Adolescents, Weirdos, Los Moruchos, Old Comiskeys | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Adolescents, Weirdos, Los Moruchos, Old Comiskeys Recommended 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Thu., June 18, 8 p.m. 2015

Established in southern California in the early 80s by former members of Agent Orange and Social Distortion, the Adolescents almost functioned like a side project for a spell, breaking up and regrouping for short stretches of time; vocalist Tony Reflex and bassist Steve Soto are the only remaining originals on the band’s most recent album, 2014’s La Vendetta . . . (Frontier). But the Adolescents have influenced entire generations of pop-punkers, and though the slick production of the album almost takes them into the territory of an indebted band like the Offspring, that really only means they’re reclaiming their own sound. The solos may be more virtuosic, but the angst has intensified with age. They’re joined by the Weirdos, who were completing a run as kingpins of the LA punk scene when the Adolescents showed up. Inspired by the melodic raunch of 60s garage, the Weirdos fell right in with the punk movement in 1975, when the genre emerged as a full-blown concept. And hearing the Adolescents follow them will be helpful in understanding how one punk movement picked up where the other left off. —James Porter

Price: $20, $17

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