Ugly Things & Soda Bar presents


Strangers In A Strange Land, Thee Allyrgic Reaction

Friday, January 26, 2018

8:30 pm

Soda Bar


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Pioneers of West Coast Punk from San Diego, CA.

Often referred to as "the Mexican Ramones," the Zeros (guitarist and singer Javier Escovedo, second guitarist Robert Lopez, bassist Hector Peñalosa, and drummer Baba Chenelle) were just one of many contributors to the L.A. punk explosion in the late '70s. Although they never received the acclaim of such L.A. peers as Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, or X, the Zeros made admirers out of such renowned artists as Tom Waits, Patti Smith, and the Damned, played numerous West Coast shows with the likes of Dils, Avengers, X, Plugz, Nerves, and Wipers, and even gave the Germs their very first live gig -- opening for them in 1977. The group was first formed in 1976, and were initially known as "the Main Street Brats" -- but by the time of their first show, they had settled on the name the Zeros. Although the quartet broke up in 1981, the Zeros have re-formed sporadically for live shows (such as a 1991 benefit show for ailing punk rocker/writer Craig Lee, and a few years later, Bomp Records' 25th anniversary party), and a full album -- 1999's Right Now! In addition, several of the Zeros' compositions have been covered by other bands around the world, including Spain's La Secta ("Wild Weekend"), Australia's Hoodoo Gurus, Sweden's the Nomads ("Wimp"), and Hollywood's the Muffs ("Beat Your Heart Out").
Strangers In A Strange Land
Strangers In A Strange Land
Strangers in a Strange Land are Paul Kopf (The Seeds), Alec Palao (Sneetches, Ace Records) and Derek See (Chocolate Watchband), with honorary Stranger Prairie Prince on drums.

Produced and engineered by Palao, Strangers eponymous debut album was crafted throughout 2016 in the well-informed yet discerning style these San Francisco-based veterans are known for: pop music with a reverence for the past, yet with its eye fixed firmly on the future–delivered with twice the energy as fellows half their age!

The music on Strangers ranges from the sarcastic freakbeat of “The Taxidermist” and “It’s Her World” to the lush, harmony-filled psych-pop of “A Shadow on the Wall.” “Half Century” and “All Wound Up” pulse with the band’s punchy yet melodic groove while “Onomatopoeia” is world-weary folk rock in the tradition of The Byrds and Hollies. The album concludes with “Black and White,” a heartbreaking performance that would do Robin Gibb proud.

Strangers are not strangers: Kopf and Palao worked for several years together in The Magic Christian with Flamin’ Groovie Cyril Jordan; See is a respected player who’s performed with members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and led the groups The Bang and Gentle Cycle. Though he doesn’t appear on the album, drummer Craig Heitkam, also of the Gentle Cycle, has now ably filled the Strangers’ vacant throne.

The band’s live performances have already received enthusiastic reviews. Look for them on tour in early 2018, accompanied by Christian Vannasdall.
Thee Allyrgic Reaction
San Diego-based vox powered 60s punk.

Roddy Hugunin - guitar, fuzz, vocals, busting beer bottles on stage
Tim Allnutt - bass, Tone X, fuzz, adequate musicianship
Derick Hugunin - drums, spiritual leadership
Richard Whig - organ, vocals, harp, broken dreams
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104