T.S.O.L. at The Regent Theater

Photo Credit: Deb Frazin

Last night T.S.O.L. played their first e.p., and their punk classic “Dance With Me” album in it’s entirety at The Regent Theater. Corrupted Youth and Lower Class Brats opened the show. All the bands were fun and wild, and of course there was a big, whirling slam pit and non-stop stage diving throughout the entire show. I haven’t seen T.S.O.L. perform since the early 80’s, so this show was very nostalgic for me.

A lot of memories came flooding back as Jack Grisham ripped through the classics “Sounds of Laughter”, “Code Blue” and “World War 3”. Ron Emory and Rikk Agnew were the innovators of that distinctive O.C. punk rock guitar sound that I instantly fell in love with as a teenager, and that sound still gives me chills to this day. I purposely claimed a spot in front of Ron Emory so I could hear every strum of his guitar. I needed to be right in front of his amp so every note he played would cut right through me like a knife. I walked out of the show with a fractured rib from a stage diver, my friend walked out with a sore shoulder from the same idiot, Jack Grisham was pushed head-first into the pit by a stage diver 2 nights ago at The Observatory, but let’s face it: who’s walked out of a T.S.O.L. show without an injury?

Deb Frazin

About Deb Frazin

Deb Frazin is a photographer based in Los Angeles with a focus on DTLA street photography and punk rock culture. Her work has been published in photography books, on album covers, and has been featured in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times. You can find her now in Razorcake.
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