City Slang: Easy Action tops night of punk at New Way

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With Californian punk vets Fang rolling into town (remember that “The Money Will Roll Right In” song Nirvana covered?), a solid bill featuring three great Detroit bands was put together for what turned out to be a fantastic evening at the New Way in Ferndale, one of the most underrated venues in Metro Detroit.

Death in Custody is first up – the band plays straight-forward hardcore with no frills and less grace. Snotty, obnoxious and aggressive, the band sounds great despite showing up late and having zero time to, y’know, sound check and shit.

Golden Torso is frankly spectacular. With shirts off and bellies out, the guys in the band are not a pretty sight, which is perfectly apt because they don’t make pretty music. The songs are a little more “technical” than the average punk but it is the delivery which is so intense. This band needs to be checked out again. And again.

Fang rips through a heavy set, then it is the turn of Easy Action, who simply don’t know how to do a bad show. John Brannon blasts through a well-tuned set with the ever-awesome “Friends of Rock ’n’ Roll” still the highlight. A new album is hopefully forthcoming, but for now it’s enough to know that Easy Action remain one of the best live bands in town.

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