The Smoke Bombs @ Yucca Tap Room

When the aptly named Asses of Evil imploded in 2012, Valley punk rock fans were left eager to see what would come crawling from the wreckage. Stalwart bass thumper Todd Joseph and singer/rhythm guitar maestro Chris JJ Jet quickly formed The Smoke Bombs, enlisting lead guitarist Brandon Meunier and drummer Jason Stone. It’s been a little over a year since the band’s debut, and the quartet quickly has shown that there’s more fire than smoke when it comes to the band’s tunes and performances. For fans of “whoa-oh-oh” choruses, crunchy power chords, and more than a little swagger and attitude, the Smoke Bombs join likeminded pedal-to-the-metal locals Rotten Youth and Vices to the Grave and revved-up Long Beach punks Dime Runner for a high-octane bill better-suited for a Saturday night than a Wednesday. But don’t hate the players. Hate the game (and perhaps the tiny hangover you’ll be nursing at work on Thursday).


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