Last night, I headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church to catch melodic/grind/hardcore dudes Ghostlimb. Originally, Reign Supreme was supposed to headline but they had to cancel due to a family emergency. Instead R5 Productions said there would be a secret headliner, who turned out to be John Baizley of Baroness. Honestly, none of it mattered to me (about Reign Supreme, new headliners, etc) as I was there for one reason only, and that was to see LA’s Ghostlimb shred shit up.
There were only about 30-40 people at the show, so the bands all played on the floor as opposed to the stage (last time I saw that happen at the church was at Armalite years ago).
Unfortunately I missed openers Xanax, but made it in time for Philly’s own Heavy Medical. Heavy Medical consisted of a bassist and a drummer, and played very sludgy punk. The band blasted through a relatively quick set with the final song adding another guest drummer (from Xanax).
I never heard of these Philly dudes before, but they completely tore shit up. Playing aggressive crusty dbeat similar to Disfear, Plague Dogs played a damn enjoyable set, and definitely won over a new fan last night. I’m a sucker for some solid dbeat.
At this point, it became apparent that the majority of people at the show were there for John Baizley, but I was beyond stoked to see Ghostlimb on what I think was their first Philly show. As soon as they took the stage floor, I made my way to the very front, and I noticed they won over a few people in the crowd who were rocking the fuck out as well.
For those who don’t know, Ghostlimb is the brainchild of Justin Smith (Graf Orlock, Dangers), and where Graf Orlock is almost like a novelty band (humorous lyrics regarding movies), Ghostlimb tackles social issues often through the lens of history (which is appropriate, with him being a history teacher and all).
Ghostlimb ripped through a damn good set, with a few people singing (shouting?) along (ok… just me and one other dude) and mostly played songs off their latest Confluence, which made my top 10 of 2012.
Once the band was finishing up, I shouted one more song, to which other people joined in. They said they weren’t the last band and couldn’t, however John Baizley was right up front digging them, and told them to definitely do one more.
I grabbed their setlist, I think it’s written in a lot of their working titles or ways the band knows them as opposed to their actual titles, but here it is as written:
If anyone knows which songs things are referencing, feel free to tell us in the comments! (I think I remember them playing Margins, and maaaaaybe Ocean Floor, but I could be making that up).
Ghostlimb – Bridge Above The Water
“I’ll have the same unending ache of dissent and disgust”:
Ghostlimb – Bearing and Distance
Dangers – Self Titled EP
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow