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.
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.
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.
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.
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
How Nothing Lasts
Fuming (I think)
Punch – The Chase