July 29th, 2019 | Photos

Photos by Asha Moné

Police just have to shut things down early.

At a private residence in Silver Lake early Sunday evening, Mensa’s new band 93PUNX and some special friends, including Theophilus London and Eleanor Fletcher of Crystal Fighters were to play for about 200 people in a private residence in Silver Lake.

Around 9:20 p.m. after Fletcher had been performing, police shut it down–so they thought. During London’s set around 9:30, those pesky helicopters arrived. Shit was going down. Around 9:40 p.m., 93PUNX played an unreleased track when things came to a halt for good before N8NOFACE could even use the mic.

Per Mensa’s IG, “The ‘3 Years Sober’ video is a statement about identity. I put on a confederate flag dress to be able to laugh at a symbol of hate, and played tug of war with Mike Pence over birth control. I had my face written on to get ahead of everything I know people will say about me and had a diner full of BBQ Becky’s call the police on me for using the women’s bathroom. I know some in hip hop culture will see this and say ‘Vic’s gay’ (which I’m not), whereas if I was white they’d just say ‘he’s a rockstar.’ [@]93punx is about being yourself, fuck what people think.”

Mensa plays the Fonda on August 23rd where it definitely won’t be shut down.