Like fellow genre pioneers The Ruts and The Slits, The Weirdos delighted in defying even what was socially mandated as constituting first-wave punk. Formed in 1976 and currently enjoying the latest in a string of sporadic reunions, these Angelenos shun the gritty, often confrontational imagery of their East Coast and British punk peers in favor of a more colorful, satirical aesthetic. The Weirdos' essentially garage-rock sonic signature is distinguished on tracks such as “Destroy All Music” and “We Got the Neutron Bomb” by unusually melodic guitars, absurdly exaggerated drum fills, sardonic hooks and songwriting that comfortably transcends three-chord tricks. Since they're both remembered and revered as West Coast punk godfathers, expect The Weirdos' crowd at the all-ages Cobalt to be, literally, all ages.
Sun., Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m., 2014
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