Cult Punk Band, The Avengers, Headline A Girls Night Out At The Brighton (8/5/10)

I showed up to The Brighton Bar late last Thursday Night to view punk rock divinity in its final show of a Canadian and North Eastern United States tour.

Never Mind The Banner, Here's The Avengers

The Avengers, a cult entity in the scene, is a first-wave act that was born in San Francisco back in 1979.  The group is fronted by Penelope Houston, and her association with such a successful band created a place in punk music for women.   This collective shared stages with The X, The Go Go’s, The Dead Kennedys, and even The Sex Pistols at its legendary final performance at Winterland Ballroom in 1981.

Screaming Female (Penelope Houston)

No, that is not a typo.  The Avengers immense impact on Punk Rock was completed in less than three years.   The band only released two EP’s in its existence and actually met up a couple of years later, in 1983, to put out a self-titled full-length known as The Pink Album.

In 2004 The Avengers regrouped, began playing single shows, and eventually touring in the subsequent years.

21 Punk Salute (Greg Ingraham, Houston, and Joel Reader)

On this night The Avengers were a four-piece crew of arsonists, rekindling the flames they set ablaze 31 years ago.  You may be asking yourself, “Well jeez Chris, how do you know what kind of flames were set back in ’79?”  The answer:  I don’t.  But I do know out of all the bands I saw play upon The Brighton’s stage, The Avengers were the only one to induce a riot.

The Avengers Perform “Thin White Line” At The Brighton Bar

During The Avengers’ hit song, “Corpus Christi,” a revved up shirtless skin actually ran on stage, launched himself off the platform, and body slammed and unsuspecting fan in the front row.

When guitarist Greg Ingraham cued up The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” the mosh pit that had been building finally boiled over, placing everyone on the floor in a lava pit of mindless crashing bodies and flailing limbs.

Greg Ingraham

The magma flow continued through The Avengers’ closing number “The American In Me.”

The quartet jumped off stage into the raucous audience that showered them in applause and gratitude and fled to the dressing room where Houston and company gathered themselves before returning with an encore of “Money (That’s What I Want).”

It was a great performance, and did I mention The Avengers brought friends?

The opening act was The Pleasure Kills.  Now, I’ve researched this band, and for some reason it has earned the label “Power-Pop.”  I’m a relatively educated music journalist that prides himself on being able to slot bands into their proper musical genres.

This is actually The Pleasure Kills

What I heard that night was goddamn Punk-Rock!  Power-Pop isn’t capable of ripping your face off, tossing it on the ground, and having the band’s lead guitarist, James Jameson, jump down from his six-string sniper post and stomp on it.

Check out Jameson on guitar looking like Robert Patrick

The band’s front-woman, known simply as Lydiot, has a set of pipes on her that can shatter an ear drum, and Ms. Lydiot, that’s a frigging compliment…I salute you.  Like a ferocious jungle cat on the hunt, her roaring vocals tore into my psyche like a lioness’ teeth into its prey.  It hurt so good.

The Lydiot is in my head

And yes, if you were wondering, Jeffrey Ject, the electric organ player, did jump into the crowd, tickling the ivories all the while and blowing minds in the process.  I’ll go as far as to call it New Wave, and that’s it.

The Graveyard School, fronted by “Mohawk of the Year Award” winner Kim Kaos, is Thrash-Punk done the way it ought to be: rudely, crudely, speedily, firmly, and without pants on.

Jason The Pantless Bassist

The stage presence this band owns is staggering.

Kaos krept about stage like a horned fire-breathing dragon, her vocals charring the skin with every gravely syllable uttered.

Kim Kaos

Larry, the band’s dread-locked axe-man, should fight the ninja turtles on off days because the man is  “Super Shredder.”  He could star in a series of slasher films in which his innocent victims are the guitar strings he slices through.  But in all seriousness, Larry, did actually cut a string in half with his manic pick-work.  The man can play.

Shredley Lamarr

The bassist, Jason, fed off the energy and love shared between he and his girlfriend.  They exchanged air-kisses, real smooches (in mid-song no less…quite impressive), and he even threw his pants at her.  A 17-year old chick was so moved by his apparent sexiness that she ripped off her neon green panties and chucked them on stage, missing Jason’s face by inches as he matrix-limboed out of the way.  I thought his girlfriend was going to find the culprit and claw her eyes out, but on a night where fire was prominent, cooler heads managed to prevail.

The Graveyard School

This was one girls night out I will never be ashamed to have attended.

The Avengers Setlist:

  1. We Are The One
  2. Thin White Line
  3. Teenage Rebel
  4. Corpus Christi
  5. Uh Oh
  6. Cheap Tragedies
  7. Open Your Eyes
  8. End Of The World
  9. Desperation
  10. 2nd To None
  11. White Nigger
  12. Car Crash
  13. Paint It Black (Rolling Stones Cover)
  14. American In Me


15. Money (That’s What I Want)

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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One Response to Cult Punk Band, The Avengers, Headline A Girls Night Out At The Brighton (8/5/10)

  1. KellsBells says:

    Ohh yah, these bands brought some great energy to the Brighton Bar. Definitely made me feel like the young punk I grew up as… Actually, a small correction to the section on “The Graveyard School”…
    Jason wasnt playing that night unfortunately, it was actually Colin Thompson, bassist of Matt Wade Band and Park Ape, who filled in and quote, “One of the funnest shows of my life”. He meshed with the spirit and energy of the band, and appeared to be one of the most energetic bassists Ive ever known.

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