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D.R.I, Ghoul, Phobia Live In Philadelphia (5/21/15)

This past Thursday I headed to Philly’s intimate Voltage Lounge to catch a stacked lineup with Phobia, Ghoul, and DRI all playing, who were on their way to Maryland Death Fest.  Due to traffic I got to the venue a bit late and missed the two openers, but got there right as Phobia was playing their opening chords.  I battled through the sea of denim vests and long hair to the front for Phobia.

Phobia:

Phobia

I’ve been a fan of Phobia ever since I saw them open for Municipal Waste back in 2009, and have been a fan ever since.  These Orange Country dudes play grindcore leaning more towards the crust punk side of things, and Phobia ripped through a quick set playing a bunch off their latest Unrelenting with a decent amount of Cruel (my favorite) and Means Of Existence thrown in as well.

The band played an incredibly tight set, and while most in the crowd didn’t really know or appreciate them much, a small yet dedicated group of us partied along.

I don’t remember much of what was played, but some highlights for me were: Facist Face Smash, So Full Of Hate, Let’s Get Pissed, and Rape, Theft And Murder.

Ghoul:

Ghoul

Holy shit, nothing could have prepared me for thrash metal band Ghoul’s set.  While my metalhead friend has been telling me to check them out for years now, this was the first time I was actually going to see them, and what a ridiculous and face melting set.

For those who don’t know, Ghoul, who keeps their real identities hidden play thrash metal with over the top theatrics including costumes, props, and plenty of fake blood.  Pretty much imagine Gwar if Gwar’s music sounded better…

Donning full executioner garb, it didn’t didn’t take the band long before drenching the crowd in fake blood through the use of skulls and infant dolls they disemboweled onstage and sprayed it’s blood on the crowd.  The pit was constant and rowdy, and the band had a cheesy yet incredibly entertaining costumed storyline that involved cops, mecha-warriors, giant robots, etc.  They kept things incredibly light hearted and fun, and never broke character.

I didn’t really even dance around much due to a sprained ankle, and by the end of Ghoul’s set, I was covered in fake blood and beer.  Easily stole the show, one of the most entertaining live bands I’ve ever seen.

DRI:

DRI

I’ve been listening to DRI since I used to skate to Dealing With It in high school, yet somehow I never got a chance to see them.  While a decent amount of people left after Ghoul, there were still plenty left for the long-running crossover thrash kings.  Often credited with starting the crossover thrash genre which mixed punk and thrash that bands such as Municipal Waste followed in the 80s (in fact, the genre is named after their album Crossover), it was rad to see them play in a smaller venue considering they were heading to MDF and NJ’s huge Starland Ballroom the next few days.

DRI took the stage, and immediately broke out into “Who Am I” which had the crowd sitting and dancing along.  These guys must love what they do, because they told the crowd that their setlist was around 40 songs long, and they weren’t kidding.  They played a few hour set, which is definitely a long time as far as punk bands go, but they slayed.

DRI played a bunch off most of their releases, even throwing in some new songs as well which is supposed to be coming out on EP later this year (the first time DRI has made new music in over 20 years).  The new songs they played were awesome, much more similar to their first album and more rooted in punk/hardcore than metal, so I’m definitely looking forward to hearing that.

It’s hard to remember what was played with a set that long, but some songs that come to mind:

Setlist (Not in order or complete):
Who Am I
Slumlord
Dead In A Ditch
Suit And Tie Guy
Argument Then War
I’m The Liar
How To Act
Commuter Man
Thrashard
As Seen On TV
Against Me
Probation
Wage Of Sin
Snap
I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Syringes In The Sandbox
Mad Man
Couch Slouch
Equal People
Yes Ma’am
The Explorer
Karma
Acid Rain
Dry Heaves
Nursing Home Blues
I Don’t Need Society

Encore:
All For Nothing
Manifest Destiny
Beneath The Wheel
Abduction
Violent Pacification
Five Year Plan

MP3:
DRI – Five Year Plan
Ghoul – We Came For The Dead
Phobia – Let’s Get Pissed

You Probably Don’t Need Society Either:
Municipal Waste – Hazardous Mutations
Phobia – Cruel

Alkaline Trio Plays Goddamnit Live In Philly (5/7/15)

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This past Thursday, I headed to Philadelphia’s TLA to catch the first night of four where Alkaline Trio was playing all of their studio albums live.  What they’ve been doing were playing two albums a night, playing their first then most recent, then 2nd and 2nd most recent and so on.

Since I really only love their earlier punk Goddamnit and their Self Titled compilation (which kills me they didn’t play live), I opted to only go this night, but was stoked to see them play their first studio album live.

We got there a bit late after the first opener, and right as Alkaline Trio started playing their latest album My Shame Is True.  While not sold out, the place was pretty packed.  I’ll be completely honest, my knowledge of Alkaline Trio is pretty limited,  I I don’t really know their latest album, but plenty of people in the crowd were singing along, and the songs actually were pretty enjoyable even for a jaded punk like me.  Songs like “She Lied To The FBI” and “I Wanna Be A Warhol” particularly stood out.

Finally, after wrapping up their My Shame Is True Segment, Alkaline Trio said they were going to play an old one, and they used to play songs off this album with bands like Ink & Dagger (hell yeah) at Philly’s old Stalag 13.  The second the opening chords of “Cringe” started, it was obvious that this was the reason most people were here.  The place instantly erupted, and a giant pit broke out that continued throughout the night.

After ripping through the entirety of Goddamnit with only a few brief pauses between, it was over before you I knew it and the band was leaving the stage only to come back and play my one of my personal favorite songs by them “My Friend Peter”.  Definitely a solid show, I’m glad I got to see them do Goddamnit in it’s entirety.  Now please do a Self Titled tour?

Setlist:
She Lied To The FBI
I Wanna Be A Warhol
I’m Only Here To Disappoint
Kiss You To Death
The Temptation Of St. Anthony
I, Pessimist
Only Love
The Torture Doctor
Midnight Blue
One Last Dance
Young Lovers
Until Death Do Us Part

Cringe
Cop
San Francisco
Nose Over Tail
As You Were
Enjoy Your Day
Clavicle
My Little Needle
Southern Rock
Message From Kathlene
Trouble Breathing
Sorry About That

Encore:
My Friend Peter

MP3:
Alkaline Trio – Cringe

More:
Alkaline Trio – Self Titled
Smoke or Fire – This Sinking Ship
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down

The Dead Milkmen Play An Acoustic Library Show In Philadelphia (5/3/15)

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I’ve been to a lot of shows in my life, and I’ve seen the Dead Milkmen a handful of times, from playing a free park show to playing a memorial tribute.  Sunday’s show was by far one of the strangest shows I’ve ever been to in general.

It was announced that The Dead Milkmen would be playing a free show in Philadelphia’s Logan’s Circle sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia as part of a book signing and reading they were having of an author.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ve seen them play some strange places before so I felt pretty confident it would be like any other Dead Milkmen show.  Way wrong.

I got to Logan’s Circle and there was clearly no show happening there, so I headed to the library across the street.  I asked the librarian about the show, and they informed me that the show was moved indoors to the 4th floor, and to just take the elevator up there.  Ok…

I got to the 4th floor a few songs late, and peered in the conference room to see a crowd of people sitting in seats with a few people standing up against the wall while The Dead Milkmen played an acoustic set.  There weren’t any microphones minus the podium that speakers used that Rodney would occasionally shout into while he sang pacing the front of the conference room.

The crowd was made up of an interesting mix of punks who looked just as confused as I was, and people there strictly for the library event, including multiple elderly couples who looked just as confused as us punk fans as the Dead Milkmen played their offbeat satirical tunes, while many babies and toddlers clapped along.

The Dead Milkmen opted to have create their setlist on the spot by pulling song titles out of an envelope, sometimes going into a brief explanation of the song itself (“Some history about this song.  It’s possible to bronze bodies like you would with baby boots, but sometimes the body would collapse in the process.  This song was written because I made the mistake of telling Joe about this.”)

Whether pacing around, singing in the bathroom so the people who took a bathroom break could hear, or busting out the melodica, The Dead Milkmen played a light hearted and fun set to the intimate and varied crowd.

At one point when I was standing up against the wall with a bunch of other fans in the middle of the set, an elderly librarian came up to us and asked us if we would like seats… so yeah, definitely not your every day Dead Milkmen show, but it’s definitely one to remember.

Highlights:
Stuart
Beach Party Vietnam
Punk Rock Girl
Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song

MP3:
Dead Milkmen – If You Love Somebody, Set Them On Fire

More:
The Low Budgets – Aim Low, Get High
The Low Budgets – Leave Us A Loan

Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped Live In Asbury Park (4/26/15)

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After hanging out at a Phillies game all day (just like a good Yankees fan…), my girlfriend and I headed to Asbury Lanes to catch Jeff Rosenstock play his last show of his current tour.  I caught him here in Philadelphia last month when he played with Andrew Jackson Jihad.  The place was decently packed for an 18+ show on a Sunday night, and I was impressed by how many younger fans were there (as proven by the lack of people singing along to bands such as The Misfits, NOFX, and The Bouncing Souls in between sets but plenty of people singing along to Rozwell Kid… definitely had to use SoundHound to figure out who that band was).

Chumped:

Chumped

We got there in time for Brooklyn pop-punk band Chumped, who’ve I’ve never seen before, besides briefly catching a bit of their set at the Philly show.  Female fronted pop punk, the band was in pretty high spirits as they blasted through an energetic set, playing music fans of Spraynard or Nona will surely dig.

They had John from BTMI/Jeff Rosenstock’s backing band come out for one song and play bass, and then had Jeff come out and play saxophone for another.  Things got a bit emotional on stage when the lead singer talked about the first time she met Jeff Rosenstock and broke out into tears as she talked about how cool it is and how much BTMI meant to her.  Very posi, but definitely very cheesy.  Nonetheless, they put on a solid set and had the crowd pretty amped for Jeff Rosenstock.

Jeff Rosenstock:

Jeff-Rosenstock

I’ve been a fan of Jeff Rosenstock’s music since I started listening and seeing Arrogant Sons of Bitches nearly 13 years ago (I’m showing my age…), and it’s crazy and sort of surreal to see how far he’s come musically.  He’s somehow risen to a sort of a cult celebrity hero in certain circles within the punk community, and has inspired countless of younger kids to get involved through Bomb The Music Industry.

Jeff and band took the stage, and immediately started talking about an incident that happened at an earlier show on tour where a girl was sexually assaulted.  It completely blows my mind that people within the community and especially fans of Jeff would this, and clearly it blows their mind as well, given the few minute speech of “we never DREAMED we’d have to say this, but that’s NOT OK.”

After saying what sadly clearly still needs to be said, they broke into We Cool opener “Get Old Forever.”  Fans pushed forward to sing along as people danced along in sort of one of the most awkward push pits I’ve ever seen… but the energy was definitely there.  The band continued to play songs off their latest We Cool while occasionally throwing in some from Rosenstock’s older EPs an albums.

With the occasional breakout jam session (including Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off), the band kept things light hearted when they did their encore, inviting Chumped on stage to sing along to 90s alternative hit “I’m a Bitch”.

Highlights:
Get Old Forever
You, In Weird Cities
Darkness Records
The Trash The Trash The Trash
Hey Allison
Nausea
Snow Charges
Beers Once Again Alone
Bonus Oceans
I’m A Bitch (cover)

MP3:
Jeff Rosenstock – Hey Allison

More:
Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Bomb The Music Industry – Vacation
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography

Bane, Backtrack Live In Philadelphia (4/23/15)

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This past Thursday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s small bar Voltage Lounge to see one of my favorite hardcore bands of all time, Bane.  The place was decently packed when I got there, and I got there in time to catch Long Island hardcore dudes Backtrack.

Backtrack:

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Backtrack is one of the bigger names in hardcore today, and it definitely showed once they took the stage.  A pit immediately broke out with people raging throughout the entirety of their set and didn’t let up.  7 year running Backtrack play a style of hardcore that takes it’s roots from NYHC bands like Madball, yet blends it with a faster youth-crew era style at times.

Personally, not my type of hardcore (I’m not a fan of the more metal infused breakdown hardcore), but they put on a solid and enjoyable set regardless with tons of stage presence and energy.  If you dig bands like Turnstile or Suburban Scum, you’d dig these guys.

Bane:

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I’ve seen Bane a shit load of times, and I’m always still insanely excited every time I see them.  Worcester’s Bane is one of the few bands who seem to truly love what they do, and play every show with a lot of heart and passion.  For a band that has been at it for 20 years now, this is beyond fucking impressive.

As Bane was setting up and mic checking, they started to sing along with the between sets music track “Lean On Me”, getting the entire crowd to sing along and having lighters thrown in the air waving back and forth: not your usual site at a Bane show.  That didn’t last long though, once they opened their set with “My Therapy”, we erupted into a frenzy of two steps, stage dives, and sing alongs, which only intensified as they segued straight into “Ali Vs Frazier”.

Usually when bands play songs off later albums, they don’t often get a big reaction (especially if you’ve been cranking out songs as long as Bane has), but everything off Don’t Wait Up was met with enthusiasm.  Of course, the song that got the biggest reaction was “Can We Start Again”, and people were jumping off speakers at this point.

Little side note: vocalist Aaron took some time to talk about how nothing on tour (and life) is certain, where they’ve played places they expected to be dead to be insane, and places the reaction are usually good to be low key, but that Philadelphia always goes off and is insane.  Usually I would think a band says that at every show, but I’ve seen Bane elsewhere, and there always is a good reaction in Philly compared to other places I’ve seen them.

Setlist:
My Therapy
Ali Vs Frazier
All The Way Through
Count Me Out
Non-Negotiable
Some Came Running
Swan Song
Calling Hours
Can We Start Again
Super Hero
Final Backward Glance

MP3:
Bane – Non-Negotiable

More:
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Bane – Holding This Moment
American Nightmare – Year One
Chain Of Strength – The One Thing That Still Holds True Today

Bigwig, Small Talk Live In NJ (4/17/15)

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Growing up in NJ, I’m not sure how I never made it to New Brunswick’s Court Tavern, especially considering bands I love play their all time.  It only seemed appropriate then that my first Court Tavern show would be to go see NJ’s own Bigwig.

I just saw Bigwig last month at NateFest for the first time (finally,  after them being one of my favorite bands for the past 15 years) but to see them play their own headlining show?  There was no way I was missing that.

I got to The Court Tavern after making the trek down from Philadelphia navigating the busy New Brunswick streets on a bustling Friday night in the college town, and headed down to the basement where the stage was.  The room was pretty small, with a bar to the side, and a really low ceiling.  Small Talk was setting up.

Smalltalk:
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I’ve never seen or listened to Smalltalk before, but the first I noticed was Pete of my favorite band The Bouncing Souls was playing guitar, with members of Worthless United.  Musically they were nothing like the aforementioned bands, with Smalltalk playing a sort of alternative/indie/power pop style.  Usually I am not into this particular style of music, but I found that Smalltalk put on an enjoyable set, even if it’s not my usual cup of tea.

Bigwig:

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The room packed out by the time Bigwig took the stage, and the place was burning hot.  Maybe it was the incredibly low ceilings, maybe it was the fact that people were jammed in together, but regardless the heat didn’t slow us down too much.  The second Bigwig opened with “Sink Or Swim”, the place immediately erupted into a pit and everyone shouting along.

Tom and crew seemed to be in high spirits despite the intense heat and their warning of how they were probably going to puke on stage due to said heat, playing a decently long set.

The band played songs through all of their releases, with a heavy emphasis on Stay Asleep (including my two favorites Flavor Ice and Boarddumb).  An incredibly good time, hoping this means Bigwig is active again and hopefully recording new music some time soon.  Years later, they still shred hard as ever and definitely worth the trek down from Philadelphia.

Setlist:
Sink Or Swim
Sore Losers
Still
A War Inside
Waste
Moosh
Best Of Me
Smile
Your In Sample
Owned And Operated
13
My Right (Screeching Weasel Cover)
Friends
Flavor Ice
Mr. Asshole
Girl In The Green Jacket
Numbers
Boarddumb
Outer Rings
Sell Out
Counting Down

MP3:
Bigwig – Mr. Asshole

More:
Bigwig – Stay Asleep
Bigwig – Reclamation

The Suicide Machines, Break Anchor Live In Philadelphia (4/9/15)

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“Yeeeah, weeell I can’t wait to tell you all about…” how this past Thursday I got to go to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch ska-punk legends The Suicide Machines who are currently on tour playing their first album Destruction By Definition in entirety.  I know what some of you cynical punks are thinking: “great, another band reuniting to try and relive their glory days and make a quick buck.”  And to you I say lighten up, it was incredible.

I got there a bit late missing one of my favorite ska bands still at it, Hub City Stompers who always put on a great show, but I got there in time for Break Anchor.

Break Anchor:

Break Anchor is the latest band featuring Jay Navarro (singer of The Suicide Machines) and their music is pretty straight forward punk rock.  Break Anchor put on an energetic show with fans circle pitting throughout the majority of their set.  They had a decent amount of younger fans, which was good to see.

The Suicide Machines:

I caught The Suicide Machines back when they played Riot Fest East with bands like 7 Seconds, The Descendents, and Hot Water Music… and The Suicide Machines easily had the biggest reaction of the night.  I had high expectations for the same energetic reaction and I was not let down.  The band took the stage with one of the members of The Pilfers playing trombone, and the second they broke out into opener “New Girl” a giant pit broke out that didn’t let up for the rest of the night.  Older fans and younger fans were going all out and screaming every word as The Detroit punks played through their acclaimed Destruction By Definition. 

Navarro, even playing a set with Break Anchor just before still was incredibly high energy, and legitimately seemed excited to be playing these songs again.  After playing through the entirety of the album, the band came back for an encore and played a bunch off their follow up album Battle Hymns.  An incredible set and show, if you get a chance to see them on this tour, do it.  I felt like I was 16 again skanking and circle pitting all damn night.

Setlist:

New Girl
SOS
Break The Glass
No Face
Hey
Our Time
Too Much
Islands
The Real You
Face Values
Punk Out
The Vans Song
Insecurities
Inside/Outside
Zero
So Long

Encore:
I Don’t Wanna Hear It (Minor Threat cover)
Someone
Hating Hate
Give
Hope
DDT

MP3:
Suicide Machines – Islands

More:
Have Nots – Serf City
Against All Authority – 24 Hours Roadside Resistance

Los Crudos, Pure Disgust, The Stasi Live In Philadelphia (3/30/15)

This past Monday, I headed to Philadelphia’s infamous First Unitarian Church basement to catch recently reunited Chicago latino hardcore legends Los Crudos.  Los Crudos was donating all of the proceeds of the show to The Attic, a Philadelphia LGBT youth center.

I missed openers Latex, but got there in time for Philly’s own The Stasi.

The Stasi:

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I’ve seen The Stasi a few times, but it’s always been in smaller house shows.  The band took the stage with their banners hanging from the wall, and immediately blasted into a no frills, no bullshit hardcore set.  Playing incredibly fast and aggressive punk rock with lyrics alluding to the oppressive East Germany secret police force of the same name, The Stasi put on an insanely energetic set.

The singer was all over the place, rolling on the ground, jumping into the crowd and generally making good use of the stage.  If you dig hardcore such as Government Warning, definitely give The Stasi a listen.

Pure Disgust

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I’ve never heard of DC’s Pure Disgust before, but they had a solid following opening up a pretty big pit and singing along throughout their set.  Pure Disgust played oi influenced hardcore, almost sounding like if Coke Bust and Blitz had a child together and played a pretty tight set.  I’m going to have to give their recorded work a listen.

Los Crudos:

 

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A Los Crudos show these days are rare and the crowd energy was high as the Chicago punks took the stage.  For those who don’t know, all of Los Crudos songs (minus one) are written in Spanish, and deal with racism, immigration, gay rights, and other political/humanitarian issues.

Once the band broke into their first song the church immediately erupted with punks from all backgrounds stage diving and piling on.  Dedicating songs to women in punk, the nameless immigrants who make this country run, and the LGBT crowd, it was interesting to hear singer Martin go into detail about the backgrounds of the songs and the struggles of growing up in a predominately white straight subculture (Martin is also the singer of queercore Limp Wrist).

Loud, fast, and energetic, Los Crudos is one of those historic bands that completely changed the face of hardcore, and influenced countless of people who were otherwise feeling marginalized.  It was awesome to be able to see them live.

MP3:
Los Crudos – Asesinos
The Stasi – On Standby For Guilt

More Punk Rock:
Limp Wrist – Self Titled LP
Government Warning – No Moderation
Bad Side – Looking For A Bad Time

 

The Queers, Richie Ramone Live In Philadelphia (3/26/15)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philly’s dive Kung Fu Necktie to catch Richie Ramone and The Queers.  The show was running really late, so I left for a bit and got there in time for Richie Ramone.

Richie Ramone:

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For those who don’t know, Richie Ramone was the third drummer for The legendary Ramones during the 80s, playing on albums Too Tough To Die, Animal Boy, and Halfway To Sanity.  Besides being the only Ramones drummer credited to completely write songs, Richie also has been touring for his solo releases.

I had the pleasure of catching him live during a blizzard last year, and was pretty stoked to be seeing him and his backing band again.  Richie took the stage and switched between drumming while singing, and just doing vocals.  Richie Ramone and crew played a lively set, with people singing along throughout to most of The Ramones hits.  Sneaking in a few solo songs as well, the place finally got moving during “Wart Hog”.  Always a solid and energetic set, go see Richie Ramone live if you get a chance.  His ability to sing while drumming, and then switch roles to be an energetic frontman is impressive.

Highlights:
Blitzkrieg Bop
I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Wart Hog
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Smash You
Havana Affair

The Queers:

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The Queers have been at it for a long time, and remain one of the more immature, brash, and fun punk bands around.  Playing a more surfy Ramones influenced punk sound, it was clear that the place was pretty hyped for The Queers as a pit broke out through the majority of their set.  Joe kept the banter to a minimum, playing without much of a real setlist and taking requests, saying this was a warm-up show for a bigger fest they were doing out west.

Always a good time, the band sounded tight as usual.  If you dig real pop-punk at all, go catch these guys live.

Highlights:
Daydreaming
Like a Parasite
My Old Man’s A Fatso
Born To Do Dishes
Punk Rock Girls
Hi Mom, It’s Me
Granola Head
White Minority (Black Flag cover)

MP3:
The Queers – Little Rich Working Class Oi Boi
The Ramones – Smash You

More Punk Rock:
Ramones – Rocket To Russia
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania

NateFest Day 1: Kill Your Idols, Bigwig, Grade, None More Black Live In NJ (3/21/15)

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Every now and then, something will happen in the punk and hardcore community that just reminds me what I love so much about it.  This past Saturday was an excellent example of that.  When Nate Gluck from NJ’s Ensign was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, a bunch of bands and friends decided to throw him a huge benefit show to help pay the cost of the treatment.  The fest (dubbed NateFest) was to take course over two days at GameChanger World in Howell, NJ and the lineup was fucking staaaacked.

When it was announced that Bigwig was to be playing on Saturday, I instantly had to go.  Bigwig has been one of my favorite bands that I’ve been listening to for nearly 15 years now, yet even though I grew up in NJ somehow never got a chance to see live.  Beyond stoked doesn’t even begin to describe how I was feeling.  The fact that both Kill Your Idols and None More Black were also playing the show were huge bonuses to make for an amazing day.

I got to the venue, and if you’ve never been the layout are two opposing stages, while one band played the other set up so there was barely any wait times between sets.  There was nothing but positive vibes at the show, and while the warehouse doesn’t have the best sound (ok it’s downright awful on the main stage), it was an amazing time.

None More Black:

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I got there right in time for NJ/Philly favorites None More Black.  Jason (ex Kid Dynamite) and crew took the stage and immediately broke into “Banned From Teen Arts”, their love/hate ode to NJ.  None More Black played a no nonsense set, without any stage banter as they ripped through their catalog while plenty in the crowd were shouting along.

Always a solid set, I know they aren’t very active anymore… but a Philly church show again would be beyond fantastic.

Setlist:
Banned From Teen Arts
Sinatra After Dark
My Wallpaper Looks Like Paint
Mr. Artistic
Drop The Pop
Here Comes Devereux
I’m Warning You With Peace and Love
We Dance On The Ruins Of The Stupid Stage
Oh There’s Legwork

Mouthpiece:
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Next up were NJ straight hardcore band Mouthpiece.  Often seen as one of the more influential bands of the youth crew era, the band called it a day in 1996, but plays the occasional reunion show.  People were losing their shit to them and while I never got too familiar with their music minus the one album I have, they put on a solid set.

For The Love Of and Strength 691 were up next, but I was waiting by the Bigwig stage since I’ve been waiting nearly 15 years for this show.

Bigwig:
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Maybe it’s the fact I grew up in NJ, but Bigwig has always been one of my favorite bands and have been a constant that I listen to since I was just teen.  To finally get to see them after thinking I would never get to was incredible.  Clearly, I wasn’t the only one excited for them because as soon as they opened up into “Sink Or Swim” they had a pit open with us flailing about for the majority of the set, with plenty of people up front screaming along the words.

Vocalist/guitarist Tom seemed to be legitimately love being able to play New Jersey again, and the band was in all high spirits feeding off the crowd’s energy.  Bigwig played an amazing set, with the majority coming off of their last 3 albums Stay Asleep, Invitation to Tragedy, and Reclamation (and of course Girl In The Green Jacket off of Unmerry Melodies).

How excited was I?  Let me put it like this, when the band played one of my favorites “Flavor Ice”, I accidently came out of my stage dive/crowd surf retirement that I declared 5 years ago ever since I needed 20 screws in my arm due to a mishap at a Bouncing Souls show.  It was like the 16 year old in me came out.

Easily my favorite set of the day, Bigwig needs to play more shows again.  They put on an amazing set still.

Setlist:
Sink Or Swim
Sore Losers
Still
A War Inside
Flavor Ice
Outer Rings
Waste
Mr. Asshole
Numbers
Girl In The Green Jacket
Sell Out
Counting Down
Friends (I think they played this)

I had to grab some food during Indecision’s set, but made it in time to catch Grade.

Grade:
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Next up were Canadian emo/hardcore/screamo/whatever Grade who played a very energetic set.  The singer was all over the place, jumping around the stage…not bad for a band that originally called it a day back in 2002.  While I never really was a Grade fan back in the day, I got to say, I really enjoyed their set a lot.

Grade played most of their third and most famous release Under The Radar, and had plenty of people in the crowd singing along and stage diving during their melodic songs.

Setlist:
The Inefficiency of Emotion
Stolen Bikes Ride Faster
Seamless
Conceptualizing Theories in Motion
Termites Hollow
To Illustrate And Design Parameters
A Year In The Past, Forever, And The Future
Triumph and Tragedy
For The Memory Of Love
When Something Goes To Your Head

Sheer Terror:
sheer terror

Next up were 80s NY hardcore legends Sheer Terror who took the stage with a simple “We’re Sheer Terror, fuck you.”  Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of Sheer Terror, but I recognize how influential they were to New York hardcore bands.  They played a unique style of hardcore at the time with heart-felt lyrics (just listen to the album Ugly And Proud) in a scene that was dominated with songs about straight edge, crews, and how great NYHC is, and they definitely had the fanbase there to rage for them.

A giant pit was open up throughout the majority of the set, and after they finished a decent amount of people left.  The singer’s stage banter was cynical yet hilarious, poking fun of friends in other bands, etc.

Setlist:
Here To Stay
I, Spoiler
Don’t Hate Me Cause I’m Beautiful
Heartburn In GLove Songs For The Unloved
Close My Eyes
Three Year Bitch
Twisting And Turning
Did You Just Meet Me
Roses
Walls
Burning Time
The Revenge Of Mr Jiggs
Ashes, Ashes
Cup O Joe
Just Can’t Hate Enough
Kill Your Idols:
kill your idols

I was pretty stoked for the last band of the night, NY’s Kill Your Idols.  I’ve been a fan of them for a while now, but only getting to see them once at This Is Hardcore a few years back, and I had no idea how popular they were.  The second these melodic hardcore legends came out and blasted into an intro straight into Falling, the place completely erupted and didn’t really let up for the rest of the night.  With constant stage dives, pile ons, and flips over singer Andy West, he took it all in good stride even when he declared “someone just spit into my mouth.”

Playing a long and energetic set, the band played songs off most their releases with a heavy majority coming from This Is Just The Beginning and No Gimmicks Needed.  Throwing in a few Minor Threat covers “to keep you interested”, human piles were forming throughout their set with the wildest being the closer “Can’t Take This Away” (although I probably lost it most to my personal favorite “Autumn”).  I know that this could very well be Kill Your Idols last show, but I’m hoping they play again soon… even if they aren’t active anymore, they put on a hell of a set and still have us raging.

Setlist:
Intro
Falling
Hardcore Circa 99
What I’ve Become
Stop Comparing Us To Negative Approach
Wake Up Sheep
Enjoy The Show
Funeral For A Feeling
Only Dicks Don’t Like Black Flag
All Those Wasted Calling Cards
The Path
Green
Send In The Clowns
Cousin Fred
Remain
Cast Me Aside
Autumn
Chesterfield And Propagandhi
I Told You So
Right Now
Small Man, Big Mouth (Minor Threat cover)
Straight Edge (Minor Threat cover)
Grey Skies Ahead
Young (At Heart)
Words Without Action
Epilogue
Can’t Take This Away

MP3:
None More Black – Genuine Malaise and Misery
Bigwig – Mr. Asshole
Kill Your Idols – Right Now

More Punk Rock:
None More Black – File Under Black
Bigwig – Stay Asleep (My favorite Bigwig Album)
Kill Your Idols – No Gimmicks Needed