Photos by Nadine Lopez
Saturday, April 20th was Burger Records’ 420 Record Store Day show featuring Gap Dream, The Memories, Street Gnar, Unkle Funkle, and Emotional. Seeing cassette tape and zine label Gnar Tapes’ bands in SoCal is always a treat, so the show was definitely worth attending.
The event kicked off a bit after nine with weed and cigarette smoke filling the room. Many fellow Burger Records musicians were in attendance such as Kyle Gibson (Audacity), Chelsea Brown (Summer Twins), Camron and Brayden Ward (The Lovely Bad Things), and Pookie (Pookie and the Poodlez). With all of the thick smoke in the air it seemed more like a dispensary rather than a record store, however, the night was still inherently about the music.
Emotional, the side project of Brian Wakefield of San Franciscan band Melted Toys, was the first set of the night. It was my second time seeing Emotional perform at Burger and once again I was blown away by the sweet melodies of Wakefield’s guitar and his dreamy vocals. The best song of the set, hands down, was “Grass to Pass the Time,” which is clearly about weed. Nothing could be better than to hear a song about weed on 4/20. The rest of Emotional’s set consisted of songs off the tape Feeling such as “Baby I’m So Strange” and “The One that Got Away.” His songs have a great retro sound that is too surreal for anyone to understand unless you see him live in an intimate setting. Expect big things soon from Emotional.
Following Emotional was the one and only “Gnar VP,” Unkle Funke, who also plays bass for White Fang. Funkle is definitely an act like no other. His songs are upbeat tunes about love consisting of heavy samples and drum machines. The set primarily featured tracks off his notorious tape Picture of My Dick such as the poppy “Jack and Jill” and infamous “Made A Mistake / Picture of My Dick.” Some newer material was also played such as my favorite, “Magic Woman,” which sounds like something you would hear in a Forever 21 or H&M. Its catchy lyrics and bouncy melody jive well with the perky personality of Funkle himself. He was definitely a unique act to see live.
Portland, Oregon’s own, The Memories, one of the best bands out there right now, never disappoint and held true to that fact. The group is composed of Rikky Gage, Izak Arida, Kyle Handley, and Aaron Lovey, who play 60′s style ballads about love, sex, drugs, heartbreak, and anything else you can think of. Humor is their forte especially in the intros given by Rikky about his personal experiences with each song. In “Go Down On You” and “I Know What To Do” he tells of his hilarious sexual escapades. Songs such as “I Wanna Be That Guy” and “You Need A Big Man” also made the crowd laugh yet these guys are still great musicians.
Lastly, Fullerton’s own, by way of Cleveland, Ohio, Gap Dream closed out the show. Clearly one of the best Burger bands of all time, Gap Dream played their dreamy stoner garage rock that is done so well it can give you a contact high. Gabriel Fulvimar’s distorted vocals go great with his smooth melodies on tracks like my favorite “58th St. Fingers.” Also notable were “Feast of the First Morning,” which features the signature intro line of “Get That Motherfucker on the Telephone,” and “Cover It Up”.
Overall, it was one hell of a night being at Burger Records on 4/20 and Record Store Day watching an amazing lineup of great Burger/Gnar Tapes bands. The crowd was in good spirits and definitely gave off good vibes, which was probably due to all the weed being smoked. Nevertheless, Burger Records put on an amazing show that will surely be remembered, even by the potheads.