Los Skarnales' 20-Year Bash a Show for the Ages
It was hot, crowded, loud, and borderline dangerous. And it was damn near perfect. Friday night at Fitzgerald's, Los Skarnales showcased every ounce of heart and love their bodies and souls could disseminate, giving Houston a performance that will go down as one of the best the city has ever experienced.
The night began with the most player move of all, a mariachi band. It was only fitting as Mexican tradition dictates that most celebrations should include a mariachi band. And this...this was a celebration of 20 years, from a punk/ska trio called Desorden to the powerhouse band that fascinates crowds at music festivals. There was indeed much to be thankful for.
Over the last few weeks, I've spent hours interviewing the members of the band. I asked each one if he had a favorite song, and the tracks mentioned would almost always include "Bomba 48," "Una Y Otra Vez," "Rajita (De Canela)" and "No Way Out." So it was also fitting that the night would begin with those tracks. The crowd began a circle mosh pit almost immediately, somewhat to the horror of a few ladies up front, but nothing out of the ordinary for the hardcore Skarnales fans. The opening set ended with a new song named "Hay La Vez."
John Garcia then took the stage and the mike. "I haven't been feeling very punk rock lately, so if you guys could tell me to 'GO FUCK MYSELF' I would really appreciate it!", he said. The original Desorden trio, which also included Felipe Galvan and Jose Rodriguez, proceeded to tear the stage a new asshole with "MASACRE!!!", "JALATELA!!!" and "WACAMOLE!!!" Those exclamation points served as a reminder on the set list to play as loud as technologically possible, as if Desorden was ever anything but loud as hell.
The night continued through the lineup changes that shifted with each album, from Vatos Rudos to Dalé Shine, and everything and (almost) everyone in between. Only missing were Nick Gaitan and Roberto Rodriguez, who are currently on tour in Canada, and Joshua Mares, who was either not invited or declined to attend.
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