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Following a live concert at a Del Playa residence over the weekend, local band members assured friends and roommates that their concert was “sweet.”
The lineup for the Saturday night concert – organized in honor of second-year anthropology major Tim Ross’s 20th birthday -was headlined by CumUNITee and featured sets from local up-and-comers Beach 2Oh and DyeLution.
The bands performed acoustic-heavy ballads for much of the evening, and were interrupted only briefly when one member of the audience vomited on a speaker after winning a boat race, which, band members say, took place during a “bitchin'” performance of DyeLution’s “Put My D In Your V.”
“They were rockin’ out hard,” said a moderately buzzed third-year named Zach “Two Beer” Brians. “Everyone was super pumped up and I think the bands were really feeling the love. There was like… a really good vibe.”
The climax of the night came when CumUNITee took to the makeshift backyard stage. The band -which by its own assessment is a pretty big deal on the local scene – performed a variety of newer songs like “Poltergeist” and “Me and Your Hand,” as well as classic hits like “Say Hello to My Raging Boner” and “Waiting for the OK to Backdoor You.” Numerous band-member girlfriends were on hand and could be seen mouthing lyrics throughout the set.
“I really liked that one song [by CumUNITee], ‘Try Again After 4 More Shots,'” said first-year psychology major Jennifer Stern, who stumbled into the backyard concert on her way home from PIKE’s Spring Kickoff Kegger. “They were like really good! And a couple of the guys playing the instruments were pretty hot. I’m definitely going to become a fan of them on MySpace.”
The show was attended by roughly two-dozen of Ross’s friends, most of whom he met in the Santa Cruz dorms last year. A handful of passersby walking home from the beach also lingered to see what the commotion was about, but dispersed shortly after realizing the Pabst Blue Ribbon keg was empty.
Few noticed the shortage of beer however, as the concert was shut down when law enforcement intervened at approximately 11:15 p.m.
“We received a number of complaints,” Officer Eric Raney of the Isla Vista Foot Patrol Office said. “Callers said that the music was awful and ruining their nights.”
Despite criticism from some quarters, the spirit of bands involved remained buoyant.
“It was a sick crowd today,” said CumUNITee’s lead guitarist Bart Lehmann after the show.
Lehmann said that his band – whose first CD enjoyed moderate success among certain cliques of freshmen girls living in dorms – plans to record a follow-up album this summer.
“It’s gonna be dope,” said Lehmann.