You have big shows and then you have BIG shows. Even that is selling this one short. Early in the year Southern California’s hardcore heroes the Adolescents announced a wee number of Australian shows. Now Geelong has been added. I know, awesome news, right?! Cancel your wedding if you have to. Formed in 1980, the band is widely regarded as one of the leading bands of the 1980s hardcore scene. Their career has been stuttered, but their music has never faltered. They released their debut self-titled album (often referred to as ‘The Blue Album’) in 1981, an album considered a punk classic. Their latest release is the 2012 EP American Dogs in Europe. From the presser: “The Adolescents helped establish the blueprint for Orange County punk, along with Agent Orange and Social Distortion. The Adolescents’ blazing energy and quintessential teenage snottiness have them an instant connection with their audience, and defied their upbringing in California’s bastion of staid conservatism … Their impact was an enduring one, as countless followers borrowed from their attitude and covered their best-known songs.” They have influenced bands including Bad Religion, NOFX, Face to Face, Good Riddance, Pennywise, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mudhoney. The Barwon Club, Geelong – July 6. They will be joined by The Go Set, The Bennies, Batpiss, The Kremlings, Wolfpack and Japan For.