THE VANDALS + OZMA + FLOCK OF NU GOO @ HOUSE OF BLUES
Photos by Leslie Kalohi
Ugly holiday sweaters met with plastic flower leis at the 22nd annual Christmas Formal by The Vandals. The band put a new twist on festivities by incorporating a tiki theme for this year, and arrived to the winter wonderland on stage ready for the Hawaiian tropics.
The Vandals also gave the setlist a bit of a change-up, playing deeper cuts alongside the standard Oi to the World tracklist like “Power Mustache” and “Euro-Barge,” prompting frontman Dave Quackenbush if anyone could Google and display the lyrics for him on an iPad. In addition to the tried-and-true “Anarchy Burger” and aforementioned Oi to the World, the evening wrapped up on a typically chaotic note with Warren Fitzgerald dismantling the props on stage during “My Girlfriend’s Dead.”
Adorned with aloha shirts and Santa hats, Ozma powered through classic power pop songs like “Domino Effect” and “If I Only Had a Heart,” with Joe Escalante of The Vandals coming to the aid of Daniel Brummel during a guitar strap malfunction. The earnest yearnings of Ozma’s heart still rings true almost two decades later.
Acknowledging the experience would be weird for the first minute, Flock of Nu Goo embraced a hedonistic time gone by when Human League and cocaine ruled the airwaves. Comprised of punk rock stalwarts, with members dressed like Robert Smith and Adam Ant, Flock of Nu Goo rocked out 80s classics like “Come on Eileen” and 867-5309/Jenny.”