The party starts when San Francisco’s White Barons take the stage — and soon mushrooms into a legendary rager, energized by ripping riffs, shout-along choruses, and lyrics about no-regrets good times. The band has been trading in raw-boned punk ‘n’ roll brutality since 2007, the year the four-piece released its Gearhead debut, Up All Night with the White Barons. The songs range from broken-hearted barnstormers ("You Never Were") to a battery of unapologetic drinkin' and druggin' party anthems — "Wicked Ways," "How High" — that recall epic nights spent pounding shots at the bar and waking up the next afternoon stoked to do it all over again; as a new record, Electric Revenge, is scheduled for release in 2015.
All this joyful debauchery comes courtesy of the towering pipes of vocalist Eva von Slut (Thee Merry Widows), alongside Johnny One Eye and Nate Wahnsinn on guitar and bass, respectively, and, most recently, Andy Headrick on drums. With the Barons leading the charge, the rock ‘n’ roll torch burns on — at both ends.