On tour supporting the release of their official autobiography book The Hepatitis Bathtub, I got a chance to see NOFX again play a sold out TLA here in Philadelphia. Unfortunately I got there a bit late and bummed that I completely missed that ska band I can never remember how to fucking spell their name (Mephiskapheles), but got there in time for Direct Hit.
In my opinion, Direct Hit is one of the best bands in pop-punk today and one of my favorites. I listen to their EPs and albums so regular that Metamucil would be jealous, and was excited to get a chance to see them live again. They recently just signed to Fat Wreck, and have a new album coming out June 24th.
From the second the band started, it was pretty obvious that there were only a handful of us who knew who they were and their songs, but those of us who did were singing along loudly. Even those who didn’t seemed to be really digging them.
I was pleasantly surprised by their setlist, playing a bunch off of both Domesplitter and Brainless God, with a few of the upcoming new songs sprinkled in. The newer songs definitely sounded a bit poppier than we’re used to from Direct Hit, with more melodies and harmonies, but were still incredibly solid live. Definitely a fantastic show, albeit a bit strange seeing Direct Hit play on such a large stage with barricades (I’ve only seen them in small bars and church basements previously), these guys always put on a great show and is a must if you dig pop-punk.
Setlist: (not in order, from what I remember)
The World Is Ending (No One Cares)
Getting What He Asked For
Back To The Tower
A Message To The Angels Pt II
Snickers Or Reeses
They Came For Me
NOFX has been a band for well near 33 years now… let that sink in for a second. Like most punk fans, NOFX was one of the earliest bands I ever got into, and one of the few that still put out good music and play a solid live show.
The band took the stage, joking about how this was one of the last few nights that Fat Mike is able to party as he needs to go to rehab soon, and they mentioned that the show was being live streamed on Yahoo because apparently that’s a thing and Yahoo still exists? They also introduced one of the members of Dancehall Crashers, with her doing keyboards and female vocals on the songs as well.
The second the band started playing their opener of 60%, the place erupted in a large chaotic circle pit that continued throughout the entirety of their set. All songs seemed to get a big reaction, whether it was the newer Tony Sly tribute “I’m Sorry Tony” or the obvious fan favorite of “Linoleum”.
As always with NOFX, it was comedy hour up on stage wit the band taking some jabs at everyone including people under 21 (“Anyone here under 21? You all make me very uncomfortable” before launching into “Fuck The Kids”). One particular memorable moment was after playing “Louise”, Fat Mike tells the crowd how he realizes out of all the bigger punk bands, no one would play a song like that… “Take a moment and try to imagine Al Barr of Dropkick Murphy’s or Tim Armstrong of Rancid singing the opening lines of that song”. You got a point Fat Mike.
While the band may pride themselves on not caring and just having fun on stage, they still are easily one of the tightest and fun live bands around. And at this point, you don’t need me to tell you to go see NOFX, you know who they are, and you either love them or you don’t (and if you don’t, you’re fucking up).
Seeing Double At The Triple Rock
Murder The Government
Leave It Alone
Eat The Meek
Six Years On Dope
Stickin In My Eye
What’s The Matter With Parents Today?
We March To The Beat Of An Indifferent Drum
I Believe In Goddess
I’m Sorry Tony
Fuck The Kids
Dinosaurs Will Die
Bottles To The Ground
Kill All The White Man