The 9th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker
TATTOO CONVENTION, CAR SHOW AND CONCERT
AT OC FAIR AND EVENTS CENTER, COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016
This third day I needed to see Musink beyond the stage. I spent time generally soaking up all the event had to offer. There was more phenomenal art than most people have skin. There were easily a dozen artists I would gladly get work by (if lucky enough). Of course, I took time ogling the tasty selection of classic vintage machinery in the breezeway holding the “Low & slow Car Show”. After spending the early part of day three getting up close and person with the tattoo artists and vendors, I found my way to the music stage a bit late.
I arrived after punk veterans Face to Face had already started, but still got to hear a good portion of their set. This tremendous band can still delivers their signature brand of pulse throbbing punk. The band’s performance and enthusiasm were on fire, bringing the mosh pit to a full boil by the time they played their big hit “Disconnected”.
After Face to Face was departed the stage the Orange County metal-core band Atreyu came on. After a hiatus, this hard working group is back as if they never missed a beat. They brought their “A-game”, as usual. Alex Varkatzas [vocals], Brandon Saller [drums/vocals],“BIG” Dan Jacobs [guitar], Travis Miguel [guitar], and Porter McKnight [bass] performed an exhausting and explosive set of their entire catalog. Some of the highlights were “The Crimson”, “Right Side of the Bed”, “Bleeding Mascara” and “Ain’t Love Grand”. The band also played songs from their latest recording “Long Live” including the albums title cut.
Singer Alex Varkatzas was off the stage in mixing with the audience from the middle of the opening song “Doomsday”. Later in the set both he and bassist Porter McNight both found themselves on the opposite side of the barrier in the mosh pit with the fans. In a sadly comical moment, McNight got stage blocked by an over-zealous security guard who denied him entry. It’s unfathomable the level of fire and intensity this band performs with. They create a moment where the band and the crowd are one living entity on a high-energy ride that doesn’t pause until they leave the stage. It was great watching Alex in the crowd interacting directly with the fans. It’s clearly important to this band to feel that connection.
The modern prog-rock of ethereal Circa Survive brought this epic lifestyle event to a close. Circa Survive was like a brooding volatile storm with enigmatic Anthony Green bringing down the chaos and the drama. In sonic fitful-frenzy this acclaimed band performed songs like “Semi-Constructive Criticism”, Schema”, and “Child of the Desert”. In between songs Green took moments to connect to the crowd, some of it humorous, others more reflective. To quickly paraphrase, his words were meant to remind everyone to live life to its fullest. It was certainly clear this band embraces those sentiments, as they put on quite the show. Circa Survive was a fitting close to a more diverse musical selections.
Another year at Musink came to an end, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring. In the meantime, check out shows and music from the bands that participated this year.