Infest, Paint It Black, Replica Live In NY (6/28/14 at the Wick)

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In the spirit of non-stop show summer, I headed out to New York City to catch Philly’s local Paint It Black play with fucking hardcore/powerviolence legends Infest up in Brooklyn’s The Wick.  Always pumped to see Paint It Black as one of my favorite hardcore bands, catching Infest was just a huuuuge bonus and I would have travelled for either show.

First thing first, if you’ve never been to The Wick, it’s freaking bizarre.  It looks like it was definitely some sort of old factory and you have to go outside through a nice little picnic, courtyard area to go to the bathroom which is in a completely different building.  And under the bathrooms is a completely different bar which was hosting a gay pride event (or so I was led to believe by the people who were carrying glitter and rainbow stickers).

Replica:


Video by UNARTigNYC

I didn’t make it in time for Ajax, but we made it in time for California’s Replica, who I’ve never heard before but who reminded me a shit ton of other local female-fronted hardcore band Punch and old Ceremony.  And let me say, Replica fucking ripped.  The band took the stage, and ripped The Wick a new one with their noisy hardcore.  The eccentric weed earring, playboy robe wearing, geisha fan waving singer decided to forgo the stage after a few songs and jumped down in the crowd.

Easily made a fan of me, they’re actually playing Philly tonight and I may try to catch them before I head over and see Fucked Up.

Paint It Black:


Video by UNARTigNYC

I’ve been so spoiled with seeing Paint It Black in Philly, it almost seems weird to me not to see them at the First Unitarian, on a random street in Center City, or a random West Philly kitchen.  The band took the stage, and it was clear that not everyone there knew who they were like most times I’ve seen them, but that didn’t stop a loud and vocal minority from singing along every word and barraging the front row with pile-ons.

The band played a much heavier set than usual, skipping usual melodic crowd pleasers such as Memorial Day and Pink Slip for more off of their EPs and New Lexicon.  Dan took some shots at NY, telling them to please not move to Philly and jack up our rent because that’s what you fuckers do, right?

Awesome time, they played a damn good set in 30 minutes (which actually was longer than Infest), and while I loved seeing them outside of Philly, I’m hoping they have something up their sleeves for the city of brotherly shove.

Setlist:
D.F.W
Surrender
Atticus Finch
Greetings Fellow Insomniacs
Past Tense, Future Perfect
The Beekeeper
Nicaragua
Props for Ventriloquism
Little Fists
So Much For Honor Among Thieves
Gravity Wins
Dead Precedents
White Kids Dying Of Hunger
We Will Not
Salem
Why Film The Carnage?

 

Infest:

Video by UNARTigNYC

What could be said about Infest that hasn’t been said before?  They are easily one of the most influential hardcore bands around, pretty much pioneering the powerviolence genre in the 80s and people were hyped to see them.  The second the band took the stage garbage cans started flying across the venue and into the pit that immediately formed.

Things were toned down a bit after with just a few of us in the pretty spacious pit but shit didn’t matter, we’re seeing fucking Infest!  They kept stage banter to a minimum, actually almost non-existent and blasted through a shit ton off of their lengthy discography, playing a total of 31 songs in 26 minutes.

Setlist:
Sick-O
Break The Chain
Pickled
Mankind
Judge Me
Shackled Down
Voice Your Opinion
Cold Inside
Feeling Mean
Sick Machine
Once Lost
Sick and Tired
Terminal Nation
In His Name
Nothing’s Changed
Mindless
Which Side
Excess Pig
The World Is Dead
Speak Easy
Them
Behind This Tongue
Sickman
What’s Your Claim
True Violence
Dirty Dope Dealer
Plastic
Where’s The Unity
The Game
Kill The Peace
My World… My Way

MP3:
Infest – Terminal Nation
Paint It Black – Props For Ventriloquism

Live Fast, But Don’t Die Young:
DNF – Hurt
Punch – Self Titled
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Coke Bust – Fuck Bar Culture
United Nations – Self Titled

Guttermouth, Community Service Live In Philly (6/27/14)

This past Friday night, I headed to Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie to catch Huntington Beach, California’s skate punk band Guttermouth for a late show.  These guys have been a consistent staple ever since I was a teenager, and when I caught them 2 years ago, it was still one of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to.  Yes, I’m pushing 30, and yet the 13 year old punk in me was beyond fucking stoked to catch Guttermouth again.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the crowd goes because when I caught them last at The Fire it was a pretty small crowd, but the Kung Fu Necktie was packed.  Totally rad.

I missed openers FTS, but caught local Philly punks Community Service.

Community Service:
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These guys, even though I never heard of them before the show were like a blast from the past for me, and it was fucking awesome.  Community Service played ska influenced skate punk, inducing circle pits and singalongs.  A newer band playing the music I love and grew up on even though most ska influenced punk is no longer popular except for a few touring bands?  Warms my fucking heart.

Guttermouth:

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Loud, brash, and fuck you describes Guttermouth in a nutshell.  These punks have been at it for a long time (forming originally back in 1988) and have been going strongly since.  The band and crowd were in fine form, with circle pits and pile-ons starting immediately.  Vocalist Mark was in fine form, looking legit thrilled to be there and thanking the crowd multiple times (he was also drunk, but a bit different than the Mark of the past who usually abused the crowd).

The band ripped through a bunch of their songs, dating all the way back to their second full length release of Friendly People, playing a few off of mostly older releases.  Rowdy and circlepitting, Mark jumped into the crowd a few times, even getting picked up by some drunk dude who immediately fell backwards dropping the both of them.

Terrific set, a Guttermouth show is always a damn good time.  Maturity be damned, these guys are still one of my favorite live bands at the ripe old age of 29.

Setlist (From what I remember, not in order)
What’s Gone Wrong
No More
End on 9
Lucky The Donkey
Do The Hustle
Jamie’s Petting Zoo
Asshole
Baker’s Dozen
Lipstick
Mr Barbeque
She’s Got The Look
Bruce Lee vs The Kiss Army
1 2 3 Slam
Trinket Trading, Tick Toting, Toothless Tired Tramps
Perfect World

MP3:
Guttermouth – Bakers Dozen

I want to go punk but there’s way too many rules!:
Guttermouth – Musical Monkey
Vandals – Live Fast, Diarrea
NOFX – War On Errorism

Official Site:
Guttermouth

Direct Hit! Priceduifkes Live In Philadelphia (6/21/14)

This has been the week of goddamn shows (FUCK YOU, GET PUMPED) and I’m falling a bit behind in posts due to all of my running around (add trying to find a new apartment to the list and yeah…)

Anyways, last Saturday I headed to Philly’s bar and venue The Fire to catch one of my favorite pop-punk bands around these days Direct Hit.  I missed a few of the openers due to being out watching the US vs Portugal depressing draw (which, by the way… if you saw some asshole decked out in soccer face temporary tattoos and 94 world cup shirts, that was yours truly), but made it in time for Belgium’s Pricedufkes.

The Priceduifkes:
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I’ve never heard of these Belgium punks before, but I was impressed with their energetic, fun set.  Playing catchy 3 chord punk that any fan of Screeching Weasel or The Queers could get behind, the band seemed pretty pumped to be touring the states, and their positive attitude was infectious. Definitely worth checking out, they even had an old Blink-182 vibe about them with some songs.

Direct Hit!:

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These Milwaukee/Chicago punks have made waves with their concept album Brainless God and their explosive live shows, and the past show was no exception.  The band took the stage, and while it seemed like most of the people weren’t too familiar with them and were there for Masked Intruder, a decent number of us were singing along every word and even a small pit broke out.

The band themselves fed off the energy, jumping into the crowd and putting on a quick but fun set. I unfortunately had to bounce before Masked Intruder, and while I’m not too familiar with their music, every time I’ve seen them they put on a good set.

Setlist (from what I remember and not in order)
White Robes
Satan Says
Buried Alive
Getting What He Asked Us
Kingdom Come
A Message For The Angels
The World Is Ending (No One Care)
We’re Fucked

MP3:
Direct Hit! – I Told You A Lie

Maybe all you need are snickers or reeses:
Direct Hit – Brainless God
Direct Hit/Hold Tight Split
Off With Their Heads – Hospitals

Official Site:
Direct Hit

Ignite, Bane Live In Philly (Setlist and videos 6/19/14)

Starting this summer, it seems like there aren’t as many shows happening in the sweaty and infamous First Unitarian Church basement due to the sweltering heat.  Except for shows you KNOW are going to get way too hot. This past Thursday I headed to the basement to catch hardcore dudes Bane who were on tour with one of my teenager favorites Ignite, making a rare east coast appearance.

The show was completely sold out, and fucking hot as all balls.  People were drenched in sweat when I got there, and that was before Bane played (who would easily get the biggest reaction of the night).  I missed most of the bands but caught part of Give’s set, who were pretty tight and reminded me a bit of Cloak/Dagger. I’ll try to check out their recorded stuff sometime soon.

Bane:

Bane (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

Even though I’ve seen Bane plenty of times, and caught them twice over the past few months, I was still beyond stoked to see them.  Touring for their new album Don’t Wait Up, it’s currently my favorite album of the year by far and so I was pumped to hear the new songs live.  It did not disappoint.  Bane took the stage and immediately broke into “Ali Vs Frazier”, and the rest was sort of a blur as yours truly raged in the pit (just turned 29, this shit hurts a LOT more than it did when I was 18).  Once the chorus came up shouting “Give Blood, Give Everything!” the place truly erupted, heat be damned.

Aaron talked a bit about how people keep mistaking this as their last tour, which isn’t the case at all.  Don’t Wait Up is their last recorded work (well full length at least, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them release a 7 inch here and there) so no final goodbyes yet.

Always a fun, positive set with Bane.

Setlist:
Ali vs Frazier I
Superhero
All The Way Through
Ante Up
Swan Song
Park St
My Therapy
Count Me Out
Calling Hours
Some Came Running
Can We Start Again

Ignite:

Ignite (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

It’s been almost 4 years since I last saw Ignite (mostly because it was the last time they came to Philly) and they were one of my staple hardcore bands in my oh so turbulent teenage years.  Sort of a black sheep of hardcore, mostly because vocalist Zoli can actually sing, and sing pretty damn well.

It was clear a lot of the people in the crowd didn’t really have any idea who they were even though they randomly gained some popularity after Zoli joined Pennywise, but those of us who waited around were treated to an energetic, sing along set.

Opening up with Veteran, Ignite played a slightly shortened set due to the curfew and show running a bit late, but still managed to play a shit ton off of most of their releases, even reaching deep in their catalogs to play both Embrace and In Defense.

Zoli announced some exciting news, stating that Ignite was back in the studio working on a new album for the first time in 8 years (and he kept referring to the Our Darkest Days songs as “new ones”…)  Definitely a solid show, I almost even came out of stage dive retirement for Embrace and Run.

Setlist:
Veteran
Poverty For All
Fear Is Our Tradition
Are You Listening
Let It Burn
Run
A Place Home
Embrace
In Defense
By My Side
Judgement Day
Know Your History
Bleeding

MP3:
Ignite – Embrace
Bane – Non-Negotiable

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

The Menzingers – Rented World (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls, Weezer)

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It’s been a little since I’ve last posted here, and my excuse has been world cup fever.  Holy shit, I’ve been obsessed watching every game… it’s seriously been borderline addiction.  Please help me…

Anyways, one I’ve been meaning to post for a while now is the latest release by (now) Philly’s Menzingers.  Their fourth full length and released just two years after their previous effort, Rented World actually sounds a lot more like the precursor to On The Impossible Past.  My issue with OTIP was that the songs were much more mellowed out, losing some of the punk grit and catchiness that shaped the band with their earlier releases.  On Rented World, The Menzingers return to form with songs like opener “I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore” and “Rodent”.

The entire album feels more cohesive as well, with the bands melodic and anthematic songs blending into each other over all.  The Menzingers also tap into their pop-punk roots a bit more, with songs like “The Talk” sounding a bit like Green Day.

Like most albums in the whole mid-tempo melodic punk thing, Rented World was a bit of a grower for me, and I’m finding that I’m liking it more with each listen.  Definitely worth checking out if you like your punk rock a little more mellow.

MP3:
The Menzingers – I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore

More:
Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits

Official Site:
The Menzingers

Cro-Mags, Anti-Nowhere League, Hub City Stompers Live In Philly (5/31/14)

This past Saturday, I headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church’s sweltering basement to catch a pretty diverse and stacked lineup consisting of Heavy Chains, Hub City Stompers, Rude Awakening, Anti-Nowhere League, and the motherfucking Cro-Mags.  The place while packed, wasn’t sold out (how it didn’t sell out is beyond me) and I got there in time to catch NJ’s Hub City Stompers.

Hub City Stompers:
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I’ve loved Hub City Stompers ever since I saw them back in 2003 at some random NJ ska show, and have caught them MANY, MANY times since then over the years.  After a short breakup, this is the first show I was seeing them at again for nearly 3 years and being a ska band on a hardcore bill, well I wasn’t exactly sure how the crowd was going to react.  Singer Rev poked fun of the fact: “Joe Hardcore you fucked up this time. Booking a ska band on a hardcore show?  What the fuck were you thinking?  Don’t worry guys, I know ska is scary… but we’ll get through this.”

To my (and probably the band’s as well) not only did a bunch of us skank and dance through out the entire set, but also sang along to every word.  Fun set, I know they disappeared for a while to resurrect Inspecter 7, but I always preferred HCS, glad to finally see them back.

Setlist (From what I remember and not in order)
WTFIU?
Where’s My Hooligans?
Chatterbox
Johnny Date Rape
Skins Don’t Cry
Pants Music
Hub City Stompers (Inspecter 7)
Ska Ska Black Sheep

I left to go grab some food and missed Rude Awakening (not really my style of hardcore anyway), but made it back in time for Anti-Nowhere League.

Anti-Nowhere League
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The fact Anti-Nowhere League was playing this church basement show was sort of mind blowing.  Added on after the fact when Angelic Upstarts dropped from the show, these British 80s punks completely tore shit up and had one of the biggest crowd reactions.

Anti-Nowhere League took the stage and played their irreverent punk rock with a strong enthusiasm that showed even after all these years, these guys still loved what they do.  Opening up with their call to arms “We Are The League”, the place quickly turned into a circle pitting, pogoing, stage diving frenzy that didn’t really let up for the entirety of the set.

Setlist (From what I remember):
We Are The League
I Hate People
Let’s Break The Law
Skull & Bones
Snowman
Chocolate Soldiers
(We Will Not) Remember You
This Is War
We Will Survive
So What
Woman
For You
Pig Iron
Animal

Cro-Mags:

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Somehow I have never seen the Cro-Mags, so the fact I was finally about to see these guys, I was pretty pumped and intended to lose my shit (which I successfully did).  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect not seeing them before, but clearly they know what people want to hear, and that’s their incredibly influential Age of Quarrel, which they played in almost it’s entirety.

Opening up with World Peace, the place immediately erupted into a free for all of dancing, pile ons, and dives.  They only interrupted the Age Of Quarrel party to play “Crush The Demoniac” and two Bad Brains covers “Right Brigade” and “Attitude” (and honestly I was sort of shocked by the amount of Cro-Mags fans who didn’t know the Bad Brains songs… I thought Bad Brains were one of those bands that EVERY hardcore fan listened to).

A tight set, finally being able to see the Cro-Mags was fucking awesome.

Setlist:
World Peace
Show You No Mercy
Malfunction
Crush The Demoniac
Signs Of The Times
Seekers Of The Truth
Street Justice
Right Brigade (Bad Brains)
Attitude (Bad Brains)
It’s The Limit
Life Of My Own
Don’t Tread On Me
We Gotta Know
Hard Times

MP3:
Cro-Mags – Don’t Tread On Me
Hub City Stompers – WTFIU?

More:
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep

OFF! – Wasted Years (For fans of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat)

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Los Angeles supergroup OFF (featuring Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks with members of Red Kross, Burning Brides, and Hot Snakes) is back with their 3rd full length Wasted Years, and it’s some of their best work yet.

Even with the band members getting up there in age (Keith Morris is pushing 60), they still manage to rock harder than most punk bands just a mere fraction of their age.  OFF’s Wasted Years sounds like they came straight out of the late 70s / early 80s hardcore era (but without the shitty production) and it shines the second scorcher opener “Void You Out” begins.  From there the album and anger doesn’t let up for a moment, as shown on “Exorcised” where Keith opens saying “Today is a good a day as any, to tell you to go get fucked.”

If you’re a fan of early Black Flag or the Circle Jerks, picking up Wasted Years is a must.  And if you get a chance, go see them live… they put on a hell of a show.

MP3:
OFF! – Void You Out

More:
OFF! – Self Titled
OFF! – First Four EPS

Official Site:
OFF Official Site

Armalite (Members of Paint It Black, Atom and His Package) Live in Philadelphia (5/24/14)

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When Armalite announced that they were playing on the already sold out show opening for Spraynard at the First Unitarian Church, I was pissed.  I didn’t have a ticket, nor did I plan on getting one because I’m not really a fan of any of the other bands playing the show besides Armalite.  However, when I went to the facebook event page and saw someone was selling an extra ticket day of the show, I had to pick it up to go see Armalite… I haven’t seen them since 2009.

The local Philadelphia dudes, (featuring Atom of Atom and his Package, Dan Paint It Black/Lifetime/Kid Dynamite, Jeff of Affirmative Action Jackson and Mike of Amateur Party) took the stage announcing that this was their sixth show ever in ten years (I’ve been to three), and with a champagne toast blasted into New Wave.

The band was in high spirits with a sloppy and fun set, and a very small handful of us in the sold out crowd were singing along every word.  Mike was taking his usual jabs at his co-vocalist, apologizing that we needed to sit through Atom’s songs.

They played through the majority of the songs they’ve written (which I guess isn’t hard to do with 14 songs), but they left out “Double Negativity-ing”… ouch.  Awesome fun set, I’m hoping they play a proper headlining show soon, but with all of their side projects and being dads and other real life stuff, I won’t hold my breath, and will plan on seeing them in 2019.

Setlist:
New Wave
I Am Pancreas (Seek To Understand Me)
New Years
Husker Dave
Other Entertainers
Dan’s Hands Melt
Destination: Not at Home
Boots, Sneakers
Entitled
Cover (not sure what song)

MP3:
Armalite – I am A Pancreas, Seek To Understand Me

More:
Armalite – Humongous
Armalite – Self Titled
Lifetime – Hello Bastards

The Flex, Violent Reaction, War Emblem, The Stasi Live In Philly (5/22/14)

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This past Thursday sort of on a whim, I headed up to some random house up in North Philadelphia to see a bunch of hardcore bands.  It was the house’s first show ever, as apparently they usually just throw parties there, so the set-up was a bit odd (narrow living room, people standing on the couches, etc) and the place was PACKED.

The Stasi

First up was Philly’s own The Stasi.  Named after East Germany’s secret police and intelligence agency, The Stasi plays hardcore punk that reminded me of Negative Approach.  The band was celebrating the release of their 7 inch “State Voyeurism”, expect to see a post on that and their demo up here soon.  Solid set, go check them out live if you get a chance and their recorded stuff on their bandcamp here.

War Emblem

Next up were Philly’s War Emblem, who played heavy as shit hardcore.  They put on a good set, even as the singer was distracted streaming the Rangers playoff game from his phone on the floor (which I feel for you man, I’d be doing the same if it were the World Cup right now) to which his bandmates harassed him throughout the set, chanting “Fuck the Rangers”.  At times, they reminded me a bit of the illegitimate offspring that would happen if Discharge had an affair with NY hardcore.

Violent Reaction

A switch in the order of the lineup led to some confusion as The Flex were supposed to play next, but Violent Reaction played instead.  Self described as “straight edge hardcore for the anti-social”, I was looking forward to their set since I like what I’ve heard on their Self Titled.  These UK dudes played aggressive hardcore that reminded me of Coke Bust, they had a sizeable pit and people shouting along.  A quick set, go check them if they come around live.

The Flex

Last up were UK’s The Flex, who easily had the biggest reaction of the night.  With a huge pit (well it seemed huge in the house that could hold 6-8 people across tops) and people constantly stage (coffee table?) diving, their set was incredibly high energy.  Playing straight edge hardcore, The Flex were touring to support their latest Wild Stabs In The Dark.  Definitely a solid set, and they seemed legit stoked to be touring in the US.

More Hardcore:
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Punch – Nothing Lasts
Cokebust – Lines In The Sand
Ceremony – Violence Violence

Bane – Don’t Wait Up (For fans of Comeback Kid, Ten Yard Fight, Gorilla Biscuits)

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Massachusetts Bane have been one of the most consistent bands in hardcore and have been for nearly twenty years now.  With plenty of EPs, 7-inches, and now releasing their 4th and final full length (their first in 8 years) Don’t Wait Up is some of the best we’ve seen from Bane.

Kicking off with “Non-Negotiable”, a blistering posi-jam call to arms straight into “All The Way Through”, a chunky melodic song about keeping youthful energy alive while growing old, you know you’re in for a classic Bane album.

However it’s impossible to talk about Don’t Wait Up and not mention the white elephant in the room, and that being Bane stated this would be their final recorded work as a band.  Because of this, there is a theme of melancholy throughout the album.  With masterpieces like “Calling Hour” and “Final Backwards Glance” which declares “I’ve never been much good at saying goodbye.  Goodbye.” one could only imagine it’s about moving on.  Even the album title Don’t Wait Up hints at this, and while sometimes it comes off as a bit cheesy at times, as a fan for many years I can’t help but be upset to see one of my favorite hardcore bands calling it a day.

That being said, the album does remain incredibly hopeful and positive with songs like Park St, which tells the story about how Aaron ran into a fan on the train right when he was feeling hopeless and comes to the conclusion “Maybe I was wrong and I will never be alone. All because we wrote these punk rock songs, and god damn that’s pretty crazy, so fucking amazing.”

Now maybe I’m just in the denial stage of grief, but with bands like Gorilla Biscuits, Flag, Youth of Today, American Nightmare, Lifetime, etc all playing reunion shows, I’m in the camp that no hardcore band truly breaks up anymore.  While they may not record anything for quite some time (and really, this being their first album in 8 years I wouldn’t hold my breath) I’m hoping that they don’t stop playing shows.  Besides, if Don’t Wait Up is any indication, these guys have a lot left in them.  Even if it wasn’t their final album, Don’t Wait Up is a fucking cohesive masterpiece and easily one of my favorites of the year.

MP3:
Bane – Non-Negotiable

Give Blood, Give Everything:
Bane – Holding This Moment
American Nightmare – Year One
Chain Of Strength – The One Thing That Still Holds True Today
Dangers – Five O Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World