You wouldn’t be able to tell that it was a Monday night with the crowd of punks gathered outside Fortune Sound Club. Mid-evening, on stage was the LA band, The Briggs. Popular with the Warped Tour crowd, they played their signature brand of fun, punk rock. The Briggs were certainly the right band to get the crowd going, as they finished their set with a song that may sound familiar to you, as it’s played as an introduction for the starting line ups of the LA Galaxy and LA Kings, ‘This Is LA’. Meanwhile, a tiny circle pit had started in the crowd. Seeing this as an opportunity, guitarist Joey LaRocca decided to jump off the stage and play in the crowd while an even larger circle pit, circled around him, not missing a beat.
Up next were Vancouver Street Punk/Oi! band, Bishops Green. Bishops Green having gathered a big following in the Vancouver Punk scene in the last few years, they have also gathered a big following Stateside and Europe. It’s not surprising as their live show is very lively and in your face with lots of crowd participation. With their most recent release, ‘A Chance To Change’ only released earlier in the year, the crowd seemed to know all the words. Meanwhile, the circle pit and pogoing did not seize, with a few lucky fans getting to go on stage to sing with lead singer, Greg.
With the first two bands being the perfect acts to hype any punk show, the crowd gathered their crew and rushed to the front of the club, as 7 Seconds graced the stage. Having not been to Vancouver in a long time, long time fans and fans that weren’t even born when their seminal album ‘The Crew’ came out. Starting things off with ‘I Still Believe’ off their 1985 release, ‘Walk Together Rock Together’, you wouldn’t believe that song came out thirty years ago. Kevin Seconds and his brother Steve Youth maybe the only members withstand all the line up changes, but the band was as tight as could be. With a career spanning 35 years, 7 Seconds could probably play a set that would last a few hours, but reading the crowd and acknowledging that this was a Hardcore Punk show, they strictly played from their first three full lengths, with some new songs in between. Even when they would play newer songs, the crowd didn’t slow down, with an even bigger circle pit, spanning the whole dance floor appeared, and many-a stage divers, with the crowd ready to catch them, maybe twenty percent of the time. But of course with an older band, there would be stories. Kevin Seconds regaled us in between tunes, of some tales about how the band used to tour Vancouver (being from nearby Reno, NV) in the 80’s, sleeping “like animals” in Punk houses and shouting out local heroes DOA, into a DOA cover. The covers did not stop there, though. Kevin also mentioned that people in the 80’s used to get 7 Seconds confused with another, pretty popular Straight Edge band at the time, Minor Threat, right into a short cover of ‘Minor Threat’ by said band. One cover though, that really got the crowd going was Sham 69’s ‘If the Kids Were United’, which got a few members of openers, Briggs and Bishops Green on stage, to sing along.
After a set that lasted a bit over an hour (a long set, in the Punk community, where average set time runs around just under 30 minutes), 7 Seconds step off stage, with the crowd wanting more. Hopping back on stage, Kevin Seconds announces that the two songs are taking it all the way back to the beginning of their career, 1982, ‘Skins, Brains and Guts’ that was released on Alternative Tentacles records. Then, without hesitation, Second unleashes the classic ‘Walk Together, Rock Together’. Even though 7 Seconds were an old man, with Kevin Seconds announcing his age and talking about how the band was together for over 35 years, all throughout the show, you would never know by their live show. Full of energy and angst, the crew and crowd definitely walked together and rocked together that Monday night at Fortune Sound Club.
By Michelle Swami
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