Show Review: The Backup Razor, Benedict Arnold and Trashkannon

When I heard that The Backup Razor was playing a show for their 5th anniversary as a band, I thought I had better get down to the Blue Lagoon to check it out. I mean, I had just interviewed Jesse, and realized I had never seen TBR play. Plus, somebody had to document the momentous occasion.

dsc_0110edit Openers Trashkannon and Benedict Arnold kept the place humming before the headliners. Trashkannon have the kind of party-punk vibe that only San Jose bands can offer. (Is it because they play with so many ska bands?) Their tounge-in-cheek cover of 4 Non-Blonde’s “What’s Going On” was a highlight, and the energy and groove put out by the rhythm section was infectious.

dsc_0448edit Benedict Arnold are a touring punk band from St. Louis, and their blue-collar work ethic was evident in their energetic, long, yet somehow tight set. Their drummer never kept a straight face, they were jumping off of everything, and their passion never let up. I couldn’t believe the level of performance from this band; definitely one to watch!

dsc_0529edit The Backup Razor played late at 11:30pm on a Monday night. For those of you that don’t know, this is the absolute graveyard shift of local shows, and nobody wants to headline an event at the Blue Lagoon. The fact that thirty or so people were there to show their support meant a lot, and TBR took no prisoners with a whirlwind tour of their soon to be recorded third album.

dsc_0917edit I had no idea what to expect from these guys, but they pulled off a tight set, manic performance, and uplifting atmosphere all in just over a half hour. Jeff is an absolute nut-job on bass. Nick Hardesty is the anchor he spins around. Jesse has the charisma to draw the audience into the drama, and Jonathan Mumma could not look any more pleased to be drumming with this crew. I’d love to see them play an away venue just to see them with their game-faces on, but damn, what a show!

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