Save The Scene

Photography by Annika Cimas

As all of you should know, California's in a drought, and has been lacking in water for the past few years. This is because we're consuming greater amounts of water than produced, and the San Diego music scene works a lot like that. We've neglected to create new faces onstage, instead depending on the same people and same music - but there’s only so long that can last. Eventually, everyone moves on with their lives, rotating through high school, college, and onwards.

How can there be a music scene when the music runs out, or when the bodies that had previously crammed into living rooms, churches, and discarded buildings to enjoy live music are no longer around? Someone would have to rebuild the entire community back up from the ground. This is why we need to plan a sort of intervention - and that’s exactly what was just done.

Local concert promoter and personal friend of ours, Emily LaBlond, recently threw one of the most successful local shows yet, Save The Scene. With over 340 people filling up The Irenic on Saturday, January 7th, we can happily say the night was a hit.


The lineup kicked off with new group Soap Detergent, who not only put on a killer set, but introduced an alternative vibe to the “surf-punk” sound that echo through San Diego.

Next, the Ventura natives of Paper really took the crowd by surprise, and after asking around, it’s been confirmed that they’ve asserted their fan base in this Southern California community. Their songs and stage presence really stands out from a large amount of other local musicians, maybe that’s why the crowd instantly fell in love with the band. Not only did they smash through some originals, but also put their own flare in the cover of Sublime’s iconic song, “Santeria,” which really hyped the crowd up for the next performers. 

When Opt Out and Essex Class are playing a show, you know things are going to get interesting, and that’s exactly what happened. Picture this: a church, packed full with sweaty crowd surfers … covered in toilet paper. 

Not only was it insanely creative, but was one of the most memorable moments of the night; another one being when Essex Class asked people in the crowd to step up on stage with them, creating a whole new level of interaction. I've never seen a mini mosh break out on stage before, or so many dedicated fans supporting local music.

Seem’s like every band here at Save The Scene had a defining moment, and for The Bash Dogs, that would be their rendition of The Beatles, “Twist & Shout.” As the first notes rang out, everyone went into a frenzy, including Pat Collins (of Grove, and the late Snykes), who took this opportunity to jump on stage to “twist & shout” (literally). 

Speaking of Pat Collins, Save The Scene was his new band’s debut show. Grove is compiled of Pat on guitar and lead vocals, Chris Olson on bass, and Lawrence Kattoula on drums. I nearly had a heart attack when I heard “Bacardi” and “Killer Whale” coming from the stage, I think I speak for everyone when I say it was a literal dream come true. Though I've accepted that The Snykes are gone for good, it was amazing to see 2/3 of the band back on stage again, and I look forward to hearing a lot more from these talented dudes. 

Overall, Save The Scene was probably the best local show I've ever been to; the bands were amazing and the crowd was even better (I have never, in my entire concert-going career, seen so many crowd surfers in one place). If you didn’t make it to the show I truly feel sorry for you - but I guess I'll catch you at the next one, right?