Descendents / CJ Ramone / Pears – Shepherds Bush Empire, London. Friday 2nd August.
Just the night before Descendents played one of the biggest punk rock festivals on the planet so its testament to their appeal that whilst that was still going on they’ve also managed to sell out Shepherds Bush Empire too.
Pears are first to hit the stage as the crowd are still filtering in and its fair to say the atmosphere inside this grand old venue hadn’t really got going yet. This doesn’t phase Pears in the slightest – they just go for it from the off. One of the most energetic bands on the planet they play breakneck speed hardcore interspersed with more melodic interludes and onstage banter.
CJ Ramone was the bass player in the Ramones for a solid seven years and justifiably gets to use their name.