The Karman Bar Brings Old School Punk Home to South Orange County
The Karman Bar in Laguna Niguel was packed last Friday night when local punk fans (young and old) turned out to welcome Orange County’s own Agent Orange. Opening acts, Love Canal and The Grabbers were also a highlight of the evening, setting the stage for Agent Orange by working up the crowd’s anticipation with their classic punk sounds and attitude. On that note, to the really tall guy in the white t-shirt in the pit (not the kook in the beanie), thank you! You single handedly started an unstoppable pit that paired an inexhaustible energy with brotherly vibe like only the more seasoned punks are able to generate.
With the stage set for Agent Orange, what could go wrong? Well, the sound could go wrong, and it did. The Grabbers had great sound and it baffles me that Agent Orange did not. They played all of the classics including their 1980’s anthem, “Blood Stains” and even threw in a DK cover for good measure. Their stage show was good, the guitar was classic, and the banter was dead on. However, the sound was questionable and it made it hard to hear the vocals over the bar’s noise. In traditional good form, the pit did not seem to even notice and Agent Orange earned an enthusiastic “oi, oi, oi” from the attendees. I have seen Agent Orange a dozen times in my lifetime, from original members to today’s line up, and they have always proven worthy of their place in the proverbial Punk Rock Hall of Fame.
Sarah Tonin –
13 Stitches Magazine Reviewer
CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY – Agent Orange performing at The Karman Bar in Laguna Niguel – December 2, 2016. Photo gallery features images from the show. If you were at the show be sure to submit a user review!