A few weeks back, my friend texted me and asked “are you going to see The Buzzcocks tonight?!” I forgot that I completely wrote that show off because I had to leave town for a wedding, but realized last minute I was able to do both. Hell yeah.
I headed to Philly’s Union Transfer, which is my favorite of the larger venues here, and got there a few songs in for NJ/Brooklyn’s Night Birds.
I’ve seen Night Birds a handful of times beforehand, and they always put on an incredibly energetic explosive show. Previously, I’ve only seen them in basements, houses, and smaller venues so I wasn’t sure how well they’d translate into a bigger venue, but they completely owned it. While some of the intimacy was lost, the singer was still all over the place to the garage/surf/Dead Kennedy’s inspired punk rock.
Definitely a solid set, if you’ve never seen them before do yourself a favor and check them out. They’ve been making quite the name for themselves over the years.
The Buzzcocks are nothing short of punk rock legends at this point. While they never gained the same fame as other 70s punks such as The Ramones, The Clash, or The Sex Pistols they were equally important and admittedly growing up I was always a bigger Buzzcocks fan than a Clash fan (I couldn’t pick a favorite now).
The Brits took the stage and kicked it off with “Boredom” off of their debut EP . They kept things early going straight into “Fast Cars”, but it wasn’t until they played the “I Don’t Mind” which had the crowd really shouting along, which was a reoccurring theme. Anytime something off of their critically acclaimed Singles Go Steady was played, we got hyped. After standing around way too long, yours truly and a friend opened up a small pit which had people dancing in it the rest of the night.
The band played a long solid set, covering most of their hits and a bunch from their other releases, and seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage. A solid show and definitely a good way to spend a Friday night, they played “Promises”, which is the main one I wanted to hear and dance to, so I couldn’t have been happier.
I Don’t Mind
Keep On Believing
People Are Strange Machines
Get On Our Own
Whatever Happened To?
When Love Turns Around
Why She’s The Girl From The Chain Store
Sick City Sometimes
You Say You Don’t Love Me
It’s Not You
Chasing Rainbows / Modern Times
Love You More
What Do I Get?
Harmony In My Head
Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn’t Have Fallen In Love With