Angry Samoans w/ The Cryptics, Kid PA & The Midnight Creeps
- Ticket Price: $12.00 - $15.00
- Door Time: 7:00 PM
- Show Type: Tech-house
- Showroom: Main Stage
21 & over
DVT Events - Main Stage 105 Grape St. Philadelphia, PA 19127
The Angry Samoans are an American punk rock band in the first wave of American punk. Formed in August 1978 in Los Angeles, California by early 1970s rock writer "Metal" Mike Saunders and his sibling lead guitarist bonze blayk, along with Gregg Turner (another rock writer, for Creem Magazine during the late 1970s-mid 1980s) and original recruits bassist Todd Homer and drummer Billy Vockeroth.
During 1978 both Turner and Saunders had played in the Los Angeles punk band VOM, which issued a posthumous 5-song EP Live at Surf City on White Noise Records in early summer 1978. In 1969 in hometown Little Rock, Saunders and Samoans guitarist bonze had cut a 14-song high school garage-rock album I'm a Roadrunner Motherfucka (unissued until the late 1990s) under a twice-used local band name the Rockin' Blewz, and in 1975 Saunders briefly played in an embroyonic backing line-up for 1950s rockabilly cult artist Ray Campi before moving back to Arkansas for two years (pursuant to a second college degree). Bassist Todd Homer had played in 1977 Masque-era band Jesus Prick, and drummer Bill Vockeroth was a veteran of the Pasadena "backyard kegger party" cover band circuit.
Shortly after the Angry Samoans formed, in late 1978 Saunders/Turner/Homer wrote a song about long-time LA/Hollywood scenemaker (and KROQ DJ, beginning in 1976) Rodney Bingenheimer titled "Get Off the Air." Due to Bingheimer's strong influence with LA/Hollywood clubs, when the song was included on the band's first record Inside My Brain, the band was blacklisted at the Starwood/Whiskey and any other club in Hollywood/LA proper for about two years during mid 1980 - late 1982. The band's ostensibly offensive, politically incorrect attitude and (somewhat humorous) lyrical content was not a factor in this situation.
The Angry Samoans continued with Saunders, original drummer Bill Vockeroth, and a wide variety of other individuals, and gigging steadily from early 1996 into the new millennium. They have performed mainly along the West Coast, besides occasional out-of-state weekend trips and three short/successful tours of mainland Europe in 2003/2007/2008. At present the band is still playing weekend gigs once a month, usually all-ages shows around all of Southern California like the many other old LA/OC bands (from 1977–1982) who have been active during the 21st century—the Adolescents, the Dickies, the Crowd, Circle Jerks, Agent Orange, CH3, the Germs, Redd Kross, TSOL, Fear, the Weirdos, the Skulls, D.I., not to mention one-time major-label acts Social Distortion, X, and Bad Religion.
In 2010, they played at the Van's Warped Tour for 4 dates on the legends stage.
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- 11:00 PM - Angry Samoans