Back to the Beach Festival Day 1 boasted a largely ska band lineup with a couple exceptions like Blink-182. Day 2 of Back to the Beach Fest established a more eclectic tone early on with some local talent. The music began with LOWLIVES taking the stage, bringing with them a punchy punk rock sound that would capture the attention of a growing crowd.
Teenage Wrist followed, providing a nice grunge/alternative rock sound with some passionate vocals from Kamtin Mohager on standout tracks like “Stoned, Alone.”
Less than Jake truly owned their sound on the day, coming with songs that utilized a great horn section and fully embraced their roots in ska music.
Anthony Green injected a much more relaxed sound into the beach atmosphere, slowing things down from the upbeat acts that preceded him. His mellow indie and alternative rock songs paired with some incredible vocals had the crowd swaying in unison, experiencing the great music and beach breeze together. Green brought out Goldfinger’s lead singer and guitarist John Feldmann to perform a couple of songs, adding some energy and liveliness to the set. Feldmann’s vigor as a performer is truly emphatic, as he managed to ignite the crowd with his supporting role in Green’s set.
The Story So Far had many longtime fans in attendance and used this to their advantage in crafting their set. The band included some older fan favorites like “Clairvoyant”
and a number of their latest tracks off of their fourth studio album “Proper Dose.” The abundance of loyal fans of The Story So Far were singing with the leading man Parker Cannon, bringing a great communal aura around the Huntington Beach grounds as the sun crept below the horizon.
Similar to the previous night’s headliner, The Used arrived on the stage with pyrotechnics, smoke, and lights all in tow to provide the best visual experience to compliment their hardcore punk rock sound. The ferocity in vocal delivery from Bert McCracken gave longtime fans and punk rock enthusiasts something to be excited about. Their set was an ode to classic hardcore punk rock, with many songs being pulled from their older discography. Standout tracks like “The Bird And The Worm” and “All That I’ve Got” rocked the packed crowd and provided an appropriate conclusion to a weekend of great music.
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