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This is no knock on On Blast, Free Moral Agents or Mode, but I was floored at the amount of people who showed up. I knew these bands had followings, but I've seen national acts come through Alex's on a weekend and not get this kind of crowd. So kudos to you Long Beach and your surrounding cities. Thursday really is the new Friday.
On Blast played all the hits ("Wanna Lose Control," "One of Those Days") to a crowd full of dancing girls (and a few guys, too) and encored with "Hava Nagila," a traditional Jewish folk song. Ya see, the band is playing a private bar mitvzah tonight and if you're in a band and you have to learn a song, you might as well play it more than once, right? Right.
Free Moral Agents were next. I didn't get any pictures of them because there were a ton of people dancing to them too and I was already sweating like crazy (is that too much information?) and didn't need any more of a downpour. As a FMA virgin, I remember thinking that the group sounds really pro, like everyone knows their shit and knows it well. Their brand of pysch-hop (trademarked) was pretty cool, but in all honesty, it was hard not to think about what happened between sets.
I hate to report this because I'm not the TMZ of the local music scene, but I wouldn't be doing my job if I failed to mention arguably the most noteworthy part of the evening. Between On Blast and Free Moral Agents, there was an on-stage fight between FMA keyboardist Ikey Owens and On Blast guitarist Travis Raab. Not sure why, not sure how, but a brawl it was. And I'll leave it at that...