If there’s one thing I’d advise you to do this year, it would be to catch a performance by gnar rockers White Fang. The Portlanders (not to be confused with the cardigan-wearing, tea-sipping Pacific North West archetype) are beyond explanation. It’s hard to say if what the audience at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana witnessed would, or could, ever be repeated. Even so, I’m sure any White Fang set would end with just as many jaws on the floor and as many people turning to their friends “dude, that was the best thing ever I’ve ever seen!”
Echo Park’s resident trio of good ole boys, Criminal Hygiene, hit the small room with a dose of bonafide garage rock. At their opening slot at the Burgerama III pre-party in March, the group easily caught the ears of the OC scene, who love a dirty, gritty tune.
Straight from Orange County themselves, and also with a favorable turnout, White Night are keeping pop punk alive as they never left the decade when it reigned supreme.