I have a problem of either showing up to parties too early when no one is there or too late when everyone is too drunk to form sentences. It's a rare occasion when I show up and the party is in full swing. Everyone is dancing. People are looking good. The party conversation is tight.
I could apply this same line of thought to the Oakland hardcore scene. I was trying to see REPLICA for ages, but I would always show up too late and walk in when they hit the last note of the last song. Same thing with PERMANENT RUIN and NO STATIK. When I finally saw all of these bands, they blew my little fucking mind (and still do). So, when I was rushing over to the East Bay on the train last week to go see TRENCHES, I wasn't too surprised to find that I had missed them by 5 minutes (I still got to see THE LIGHT though, so it's still a win). I bought a tape because I knew it would be good and I wasn't wrong.
Also, follow that link to buy your own tape. 5 songs in less than 5 minutes!