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The Death Set and Wax Witches Live In Philadelphia (4/24/14)

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This past Thursday, I headed to Philadelphia’s Barbary to catch Brooklyn electronic-punk-art-weirdos-whatever the fuck you want to call them The Death Set and Wax Witches play Shadowscene’s rad “Fuck You Let’s Fuck” party (the first one in quite some time).  I never saw either bands before, and the last time I tried to catch The Death Set back in 2009 when they toured with Cerebral Ballzy and Totally Michael, I had to bounce early unfortunately.

The venue was pretty empty when I first got there, but there was definitely a handful of people by the time Wax Witches started that made for a smaller and more intimate show (read: awesome).

Wax Witches:

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I’ve never heard of Wax Witches before this show, but originally a solo project, the Australian two piece put on a solid set armed with a guitar, bass guitar, and a laptop drum machine.  Wax Witches played a straightforward set without any stage banter but with plenty of incredibly catchy, snotty garage punk.

Definitely need to check out some of their recorded work soon.

The Death Set:deathset The second the band took the stage, a few people (including yours truly) immediately started dancing and singing along throughout their set as we collectively lost our shit.  If one thing can be said about The Death Set, it’s that they put on one hell of an entertaining show.  I talked to people afterwards who said they’ve never heard of them before but was completely caught up in the energy.  Celebrating the release of their latest EP King Babies, The Death Set played a spastic energetic set filled with songs spanning from all of their releases, Clash and Melt Banana samples, all while climbing all over the damn place.  If you haven’t seen The Death Set before, do yourself a favor and go check them out live.  I love their recorded music, but nothing really compares to their live show.

 

Highlights:
A Problem Is A Problem It Don’t Matter Where You’re From
Yo David Chase You P.O.V Shot Me In The Head
We Are Going Anywhere Man
Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
Intermission
Negative Thinking (I think they played this one)
They Come To Get Us

 

MP3:
The Death Set – Yo David Chase You P.O.V Shot Me In The Head

More:
Math The Band – Don’t Worry
Team Robespierre – Everything’s Perfect
Atom and His Package – Society Of People Named Elihu

Like, so official dude:
The Death Set
Shadowscene

Anvil, Lords Of Mercy, Fantasy Panther Live In Philadelphia (4/1/14)

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Last week, on a random Tuesday night I headed out to Philadelphia’s Barbary to catch local grind band Fantasy Panther open for what has been dubbed the real life Spinal Tap metal band Anvil.  I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about Anvil going into the show as I’ve never seen The Story Of Anvil documentary that helped relaunch their popularity, and the only thing I knew about them is Propagandhi payed homage to them by titling one of their songs “March Of The Crabs”.  I was blown away.

Fantasy Panther:

fantasy panther

Fantasy Panther (featuring ex members of An Albatross) have been really making a name for themselves as of late.  After releasing their debut under 10 minute Self Titled LP, they’ve been named one of Philly’s top bands to check out.  I’ve seen most (if not all) of their Philly shows previously, and I can definitely tell you that this is definitely the case.

The band took the stage and immediately broke out into what was easily the heaviest and most explosive set of the night.  Playing grind/power violence similar to Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, Fantasy Panther has always had a strong stage presence with singer death shrieker Eddie jumping, climbing, and hanging from rafters while guitarist Dan and drummer Stevie raged in the back.  If you dig heavy as shit music and have my type of attention span (aka that of a goldfish on speed), check them out on their bandcamp page here.

Setlist (From What I remember)

Marionette
New songs
Insect
Lycathrope
Thorn
Pigs
Tourniquet
Dystrophy
Rise
Panther
Contort
Beasts

Lords Of Mercy:
lords of mercy

Next up was New Jersey’s Lords Of Mercy, which admittedly, wasn’t really my style of music, but their good attitude was infectious.  They had plenty of people in the crowd singing along every word to their metal influenced hard rock, these guys wore their influences on their sleeves, taking cues from bands such as Guns and Roses.

Anvil:

Anvil_backstage_at_the_2010_Independent_Spirit_Awards

Anvil is probably the most important metal band that you’ve never heard of before.  They’ve influenced countless of metal bands including Anthrax, Slayer, and Metallica, forming back in 1978.  When it comes to metal I tend to the more punk side of it with more crossover thrash type bands (D.R.I, Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies) but I have to say that Anvil completely blew me away.

These were dudes who have been playing shows for years, and you can tell as they played that they completely loved what they do.  Nothing but huge smiles on stage, good vibes, and entertaining… this was a metal band that didn’t take themselves too seriously.  At one point, the guitarist took a dildo out of his pocket and played a pretty rad guitar solo with it… which you really have to see to believe.

If you dig metal, definitely check Anvil out if they come around your parts (PHRASING!), and if you’re not really a fan, go see them anyway… they put on a hell of an entertaining live show.

Setlist:
March Of The Crabs
666
School Love
Badass Rock and Roll
Winged Assassins
On Fire
This Is Thirteen
Mothra
Thumb Hang
Swing Thing
Hope In Hell
Eat Your Words
Metal On Metal

MP3:
Fantasy Panther – Marionette

More:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

Richie Ramone Live In Philadelphia (2/13/14 At Barbary)

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Joey Ramone once stated that Richie “saved the band as far as I’m concerned.  He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.” So when I saw that the legendary drummer was playing Philly’s punk party Guitar Army, I wasn’t about to let a something tiny like a blizzard hold me down. Unfortunately, I did miss both openers.

After fighting the elements, I made it to the Barbary in one piece, amped as all hell to see Richie Ramone play some Ramones songs and some of his solo work.  While Richie was the third drummer for The Ramones, he was the only one to completely write songs for the band, with his most famous one being “Somebody Put Something In My Drink.”  I was running a bit late due to said blizzard (the highway was actually closed at one point… but fuck it) but the second I walked into the venue he started his most popular song.  Perfect.

I was expecting the place to be dead because of the weather, but there actually was a pretty decent sized crowd all things considering.  I made a beeline up front, and I have to say, Richie and band knows how to throw on a good show.  Richie was all over the place switching between drums, vocal duties, and guitar.
One thing that I realized after this show was I really need to check out Richie’s solo album Entitled.  Oh, and they played my favorite Ramones song “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”, so that was beyond rad.

Highlights:
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Blitzkrieg Bop
Smash You
Better Than Me
Something To Do
Wart Hog
Animal Boy
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
Commando (I think they did this one)
Animal Boy

MP3:
The Ramones – Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

More Punk Rock For Your Poison Heart:
Ramones – Mondo Bizarro
Ramones – Rocket To Russia
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania

Richie Ramone Official Site

Fantasy Panther, Ratkicker, Skin Graft (Live in Philadelphia 1/9/14)

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This past Thursday I headed out to Philly’s small club The Barbary to catch a grindcore/powerviolence show.  The place had a decent amount of people in it for a random winter Thursday night, and while I unfortunately missed some of the openers (especially Boroughs, from what I’ve heard of them, they’re fucking sick), I was able to catch the final three.

Skin Graft:

Local Philly grind/powerviolence dudes, these guys reminded me a lot of a more midtempo and sludgy Spazz.  The band seemed to missing a member but in true punk don’t give a fuck fashion powered through anyway.  Immediately, the singer jumped down into the crowd and did the entire performance from the floor, giving it a much more house show vibe, and he was definitely all over the place for people who weren’t fans of the music, at least giving them a hell of a show.

Check them out if you like your powerviolence with a little more sludge.

Ratkicker:

Holy shit, these guys completely blew me away.  The band took the stage and started blasting into some melodic punk reminding me a bit of a heavier Lifetime which obviously had me stoked, an Offspring cover, and then switched guitars and started playing some heavy as fuck rock infused hardcore (with occasional hints of D-Beat) which also had me stoked.  They tore through their set and threw in the heaviest cover of a NOFX I have ever heard (Stranger Than Fishin’)… Do yourselves a favor and go to their bandcamp and download their album.

Fantasy Panther:

If one thing could be said about Fantasy Panther, it’s that they definitely know how to put on a good show.  Formed from the ashes of carinval punks An Albatross, the three piece came out in their trademarked “blood”, and immediately blasted into their “what the fuck just happened” grind set.  Vocalist EBG was nothing short of a madman climbing all over the fucking place while all while jumpkicking, growling, and shrieking the often political messages of the songs.

Music for fucking adrenaline junkies, if you dig shit like Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, go see these dudes live.  Shows seem to be a bit of a rarity, so see them when you get a chance, and definitely check out their album.

MP3:
Fantasy Panther – Marionette
Ratkicker – Brave New World

More amphetamine fueled music:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

Cherie Currie (The Runaways), The High Five Recap In Philly (11/15/13)


(Cherry Bomb starts around 1:15)

Without a doubt if you were to ask who the most influential all female rock/punk bands were, The Runaways would be at the top of your list.  This past Friday night I had the chance to see lead singer Cherie Currie perform with her band at Philly’s intimate bar/club The Barbary.

Presented by Guitar Army, Philly’s own punk-glam-rock party (which has grown from just a few people hanging out listening to The Ramones, The Clash, and The New York Dolls to almost a sold out fucking Cherie Currie show), it’s easily one of my favorite parties in Philadelphia.  The fact that they were able to bring in this iconic musician is just mind blowing.

The High Five:
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First up were Philly’s own local The High Five.  These dudes play pretty straight forward punk influenced rock and roll sound like what I imagine what The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, and Iggy And The Stooges had a threesome using nothing but beer for lube.

I’ve caught them a few times before, and they put on an energetic, enjoyable set.

Cherie Currie:
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Cherie took the stage, and the place instantly exploded with applause, screams, and “I love you Cherie!”  There were such a mix of people there, young and old, punks and people who saw The Runaways movie coming to see the musical legend.  I actually saw some girls fighting back tears, as she took the stage just to give you an idea of the influence she had and energy of the place.

Cherie and company blasted through some of her previous solo work, a few Runaways songs and some covers while throwing in some newer material as well.  She didn’t miss a beat, and was constantly interacting with the hyped as fuck crowd.

At one point, Cherie even hinted at a possible Runaways reunion (to which you could imagine the amount of screams).  If anything was apparent, it’s that this girl still can work a crowd and puts on a more energetic show then a lot of people just half her age.  If you weren’t there, you fucked up.

Setlist:
Queens of Noise
California Paradise
Rock and Roll
You Wreck Me
Roxy Roller
Is It Day Or Is It Night
Heartbeat
Dragging The Line
C’mon
Rock And Roll Oblivion
American Nights
Cherry Bomb
Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)

Listen to these classics or die:
The Buzzcocks – Love Bites
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania
The Ramones – Self Titled
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Clash – London Calling

The Copyrights, Direct Hit! Live In Philadelphia (7/2/13)

Yesterday evening I headed to Philly’s small venue/dance club/bar The Barbary to catch pop-punk torch carriers The Copyrights.  It was a very small intimate show with only about 30 people there or so, and I knew going in that while everyone usually sings along… dancing is often at a minimum at these pop-punk shows for some reason, which would usually piss me off… but since I’m coming off an injury I was surprisingly ok with it.  I wound up missing the two openers, but made it in time for Direct Hit!

Direct Hit!
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I’ve never seen Direct Hit! before, and the only music I know by them is their joke hardcore split with Hold Tight (which completely slays by the way).  We weren’t treated to any of those two-step worthy songs, but they did completely blow me away with a solid pop-punk set.  The band was loud, energetic, and had people singing along through out their set.  I need to check some of their more traditional music out it turns out.

The Copyrights:

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The first time I ever saw the Copyrights a few years back on tour with Teenage Bottlerocket, they were a goofy pop-punk band who played fun jams similar to Screeching Weasel or The Queers.  These days The Copyrights have turned a bit to a more melancholy side with the release of North Sentinel Island (which was one of my favorite releases of 2012) and their live show shows that.  I don’t mean that in a bad way, but the stage banter has now been limited to a complete minimum, and there is just a much more serious stage presence, which is fitting with the newer songs (or maybe being in Philly just brings out the sadness)….

The Copyrights took the stage and thanked the few of us who came out on a rainy Tuesday night to listen to some pop-punk jams.  The crowd as I mentioned earlier was pretty subdued except for the occassional spontaneous dancing (and physical therapy be damned, I couldn’t help but do so during Cashiers).  Playing through songs over the course of most of their catalog, even though the show was running really early, the set remained short at approximately a half hour.

No matter, anytime I get to see The Copyrights it’s a good time, as they easily are one of the best pop-punk bands around these days.

Setlist (From what I remember, and definitely not complete or in order):
Kids Of The Black Hole
Shit’s Fucked
All My Heroes Are Assholes
Button Smasher
Stuck In The Springtime
Cashiers
They Say (I think)
Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
Crutches
Hard Wired
Worn Out Passport

MP3:
The Copyrights – Trustees Of Modern Chemistry

More:
The Copyrights – North Sentinel Island
Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Mean Jeans – Are You Serious
The Lillingtons – Too Late Show

The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket Live In Philly (2/28/13)

I’ve been waiting for this day for months.  Teenage Bottlerocket and The Queers followed by Philly’s premiere 70s punk/rock and roll party guitar army?  Count me the FUCK in.

I headed out to a sold out Barbary and thanks to lovely Philly traffic missed the majority of the openers Masked Intruders set, but from the little bit I heard, I definitely need to check these masked dudes out.  Solid pop-punk.

Teenage Bottlerocket

I’ve said it many times before on this site and I’ll say it again, Wyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket are my favorite as far as modern pop-punk goes, and was actually my first post ever on this site back in 2007.  I was lucky enough to catch them at The Barbary last August and the fact they came back so soon was just an added bonus.

The band took the stage to a chainsaw wielding masked man with a TBR sign saying “Freak Out”, and blasted straight into the song.  The crowd sung along every word, and they barely let up their Ramones influenced punk rock.  Playing songs from most of their albums with a heavy focus on their latest Freak Out, the band experienced some on stage difficulties when a guitar cut out, but in true punk rock fashion decided “fuck it” and powered through the set (which didn’t deter us fans at all, who kept shouting along every word and getting a small pit going).

They took the time to give a shoutout/lovingly mock their Wyoming punk scene, saying that DC has enough documentaries, and it’s time to have one on the two bands that play in Wyoming.  One thing I have to say about TBR is that they look like they are legitimately having a blast on stage every time I see them, and not just running through the motions.  That alone is is one of the key components to a good show.

Setlist (From what I remember, pretty complete, not in order)

Freak Out
Headbanger
Cruising For Chicks
Necrocomicon
Maverick
Punk House Of Horror
Mutilate Me
Who Killed Sensei
Skate Or Die
Bigger Than Kiss
Fatso Goes Nutzoid
Stupid Games
Crashing
Bloodbath At Burger King
Bottlerocket
In The Basement
Welcome To The Nuthouse
New Song
Lillington High

The Queers:

The Queers have been around since before a lot of you were even born, and have become one of the most well-known names in pop-punk.  Irreverent, crude, and catchy as all fuck, The Queers definitely tore down The Barbary.

One thing I liked about The Queers was the vast age difference in their fans.  You had some 40 year old dudes there who’ve been listening to them since the 80s and plenty of young-ins who got into their later works.

There was a pretty dedicated pit throughout their set, and while I don’t know all of their albums (believe me, they have a lot), the crowd was singing along, dancing, and crowd surfing throughout their set.

I never got a chance to see them before, so it was good to finally see these New Hampshire punks.

Highlights:
No Tits
Born To Do Dishes
Hi Mom, It’s Me
This Place Sucks
Punk Rock Girls
White Minority (Black Flag Cover)
Teenage Bonehead (I think)
Outta My Skull (I think)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Ramones Cover)

MP3:
The Queers – Little Rich Working Class Oi Boi
Teenage Bottlerocket – Be Stag

I Gotta Strangle That Girl:
The Queers – Beyond The Valley…
Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Teenage Bottletrocket – They Came From The Shadows
Teenage Bottlerocket – Another Way

Buy:
The Queers

Teenage Bottlerocket

Teenage Bottlerocket Live In Philly (8/24/12)


This past Friday, I headed out to see one of my all time favorite pop-punk bands around, Teenage Bottlerocket.  It’s a rare occasion for me to be able to see them (in the years I’ve been listening to them this was only going to be my 4th time… due to the fact they are from Wyoming and rarely make it out to the east coast), and I’ve been stoked for months about this Barbary show.

Add the fact that I love their latest release Freak Out, and you’ve got one fucking winning combination.  Unfortunately, I got there really late and was not able to catch any of the openers due to the fact that I get easily distracted by Philly’s soccer team Philadelphia Union.

Regardless, the place had a decent amount of people packed in, and the band finally took the stage with a skull masked man flashing a neon sign reading “Freak Out” and had the TBR logo.  The band blasted straight into Freak Out (which sounds a lot like their song Teen Wolf I just realized), and in a Ramones-like fashion, the band kept the banter to a minimum and blasted through their hour long set as the crowd shouted every word back to them.

Seriously, Teenage Bottlerocket are simply one of the most fun bands to see live and in general.  They played songs off of most of their releases, even including the song “Rebound” which when I requested the past few shows, they told me they hate playing that one.  So fuck yeah.  We were even treated to a little bit of the Lillingtons with the song “Lillington High”, and were instructed to pogo throughout “Bottlerocket” to which we happily obliged.

One of the more hilarious moments of the show is when they were about to close with So Cool but fucked up the intro 3 times and were cracking up about it, so instead just closed with Repeat Offender (another excellent choice).

Seriously, go see them if Teenage Bottlerocket comes around your parts… and fucking travel to see them if they don’t.

Setlist: (some might not be in order, but pretty accurate)
Freak Out
Bigger Than Kiss
Don’t Want To Go
Stupid Games
Fatso Goes Nutzoid
Welcome To The Nuthouse
——————————–
Rebound
In The Pit
Cruisin For Chicks
Skate Or Die
On My Own
——————————-
Bottlerocket
In The Basement
HeadBanger
Lillington High
——————————
Bloodbath At Burger King
Crashing
Radio
Go Away
—————————–
Necrocomicon
Go Away
Senior Prom?  (I honestly can’t remember if this was played)
Repeat Offender

MP3:
Teenage Bottlerocket – Be Stag

More:
Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Teenage Bottletrocket – They Came From The Shadows
Teenage Bottlerocket – Another Way

Buy:
Fat Wreck

The Copyrights, The Dopamines, Mean Jeans Live In Philly (6/24/12)

After being in the sun all day at a super last minute Phillies game (don’t care about the Phillies, hoped to see Tampa Bay lose), I headed out to Philly’s Barbary to catch one hell of a pop-punk lineup.  I would have went for The Copyrights or Mean Jeans alone, but having them both on the same set?  Fuck yeah.

House Boat:

I came in about halfway through these NJ guys set.  I caught House Boat at the Asbury Lanes about two years ago, and remember not being that big of a fan, but this time they killed it.  The vocals used to be a lot whinier is what turned me off originally, but at least last night, it seemed like that was toned down and a gruffer sound shone through.

I unfortunately don’t know any of their songs, but there were a lot of people in the crowd singing along.  I’ll have to give these guys a second listen.

Mean Jeans:

I’ve been meaning to see the Mean Jeans for a while now ever since I’ve heard their Ramones influences punk off of Are You Serious and missed their Friday house show they played in Philly before heading off to Baltimore’s Insubordination Fest.  Seeing them open on a Sunday meant it was going to be a lot more calm (I even heard one girl in the crowd say “wait, the Mean Jeans are drinking water? I’m confused”), but no matter, I’ll take what i can get.

Unfortunately I was upstairs talking to a friend and missed their opening song (and one of my favorites “Born On A Saturday Night”) but the band continued to bring the party with songs off of both full lengths (I need to still check out their latest one On Mars) and even threw some in from some early EPs.  Definitely a fun time, wish they’d come to the east coast more often.

Highlights:
Born On A Saturday Night
On Mars
Steve Don’t Party No More
No Brainer
Case Race
Slime Time
Stoned 2 The Bone
Let’s Pogo B4 U Gogo

Unfortunately I missed Dear Landlord’s set as I needed to grab some food, but I made it back in time for The Dopamines.

The Dopamines:

I’ll be honest, I’m not very familiar with these guys.  I know the name, and I know that I would like them if I ever listened to them, but I never got a chance.  Needless to say I was pretty excited to finally get to check them out.  Totally blown away.

These guys played fast paced pop punk in the veins of early Green Day and Teenage Bottlerocket, and had the crowd singing along every word (although being a mixture of the fact it was early, sunday, and hot as shit… people stayed relatively calm).

Definitely need to check these guys out.

The Copyrights:

I’ve always dug The Copyrights and always try to go see them anytime they come to town, but I was honestly blown away by their latest release of North Sentinel Island.  When I first started listening to them after seeing The Copyrights play a show with Teenage Bottlerocket, they played pretty straight forward pop-punk, but their latest album incorporated so much more.  Less I digress though.

The band took the stage and the sing-alongs began immediately.  Again the crowd was pretty mellow (and my attempts to start a pit were for naught… but all good, I’m seeing Municipal Waste tonight.) but that didn’t slow The Coprights down.  They played a mix from the majority of their releases, with the heaviest being off their latest.

The band looked like they were dying from the heat by the end of their last song when the crowd demanded an encore.  They didn’t leave the small stage yet and then proceeded to blast two more, taking the crowd’s request of “Worn Out Passport” as a closer.

Highlights:
Kids Of The Black Hole
Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
Cashiers
Hardwired
Crutches
Weapons Of Math Destruction
Worn Out Passport

MP3:
The Copyrights – Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
Mean Jeans – Rats Roaches And Jeans

More:
The Copyrights – North Sentinel Island
Mean Jeans – Are You Serious
The Lillingtons – Too Late Show

Buy:
Interpunk

Ceremony, Dead People Screaming Live In Philly (4/21/12)


Yesterday evening I headed out to my second home The Barbary to catch one of my favorite hardcore acts around, Ceremony.  It’s been about a year since I last saw them and they always put on a solid show.  As an added bonus, I learned that Philly’s own Dead People Screaming was opening the show and I’ve been meaning to catch these dudes for a little while.

Dead People Screaming:

Singer Ryan came out wearing a drag dress and some Batman undies to the surprise of mostly everyone (possibly including his band) and within the first note jumped down off the stage and into the crowd.   I love this fucking guy.

They blasted through a few heavy hitting, fast paced punk jams that the majority of the crowd seemed to be digging (albeit shielding themselves from the singer who was flying through the crowd).  My favorite jam was a “pop punk” (I use that term loosely) song they did, which featured incredibly catchy melodies with some break-beat breakdowns thrown in.

Definitely need to catch Dead People Screaming play a house show, I’m sure they tear that shit up.

Ceremony:

I missed both Watery Love and Salvation (who I’ve seen before at the American Nightmare reunion up in Boston), but made it back to the venue in time for Cali’s Ceremony.  Known for their power-violence blast beat hardcore, they threw fans a curve ball with their latest release of Zoo.  Zoo has been both critically acclaimed and crucified by fans for a complete change in a direction, and abandoning all their hardcore influences for a more post-punk (think Pixies, Joy Division) sound.

I was cautiously excited for their set as I wasn’t the biggest fan of their latest, and was afraid that the majority of the set would be of the newer influence.  Unfortunately for me, my fears were true.  The band opened up immediately with Hysteria which sent the crowd into a stage diving, pile-on frenzy.

Ceremony followed it up with “The oldest song ever written”, Kersed which had all of us losing our shit.  The band played tight, and Ross’s usual one man ball of destruction/raving lunatic on stage was a little more subdued (but that could be because there were always a minimum of like 6 additional people up there with him just singing along).

Majority of the set was from Zoo and Rohnert Park, with a few songs sprinkled in from Violence Violence and Still Nothing Moves You.  I love Ceremony, and they are still one of my favorite hardcore bands ever, but I personally felt a little underwhelmed by their set (not their actual performance, they killed it with all of their songs, I’m just picky and want more old stuff… but they DID just come out with their new album).

Still, even if I don’t like it, I give the band credit for going out there and trying something different… as in true Ceremony style, I know they’re doing it for themselves and couldn’t give two fucks what anyone thinks.  I just hope they incorporate more of the brutal passionate rage that made me love Ceremony in the first place.    They DID close with Throwing Bricks and I Want to Bring This To An End so i can’t complain too much.

Setlist:
Hysteria
Kersed
Open Head
The Difference Between Looking And Seeing
Citizen
Sick
MCDF
World Blue
The Doldrums
Nosebleed
He-god-has Favored Our Undertakings
Terminal Addiction
Adult
Pressure’s On (Red-C Cover)
5 to 10 (Vile Cover)
Throwing Bricks
I Want To Bring This To An End
Violence Violence

MP3:
Ceremony – My Hands Are Made Of Spite

More:
Ceremony – Zoo
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Ceremony – Scared People EP
Ceremony – Still Nothing Moves You
Ceremony – Rohnert Park

Buy:
Ceremony
Dead People Screaming