Guest Blog by Tyler Burke
I’ve attended more NOFX shows than I can count, and my goal in attending the January 4th show at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, was to rock out and sing along to music that is comfortably familiar. In this, NOFX never disappoints. So my buddy Matt and I sauntered into the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA just after the first opening band began. We made our way into the cattle pen for us over 21’s, got some beers, and settled down for what I thought would be good people watching and shitty opening bands. Except the band on stage would not cooperate and be shitty, so I missed a lot of good people watching.
The band was Pour Habit and their music was a combination of the melodic pop punk you’d expect from a Fat Wreck Chords band with overtones of metal. The songs I heard were driven with close to frenetic energy by an excellent drummer and the guitarists were amazingly able to keep up with drummer and provide some ripping metallic solos. The singer, who sounds a lot like Dexter Holland of The Offspring, has a nice pop punk voice and seems to really enjoy what he does, even singing a few songs from the middle of the mosh pit. There is even some Suicidal Tendencies influence in their sound, but with less of an edge.
The band impressed me enough to get up here on these pages and that was at a NOFX show, so ya, that says something. Check out their track “Institution” below.