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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

Violent Society, Blanks 77, Combat Crisis (Live In Trenton 4/20/13)

This past Saturday, I headed to my old home state of NJ to catch a bunch of damn good street punk bands that do not play anywhere near often enough.  The show was at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, which was this small little dive with a stage in it’s intimate basement, making it feel like any other house show (but with better bathrooms).

Everything about the show reeked of Philly: almost all the bands (minus Blanks 77) and the crowd came out from Philly to party.  I unfortunately missed most of the openers due to traffic, but I got there at the end of Dopestroke’s set, which definitely had people dancing throughout.

Combat Crisis


The first band I was able to catch in it’s entirety was Combat Crisis, the Philly street punk band who’ve made quite a name for themselves.  Combat Crisis had people singing along and sporadic pits throughout their energetic and fun set.  Female fronted punk rock, definitely check them out if you get a chance.

Blanks 77

NJ’s finest party pogo punks, it’s rare for them to play a show these days, so I try to make sure to catch Blanks 77 whenever they come around.  It seemed like the majority of people there were for Blanks 77, and fairly so… these guys (and gal) have been inspiring pogo pits and sing-alongs since 1990.  Us in the crowd were in a frenzy from the opening note, and didn’t really let up for the majority of the show.

Apparently the band is working on some new material as well, which would be pretty damn sweet since their last full length came out in 1998.

Highlights:
I Don’t Wanna Be
Up The System
I Wanna Be A Punk
We Are The Punks
Radio Hits
Void (I think they played this one)
Losing My Brain
Party Train

I missed The Heels because I had to go grab some food (and from the sound of it, I regret missing them), but made it back in perfect time for the other reason I came to the show… Violent Society.

Violent Society:

Violent Society is another band that plays incredibly infrequently these days, and they always put on a damn good show as well.  Some of the crowd thinned after Blanks 77 and The Heels, but there was still a sizeable amount fixed in the basement to see the Philly street punk legends.

Singalongs abound, Violent Society played a bunch from all of their releases… including closing with one of my personal favorites “You’re Gonna Fall”.  Definitely a good time, it made me realize I don’t go to nearly enough street punk shows anymore.

Setlist:
Philly Shreds
I Wanna Know
It’s Only Your Life
Can’t Stop You
Sick Sick Sick
Fashion Song
Behind The Bullshit
Rise Of Punk
Call Me
Coming Back For You
Totally Fucked
We Don’t Believe
Consumed
Violated
The Problem
Alone
Time Of Distraught
Piss On You
Culture Magnet
In Crowd
Why Do You Deny
Mr Suit
Sarges Last Stand
You’re Gonna Fall

MP3:
Violent Society – I Wanna Know
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits

More Punk Rock:
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
The Virus – Nowhere to Hide
Minor Disturbance – Bullet For You

Buy:
Blanks 77
Violent Society

The Exploited – Fuck The System (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, GBH)


The Exploited are one of the more well known punk bands from the 80s, with their debut “Punk’s Not Dead” released back in 1981 and influencing countless other bands.  However in 2003, these Scottish punks released a new album entitled Fuck The System completely departing from the more classic punk sound, and I’m going to warn you now: it’s not for the faint of heart.

Fuck The System is a heavy, thrash influenced, defiant, circle pit inspiring 13 songs.  Blending aggressive street punk with some thrash technicality, The Exploited manage to keep the music simple and to the point and with Wattie’s passionate/maniacal shouting, I really do believe that all this guy wants to do is riot. The songs manage to be catchy with their simple sing-along choruses and simple song structures.

Sure, you’re not going to find anything too fancy on Fuck The System (surprised?) but The Exploited managed to release one of the most aggressive punk albums to this day.  This is music to break stuff to.

MP3:
The Exploited – Chaos Is My Life

More Tunes For Your Circle Pitting Soul:
Scenester 101: How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
Oxymoron – Westworld
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion

Buy:
The Exploited

 

 

Oxymoron – West World (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, The Virus)


When most people think of street punk bands, the first ones that usually come to mind are The Casualties, The Unseen, and The Exploited.  One band that often gets overlooked here in the states is a German band called Oxymoron, even though all their lyrics are in English.  It’s a shame, because they were one of my staple street punk bands growing up, and their West World EP is one all punk fans should check out.

First off, Oxymoron is actually incredibly accessible as far as street punk bands go.  Let me put it like this, my ex used to hate 99% of punk bands… yet even she singing along to Oxymoron’s “Life’s A Bitch”.  On West World, Oxymoron is able to remain aggressive as fuck while actually being pretty damn catchy.  With 6 songs coming in around 21 minutes, this isn’t your typical street punk 1 minute long blast.  No, Oxymoron has plenty of change-ups in their tunes with multiple bridges and melodic shouts.

Even though West World was released back in 1999, it’s still pretty much unheard of in the states except for some die hard street punk fans, and I recommend everyone pick this one up if you dig punk at all.

MP3:
Oxymoron – Life’s A Bitch

More Street Punk For Your Circle Pitting Heart:
4pm Past Midnight – Guilty As Charged
Violent Society
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
The Virus – Nowhere to Hide

Buy:
Out of Print, but I’m sure you can find it.

U.F.C – I Want More Beer (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, Violent Society)

I realize it’s been a little while since we’ve posted on a solid street punk band, so after digging through the bowels of my musical collection, I rediscovered the street punks U.F.C’s album “I Want More Beer”.

An English and Spanish street punk band originally from Florida, the majority of the songs are in English (only two seem to be in Spanish).  U.F.C’s “I Want More Beer” is about as straight forward street punk gets.  Aggressive yet catchy riffs, pissed shouted vocals, this is what circle pits are made of.

Sure, there’s nothing too original about the album, but if you dig street punk at all then you can’t really go wrong here.

MP3:
UFC – Punk Rock Stars

More Street Punk For Your Gutter Heart:
Scenester 101 – How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
Violent Society
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
The Virus – Nowhere to Hide

Buy:
UFC