Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish Live In Philadelphia (1/24/15)

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Ska shows are a rare beast these days in our modern world.  Even though I listen to ska regularly still and go to plenty of shows, long gone are the days of VFW Halls filled with kids decked out in chain wallets and checkerboard accessories, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish completely sold out the Electric Factory, one of Philadelphia’s larger venues.

My girlfriend and I got to the Electric Factory a bit late and met up with some of my friends, but sadly missing one of my old favorites Authority Zero (who I honestly have not seen in about a good decade).  I was able to catch their last few songs which included Sirens and Rattlin Bog, although Passage In Time was always my jam.

Less Than Jake:
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It felt wrong to me that Less Than Jake was playing before Reel Big Fish, but as a die hard LTJ fan, I am definitely a bit (ok incredibly biased).  I’m one of those weird ones who not only love all the old albums I grew up with, but also like their newer stuff as well (…minus their brief flirtation with pop music on that abomination In With The Out Crowd).  Sure, maybe not as much as Pezcore but Greetings and Salutations is pretty damn solid.

In true Less Than Jake style, the band took the stage to a recording pretty much poking fun of themselves and the audience, and broke into “Look What Happened”, with confetti falling.  The place was packed with people skanking, shouting along, and a sizable circle pit throughout the set, where they played stuff off of most of their rather large discography.  I was actually shocked by the amount of younger kids there, because I didn’t know people under 21 listened to ska anymore (and it warms my heart that they do).  The band took some time with their usual banter, had a couple come up on stage and propose, and even had a young kid from the audience come up on stage with them for a bit.  They’ve always been one of the most consistent live bands I’ve seen, and Saturday’s show was no exception.

Setlist (From what I remember, probably not complete or in order)
Look What Happened
Nervous In The Alley
The Ghost Of Me And You
Good Enough
Automatic/We’re All Dudes
American Idle
Overrated
All My Friends Are Metalheads
Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts
Anchor
Sobriety Is A Serious Business And Business Isn’t So Good
How’s My Driving Doug Hastings
Harvey Wallbanger
Pac Man Cereal (Multiple times through out the night)
Plastic Cup Politics
History Of A Boring Town

Reel Big Fish:
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I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never been much of a fan of Reel Big Fish.  Sure, I’ve seen them a bunch over the years but while they were one of the bands that got people into ska, that was Less Than Jake and Mighty Mighty Bosstones for me, so I always found their recorded work a bit poppy for my liking.  I wasn’t going to stay around to see them originally, but plans changed… and with that being said, they are always a fun time to see live, and I’m actually glad I did.

They of course played through all the hits, throwing in plenty of their covers as well.  Definitely a solid time, I might actually check out their recorded stuff… just 20 years later.

Setlist:
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I Want Your GIrlfriend To Be My Girlfriend Too
Everyone Else Is An Asshole
All I Want Is More
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Your Guts, I Hate Em
She’s Famous Now
Skank For Christmas
Good Thing
My Life
Thank You For Not Moshing / Garden Grove (Sublime)
I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore
She Has A Girlfriend Now
Where Have You Been
Sell Out

Encore:
S.R (The Many Versions Of)
Beer / Self Esteem (Offspring)
Take On Me (Aha Cover)

MP3:
Less Than Jake – My Very Own Flag

More:
How to be a 3rd wave ska dork
Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations 
Less Than Jake – Pesto EP
Less Than Jake – Pezcore


Holy Mess – Comfort In The Discord (For fans of The Menzingers, Captain We’re Sinking, Lawrence Arms)

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Philadelphia’s Holy Mess have been at it for a while now, with a decently sized line of releases under their belt.  With their self released latest album Comfort In The Discord, the band shows just how much they’ve evolved over the years.

The biggest change is since their last album Cande Ru Las Degas, the band has become a three piece, yet the songs are just as, possibly even more so melodic than anything they’ve ever written before.  Take the incredibly catchy “Spencer Reid” which is probably my favorite on the album with it’s infectious chord progression, it’s clear the band hasn’t missed a beat with their Lawrence Arms/Menzingers influenced style of punk rock.  Their tongue in cheek humor is still running strong with song titles parodying NOFX (“Liza and Louisiana”), and opening “It’s All Fun and Games ‘Til Someone Gets Heard…”

Definitely a solid album by one of Philadelphia’s best, if you have a scruffy ass beard, wearing flannel right now, have an Alkaline Trio or Lawrence Arms tattoo somewhere, and are currently drinking a Pabst Blue Ribbon or National Bohemian, you’ll definitely love Comfort In The Discord.

MP3:
Holy Mess – Spencer Reid

Show Me I Mean Anything To You: 
The Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Holy Mess – Dismount
Holy Mess – Briefcase Full Of Bruise
Holy Mess – Benefit Sesh

Lagwagon – Hang (For fans of NOFX, Millencolin, No Use For A Name)

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California’s Lagwagon is one of those bands that have been at is since many of you were still learning to wipe yourselves.  I first discovered them years ago when I grabbed a copy of their heralded Let’s Talk About Feelings which I played way too much throughout my angsty high school days, and then went through their back catalogue with both Hoss and Double Plaidinum being some of my most played albums.  The band evolved a bunch from their early skate punk days when they released Blaze, incorporating slower elements and continued that with the release of Resolve and their self-depreciating I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon EP.  So naturally, their latest album Hang probably continues this direction right?  Wrong.

Hang, the first full length in over 9 years from the band, takes a completely different evolutionary direction with it being the thrashiest Lagwagon album to date.  Acoustic minute long intro “Burden Of Proof” leads into “Reign”, a solid skate punk jam that is classic Lagwagon, but then from there it’s a solid block of thrashy melodic punk rock… and it’s damn good.  Take “The Cog In The Machine”, which may be the heaviest Lagwagon song to date yet easily remains classic Lagwagon.  Joey Cape and crew are able to incorporate these new thrash elements without ever really giving up what makes us love Lagwagon to begin with.

Of course, not every song is completely thrashy.  “Burning Out In Style” sounds like it could have come off Double Plaidinum while songs like “One More Song” (which I can only imagine they use to as a response to an encore) is one of Lagwagon’s finest ballads complete with a piano breakdown in the middle.

While I will always love the classic skate punk that Lagwagon gave us, and their early albums will definitely hold a special place in my ramp shredding, fist raising, punk rock heart, Hang definitely an amazing album and if a band is going to evolve they may as well do it right the way Lagwagon did.

MP3:
Lagwagon – Made Of Broken Parts

More:
Lagwagon – I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon
Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum

 

Swingin’ Utters – Fistful Of Hollow (For fans of The Descendents, The Clash, Social Distortion)

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I didn’t write a list of my favorite albums of 2014, because honestly I didn’t get to listen/review to as many as I would have liked due to being insanely busy… But I was surprised when I read other people’s lists and didn’t really see Swingin’ Utters latest Fistful Of Hollow on there, because it would easily make my favorites list.

San Francisco based Swingin’ Utters have been at it since the late 80s, and if their latest album is any indication, then they certainly haven’t missed a beat.  The 9th full length by Swingin’ Utters, Fistful of Hollow contains 15 catchy punk rock anthems.  Whether it’s the incredibly Descendents influenced title track “Fistful Of Hollow”, the circle pit inspiring “From The Towers To The Tenaments”, or the anthematic “Tonight’s Moon”, I think Fistful Of Hollow has some of the best songs that Swingin’ Utters have ever written.

The band pulls in some of their slower folk influences as well on sing-along tracks like “Napalm South” and “Tibetan Book Of The Damned”.  While not my favorites on the album, they do showcase Swingin’ Utters wide range of influences.

Definitely a fan, Swingin’ Utters seem to be one of those bands that too many punk fans overlook.  Don’t be one of them, Fistful Of Hollow slays.

MP3:
Swingin’ Utters – Tonight’s Moon

More:
Swingin Utters with Lagwagon in Philly
Swingin’ Utters – A Juvenile Product of The Working Class
Have Nots – Serf City USA

American Nightmare Live in NYC (1/2/14)

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American Nightmare is quite frankly, my favorite hardcore band of all time.  I remember a friend giving me the album Background Music, and then seeing them tour with The Hope Conspiracy back in 2003.  I went mostly for Hope Conspiracy, but left an American Nightmare fan.  Soon afterwards they announced their breakup, and I was telling my friends for years all I wanted was another American Nightmare show.  My chance finally came at the end of 2011 where I got to see their reunion show up in Boston.  I thought it was going to be a one off thing, but then I got to see them again in NYC in 2012, and then again last night.

Although I was running on no sleep and was completely exhausted, I made the solo trek from Philadelphia to New York’s sold out Webster Hall.  I got done with work late so I missed all the openers, and actually walked into the venue right as American Nightmare was setting up. Good fucking timing.

For those who don’t know, lead singer Wes now fronts an 80s synth-pop band called Cold Cave and he looks much more like the part for that these days coming out with a shiny goth inspired jacket.  But as a frontman, he still has that hardcore kid in him as he runs around the stage, embracing the pile-ons and mic grabs.

Taking the stage and opening with Background Music opener “(We Are”) the place immediately erupted into a frenzy of stage dives, somersaults, and a huge pit that didn’t really let up for the rest of the night.  In true recent American Nightmare fashion, there wasn’t much stage banter and they kept it going. While their set seemed way too quick, they played a solid chunk off all of their albums.

Wes announced they were going to play some songs they never really do live, doing some of their slower songs (Bluem, Crime Scene, We Killed It, and instrumental Sometimes It’s Like It Will Never End) in the middle of their set which was different to see (and sort of strange to see in the middle of their set, especially when Wes left the stage during the instrumental), but it was cool to hear them do songs I never really saw them do before.

Granted there’s something that’s always been a bit strange to me about seeing them at Webster Hall, and I think it’s just the size/overproduction of the show with it’s constant colored strobe lights and I believe fog machines going.  This is more of a venue thing than an American Nightmare thing, but as one of the rawest hardcore bands around they’ve always seemed a bit out of place to me at Webster Hall.

While no American Nightmare show for me will ever compare to the energy of their first reunion show or the first time I’ve seen them, it’s always a good time to see one of my favorite bands of all time play again.  I know their shows are few and far between, but I’m really hoping they come to Philly soon.  How sick would it be to see them at the First Unitarian Church like they toured back in the day?  Shit would be unreal.

Setlist:
(We Are)
Protest Song #00
There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
I’ve Shared Your Lips And Now They Sicken Me
Hearts
Crime Scene
Bluem (Calumet Street Light People)
Young Hearts Be Free Tonight
We Killed It
(And Sometimes It’s Like It Will Never End)
AM/PM
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Postmark My Compass
Calculation Nation
Please Die!
Farewell
Your Arsonist

Encore:
Love American

MP3:
American Nightmare – The Ice Age Is Coming!

And All The Pretty Pretty Kids With Their Tired Tired Eyes:
American Nightmare – Year One
American Nightmare – Background Music
Scenester 101: How To Be An Old School Hardcore Kid In 10 Easy Steps!

Bouncing Souls, None More Black, The Scandals Home For The Holidays Night 2 (12/27/14)

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After the long ride to and from Asbury Park last Friday, I headed back the next day to catch night 2 of The Bouncing Souls annual Christmas Home For The Holidays tradition.  Usually because of the ride I only go one of the nights, but there was no way I was going to miss an incredibly rare None More Black set.  I got to the Stone Pony right as New Jersey’s The Scandals were setting up.

The Scandals:

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I’ve been a fan of The Scandals for a few years now but only have seen them a handful of times.  Last I saw them was at Philadelphia’s Fire opening for Guttermouth in 2012 and barely anyone in the already small crowd knew who they were outside of me and like 3 other people.  They certainly must have been making a name for themselves as of late, because once they took the stage a pit immediately broke out and there was a decent amount of people singing along every word.

They played a bunch off their first LP The Sound Of Your Stereo (including personal favorite of mine off the album “Sirens”), and had people moving throughout.  A tight set, it was good to catch these Jersey punks again.

None More Black:

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It’s rare for None More Black to play shows these days, I’ve said it the last time I’ve seen them, but I’ve seen Kid Dynamite more recently than I’ve seen None More Black.  While it seemed a lot didn’t know who they were, a small but dedicated amount of us were dancing, crowd surfing, and shouting along to the melodic punk rock.

Playing a mix of all 3 of their full lengths and their Loud About Loathing EP, the None More Black played an incredibly solid set without any stage banter or barely any pauses between songs.  I’m hoping these dudes play a headlining Philadelphia show sometime soon, we’ll lose our shit guys. Promise.

Setlist (From what I remember, not complete or in order)
Mr Artistic
Banned From Teen Arts
I’m Warning You With Peace And Love
Dinner’s For Suckers (I think they did this one)
Iron Mouth Act
Drop The Pop
Sinatra After Dark
Zing Pong
We Dance On The Ruins Of The Stupid Stage
Oh There’s Legwork

Bouncing Souls:

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Even though I just saw them last night, I was stoked to see my favorite band again as I’m sure they had something up their sleeves.  With the night before being songs from before 2000, this one was all post 2000, meaning a heavy emphasis on How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Anchors Aweigh.  Taking the stage and hitting that distinct feedback of one of my personal favorite songs “Apartment 5F”, the place erupted immediately and was a whirlwind of screaming along and dancing.

There was much more room to dance as opposed to the night before (not exactly sure why as both shows were sold out), and the home state heroes powered through a lively set with us enthusiastically returning the energy. They kept true to their word of only songs written post the year 2000 (with letting an exception of a Misfits cover of “Hybrid Moments” get thrown into the mix.

I say this every year, but The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays is seriously one of my favorite shows.  I’m really glad I went the second night, and having the majority of How I Spent Your Summer Vacation and a bunch off their split with Anti-Flag played made all the driving back and forth completely worth it.

Setlist:
Apartment 5F
That Song
Bryan’s Lament
Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover)
Private Radio
Never Say Die/When You’re Young
Manthem
The Something Special
Late Bloomer
Ghosts On The Boardwalk
Sing Along Forever
Coin Toss Girl
The Gold Song
Punks In Vegas
Broken Record
Lean On Sheena (Avoid One Thing cover)
Gone

Encore:
Ship In A Bottle
Anchors Aweigh
Kids And Heroes
True Believers

Mp3:
Bouncing Souls – Punks In Vegas
None More Black – Genuine Malaise and Misery
The Scandals – Sirens

More:
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Bouncing Souls, Bane, Blanks 77 Home For The Holidays Night 1 (12/26/14)

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Everyone has their holiday traditions, and for me it’s going to Asbury Park after Christmas and seeing my favorite band The Bouncing Souls play with a bunch of solid friends they bring along.  Ever since they started this tradition back in 2014, I’ve gone pretty much every year on one of the three or four nights (the two hour drive back and forth from Philly is a bit rough), but this year I decided to go two nights because the lineups were so stellar.

Blanks 77:
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I got there right as NJ pogo punks Blanks 77 were setting up, and I noticed that lead singer Mike Blanx appeared to be missing, and replacing him were two fill-ins.  I’d be a lot more upset if I didn’t just see them 2 weeks previously in Philadelphia, but I was curious about what happened.  After asking around, unfortunately Mike’s dog died that day, and he wasn’t able to make the show.  Sad and a bummer, but the band pressed on.

While it was a bit strange seeing Blanks 77 with two singers that weren’t Mike, they did a pretty good job of filling in, although no one can truly replace his snarl and snarky voice.  That didn’t stop us from singing along with plenty of people pogoing throughout their set.  While it was fun it was definitely a bit off, almost like seeing a Blanks 77 cover band, but given the circumstances they all did a pretty stellar job.

Highlights:
Up The System
We Are The Punks
Chelsea Girls
Pills
Void
Suburbia
Radio Hits
I Wanna Be A Punk

Bane:
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I was surprised to see hardcore legends Bane playing the Home For The Holidays, especially sandwiched between Blanks 77 and The Bouncing Souls, but as a huge Bane fan I was stoked.  I love their latest (and sadly final) album and with this being my third time seeing them this year, I’ve been a bit spoiled lately with Bane.  I wasn’t sure how the crowd was going to react with their being a barricade (something I’ve never seen at one of their shows) or with the majority of people there being Souls fans, but the second the Massachusetts hardcore band took the stage and broke out into “Speechless” the place erupted into a huge pit.

Aaron was constantly right up against the barrier with a constant influx of people crowdsurfing and piling on, trying not letting a stupid thing like a barricade stop any fun while a bunch of us in the pit were two-stepping throughout the set.  They played a solid chunk off most of their releases, with the new songs getting as big as a reaction as their older stuff (with closer “Can We Start Again” getting the biggest reaction).

Easily one of the best bands in hardcore, they threw a hell of a show, barricades be damned.

Setlist (Not in order, from what I remember)
Speechless
Calling Hours
Park St
Some Came Running
My Therapy
Final Backwards Glance
Count Me Out
Superhero
Can We Start Again

Bouncing Souls:
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Growing up an angsty teen in New Jersey, The Bouncing Souls were (and still are) my favorite band.  I’ve been going to their Home For The Holidays since they started it, and every year they usually announce a theme.  Past themes included having their friends write the setlist, playing a countdown of what fans voted their most popular songs, using a bingo machine, or playing the albums in full.

No theme was announced beforehand so I wasn’t sure what the Souls had up their sleeves, but the band took the stage to fan chants of Here We Go (which they opened with) and then Greg announced tonight it was going to be all songs prior to the year 2000.  Fuck yes.

With songs coming off of The Good, The Bad And The Argyle, Manical Laughter, Self Titled, Hopeless Romantic, and some earlier songs from the Green Ball Crew EP, the crowd was in a frenzy.  While there wasn’t really much room to dance the first night, that didn’t stop us from trying (to which what ultimately became just a big shove fest) while the Souls blasted through their classics.

Greg seemed more animated than usual running around the stage, jumping down to the barricade and into the crowd some with all smiles.  There’s always something special about the Souls Home For The Holiday shows that is really tough to explain without actually being there.  If you get a chance to go next year, definitely do it.

Setlist (not in order)
Here We Go
Lamar Vannoy
I Like Your Mom
Cracked
Kicked In The Head
Kate Is Great
Joe Lies When He Cries
Say Anything
No Rules
Holiday Cocktail Lounge
East Coast Fuck You
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Hopeless Romantic
Kid
Fight To Live
Lay Em Down Smack Em Yack Em
Toilet Song
The Freaks The Nerds And The Romantics
Moon Over Asbury
Quick Check Girl
Wish Me Well (You Can Go To Hell)
Night On Earth

MP3:
Bouncing Souls – Low Life
Bane – Non-Negotiable
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits

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The Holy Mess, White Wives Live In Philadelphia (12/21/14)

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Last night, I headed out to my current favorite spot for shows in Philadelphia, West Philly’s Golden Tea House to catch locals The Holy Mess.  I was running really late (I got in from NYC at 6am that morning after being out all night for a friend’s birthday, so I was moving in slow motion), but so was the show.  Not a bad turnout for a Sunday night, and the place was decently filled when I walked in during Timeshares last song.

White Wives:

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I’ve never heard of these Pittsburgh indie punks before, but the band was on a 4 day tour and features members of Anti-Flag.  They had amp troubles before their set, but they kept the banter going while that was being taken care of before kicking into one of their experimental pop-punk anthems.  Featuring 3 guitarists, bassist, drummer, keyboards (who occasionally busted out the trumpet and tambourine),  and a huge pedal board, White Wives was really big on the ambiance of their music.

They played pop-punk similar to The Menzingers and Iron Chic, but added to it with their expansive sound.  This time of music is sort of a grower for me, but they definitely had some catchy songs and a pretty solid presence with by the end of their set they were smashing equipment and diving off their amps in the small kitchen.  Not really my style of music, but they made it entertaining.

The Holy Mess:

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The kitchen cleared out some when White Wives were done, I’m not sure if it’s because people were there solely for them or if it’s just because the show was running pretty late for a Sunday night Golden Tea House show, but no matter, there were still plenty who stuck around to see local Philly shit shows The Holy Mess.

I’ve been a fan and have seen them play basements, warehouses, and bars throughout Philly a bunch of times over the years, but this was the first time I was ever seeing them as a 3 piece band.  I didn’t realize that they’ve come out with a new album over the summer, so I didn’t know the majority of songs that were played, but the new songs sounded tight.

In typical Holy Mess fashion, they didn’t really have much of a setlist as much of a discussion after each song about what they should play amongst themselves, even doing a No Use For A Name cover on a whim much to the guitarist’s protest.  Playing what would be their last show of 2014, I didn’t hear anything before Cande Ru Las Degas, and not sure if it’s because they just didn’t feel like playing it or because it’s tough to do as a 3 piece.  Regardless, the band put on a solid set, and I’ll definitely have to check out the new stuff.

MP3:
The Holy Mess – Hospitals

Raise Your Glass:
The Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Holy Mess – Dismount
Holy Mess – Briefcase Full Of Bruise

Blanks 77 Live In Philadelphia (12/13/14)

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This past Saturday on sort of a whimsical last minute decision, I headed out to Philadelphia dive bar Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey pogo punk legends Blanks 77.  We were running late to this matinee (waking up in the evening will do that to you…), but got there right as Blanks 77 was soundchecking.  Seriously couldn’t have timed it better.

The small room was pretty empty as Blanks 77 was sound checking, and while a few more filtered in, it was at less than half capacity at all times (I think the show was poorly promoted, lot of my friends who are huge Blanks fans had no idea about it, and they usually get a huge turnout).  Mike Blanx finally took the stage, and the band opened straight into “Up The System” which had a bunch of kids pogoing and shouting along.

Blanks played a solid set to the small but dedicated crowd, with people constantly piling on and stage diving to sneer along.  Playing a mix of songs off of most of their albums with a strong emphasis on Tanked And Pogoed, the highlight may have been at the end when before they busted into “I Wanna Be A Punk”, they did a short rendition of The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping”.

After finishing up, we didn’t really let them leave the stage… so they played two covers, “Pretty Vacant” by the Sex Pistols and “Sonic Reducer” by the Dead Boys, and called it a night.

Setlist (Not in order and what I remember):
Up The System
We Are The Punks
Party Train
Chelsea Girls
Search And Destroy
Automatic
Losing My BrainVoid
Suburbia
I Don’t Wanna Be
Crash And Burn
Radio Hits
Pills
I Wanna Be A Punk
Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols)
Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys)

MP3:
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits

More Punk:
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
Mean Jeans – Are You Serious
The Lillingtons – Too Late Show

Blood Pressure, The Stasi, Low Charge, The Brood Live In Philly (12/11/14)

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This past Thursday on a whim I headed out to my current favorite house in Philadelphia, The Golden Tea House to see a bunch of local hardcore bands and touring Blood Pressure from Pittsburgh.

The Brood:
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First up were Philadelphia locals The Brood.  I’ve never heard them before, but consisting of ex members of Witch Hunt, these guys (and girl) completely shred with their crusty aggressive hardcore.   Reminding me a bit of Behind Enemy Lines, I definitely need to check out some of their recorded work.

Low Charge:
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Recently I’ve been listening to Low Charge’s 7 inch a lot lately, but I’ve never gotten a chance to catch the Philadelphia hardcore band.  Playing d-beat inspired hardcore, Low Charge completely tore it up with vocalist Will all over the place constantly dancing, jumping into, and charging into the receptive crowd.  Go see them if they play a show near you, they put on a hell of a set.

The Stasi:
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I’ve caught local The Stasi once before in the late spring play a show with The Flex and Violent Reaction, and it was a damn good time.  Coming off a few week long tour, The Stasi plays aggressive hardcore with song lyrics influenced by their namesake East Germany secret police.  Listening to both their demo and their 7 inch State Voyeurism, The Stasi played an energetic set with people dancing throughout.  Another one not to be missed.

Blood Pressure:

Last up were Pittsburgh’s Blood Pressure.  I never heard of them before the show, but I asked my friend who knows my musical taste pretty well if it was worth me sticking around for.  His response was “You’ll love them.  It’s ex-members of Government Warning man.”  I was sold.

Blood Pressure took the kitchen floor and played their face-shredding brand of hardcore.  With featuring the guitarist from Government Warning, it’s almost impossible to not compare Blood Pressure to them, and the songs were very reminiscent of his old band (this is definitely a good thing in my book).  Definitely a solid way to end the night.

MP3:
Blood Pressure – The Facts
The Stasi – On Standby For Guilt
Low Charge – Shut In
The Brood – No Way Out

More Hardcore:
Government Warning – No Moderation
Bad Side – Looking For A Bad Time
Aneurysm Rats