing Time Again.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 8, 2007)

drunk driving is the best. you just dont know it..

Anonymous (January 4, 2007)

I went to the same tour, I went to the show at the Glass House in Pomona.

Time Again sucked.
AAA the band I went to go see, blew my mind.
VGS awesome and the same as the 100times I've seen them before.
They came on stage with some weird intro thing, "I am I am"
that's been driving me nuts not knowing what it was....

Anonymous (December 31, 2006)

You're right. Idiots who say how many beers they had will never stop doing it. They somehow have it in their minds that it makes them cool.

just drink, get wasted. saying a number only make you look like a faggot unless its the number of girls you fucked after the show

ilikepunkrock (December 31, 2006)

"after college you'll realize saying how many beers you had is for faggots"

you are about 14 years old or just an idiot

GlassPipeMurder (December 31, 2006)

right, well i don't really like jam bands at all. i'm a lot more interested in punk and ska. so it makes sense that i like live shows of Sublime, The Slackers, Mike Watt, Hepcat, etc. who go further than just playing their studio songs live.

Scruffy (December 31, 2006)

You know who else can reall improvise and make every set sound different every night?
Every jam band ever. Doesn't make it good.

GlassPipeMurder (December 31, 2006)

interesting way of confessing...

Anonymous (December 31, 2006)

first time ever mentioning this, ever....

3 years ago, in rural ontario, i drank...drove... and killed someone...

nobody knew it was me..... and they still don't.

i have not thought about this until now..

sincerely,
the woman who forgets

GlassPipeMurder (December 31, 2006)

I have about 15 live bootleg shows. Sublime was one of the few punk bands that could really improvise, i mean REALLY improvise and Bradley was a master of pulling lyrics out of thin air. There aren't many bands out there who can compose a setlist of Bad Religion, Bob Marley, Bad Brains, Grateful Dead, and Dee Dee Warwick and make them all sound original. For most punk bands, you can record a whole tour of shows and all the songs will sound the same. But with Sublime, it was something different every night.

check out A Day in the Sun or The Palace, those are some of the best live Sublime bootlegs.

Scruffy (December 31, 2006)

GPM-
How old are you? Didn't he die in like, 1995? You saw Sublime, or are you just basing that on what other people have said?

rkl (December 30, 2006)

yeah im a typical college kid. there's a lot of us 24 y/o freshmen running around.

die in a hole.

Anonymous (December 30, 2006)

we get it, you are so cool you drank soooo much

typical college kid, I would have had you pinned as a college kid if you didn't say it in the begining anyways

after college you'll realize saying how many beers you had is for faggots

GlassPipeMurder (December 30, 2006)

wrong. one of the best live punk bands to date.

Scruffy (December 30, 2006)

Guys, let's just agree: Sublime is one of the biggest musical travesties to ever make it big.

Anonymous (December 29, 2006)

Bout the guy ripping on Sublime for "borrowing" lyrics.
Would you get mad at a writer who quoted somebody else to get a point across? Would you talk down to a public speaker for quoting somebody to emphasize something? No. So why would you get mad at a band for quoting other bands' lyrics in their songs?

DrewXFishy (December 29, 2006)

you are a complete idiot how is time again no good.

GlassPipeMurder (December 29, 2006)

"an addendum to the suckage of Sublime:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sublime_(band)#Covered_s ongs_and_Borrowed_Lyrics"

You know, seeing as how the majority of those are straight up covers, (many of which were played live only once and never in the studio), that isn't much of an addendum to the suckage of Sublime. If anything, that proves how diverse their influences and range was. Besides, all of Sublime's best songs (ie Pool Shark, Same in the End, Paddle Out, Date Rape, Seed) were wholly original anyway.

rkl (December 28, 2006)

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 5:54 PM (EST)

As impressed as I am at your ability to use a dictionary, "chic" and "heroin chic" are different things. They're also usually used to highlight different positive aspects of someone's appearance.

As I recall it, the first time the phrase "heroin chic"(hardly positive) entered my world was when it was used to describe the calvin klein ads of the mid to early 90s.
Again, no one forced you to read it. And if you want perfect grammar, school starts again in a week.

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

an addendum to the suckage of Sublime:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sublime_(band)#Covered_s ongs_and_Borrowed_Lyrics

The Specials are boring. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

I'm the kid who made the comment about the Specials. First of all, this dude:

---
Posted by truebeliever on 2006-12-27 14:26:14
Did you seriously just accuse The Specials of covering Sublime. First of all other than The Specials and Sublime having something like 20 years in between them, Sublime only played like 10 seconds of A Message To You Rudy and The Specials version is an actual song.
--

You're a fucking moron, I was saying that Sublime did too many covers and all their good songs are covers. The Specials are the same way. Mediocre and changed sound by their second album.

As for the real ska I like, I think the Slackers are the best band ever, I love Tommy McCook, Skatalies, Westbound Train, Go Jimmy Go, Bluebeats, Lord Tanamo, etc etc....

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

Sweet dude. Drunk driving. You really are against authority!

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

As impressed as I am at your ability to use a dictionary, "chic" and "heroin chic" are different things. They're also usually used to highlight different positive aspects of someone's appearance.

GlassPipeMurder (December 28, 2006)

voodoo glow skulls are amazing. i don't understand why they get ragged on all the time. the lyrics are the weakest link, but their horn section is relentless.

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

im not afraid to admit, I like time again, the whole " they sound so much like rancid, blah blah", good grief, everyone sounds like everyone at some point, enough already. -oldpunker-

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

I agree with this review. I had to watch Time Again open for the Briggs a few months ago, they were fucking awful. Voodoo glow Skulls have a few good songs but are basically mediocre. In my opinion AAA is probably the most underated punk band that is still together and they should definetely have headlined this show.

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

Man, how I wish your drunk driving ass had plowed into a tree on the way home.

lushj (December 28, 2006)

"I love ska (real ska) and I hate the Specials. I think people should stop using them as the infallible ska band. They are one of those bands that all their good songs turn out to be covers.... (Sublime)"

Uh, if you "love" "real ska" then you'd know that everyone does a ton of covers in that scene, and always have, from 1960s Jamaica through today. It's not a big deal- and if their best tunes turn out to be their versions of classic songs, so what? Their version of Monkey Man is definitive, just like the Clash's version of Wrong Embryo (they did it as Wrong Em Boyo) takes the original song to a different level.

Besides, look at the great originals on their first record: Too Much Too Young, Gangsters, Dawning of a New Era, Blank Expression, Nite Klub, Concrete Jungle...

P.S.- You know that this tangent has nothing to do with this review. The reviewer didn't say that these bands were better or worse than two-tone or Jamaican ska.

JerryCola (December 28, 2006)

This review was an entertaining read...

Not a "great" review though by technical standards, it's easy for any random person to criticize but hey I was amused reading it and enjoyed the effort.

*thumbs up*

Anonymous (December 28, 2006)

Fuck this tour for canceling the reno date. Actually, fuck J-max productions for canceling this tour in reno. Nice Jughead's Revenge refernece, though. What the fuck happened to them??

rkl (December 27, 2006)

Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 3:46 PM (EST)

You need to learn to use the word "by-product" correctly. Same goes for the phrase "heroin chik". Also, why did you write a review of a show when you don't seem to remember much about it?


From Dictionary.com: chic /ʃik/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[sheek] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation adjective, -er, -est.
1. attractive and fashionable; stylish: a chic hat.
??noun
2. style and elegance, esp. in dress: Paris clothes have such chic.
3. stylishness; modishness: the chic of the firstnighters.


To answer your second question, I wrote the review because... I felt like writing a review. If you dont like it, you can (a) write a better review, or (b) not read it. I see, however, that you chose option (c) which is bitch while making an ass of yourself.

Score is for the hilarity of your grammar "corrections."

Anonymous (December 27, 2006)

Also, why do keep mentioning the brands of beer that you drink? Are you sponsored?

Anonymous (December 27, 2006)

You need to learn to use the word "by-product" correctly. Same goes for the phrase "heroin chik". Also, why did you write a review of a show when you don't seem to remember much about it?

truebeliever (December 27, 2006)

Did you seriously just accuse The Specials of covering Sublime. First of all other than The Specials and Sublime having something like 20 years in between them, Sublime only played like 10 seconds of A Message To You Rudy and The Specials version is an actual song.

Anonymous (December 27, 2006)

I can't believe 15 year old chubby ska kids still think they need to make that comment in 2006. None of us were saying "pfft fuck the skatalites or the Selecter, Against All Authority are the true Ska.

Anonymous (December 27, 2006)

I love ska (real ska) and I hate the Specials. I think people should stop using them as the infallible ska band. They are one of those bands that all their good songs turn out to be covers.... (Sublime)

Anonymous (December 27, 2006)

These bands are utter shit and "ska" is a genre that neither of these acts play.

You twerps think ska is Green Day horns. Listen to The Specials and suck my diseased, chancred penis.

Lick a dog's ass till it bleeds, get butt-raped for kicks, contract AIDS, and die a thousand deaths.

Lick my balls. I'm 50.

joeg (December 27, 2006)

About 40% of all traffic related deaths are due to alcohol. What does this tell us? The drunk drivers are still beating the sober drivers! It sounds to me like the drunks are getting a bad rap here.

Anonymous (December 27, 2006)

In Minneapolis the Time Again singer started blabbing awkwardly about how he had to drink water to keep his voice good... since he was updating us on his status, I shouted out, "I poop too much! Then I get tired". and then he made fun of my friends and I for standing near the back with our arms crossed (we were there for the flatliners).

Then I found out that my sister-in-law's hairdresser's sister is getting married to that dude... but the hairdresser thinks Time Again sucks.

Seriously

ilikepunkrock (December 27, 2006)

Time Again is a good band, they play good music, the lead singer is kind of stupid but the other members are rad. Listen to "Cold Concrete" and "Kenny." I went to this show in Oregon and it was a blast. Score is for that show.

usversusthem (December 26, 2006)

No, it tells us that an overwhelming majority of driving is done sober, and as such the statistics accord more accidents to sober people than drunk people, despite the increased likelihood of getting into one when you're drunk. Learn to not be stupid, yah.

FuckYouOiOiOi (December 26, 2006)

35% of accidents are caused by pixilated
the other 65% are not alcohol related
what does this tell us about the drunk drivers?
they seem to have a better record than the sober team

skankin_in_the_pit (December 26, 2006)

Score is for the review, AAA, VGS, or the Vegas stop of this tour. You decide.

You should pick up "Who Is, This Is" man. I know everyone hates VGS now, but It's a definite ska-punk classic.

Anonymous (December 26, 2006)

Knock one back, have another one, drinkin n drivin is so much fun!
STEB

Anonymous (December 26, 2006)

Corpus Christi has a punk scene?!?!?!

good review... i was sold at the mentioning of Lone Star Beer

lushj (December 26, 2006)

Well-written review! I missed this tour last month because I'm a forgetful idiot.

Score is for the review

Anonymous (December 26, 2006)

your a worthless drunk driving peice of fuck. fuck you asshole.

Anonymous (December 26, 2006)

ive got your horn you assholes. hahahaha. long live matty luv.

rkl (December 26, 2006)

wow, published within ~2 days of submission. thats gotta be some sorta record.

for the "lolz drunk driving is kewl" kids...
sorry. i feel that my comments help give you the state of mind that i was in during the show. also, i dont live here. i dont know anyone. who else is gonna drive?

Anonymous (December 26, 2006)

yay drunk driving is so cool

AphasiacIIC (December 26, 2006)

time again fucking rules, so does AAA.

VGS bores me, they have some decent tunes though

Anonymous (December 26, 2006)

Score is for AAA. I saw them last month with Time Again, and I have to agree that Time Again are fucking terrible. Sorry guys, you blow.

Also, AAA is recording ALREADY in February. So, a new album should be out summer '07!!!

Anonymous (December 26, 2006)

drunk driving sure is punx

FuckYouOiOiOi (December 26, 2006)

is this the first chapter of a novel?

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