Scene-By-Scene: No Pressure Plays Surprise Set

Scene-By-Scene: No Pressure Plays Surprise Set During DRAIN Show at 1720 Warehouse

As fans poured into 1720 in the warehouse district of Los Angeles to see a sold-out DRAIN concert, some spoke excitedly about a surprise set by the bay-area band No Pressure that was supposedly announced the same day.

As a side project of the massively popular pop punk band, The Story So Far, No Pressure has been gaining appeal in hardcore circles from a couple early releases and a relentless touring schedule. Coming upon the merch table covered from top to bottom with No Pressure t-shirts, the crowd’s suspicions were confirmed.

The openers, Boise, Idaho’s INGROWN and Long Island, New York’s Pain of Truth, both put on exhilarating live performances, but No Pressure stole the show. With only a few releases out, they ran through all their material with the crowd singing along and going off the whole set. They were fast, melodic, and instant crowd-pleasers.

They ended their set with a cover of Blink-182’s radio hit “Josie”, and a cover from the hardcore band Floorpunch. The crowd was still moving by the end, but it was apparent the band had exhausted all their material and then some.

With such an instant energy from the crowd, it’s safe to say No Pressure is just in the infancy of its success.