A lucky group of several hundred fans, donning black jackets and studded belts, lined the sidewalk outside of Slim’s in San Francisco Thursday night to gain access to an exclusive concert by local punk band-turned-superstars AFI.
“This show is a bit out of the ordinary as the band is definitely playing much bigger venues these days,” said Tracey Buck, a publicity representative for Slim’s. According to Buck, the allotment of tickets sold out in less than ten minutes.
Opening the show, Los Angeles-based quartet Scarlet Grey displayed a broad pop-punk vocabulary with a seamless series of melodies. A performance from Bay Area locals Said Radio followed, but their hardcore-punk sound and indecipherable lyrics seemed to interest only a handful of dedicated fans, who thrashed about for the duration of the band’s choppy set.
It wasn’t until around 10 p.m. that the crowd sprung to life, when AFI guitarist Jade Puget jumped to the edge of the stage to play the opening riff of the hit single “Medicate.”
- Andrew David King