This past Tuesday, Check Yo Ponytail 2 celebrated their three-year-anniversary at the Echoplex with quite the shit show, in other words it was a drunk fest. With an eclectic mix of gutter punks, ratchet/trap heads and your usual East Hollywood hipsters, the evening started off good, but ended drunk and messy.
Los Angeles duo, Youth Code kicked of the evening with some dark industrial punk. There was a lot of screaming. My throat would hurt after all that raucous. I’m sure Youth Code are used to it though. They probably gargle with Jack Daniels and chain smoke Marlboro Reds grinded up with glass. It was a pretty rad set.
Taking the stage next was Chuck Inglish from the Cool Kids, and he was REAL good. I’m a fan of his lyrics and beats. With so much shitty hip hop and rap going around these days, it was great to see Chuck Inglish bust that good hip hop live at the Echoplex, and the crowd was lovin’ it.
Special guests, Spank Rock and Amanda Blank (Spank Blank) put on a really dope performance. Don’t ask me to describe the music. It’s motherfucking Spank Rock (and Amanda Blank) and they did not disappoint.
The night kind of went downhill after Spank Blank, starting with Andrew W.K. Yeah, he has a lot of energy but the music was not so great. He’s doing some kind of hard electronic thing. What happened to him? He used to have five guitarists on stage, and now it’s just him with a keyboard and an overweight bearded bald dude with extremly hairy shoulders as his backup singer. Was it some sort of a planned joke? Whatever it was, it was not the Andrew W.K. that I was looking forward to seeing.
I was interested in seeing Alice Glass of Crystal Castles, even if it was just a DJ set. Her set got real old, REAL quick. On this evening, she was a terrible DJ. It probably didn’t help that she pounded half a bottle of Jameson on stage. Her mixes were like two trains colliding. She had a whole posse of drunk chicks on stage dancing along and flipping everybody off. Not to mention, the five or six annoying photographers that were on stage hovering over her. A lot of people started to leave during her set which I found odd since earlier EVERYBODY in line was losing their shit over seeing Alice Glass. Obsessed drunk girls bonded over how cool Alice Glass is and shrieked, “That’s my bitch! I wanna be her girl!” And yes, these girls that reeked of cheap liquor were about 19. Go figure. In fact, the one that was going apeshit in line over Alice got turned away as soon as they opened the doors for being too drunk. They gave her a water and told her to chill out. Alice’s set was pretty much full of some really terrible sounding 8-bit mp3s, bad mixes, lots of chicks drinking, smoking, and dancing — oh and a guy shooting with a polaroid. On the bright side, Alice did do her usual crowd surf. For the young and drunk, her set was probably the coolest thing ever.
Rumor has it that Skrillex was supposed to be the secret surprise guest. He never showed up.
As with all anniversary celebrations, a drunken good time is expected. Even though Alice Glass was a mess and Andrew W.K. wasn’t what I expected, Check Yo Pony Tail still put on a hell of a party and just about everyone had a damn good time. Youth Code, Chuck Inglish, and Spank and Blank were straight up on point and put on some great performances. Check out the wild photos below from Check Yo Pony Tail’s three-year-anniversary party.
Photography & Words: ceethreedom
SPANK AND BLANK
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