Live Concert Photography: Plague Vendor with No Parents and Warpark at Rough Trade 10/10/19
I’ve written quite a bit about the Whittier, CA-based post-punk/ punk rock quartet Plague Vendor over the past couple of years. The act, which is comprised of Brandon Blaine (vocals), Luke Perine (drums), Michael Perez (bass) and Jay Rogers (guitar) caught my attention with 2016’s Stuart Sikes-produced sophomore album Bloodsweat, which landed at number 2 on that year’s Best of List.
The band’s third album, the John Congleton-produced By Night was released through Epitaph Records last summer, and the album found the band stretching and warping their sound to evoke a merciless and unrelenting sense of tension and apprehension. Interestingly, their headlining Rough Trade set was a career spanning set that featured some of my favorite Plague Vendor songs including standout tracks off Bloodsweat and By Night: “ISUA (I Stay Up Anyway)“ and “Jezebel” off their sophomore album and “New Comedown,” Let Me Get High/Low” and “Prism” off their most recent release.
No Parents is a Los Angeles-based punk act, comprised of Nick (drums), Killian (bass), Zoe (vocals), DeeDee (guitar). Sonically, the band attempts to bridge the gap between 00s pop punk and 80s mosh pit punk with high energy and a mischievous sense of humor.
Opening the night was, Warpark, an emerging New York-based post-punk act. According to their Facebook fan page, the New York based trio — Simon Arcenio, Roger Walsh and Nick Ciccantelli — specialize in “making loud, groovy music.” The band is quickly making the rounds in town, opening for a number of local acts, including The Vacant Lots and others.