San Francisco’s very own “queercore” band, Pansy Division, made a rare appearance at 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley in celebration of Punk Rock Joel’s birthday. I’ve never actually met Punk Rock Joel, but he clearly has some pull, managing to bring in pop punkers Emily’s Army for a raucous supporting set after a long absence from Gilman. Clearly there was some pent up demand for Emily’s Army, because the floor was full of high school aged punks moshing and singing along to a set which included some never-before-heard songs off their forthcoming album. Not to be missed was Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits which brought the full band and delivered a beefed-up set of scorching tunes that would be mostly unrecognizable to those that are used to the two piece lineup. Good time and a good crowd however watching the 17 year old girls file out as the gay men filed in during the set change between Emily’s Army to Panzy Division was worth the price of admission alone.
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