I’ve been waiting for this day for months. Teenage Bottlerocket and The Queers followed by Philly’s premiere 70s punk/rock and roll party guitar army? Count me the FUCK in.
I headed out to a sold out Barbary and thanks to lovely Philly traffic missed the majority of the openers Masked Intruders set, but from the little bit I heard, I definitely need to check these masked dudes out. Solid pop-punk.
I’ve said it many times before on this site and I’ll say it again, Wyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket are my favorite as far as modern pop-punk goes, and was actually my first post ever on this site back in 2007. I was lucky enough to catch them at The Barbary last August and the fact they came back so soon was just an added bonus.
The band took the stage to a chainsaw wielding masked man with a TBR sign saying “Freak Out”, and blasted straight into the song. The crowd sung along every word, and they barely let up their Ramones influenced punk rock. Playing songs from most of their albums with a heavy focus on their latest Freak Out, the band experienced some on stage difficulties when a guitar cut out, but in true punk rock fashion decided “fuck it” and powered through the set (which didn’t deter us fans at all, who kept shouting along every word and getting a small pit going).
They took the time to give a shoutout/lovingly mock their Wyoming punk scene, saying that DC has enough documentaries, and it’s time to have one on the two bands that play in Wyoming. One thing I have to say about TBR is that they look like they are legitimately having a blast on stage every time I see them, and not just running through the motions. That alone is is one of the key components to a good show.
Setlist (From what I remember, pretty complete, not in order)
Cruising For Chicks
Punk House Of Horror
Who Killed Sensei
Skate Or Die
Bigger Than Kiss
Fatso Goes Nutzoid
Bloodbath At Burger King
In The Basement
Welcome To The Nuthouse
The Queers have been around since before a lot of you were even born, and have become one of the most well-known names in pop-punk. Irreverent, crude, and catchy as all fuck, The Queers definitely tore down The Barbary.
One thing I liked about The Queers was the vast age difference in their fans. You had some 40 year old dudes there who’ve been listening to them since the 80s and plenty of young-ins who got into their later works.
There was a pretty dedicated pit throughout their set, and while I don’t know all of their albums (believe me, they have a lot), the crowd was singing along, dancing, and crowd surfing throughout their set.
I never got a chance to see them before, so it was good to finally see these New Hampshire punks.
Born To Do Dishes
Hi Mom, It’s Me
This Place Sucks
Punk Rock Girls
White Minority (Black Flag Cover)
Teenage Bonehead (I think)
Outta My Skull (I think)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Ramones Cover)