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Off With Their Heads, the French Exit, Dan Padilla & Ryan Donovan (the Getdown & Nothington)
San Diego, CA
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Off With Their Heads, the French Exit, Dan Padilla & Ryan Donovan (the Getdown & Nothington)

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS: When it comes to unpredictable, self-deprecating, beer-swigging, working class punk rock, you don't have to look much further than Off With Their Heads. Whether they're playing to a crowd of twelve at a dingy sh*thole in Iowa or in front of thousands on tour with bands like Against Me, one thing is always certain, OWTH deliver honest rip-roaring punk rock in it's true form time and time again. And as the band released their second full length album, In Desolation (Epitaph Records), OWTH soldiers on in their busted up RV, playing to those who'll listen and self-loathing every minute of it.

the FRENCH EXIT: Undeniably hooky, tight, and laser-focused. Think early Alkaline Trio, swapping out spooky lyrics with suburban sprawl and first dates that didn't go so well.

DAN PADILLA:  Dan Padilla is Gene Doney, Davey Quinn, J Wang, and Matty. They live in San Diego, California and formed in 2005. Davey and J. are also in Tiltwheel. Gene's a full-time graphic designer. Matty's in Madison Bloodbath. In every town or city with a DIY punk scene, there's always a small core of people who continually get shit done. For going on two decades, members of Dan Padilla have been setting up and running shows, recording, helping touring bands with food, floors, and friendship. They've been all-around DIY ambassadors. They also all like to drink. A lot. Like "after this case and the next case, we only have three cases and a couple 750s. We're running low" drinking. This isn't boasting, competitive drinking. Often, it's not fun drinking. Let's face it. If you're over thirty, have moved out of your parents' house, and come to realize that "anarchy!" means no bridges, public libraries, streets, or fire departments, idealism's a much harder pill to swallow; especially when you're looking at it through possible liver damage. But the dudes in Dan Padilla have fought hard to remain ethical, moral, and honest well after more vocal members of the DIY punk community have "moved on" to the comfort and status quo they once claimed to despise and swore they'd "burn to the ground." Dan Padilla just wants some public space and the freedom to play what they've created and the cops can still go fuck themselves. It'd be pretty hard to find four other guys whose musical self-depreciation matches their talent for rough-hewn, yet melodic music. And let's make sure we're all wearing the same watches: Dudes in this band preceded the existence of Hot Water Music, so roll any bandwagons back into the barn. Dan Padilla play punk that could be soul. It could also be country. It's versatile. It doesn't contradict the spirit of either Naked Raygun or Otis Redding while embracing both in completely inobvious ways. It's gruff-voiced, cuddly underbelly, hard-earned DIY punk with secret, catchy-yet-twisted, and drought-hardened guitar lines that scrape the listener like running through a dense thicket of chaparral. Burritofornia will ever be in their debt and probably won't ever know it.

RYAN DONOVAN: the same dude from the Getdown & Nothington belting out some acoustic jams.



Shakedown (View)
3048 Midway Drive
San Diego, CA 92110
United States

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Music > Punk

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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