May the 4th Be With You

March 14, 2023 by Rachael Contreras
Your favorite Chicano parody punk band is back and ready to share “The Force” with you. Manic Hispanic will be ripping up the stage of House of Blues Anaheim with the likes of The Aquabats: Tribute to The Cure, Plague Vendor, and Matamoska! on May the 4th.
If you haven’t seen Manic Hispanic before, just think of a group of Mexican punk rock Weird Al Yankovics singing parodies of popular punk rock songs with great band member banter.

The group lineup has changed a bit over their 30 years, but one thing remains the same – their impeccable sense of humor that seeps into their lyrics, stage performance, and general style.

The Aquabats put on one of the most unique shows around, but then they have this other gig where all the members dress in black, some with makeup and hair to resemble the great Robert Smith of The Cure. They play amazing Cure covers and do a fantastic job at meshing the worlds of fun, pop punk/ska and catchy, ‘80s gothic rock. The Bats don’t perform under this guise often so when they do, it’s a big deal.

Best known for “Black Sap Scriptures,” and “New Comedown,” Whittier’s own Plague Vendor will be joining the show as well.
This quartet has been making waves for some time and supporting big acts. Their newest single, “Rumble,” has a Manic Hispanic feel that makes them a great fit for this lineup.

The self-proclaimed Los Angeles ghetto ska-punk band, Matamoska! will be tying this lineup together like a perfect silky bow. With their ska horns and fun lyrics, they will set the tone nicely for what will be a fantastic show for a memory-making night.
Will we see a “Return of the 5th” Friday after party? Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip out a box of paletas and have your own shindig.

Manic, as the kids call them, will also be headlining the second stage of the new Punk in the Park in Ventura on March 25th, so if you need a warm up for May, catch them there.



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