It’s the fucking Paint It Black record release show! I’ve been stoked on this show ever since they announced it, and the fact that Philly local hardcore dudes Bad Side and female fronted hardcore band Congenital Death were on the bill were a huuuuge plus. I headed to the sold out First Unitarian Church, and while hurting a bit (sprained my ankle, didn’t help my cause at World Inferno) I planned on completely losing my shit regardless.
It didn’t take long for me to completely lose my shit, as Bad Side were the first ones up. I’ve been listening to their demo ever since they released it back in October, and like Dan Yemin said during PIB’s set: “If you showed up late, you fucked up.”
It was my first time seeing them, and they completely tore shit up with their fast as fuck hardcore. A few of us easily got a pit going, and stage dives were plentiful. You need to check them out, period.
Another Philly local band, these gal and guys often play with Bad Side, so the same set of us who went off during Bad Side continued the antics up through their set. Congenital Death play brutal powerviolence hardcore, and are often compared to Punch or Death Rats. They’ve really seemed to find their sound since the last time I caught them at The Barbary, and I definitely need to check their recorded stuff out.
I wound up missing the majority of Loma Prieta’s set, but I was able to catch most of Joyce Manor.
I know that Joyce Manor is all the rage these days, but admittedly I never got a chance to check them out. They definitely had a lot of energy, and fans were constantly stage diving through out the set. They played that style of pop-punk that is really big (at least here in Philly) similar to Spraynard or Iron Chic, but personally I’m not really a fan of that noodling guitar punk. They did put on an energetic set though that even I was able to appreciate.
Paint It Black playing two Philly shows in the span of a few months? Be still my heart. Throughout the interwebs (or the information super highway as I like to call it), Paint It Black have essentially streamed their entire new Invisible EP through various blogs, and I’ve been seriously listening to it nonstop any time I’m near a computer. So needless to say, I was fucking stoked to hear these new songs live.
Paint It Black took the stage, and immediately busted out into “Greeting Fellow Insomniacs”, the opening track off of Invisible. The band continued their onslaught of aggressive yet melodic hardcore playing songs from their entire discography, keeping the pauses brief. We in the crowd were constantly barraging Dan with a bunch of pile-ons, constant dives, and had a pit going through out their entire set (would you expect anything less from their hometown)?
The band thanked us for coming out to the show even though it’s Easter Sunday, and gave us some background on the new EP.
Incredibly tight setlist, they played everything off of Invisible and a lot of my (and crowd) favorites.
Greetings Fellow Insomniacs
Past Tense, Future Perfect
Props For Ventriloquists
Four Deadly Venoms
We Will Not