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Nothington / Cobra Skulls

Nothington / Cobra Skulls: live in San Franciscolive in San Francisco (2007)
BYO Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: SonnySixSonnySix
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San Francisco's best kept secret is not your advance copy of the new Blaqk Audio album, but a small band originally hailing from Reno called the Cobra Skulls. It is a travesty of epic proportions that they don't have a Band Profile on Punknews yet. Coming out of virtually nowhere, they blew my mind .


San Francisco's best kept secret is not your advance copy of the new Blaqk Audio album, but a small band originally hailing from Reno called the Cobra Skulls. It is a travesty of epic proportions that they don't have a Band Profile on Punknews yet. Coming out of virtually nowhere, they blew my mind (and eardrums) during a recent show at Annie's Social Club with another great band, Nothington, which consists of former members of Tsunami Bomb.

The night started innocently enough. I met up with the Sunset Punks and downed PBRs faster than Dennis Hopper in "Blue Velvet." Times like this make me never want to leave the Bay Area. The Cobra Skulls were the third band of the night and wasted no time launching into one of my personal favorite songs, "I Want Bigger Cobra Skulls." With a new album coming out July 10 and a West Coast tour with Mad Caddies to follow, the remainder of the show was dedicated to new material. There was not a weak song in the set. Sounding like the bastard child of Social Distortion, the Clash, and Disco- / Eternal Cowboy-era Against Me!, it is impossible to stand still while the Cobra Skulls are on stage. This might explain why Red Scare Records label-mate Brendan Kelly of the Falcon (and a completely unheard of group called the Lawrence Arms) is calling the new Cobra Skulls album Sitting Army the best Red Scare release to date.

The set ended with the 66-second rallying cry against the religious right entitled "Ode to Jefferson." As the band screamed "I don't fuck with your bible, don't fuck my Constitution!!," the crowd, myself included, chanted "Stay the fuck out! Stay the fuck out! You think your Ten Commandments command me? Stay the fuck out!" My only real criticism of the set was that they did not play "Hasta Los Cobra Skulls Siempre," which is by far my favorite Cobra Skulls song. If I was writing the set list I would have opened with "Ode to Jefferson" and closed with "Hasta Los Cobra Skulls Siempre," but sadly I didn't hear the phone ring for my input. I must have been too busy enjoying the future of punk to come.

Giving me just enough time to use the restroom and grab another Pabst at the bar, Nothington hits the stage and boy did they hit it hard. I don't think that there is anything better than seeing a band at a hometown show after they've been out on the road. These guys were fucking incredible. When I first heard of Nothington I didn't give them a real listen because I wasn't much of a Tsunami Bomb fan. Boy, was that a mistake. I can't resist a chorus that forces you to scream along at the top of your lungs, and it seems every song is designed for just that. The song "Awake for Days" was a real standout for me. The dueling vocals of this song sounded like it was pulled from some lost Hot Water Music record. They closed the night with what are my two favorite tracks off of their BYO debut All In: "The Last Time" and "Where I Stand," before a song described by singer Jay Northington as "A song about something you should never do," entitled "Rob the Band."

Bottom line, check out the Cobra Skulls and Nothington. The Cobra Skulls currently have an EP, Draw Muhammad, available through Humaniterrorst Records and their Red Scare debut Sitting Army will be released in less than a month. See them on tour in July. Brave the heat and support Nothington, who will be playing the first leg of Warped Tour this summer. Stay involved. Support your local punk rock bands.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 18, 2007)

I'm sick of seeing Nothington at the same bar! Play the East Bay!!!!

Anonymous (June 17, 2007)

nothington owned this show

Anonymous (June 17, 2007)

see, if you go naragansett x6 show = slightly more solid fecal deposit.

key word- slightly

Dante3000 (June 17, 2007)

the naragansett beats the pabst as far as cheap beer is concerned
Little known fact:
show (pabstx6) = Diarrhea the next morning.
-Dante

baseball (June 17, 2007)

"Awake For Days" is one of my top songs of the year so far

great fucking song

Anonymous (June 16, 2007)

the naragansett beats the pabst as far as cheap beer is concerned. While very few can best nothington as far as rocking my socks is concerned.

Dante3000 (June 15, 2007)

Dude, c'mon you know with my level of mediocrity I'm lucky if I remember to get drunk at all, let alone on the band's beer.
Though you best cough up a copy of Sitting Army or feel my wrath!
I will say that I plan to show up drunk at their San Jose show and scream until they play "Shame on the Cobra". Then when they play it I'll start screaming that they're fucking it up. I gotta keep some level of professionalism, right?
-Dante

RedScare (June 15, 2007)

Shit Dante, you're supposed to flake on the interview and just catch the band. You're going about this rock journalism thing all wrong. You probably don't even steal the band's beer backstage...

Dante3000 (June 15, 2007)

I was there before the show and Interviewed Cobra Skulls, then I had to bail. Really bummed, as these two bands are simply awesome. I'm slightly consoled by the fact that Cobra Skulls will be playing right near my house in the not so distant future.
Glad to here it was a good show though.
-Dante

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

Best band. Nice dudes.

GlassPipeMurder (June 15, 2007)

Very nice review.

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

haha! this show was awesome! 5 stars!

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

best show i have been to in almost a year. fucking amazing. i never would have thought you would review this.

northdakotaKILLS (June 15, 2007)

i bought the nothington cd when it first came out, and man, i can certainly say, it did nothing for me. at all.

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