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Flipper Brings SF Punk Home To GAMH

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Flipper
Great American Music Hall
July 13, 2019

Photos by Raymond Ahner

Iconic San Francisco punk rock band Flipper is currently out on the road on a North American tour while celebrating forty years together as a band. They recently played a hometown show at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, and with fellow San Francisco punk rock legends Frightwig seminal Austin punk rockers The Next, the evening was like being transported back to the Mabuhay Gardens circa 1984.

Flipper

Flipper

Led by Jesus Lizzard frontman David Yow, Flipper hit the stage with “The Light, The Sound, The Rhythm, The Noise,” with Yow making his way off of the stage and into the crowd before the first note of original guitarist Ted Falconi’s guitar. He would go on to spend much of the bands set manically interacting with the sold-out crowd on the floor, while Falconi stood stoically at the back of the stage near is Marshall cabinet creating his signature wall of noise sound.

Flipper

Flipper

From there the band ( with bassist Rachel Thoele formally of Frightwig and original drummer Steve Depace) went through a thirteen song setlist that included “Ha Ha Ha,” “Life is Cheap,” and “Sacrifice.”

Flipper

Flipper

Of course, no Flipper show would ever be complete without “Sexbomb,” and the band most certainly did not disappoint, playing it as the final song of the evening, complete with a horn section and Yow bringing fans on to the stage. It was the perfect ending to a frantic evening of old school San Francisco punk rock.

Frightwig

Frightwig

Supporting Flipper (as they did some thirty-something years earlier) on this evening was Frightwig, a band who needed no introduction to the crowd. Their set was as powerful and as unapologetic as always and it was a no brainer that they were on the bill.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of Flipper, Frightwig, and The Next by Raymond Ahner:

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Check out Flipper on their Facebook page.

Find out all about Frightwig on their website.

Get the dirt on The Next here.

 

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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