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  • 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA host Punch's release of their new EP.
  • Rad opens the show.
  • Torso's lead singer, Ethan, talks to the crowd before their set.
  • Punch's front woman, Meghan O'Neil, sells merch.
  • The lead singer of Secret People before their set.
  • Laine German, 4, stands in the middle of the crowd wearing his mom's headphones.
  • Punch.
  • Meghan O'Neil of Punch.
  • James Monk rises above the crowd.

Photos and Words by Lorisa Salvatin

There is quietude as the small crowd outside 1-2-3-4 Go Records filter into the store and browse through records, as they wait to pay and enter the backroom for the show going on that night, but this is only the calm before the storm.

Fast drumming, thumping bass, and rhythmic guitar riffs filled the small dimly lit room on September 19. And while the occasional onlooker bobbed their heads with the beat, if not completely headbanging, the crowd seemed quite mellow through the opening sets played by Sacramento’s Rad, the Bay Area’s own, Torso, and Secret People.

The slow build up only crescendoed for as soon as headliners, Punch, hit the stage, causing the crowd to rage with the energy that punk shows are known for. Along with many of their old songs, the San Francisco based punk band played a number of their songs from their newly released record.

Circle pits formed. The crowd pushed to the stage. Bodies flailed. Voices rang with every heart-thumping to-the point song, each with a message needing to be heard. And with the last song ringing through the air among the fist raised high, together the room chanted, “Make it count! You can’t make it last!”