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Gig review: Plea for Peace Center (Stockton) w/ The Independents
Being in a band can be a crap shoot. Sometimes, you get to play a great show to a packed crowd of appreciative fans. Sometimes you make money and sell merch. Other times you drive two and a half hours and play to four people.
Here's the crazy thing: Both can be fun.
Take last night ...
Union Hearts: Straight-ahead power punk. They're a four piece, so there are two guitars and there was some cool interplay there. I think the drummer used to play with Sacramento's Final Summation, who I really liked. This was the band's third of fourth show. I'd see/play with them again for sure.
The Independents: It's a shame these guys aren't more popular. They have so much going for them. They have a definable aesthetic and a distinct sound that is both edgy (while still accessible) and genre spanning (punk, rockabilly, ska, horror-pop). Seriously. They covered both The Coasters ("Posion Ivy") and Van Halen ("Dance the Night Away") and made it feel seamless.
And they've had some big fans, like Joey Ramone, who managed the band (and showed up at more than a few of their shows), until his death in 2001. That, along with having all of their equipment stolen while out on tour, halted what was a bright future. But the band never quit. And they still put on a great show. Seriously greatful to share the stage with these guys.
Even if it was to an audience of four.