Yesterday, on incredibly little sleep, I decided I was going to skip The Queers playing at the Barbary and would just take it easy. Then a buddy of mine informed me of a basement show happening, and I needed to go. I walked around a certain part of Philly looking for said show and walked into the wrong house for a different basement show (I <3 style="font-weight: bold;">
I never heard of these guys before the show, but they were local to North Philly, and put on a decent set. Personally, I’m not really into the style of music they were playing (a mix between post hardcore, prog, etc), but I was impressed with how tight they played together and the way the bass often drove the songs.
One Win Choice:
I saw these Jersey dudes earlier in the month open for Strike Anywhere and was impressed by their explosive live set, so I was stoked to be seeing them again. I was interested to see how they would deal with the small space, but they kept the stage presence up although I was worried that if the lead singer stood up, he’d get a damn concussion. Playing their breed of melodic hardcore, they threw in a Refused cover which got a decent amount of the crowd singing along. Recently they sent me their latest album, so be on the lookout for a posting on that sometime soon. Definitely check em if they come around your hood.
The Sainte Catherines
Hoooly shit… Why have I not listened to these guys before hand? I knew these Quebec punkers name, but for some reason never got around to checking them out. My mistake! Sounding something like Dillinger Four meets Swinging Utters but used to listen to a tad of hardcore, these guys put on one hell of a set with the singer stating that it was basement shows like this that make them want to keep coming back to the US.
The Holy Mess
One of the main reasons I came, but unfortunately, by the time they started playing I was feeling pretty sick (been fighting something off), so I had to bounce. I caught two songs, and while I’m bummed I missed their set, it DID take them 15 minutes of banter before they played a song… Which they are pretty notorious for.