Stage diving and crowd-surfing were alive and well as an all ages crowd (read: lots of rambunctious teens) packed in at The Echo for Bass Drum of Death. The Mississippi boys brought a serious wave of loud guitar riffage to an enthusiastic Los Angeles audience. John Barrett (guitar/vocals) met the stage invaders – some in proper stage diving form, some lingerers – with a cool ambivalence.
Beach Party: their name says it all. The Los Angeles natives just want you to have a good time while they’re playing a string of danceable surf punk. And if lanky singer James Hurst accidentally belts you in the face with a beach ball, don’t fret, he’ll apologize profusely.
By now most Los Angelenos who are even just a little into independent music will know Criminal Hygiene. They’re like your fun cousins; you’re not always expecting them to be at the family barbecue, but when they are, it’s a damn good time.