I’ve been a fan of Jeff Rosenstock’s bands now for well over a decade, seeing ASOB and BTMI plenty of times over the years, and so I always try to catch him whenever he comes to town. About a week and a half ago, I headed to Philadelphia’s infamous First Unitarian Church to see him tour in support his latest album Worry that was released on October 14th of this year (which I’ve listened to a bunch but still need to write a review when I get a damn chance…).
The show was originally at the smaller PhilaMOCA, but was moved due to tickets being sold out almost immediately for it to the larger, yet still intimate church basement. Jeff and company drew a pretty large crowd as the basement was pretty packed out. Like Bomb The Music Industry, Jeff Rosenstock started as a solo project, but the touring lineup solidified and sort of took a life on its own.
The band took the stage with their new, yet iconic logo of a rainbow American flag with 666 and weed leaves hanging as the backdrop, and after talking to the crowd about respecting one another (apparently this has strangely been an issue at some of their shows) opened their set with “To Be A Ghost”. Following it with “I’m Serious, I’m Sorry”, things really kicked off in the crowd once they ripped into “Hey Allison”.
The crowd was enthusiastic throughout the set, opening up a pit and crowd surfing with Jeff stopping a few times between songs to make sure everyone was OK. The new songs sounded solid live and for an album that hasn’t been out very long, almost everyone in the crowd knew all the words to everything off of Worry. As expected, the majority of the setlist was from the latest album, with a few from We Cool? thrown in as well (nothing from I Look Like Shit or Summer).
One thing I noticed was that the crowd was on the younger side, which I think speaks volumes. These aren’t people who only know him because of Arrogant Sons of Bitches or Bomb The Music Industry, as many were too young when those bands were still touring, but because the solo stuff gripped them.
A solid show, the only real bummer for me was that they didn’t play “Planet Luxury”.
To Be A Ghost
I’m Serious, I’m Sorry
Wave Goodnight To Me
Pietro, 60 Years Old
I Did Something Weird Last Night
Blast Damage Days
Polar Bears Or Africa
Beers Again Alone
…While You’re Alive
Perfect Sound Whatever
You, In Weird Cities
Bang On The Door