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Youth Of Today Live In Philly (8/4/16)

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect seeing Youth Of Today play Union Transfer for Day 1 of the annual Philly fest: This Is Hardcore.  Youth Of Today, along with Gorilla Biscuits were one of the most influential hardcore bands of their time, and with people in the audience ranging from 18 to well into their 40s and 50s, it’s clear they’ve left a legacy.  I’ve been listening to them for many years and never got to see them, but wasn’t sure if it would be an explosive, energetic set or more of a nostalgia act since they officially disbanded back in 1990 with the occasional reunion show.

Union Transfer was pretty packed out when Youth Of Today were setting up, and the place waited in anticipation as they took the stage and… worked through amp issues for the a decent amount of time.  But once they finally got that working, HOLY SHIT.  With the opening of two chords and vocalist Ray shouting “We’re back!” in unison with the crowd, the place immediately erupted into a barrage of stage dives and a pit as they ripped through “Flame Still Burns”.  Doubts anyone may have had about them slowing down in their old age were put to rest with Ray running and jumping all over the stage, constantly getting pounced and piled on by the crowd.

Musically the band sounded tight as ever, not missing a beat throughout their energetic set.  Ray joked with the crowd, talking about how he and other members have children of their own now and how they would never let their kids near any of us in the hardcore scene.   Preaching about positive change, how everyone wants everything to change, but no one wants to change themselves, the band also touched upon Hare Krishna without ever directly mentioning it with universal principles such as love for all beings including people, animals, and trees.

Ripping through plenty from all of their releases, there was never a dull moment… whether it was the constant pit, the non-stop flips in the crowd, and Ray keeping things interesting on stage with yoga poses before jumping right back into the thick of things.

Seriously, this Youth Of Today set was one of the best and fun hardcore shows I’ve been to in recent memory.  If you’re lucky enough to have them play near you, definitely go.

Setlist
Flame Still Burns
Take A Stand
Positive Outlook
Potential Friends
Expectations
Honesty
Make A Change
Put It Aside
Can’t Close My Eyes
Thinking Straight
No More
Youth Of Today
Slow Down
Standing Hard
Youth Crew
A Time We’ll Remember
Free At Last
Disengage
Break Down The Walls

MP3:
Youth Of Today – Flame Still Burns

Token Entry Live In Philly (7/24/16)

Token Entry is one of the most influential hardcore bands that you might have never heard of.  Hailing from NYC back in the 80s, they helped shape the hardcore scene in New York, influencing bands like H2O and even giving Gorilla Biscuits (still unnamed at the time) their first gig.  Hell, even The Bouncing Souls named their record label after lead singer Timmy Chunks.

Token Entry doesn’t really play much anymore besides the very occasional reunion show (I got to see them a few years back with The Bouncing Souls), they reunited to play a benefit show up in NYC, and with pretty short notice announced a show in Philly over at Underground Arts.

I was driving back from spending a weekend in Long Island and going straight to the show, and hit a lot of traffic on my way, thinking I was going to be late to the show.  I did miss every opener unfortunately, but lucked out and got there literally 2 minutes before Token Entry started playing.

Playing the smaller, more intimate side stage, the room had a decent amount of people for a late Sunday night show and I was actually on the younger spectrum of people there at the ripe age of 31 (something that does not happen very often to me at punk/hardcore shows for me anymore…)

Opening with The Fire, Token Entry set things off as plenty of us shouted along piled on Timmy Chunks throughout the set.  Everyone seemed to be in pretty high spirits as the band ripped through their songs, playing tracks off of their first two albums Beneath The Streets and Jaybird

The band reminisced about how their first show ever was actually in Philadelphia, how they came down to support Underdog as friends and drummer Ernie was playing drums in Underdog at the time, and they played an impromptu show in the basement.   Pushing the monitors aside, Timmy jumped into the crowd and made room for people to stage dive, complaining “those were just in the way”.  While there may not have been a constant pit, there were constantly people rushing the stage.  A fun, tight set (even with the declaration of forgetting the words during Latent Images before announcing “I know this one for sure” and breaking into fan favorite Jaybird) I’m glad I finally got to see Token Entry in a smaller environment.  Shows from them are rare, but if you dig bands like Youth Of Today, Underdog, and Gorilla Biscuits, you definitely need to give Token Entry a listen.

Setlist:
The Fire
Pyscho
Bright Side
Token Entry
Latent Images
Jaybird
The Whip
Actions
Revelation
Antidote
Windows
Entities
Birthdays
The Edge

MP3:
Token Entry – Jaybird

The Virus, Blanks 77, PEARS Live In Asbury Park (6/11/16)

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After Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park NJ, I headed to straight to The Wonder Bar for the sold out after show featuring PEARS, Blanks 77, and The Virus.  I made sure to get there early as a line started to form as soon as I got to the dive bar.  Even though the show was technically sold out, the bar never really reached anywhere near capacity.  I don’t know if it was due to the oh so punk “No Studded Jackets!” sign at the entrance of a fucking street punk show, or if people were just way too fucked up during Punk Rock Bowling (and if the people barely standing/falling all over the pit during The Descendents set was any indication, then yes…)

 

I really wish I was fucking joking...

(I really wish I was fucking joking…)

PEARS:

Pears

People were still trickling in the small room as the New Orleans punks took the stage.  I’ve posted about them a lot on this site, and like I’ve said before, they’ve easily become one of my favorite bands with their aggressive hardcore punk laced with incredibly catchy hooks and explosive live shows.  Opening immediately with “Forever Sad”, the band made the most behind the line of bouncers and barricades as singer Zach jumped into the crowd before returning with his arms around the bouncers.

They tore through the rest of their set playing a pretty equal mix between songs from Go To Prison and Green Star to the small handful of people, who for the most part didn’t really seem to know them but seemed to be digging the music.  A fun set, PEARS is consistently one of the best live bands around these days.

Setlist (not in order)
Forever Sad
Victim To Be
Cumshots
You’re Boring
I Love My Kennel
The Flu
Sycophant
Partridge
Snowflake
Breakfast
Green Star

Blanks 77:

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Next up were New Jersey’s own pogo punks Blanks 77.  They easily had the biggest reaction of the night with people pogo-ing,dancing and snarling along with Mike Blank as he pushed up into the barricade and was swarmed upon an army of mohawks.

A solid set as usual, I have to give their newly released “Gettin Blasted” split with The Parasitix a listen soon.  I’ve heard those songs live plenty now, and am stoked to finally hear the recorded album.

Setlist (from what I remember, not complete or in order):
Up The System
We Are The Punks
Radio Hits
I Wanna Be A Punk
Chelsea Girls
I Don’t Wanna Be
Pills
Hey You (I think)
Suburbia
Don’t Give A Fuck

The Virus:

the virus

The crowd thinned out a decent amount by the time The Virus started playing probably do to the sheer fact it was late and people could barely stand after the all day fest, but that didn’t hinder the Philly punks at all.

Even though I’ve lived in Philly the past decade now, I’ve never had a chance to see The Virus before even though I’ve been listening to them for many years now, missing their reunion shows.  Let me just say, these dudes absolutely kill it live.

While the crowd energy was waning a bit due to pure exhaustion with only a few people dancing and shouting along, the band’s energy didn’t at all.  Loud and aggressive as fuck, if they come around your area, do yourself a favor and go catch them.

Highlights:
Looks Like Trouble
Full Circle
Heros (I think)
There’s Nothing Left
Forgotten Rebel
Rats In The City

MP3:
The Virus – Vicious Rumors
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits
PEARS – You’re Boring

Weekend Nachos Last Philly Show (5/22/16)

I never got to see Weekend Nachos before, always out of town or busy anytime the Illinois powerviolence band came around, (even missing them at one of my old favorite houses The Golden Tea House a few years back).  When I saw that they were playing Philly First Unitarian Church, I figured I had to go, and then learning it was their final Philadelphia show since this is their final tour it pretty much made it a must.

I was driving back from a weekend in DC and was running late and hit a bunch of traffic, which sucks because I really wanted to catch local Philly openers Congenital Death and Backslider again, but I got there in time for UK’s The Afternoon Gentlemen.

The Afternoon Gentlemen:

The Afternoon gentlemen

I got to the relatively packed church basement a few songs into The Afternoon Gentlemen’s set, and while I never heard of these Leeds, UK grind dudes before, I was really digging their set.  Playing grindcore with plenty of thrashy and powerviolence influences with songs about beer, partying, and well… grind, these guys had the crowd completely going off.

Their recorded work really doesn’t do them justice, definitely a band that needs to be seen live.  Go check em out if they play near you.

Weekend Nachos:

Weekend Nachos has been at it for a long time as far as most powerviolence bands go.  Dating back to 2004, the band has toured for 12 years now and have an impressive 5 full lengths behind them along with a shit ton of EPs and splits. This was their final East Coast tour supporting their final album Apology.

I don’t know if it’s a regional thing but I know that at least in Philadelphia possibly because they’re signed to local label Relapse Records, they were a lot of younger kids first exposure to powerviolence. So needless to say, once the band took the stage the place immediately erupted into a giant pit and frenzy of stage dives.

Weekend Nachos put on an incredibly tight set, playing songs spanning from most of their discography.  While they played plenty of new songs off the latest Apology, they also threw in some off their earliest albums and EPs.

A solid set, I need to go check out Apology, the songs sounded really tight live.  They’re still playing Europe later this year along with the midwest, so if you’re in those areas, don’t sleep on this and go check them out.

Highlights:
Scab
Shot In The HeadAcceptable Violence
Snowball Fight
Jock Violence

MP3:
Weekend Nachos – You’re Not Punk

 

 

Bane’s Final Shows – Night 1 and Night 2 Live In Philly (5/6/16)

Night 1:
If you were a hardcore fan anytime during the late 90s/early 00s, you more than likely listen to Bane.  These Massachusetts hardcore dudes have been a staple for as long as I’ve been listening, and it’s with a heavy heart I walked into the sweaty sold out church basement knowing that it was their final shows.

I got to the basement a few songs into Boysetsfire’s set.  The place was incredibly packed, but I was able to make my way closer up.

Boysetsfire:

BOYSETSFIRE (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

Hailing from Newark Delaware, Boysetsfire has been one of the more influential post-hardcore bands.  Mixing a blend of emo with hardcore, Boysetsfire inspired countless east coast bands, and definitely has a solid following.

I got to the church about halfway into their set, and they had plenty of the packed basement singing along.  Of course, with it being a hardcore show, their heavier songs got a much bigger reaction with the set completely going off on closers “After The Eulogy” and “Rookies”.

Bane:

Bane (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

Maybe it was the fact that Bane was playing the following night as well, but even though this was one of Bane’s final Philly shows as an active touring band, it didn’t really feel like one of their final shows.  Taking the stage and announcing “Philadelphia, we’re Bane, let’s fucking do this” before erupting into “All The Way Through”.  The place opened up and turned into a flurry of two stepping, stage dives, with vocalist Aaron jumping into the crowd a few times.

Launching straight into arguably their biggest song “Can We Start Again”, it’s this moment that separates Bane shows from countless other shows and makes them so special.  The entire place was immediately shouting along, to the point where the band was drowned out by the singing crowd.

Bane played an incredibly solid set as usual, and all things considered, it didn’t feel like much of a goodbye show as much as a regular Bane show.  Of course, there was the thought in the back of my mind that this could very well be the last time I hear these songs live again.  An incredible show, I was lucky enough to get tickets the following night as well to their actual final Philly show as an active touring band.

Setlist:
All The Way Through
Can We Start Again
Speechless
Swan Song
Some Came Running
Final Backward Glance
Both Guns Blazing
Ali Vs. Frazier I
Post Hoc
Count Me Out
My Therapy
Calling Hours

Night 2:

I’m not going to lie, I was sore as all hell from the night before, but this was Bane’s final Philly show as a touring band so there was no way I was missing this.  I got to the church at the start of Boysetsfire set, and while still sold out, there were definitely less people the 2nd night than the first.

Boysetsfire:

Boysetsfire more or less played a similar set as the night before, but I definitely think they sounded tighter and more energetic the 2nd night.  After their opening song, they declared “Hey, if you like us we’re Boysetsfire.  If you don’t, we’re sorry… we’re kind of at fault for all those shitty sing-songy,screamy bands these days… sorry about that to all you hardcore fans.  We didn’t expect it to turn into that.  I guess we can blame Braid.”

Taking some light-hearted jabs at Bane and themselves essentially saying “Bane is on their last tour, but trust us, you should never say you’re breaking up.  Taking a break or hiatus maybe, but not breaking up.  But that’s how you make money.  Oops, did I say that out loud?”  Then had the drummer from Bane come out and do a song with them.  A solid set (again), I definitely think they were tighter the second night.

Bane:

There was a weird air about the church right before Bane’s set, and no, I’m not talking about the oh-so-lovely aroma of a bunch of sweaty punk kids crammed together in a sweltering basement.  No, there was definitely a mix of sadness and excitement in the air as Bane played their final Philly show as an active touring band.

Bane has always been one of those bands that have always been there since I’ve started listening to hardcore many years ago, and at the risk of getting all sappy, their angry yet positive message music got me through some really tough times in my life.  I know most people in that room felt the same way.

Before the band started, Joe Hardcore gave a little goodbye speech talking about how they have been a staple in the scene.  The second they started playing, I was immediately covered in silly string as the place turned into a complete party, with people throwing beach balls around and water balloons were dousing the crowd.

Bane ripped through their set, which was mostly different from the night before minus the obvious fan favorites.  The whole night was a blur and the show was over as soon as it started as they closed with “Can We Start Again”, which we chanted well after Bane left the stage.  It was the perfect two nights to end their legacy.

In a world where the fucking Misfits reunite with Danzig, I don’t think many punk bands really breakup these days.  I’m sure, or at the very least sure as hell hope that Bane will continue to play more shows in the future and do the occasional spin-off reunion show.

However, even if they reunite in the future and as excited as I will be for it, I think it will be very different than it is now.  Probably reuniting to do a few spinoff hardcore fests here or there, I doubt I’ll get to see them in the confines of a sweaty basement anymore or the dingy stages of a tiny venue.  I left the church with mixed emotions, happy I was able to be a part of this and see them both nights one final time, but with a heavy heart knowing that it was an end of an era.

Setlist (from what I remember, not in order or complete):
Superhero
Non-negotiable
Ante Up
Final Backwards Glance
My Therapy
Sunflowers and Sunsets
Can We Start Again

MP3:
Bane – Non-Negotiable
Boysetsfire – My Life In The Knife Trade

PEARS, Such Gold Live In Philly (4/14/16)

A couple weeks ago, I headed out to Philly dive bar Kung Fu Necktie in order to catch one of my favorite bands around these days, New Orleans PEARS.  The place had a decently sized small crowd considering it was a Thursday night and the past few times I’ve seen PEARS it seemed most didn’t know who they were,  I got there a few songs in Such Gold’s set.

Such Gold:

such goldI haven’t really heard these Rochester, NY dudes before, but they clearly have a strong following.  It seemed more people knew who they were than PEARS, and had people dancing and singing throughout their set.

Such Gold played a style of music that any fan of the pop-punk would appreciate.  Reminding me of a mix of newer pop-punk bands such as Handguns or Transit and mixing it with more melodic hardcore like A Wilhelm Scream and Lifetime, these guys played a pretty energetic set.

I couldn’t tell you what songs they played or anything as I’m not too familar with them, but if you dig your melodic hardcore closer to the pop-punk side of the spectrum, check them out.

PEARS:
Pears

Ever since I first heard PEARS last year, I’ve played their album “Go To Prison” nonstop.  They’ve become one of my favorite bands with their energetic live shows, seamlessly blending elements of thrash, pop-punk, hardcore, and everything in between.

Touring to support their recently released sophomore album “Green Star”, (which I’ve been meaning to post a write-up about but have been busy as shit… but spoiler: I’ve been listening to it daily since it came out), PEARS took the stage and ripped into “Forever Sad”.  Energetic as always, singer Zach was all over the stage and jumping into the crowd even with his shattered hand (which he broke earlier on an Australian tour when he jump punched the floor).  With a handful of us dancing and singing along, PEARS ripped through their short set consisting of a decent mix of both albums.

One of the best bands around today in general, if PEARS comes through your area, do yourself a favor and go check them out.  Both of the albums are amazing, as is the 7-inch they have out (which consists of the original versions of Snowflake and Anhedonia) and they absolutely kill it live.

Setlist (from what i remember, not in order)
Forever Sad
Hinged By Spine
Cumshots
I Love My Kennel
You’re Boring
Breakfast
Anhedonia
Snowflake
Sycophant
Victim To Be
Green Star

MP3:
PEARS – You’re Boring

Graf Orlock – Crime Traveler (For fans of DANGERS, Ghostlimb, Pig Destroyer)

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LA’s Graf Orlock are finally back with their latest album Crime Traveler, their first full-length in since 2009’s Destination Time Today.  Known for their heavy hardcore/grindcore mixed with clips and lyrics focused on various movies, Crime Traveler follows the same format, only this time focuses on a script that the band themselves wrote.  A concept album through and through, Graf Orlock writes:

“The Crime Traveler film tells the story of a French-Canadian assassin who discovers a wormhole and travels back in time to kill American politicians so that Canada can attain superpower status in the future. As the samples selected for the album illustrate, our anti-hero zips through time and space on his mission – rubbing elbows with John Hinckley at the Reagan assassination, witnessing the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and more.”

Sure, the story is a bit Terminator-esque and the dialog and acting (at least from the little I gathered from the intro clips) is downright awful at times (as is expected with a B-movie) but that’s besides the point.  Graf Orlock has always been about fun, and this album definitely is, and the music is the same crushing, chugging hardcore we’ve come to love from Graf Orlock.  Opener “Bad Cell Service On Connecticut Avenue” is an aggressive blast beat fueled song about the Reagan assassination attempt, while the proceeding  “600,000 Tons Of Explosive Ordance” displays Graf Orlock’s sludgier side.

One thing noticeably different from their earlier full lengths is singer/guitarist Justin (of Dangers/Ghostlimb) has much more vocal duties, and their old singer left the band since Destination Time Today (no, he didn’t actually die in a car crash) and has been replaced.  If you’ve been following the bands EPs since including “Doombox” and “Los Angeles”, you’ll know the new singer fits right in, but doesn’t have the higher pitched shrill screams of the old vocalist.

A fun and blistering album, Graf Orlock nails it as usual.  If you’re a fan of grind with more punk/hardcore influences than metal, definitely pick up “Crime Traveler”, it’s a killer album that I’ve been listening to pretty much daily as of late.

MP3:
Graf Orlock – Bad Service On Connecticut Ave

More:
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow
Ghostlimb – Infrastructure
Ghostlimb – Bearing And Distance
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Dangers – Anger

Official Release:
Bandcamp

American Nightmare Live In Philly (3/4/15)

American Nightmare

Boston’s American Nightmare have been one of my favorite hardcore bands since I was an angsty 18 year old in 2003, and I find myself listening to their albums and EPs pretty regularly even 13 years later as an angsty 30 year old.  Their music got me through a lot of shit, and the first time I saw them over a decade ago with Hope Conspiracy still remains one of my most memorable show experiences ever.  On a cool Friday night, I headed to Philly’s sold out Underground Arts right as American Nightmare was setting up.

The place was pretty packed, but there was a surprising amount of room for a sold out show.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect: I’ll be honest, as much as I love American Nightmare, the past few times I’ve seen them in bigger venues have been a bit strange feeling, with Wes having a hard time hitting the screams and the overproduction feel of the venue.  Well let me just say that this was without a doubt the best AN performance I’ve seen since I went to their reunion show up in Boston a few years back.

The band took the stage and opened with “AM/PM” which had us opening a pit and immediately piling on.  Ripping into “Hearts” without skipping a beat, Wes and crew were on point playing a tight, fast paced show with barely any time to breath as they shredded through their set.  Playing a majority of songs off of both Background Music and Year One, it felt right to have them in a smaller venue again (while I’ve had fun in the past seeing them in NYC at Webster Hall, it always felt a little bit…off.)

Setlist:
AM/PM
Hearts
Love American
(We Are)
Please Die
Fuck What Fireworks Stand For
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Calculation Nation
Protest Song #00
I’ve Shared Your Lips And Now They Sicken Me
Postmark My Compass
Your Arsonist
Farewell
There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru

Encore: (I think they did Crime Scene, but I don’t really remember)

MP3:
American Nightmare – The Ice Age Is Coming!

I Drew A Heart Around The Name Of Your City:
American Nightmare – Year One
American Nightmare – Background Music
Scenester 101: How To Be An Old School Hardcore Kid In 10 Easy Steps!

PEARS Live In Philly (12/10/15)

Pears

Ever since I saw PEARS open for Teenage Bottlerocket a few months back and I got a copy of their debut Go To Prison, I haven’t been able to stop listening to them.  New Orleans PEARS mix their aggressive hardcore so seamlessly with Descendent’s inspired pop-punk, it seriously is the most catchy and addicting music I’ve heard in a long time.

I got to Johnny Brenda’s intimate small room just in time for PEARS, and the place was actually nowhere near as dead as I expected it to be for a random Thursday night 21+ show.  Once PEARS took the stage, it was clear a lot of people weren’t too familiar with the band itself but were there to support the Philly local drummer.

If there’s one thing that makes PEARS stand out live, it’s their incredibly explosive stage presence.  From the second they opened with “Little Bags” vocalist Zach was all over the place jumping all around the stage with his bizarre and entertaining antics.  This continued throughout the course of the night, jumping and rolling through the crowd even though there were only a handful of us who were singing along (although everyone did seem to be digging them).

PEARS played pretty much every song they have maybe minus one or two for a quick and explosive set.  Bonus points for somehow incorporating what I’m pretty sure was Super Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Country’s aquatic level music in their set as an intro before one of the songs.

Easily becoming one of my favorite bands, PEARS killed it, and if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, get on it.

Setlist: (not in order)
Little Bags
Sycophant
Anhedonia
You’re Boring
Terrible
Framework
Breakfast (I think they did this one)
Forever Sad (I think)
Judy Is A Punk (Ramones)
Victim To Be
Grime Spree

So pretty much everything except Snowflake if I remember correctly.

MP3:
PEARS – You’re Boring

The Unseen, Murphy’s Law, Blanks 77 Live In Philadelphia (11/28/15)

This past Saturday after the Thanksgiving running around, I headed out to Philly’s intimate Voltage lounge for Day 3 of the Take This Bird And Shove It fest, a 3 day punk fest featuring a bunch of great bands from all over the country.  I was beyond excited to see The Unseen again, as it’s been seriously over a decade the last time I got to see the Boston street punks.  Also sort of a bummer was the fact I have an injured knee, so I had to participate (mostly) from the sidelines and going up front only a bit.

The place was decently filled when I got there, with plenty of studded jackets and mohawks (something I don’t see that often at shows anymore it seems).

Blanks 77:

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I got there right in time for NJ pogo punks Blanks 77, and was stoked to see them again as they always put on a good show.  It’s been about a year since the last time I caught them, and this show was definitely rowdier.  Taking the stage and opening with “Up The System”, the Voltage Lounge was filled with people pogo-ing and all around having a good time.  I was covered in beer with a few minutes.

They ripped through a relatively short set, leaving not much room for stage banter, although singer Mike Blank would start to talk some and guitarist Renee would remind him that they were on a tight schedule and didn’t have much time for talking.  Blanks 77 doesn’t play often, which is a shame considering they seem to have a blast while playing.

Highlights:
Up The System
Pills
No Big Deal
I Wanna Be A Punk
Party Train
Chelsea Girls
We Are The Punks

Murphy’s Law:

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NY’s Murphy’s Law have been at it since 1982, and while vocalist Jimmy is the only original founding member, holy shit they still put on an insane live show.  I never listened to Murphy’s Law much besides a few songs, but their hardcore punk party anthems mixed with a saxophone definitely made for a unique sound.

Throughout the entirety of the set the band was giving out PBRs and all types of alcohol, bringing up a newly-wed couple on stage to do shots, and biting into cans of beer to shotgun over the crowd.  Occasionally they’d throw in a more traditional ska song “for the skins” before jumping right back to their circle pitting songs.

One of the most energetic sets I’m seen in a while, even with the singer at taking a break to sit on a speaker with a cautionary “don’t eat cheesesteaks before a show” during their song “Vicky Crown.”  Catch them if you get a chance, it’s definitely a rowdy ass time.

Highlights:
Vicky Crown
Quest For Herb
Beer
Panty Raid
Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight (Fleetwood Mac cover)

The Unseen:

the unseen

It seems like many punk fans get into street punk these days through The Casualties but for me it was The Unseen who got me into it over 15 years ago, and to this day remain one of my favorite street punk bands.  It’s been fucking over a decade since the last time I got to see these guys play live (probably at Club Krome in NJ, which closed down in 2004) so I was beyond stoked to be catching them again.

Years later, and they still completely kill it live.  Being able to see them at the intimate Voltage Lounge was definitely a bonus.  With plenty of stage dives and circle pits throughout, Mark Unseen and company threw an incredibly energetic set.  Also interesting were the age differences at the show…  While there were plenty of older fans like myself who were more familiar with everything pre-Explode, there were also a lot of younger fans who were more familiar with their later (well 8 years old being their latest) like State Of Discontent and Internal Salvation.

Playing a solid mix of all their albums, the band played for a bit over an hour and completely killed it.  Even an injured knee couldn’t stop my excitement once they played “Social Security”.  I don’t know the next time I’ll get to see these guys, they’ve been pretty inactive show-wise as of late, but hopefully it won’t be another decade.

Highlights (I had a bunch of their songs written down after the show which they did from memory, but unfortunately I fucking lost it.  From what I remember now):
Live In Fear
False Hope
Explode
Children Of The Revolution
Social Security
Police Brutality
No Evacuation
Every Rose Has It’s Thorn (Poison cover)
Are We Dead Yet (I think they did this one)
So This is Freedom

Mp3:
The Unseen – Social Security
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits