“In the photo pit I heard a voice behind me scream, “I WOULD KILL TO BE WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.” Followed by the same girl begging security to finish off a half drank water bottle previously belonging to the bass player. There was joy and excitement, followed by weeping and lots of rage. These raw emotions were displayed by both the audience and the band, which to me embodies the essence of The Frights. With hard hitting guitar lines and authentic stories that anyone can identify with, The Frights, create one of the most dedicated fan bases I have ever experienced, and rightfully so. It wasn’t long before even I began to understand where exactly they were all coming from. I felt something you can’t get from smoke machines, lasers, or excessive production. So I did the only thing I could. I joined the shit fest and began to rage.” -Trinity Shebultz
"The Frights' new album Live At The Observatory is available now. This live album is a document of their sold-out kick off show of their Hypochondriac headline tour at The Observatory in Santa Ana on September 8, 2018. Live At The Observatory features 14 songs spanning the band’s complete catalog. After opening with the anthemic frenzy of “Kids” (a cut from their 2016 sophomore effort You Are Going To Hate This), the band delivers full-tilt fan favorites like “Cold” and “Crust Bucket,” then turns tender on acoustic-guitar-driven tracks like “Hold Me Down” and the painfully vulnerable “Alone,” both from their 2018 Epitaph Records debut, Hypochondriac. Throughout the entire set, the love and solidarity from the crowd is palpable, their shared confession giving way to something way more fun and more powerful than ordinary catharsis.
Every live show from The Frights is both high-energy and hyper-emotional, a free-for-all fueled by crowds of thousands screaming along to intensely honest lyrics about anxiety and angst, breakups and bad crushes, mental health and medication. Since 2015, the San Diego surf-punk band has set that surreal phenomenon in motion at over 300 shows across the U.S. and Europe, as well as at festivals like Lollapalooza, Shaky Knees, Ohana, Riot Fest and this year’s Coachella. On their new album Live At The Observatory, The Frights capture all the dizzy chaos of their live set, an experience that’s equal parts a wildly unsupervised kid’s birthday party and an off-the-rails group-therapy session." - epitaph.com
Samantha Simmons is a photographer from San Diego, California exploring and documenting life as she sees it. Whether it’s the underground music scene or constructing a reality rooted in nostalgia through film, she wants to encourage people to feel all they’re capable through the art they consume.
The Frights, Live At The Observatory, available now...
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