This past Wed, I headed to Philly’s Electric Factory to catch H2O, New Found Glory, and Alkaline Trio. Usually this isn’t a show I would go to, but I definitely wanted to see H2O and catching Alkaline Trio since it’s been over a decade since I’ve last seen them, and I like the first album by New Found Glory.
H2O GO! I was easily most excited to see these New York punk/hardcore legends. Easily the black sheep of the tour, I didn’t expect much of a turnout or a reaction for H2O. Holy shit was I wrong. The second the band took the stage, hardcore kids came out in droves and a pit opened up filled with us two stepping and shouting along each word. I’ve never seen H2O before, but as someone who goes to hardcore shows all the time, I will say it was very bizarre seeing them behind a barrier. I felt like mic grabs and stage dives are a necessary for them.
Regardless, it was still a blast, and while I may be biased with my hardcore leanings, easily my favorite set of the night.
One Life One Chance
Guilty By Association
Nothing To Prove
5 Year Plan
New Found Glory:
I’d be lying if I said I never listened to New Found Glory. I used to be a huge fan of their “From Your Screen To Your Stereo” EP and their Self Titled album way back in the day, and still find myself listening to it every now and then (especially the song Vegas… I fucking love that song). That being said, last time I saw the band I was sort of disappointed, not so much because of their performance itself but just the amount “tough guy bros” who use pits as an excuse to try to start some bullshit fights. Stay the fuck out of punk. *Ahem*
Anyways, New Found Glory took the stage and immediately blasted into “All Downhill From Here” which had many singing along and pogoing (while a hardcore pit opened up… which never made sense to me but ok). I would love to say that I got to watch the majority of their set, but honestly, I wound up catching a stray fist in the pit that just sort of made perfect contact with my nose and I started bleeding fucking everywhere. Great, I go in hardcore pits all the time and do just fine during American Nightmare, Bane, etc… and the one time I’m not even fucking dancing, I get hurt during New Found Glory. I couldn’t help but crack up at the ridiculousness of it all.
However, this happened during “Hit Or Miss”, and on account that was one of the few songs I actually like by NFG, I made sure to stay and bleed on everyone a bit more and dance… sorry guys. Priorities.
Unfortunately the band did not play Vegas, but did throw in “Sucker” and “Dressed To Kill” so I guess I’ll take what I can get.
All Downhill From Here
Don’t Let Her Pull You Down
It’s Not Your Fault
Truck Stop Blues
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith Cover)
Connect The Dots
Hit Or Miss
Listen To Your Friends
Anthem For The Unwanted
Failure’s Not Flattering
Dressed To Kill
Forget My Name
Truth My Youth
Hold My Hand
My Friends Over You
I remember seeing Alkaline Trio over a decade ago in NJ at Skate and Surf fest, and at the time I was not a big fan of them at all (17 year old me was way to “punx” to listen to them) Over the years, I grew to appreciate them (mostly Goddamnit, with a few off of Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, and some off their Self Titled), and I only wanted to hear two songs: Cringe and Radio.
The crowd thinned out a bit, with many only there for NFG… their loss. The second Alkaline Trio took the stage, they blasted straight into Cringe, and I completely lost my shit along with the other oldheads in the crowd. The band didn’t really let up, and I think put on a much better live performance than their recorded stuff.
The band kept stage banter to a complete minimum, really only taking the time to thank H2O and NFG, and played a solid set. I recently read in an interview that they may go on tour for the 20 year anniversary for Goddamnit, so I’d be stoked to see that (still have some years), and I’d definitely go catch them again if they came around again.
Take Lots With Alcohol
I Wanna Be A Warhol
My Standard Break From Life
I Lied My Face Off
My Friend Peter
H2O – One Life One Chance
New Found Glory – Vegas
Alkaline Trio – Cringe
I’ve got a big fat fucking bone to pick with you my darling:
Crucial Dudes – 61 Penn
Smoke or Fire – This Sinking Ship
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool