Fiction Reform in a League of Their Own

May 1, 2012 in Features, Live Reviews by Amy Hsieh-Villa

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived at the Norwalk Moose Lodge in Whittier. Inside it looked as though we were invading Grandma’s kitchen or some other old folks dining hall, but nonetheless we took a seat at one of the long tables, in front of amoose sporting a red bow tie that was hanging on the wall. I figured punk rock bands usually form in someone’s garage so seemingly enough, punk rockers would play comfortably at any kind of venue. And I mean hey, a gig’s a gig. Soon enough the stage was being set and the sound tech was testing the speakers for the first band to perform.

The night started off slowly, but by 11pm the mosh pits grew larger and the line at the bar grew longer.

“We are Fiction Reform! Get ready to have a good f***ing time!” yelled Brenna Red, the front woman of one of the best Orange County punk rock bands out there.

Brenna Red. Photos by Jeremy Villa

Brenna Red. Photos by Jeremy Villa

Their whole demeanor and stage presence outshone the preceding bands and they brought along all of their own equipment, delivering a greater sound. Brenna’s raspy vocals bring a hard rock edge to their solid guitar beats and aggressive drums that prove punk rock never dies. Her hardcore vocals can be compared to that of the rebel girl of Bikini Kill or Shirley Manson of Garbage. After the shockwave from the audience that this band was friggin amazing, and not your average wanna-be punks, their song “Cool This Madness Down” brought on a realm of funky moshing that Brenna joined in on the dance floor. They sang new songs like “Atrophy” from their upcoming album Take Your Truth, and also performed fan favorites from their first album like “Small Silhouette.”

Alongside Brenna is Aaron Chabak on guitar, bassist Danielle Lehman, and Danny Bangum on drums. I had the pleasure of meeting all of them and was completely stoked to score a copy of their first album Revelation in the Palms of the Weak, and a Fiction Reform t-shirt. They remain humble despite having opening for bands like The Misfits and being featured on shows like Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. I think in all honesty when it comes to venues like Norwalk Moose Lodge, Fiction Reform is way out of their league. in a good way. This punk rock band ranks higher than most and can outstage any hole in the wall venue. On another note, it’s lucky when fans get to catch them performing at more intimate places like these where they can get up close to the band. Rock out with Fiction Reform at the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena on June 30th and you’ll know what I mean.

Photos by Jeremy Villa

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