Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park Day 1 (6/11/16)

This past Saturday, I headed to Asbury Park NJ to catch day 1 of Punk Rock Bowling.  It was a pretty tough decision, with The Suicide Machines playing a free show nearby here in Philly, but the allure of seeing both Dag Nasty and The Descendents won out.

I got to The Stone Pony’s outdoor Summer Stage rather late.  I wanted to make it in time for both 88 Finger Louie and H2O, but unfortunately I was walking up as H2O was finishing up “Nothing To Prove” which rang throughout all of Asbury.

Subhumans:

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Next up were UK’s The Subhumans.  Now I’ll be completely honest,  I’ve never really listened to their albums much, but I remember catching them live nearly 5 years ago with Millions Of Dead Cops here in Philly and remember it being a damn good show, and they definitely didn’t disappoint this time around either.  From the second they started, a large circle pit broke out, and while it was clear that the majority of the crowd was either drunk or exhausted in the all day summer sun, things definitely got pretty rowdy.

Singer Lucas took some shots at the high price of Asbury beaches ($7 to go on the beach), jokingly encouraging the crowd to storm the beaches… which was pretty ironic considering the high cost of everything involved with this all day fest.  But regardless, it was around this point too that apparently bands were told to not curse in between songs, because residents of Asbury were starting to get upset (up the punks!)

Dag Nasty:

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Next up were Dag Nasty, and one of the main reasons I came to the show to begin with.  Reunited with their original singer Shawn Brown, who was on the demos and wrote a lot of the songs that were later re-recorded on What Can I Say?  The band took the stage, and a decent amount of us older in the crowd immediately went off, two-stepping and shouting along.  Their blend of melodic hardcore inspired many of the post-hardcore bands like Texas Is The Reason that pretty much shaped the emo scene today.

The majority of the set consisted of songs off What Can I Say, but they threw in a few from Wig Out At Denkos and a few new songs (did I mention that Dag Nasty is recording new music?!) as well.  The newer songs definitely had more of a heavier edge to them.

A solid and fun show, it’s great to finally be able to see Dag Nasty live.  I’m hoping that they’ll do an east coast tour soon and come up to Philly, playing a non-fest environment.

Setlist (From what I remember)
Values Here
I’ve Heard
Under Your Influence
Can I Say
Circles
All Ages Show
Cold Heart
What Now
Another Wrong
Trying
Safe
Wanting Nothing
One to Two
Justification
Little Friend (Minor Threat cover)
Fall
Thin
Never Go Back

The Descendents:
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Do The Descendents really need any introduction?  A staple of punk and one of the earlier punk bands, Milo and company have been pumping punk anthems about girls and the tribulations of growing up ever since the early 80s, and those songs still resonate today.

From their opening chords of “Everything Sux”, chaos ensued as a huge pit broke out.  This was my second time seeing The Descendents, and they definitely sounded tighter this time around from when I first caught them at RiotFest East a few years back.

Playing songs spanning their entire history, they also included a bunch of new songs as well with an album coming out I believe later this year.  With the first new songs coming from the band in over 12 years, you might be skeptical about how they sound, but rest assured… at least live they sound like they could have come off any Descendents album and doesn’t lack any of the energy from their previous songs.

Ripping through as many songs as possible in an hour, things got a bit strange at the end when the venue tried to not let them have an encore, and then finally after having permission to play a few more, the venue stopped them after their 2nd encore song.  Milo seemed surprised and pretty much said “Oh I guess we’re done!  Thanks guys!” before leaving the stage and leaving the crowd a sweaty, sun drenched, yet elated mess.

Setlist:
Everything Sux
Hope
Rotting Out
Victim Of Me
Pervert
I’m The One
I Wanna Be A Bear
Silly Girl
I Don’t Want To Grow Up
Shameless Halo
Van
My Dad Sucks
Talking
Suburban Home
Clean Sheets
Feel This
Coffee Mug
Bikeage
Full Circle
All-O-Gistics
Testostorone
Weinershcnitzel/No! All!
Myage
When I Get Old
Coolidge
I Like Food
Thank You
I’m Not A Loser

Encore:
Nothing With You
New Song

MP3:
The Descendents – Suburban Home
Dag Nasty – Under Your Influence

Dag Nasty – Can I Say (For fans of Minor Threat, Lifetime, Texas Is The Reason)

Maybe it was the Texas Is The Reason show I recently went to, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Dag Nasty as of late.  Along with other DC pioneers Embrace (Ian Mackaye’s band in between Minor Threat and Fugazi), Dag Nasty help pave the way for melodic hardcore back in the 1980s.

Released back in 1986, Dag Nasty’s debut Can I Say contains 10 jams that influenced many melodic/post hardcore bands.  Take their song “Under Your Influence” for example, you can see where Texas Is The Reason pulled a lot of their, uh… influences from.

Singer Dave Smalley shouts with a sense of urgency, while Minor Threat guitarist Brian Baker brings his hardcore influences to the table mixing the aggression with catchy melodies.

Easily one of the most underrated bands of their time, Dag Nasty is definitely worth checking out.

Song:
Dag Nasty – Under Your Influence

There Are Words I Should Have Spoken, But I Kept My Fucking Mouth Shut Instead:
Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Black Flag – The First Four Years

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