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Leftover Crack Live in Philly (10/26/14)

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Like all good middle class suburban punks, I listened to Leftover Crack for as long as I could remember, and have seen them a handful of times over the years… however I realized that it’s been a good 6 years since I’ve last seen them so when a friend hit me up and asked me if I was going to go their show at Philly’s Voltage Lounge, I wasn’t going to say no.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect since I haven’t seen them in so long, but the Voltage Lounge was packed with plenty of punks ready to rage to the sweet crack rock steady sounds.  The band took the stage and busted into “Homeo-Apathy” with Stza joining the rest of them as the place broke into a circle pit.

The band played tighter than I have ever seen them before, and I think it has to do with the fact I’m pretty sure all of them were very sober.  Even Stza, who used to have a reputation of being fucked up beyond belief seemed to be incredibly sober.  While it seemed like he was still playing the “role” of the drunken guy at times (taking drinks of what I’m pretty sure was water from his glass) I actually give him and the rest of the band lots of credit for cleaning up and turning their lives around.  Screw any idiot “drunx punx” that tries to condemn them for this.

They played through all the classics, including plenty from Choking Victim days which had us skanking.  They also played two newer songs though, saying they have a new album in the works: one was a more metal “Slayer” influenced type song and the other was much more pop-punk similar to something Star Fucking Hipsters would play.

Overall it was a lot of fun, and good to see them after somehow missing them for the past few years.

Setlist (not in order)
Homeo-Apathy
One Dead Cop
500 Channels
Stop The Insanity
Crack City Rockers
New Slayer-esque Song
Ya Can’t Go Home
Gay Rude Boys Unite
Suicide (A Better Way)
Rock The 40 oz
Infested
Born To Die
Crack Rock Steady
Suicide Or Heroin
New Pop-Punk song
Burn Them Prisons

MP3:
Leftover Crack – Rock The 40 oz

More Crack Rock Steady:
Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes
Leftover Crack – Rock The 40 Oz
INDK – Kill Whitey
Star Fucking Hipsters – Never Rest In Peace

Lifetime Live In Asbury Park, NJ (10/11/14)

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This past weekend was a bit of a whirl.  After hightailing to Connecticut to watch the Landon Donovan final national team/US versus Ecuador game (which we missed him playing due to terrible, terrible traffic, but was able to party after the game with the American Outlaws), I rushed to Brooklyn to crash with some friends and then the next day headed out to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park to catch Jersey’s best dancers, Lifetime.

(Little side track…skip this paragraph to get back to the show) For the record, I love Asbury Park.  Growing up in NJ, I would go there as a teen for Warped Tours, Skate and Surfs, and the skatepark they used to have in the old carousel. When I used to go years ago, it was not a good neighborhood, with the boardwalk completely abandoned except for drug dealers and prostitutes, every parking meter smashed in since the change was stolen.  Now these days, the place is completely revitalized, with a bustling boardwalk, a solid nightlife, and a nice beach.  It has completely done a 180… hell there’s even a pinball musuem/arcade that is one of the coolest spots ever.  Admittedly, even though I fucking love Asbury Park, I don’t make it for shows there very often (exception is The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays tradition).  With the 2 hour drive from Philly, it really has to be a band I’m obsessed with to make the trek, and clearly Lifetime is well worth it.  I missed all of the openers since I was getting side tracked while in Asbury.

Lifetime took the stage to a sold out crowd, and immediately started playing Turnpike Gates.  We Jersey kids exploded with a flash of drinks flying everywhere as people bumrushed the stage as we opened a pit that didn’t really let up for the entirety of the night.  While the barricades of the Stone Pony didn’t allow for any stage dives or pile-ons, there were plenty of people crowd surfing (and if they played I’m Not Calling You, which they didn’t, yours truly was going to come out of crowd surf retirement ever since I shattered my arm doing so years ago and swore I’d only dance in pits instead).

The band was on point and seemed to be having a good time as they cranked through most of their big 3 albums, playing a solid setlist consisting of the majority of Hello Bastards, Jersey’s Best Dancers, and a few off their Self Titled album, (which if you haven’t listened to, is actually really damn good).

Lifetime is one of those bands that rarely plays anymore, but they really should.  Besides being one of the most influential bands in hardcore, their live shows are seriously just one of those super positive events.  On a side note: some exciting news.  I talked to Dan a bit after the show and apparently him and Andy of Paint It Black have a new band in the works.  I’m beyond pumped to see what they have in store.

Setlist:
Turnpike Gates
Airport Monday Morning
(The Gym Is) Neutral Territory
Daneurysm
Rodeo Clown
Just A Quiet Evening
Francie Nolan
Northbound Breakdown
Young, Loud, Scotty
Irony Is For Suckers
The Boy’s No Good
Haircuts And T-Shirts
Bringin It Backwards
Knives, Bats, New Tats
The Truth About Lars
Hey Catrine
StarSixtyNine
Spiders In A Garden
Ostricized

Encore:
Theme From A New Brunswick Basement
25 Cent Giraffes

MP3:
Lifetime – Daneurysm

Read These Posts, Dudes/Dudettes:
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Lifetime Live In Philly 2011
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down

Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP

Menace, The Clap, Hub City Stompers, 45 Adapters Live In Philly (9/14/14)

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Two weekends ago I headed to Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey’s Hub City Stompers with UK 70s punk oi band Menace.  It was my first oi show in quite some time, and it’s been years since I’ve been to a show with that many Doc Martens and bald heads all in one place.  Good times.
45 Adapters:
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First up were Brooklyn’s 45 Adapters.  Self described as “a truck full of Cock Sparrer records crashing into a truck full of Otis Redding records”, these 5 guys took the stage and played a solid set filled with catchy sing-alongs.  Their songs (mostly) had surprisingly positive messages, singing about dressing well, cleaning up after your house, and of course… drinking.  Definitely going to need to check out their recorded work.

Hub City Stompers:

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One of the reasons I came to the show to begin with, on the flyer NJ’s Hub City Stompers were set to play third, so I left for a bit to grab a quick bite to eat.  When I returned, it turns out HCS wound up playing second, so I missed maybe 5 or 6 of their songs.  Luckily, I still caught more than half of their set, and I’ve been seeing these guys anytime they come around since 2003 or so.

Self described as “ska for people who hate ska” (even though I love it) they tend to be put on a lot of diverse shows, and always wind up either poking fun at that fact or just completely owning it (I remember when seeing them open for Cro-Mags, the singer kept teasing “oh! a ska band on a hardcore show!  Don’t be scared… you really messed up this time Joe Hardcore!!!”)

Hub City Stompers played a solid set to a filled room with a few of us dancing and singing along each word.  Always a good time, check them if they come through your neck of the woods.

Setlist (from what I remember, not in order)
Hub City Stomp
Little Julie Swastiska
Where’s My Hooligans
Mass Appeal
Chatterbox
Skinhead Boi (I think)
Johnny Date Rape
I’ve Got A Boot
Hub City Stompers
Night Of The Living

The Clap:

Formed back in the late 1970s in PA’s Lehigh Valley, The Clap is one of the older punk bands to come out of Pennsylvania.  I’ve never heard of The Clap (the band, not the disease) before seeing them, and I will admit, at first I was skeptical.  The trio soon won me over though, with their straight forward punk rock.  The singer said he wouldn’t be able to do some songs due to the fact his kid got him sick, but they powered through a decent set.

Menace:

Menace

The reason most people were there, UK’s Menace is one of the earliest oi bands, even dating back before Sham 69.  The band took the stage, and the crowd while singing along took a bit of time to warm up, but once a pit was opened up it got pretty rowdy (and once Menace played their hit G.L.C, shit hit the fan).  Menace played their sing-along oi punk inviting people to the stage to the small stage to sing along, and seemed to be having a blast as people were stage diving and dancing.

At one point, Menace brought up some of the members of The Clap to help do a cover of the ska song Monkey Man, which had us hopping on the stage and grabbing the microphone to sing along all while skanking throughout the tiny room.

Definitely a good time, it’s awesome seeing such an early and influential band in such a small intimate setting.

Highlights (from what I remember)
GLC
Screwed Up
Insane Society
I’m Civilized (I think)
Electrocutioner
Last Years Youth
Punk Rocker (I think)

MP3:
Menace – GLC
Hub City Stompers – WTFIU?

Don’t You Know, You’re Last Years Youth?
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep
Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady

The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania
The Clash – London Calling

The Buzzcocks, Night Birds Live In Philadelphia (9/5/14)

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A few weeks back, my friend texted me and asked “are you going to see The Buzzcocks tonight?!”  I forgot that I completely wrote that show off because I had to leave town for a wedding, but realized last minute I was able to do both.  Hell yeah.

I headed to Philly’s Union Transfer, which is my favorite of the larger venues here, and got there a few songs in for NJ/Brooklyn’s Night Birds.

Night Birds:
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I’ve seen Night Birds a handful of times beforehand, and they always put on an incredibly energetic explosive show.  Previously, I’ve only seen them in basements, houses, and smaller venues so I wasn’t sure how well they’d translate into a bigger venue, but they completely owned it.  While some of the intimacy was lost, the singer was still all over the place to the garage/surf/Dead Kennedy’s inspired punk rock.

Definitely a solid set, if you’ve never seen them before do yourself a favor and check them out.  They’ve been making quite the name for themselves over the years.

The Buzzcocks:

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The Buzzcocks are nothing short of punk rock legends at this point.  While they never gained the same fame as other 70s punks such as The Ramones, The Clash, or The Sex Pistols they were equally important and admittedly growing up I was always a bigger Buzzcocks fan than a Clash fan (I couldn’t pick a favorite now).

The Brits took the stage and kicked it off with “Boredom” off of their debut EP .  They kept things early going straight into “Fast Cars”, but it wasn’t until they played the “I Don’t Mind” which had the crowd really shouting along, which was a reoccurring theme.  Anytime something off of their critically acclaimed Singles Go Steady was played, we got hyped. After standing around way too long, yours truly and a friend opened up a small pit which had people dancing in it the rest of the night.

The band played a long solid set, covering most of their hits and a bunch from their other releases, and seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage.  A solid show and definitely a good way to spend a Friday night, they played “Promises”, which is the main one I wanted to hear and dance to, so I couldn’t have been happier.

Setlist:
Boredom
Fast Cars
I Don’t Mind
Keep On Believing
People Are Strange Machines
Autonomy
Get On Our Own
Whatever Happened To?
The Way
When Love Turns Around
Why She’s The Girl From The Chain Store
Sick City Sometimes
Nothing Left
Third Dimension
Noise Annoys
Breakdown
You Say You Don’t Love Me
It’s Not You
Chasing Rainbows / Modern Times
Promises
Love You More
What Do I Get?

Encore:
Harmony In My Head
Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn’t Have Fallen In Love With
Orgasm Addict

MP3:
The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
Night Birds – Demon Haunted World

You Stayed The Same:
Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
Buzzcocks – Love Bites
Night Birds – The Other Side Of Darkness

 

Taking Back Sunday Live In Philadelphia (9/4/14)

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I’m going to try and catch up with the show recaps this week since moving has set me so far behind.  But on September 4th, I headed out to Philadelphia’s XFINITY Live to see a free Taking Back Sunday show on their outdoor stage.  As anyone in Philadelphia could tell you, this had all of the makings for one strange show.

For starters, XFINITY live is a multi-bar club that is home to a ride on bull, projectors to watch sports games, and is right across the street from the Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is home of the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, and The Eagles making it the go to spot to pre-game and afterparty after games.  On top of it, this Taking Back Sunday show was a preseason warmup party to kick off the Philadelphia Eagles season (because nothing says “GO EAGLES!” quite like early 2000s emo.  Let’s start the season off with a whimper and a whine!).  The crowd was a mix of emo kids, punk kids, and just eagles fans who didn’t even really know the band but didn’t hesitate to chant Eagles chants throughout the show.

(NOTE: Old man ramblings ahead.  If you don’t want to hear the tale of an aging punk, then skip this paragraph, you’ve been warned.)  Now, I’ll also admit that I sort of have a love hate relationship with Taking Back Sunday as well.  Back when I was a pissed off punk teenager in high school, I DESPISED Taking Back Sunday.  Rise Against used to be one of my favorite bands back when they only had The Unraveling and Revolutions Per Minute, and twice I tried to see them and both shows were cancelled as a direct result of TBS.  The first time I went to see Rise Against at Warped Tour.  This was before anyone knew who they were and TBS announced they would make a guest appearance.  Van’s needed to make room somewhere and so they booted a little punk band called Rise Against.  Then, I tried to see Rise Against play a record store… but lo and behold!  Taking Back Sunday played a show there earlier in the day, some emo kids weren’t allowed in because it was at capacity, so their parents called the fire marshall and shut down the rest of the shows for the day (TBS was still allowed to play, just not Rise Against).  Not really TBS’s fault, but yeah, my 18 year old punker than thou wasn’t having any of it.  I’ve come a long way since… it’s been over a decade and I’ve actually come to appreciate a lot of Taking Back Sunday’s songs, so to see them live for free, I wasn’t going to miss that. (RANT OVER!)

Taking Back Sunday took the stage with the singer donning a Philadelphia Eagles hoodie, and broke out into “Stood A Chance” off of their latest release Happiness Is.  The place didn’t really explode though until their 3rd song, when they started playing “You Know How I Do” off of Tell All Your Friends.  That’s when the pits broke out, crowd surfing began, and the barricade eventually broke.  They played a solid set, with more new than old, but throwing in “Timberwolves At New Jersey” and “A Decade Under The Influence.”

The show was cut short due to the barricade being broken and the security telling TBS they need to stop playing.  Now, in the scheme of punk and hardcore shows, minus a few assholes looking to pick fights in the pit, the show was relatively tame, but for XFINITY who is used to hosting bands such as Third Eye Blind and All American Rejects, this was probably the craziest they’ve seen in a while.  The show was cut short without the band playing their hit Cute Without the E, but they snuck in “MakeDamnSure” for good measure after being told to stop.

Sucks the show was cut short, but for a free show that was intended to be an Eagles pre-season rally, I’m not complaining.  Definitely one of the stranger vibe shows I’ve been to.

Setlist:
Stood A Chance
Liar (It takes one to know one)
You Know How I Do
Beat Up Car
Timberwolves At New Jersey
Faith (When I Let You Down)
Number Five With A Bullet
What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost
A Decade Under The Influence
Set Phasers To Stun
Better Homes And Gardens
Error: Operator
MakeDamnSure

MP3:
Taking Back Sunday – Timberwolves At New Jersey

Get Your Emotions On:
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Dag Nasty – Can I Say
Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool

Punch, War Emblem, Grower, Disinterest Live In Philly (9/10/14)

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I moved (yet again) and so am so far behind on posts on account I didn’t have a computer set up because I’m good at life like that, but yesterday I headed to West Philly house Golden Tea House to catch one of my favorite hardcore bands around: Punch.  First off, The Golden Tea House has been on fucking point with the hardcore shows (Dangers, Graf Orlock, and Punch all within the span of a month?  Fuck.)  Second off, I didn’t realize how much Punch exploded.

The kitchen was packed, much more so than the last time I saw them at Barbary two years ago and rightfully so, Punch is easily one of the best hardcore bands around these days.  The show quickly sold out, and shit was off the wall for every band.

Disinterest:
First up were Philly locals Disinterest.  I got there in the middle of their set, but holy fuck were they good.  Playing noisy and aggressive as fuck hardcore, these guys set the tone with people raging throughout their set.  Even the sound problems they experienced worked in their favor, when the vocals suddenly became incredibly distorted, it sounded really badass.  Definitely one of Philly’s up and coming hardcore bands, I’ll have to snag their Demo.

Grower:

Next up were Philly’s Grower.  I haven’t heard these guys before, but they put on a blistering, energetic set with the crowd collectively losing their shit and the guitarist jumping on top of the crowd.  Will need to check out their recorded stuff.

War Emblem:

I’ve caught Philly’s War Emblem once before back in May, and even while being distracted by the NHL playoffs (which the singer was streaming from his phone) they put on a solid set.  Last night was no different.  War Emblem plays incredibly heavy hardcore with plenty of breakdowns and almost has a D-Beat vibe at times.  They played a relatively short set and legitimately excited to be there and playing to the packed house.

Punch:

People say that San Francisco’s Punch is one of the heaviest and best female-fronted hardcore bands around, but I say fuck that: Punch is one of the best hardcore bands around period.  I fell in love with them ever since seeing them live a few years back and checking out their Self Titled album, and their Nothing Lasts EP not only remains one of the most played hardcore albums I have.  After seeing them at the First Unitarian and The Barbary twice, I was stoked to be seeing them at an intimate house show.

The band took the floor and we all immediately erupted.  While there wasn’t much room, the place turned into a frenzy of people climbing on top of the crowd, screaming each word, and the entire room was one giant pit.  They played plenty off of most of their albums, and the new ones completely shred.

If you get a chance, go see Punch live.  They are seriously one of the rawest, most energetic hardcore bands around and don’t make it out to the east coast too often.  With their positive message yet fast and pissed as shit shows, maybe like me, it’ll remind you of why you got into hardcore in the first place.

Highlights: (Nowhere near complete or in order)
Do It Yourself
Time Apart
The Chase
How Nothing Lasts
Don’t Start
Ol Factory
Fuming (I think)

MP3:
Punch – The Chase

More:
Punch – Nothing Lasts
Punch – Self Titled
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Coke Bust – Confined

Dangers, Graf Orlock, Holy, Kids Live In Philadelphia (8/23/14)

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This past Saturday night I headed to West Philly’s Golden Tea House to catch an incredibly stacked lineup in one of my favorite houses around.  The show is played in essentially the kitchen, and things got fucking insane with this lineup.  When I first saw that DANGERS was playing in Philly again, I made sure I was going to be there since they put on the best show I’ve seen all year earlier in January, but with Graf Orlock also on the bill?  Holy shit.

Kids:

First up were PA’s own Kids, who last time I saw was actually with DANGERS as well here in the Golden Tea House.  Last time the band was plagued with breaking strings and ending their set early, but this time around they had a solid, heavy ass set.  Playing incredibly fast and noisy hardcore similar to DANGERS, Kids had a pit immediately break out which was the theme for the rest of the night.  Definitely kicking things off and setting the tone, go see these dudes if they come around your parts.

Holy:

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Holy shit.  Nothing could have prepared me for the onslaught crusty powerviolence that was coming from Milan, Italy’s Holy.  These guys had it all: incredible stage (err… kitchen floor?) presence, some of the most aggressive music I’ve heard in a while, and a positive message throughout.  These guys were nothing but thrilled to be playing a small house show, which they said they don’t really have in Milan.

Definitely going to be checking out their albums, if you dig hardcore at all you need to check them out.  Seriously mind blowing.

Graf Orlock:

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I’ve been a fan of Graf Orlock for a few years now, and so to finally get to see them live, in one of my favorite houses nonetheless had me ridiculously stoked.  For those who don’t know, Graf Orlock features Justin from DANGERS (and with them playing a show in Manhattan earlier in the day, had him essentially playing 4 sets tonight… holy fuck) plays what they call “cinema-grind”, which is essentially grind with songs about movies and with movie clips.

Just like their recorded work, the band opened up each song with it’s respective movie clip and even though this was their 2nd set of the day, you would never be able to tell with the high energy level.  The singer and guitarist were all over the floor, jumping into and on top of the crowd.  While it seemed like a lot of people weren’t familiar with them, it seemed like everyone dug them while myself and a few others screamed every word while raging across the kitchen.

The microphone cut out a few times (an issue that seemed to plague the rest of the night), but that didn’t take away from any of the energy as they blasted through their set.  Unfortunately I do think it cut their set a little bit short, as instead of playing common closer “The Dream Left Behind”, they skipped right to the Jurassic Park melody and dove on top of the crowd.

Highlights (not in order and what I remember):
Chapter III
Run Over By A Truck
Franky: Buying Dog Food
Jamming In Traffic
Tactical Destruction
Days Of High Adventure
Tactical Destruction (I think)
Captives of the Thuggee (I think)
Dragonaut (Sleep Cover)
Dream Left Behind (ending)

DANGERS:

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m convinced that DANGERS is the best live band and one of the most ferocious hardcore bands around today.  I’ve seen them twice this year (both at the Golden Tea House) and I can honestly say that both shows have been my favorites so far of the year.  They just bring a ball of raw energy with them that reminds me why I started listening to hardcore and punk rock many fucking years ago in the first place.
Need proof?  About halfway through DANGERS set, we quite literally broke the P.A.  That didn’t stop frontman Al from launching himself in the crowd for the remainder of their set screaming along every lyric with the crowd, and we were fucking loud.   “We don’t need a microphone, we scream loud enough on our own.”

Dangers took the floor, noted that they played a show in Manhattan just beforehand, and that they were excited to be playing The Golden Tea House again because we remind them the whole damn point of driving over 4000 miles to play a small house show (also commenting on how the bathroom tile has changed and looks nice, which I’m pretty impressed with Al’s memory on that one.)  They opened up with one off their latest EP Five O Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World, and then completely set shit off with “Power Chord Blues” that had the entire room into a giant sing along pile-on.

Al was all over the place, climbing the banisters, constantly on top of the crowd, in the crowd, and essentially making a DANGERS show much more of a community experience than just watching a band.  Seriously, if you miss DANGERS when they come around, you are seriously fucking up.  Even without a microphone (and even without playing “We Broke The P.A”), they still put on one of the best shows, period.

Also, some exciting news: Ghostlimb, Dangers, and Graf Orlock all are recording new music.  Fuck yes.

Setlist (From what I remember and not in order):
The Mourning Routine (I think)
Power Chord Blues
Half Brother, All Cop
My Wonder Years Never Got Cancelled
(D)anger(s)
Midnight Traffic (I think)
Five O Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World
Stay At Home Mom
I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Pyramid Of Empties
Opposable
Goliath

MP3:
Dangers – I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Graf Orlock – Chapter III

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

United Nations Live In Philly (8/3/14)

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I’m posting this one way after the fact because for the past few weeks I’ve been in Spain and access to a computer for me has been limited.  But a few weeks ago I headed to Philly’s Boot and Saddle to catch Geoff Rickley’s (of Thursday) grindcore/screamo/hardcore band United Nations.

The band was on tour supporting their newest album The Next Four Years, and played to a pretty packed crowd for a 21+ Sunday night show.  Maybe it was the smaller, more intimate setting of Boot and Saddle, but Geoff seemed much more interactive with the crowd and on point with the quips and jokes than I have ever seen him before.

Poking fun at everything including themselves “our real passion is selling t-shirts.  Music lets me live this dream”, the punk scene “using google analytics, we learned that we are reaching our target demographic, which are white crust punks who grew up in Connecticut mansions”, and of course the fucked up state of American politics which for one song Geoff donned a Ronald Reagan mask while draped in an American flag while giving another mask to the crowd.

The music was fast and aggressive, and while energy-wise the crowd was low key (minus a small pit that broke out during one song, which Geoff commented “Ah yes, the quintessential push pit… no punk show would be complete without one”, the band had an amazing stage presence, and is definitely a band you need to catch if they happen to play one of their rare shows.

Setlist (might not be in order)
False Flags
Communication Letdown
Serious Business
Meanwhile On Main Street
Model UN
Resolution #9
Fuck The Future
Pity Animal
Revolutions At Varying Speeds
No Sympathy For Sinking Ships
O You Bright & Risen Angels
Nevermind The Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures
F#A#$
Music For Changing Parties
UN vs UN

MP3:
United Nations – The Spinning Heart Of The Yo Yo Lobby

More:
United Nations – Self Titled
Thursday – Full Collapse
Converge – Jane Doe

The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals Live In Philadelphia (8/2/14)

Last Saturday, sort of on a whim I headed to Philadelphia’s Electric Factory to catch The Offspring play Smash in it’s entirety, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and The Vandals (aka Warped tour 1998).  I was having a hard time resolving it in my mind going to a punk show that was +$60 which is just absurd to me, so I was afraid the whole thing would be artificial, etc.  I decided fuck it and I’ll just go and have fun… punk cred be damned.

I bought a ticket from someone outside who had an extra, and lo and behold it was a fake (what a piece of a shit).  I lucked out though because the couple in line behind me heard what happened and had an extra, and gave it to me for free.  You, super couple are my heros and seriously made my day and week and gave me hope that there are good people out there for every piece of shit.  Thank you.

The Vandals

The show was outside on Electric Factory’s Summer stage and the rain stayed away so we can bring the circle pits.  First up were The Vandals, who before the show I was the most excited to see.  I’ve loved The Vandals for many years and only got to see them once back at a warped tour in the early 2000s, and only partially their set.

The Cali punks took the stage and immediately broke out into “It’s A Fact” off of The Quickening which had a small amount of people singing along and dancing to.  Yes, the majority of the giant crowd didn’t know who they were (a shame), but neither they nor us fans really gave a shit.  They gave some ridiculous stage banter as they blasted through their hits, and took “requests” from the crowd to which they replied “we don’t actually care what you want to hear, we HAVE A SETLIST.”  Good to see The Vandals haven’t changed at all.

Setlist:
It’s A Fact
Cafe 405
People Who Are Going To Hell
Oi To The World
I’ve Got An Ape Drape
I Know, Huh?
Anarchy Burger
And Now We Dance
My Girlfriend’s Dead
Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen cover)

Pennywise:

Holy bro party.  Next up were Pennywise who admittedly I haven’t really much too since Full Circle, so I didn’t know most of their newer stuff (aka anything after Full Circle) and was probably the least excited for them.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was of course a special place in my punk rock heart for Pennywise, the amount of times I’ve skated in the early 00s to Fight Til You Die and Bro Hymn, so when they played the older stuff, I was dancing away (even if they didn’t play Fight Til You Die).

Someone through a shoe on stage, to which Fletcher poured his beer in and drank from.  With both a look of disgust and applause from the crowd, it was clear Pennywise was here to party.

Setlist:
Pennywise
Rules
My Own Country
Same Old Story
My Own Way
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Restless Time
Unknown Road
Perfect People
Fuck Authority
Society
Bro Hymn

Bad Religion:

I’d say most of the “punk” crowd was there for Bad Religion, and I have to say I was originally more excited about them as well than Offspring.  Another band I never really got into the later stuff (see a trend here?) I was hoping to hear some off Suffer and their older jams, and I was not disappointed, with them even playing my favorite “You” second.

Greg and company surprisingly kept the preaching to a minimum for a Bad Religion show, perhaps letting the message of the music speak for itself.  They did a block of songs off Suffer which had us oldsters losing our shit the way us oldsters do (aka pits and lots of ibuprofen).

Setlist:
A Walk
You
Generator
New Dark Ages
21st Century Digital Boy
True North
SkyscraperSupersonic
Sorrow
You Are The Government
1000 More Fools
Best For You
Do What You Want
Infected
Dept Of False Hope
American Jesus

The Offspring:

The Offspring have been at it a long time, and the fact that they were playing their critically acclaimed Smash in it’s entirety had people who would usually not go to see The Offspring or a punk show in general coming out.  I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes for the band or the show, but holy shit was I blown away.  The energy was insane with giant pits throughout, and I mean, it’s fucking Smash.

The band took the stage to the intro “Time To Relax” before busting in Nitro (Youth Energy), and really didn’t let up the rest of the show.  The crowd was loud, Dexter was nailing the vocals and the band played through Smash and then added a few bonus songs at the end while they took an “Intermission” (as that track played from Ixnay On The Hombre).

They took the stage again and blasted into All I Want and then proceeded to play a few hits from their catalog (mostly off of Americana).  I did not hear my favorite Elders off their Self Titled, but honestly I wasn’t expecting to.  I’ll be honest, one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a while.

Setlist:
Time To Relax
Nitro (Youth Energy)
Bad Habit
Gotta Get Away
Genocide
Something To Believe In
Come Out And Play
It’ll Be A Long Time
Killboy Powderhead (Didjits cover)
What Happened To You?
So Alone
Not The One
Smash
Self Esteem

Intermission
All I Want
You’re Gonna Go Far KId
Staring At The Sun
Why Don’t You Get A Job
Americana
(Can’t Get My) Head Around You
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright

MP3:
The Offspring – Elders
Bad Religion – Fuck Armageddon This Is Hell
The Vandals – N.I.M.B.Y

More:
The Offspring – Self Titled
Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
The Vandals – Live Fast Diarrhea

7 Seconds, Zero Boys, The Copyrights Live in Philadelphia (8/1/14)

So I’ve been busy as fuck, (just moved, my computer broke and I just fixed it today, going on a trip soon) so needless to say time has been a precious commodity these days which is why I haven’t been posting much here.  However, now that I’m finally up and running I can post my 3 show recap over the weekend.  Unfortunately, my method if I don’t get the setlist is to make a playlist immediately after the show of songs I remember them playing, but since I lost all those as well when my computer broke… these are going to be straight from memory.

After moving all day Thursday, I headed to Philly’s Voltage Lounge to catch legendary punk hardcore P.M.A kings 7 Seconds play alongside with Zero Boys and The Copyrights.  I was sore as shit from moving all day, but there was no way I wasn’t going to lose my shit at this show.  I missed openers New Crime but got there in time for The Copyrights.

The Copyrights:

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First up were Carbondale IL pop-punk dudes The Copyrights.  I’ve been a big fan of these guys for a while now and they always put on a good show.  The Copyrights played a straightforward set with very minimal stage banter playing through a shit ton of songs for one of the opening acts which I was pretty pumped about.

Opening up with their now go to “Trustees of Modern Chemistry”, The Copyrights didn’t really let up the rest of the night as a handful of us in the crowd shouted along to each word.  They played a few new ones, and it has me pretty stoked for the new album.

Highlights from setlist:
Trustees of Modern Chemistry
Button Smasher
Two Left Feet
Shit’s Fucked
Kids of The Black Hole
Headcount
Planet Earth 1994
Cashiers
Hard Wired
Worn Out Passport

Zero Boys:
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Indiana’s Zero Boys have been at it for a long time now dating back to 1979, and after going on hiatus a few times were back.  I’ll be completely honest, I’m not overly familiar with the band although I know I need to check out Viscous Circle which was recommended to me a few times now, and every song that I liked that they played was off of that album.

They had a few in the crowd dancing and circle pitting to their hardcore with plenty of 70s punk hooks.

7 Seconds:
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I’ve been listening to these guys since I first got into punk in high school, where I originally downloaded a bunch of their songs off Kazaa, and yet this was only the 3rd time I’d ever be seeing them, and the first time in a small intimate bar such as Voltage Lounge.  These Reno Nevada punks have been going strong for over 30 years now, bringing their aggressive yet positive hardcore and message with them.

7 Seconds released their first album in over 9 years this year called Leave A Light On, and I was actually pretty excited to here some of those songs live along with the classics.  The new songs translated really well live, even “Slogan On A Shirt” which while I do like, is a bit cheesy at times… but I was right up front singing along each word.

The band had people diving and dancing throughout their set (as expected) to the point where Kevin Seconds asked the crowd to please be careful when on stage due to a hurt knee and somehow a nut shot?  But when the band played the classics, all bets were off with everyone shouting along, and while Philly tends to have a more bigger scene of girls in hardcore it was apparent during “Not Just Boys Fun”.

Highlights (not in order):
Walk Together, Rock Together
New Wind
We’re Gonna Fight
This Is The Angry
Here’s Your Warning
The Crew
Not Just Boys Fun
You Lose
Young Til I Die
Here We Go Again Kids
If The Kids are United
I Have Faith In You
Slogan On A Shirt
Your Hate Mentality
99 Red Balloons

MP3:
The Copyrights – Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
7 Seconds – 4141 Done