Southern California punk legends D.I., with support of a retinue of local hardcore and old school punk artists, made an appearance in St. Louis at Fubar.
Fubar hosted a night of old-school punk headlined by the legendary D.I. and punctuated by denim and spikes, mohawks. and circle pits.Â Formed in 1982 by Â ex-AdolescentsÂ andÂ Social DistortionÂ drummer, Casey Royer,Â D.I.Â has influenced such bands asÂ The Offspring,Â Guttermouth, andÂ Pennywise.
In their early years, they were known for combining gothic influences with a distinctive southern California punk sound, but in the ensuing years they progressed towards hardcore/skate punk sound. Founding member and vocalist Royer has been the only constant in the band’s 32 year history, whose lineup has undergone numerous changes (although often utilizing the talents of other Adolescents and Social Distortion members), which now includesÂ ClintonÂ (guitar),Â Eddie Tatar (bass), andÂ Joey TatarÂ (drums).
St. Louis locals, Scene of Irony,Â provided direct support for D.I., playing an energetic set of both originals and a few cover songs (they do an astounding cover of MotÃ¶rhead’s “Ace of Spades”). Scene of Irony has been around for ten years now and is responsible for bringing (and opening for)Â GBH to St. Louis for their only US date of 2014. They tour regionally as well as making appearances in the UK for other old-school punk bands, including GBH.
Red Handed Bandits, another local act, performed second (and were one of the bands who opened on GBH’s date earlier this year). Their sound is an amazing mix of punk, hardcore, ska, new wave, horror punk, and metal that ups the energy of their already dynamic performance.
First band of the night,Â Benedict Arnold, set the tone with a raucous and beer-fueled set, taking elements of hardcore and old school punk and infusing them with new energy.