G.B.H isÂ still going strong after thirty plus years, and continue to deliver punk rock the way it was meant to be.
Opening their set with “Unique,” off of their latest release Perfume and Piss, G.B.H simply put on a set full of punk rock at its finest. Vocalist Collin Abrahall owned the stage the same way he has since 1983, making the microphone stand almost an on stage weapon. Guitarist Jock Blyth and bassist Ross Lomas looked their usual stoic selves as the cranked out “Race Against Time,” “Knife Edge,” “Sick Boy,” and “Give Me Fire,” while drummer Scott Preece kept the streetcore beat going fast and furious. With such an extensive back catalogue, not everyone in the crowd was going to hear what they wanted, but G.B.H did their best to please everyone with “Alcohol,” “Drugs Party in 526,” and “Diplomatic Immunity” being clear favorites of the punks in the front row.
Although the band may appear to be all business on stage, watching them up there, it was obvious that they still truly enjoy doing what they do. Perhaps it’s their no nonsense approach that has kept them going for so long as they continued to fly the punk rock flag the way it was meant to be flown.
Supporting G.B.H on this evening was the East Bay’s own Fang, who isÂ legend in their own rights. Vocalist Sammytown paced the stage as he and his bandmates tore through their set with “Were the Fuck Were You”, “American Dream,” and “Drunk and Crazy” being the highlights.
Overall it was a stellar evening of punk rock that could have happened at the Mabuhay Gardens or Rock On Braodway in 1984. No production and no frills, just the way it should be.
National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner was in the front row to report.