It’s been a little while since I’ve been to a show. I didn’t go at all in the month of November and I’m pretty sure the last one I went to was Texas Is The Reason up in NYC. So needless to say, I was pretty excited to catch Bomb The Music Industry once again in the First Unitarian Church.
Laura Stevenson And The Cans:
I was running late and missed most of the openers, but made it in time to catch Laura Stevenson and The Cans full set. I’ve heard the name before and didn’t really know anything about them, but just from the name alone I figured they were a folky indie band (Arrah and The Ferns, Florence and The Machines, etc…). Turns out I was spot on.
I’m not really a big fan of the genre as a whole, and I probably wouldn’t throw it on my stereo in my spare time, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Laura Stevenson and The Cans played an enjoyable set with catchy tunes, and I have to say… she straight up has a beautiful voice.
Fun fact: Laura Stevenson actually used to be the keyboardist for BTMI, and also does the vocals on “All Ages Show”.
Bomb The Music Industry:
I’ve been a fan of Bomb The Music Industry ever since the demise of Arrogant Sons of Bitches, and have seen them a countless amount of times over the years. They are easily one of the most DIY bands out there, and you know that whole “pay what you want for the album” that’s so popular today? Yeah, Jeff from BTMI spearheaded that.
Supposedly this was the last Philly Bomb The Music Industry show (although I have my serious doubts about that) and so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out it was a typical fun BTMI show with all of the false starts, banter onstage and all the other antics .
The band opened up with a surprisingly slower number (“Wednesday Night Drinkball” if I remember correctly), but quickly picked it up with “First Time I Met Sanawon” which had the smallish crowd dancing, stage diving, and singing along for the rest of the set.
BTMI played through a decently long set playing songs from all of their releases, with the majority coming from their latest Vacation. I know they claim it’ll be their last tour, but I think Jeff will definitely be back in Philly with BTMI, whether it’s the full band or just his iPod.
Setlist From What I Remember (Not In Order)
Wednesday Night Drinkball
The First Time I Met Sanawon
Everybody That You Love
All Ages Shows
Pizza Clause Is Coming To Town (I think)
Even Winning Feels Bad
I Don’t Love You Anymore
The Shit That You Hate
Felt Just Like Vacation
Congratulations John, On Joining Every Time I Die
Syke! Life Is Awesome!
“Go To Work, Pay Your Bills, Eat A Dick”
Bomb The Music Industry – Vacation
Scenester 101: How to Be a 3rd Wave Ska Dork
Bomb The Music Industry – Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography