Archive for December 30, 2013

The Bouncing Souls, Youth Brigade, The Ratchets Home For The Holidays (Live In Asbury Park 12/26/13)

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There are a few certainties in life: death, taxes, and The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays shows.  Ever since the Bouncing Souls started this tradition back in 2007, where they would play 4 back to back shows in Asbury Park, I’ve made an effort to attend one show every year from my favorite band around.  This year I opted for the first show the day after Christmas since Youth Brigade was on the bill, and I fucking love those guys.

Every year, The Bouncing Souls do some sort of “gimmick” with their shows… this year they were allowing friends to write the setlist.  The setlist for the night I went was written by Timmy Chunks of Token Entry and Kate from the song Kate Is Great.

After heading to Asbury Park and walking around the starlit desolate winter beach some, I headed to the Stone Pony during The Ratchets set.

The Ratchets
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I’ve never heard of local Asbury punks The Ratchets before, but the band definitely played an enjoyable set, mixing punk with hints of ska upstrokes reminding me a bit of Tim Armstrong’s solo work.  While it seemed like most people didn’t know them, it was good to hear some ska up in there, and some buddies and mine opened up a small skank pit.  Good times.

Youth Brigade
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Fuck. It’s been 3 whole years since I’ve last seen Youth Brigade, and the last time was actually in Asbury Park as well.  I was pumped to see these California (“Actually we’re from Canada”) dudes play again, and clearly so was some of us oldsters in the crowd, as a pit instantly opened up with a few of us shouting along and dancing throughout the set.

The band bantered throughout the set, taking requests from fans, making fun of said fans who were screaming “bring it back to the old days!”  “you weren’t even BORN in the old days. Your mom probably wasn’t even born in the old days” and generally kept the show light-hearted and fun as Youth Brigade is known to do.

I’m really hoping to see them again soon, even if that means I trek out to Vegas in may for Punk Rock Bowling.

Setlist (From What I remember and not in order):

You Don’t Know Shit
Modest Proposal
Fight To Unite
Blown Away
Did You Wanna Die
Violence
Spies For Life
Sick
Punk Rock Mom (I think)
Believe In Something
I Hate My Life
Sink With California

The Bouncing Souls:
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The Bouncing Souls?  Those fucking New Jersey mooches.  It’s crazy how after seeing them many times over the 15 years I’ve been listening to them, having my arm completely shattered at one of their shows, and in all honesty not really digging the past few albums they put out… I still get ridiculously stoked to see them live (you can take a punk out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of a punk).

The band took the stage, and instantly the place was a rampage of circle pits, dancing, and sing-alongs.  There wasn’t much room in the sold out crowd, but we all made due.  Honestly, the majority of the set was a giant blur… one giant, fun, whirlwind of a fucking blur.  But I will say this, there isn’t anything The Bouncing Souls don’t make better in life, and their music has gotten me through so much.  I was on a high for days after that show.  Shit, I almost even came out of crowd surf retirement during my favorite song “The Freaks, Nerds And The Romantics”… almost.

Setlist (From what I remember, not in order)
Cracked
Born Free
No Security
Sing Along Forever
Kids And Heros
Bryan’s Lament
Anchors Aweigh
East Coast Fuck You
Kid
Old School
Late Bloomer
Johnny X
The Freaks, The Nerds And The Romantics
No Rules
I Started Drinking Again
Neurotic
Lean On Sheena
Midnight Mile
I Like Your Mom
Lay Em Down Smack Em Yack Em
True Believers
Night On Earth

Mp3:
Bouncing Souls – Low Life
Youth Brigade – Live Life

Previous Home For The Holiday Recaps:
2012
2011
2010 (well… it was postponed, but still.)
2008
2007

 

Saves The Day Live In Philly (12/22/13)

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Holy crap, with the holidays and just remaining incredibly busy am I behind on posts here.  I’ve been to like 4 shows this week alone, and am just getting a chance to post.

Last Sunday, I headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church to see the legendary Saves The Day (fuck you, they’re legendary if you’re originally from NJ too).  Seeing them in this no barricade, sold out, intimate environment was going to be awesome, except they were playing an acoustic show.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I don’t really do acoustic shows.  It’s not really appropriate to two-step… so I’m not a huge fan of acoustic… and top that off with the fact I really only know their first two albums and a B-Sides, I honestly wasn’t expecting too much.  Fuck, was I blown away.

After watching Walter Shreifels of Gorilla Biscuits and Civ play an acoustic set that included some covers (including Warzone’s “Don’t Forget The Struggle, Don’t Forget The Streets”, which is weird as shit acoustic), Saves The Day took the stage and immediately broke out into “Hold” off their acoustic EP and then straight into one of my favorites “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven”.

I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of energy in the room even though they were playing acoustic, as the drums still gave the songs enough of a driving edge still.  The band was plagued by some guitar issues throughout the night, busting two strings and taking a long time bantering while they were changing it, explaining that their guitar tech actually couldn’t make this show due to family obligations and that they were completely falling apart without him.

Yet, they powered on through their set playing a bunch of older songs, which kept me happy and shouting along near the front of the stage.  At one point, the band took a couple on stage, where the dude proposed to his girlfriend, which I feel happens at every Saves The Day show but kept the vibes positive regardless.

A solid and incredibly fun show, hopefully they do the smaller venue thing more (maybe electric next time?)

Setlist from what I remember:
Hold
Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven
Cars and Calories
Remember
This is Not An Exit
Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
What Went Wrong
Third Engine
Jodie
Lucky Number
At Your Funeral
Jessie and My Whetstone
My Sweet Fracture
Freakish
I’m Sorry I’m Leaving
You Vandal
Three Miles Down

Encore (Audience Requests):
Firefly
Take Our Cars Now
Drag In D Flat
There’s A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths cover)
Always Ten Feet Tall

MP3:
Saves The Day – Deciding

“A Little Game That I Made Up”:
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool

World Inferno Friendship Society Live In Philadelphia (12/20/13)

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I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on this unseasonably warm past past Friday night to catch my favorite cabaret waltz punks, The World Inferno Friendship Society.  I entered right during the last song of O’Death, which had a bunch of people dancing.  The place itself wasn’t sold out, so there was plenty of room for dancing once World Inferno took the stage.  I’ve noticed that ever since The Anarchy And The Ecstasy was released, it seems like a lot of the older World Inferno fans lost interest (which is a shame, it’s a solid album after a few spins), but the sheer amount of young kids there show that where World Inferno may have lost a few fans, they’ve certainly gained a bunch of new ones.

World Inferno has been in a constant state of flux, with most of the longtime members leaving after the release of Addicted To Bad Ideas, and then once Jack Terricloth (the brain behind the band) got a solid lineup to record 2011′s The Anarchy And The Ecstasy, many of those members left as well.  It seems like once again, the band has stabilized a lineup, with a new album coming out soon in 2014.

The band took the stage to their usual call to arms “Tattoos Fade”, which had most singing along and a smallish pit breaking out with us skanking, dancing, diving, and everything in between.  The crowd didn’t really explode though until World Inferno played “The Faster You Go, The Better You Think” off of their latest comic book/EP release, which gives you an idea that most fans seemed to know their newer material.  Strange for me, but awesome regardless.

Jack kept the crowd engaged with his grandiose quips with a bottle of wine in one hand, microphone in the other. They played a solid (albeit sort of sloppy, yet fun) set with a diverse setlist, throwing in plenty of newer songs too.  One thing I have to say about a lot of Inferno crowds is that they won’t bitch about new songs being played… shit, they look forward to hearing ones they’ve never heard before, dancing throughout, cheering along, etc.  And while it was one of the more laid back/subdued World Inferno show’s I’ve been to, it was still one hell of a great party.

Setlist (Not in order, from what I remember):
Tattoos Fade
The Faster You Go The Better You Think
Secret Service USA
Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Road
Politics Of Passing Out
Everybody Come To Ricks
The Disarming Smile
Thumb Cinema
Addicted To Bad Ideas
Cats Are Not Lucky Creatures
The Naughty Little Rat Makes Friends
Let’s Steal Everything
This Packed Funeral
Me Vs The Angry Mob
I’m Sick Of People Being Sick Of My Shit
Zen And The Art Of Breaking Everything In This Room

Velocity Of Love
Pickles And Gin

MP3:
World Inferno Friendship Society – Tattoos Fade

More:
World Inferno Friendship Society – A Demonstrational Introduction to the Astral Plane
World Inferno Friendship Society – The Anarchy And The Ecstasy
World Inferno – Addicted to Bad Ideas
World Inferno – Just The Best Party
World Inferno – Red Eyed Soul
World Inferno – East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today

Protest The Hero Live At The Trocadero (12/15/13 Philly)

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Last night, I headed to Philly’s Trocadero to catch Canadian prog-thrash-punk-I don’t know what the fuck to classify them as dudes Protest The Hero.  I had to pick between seeing them and Big D and The Kid’s Table which was happening across town, on account I just saw Big D last month, I opted to go with PTH.  I got to the Trocadero late, and was told at the door that there was “no moshing or crowd surfing tonight.”  Pffft… fat chance.

I missed most of the openers, but caught a bit of Affiance’s set.  I’m not a huge fan of metalcore or that style of music in general (Protest The Hero is the exception, and probably only because I got into them during their A Calculated Use Of Sound melodic punk days), but I have to hand it to these guys… they definitely had some fucking stage presence.  The singer not only leaped the barricades to crowd surf, but brought a tom drum with him and hit the shit out of it while crowd surfing and singing into the mic at the same time.  That’s pretty fucking bad ass.

Protest The Hero:

After listening to them for a decade now, this was the 4th time I was seeing Protest The Hero, and I was excited to hear the some of the new songs from Volition live (particularly Mist, which they completely slayed).  In typical Protest fashion, the band set up with Propagandhi playing in the background, pumping me and exactly the one other Propagandhi fan in the room (I forgot that PTH doesn’t really draw much of a punk crowd, regardless of their roots).

They opened up with Underbite, and a pit immediately broke out, although it remained sporadic throughout the night.  Even if you hate Protest The Hero, it can’t be denied that they are some hell of musicians, playing ridiculous time signatures with some very technical riffs, and they are completely able to pull it off live.

There were few breaks in between songs, with Rody taking jabs at The Flyers, telling stories of dumbass Canadian rednecks, and talking about how a 16 year old New Foundlander outdrank him.  The band actually did a really good job of splitting up their setlist from all of their full length, throwing in a few from Kezia.  Definitely a good set, and the final stop on their US tour, the band ended the show by leaping over gap and barricades into the crowd.

I’ve said it before, and they are probably past the point as they’ve gotten huge now, but I would love to see them in a smaller, barricade free venue.  I feel like that shit would be insane.

Setlist:
Underbite
Hair Trigger
Sequoia Throne
Clarity
The Dissentience
Heretics And Killers
Bury The Hatchet
Mist
Bloodmeat
C’est La Vie
Sex Tapes
Tilting Against Windmills

Encore:
Blindfolds Aside

MP3:
Protest The Hero – Heretics And Killers

“Yes I want to topple the system”:
Protest The Hero – Volition
Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
Protest the Hero – A Calculated Use Of Sound
Protest The Hero – Fortress
Protest The Hero – Kezia

 

 

Off With Their Heads, Morning Glory, Direct Hit Show Recap (Philadelphia 12/11/13)

Wednesday after a day of abusing my body snowboarding, I headed to Philly’s beloved First Unitarian Church basement to catch one hell of a lineup.  Any of these bands on the bill would be good enough for me to go to the show, having Off With Their Heads, Morning Glory, and Direct Hit all together was just a god damn mind melt.  Unfortunately I missed almost all of The Headies, but the last two songs I was able to catch were sick.  So I’ll need to make a point to catch those dudes.

Direct Hit!:
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I’ve been completely obsessed with Direct Hit as of late.  Their album Brainless God turned me from “hey, that one hardcore split they have with Hold Tight is kinda cool” to “holy fuck these guys rule”.  I caught them once before open for The Copyrights back in July, and while I didn’t know any of their  songs by that point, their pop-punk set blew me away.  This time, I knew the songs and was ready to get rowdy.

The band took the stage, and broke out into “The World Is Ending (No One Cares)” which had many of us in the crowd shouting along.  Direct Hit is incredibly refreshing to see live.  You can tell they are legitimately having a blast on stage, love what they’re doing, and are here to have a good time.

Playing songs from the both Brainless God and and Domesplitter, the band played a tight set even though they were plagued with a few technical difficulties.  Regardless, they powered through without missing a beat, with one of the guitarists throwing his guitar down, saying “fuck it” and just singing along every word.

Probably my favorite set of the night, definitely check them if they come around… or if their side project Galactic Cannibal comes around, check them out too, you lucky son of a bitch.

Setlist: (Not complete or in order)
The World Is Ending (No One Cares)
Buried Alive
Getting What He Asked For
Back To The Tower
Satan Says
A Message To The Angels
They Came For Me (I think)

Morning Glory:
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Formed from the ashes of Choking Victim years ago, Morning Glory was one of the more prominent crack rock steady bands (Leftover Crack, INDK, etc).  It’s been a few years since I’ve last seen them, and they’ve actually recorded another full length semi recently called Poets Were My Heroes.

The band took the stage, and a small but dedicated group of us started skanking, singing along, and piling on while Ezra kept jumping into the crowd.  As usual Morning Glory played a fun and solid set even if they didn’t play Gang Control and most of the people in the crowd weren’t sure who they were.  Oh god, I’m getting old.

Highlights:
Everything’s a Song To Me
Last Caress (partial Misfits cover)
So You Wanna Be A Cop?
Summerburst
Orphan’s Holiday
Always Alone (Off With Their Heads cover)

Off With Their Heads
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Straight up, Off With Their Heads are one of the hardest bands around there.  They’re always recording new music, and they always seem to be on tour, even though I realized it’s been 2 years since I last saw them.  I’ve seen them play all types of venues in Philly from headlining the smaller Barbary and house shows, to the larger Electric Factory supporting bands such as Bad Religion and The Bouncing Souls.  It only was appropriate to finally see them headline a show at The First Unitarian Church basement.

The band took the stage and opened with “Nightlife” off of their latest album Home, setting off the crowd into a huge sing along.  At one point, the band played “Theme Song” from their Hospitals EP, and after we completely went off in the crowd, Ryan said “fuck it, that was fun, let’s just do the entire album”.  Fuck yes.

The new songs translated pretty well live, but some felt a little out of place (such as the slower “Don’t Make Me Go” and “Altar Boy”).  Still, it’s always a good time to see Off With Their Heads, and good to see them on a headlining tour again after supporting so many bands the past few years.  Oh, and they played Ten Year Trouble, a song I’ve been requesting forever but they’ve stated in interviews they don’t like playing live.

Setlist (Pretty complete, although not in order)
Nightlife
Focus On Your Family
Start Walking
Drive
Theme Song
Die Today
S.O.S
Your Child Is Dead
Idiot
Hard To Admit
Heroin In NYC
Jackie Lee
Don’t Make Me Go
Shirts
Stolen Away
Janie
Clear The Air
Ten Year Trouble
Fuck This I’m Out

MP3:
Off With Their Heads – Drive
Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes
Direct Hit! – I Told You A Lie

Read these or else:
Off With Their Heads – Home
Morning Glory – Shelter From The Spoon
Direct Hit – Brainless God

Protest The Hero – Volition (For fans Propagandhi, Lamb Of God, Symphony X)

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Protest The Hero continues to blow my mind.  Seeing these Ontario dudes progress from when I first got into them in 2003 from a melodic punk band to the genre hopping band they are today is pretty fucking awesome, and their latest Volition doesn’t disappoint.

 

On Volition, Protest The Hero continues to follow their progressive metal/thrash path while still wearing their punk influences on their plaid lumberjack-esque sleeves (that’s what Canadians wear, right?).  Fans of their previous Kezia and Fortress who found the screams and growls lacking Scurrilous will find refuge on their latest album.

 

Lyrically, the band is much more blunt politically than in the past… take “Tilting Against Windmills” for example, a song tearing into homophobes and religion that spread hate.  With lyrics such as “a sin against god or you, well then fuck him and fuck you too” Protest The Hero aren’t holding back any punches this time around.  There’s also a bunch of cameo’s on this album, including Todd The Rod from Propagandhi and folk singer Jadea Kelly (and the drumwork by Chris of Lamb Of God should also be mentioned).
I’ve seen a lot of people say that Volition is Protest The Hero’s best work yet, and while I do enjoy the album immensely, I don’t think it tops Fortress.  That being said, it’s a must for any fan of progressive metal and Protest The Hero in general, and it will definitely be in my top 10 of 2013.

MP3:
Protest The Hero – Mist

Read These:
Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
Protest the Hero – A Calculated Use Of Sound
Protest The Hero – Fortress
Protest The Hero – Kezia

 

 

NOFX, The F.Us Live At The TLA (Philadelphia 12/1/13)

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I stated in my Bane show recap that I actually wound up going to two shows on Sunday.  After seeing Bane completely tear up The Kung Fu Necktie, sacrificing my body, and getting some damn good sushi, I headed over to Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts to catch punk rock legends NOFX.  I was sore, but I knew there was no way I was going to be able to remain calm during their set.

The TLA is a completely different beast than the Kung Fu Necktie, and is a much bigger venue with barricades, etc.  But NOFX managed to sell out the venue, so clearly they are still VERY relevant even 30 years after they formed. Damn.

I missed The Implants, which features ex-members of Pulley, but my friend described them as Pulley meets Slayer, so that actually sounds pretty sweet.

The F.Us

Speaking of bands that have been around a while, The F.Us were a band from Boston back in the 80s playing speedy, sloppy punk rock.  Most people in the crowd had no idea who they were, and my knowledge was admittedly limited to the few songs they have on This Is Boston, Not L.A compilation, but they had a few fans and people dancing in the crowd.

I usually like 80s punk/hardcore, and their set was no exception.  I could be wrong but I think I recall Green Beret and Radio Unix USA being played.

NOFX

NOFX may claim they suck live, but after playing 30 damn years, these guys put on a damn tight set.  It’s been over a decade (seriously) since the last time I’ve seen them even though I not only listen to them regularly, but even keep up with (and enjoy) their latest albums.  The crowd was incredibly hyped, and the band took the stage, took some obligatory shots at us fans and Philadelphia, and broke into “60%”.

They continued tearing through their discography, from their latest all the way back to Ribbed, and even took a request for “Shower Days” (thank god) simply because the person went through the trouble of actually making a sign for the request.

Then, after playing a few more… the band announced they were going to play an old one, and it may bore some of the younger kids in the audience.  Oh fuck yes.  The next 17 minutes or so are just sort of a giant blur to me as I tore through the pit while Fat Mike and crew melted faces while playing The Decline in it’s entirety.  My night, no, fucking year was made… They could have just farted in the microphone after and I’d be content (Oh wait, that did happen…)

Because NOFX completely hates me and wants me to die of exhaustion, they continued to tear through the rest of their damn solid set, stopping periodically to again make fun on members in the crowd, old heads, Philadelphia.

A fucking amazing show, I don’t care how much You Heard They Suck Live, go see them this tour.  I can’t believe I waited 10 years to see them again.  Fuck.

Setlist:
60%
72 Hookers
Murder The Government
Bob
Shower Days
Perfect Government
I Believe In Goddess
We March To The Beat Of Indifferent Drum
THE DECLINE
We Called It America
What Now Herb?
Fuck The Kids
Linoleum
XMas Has Been X’ed
Seeing Double At The Triple Rock

ENCORE:
Franco Un-American
Don’t Call Me White
Bottles To The Ground
Kill All The White Man

MP3:
NOFX – Linoleum

It’s Hard To Enjoy Yourself While Bleeding Out The Ass:
NOFX – Self Entitled
NOFX – Coaster
NOFX – War On Errorism
NOFX – So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes
NOFX – Punk In Drublic

Bane Live At Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia 12/1/13)

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I can’t think of a better way to start off my December than to go to two shows in one day.  The first one I headed to was a Bane matinee at Philly’s intimate Kung Fu Necktie.  The fact that Bane was playing this tiny ass venue was mindblowing, considering they sell out venues three times the size.

I got there a bit late, but made it just in time for Bane.  The place was packed and I was pretty ready to rage.  Boston hardcore pioneer’s took the dinky stage, shouted “we’re going to start with an old one!” and immediately blasted into “Count Me Out”.  Pile ons, stage dives, and pits immediately broke out with nearly everyone in the crowd yelling along.

The band played as tight as ever, and commented on how this venue takes them back to when they were growing up going to shows in dives that seem to have a little dangerous edge to them.  Apparently this was the first all-ages show ever to happen at the Kung Fu Necktie (although in all honesty I didn’t notice many youngsters there, maybe only us old peeps listen to Bane?)

One thing that I always appreciate Bane is how positive and passionate they still are after all the years they’ve been playing.  From their high energy stage presence, to their between song talks that remind me why I got into hardcore in  the first place years ago.

Bane mentioned that they are finishing up their next (and final) LP, saying that they’ll probably do a few more small tours, come to Philly a bunch more for This Is Hardcore fest, and essentially that they aren’t really going anywhere quite yet.

Definitely a tight setlist, Bane never disappoints live.  Easily one of the best hardcore bands around, it’s always awesome to see them, especially in a tiny ass place like Kung Fu Necktie.

Setlist (From what I remember):
Count Me Out
As The World Turns
Ante Up
My Therapy
The Young And The Restless (I think)
What Holds Us Down
Ali vs Frazier
Superhero
Swan Song
Some Came Running
Can We Start Again?

MP3:
Bane – Count Me Out

Nothing Ever Changes As We All Grow Older:
Bane – Holding This Moment
Scenester 101 – How To Be Hardcore
American Nightmare – Background Music
Ten Yard Fight

Chain Of Strength – The One Thing That Still Holds True Today

 

Western Addiction – Pines (For fans of Black Flag, Minor Threat, Paint It Black)

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When San Francisco’s hardcore act made headway with their first full length Cognicide back in 2005, I was completely blown away and left me wanting more.  It took 8 years of being blue-balled, but finally they give us their 3 song EP Pines. 

Pines is exactly what you’d expect from Western Addiction: fast, concise and not really missing a beat from where they left off.  Taking the influences of old pissed hardcore like Black Flag or Minor Threat, Pines is a solid listen for anyone craving some solid punk rock.  There is something a little bit different from Cognicide and Pines, and I don’t think it’s just the expanded songs themselves as much as the recording.  It seems slightly muffled, but doesn’t really take much away from the EP.

Oh, and if Western Addiction comes around your parts, do yourself a favor and go see them.  They tear it up live.

MP3:
Western Addiction – God Says No

Read These Or Die:
Western Addiction W/Good Riddance In Philly Recap
Western Addiction – Cognicide
Scenester 101: How To Be Hardcore

Cherie Currie (The Runaways), The High Five Recap In Philly (11/15/13)


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Without a doubt if you were to ask who the most influential all female rock/punk bands were, The Runaways would be at the top of your list.  This past Friday night I had the chance to see lead singer Cherie Currie perform with her band at Philly’s intimate bar/club The Barbary.

Presented by Guitar Army, Philly’s own punk-glam-rock party (which has grown from just a few people hanging out listening to The Ramones, The Clash, and The New York Dolls to almost a sold out fucking Cherie Currie show), it’s easily one of my favorite parties in Philadelphia.  The fact that they were able to bring in this iconic musician is just mind blowing.

The High Five:
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First up were Philly’s own local The High Five.  These dudes play pretty straight forward punk influenced rock and roll sound like what I imagine what The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and Iggy And The Stooges had a threesome using nothing but beer for lube.

I’ve caught them a few times before, and they put on an energetic, enjoyable set.

Cherie Currie:
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Cherie took the stage, and the place instantly exploded with applause, screams, and “I love you Cherie!”  There were such a mix of people there, young and old, punks and people who saw The Runaways movie coming to see the musical legend.  I actually saw some girls fighting back tears, as she took the stage just to give you an idea of the influence she had and energy of the place.

Cherie and company blasted through some of her previous solo work, a few Runaways songs and some covers while throwing in some newer material as well.  She didn’t miss a beat, and was constantly interacting with the hyped as fuck crowd.

At one point, Cherie even hinted at a possible Runaways reunion (to which you could imagine the amount of screams).  If anything was apparent, it’s that this girl still can work a crowd and puts on a more energetic show then a lot of people just half her age.  If you weren’t there, you fucked up.

Setlist:
Queens of Noise
California Paradise
Rock and Roll
You Wreck Me
Roxy Roller
Is It Day Or Is It Night
Heartbeat
Dragging The Line
C’mon
Rock And Roll Oblivion
American Nights
Cherry Bomb
Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)

Listen to these classics or die:
The Buzzcocks – Love Bites
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania
The Ramones – Self Titled
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Clash – London Calling