GBH w/ The Chisel & NIIS @ The Fonda in Hollywood 5/31/23 (Show Review)

NIIS – photo : Albert Licano
NIIS – photo: Albert Licano

The LA punks were treated to an epic night in Hollywood this Wednesday. First up was NIIS (pronounced “Nice”) Los Angeles locals, and this was surprisingly our first time seeing them live, but it certainly won’t be the last. They put on a stellar show. A newer band, but they are finding their way quickly, being on tour with GBH, and already having dates with Millions Of Dead Cops under their belt. The front gal Mimi certainly has a presence. Mellow and sweet between tunes, and fiercely energetic and commanding once the song starts. Definitely looking forward to seeing this band grow.

The Chisel – Photo: Albert Licano
The Chisel – Photo: Albert Licano

Next up was The Chisel. First time we saw these guys as well, and holy shit! If you’ve been hearing their name hyped up around the scene – it’s well deserved. Balls to the wall catchy melodic oi. This 5 piece from London is fairly new too, just forming in 2020 out of the bands Chubby & The Gang, Stingray, and Big Cheese. We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for everything they have coming in the future. Highly suggest catching them live if you have the opportunity.

GBH – Photo: Albert Licano

Finally, the night closed with GBH. These guys are so effortlessly perfect at this point, it’s amazing. This was the 40th anniversary tour of City Baby’s Revenge, and the band hasn’t missed a beat. The crowd went ape shit from the opening chords of Diplomatic Immunity, and the circle pit didn’t slow down until after their encore of Bomber by Motörhead (whoa – spellcheck knows that Motörhead has umlauts over the O, impressive…). 23 songs in an hour and zero dull moments. They assaulted us with most of their hits including; Sick Boy, Give Me Fire, Slit Your Own Throat, City Baby Attacked By Rats, City Baby’s Revenge, and a cover of Slaughter & The Dogs’ Boston Babies. Definitely snag your tickets for the rest of this tour ASAP as all 3 bands were absolutely fire. From the newer kids on the block of Niis and Chisel, to the absolute legends that are GBH – it’s a killer fucking show.

Words by Alex Napiwocki. Photos by Albert Licano.

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