Angry Samoans, Midnight Eagle & Battle Flask
Along with X, Black Flag, Fear and the Circle Jerks, the savagely satirical Angry Samoans rode the first wave of Los Angeles punk. Formed in Van Nuys, California in the summer of 1978, the band was founded by singers and guitarists "Metal" Mike Saunders and Gregg Turner, a pair of erstwhile rock critics who previously teamed with fellow writer Richard Meltzer in the group Vom. After considering names like the Egyptians and the Eigen Vectors (a mathematical termTurner later became a math professor), they settled on the Angry Samoans, enlisted Saunders' brother Kevin on guitar, bassist Todd Homer and drummer Bill Vockeroth, and initially set out as a Dictators cover band. Soon, Saunders and Turner began writing original material, drawing influence from the Velvet Underground, the Sonics, the 13th Floor Elevators and garage rock. After honing their primitive and increasingly thrashy sound at a series of surreal gigs (including sets at the Camarillo State Mental Hospital and a lunchtime show at Santa Monica High School, where emcee Meltzer asked if any "heroin addicts" were in the audience), the Samoanssubstituting guitarist P.J. Galligan for Kevin Saundersdebuted in 1980 with the EP Inside My Brain, highlighted by "Get Off the Air," their pointed swipe at KROQ deejay Rodney Bingenheimer and the L.A. musical community. Two years later, they resurfaced with Back from Samoa, featuring titles like "They Saved Hitler's Cock", "Tuna Taco", and "My Old Man's a Fatso". Soon, the band grew disenchanted with the entire punk culture, and they spent the next several years largely in a dormant state: guitarist Steve Drojensky replaced Kevin Saunders in 1984, Vockeroth went on hiatus, and Jeff Dahl temporarily stepped in for "Metal" Mike in 1985, but by and large the group laid low until 1987's Yesterday Started Tomorrow. Problems with their label and internal differences led the group to disband after recording 1988's STP Not LSD. In 1991, "Metal" Mike issued a solo EP, Plays the Hits of the '90s; in 1994, Turner released his own album, Santa Fe, and later fronted Gregg Turner and the Blood-Drained Cows. Homer, meanwhile, resurfaced in the neo-psychedelic outfit Mooseheart Faith Stellar Groove Band. By the mid-1990s, "Metal" Mike was also fronting a new Samoans line-up which still included longtime mainstay Vockeroth as well as guitarist Alison Wonderslam and Mark Byrne as well as bassist Adrienne Harmon; their infrequent performances (only on Saturdays and only in California) remain a vital link to punk's past.
After a long mead bender, almighty Thor vomited for a year; Midnight Eagle was born. Picking up the slack where Turbonegro went Cock Rock, we have this Drink N Roll Party band blazing the same path as Gang Green. If a keg stand was a band, you would have Midnight Eagle. San Diego, don't be a motherfucker and say thank you.
Taking the west coast by storm since their inception in 2006, Battle Flask has raised the bar for punk rock music with their relentless touring and flawless live performances. From the seedy underbelly of North Hollywood, Battle Flasks' list of press and gigs reads like a "who's who" of punk rock. The band has generated a lot of press and has been featured in publications such as Fat Mike's Punk Rock Confidential, Loud Fast Rules, Razorcake, PunkNews.org, Skratch, and Big Wheel Magazine. They've already shared the stage with the likes of The Dead Kennedys, Agnostic Front, The Vibrators, The Street Dogs, Strung Out, JFA, Blitz, MDC, and Sham 69 in such venues as The House of Blues, The Galaxy Theatre, Safari Sam's, The Knitting Factory, and even Danny Devito's birthday party!
Battle Flask set a pace that only the seasoned veteran bands could keep up with. Battle Flasks' stage presence and work ethic is second to none and they have made a name for themselves in a vast pool of LA talent. Their sound is unique; blistering punk rock beats mixed with an outlaw
country twang and politically charged lyrics. They've been compared to Dropkick Murphy's, Cock Sparrer and One Man Army, while maintaining an identity of their own. They have been featured on numerous comps, have landed rotation on internet radio shows, and always seem to have gigs scheduled 3 months in advance.
3048 Midway Drive
San Diego, CA 92110
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|