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Deb Frazin Photo Column—Amyl And The Sniffers

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I’ve been saying it for over a year now, and I’ll say it again: Amyl And The Sniffers is the hottest band on the planet right now. They’ve been together since 2016, released two killer EPs, just released an outstanding new album, and when it comes to live performances, they deliver the goods: the shows are like a Category 4 hurricane from start to finish.

Amy Taylor is a veritable firecracker onstage. The girl gives her fans a ferocious performance every single night. The price of admission gets you an abundance of headbanging, tough strutting, and plenty of sex appeal. She drives the crowds into a frenzy. If you see them play on an elevated stage, expect non-stop stagediving (after the crowd cleared the room, I saw a river of spilled beer, smashed prescription glasses, and a handful of hair laying on the floor).

Amyl And The Sniffers have never recorded a bad song, so I highly suggest you purchase everything you can get your hands on. Their recordings are essential, and must exist in your music collection. I got to the show just as they were hitting the stage, so I wasn’t in my preferred spot, but I did manage to get some video of my favorite song. Not my best work, but it’s better than nothing! Enjoy!

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Deb Frazin Photo Column—The Stranglers

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In May, The Stranglers played a sold-out show at The Regent Theater. The show was so good that people were buzzing about it for a week afterward. Thanks to the opening band Rappresaglia, I was able to secure a photo pass and get into the pit to shoot some snaps and video.

The Stranglers set list was just about perfect. I would’ve liked to have heard “Who Wants the World” and “Sometimes,” but unfortunately, they were a no-go. Instead, we were treated to “Golden Brown,” “No More Heroes,” “Get a Grip on Yourself,” “5 Minutes,” “Always the Sun,” “Walk On By,” “Peaches,” “Duchess,” “Tank,” “Bring on the Nubiles,” “Hanging Around,” and many other favorites. You just can’t complain about a set list like that!

The sound was surperb. Baz’s vovals were on point, I felt JJ Burnel’s driving bass rumbling hard through my chest, and Dave Greenfield’s trademark keyboard sound was cranked up nice and loud (as it should be). The crowd was very enthusiastic throughout the set, and I caught a drumstick after the last song. That show was just what the doctor ordered.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sounds of “Hanging Around”!

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Deb Frazin Photo Column—The Avengers

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On May 26, The Avengers were joined by The Alley Cats and The Dils at The Echoplex in L.A. for a very special show to celebrate the life of their longtime band member Jimmy Wilsey, and to raise money for Wilsey’s young son Waylon.

The celebration started off with the MC for the evening (Bruce Moreland) introducing friends of Jimmy’s, who came onstage and shared some touching personal stories about their friend. When everyone was finished speaking, The Alley Cats took the stage and played a powerful set. I noticed some new songs peppered throughout the set, and they sounded great. I dig The Alley Cats (they were the first punk band I ever saw in 1980), and I’m really looking forward to hearing the new album they’ve been working on.

Next up, The Dils hit the stage and just about blew the roof off of The Echoplex! I’d recently seen them at the Save Music in Chinatown benefit show, and they were fantastic, but the set they played this night was ABSOLUTELY BLISTERING! When you see The Dils, you get non-stop, high energy from Chip, Giuliano and Brian. I was standing on the stage and Giuliano was hitting his drums so hard my feet felt airborne with each slam. They played every song you’d want to hear (including “Sound of the Rain” and a rowdy cover of Jim Carroll’s “People Who Died”).

Finally, The Avengers hit the stage. I’ve been a huge fan of The Avengers since the beginning (I’ve always believed that their “Pink Album” was the greatest punk album ever recorded). I hadn’t seen them play in a few years, so I was super excited for this show. Of course, they did not disappoint. The band was tight! Hector Penalosa on bass, Greg Ingraham on guitar, Daniel James O’Brien on drums, and of course, my favorite female punk icon Penelope Houston on vocals. Unfortunately, Penelope was suffering with a bad cold that evening, so her vocals weren’t at 100%, but she still did a great job belting out all our favorites like “Car Crash,” “Money,” “The American in Me,” et cetera. It was a top-notch show all the way through, and it will probably take the #1 spot on my “Favorite Shows of 2019” list. A great evening for a great cause.

Four days later, Bruce Moreland and I both caught Penelope’s cold! But how could I be upset about it? It was an honor to catch her cold!

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I filmed The Avengers playing “Money” for your viewing pleasure—enjoy!

Deb Frazin Photo Column – The Dogs

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The Dogs was formed in 1969 by Detroit legends Loren Molinare (guitar) and Mary Kay (bass). They played many shows throughout the years with other Detroit bands such as MC5, The Stooges, and The Rationals. Fifty years later, and their records still hold up against the test of time. Not only that, but their live shows KICK ASS. If you’re not familiar with The Detroit Dogs, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of their compilation album Fed Up, fasten your seatbelt, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby, because the music coming out of the speakers will be so blazing-hot, it might set the room on fire.

If you ever get a chance to see The Dogs play live, do not make the mistake of missing them! In the meantime, I recorded a video of the show for you to check out. Enjoy!