Agent Orange at the Galaxy Theatre
Editor in Chief: Megan Farquhar
The band Agent Orange has so much history that you can't help but get excited to see them perform. I bragged to quite a few people that I was going to see them play and kept hearing the same response, "No way! They are the original OC punk band. That will be a fun show!"-and it was.
Saturday September 10, 2011 was an eventful day and night. It started with the all-day music festival Doheny Days, then moved to the Galaxy Theater in Costa Mesa that evening-energy drinks, vodka, and a great headliner does wonders for these particularly exhausting days. Entering the Galaxy Theater, walking up the blue florescent stairs, feeling the cool rush of air and music vibrate your skull, is a jolt of energy in itself. Missing Agent Orange just simply wasn't an option.
My main goal for the evening was to interview Mike Palm, the lead singer and guitarist. Usually I like to set up my interviews ahead of time, but fairy tales don't always have a happy ending. Plan B-track him down at the show and ask him for an interview. Surprisingly he's a really sweet guy-I guess I was half expecting him to be some gnarly, angry punk rocker with an attitude. We did the interview outside in some dingy lighting and chatted for a while until we realized he still needed to perform. You can watch the interview on Warfest.com.
Agent Orange has been around for over 30 years, yet their energy and stage presence is still comparable to their younger years.I don't know where everyone was hiding during the first few bands, but all of a sudden the venue was packed and the mosh pit was a whirlwind of bodies. My favorite thing to do at shows is watch the crowd because the excitement on people's faces is almost touching. The musicians and their fans feed off each other's energy, creating an amazing experience.
Some other bands that performed were Saint Dog from Kottonmouth Kings and Primer 55. I caught up with the drummer from Primer 55 at their merchandise booth prior to their set. I have to admit he kind of seemed like a pip-squeak when I met him-I would have never guessed he was in a screamer band. Do people even say "screamer" band? "Everybody throw up your middle fingers and scream ‘fuck you Primer 55,'" followed by some unidentifiable noise-I'm sticking with screamer band.They are from Atlanta and touring with Saint Dog.
The Galaxy Theater is a great venue because it holds a lot of people, but the way they have it tiered there is a perfect view of the stage no matter where you are. There are no bad seats at the Galaxy. They also have a large, open area in front of the stage that is great for dancing.
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