There must be something in the Oakland water - consider the still full-throttle metal underground centered in the city across the Bay around bands like High on Fire. Annihilation Time, and Saviours, the oft-lauded heavies out to make it louder and harder for all ye headbangers. The 2006 Level Plane album, Crucifire, by the latter group (which includes two vets of Yaphet Kotto, vocalist-guitarist Austin Barber and drummer Scott Batiste) was a blast of badass blasphemy that made Bay metalists perk up and listen: Barber apparently had his issues with archconservative fundamentalists in Arkansas and Colorado where he grew up.
Do you remember rock ‘n’ roll radio? The danger and derring-do of so-called “jungle music”? The wop-bop shoo-bop shoo-bop? Two local bands - Personal and the Pizzas and Shannon and the Clams - tap a good-natured, jokey vein of garage rock that summons those sentiments. Now might be the time to catch them as they play around town – if you’re there, get up in their hair, buy ‘em a brew or even a seafood pie.