The Yost Theater Presents More Killer Performances
Santa Ana, CA
Editor in Chief: Megan Farquhar
The bands Hed PE, Rapper Slaine, Core 10, 4 Shadow, and In Fathom all came together Thursday, September 29, 2011 at The Yost Theater and blew the roof off the 1920's joint. All of the bands only had great things to say about the incredible renovations and re-opening as a music venue. The space held 1,100 people, and although the show wasn't sold out, the venue was packed with fans chanting to see the headliner—Hed PE. Hed PE's show at The Yost Theater kicked off their tour across the U.S with rapper Slaine.
The bands 4 Shadow and In Fathom kicked off the evenings performances, but the crowd didn't really start brewing until the heavy metal band, Core 10, went on stage. According to an interview with Core 10, they stole front man Phoenix XL from the band Common Wealth and he lit up the stage with vocalist Duncan Nisbet. Duncan was shirtless and covered in sweat roaming the stage as his sidekick pumped up the crowd. Walking into the venue the music was so loud and thumping that it literally vibrated your face and rattled your brain. Core 10 had the whole crowd jumping around in the mosh pit. The band wouldn't be complete without their other band mates—Brian Milam on bass, Brace Fredericks, Steve Regginitter on guitar, and Paul Larson on Drums. I interviewed these guys after their performance, which you can watch on warfest.com
Hip-hop artist Slaine brought some East Coast swagger when he went on stage. "How many of you are smoking weed?! How many of you are drinking?!" said Slaine, who gave a few of his fans a cheers. "I haven't had a drink all day," he said as he chugged his red cup on stage. From the essence in the air, he was right on point. Slaine's lyrical talent comes from his life experiences with drugs, "street shit", loss, family and death. He refers to music as his therapy, but his addicting performance will throw you into a relapse. Slaine likes to get involved with the crowd, messing around with them between his performances. "Are you really eating french fries on stage?" he said. "I don't even think your drinking, I think you're high. Can we get a sandwich over here?" I met up with Slaine after his performance and he told me about being in "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" with Ben Affleck and some other juicy details about his life, which you can find on warfest.com
It wasn't a secret who the crowd was waiting to see that night—Hed PE has a dedicated following—it's not uncommon to see fans with Hed PE symbols tattooed on their bodies either. Throughout the night the crowd screamed, "Hed p.e what!" It isn't just their music that the crowd loves, it's also their philosophy of planetary evolution, government, and mankind. Lead singer, Jared Gomes, preached to his fans between songs. Hed PE plays a mixture of different genres that they coined "G-punk" that ranges from rap, metal, punk, and reggae. They performed one of their more rap and reggae songs called "Let's Ride", but then turned it up with "Serpent Boy" that was more metal and punk. They also played a few Bob Marley songs to slow down the mood. The mosh pit got wild, leaving fans bloody and full of adrenalin.
Hed PE announced they would be at their merchandise booth after the show and there was a mad rush of sweaty, beaten fans to meet the band. While Jared was signing t-shirts and various body parts, I snuck in there and introduced myself with a lingering hand shake. I charmed him into doing an interview with me, luring him away from his fans to an outside area in front of the venue. Somehow it worked. I was curious how he came up with the band name and to better understand the madness inside his head. You can watch the interview on warfest.com. It's always a damn good time watching bands perform at The Yost Theater. Stay tuned for more band reviews and interviews to come!
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