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Hardcore Bands ACxDC and Nomads Performed With a Porn Star Last Night

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Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM
click to enlarge ACxDC at The Viper Room - NICHOLAS PELL
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ACxDC and Nomads

The Viper Room

8-7-13

Better than... the last season of The Walking Dead.

Last night DIY hardcore heroes ACxDC and Nomads performed at the Viper Room, part of a release party for The Walking Dead: A Hardcore Parody, which is probably what you think it is. It was also a birthday celebration for Burning Angel starlet Phoenix Askani (below). So, you know, just your average night on the town.

See also: Our cover story on ACxDC

click to enlarge Phoenix Askani - FLICKR/CHIROPRACTIC

The crowd was thin, especially considering the promise of being in the very same room as people who have sex on camera. A strange odor of fog machine lingered as bowdlerized clips from the zombie parody played on the wall above red-roped tables.

The censored bits struck an odd contrast to the unfiltered noise coming off of the main stage. However ACxDC and Nomads were there at the request of the birthday girl, Phoenix Askani, who was kind enough to bare her breasts before throwing a copy of the film into the audience, making one man, a professional photographer from the Valley, very, very happy.

Openers Badblood from North Hollywood are definitely one to keep your eyes on. They lumbered through a set that was so heavy it probably left dents in the wall. There were fast parts, yes, but mostly a slow, thick sludge that not many people in Los Angeles are doing these days. Think of your favorite crust punk band, and now play their 45 rpm record at 33 rpms. This is more a metal band with punk influences than the other way around, an act that wouldn't be out of place on the local Southern Lord label.

Nomads have quickly becoming a favorite live act among local punk and hardcore cognizanti, in part because of their relentless gigging regimen. The band blasted through a noisy set of raging d-beat (a style of hardcore inspired by '80s British noisemakers Discharge and their mutant progeny) more in the vein of lo-fi Japanese bands in the genre than the more polished Swedish ones displayed on frontman Michael Torres' punk rock vest. It was all over just as quickly as it began, Torres commenting that the band "likes to keep it short and sweet."

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