Photos and Text Bobby Cochran
San Francisco – 3.29.17
Thee Parkside is a tiny dive bar between the Dogpatch and Potrero Hill districts of San Francisco. It’s the place to play for many touring heavy and punk bands when they come through SF, and the intimate setting brings a new dynamic to the music. Tonight’s lineup of Jaye Jayle, Khemmis and Oathbreaker is accentuated by Oakland’s atmospheric metal duo, Ragana. Again, a fairly diverse lineup with bands that compliment each other well. The show sold out in advance, and the room is wall-to-wall people, as one might expect. Sweat drips from the ceiling, Oathbreaker is crowded together on the knee-high stage, poised for liftoff. Starting off with “10:56,” the entire place is completely silent while Caro delicately sings the opening lines. “Second Son of R” blasts forth, and the place explodes. This band’s power is tough to match. They maintain dynamics throughout the whole show that never lets the energy down, but pulls from extreme to extreme.