The 9th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker
TATTOO CONVENTION, CAR SHOW AND CONCERT
AT OC FAIR AND EVENTS CENTER, COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
The second day of tattooed splendor with a side of good music gets off to a good start with Plague Vendor. Whom I was excited to see for the first time. Singer Brandon Blaine took the stage, mic in hand and proclaimed “We’re Plague Vendor, and we’re good!”. Okay, my first thought after hearing this is “if you have to announce it you’re probably not”. After this announcment they let the music speak for them. The band of four Brandon Blaine (vocals), Luke Perine (drums), Michael Perez (bass), and Jay Rogers (guitar) offer a bitter-sweet take on California Garage-Punk with a dark inner core reminiscent of something slightly gothic in feel. Blain was correct they’re indeed a good band. This band has forceful and palpable electricity in their music and performance that take notice. The songs in their set had qualities that were both visceral and tender and were performed well. For sure a band worth checking out.
Next up was Taking Back Sunday, this band has been at it for a while. Singer Adam Lazzara has a nice laid back quality and filled the moments with a little more banter than the first band. They took time during their set to recognize the fans and also to thank Travis Barker and Musink for having them on the bill. The band did a nice set that was a mixture of songs throughout their career like “Cute Without the E”, “What’s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?” and “You’re So Last Summer”. They are a band who is clearly still in love with what they do, and the crowd responded in kind.
The audience got the honor of having the Deftones close night two of Musink. They are one of those bands that have an almost religious following among their fan base. This was fully evident by the tightly packed house during their set. Deftones are also a bands band which proved itself by the famous on-lookers throughout the audience. Starting off with “Swerve City”, frontman Chino Moreno remarkable vocals drawing in the crowd. But he took it even a little further going over the barrier and into the audience a couple of times during the set. They played a soul wrenchingly exquisite set with songs like “Change (In The House Of Flies)”, “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)”, and “Rosemary. They also played “Doomed User” and “Prayers/Triangles” live for the first time. It defies understanding that a band could create crushingly heavy songs that are grand, epic but also intimate. They take you to a place where you feel as if they are playing just for you.