The July 5, 2013 Ballyhoo! show with Authority Zero and Verses the World was amazing! I wasn't quite sure if the opening acts were going to meld with Ballyhoo! and I was quite pleasantly surprised. The first opening act, Verses the World , with former Ataris' member, Mike Davenport is a punk, post hard core, pump fisting band from Santa Barbara, California and they got the crowd going from the first note. This high energy band sang, shouted and performed a hyperactive set with many songs off of their 2012 CD Drink. Sing. Love. They got the full house crowd off of their feet and ready for Authority Zero.
The last time I saw Authority Zero was in 2002 with Sum 41's Sum in Your Face Tour . ( I know it's been a while) I was glad to see that the band still is high energy Punk! If you like Punk this band is definitely a band to see playing live. They know how to work a crowd and get everyone involved with singing, dancing and crowd surfing. There would have been a circle pit, but the venue is too small and it was a full house with not much room to move. Their high energy Punk is electric. You want to know every word to every song so you can sing along and pump your fist too. They have an Irish Folk ,Punk feel with a surprising bit of Reggae thrown in with their song "Today We Heard The News" off of their new album, Tipping Point. Think Drop Kick Murphy's meets Black Flag meets Sublime and then throw in some Reggae Rock! I like that they are still playing old skool Punk and trying new things with the Reggae Rock. It works! Check them out on this tour and then get the new album. It is great.
When Ballyhoo! hit the stage the crowd was already fired up. I must say that this show was the best Ballyhoo! show I have ever seen, and I have seen too many to count. Touring with two Punk bands seems to have infused some Metal Core Punk adrenalin into their set. I absolutely loved it! I also like that Ballyhoo! can expand their musical boundaries and go from one genre of music to another in the same set so effortlessly and make it flow. The long set consisted 18 songs. There were five songs off of their new album, Pineapple Grenade, "Battle Cry," " Marijuana Laws," "Things We Don't Mean," "Outta My Mind," and "Morning Sunlight" mixed in with some older fan favorites like "Phantoms," "Meat Head," "Scarlet Blue," "Cervesa" and even a fan request of Route 40 Ho was played. A few new fans that were in attendance were absolutely blown away by this set. They left wanting more. It is a good thing that there is more with the new album, Pineapple Grenade.
These guys have once again composed a work of art with the album Pineapple Grenade. The song "No Good" produced by Rome Ramirez has a bit of a different Dub vibe that is an unexpected surprise. I liked the new effects on this song. I really like the song "Instigator" a lot too. The synth tracks and sweet transitions are awesome. There are also some great summertime songs like "Beautiful Day," " Lost At Sea," and "Morning Sunlight." This album grows on you. You will hear something different every time you have a listen. With 16 tracks on Pineapple Grenade there is something for everyone! This Punk, Reggae, Rock album is the bomb. Yeah, it is defiantly worth purchasing.