City National Grove of Anaheim
Mar. 3, 2012
Judging by the throngs of people leaving their tables before the award for best video was announced, it seems I'm not the only one who found this weekend's OC Music Awards Ceremony to be a two-hour snore fest.
It wasn't just the fact that more than a few bands, like the Growlers, weren't on hand to accept their awards–other no-shows included Young the Giant, (in their defense, they're on tour) as well as Social Distortion (who has skipped out on the ceremony two years running.) It certainly wasn't the performances, which saw top-shelf live music from a diverse stable of local talent including Nicole Vaughn, Boogaloo Assassins, Kiev, Jeramiah Red and Railroad to Alaska.
OCMA organizers can't expect people be excited by an event that recycles the same winners over and over–especially in the categories that matter most to the younger, music-savvy members in the crowd. And when apples and oranges are mixed the way they were with the best punk category it's a tad baffling. Last night saw the Adolescents, a band which formed in 1980, take the top prize. If the decision had been up to me, I would have given it to Death Hymn Number 9, who aside from being a thrilling new act, are advancing fresher sonic concepts than a band of dinosaurs from punk's heyday. The Adolescents are legends. They belong in a category with other legends.