Youve only got one option here: Accept it as passion, or deride it as impression. Either way, The Germs, the greatest, most brutal punk band of late-70s L.A., have reunited by slapping together the original lineup as best they could—and since nothing will reignite the brief, violent flame of original singer Darby Crash (who committed suicide in 1980), they called in a ringer on vox. And hes an actor (quel rat!): Shane West, who portrayed Darby credibly in the 2008 band bioflick What We Do Is Secret. But the rest of the Forming kids are back—bassist Lorna Doom, drummer Don Bolles, and guitarist Pat Smear (who later earned a dime with Nirvana and Foo Fighters)—and theyve murdered it at recent Warped Tours. Did you give AC/DC the surly shoulder after Bon Scott? No, so stop it now. The Germs were righteous enough to deserve our optimism; this aint the original, but its also not the expected. So you and me, lets pretend theyre vicious. Lets pretend theyre cool. Lets pretend suspicious. Lets pretend theyre fools. With Krum Bum and Bridge & Tunnel.
Thu., July 2, 8 p.m., 2009