The Stitches – The Observatory – Santa Ana

The Stitches “Pick Me Up”

The Performance Remedy to Cure Any Ill

Orange County natives, The Stitches are a punk band with, in spite of their roots tying only as far back as 1994, a traditional, 70’s style sound and showmanship that rivals any other band on the circuit today. The Stitches lived up to the hype last Saturday night. The sound was clean and projected the motivated charisma of Mike Lohrman on vocals with precision. A true showman, Lohrman capitalized on the enthusiasm of the crowded venue by putting on a first-class stage show that took no breaks. Between the suits, the hair, and the sound of The Stitches, I felt almost an emotional tie to an era gone by. Accompanied by the lead singer’s stint in the merchandise booth both before and after the show, The Stitches are a punk band for real people who like to see other real people with true talent perform. Lohrman was both personable and available, talking to fans, suggesting t-shirt logos, and reminiscing about how much fun the night was sizing up to be. The whole time I was watching The Stitches, with Johnny Witmer on guitar, Pete Archer on bass, and Craig Barker on drums, one thought kept repeating, “Why the hell haven’t I seen more coverage of these guys?” The Stitches are a true punk band with the unique ability to play both sides of the fence; punk music with a member charm and success potential that are rare in this genre of music today. They won me over from the moment they took the stage, opening with “Nowhere” (8 x 12″, 1999) and kept my interest peaked as they ran through their full set including: “My Baby Hates Me”, and “Amphetamine Girl” as well as, ‘Electroshock Carol” (my favorite song of the set) and “That Woman’s Got Me Drinking” (12 Imaginary Inches, 2002). Would I recommend The Stitches live? …only if there’s enough tickets for both of us to go! This band is the best-kept secret in Orange County and I plan to add them to my “must see often” short list. Watch out X, The Stitches are knocking on your back door (don’t worry Exene, you’ll always be my favorite!)

Sarah Tonin –
13 Stitches Magazine Reviewer

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