Last week, I headed to Philly’s Underground Arts to catch one of the first bands I ever saw way back in the day, Fenix TX as they supported Unwritten Law on their tour. I was surprised by how much of a turnout there were for these bands, especially considering the last time Fenix TX released any music was 15 years ago.
I missed the local opener but got there in time for Orlando’s Suck Brick Kid.
Suck Brick Kid:
Orlando’s Suck Brick Kid took the stage, and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit picky when it comes to pop-punk, and don’t find myself listening to the genre very often, especially newer bands (unless your pop-punk sounds more like The Queers than Newfound Glory.)
The second they started playing, I was pleasantly surprised. The band clearly pulled from a bunch of different influences, and they reminded me a bit of A Wilhelm Scream or Hot Water Music if they were a pop-punk band.
The band bantered plenty with the crowd, talking about how they’ve been asking everyone at each show what their city is the best at (Baltimore is the best at heroin and riots apparently). Philly answered “cheesesteaks”, but I would have gone with booing people. Each their own.
If you’re into A Wilhelm Scream at all, give these guys a listen. Bonus for throwing in a Blink-182 cover.
Story time! My first show ever when I was just a kid still getting into punk was Fenix TX. Strangely enough, they were opening for that Christian rap-rock band P.O.D at the Electric Factory over 15 years ago and I went to see Fenix TX, and am pretty sure I was one of the only people who was there for them at that show.
I played the shit out of their Self Titled growing up, and while I never really became familiar with their much bigger Lechuza (as my friend told me when I told him I didn’t know any of these “new” songs “dude these came out almost 15 years ago”), and I wasn’t sure how much off their first album they would play.
After ripping through a bunch off Lechuza including Phoebe Cates, Something Bad Is Gonna Happen, and Katie W, Fenix TX launched into some of their older stuff including Minimum Wage and Ben. The crowd, while not really dancing, was enthusiastically singing along throughout the set. Announcing that they were actually writing new music, they played a few new songs which were definitely a bit heavier.
A fun show, it was good to see one of the seminal bands that were one of my gateway bands into punk again, and definitely nostalgic seeing them after all these years and hearing songs like Flight 601 again live. While I don’t really listen to much pop-punk these days, their Self Titled will always still be one of my favorite albums.
Setlist (from what I remember, not in order):
Something Bad Is Gonna Happen
Flight 601New Song
All My Fault
Fenix TX – Surf Song