PhillySka threw an amazing show featuring Mustard Plug, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Left Alone, and Bomb The Music Industry. Both Mustard Plug and Voodoo played tightly, and sounded amazing. Bomb the Music Industry played a bit more sloppily, but definitely had the stage presence to make up for it. Oh and I got a demo from the show that has 2 new Streetlight songs on it, which I will post sometime soon.
After circling the blocks in west Philly a few times, we finally found parking and made our way up to the venue, the Philafunk. While I initially thought this place looked like a dive from the front, I was surprised by the intimate setting inside, with a crowd of about 150. Philafunk has become my favorite venue I’ve ever been to. The stage was tiny, and I was looking forward to watching how a ska band would fit all of it’s members up on there.
Bomb The Music Industry:
Ahh… Bomb the Music Industry. Everyone’s favorite hipster hating ska/punk band. Perfect timing. As I entered, Bomb the Music Industry took the stage and ripped through their setlist. It was good to see many members from The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches up on stage with Jeff, and they had (almost) the same energy as ASOB. I know BTMI tends to have a sloppier sound, but it sounded really off. You could barely here anything but the drums, as their sound levels weren’t balanced, and Jeff’s voice sounded strained. He then apologized for the “shitty” singing, as he lost his voice 2 days ago. Nevertheless, they played with a lot of energy, jumping around the cramped stage (where they were seriously, shoulder to shoulder). I don’t rememeber their entire setlist but a few songs they played were:
I’m A Panic Bomb, Baby!
Funcoland vs. The Southern Electrorate
Unlimited Breadsticks, Soup, and Salad Days
Job Shmobs (I think)
I Don’t Love You Anymore
Congratulations John, On Joining Everytime I Die.
To be honest, I don’t know anything about this band, but this hornless act played some solid ska/punk songs with a few dedicated fans that happened to know every word. They seemed to be getting a little pissed that the entire crowd weren’t moshing around to them, but seriously guys, you can’t expect people who have no idea who you are to go crazy, especially when patiently waiting for Voodoo Glow Skulls to go on. Don’t be so self-conscience and just rock out, and then people will follow.
Voodoo Glow Skulls
The crowd was obviously amped for VGS. These so-cal skacore fiends tore up the stage with their special blend of ska, and took no prisoners as they stomped through their set consisting of many songs off their newest release “Southern California Street Music”. They were the first band of the night that played tight, with the horns being crispier than the kreme, and the unique vocals cutting through all of the music. Plenty of mic grabs and stage dives (well, the stage was seriously 2 feet about the ground) for these guys.
The Ballad Of Froggy McNasty
Left For Dead
Say Goodnight (I think)
Man, it’s been waaaay too long since I’ve last seen these guys (3 yrs ago). Being a fan of them for quite some time, I was really stoked to learn that they were going on tour (through our interview) in order to promote their new cd “In Black And White”. As they were mic-checking, it became evident that one of the monitors didn’t work, and they proudly proclaimed “Fuck monitors! We’re punk rock, we can do this without it!” When they started, they MP threw a hardcore curveball, opening with one of their earlier songs “Skank By Numbers”. This pitch took the entire crowd by surprise, which we gladly obliged and skanked throughout their entire set. They also played incredibly tight, even without their monitors. Playing a surprisingly amount off “Big Daddy Multitude”,I managed to grab their setlist:
Skank By Numbers
Time To Wake Up
Hit Me! Hit Me!
Throw A Bomb
Freshman (The Verve Pipe Cover)
You Can’t Go Back
Mr. Smiley (SUPER STOKED for this one)
Brain On Ska
Real Rat Bastard
Over The Edge
Thigh High Nylons
We’re Gunna Take On The World
As you can see, they played a strong mix of most of their albums EXCEPT Yellow #5 (one that I hold dear to my heart), but nonetheless, it was an amazing show.
Getting a free Mustard Plug sticker, the same one I received years ago when I first saw Mustard Plug back in high school. That one sticker took me way back.