Travis Barker presents The 9th Annual MUSINK, O.C. Fair & Event Center, March 4-6, 2016
The 9th Annual MUSINK took place at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa over three rock and rolling days, featuring a tattoo convention, car show and concert. Presented by Travis Barker and produced by the Blink 182 drummer with Bill Hardie, John Reese of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and Sean Akhavan, MUSINK once again provided the perfect amalgamation of tattoo and sonic artistry, with an exciting and wondrously varied music lineup.
The first night unleashed the thrilling lineup of legendary rapper Snoop Dogg, Transplants (with Travis Barker) and Yelawolf (who would also be performing at Self Help Fest at few weeks later). Night two brought the likes of Deftones, Taking Back Sunday and Plague Vendor to the proceedings.
The grand finale on Sunday at MUSINK would arrive with the grand and diverse package of Circa Survive, Atreyu, and Face To Face. Here is a review of the auditory adventures which took place at the pavilion of the O.C. Fair & Event Center on the night of March 6th.
Face To Face
Face To Face has been active since 1991, setting ablaze the scene with their own bruising brand of in-your-face punk rock. The band has just unleashed Protection on Fat Wreck Chords, their ninth studio album, and arrived at MUSINK ready to play songs from the effort as well as their rollicking classics.
Opening with the slamming reverberations of You’ve Done Nothing from their 1992 debut album Don’t Look Away, Face To Face definitely had the fans singing early on. And although vocalist / guitarist Trever Keith was quick to joke that no one really wanted to hear any of the new songs, I Won’t Say I’m Sorry and Say What You Want received tremendously positive reactions from the MUSINK attendees. So many favorites presented by Face To Face – Double Crossed, A-OK, It’s Not Over and a whole lot more slamming selections. By the time Disconnected arrived at the end of the set, an intense circle pit burst into action. An explosive commencement to be sure, from a dynamic band still ready to dropkick your ass into the nearest pit!
Face To Face on Facebook
It was certainly exciting to see OC’s own Atreyu making a triumphant appearance at this year’s edition of MUSINK! Back with an all-out vengeance after a productive hiatus, Atreyu has issued a brand new album entitled Long Live on Spinefarm Records. Their live set was nothing short of mesmerizing, with all band members at the very peak of the craft.
From the hard and heavy opening sounds of Doomsday, Atreyu absolutely owned the stage and had everyone in the audience singing along to each and every song. The new cuts Long Live and Bitter Broken Memory were unveiled with a glorious amount of passion and conviction. Older favorites such as The Crimson and Bleeding Mascara as well as their mighty rendition of the Bon Jovi hit You Give Love A Bad Name was met with spiraling elation. And it sure is fantastic to hear Lip Gloss and Black from their debut album Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses – a song that is still able to ignite a fevered mosh pit after all of these years.
Atreyu 2016 is on fire and ready to rock your world, featuring the supreme talents of Alex Varkatzas on lead and unclean vocals, Dan Jacobs – lead and rhythm guitar, Travis Miguel on rhythm and lead guitar, Marc McKnight on bass, and Brandon Saller on drums and clean vocals. Be sure to catch Atreyu now on tour with Devil You Know, From Ashes To New, and Cane Hill.
Atreyu on Facebook
This reviewer was not really sure how the dreamlike atmospheric yet thoroughly intensive music of Circa Survive would be received by the MUSINK crowd. But with such as eclectic array of bands already on display, Circa Survive more than fit in – and nearly filled up the pavilion with fans in the process. Opening with the gorgeously hypnotic Schema and then following it up with the sweeping Glass Arrows, Circa Survive stunned the crowd with their progressive indie rock meanderings. Fronted by the highly charismatic Anthony Green, Circa Survive soared into stratospheric heights, with songs such as Through The Desert Alone and The Great Golden Baby fully enveloping the auditorium. Supplying an epic conclusion to the three day MUSINK Festival, Circa Survive sent the event goers out into the chill OC night thoroughly captivated by the magic and intrigue of their sonic reveries.
Such a tremendous weekend filled with all types music and brilliant tattoo artistry – complete with over 15,000 in attendance over three unforgettable days! We’ll see everyone at the Tenth Annual MUSINK next year!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)