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Tsunami Bomb / The New Trust / Nothington

Tsunami Bomb / The New Trust / Nothington: live in Petalumalive in Petaluma (2009)
Kung Fu Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: WindsofHellWindsofHell
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On January 17th, there was a certain electricity in the air in Petaluma, CA. At 7 p.m. that night, Tsunami Bomb, the influential female-fronted punk band was going to be taking the stage for the first time since their abrupt 2005 breakup. They would be playing at a sold-out show at The Phoenix Th.


On January 17th, there was a certain electricity in the air in Petaluma, CA.

At 7 p.m. that night, Tsunami Bomb, the influential female-fronted punk band was going to be taking the stage for the first time since their abrupt 2005 breakup. They would be playing at a sold-out show at The Phoenix Theatre as a benefit for Liz Beidleman, drummer for Lucky Strike, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

First to take the stage was Agent M's new incarnation, the Action Design, with fellow TB'er Matt McKenzie, Pipedown alum Jaycen McKissick and Rum Diary alum Jake Krohn. The Action Design played a brief yet energetic set that introduced many TB fans to the singer's new project for the first time. As stated by Emily on-stage, "It's kind of odd to be opening for myself." They definitely set the tone of the night, which was just about having fun and rocking.

Set list:

  1. 10 Feet of Snow
  2. Scissor Game
  3. Landmines
  4. Pale Horizon
  5. Half a World
  6. Connect/Disconnect
Next up was Jay Northington and TB drummer Gabe Lindeman's new band Nothington. They tore up the stage with their brand of sing-along punk. It was good to see Jay on stage at the show, as he would not be playing with TB later that night.

Next up was the New Trust. They seemed to be the lull point of the night. Amazing band, amazing songs, but a little too slow for the fast-paced energy of the band to come. I guess that's okay, though. Everyone needed to save their energy.

Finally, the moment everyone was waiting for. The lights went down, the 800+ capacity crowd inside The Phoenix was buzzing with anticipation. Then, as if they had never stopped playing for those three-and-a-half years, Tsunami Bomb took the stage: Agent M, Mike Griffen, Matt McKenzie and Gabe Lindeman. The band played over 18 songs that night with a good mix from all of their albums. This may have been the tightest set I have ever heard them play. M stated mid-set, "Yes, tonight you can call me Agent M," which just sounded awesome to hear, as if the whole crowd had stepped into a time machine and was transported back to the band's heyday. A highlight of the set included "Invasion from Within," with almost every single person in the crowd pumping their fists in the air along with M. The band pulled out an oldie but goodie, "Breakaway," which original guitarist Brian Plink came out and sang backups on.

The band held a raffle (with benefits going towards Liz) and gave away two of their out-of-print 7"s along with several other Tsunami Bomb goodies. The crowd anticipation at this show was like none I had ever seen. You could barely hear M singing over the roar of the crowd shouting her vocals back to her. It's almost impossible to describe this show as it was such a memorable and exciting thing to experience -- almost as if it was a "you had to be there" night. After the band's last song, they received an encore and came back out for another round.

To quote M, "You guys are not going to believe it, we're gonna do it."

At that point they ripped into "Lemonade," a crowd favorite that the band stopped playing after Dominic was kicked out, with the help of Mel and Liz from Lucky Strike on backups. The crowd truly went nuts.

To close out the set they played "Take the Reins," one of their most memorable and innovative songs of their career.

This show was definitely something to be witnessed, heard and experienced. TB finally said a proper goodbye to their fans and raised a shitton of money for a good friend.

Side note: And much to Mr. Dominic Davi's dismay, no one was talking about why he wasn't there. He couldn't have been further from the minds of the people there. We were there for Liz and to say goodbye to our band, Tsunami Bomb.

Set list:
  1. Dawn on a Funeral Day
  2. Russian Roulette
  3. 4 Robots and an Evil Scientist
  4. Invasion from Within
  5. Headlights on a Hand Grenade
  6. El Diablo
  7. Breakaway
  8. I Bought You
  9. 20 Going On....
  10. A Lonely Chord
  11. Count Me Out
  12. My Machete
  13. 5150
  14. Roundabout
  15. Being Alright
  16. Swimming Through Molasses
  17. Say It If You Mean It
  18. Not 4 Ever
  19. Encore:
  20. Lemonade
  21. Take the Reins

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
JayTee (February 27, 2009)

Why do all good female fronted punk bands die out too quickly?

Redscare (February 27, 2009)

"Throughout the review? I only see him referenced once."

Ha, really? Read it again.

cyanotic (February 26, 2009)

I'd have liked to be there. This band isn't legendary or anything but they were fun and likeable. The review sounds a little fanboyish but that makes sense...who else would've gone to this show but the band's biggest fans?

Irish_Punk_Is_Gimmickry (February 26, 2009)

Holy shit:

"Yes, tonight you can call me Agent M," which just sounded awesome to hear...

I don't know who the biggesr dork is in this situation! I hope Agent M enjoyed her night back in the sun because her new project is dead in the water. Unfortunately, when your only shtick is being a cute girl, there's always a cuter and younger girl right behind you.

windsofhell (February 26, 2009)

Throughout the review? I only see him referenced once.

Redscare (February 26, 2009)

I like how the reviewer insists that the Dominic guy wasn't a part of this yet insists on bringing him up throughout the review and in the summary. Secret crush?

PoliticsOfStarving (February 26, 2009)

I love Tsunami Bomb! And Lemonade, wow, this sounds incredible.

joeg (February 25, 2009)

wow, sounds like an amazing show. i would've loved to have seen this.

Shipwreck510 (February 25, 2009)

I agree with the dude up there. They were awful from the get go.

Anyone looking for the first two 7" can contact me at xbatmitex@gmail.com and I will be glad to part with them. They were my sisters and as most girls do my sister lost interest in punk and had a family insted

windsofhell (February 25, 2009)

And your right.

That little thing about the old bass player probably wasn't necessary, in fact it wasn't. Hindsights 20/20 . I just read some of his myspace blogs and he made it sound like he gave the band "permission" to do this show.

So my apologies to him and whoever may have been offended by it.

WindsofHell (February 25, 2009)

No someone from the band didn't review it. I was referring to every fan who ever was moved by their music and felt like they were a part of something. That is what was meant by "our" band.

misterspike (February 25, 2009)

Side note: And much to Mr. Dominic Davi's dismay, no one was talking about why he wasn't there. He couldn't have been further from the minds of the people there. We were there for Liz and to say goodbye to our band, Tsunami Bomb.

That's the swipe I'm talking about. Just putting that on there also clearly shows that Dominic was very much on the mind of at least one of the people there.

Other than that, I thought it was a great review. You can clearly feel the excitement ...

minorkaty (February 25, 2009)

This show was seriously AMAZING. I'm so glad I made the drive for it. So, so glad.
I think I said, "No fucking way" out loud right before they went into Lemonade, and it was funny how everyone around me also knew what song they were about to rip into before even hearing the first chord.

ilovelamp (February 25, 2009)

So bummed that I couldn't be there. I miss my Tsunami Bomb.

What shot at Dominic are you referring to?

misterspike (February 25, 2009)

I really liked TB, and am glad I got to catch what turned out to be one of their final shows.

But honestly, was that shot at Dominic necessary? Ruined what was otherwise a stellar review.

Rastid (February 25, 2009)

man, this review makes me really pissed i'm on the opposite coast. fucking loved TB

elliot (February 25, 2009)

I'm continuously floored that people actually liked this band. I've never been so unmoved by punk rock. Terrible shit.

jamespastepunk (February 25, 2009)

I guess I'm never going to hear the band play Negative One to Ten. It's a shame, because that song is awesome.

Wish I was there.

Torgo (February 24, 2009)

Eh, guess it's just artistic possessiveness but I think it reads more like like a press kit review

Torgo (February 24, 2009)

I'm confused, did someone in TB review this? "Our band..."

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