Good Riddance, Off With Their Heads Live In Philadelphia (9/24/15)

good riddance off with their heads flier

I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it down to Philly’s First Unitarian Church basement with all the shutdowns that were happening in the city for the pope.  With most of Center City having incredibly strict parking in affect, and much of our mass transit shut down (even 2 days before the pope arrived because Philly went completely nuclear over it) I decided to take the chance and head down because I sure as hell wasn’t about to miss Good Riddance and Off With Their Heads.

I got to the basement, and it was pretty under-attended for a church show, and it was clear that many others were scared off by Philly’s insane shutdowns.  No matter.  I missed Iron Chic but got there in time for Off With Their Heads.

Off With Their Heads:


I’ve been a fan of these Minneapolis punks for some time now ever since they released “From The Bottom”, and there was a time period where they used to come around and I’d see them 3-4 times a year, I haven’t caught them in almost 2 years.

It was clear once Off With Their Heads started, the majority of fans were there for them.  Opening with “Focus On Your Own Family”, Off With Their Heads played a tight set of their gritty sing-along punk consisting mostly of songs off their latest album (ok it’s 2 years old now) HomeWith plenty of people singing along, the band ripped through their set, and after forgetting how one song goes, decided they’d take the request “Die Today” which got the biggest reaction of the night.

A solid set, and while I wish they did a few more older songs as well, it’s always good to see these guys live.  I just wish they came around more often these days.

Setlist (From what I remember):
Focus On Your Own Family
Altar Boy
Don’t Make Me Go
Come Find Me
Spare Time
Seek Advice Elsewhere (I think they did this one)
Die Today
Start Walking
Clear The Air

Good Riddance:

good riddance

A lot of people split by the time Santa Cruz’s Good Riddance took the stage (their loss), leaving the church with plenty of room.  Good Riddance has been at it since 1986 before taking a 5 year hiatus in 2007 and then coming back and recording Peace In Our Time this year.

The band took the stage and opened into Ballads Of The Revolution’s “Without Anger” and didn’t really let up for the entirety of the night, leaving little time for stage banter as they cranked out songs from most of their expansive discography.  With only a few of us dancing throughout the set and singing along, it was a bit different from when I saw them last time they came around Philly but that didn’t deter Russ (who was supporting a Madonna shirt who also happened to be playing Philly) and crew as they cranked out their melodic hardcore.

Good Riddance to this day is one of the tightest live bands around, and put on an energetic performance even to a smaller crowd in a big venue (thanks pope…).  Go see Good Riddance live, they kill it.

Without Anger
Last Believer
Think Of Me
Weight Of The World
Dry Season
A Credit To His Gender
Yesterday’s Headlines
Half Measures
Shit Talking Capitalists
Running On Fumes
Fertile Fields
One For The Braves
Mother Superior
Take It To Heart
Letters Home
Shadows Of Defeat
United Cigar
Heresy, Hypocrisy, And Revenge

Good Riddance – Libertine
Off With Their Heads – Drive

Good Riddance – Peace In Our Time
Off With Their Heads – Home
Off With Their Heads – Hospitals

Teenage Bottlerocket, Pears, Live In Philly (9/18/15)

This past Friday, I headed out to South Philly’s Boot and Saddle to catch one of my favorite pop-punk bands around Teenage Bottlerocket.  I got to the venue, and the small space was decently packed for a 21+ show.


I’ve heard a lot of good things about New Orleans Pears, and with a bunch of friends telling me that I needed to check them out.  I’ve since grabbed their LP and their latest 7-inch on Fat Wreck, but I wound up missing up half their set due to me being an idiot and getting the start time of the show wrong.  Still, the half I did see definitely left an impression on me, and they put on a very explosive live show with their energetic and squirrel-on-meth antics running/rolling around the stage.

Pears played their incredibly fluid blend of hardcore and pop-punk (pop-punk more similar to Off With Their Heads or Dillinger Four than anything on the radio), and threw in their cover of The Ramones “Judy Is A Punk” before closing out with “Grimespree”.

Teenage Bottlerocket:


Taking the stage to the not often heard at punk shows “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, we knew exactly what we were in for: a fun, lighthearted punk show.  These Wyoming punks are currently touring in support of their latest album Tales From Wyoming, and immediately broke out into “Skate Or Die”.

With plenty of us singing along and a small pit breaking out (which is a bit of a rarity at Boot And Saddle since it’s a 21+ show), Teenage Bottlerocket played a bunch off most of their releases.  It was also comedy hour as well with them, as they shot down drunk people demanding them to wish a Happy Birthday, taking shots at the eagles when the singer failed to throw a drumstick under his leg to the drummer (“you eagles fans are used to this, that’s what we call an incomplete pass”), and forcing the crowd to boo him.

Always a fun time, the only real bummer is they ran out of time and skipped “Radio” because they did a cover of Danzig’s “Mother” with the crowd on vocals (which was pretty rad admittedly).  If you dig The Ramones, The Queers, or bands in that vein, Teenage Bottlerocket is a must.  They’ve been one of my favorites for years now.

Skate Or Die
Nothing Else Matters
Bigger Than Kiss
Don’t Wanna Go
Stupid Games
Bloodbath at Burger King
Mutilate Me
I Found The One
Fatso Goes Nutzoid
Blitzkreig Bop (Ramones Cover)
I Wanna Die
Dead Saturday
They Call Me Steve
On My Own
Freak Out
Nut House
Can’t Quit You
In The Basement
Too Much La Collina
Mother (Danzig cover)
Tony Sly cover
So Far Away

Teenage Bottlerocket – Fatso Goes Nutzoid
PEARS – You’re Boring

Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Teenage Bottletrocket – They Came From The Shadows
Teenage Bottlerocket – Another Way

Antarctigo Vespucci, Dogs On Acid Live In Philly (9/10/15)

This past Thursday, I battled the rain with my girlfriend and her cousin and headed out to Philly’s PhilaMOCA, a strange re-purposed art space that was originally used as a showroom for tombstones and mausoleums back in the mid 1800s to catch Jeff Rosenstock’s and Chris Farren’s indie-ish popish punkish side project Antarctigo Vespucci.  I wasn’t expecting it to be crowded due to the craptastic weather, but the small space was decently packed when we got there right as Hurry was finishing their set.

Dogs On Acid:
dogs on acid

Indie punk dudes Dog On Acid took the stage which was bathed in green light while old Atari commercials projected behind them.  I thought this was maybe part of their set based on the name, but it seemed to be a venue thing.  Made up of members from a bunch of other semi-successful local bands, including Algernon Cadwallader and Glocca Morra, these guys seriously reminded me of a slightly more punk and experimental Weezer.

While they seem like the type of band that would be a grower for me, there were plenty in the crowd who were digging them and singing along.  Look out for these guys, they’ll definitely be making a bigger name for themselves with their signing on Asian Man Records.

Antarctigo Vespucci:


Doing a small mini-tour to support their newest album Leavin La Vida Loca  that was released earlier last month, the members of Antarctigo Vespucci certainly have been busy: Jeff Rosenstock is constantly on tour with his solo band and supporting other bands, John has been busy also playing in each of his bands, and Chris Farren has been busy doing uhh… whatever Chris Farren does (including releasing some solo music).

The band took the stage, and with mirror images of them projecting in the background blasted through their set.  I unfortunately haven’t had a chance to listen to the new album yet, but the songs off it seemed to have a different style to them, with them being less punk sing along influenced and a bit more indie/90s alternative influenced.  Luckily, they did play plenty off of both Soulmate Stuff and I’m So Tethered.

While the show was relatively low key without many people dancing or anything (I blame the weather), plenty were singing along.  Always a fun time, the band seemed in high spirits and killed it live, as usual.  I definitely need to give Leavin La Vida Loca a listen to, and if they’re coming around, go check them out.

Highlights: (From what I remember, not complete)

I Drew You In Art Class
I’m Giving Up On U2
Save Me From Myself (I think)
Guest List Spots
Living In Hell (I think)
Don’t Die In Your Hometown

Antarctigo Vespucci – I’m Giving Up On U2

Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Bomb The Music Industry – Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography

Official Site:
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Hub City Stompers – Life After Death (For fans of The Slackers, The Toasters, King Django)


New Jersey hooligan “ska for people who hate ska” Hub City Stompers are finally back with their latest album Life After Death and let me just say I’ve been waiting for years ever since I’ve heard some of these songs played live (shit, they’ve been doing “Pants Music” since at least 2009).

For those who don’t know HCS plays ska infused with punk, oi, and hardcore sounding what The Slackers or The Specials might sound like if they listened to more Sham 69 and Cock Sparrer, and are easily one of the most consistent ska bands that are still cranking out music.

Incredibly easy going and skankable songs like “Lil Miss Nothin”, a song about a girl trying to sleep her way to popularity are very reminiscent of their earlier work on Blood, Sweat And Beers while follow-up “Untouchable” shows just how well they can blend ska with oi.

The band hasn’t loss their aggression with their tongue in cheek attack on everything from Jersey Shore types crowding the beaches to hipsters.  Take “Pants Music” for example: a jab at the emo scene with lyrics like “The hardcore scene was doing just fine, before you turned screams of rage into a pussified whine.” Immature? Probably.  Catchy? Definitely.  (and before any emo fan gets offended, don’t worry, they attack ska on a previous album).

Not all their songs are fun jabs though, with “Hey Ed” being a heartfelt ode to a fallen friend and easily one of the standout tracks on the album.

I’ve been listening to these guys since Blood Sweat And Beers, and I believe that this is one of their best albums yet.  Definitely a must for any ska fan, they’re one of the few good ones left.

Hub City Stompers – Pants Music

Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep
Ruder Than You – Big Step

Official Site:
Hub City Stompers Facebook

Fat Wreck Tour: NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out, Swingin Utters Live In Philly (8/15/15)


Fat Wreck Chords have been around a LONG time.  A staple in punk rock, Fat Mike of NOFX’s record label were a huge influnece on defining the skate punk sound throughout the 90s and early 2000s.  To this day, they still crank out some solid releases and even though they pretty much pioneered the one album deal with bands, they have many alumni on their roster who have exclusively released albums through the label.

To celebrate their 25th year, NOFX gathered a group of friends, and pretty much threw an all day Fat Wreck Festival in a few select cities.  With Philadelphia being one of them, I had to go.

Now, I’m pretty skeptical of all day fests, especially at venues such as Festival Pier (the outdoor space by the Delaware River next to the Ben Franklin bridge).  While providing a scenic backdrop is nice and all, fests are usually incredibly overpriced (which it was), but they did allow us to bring in a bottle and had free water refills, so no complaints here.

i got there a bit earlier than my girlfriend and friends, making it in time for Swingin Utters.

Swingin Utters:swingin utters

By the time the Swingin Utters went on, the crowd was already becoming a shitshow (as one would expect at an all day Fat Wreck fest).  Beers flying, people falling over, it was exactly as i expected the second Swingin Utters opened up.  While it seemed like there were only a few of us who were really stoked to see them, those of us who love the San Francisco punks were shouting along and dancing throughout their set.

The band played plenty off most of their expansive discography, with latest Fistful Of Hollow and fan favorite Five Lessons Learned containing the bulk of the set.  Easily one of the most underrated bands on Fat Wreck (and in punk), these guys have been at it since 1987, and are one of the best in Social Distortion-esque sing along punk rock.  Go see them.

Untitled 21
Pills And Smoke
Kick It Over
The Librarians Are Hiding Something
Tell Them Told You So
Stupid Lullabies
Windspitting Punk
Tell Me Lies
Taking The Long Way
Fistful Of Hollow
No Eager Men
Fifteenth and T
Five Lessons Learned
Tonight’s Moon
The Next In Line

Strung Out:


Strung Out is one of those bands that completely rip, but for some reason I never really listened to much or have ever seen live.  Playing aggressive melodic skate punk with traces of metal infused, Strung Out may have played what was musically the tightest set of the night.  After catching them, I need to go back through my collection and give these guys another listen.



Lagwagon was one of the earliest punk bands I’ve ever gotten into, and I will always remember them as one of the first punk albums that I ever bought with the release of Let’s Talk About Feelings.  After listening to them for so many years, I finally had the chance to catch them last December on their tour with Swingin Utters, and they completely slayed live.

Lagwagon took the stage, and immediately announced that they were going to play their 1994 album, and possibly one of their most successful albums Trashed in it’s entirety.  The band was on point, and their set seemed to fly by as they zipped through Trashed, only to finish with a No Use For A Name cover and of course their biggest song thanks to Tony Hawk Pro Skater: May 16th.

Island Of Shame
Know It All
Stokin The Neighbors
Give It Back
Goin South
Coffee And Cigarettes
Brown Eyed Girl
Whipping Boy
No One
Bye For Now
Exits (NUFAN cover)
May 16th



If you’ve ever been even remotely interested in punk at some point of your life, you know about NOFX.  I’ve heard they suck live… well they’ve actually gotten worse.  All live album name jokes aside, I’ve caught NOFX a few times in my life and nearly 30 years later they are one of the most consistent and fun live bands around.

Fat Mike took the stage wearing a dress and exclaimed “No I’m not doing a Laura Jane Grace thing or whatever, I just felt like wearing a fucking dress ok?”  Before even playing any song, Melvin noticed that there was a baby on a dad’s shoulders in the front row.  With a few “who the fuck brings a baby to a NOFX show?” the band told the dad to come on stage with the baby because they didn’t want the baby getting hurt.  But seriously, it’s like the guy’s never been to a punk show in his life, are you fucking kidding me?

It was comedy hour with NOFX on stage as they ripped through their set.  Whether it was “this is probably the best song we’ve ever written” before launching into a cover of Rancid’s “Radio”, or calling out shirtless ripped dudes in the crowd, these guys seem to love what they do still after all these years.

The one thing they wanted to do was play The Longest Line EP in it’s 4 song entirety, but even that got interrupted as a fan requested “Lori Meyers” and the singer of Bad Cop/Bad Cop came out to offer vocals for it.  NOFX played it before annoyed asking “Can we get back to what we were doing now?!” before continuing the rest of the EP.

While they ignored everyone’s shouts of “PLAY THE DECLINE!” (“are you guys chanting let’s go Seahawks?”), they closed with a little broadway number and dance to “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist”.  A fun time, NOFX is still one of the best live bands around.

Seeing Double At The Triple Rock
Murder The Government
It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite
Leave It Alone
Quart In Session
Radio (Rancid cover)
Fuck The Kids
The Death Of John Smith
Lori Meyers
The Longest Line
72 Hookers
I Believe In Goddess
The Moron Brothers
Leaving Jesusland
Creeping Out Sara
The Separation Between Church and Skate
Soul Doubt
Remnants (I think)
Kill All The White Man
(Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist)

NOFX – The Moron Brothers
Lagwagon – One Thing To Live
Swingin’ Utters – Sign it Away

NOFX – Self Entitled
NOFX – Coaster
NOFX – War On Errorism
NOFX – So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes
NOFX – Punk In Drublic

Official Site:
Fat Wreck

Limp Wrist Live in Philly (8/9/15)

Limp Wrist

The other Sunday evening, I headed down to one of my favorite venues in Philly, The First Unitarian Church to catch a rare show from queercore legends Limp Wrist.  While not sold out, the church basement was pretty full of punks from all colors of the spectrum: straight, gay, trans, lesbian, etc.  Shorts were definitely shorter (as is Limp Wrist’s trademark) and there was plenty of pink.

I was pretty excited for this show, not just because I fucking love these guys, but also due to the recent victory in the Supreme Court making marriage legal nationwide for all people, regardless of sex.  I got to the incredibly hot basement right as Limp Wrist was setting up, and once Limp Wrist took the stage they got the party started with “Just Like You” off their Want Us Dead EP. 

Breaking out into pits and stage dives, we raged throughout their set of classics, but also some new songs coming off a new album that should be coming out some time next year.

The band kept stage banter to a minimum, and shit got weird as one dude got naked in the pit (which, by the way turns out will kill a pit with lightning fast speed).  Martin kept things rowdy by jumping into the crowd and onto the floor as he did “Limp Wrist” and was bombarded with pile ons and sing-alongs.

Limp Wrist is one of rowdiest and fun hardcore bands around, and I’m stoked to hear some the new album. If you’re lucky enough to have them play a rare show near you, fucking do yourself a favor and go.

Just Like You
Back In The Day
Bought Out
Fake Fags
Smear The Fear
What’s Up With The Kids
To The Grave
Man To Man
Fucks With My Head
All Gone Grey
Want Us Dead
Dead Weight
Limp Wrist
I Love Hardcore Boys

Limp Wrist – Smear The Fear

Limp Wrist – Self Titled LP
Ceremony – Violence Violence

Captain We’re Sinking, The Holy Mess Live In Philadelphia (8/5/15)

This past Wednesday, I headed out to one of my favorite hole in the wall venues, Philly’s small dive bar The Fire in order to catch The Holy Mess.  I got there right as they were setting up.

The Holy Mess:

holy mess

The band actually took a while to set up due to gear issues (they informed us they dropped their amp and broke it… and proceeded to back out of a parking spot and hit a pole, so clearly they remain Philadelphia’s most shit showy band).

The band played a solid set to the small room, and even though dancing was kept at a minimum, plenty of us were singing along.  Appropriately playing “Captain, We’re Drinking!” off their Dismount EP.  With plenty of stage banter and joking around, The Holy Mess makes most of their shows feel like a basement show.

A solid (albeit short) set, The Holy Mess always puts on a fun show.

Captain We’re Drinking
I Think Corduroy Is Making A Come Back
Nervous Sister

Captain, We’re Sinking:

I’ll admit, I don’t really listen to Captain, We’re Sinking very often but everyone I was with went mainly for them so I figure I check them out live.  I have a few of their albums, and I don’t mind it when it comes on, but I haven’t really given it too much of a chance.

While it seemed like a lot of the older crowd left after locals The Holy Mess played, there were still plenty of people waiting around for the Scranton punks.  With plenty of people shouting along, and a small pit breaking out Captain, We’re Sinking definitely played a fun set of their more emo influenced pop punk anthems.

Holy Mess – Spencer Reid
Captain We’re Sinking – You Have Flaws

I’m Feeling Lost In A Bad Translation:
The Holy Mess – Comfort In The Discord
The Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Holy Mess – Dismount
Holy Mess – Briefcase Full Of Bruise
Holy Mess – Benefit Sesh

Darkbuster, Hub City Stompers Live In Asbury Park (8/5/15)

This past Wednesday I headed out to Asbury Lanes, my favorite punk rock bowling alley to catch Boston oi punk band Darkbuster play a reunion show.  I’ve never had a chance to see them before, the one time they came around before they broke up I went to go see the Bouncing Souls, so I was pretty pumped to finally catch them live after listening to them for years.

Unfortunately due to rush hour traffic and the long trek from Philadelphia, I missed NJ openers The Scandals I was hoping to see again, but made it in time to catch one of my favorite ska bands around Hub City Stompers.

Hub City Stompers:

I’ve seen Hub City Stompers countless times over the years (ok, maybe like 14 times) and they never fail to disappoint.  Playing the most tongue in cheek, angriest ska around nothing is safe with their irreverent songs poking fun at third wave ska, frat boys, hipsters, emo kids, and everything in between.

The band took the stage and opened with “Black Sheep”, with plenty of people singing along and skanking throughout the set.  The biggest reaction of their set had to be “Skins Don’t Cry”, their oi take on  The Cure’s “Boy’s Don’t Cry”.

Hub City Stompers always put on a solid performance and are one of the most consistent and active ska bands around in the tri-state area.  Definitely check them out if you haven’t yet.

Black Sheep
Skins Don’t Cry
Pants Music
Leave me The Fuck Alone
Latina Rose
Where’s My Hooligans



Recently reunited (well, maybe reunited isn’t the right word.  I didn’t realize it at the time but singer Lenny is the only original member of this tour) took the stage, and immediately broke into their call to arms “We Are Darkbuster” to an enthused crowd who’s waited way too long for the return of these bar anthems.

Following it up with “Pub”, Lenny announced they had Kevin Lenear from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on tour with them playing the saxophone, which meant plenty of their ska songs.  I didn’t realize Darkbuster had a new album coming out, but they played a bunch off their upcoming release and from what I heard live it sounded pretty tight.

The band was a bit sloppy and Lenny apologized to the crowd for sounding so “rough”, but that didn’t deter or damper any of our fun as we danced and shouted along throughout their set.

A solid time, it was definitely awesome to be able to hear these songs I’ve been blasting and singing along to for all these year live.  Bonus points for the fact they played a bunch of their ska songs, which I wasn’t sure if they were going to do or not.  I didn’t buy it (or pick it up if you want a terrible ska pun) when I was there, but I’ll need to check out their new album soon.  If it’s anything like A Weakness for Spirits or 22 Songs You’ll Never Want To Hear Again, I’ll know exactly what to expect: rowdy, sloppy and most importantly fun sing along punk rock anthems.

Setlist (from what I remember, missing some and not in order)

We Are Darkbuster
Many Moons
Danny Boy
Shoulda Known Better
new song (Believe In Packer?)
London Town
Mo Town
Nothing At All
new song (Only Girl?)
Hometown Zero
Grandma Was A Nazi (crowd sang it to the drums)
Happy Days

Darkbuster – Rudy
Hub City Stompers – WTFIU?

Darkbuster – 22 Songs You’ll Never Want To Hear Again
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep

Jeff Rosenstock, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room Live In Philly (7/29/15)


This past Wednesday after finishing up a soccer game, I rushed out to Philly’s Underground Arts in order to catch Jeff Rosenstock’s tour.  I’ve never been to Underground Arts before, but it was a pretty tight spot, with a bar and stage in one room, and a bigger stage in the other.  The show was played in the bigger room and the place was pretty packed by the time I got there for Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room.

Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room:

Now, I know Dan Andriano from 90s ska-punk band Slapstick (who are fantastic, you should check them out if you haven’t heard them) and the much more popular Alkaline Trio.  I haven’t heard any of his solo work before which he records under Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, but the supporting band was pretty much everyone in Jeff Rosenstock’s supporting band (including Jeff Rosenstock) minus John.

While playing a few of his dark depressive tunes off of his earlier release Hurricane Season, the majority of the set came from his latest album Party Adjacent which seemed to feature much more pop-punk songs similar to Alkaline Trio.

A solid set, I’m not usually into solo work it seems like every punk singer does these days, but I might have to check out his recorded work.

Jeff Rosenstock:

It was clear most people were at the show for Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, because once he finished up his set, the place cleared out.  Still, there were a decent amount of people there to see the ex-ska musician turned indie-pop-punk-I-don’t-even-know-what-to-classify-it-as-besides-music-I -fucking-like.

I’ve been a fan of Rosenstock’s bands forever now, from Arrogant Sons of Bitches to Bomb The Music Industry to Antarctigo Vespucci, and I’ve already had a chance to catch him do some solo work twice this year already now.  Still supporting his latest We Cool?, Jeff took the stage to an energetic crowd singing along all the words to opener “Get Old Forever.”  And being one of the older ones in the crowd, the opening lines of the song really resonated with me.

Jeff and crew seemed in high spirits as usual, ripping through plenty of songs from both his latest and some off of older I Look Like Shit and Summer 7″.  At one point, Jeff and John were fucking around and started playing the opening to Bomb The Music Industry’s “Stuff That I Like” before breaking out into one of the solo songs.  I’m not sure if most people weren’t aware of what they were playing and if they were trolling or trying to gauge our reaction, but I was pretty disappointed they didn’t break out into that song.

A solid show, Jeff always puts on a very positive, fun, and energetic set stage diving into the crowd.  I was planning on taking it easy at the show, but I was covered in sweat by the time it was over.

Get Old Forever
You, In Weird Cities
Hey Allison!
Novelty Sweater
The Trash The Trash The Trash
MCI (I think)
Beers Again Alone
Darkness Records

Jeff Rosenstock – Hey Allison

Stale Regrets Are A Waste Of Time:
Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Bomb The Music Industry – Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography

Official Site:
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American Nightmare, The Suicide File Live In Philly (7/24/15)

I headed out to Philly’s Electric Factory in order to catch American Nightmare and The Suicide File play night one of This Is Hardcore. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I was arriving really late in time for The Suicide File, but the all day fest had been going on for hours earlier.  The place was decently packed although plenty of room to move around.

The Suicide File


I’ve never had a chance to see The Suicide File before, so I was pretty stoked to catch Boston’s rock and roll infused hardcore band.  Before their set, someone took the stage and stated that the band asked him to talk about one of the biggest problems plaguing the country these days, rumors of Tom Brady cheating.

With that, the band took the stage and blasted into The Purple Dawn while a pit, stage dives, and a can of party string was immediately let loose.  Suicide File put on a killer reunion set, and seemed in pretty high spirits, often taking light hearted jabs at each other, the crowd and Philadelphia in general (“If I knew 15 years ago that we’d be playing in front of a crowd this big in Philadelphia?  I’d say couldn’t we play a better city?”)

Playing a bunch off both Twilight and their compilation Some Mistakes You Never Stop Paying For, they played two of my favorites (“Atchung Landmine!” and “Now Lie In It”) but the biggest reaction was definitely closer “Song For Tonight” which had one of the biggest pile-ons I’ve seen at recent shows.  Holy shit.

Setlist (not in order, might not be complete)
The Purple Dawn
Things Fall Apart
Atchung! Landmine!
I Hate You
Song For Katy
Now Lie In It

American Nightmare:American Nightmare

I’m a huge American Nightmare fan, and they have been my favorite hardcore band ever since I’ve seen them back in 2003 when they were touring under the name Give Up The Ghost (due to another American Nightmare threatening legal action).  Since they’ve broken up, I’ve seen them a number of times, flying up to Boston to see their first reunion show which was mind blowing, and heading up to NYC to catch them a few times as well.

After a while setting up, Wes and crew took the stage and broke out into “There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru”.  Two stepping and stage diving abound, the band played a set heavily from Background Music and their earlier EPs, playing for a solid half hour with very minimal banter.

In true hardcore form, Wes left most of the shouting up to the crowd as he jumped around the stage and stage divers accidentally ripped out cords.  It seemed like their set was plagued with some sound issues, but Wes seems to have a hard time hitting the screams this show.  Still, it’s American Nightmare and I definitely lost my shit and was in the pit the majority of theire set.  I really want to see them in a smaller venue again (I missed their NYC show at Saint Vitus, but footage looks like some of the most solid yet).
There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
I’ve Shared Your And Lips Now They Sicken Me
Love American
(We Are)
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Postmark My Compass
Crime Scene
Fuck What Fireworks Stand For
Calculation Nation
Protest Song #00
Please Die!
Your Arsonist

American Nightmare – The Ice Age Is Coming!
The Suicide File – Now Lie In It

American Nightmare – Year One
American Nightmare – Background Music
Scenester 101: How To Be An Old School Hardcore Kid In 10 Easy Steps!