Last Thursday night, dozens of punks, skaters and everyone in between attended a punk show at Mobash Skate Park, which featured three different bands and a whole lot of noise.

The show was put on by local do-it-yourself punk and hardcore booking company Dead Eye Productions. It was the first show producer Cameron Smith has booked since March of 2020, just before COVID-19 hit.

A skate park may seem like a strange place for a concert, but Smith was confident in the decision to do the show outside, given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

The evening started at 7 p.m. sharp, as the flier said. No infamous “punk time” for this show. The opening band, Bozeman-based Geimhreadh, fronted by Bob Scratchet, scratched the sunset over the Clark Fork River with sounds of heavy metal and fat guitar rips. Geimhreadh has played in Missoula before, and Scratchet plans for the band to roll back into town in the near future. 

At around 8:15 p.m., the main event took to the floor. Escuela Grind, a popular Massachusetts-based punk group, made a pit stop at the skatepark while traveling for their national tour. The three-person band, fronted by Katerina Economou, only had to play a few chords before the mosh pit began. The band played a relatively short set in front of a projection screen while the crowd bathed in the very loud music. 

The show ended with a local group, Panic Boner, that producer Smith described as “an experimental noise group.” Experimental, indeed. The constantly fluctuating number of people who made up the band, including a handful of current and past UM students, played just about anything you can imagine, from tubas and clarinets to the classical instrument uncooked beef ribs.

“Everybody in the group plays whatever makes a sound, pretty much,” Panic Boner’s lead noise-maker and UM student Isaiah Demantrez said. This was the first live show the group has participated in, but said they have high hopes for the future.

“We’ll keep on doing what we’re doing with the utmost energy and noise destruction possible!” Demantrez said.

By 9:30 p.m., Demantrez’s bass guitar was smashed into bits, dogs were devouring the leftover ribs and the show was winding down.

Smith said he was thrilled with the success of the show. 

“[The show] honestly was the sickest show we’ve had in a very long time, and the turnout was fantastic,” he said. “All the bands ripped and had me smiling the whole time. It was so awesome to see and experience … We had a great show.”

If all goes well, this will be the first of many shows this coming semester, at a variety of venues including parks, bars and even private homes.