Last week, I headed to Philly’s weird/awesome art space PhilaMOCA to catch local hardcore supergroup Open City. If you’ve never been to the PhilaMOCA before, it’s this really cool space that used to be a showroom for mausoleums that’s now been converted into room with a small stage that projects videos behind it. If the show wasn’t sold out, it was damn well close to be as the small room was pretty packed.
Comprised of Dan Yemin and Andy Nelson of Paint It Black, Rachel Rubino of Bridge and Tunnel, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Open City’s surprise release earlier this year has been one of the highlights of 2017 so far. Their heavy hitting hardcore that takes hints of Paint It Black and mixes it with influences such as Husker Du and Dag Nasty has been one of my most played albums of the year, and last time I caught them they killed it.
It didn’t take vocalist Rachel long before leaving the stage and running throughout the crowd throughout the set while Dan and Andy were all over the stage, Open City threw an energetic show as they ripped through almost every song on their debut self titled album. While their set had a few technical issues with the bass cutting out completely for a while which took some time to troubleshoot, it didn’t really detract from the energy too much as they picked things right back up without cutting into their setlist (besides, I’ll take a DIY show with the occasional issue any day over some huge LiveNation bullshit).
Open City has easily become one of my favorite Philly bands around, and you should definitely go check them out if you get the chance.
Hell Hath No Fury
Brother, I’m Getting Nowhere
On The Spit
Honest As A Sunday Morning
I’ll be completely honest, I’ve never actually heard Olympia, Washington’s RVIVR (pronounced “reviver”) before but was completely blown away. Playing melodic pop-punk similar to bands such as Iron Chic and Latterman (which RVIVR vocalist/guitarist Mattie Canino was a member of), RVIVR played an energetic set with their catchy and speedy songs with co-vocals from both guitarists Mattie and Erica.
It was clear that the majority of the crowd was here for them, singing along to all of the songs and I actually have no idea how I didn’t get into this band sooner. While I’m not usually into this particular style of punk RVIVR definitely made a new fan, and if you dig your punk melodic and catchy, definitely give them a listen.