Bay Area bands and Deathwish Inc. recording artists Punch and Living Eyes ripped through Philadelphia’s Barbary venue for an intimate batch of performances as this exciting tour package recently battered the East Coast. Blow The Scene was on hand to capture the show in photos and we also had the opportunity to catch up with Val Saucedo, who drums for both Punch and Living Eyes. You may also recognize Val from his drumming exploits with Loma Prieta or his touring work with Ceremony. You can check out our exclusive interviews with Val in the YouTube players below.
Living Eyes treated fans to a cathartic performance that immediately brought to mind several of the members past projects, which include Talk Is Poison, Look Back and Laugh, California Love, and Ceremony, to name just a small segment of the band’s DNA. Fans were treated to an early release of Living Eyes‘ brand new LP, Who Will Remain?, which proved to be a worthy purchase. The LP cruises forward with the raw energy of early 90s hardcore punk but with a fresh spin. A poignant execution of social angst, political commentary, and tight musicianship have this band poised for an bright future. If you have not checked out Living Eyes, I strongly suggest you do so. Who Will Remain? will certainly be making a appearance on our year-end top lists.
The indefinable purveyors of blistering hardcore, Punch, took fans on a roller coaster ride with their thrash-induced punk offerings that throw more sub-genres into the mix than you can shake a stick at. The band continues to support their 2011 EP, Nothing Lasts, which added yet another bulletproof release to Deathwish‘s lush catalog. Punch is a band that you simply strap in and take the ride as they beat you down one side and up the other with an unrelenting pace and impassioned execution. For fans of forward-thinking hardcore punk, it really doesn’t get much better.
Local support for this show was also nothing to sneeze at either, as Attitude Era and Dying who broke off two sets far superior to what most concert goers expect from the opening acts.
Without further ado, enjoy our Val Saucedo interview by Joshua T. Cohen and stellar photo gallery by Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging.
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Living Eyes band Interview with Val Saucedo pt I
Punch band Interview with Val Saucedo pt II