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Ink & Dagger – Drive This Seven Inch Wooden Stake Through My Philadelphia Heart (For fans of American Nightmare, Paint It Black, Blacklisted)

ink and dagger

Philadelphia’s Ink & Dagger were one of the most influential and strangest bands to ever come out of the city of brotherly shove.  Formed back in 1995 and disbanding in 1999 (and which vocalist Sean McCabe died shortly after at the young age of 27), the band is most famously known for on and off stage theatrics (the vocalist once through yogurt at hardcore vegan hate-edge band Earth Crisis) and horror themes written throughout their music.  Their most famous, and my personal favorite is their Drive This Seven Inch Wooden Stake Through My Philadelphia Heart album which includes the EP of the same name and a previous “Love Is Dead.”  While their later works expanded their style a bit incorporating more elements of prog-rock, their original 10 song compilation is a hardcore masterpiece.

Before Twilight was ever a thing, Ink & Dagger used to take the stage in full face paint and fake blood while vampires were a recurring theme in their music.  The hardcore they played was incredibly dark and ambient, yet remained catchy through plenty of melodies.  Songs like “Full Circle”, “Bloodlust”, and “Shadowtalker” show Ink & Dagger at their finest.

I’ve been listening to this one since I saw Paint It Black cover Full Circle back on Halloween, and it’s easily becoming one of my most played albums.  Check it if you’re a fan of hardcore at all.

Music:
Ink & Dagger – Full Circle

Tonight, we try to die on purpose:
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Paint It Black – Invisible
United Nations – Self Titled

American Nightmare Live in NYC (1/2/14)

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American Nightmare is quite frankly, my favorite hardcore band of all time.  I remember a friend giving me the album Background Music, and then seeing them tour with The Hope Conspiracy back in 2003.  I went mostly for Hope Conspiracy, but left an American Nightmare fan.  Soon afterwards they announced their breakup, and I was telling my friends for years all I wanted was another American Nightmare show.  My chance finally came at the end of 2011 where I got to see their reunion show up in Boston.  I thought it was going to be a one off thing, but then I got to see them again in NYC in 2012, and then again last night.

Although I was running on no sleep and was completely exhausted, I made the solo trek from Philadelphia to New York’s sold out Webster Hall.  I got done with work late so I missed all the openers, and actually walked into the venue right as American Nightmare was setting up. Good fucking timing.

For those who don’t know, lead singer Wes now fronts an 80s synth-pop band called Cold Cave and he looks much more like the part for that these days coming out with a shiny goth inspired jacket.  But as a frontman, he still has that hardcore kid in him as he runs around the stage, embracing the pile-ons and mic grabs.

Taking the stage and opening with Background Music opener “(We Are”) the place immediately erupted into a frenzy of stage dives, somersaults, and a huge pit that didn’t really let up for the rest of the night.  In true recent American Nightmare fashion, there wasn’t much stage banter and they kept it going. While their set seemed way too quick, they played a solid chunk off all of their albums.

Wes announced they were going to play some songs they never really do live, doing some of their slower songs (Bluem, Crime Scene, We Killed It, and instrumental Sometimes It’s Like It Will Never End) in the middle of their set which was different to see (and sort of strange to see in the middle of their set, especially when Wes left the stage during the instrumental), but it was cool to hear them do songs I never really saw them do before.

Granted there’s something that’s always been a bit strange to me about seeing them at Webster Hall, and I think it’s just the size/overproduction of the show with it’s constant colored strobe lights and I believe fog machines going.  This is more of a venue thing than an American Nightmare thing, but as one of the rawest hardcore bands around they’ve always seemed a bit out of place to me at Webster Hall.

While no American Nightmare show for me will ever compare to the energy of their first reunion show or the first time I’ve seen them, it’s always a good time to see one of my favorite bands of all time play again.  I know their shows are few and far between, but I’m really hoping they come to Philly soon.  How sick would it be to see them at the First Unitarian Church like they toured back in the day?  Shit would be unreal.

Setlist:
(We Are)
Protest Song #00
There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
I’ve Shared Your Lips And Now They Sicken Me
Hearts
Crime Scene
Bluem (Calumet Street Light People)
Young Hearts Be Free Tonight
We Killed It
(And Sometimes It’s Like It Will Never End)
AM/PM
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Postmark My Compass
Calculation Nation
Please Die!
Farewell
Your Arsonist

Encore:
Love American

MP3:
American Nightmare – The Ice Age Is Coming!

And All The Pretty Pretty Kids With Their Tired Tired Eyes:
American Nightmare – Year One
American Nightmare – Background Music
Scenester 101: How To Be An Old School Hardcore Kid In 10 Easy Steps!

Bouncing Souls, Bane, Blanks 77 Home For The Holidays Night 1 (12/26/14)

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Everyone has their holiday traditions, and for me it’s going to Asbury Park after Christmas and seeing my favorite band The Bouncing Souls play with a bunch of solid friends they bring along.  Ever since they started this tradition back in 2014, I’ve gone pretty much every year on one of the three or four nights (the two hour drive back and forth from Philly is a bit rough), but this year I decided to go two nights because the lineups were so stellar.

Blanks 77:
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I got there right as NJ pogo punks Blanks 77 were setting up, and I noticed that lead singer Mike Blanx appeared to be missing, and replacing him were two fill-ins.  I’d be a lot more upset if I didn’t just see them 2 weeks previously in Philadelphia, but I was curious about what happened.  After asking around, unfortunately Mike’s dog died that day, and he wasn’t able to make the show.  Sad and a bummer, but the band pressed on.

While it was a bit strange seeing Blanks 77 with two singers that weren’t Mike, they did a pretty good job of filling in, although no one can truly replace his snarl and snarky voice.  That didn’t stop us from singing along with plenty of people pogoing throughout their set.  While it was fun it was definitely a bit off, almost like seeing a Blanks 77 cover band, but given the circumstances they all did a pretty stellar job.

Highlights:
Up The System
We Are The Punks
Chelsea Girls
Pills
Void
Suburbia
Radio Hits
I Wanna Be A Punk

Bane:
bane

I was surprised to see hardcore legends Bane playing the Home For The Holidays, especially sandwiched between Blanks 77 and The Bouncing Souls, but as a huge Bane fan I was stoked.  I love their latest (and sadly final) album and with this being my third time seeing them this year, I’ve been a bit spoiled lately with Bane.  I wasn’t sure how the crowd was going to react with their being a barricade (something I’ve never seen at one of their shows) or with the majority of people there being Souls fans, but the second the Massachusetts hardcore band took the stage and broke out into “Speechless” the place erupted into a huge pit.

Aaron was constantly right up against the barrier with a constant influx of people crowdsurfing and piling on, trying not letting a stupid thing like a barricade stop any fun while a bunch of us in the pit were two-stepping throughout the set.  They played a solid chunk off most of their releases, with the new songs getting as big as a reaction as their older stuff (with closer “Can We Start Again” getting the biggest reaction).

Easily one of the best bands in hardcore, they threw a hell of a show, barricades be damned.

Setlist (Not in order, from what I remember)
Speechless
Calling Hours
Park St
Some Came Running
My Therapy
Final Backwards Glance
Count Me Out
Superhero
Can We Start Again

Bouncing Souls:
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Growing up an angsty teen in New Jersey, The Bouncing Souls were (and still are) my favorite band.  I’ve been going to their Home For The Holidays since they started it, and every year they usually announce a theme.  Past themes included having their friends write the setlist, playing a countdown of what fans voted their most popular songs, using a bingo machine, or playing the albums in full.

No theme was announced beforehand so I wasn’t sure what the Souls had up their sleeves, but the band took the stage to fan chants of Here We Go (which they opened with) and then Greg announced tonight it was going to be all songs prior to the year 2000.  Fuck yes.

With songs coming off of The Good, The Bad And The Argyle, Manical Laughter, Self Titled, Hopeless Romantic, and some earlier songs from the Green Ball Crew EP, the crowd was in a frenzy.  While there wasn’t really much room to dance the first night, that didn’t stop us from trying (to which what ultimately became just a big shove fest) while the Souls blasted through their classics.

Greg seemed more animated than usual running around the stage, jumping down to the barricade and into the crowd some with all smiles.  There’s always something special about the Souls Home For The Holiday shows that is really tough to explain without actually being there.  If you get a chance to go next year, definitely do it.

Setlist (not in order)
Here We Go
Lamar Vannoy
I Like Your Mom
Cracked
Kicked In The Head
Kate Is Great
Joe Lies When He Cries
Say Anything
No Rules
Holiday Cocktail Lounge
East Coast Fuck You
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Hopeless Romantic
Kid
Fight To Live
Lay Em Down Smack Em Yack Em
Toilet Song
The Freaks The Nerds And The Romantics
Moon Over Asbury
Quick Check Girl
Wish Me Well (You Can Go To Hell)
Night On Earth

MP3:
Bouncing Souls – Low Life
Bane – Non-Negotiable
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits

More:
Home For The Holidays 7
Home For The Holidays 6
Home For The Holidays 5
Home For The Holidays 4
Home For The Holidays 2
Home For The Holidays 1

Blood Pressure, The Stasi, Low Charge, The Brood Live In Philly (12/11/14)

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This past Thursday on a whim I headed out to my current favorite house in Philadelphia, The Golden Tea House to see a bunch of local hardcore bands and touring Blood Pressure from Pittsburgh.

The Brood:
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First up were Philadelphia locals The Brood.  I’ve never heard them before, but consisting of ex members of Witch Hunt, these guys (and girl) completely shred with their crusty aggressive hardcore.   Reminding me a bit of Behind Enemy Lines, I definitely need to check out some of their recorded work.

Low Charge:
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Recently I’ve been listening to Low Charge’s 7 inch a lot lately, but I’ve never gotten a chance to catch the Philadelphia hardcore band.  Playing d-beat inspired hardcore, Low Charge completely tore it up with vocalist Will all over the place constantly dancing, jumping into, and charging into the receptive crowd.  Go see them if they play a show near you, they put on a hell of a set.

The Stasi:
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I’ve caught local The Stasi once before in the late spring play a show with The Flex and Violent Reaction, and it was a damn good time.  Coming off a few week long tour, The Stasi plays aggressive hardcore with song lyrics influenced by their namesake East Germany secret police.  Listening to both their demo and their 7 inch State Voyeurism, The Stasi played an energetic set with people dancing throughout.  Another one not to be missed.

Blood Pressure:

Last up were Pittsburgh’s Blood Pressure.  I never heard of them before the show, but I asked my friend who knows my musical taste pretty well if it was worth me sticking around for.  His response was “You’ll love them.  It’s ex-members of Government Warning man.”  I was sold.

Blood Pressure took the kitchen floor and played their face-shredding brand of hardcore.  With featuring the guitarist from Government Warning, it’s almost impossible to not compare Blood Pressure to them, and the songs were very reminiscent of his old band (this is definitely a good thing in my book).  Definitely a solid way to end the night.

MP3:
Blood Pressure – The Facts
The Stasi – On Standby For Guilt
Low Charge – Shut In
The Brood – No Way Out

More Hardcore:
Government Warning – No Moderation
Bad Side – Looking For A Bad Time
Aneurysm Rats

Holy – Seclusion MMXIV EP (For fans of Punch, Dangers, Weekend Nachos)

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I first caught Holy a few months back when I saw them open up for Dangers at the Golden Tea House, and the Milan, Italy’s hardcore band completely blew me away.  I picked up a copy of their latest Seclusion MMXIV and the 5 track EP is a must for anyone who loves fast paced hardcore.

Playing noisy hardcore with plenty of powerviolence influences, Holy’s Seclusion MMXIV is fighting no holds barred.  Just like their aggressive music, they aren’t holding anything back lyrically and are straight to the point with their political message, whether it’s attacking national institutions on “Captivity” or the plight of the middle class on “Blank Stares”.

The songs on Seclusion MMXIV are also much more developed than a lot of other powerviolence bands, where a genre is known for their 30 second songs, Holy manages to stretch the songs between the one and two minute mark without ever having them overstay their welcome (which is sort of hilarious that over a minute is considered long, but all us punks have A.D.D). Easily one of the better hardcore bands out there today, if you’re looking to check out Holy, you can’t go wrong with their latest EP.

MP3:
Holy – Ruins

More hardcore:
Dangers – Anger
Ghostlimb – Bearing And Distance
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today

Paint It Black Secret Under A Bridge Show (10/30/14)

Ahh Mischief Night… the night before Halloween where east coast teenagers (ok, mostly in NJ) go around and cause stupid mischief by egging and toilet papering houses, soap on car windshield, or if you’re Camden NJ then burning your city down.  Here in Philly, we chose to celebrate differently, and that’s with a secret Paint It Black show under a bridge somewhere in South Philly.  Yes, it’s about as punk rock as it gets and what makes me love my city so much.

Very reminiscent of their middle of the street show they played 6 years ago, the venue…err…under a bridge was packed with both costumed and non-costumed punks ready to lose their shit to the hometown heroes.  I’ll let you just watch the video below, but the band opened up with an Ink & Dagger cover that had the place break out into a huge pit (and immediately on the opening chord I was on the unfortunate end of a fist, head, or foot… which caused some intense bleeding and swelling of my nose and lip.  Whatever.)

Rad show, you can find yours truly up front at times losing his shit while trying to hold back the blood and not bleed on anyone (thank you to the girl who gave me her bandana to hold back some blood, you’re my hero).

I love you Philadelphia.  Stay awesome.

Setlist:
Full Circle (Ink and Dagger cover)
Past Tense, Future PerfectGreetings Fellow Insomniacs
Four Deadly Venoms
Headfirst
Ghosts
Goliath
Little Fists
Election Day
Salem
Atticus Finch
We Will Not
The Ledge

Mp3:
Paint It Black – The Ledge

We’re Invincible We May Bend, We Will Not Be Broken:
Paint It Black – Invisible
Paint It Black – Amnesia
Paint it Black – CVA
Kid Dynamite, And The Art Of Moshing Everywhere
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Bad Side – Demo Review

Lifetime Live In Asbury Park, NJ (10/11/14)

Lifetime
This past weekend was a bit of a whirl.  After hightailing to Connecticut to watch the Landon Donovan final national team/US versus Ecuador game (which we missed him playing due to terrible, terrible traffic, but was able to party after the game with the American Outlaws), I rushed to Brooklyn to crash with some friends and then the next day headed out to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park to catch Jersey’s best dancers, Lifetime.

(Little side track…skip this paragraph to get back to the show) For the record, I love Asbury Park.  Growing up in NJ, I would go there as a teen for Warped Tours, Skate and Surfs, and the skatepark they used to have in the old carousel. When I used to go years ago, it was not a good neighborhood, with the boardwalk completely abandoned except for drug dealers and prostitutes, every parking meter smashed in since the change was stolen.  Now these days, the place is completely revitalized, with a bustling boardwalk, a solid nightlife, and a nice beach.  It has completely done a 180… hell there’s even a pinball musuem/arcade that is one of the coolest spots ever.  Admittedly, even though I fucking love Asbury Park, I don’t make it for shows there very often (exception is The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays tradition).  With the 2 hour drive from Philly, it really has to be a band I’m obsessed with to make the trek, and clearly Lifetime is well worth it.  I missed all of the openers since I was getting side tracked while in Asbury.

Lifetime took the stage to a sold out crowd, and immediately started playing Turnpike Gates.  We Jersey kids exploded with a flash of drinks flying everywhere as people bumrushed the stage as we opened a pit that didn’t really let up for the entirety of the night.  While the barricades of the Stone Pony didn’t allow for any stage dives or pile-ons, there were plenty of people crowd surfing (and if they played I’m Not Calling You, which they didn’t, yours truly was going to come out of crowd surf retirement ever since I shattered my arm doing so years ago and swore I’d only dance in pits instead).

The band was on point and seemed to be having a good time as they cranked through most of their big 3 albums, playing a solid setlist consisting of the majority of Hello Bastards, Jersey’s Best Dancers, and a few off their Self Titled album, (which if you haven’t listened to, is actually really damn good).

Lifetime is one of those bands that rarely plays anymore, but they really should.  Besides being one of the most influential bands in hardcore, their live shows are seriously just one of those super positive events.  On a side note: some exciting news.  I talked to Dan a bit after the show and apparently him and Andy of Paint It Black have a new band in the works.  I’m beyond pumped to see what they have in store.

Setlist:
Turnpike Gates
Airport Monday Morning
(The Gym Is) Neutral Territory
Daneurysm
Rodeo Clown
Just A Quiet Evening
Francie Nolan
Northbound Breakdown
Young, Loud, Scotty
Irony Is For Suckers
The Boy’s No Good
Haircuts And T-Shirts
Bringin It Backwards
Knives, Bats, New Tats
The Truth About Lars
Hey Catrine
StarSixtyNine
Spiders In A Garden
Ostricized

Encore:
Theme From A New Brunswick Basement
25 Cent Giraffes

MP3:
Lifetime – Daneurysm

Read These Posts, Dudes/Dudettes:
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Lifetime Live In Philly 2011
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down

Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP

Punch, War Emblem, Grower, Disinterest Live In Philly (9/10/14)

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I moved (yet again) and so am so far behind on posts on account I didn’t have a computer set up because I’m good at life like that, but yesterday I headed to West Philly house Golden Tea House to catch one of my favorite hardcore bands around: Punch.  First off, The Golden Tea House has been on fucking point with the hardcore shows (Dangers, Graf Orlock, and Punch all within the span of a month?  Fuck.)  Second off, I didn’t realize how much Punch exploded.

The kitchen was packed, much more so than the last time I saw them at Barbary two years ago and rightfully so, Punch is easily one of the best hardcore bands around these days.  The show quickly sold out, and shit was off the wall for every band.

Disinterest:
First up were Philly locals Disinterest.  I got there in the middle of their set, but holy fuck were they good.  Playing noisy and aggressive as fuck hardcore, these guys set the tone with people raging throughout their set.  Even the sound problems they experienced worked in their favor, when the vocals suddenly became incredibly distorted, it sounded really badass.  Definitely one of Philly’s up and coming hardcore bands, I’ll have to snag their Demo.

Grower:

Next up were Philly’s Grower.  I haven’t heard these guys before, but they put on a blistering, energetic set with the crowd collectively losing their shit and the guitarist jumping on top of the crowd.  Will need to check out their recorded stuff.

War Emblem:

I’ve caught Philly’s War Emblem once before back in May, and even while being distracted by the NHL playoffs (which the singer was streaming from his phone) they put on a solid set.  Last night was no different.  War Emblem plays incredibly heavy hardcore with plenty of breakdowns and almost has a D-Beat vibe at times.  They played a relatively short set and legitimately excited to be there and playing to the packed house.

Punch:

People say that San Francisco’s Punch is one of the heaviest and best female-fronted hardcore bands around, but I say fuck that: Punch is one of the best hardcore bands around period.  I fell in love with them ever since seeing them live a few years back and checking out their Self Titled album, and their Nothing Lasts EP not only remains one of the most played hardcore albums I have.  After seeing them at the First Unitarian and The Barbary twice, I was stoked to be seeing them at an intimate house show.

The band took the floor and we all immediately erupted.  While there wasn’t much room, the place turned into a frenzy of people climbing on top of the crowd, screaming each word, and the entire room was one giant pit.  They played plenty off of most of their albums, and the new ones completely shred.

If you get a chance, go see Punch live.  They are seriously one of the rawest, most energetic hardcore bands around and don’t make it out to the east coast too often.  With their positive message yet fast and pissed as shit shows, maybe like me, it’ll remind you of why you got into hardcore in the first place.

Highlights: (Nowhere near complete or in order)
Do It Yourself
Time Apart
The Chase
How Nothing Lasts
Don’t Start
Ol Factory
Fuming (I think)

MP3:
Punch – The Chase

More:
Punch – Nothing Lasts
Punch – Self Titled
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Coke Bust – Confined

Dangers, Graf Orlock, Holy, Kids Live In Philadelphia (8/23/14)

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This past Saturday night I headed to West Philly’s Golden Tea House to catch an incredibly stacked lineup in one of my favorite houses around.  The show is played in essentially the kitchen, and things got fucking insane with this lineup.  When I first saw that DANGERS was playing in Philly again, I made sure I was going to be there since they put on the best show I’ve seen all year earlier in January, but with Graf Orlock also on the bill?  Holy shit.

Kids:

First up were PA’s own Kids, who last time I saw was actually with DANGERS as well here in the Golden Tea House.  Last time the band was plagued with breaking strings and ending their set early, but this time around they had a solid, heavy ass set.  Playing incredibly fast and noisy hardcore similar to DANGERS, Kids had a pit immediately break out which was the theme for the rest of the night.  Definitely kicking things off and setting the tone, go see these dudes if they come around your parts.

Holy:

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Holy shit.  Nothing could have prepared me for the onslaught crusty powerviolence that was coming from Milan, Italy’s Holy.  These guys had it all: incredible stage (err… kitchen floor?) presence, some of the most aggressive music I’ve heard in a while, and a positive message throughout.  These guys were nothing but thrilled to be playing a small house show, which they said they don’t really have in Milan.

Definitely going to be checking out their albums, if you dig hardcore at all you need to check them out.  Seriously mind blowing.

Graf Orlock:

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I’ve been a fan of Graf Orlock for a few years now, and so to finally get to see them live, in one of my favorite houses nonetheless had me ridiculously stoked.  For those who don’t know, Graf Orlock features Justin from DANGERS (and with them playing a show in Manhattan earlier in the day, had him essentially playing 4 sets tonight… holy fuck) plays what they call “cinema-grind”, which is essentially grind with songs about movies and with movie clips.

Just like their recorded work, the band opened up each song with it’s respective movie clip and even though this was their 2nd set of the day, you would never be able to tell with the high energy level.  The singer and guitarist were all over the floor, jumping into and on top of the crowd.  While it seemed like a lot of people weren’t familiar with them, it seemed like everyone dug them while myself and a few others screamed every word while raging across the kitchen.

The microphone cut out a few times (an issue that seemed to plague the rest of the night), but that didn’t take away from any of the energy as they blasted through their set.  Unfortunately I do think it cut their set a little bit short, as instead of playing common closer “The Dream Left Behind”, they skipped right to the Jurassic Park melody and dove on top of the crowd.

Highlights (not in order and what I remember):
Chapter III
Run Over By A Truck
Franky: Buying Dog Food
Jamming In Traffic
Tactical Destruction
Days Of High Adventure
Tactical Destruction (I think)
Captives of the Thuggee (I think)
Dragonaut (Sleep Cover)
Dream Left Behind (ending)

DANGERS:

Dangers
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m convinced that DANGERS is the best live band and one of the most ferocious hardcore bands around today.  I’ve seen them twice this year (both at the Golden Tea House) and I can honestly say that both shows have been my favorites so far of the year.  They just bring a ball of raw energy with them that reminds me why I started listening to hardcore and punk rock many fucking years ago in the first place.
Need proof?  About halfway through DANGERS set, we quite literally broke the P.A.  That didn’t stop frontman Al from launching himself in the crowd for the remainder of their set screaming along every lyric with the crowd, and we were fucking loud.   “We don’t need a microphone, we scream loud enough on our own.”

Dangers took the floor, noted that they played a show in Manhattan just beforehand, and that they were excited to be playing The Golden Tea House again because we remind them the whole damn point of driving over 4000 miles to play a small house show (also commenting on how the bathroom tile has changed and looks nice, which I’m pretty impressed with Al’s memory on that one.)  They opened up with one off their latest EP Five O Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World, and then completely set shit off with “Power Chord Blues” that had the entire room into a giant sing along pile-on.

Al was all over the place, climbing the banisters, constantly on top of the crowd, in the crowd, and essentially making a DANGERS show much more of a community experience than just watching a band.  Seriously, if you miss DANGERS when they come around, you are seriously fucking up.  Even without a microphone (and even without playing “We Broke The P.A”), they still put on one of the best shows, period.

Also, some exciting news: Ghostlimb, Dangers, and Graf Orlock all are recording new music.  Fuck yes.

Setlist (From what I remember and not in order):
The Mourning Routine (I think)
Power Chord Blues
Half Brother, All Cop
My Wonder Years Never Got Cancelled
(D)anger(s)
Midnight Traffic (I think)
Five O Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World
Stay At Home Mom
I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Pyramid Of Empties
Opposable
Goliath

MP3:
Dangers – I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Graf Orlock – Chapter III

More:
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Ghostlimb – Bearing And Distance
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow

United Nations Live In Philly (8/3/14)

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I’m posting this one way after the fact because for the past few weeks I’ve been in Spain and access to a computer for me has been limited.  But a few weeks ago I headed to Philly’s Boot and Saddle to catch Geoff Rickley’s (of Thursday) grindcore/screamo/hardcore band United Nations.

The band was on tour supporting their newest album The Next Four Years, and played to a pretty packed crowd for a 21+ Sunday night show.  Maybe it was the smaller, more intimate setting of Boot and Saddle, but Geoff seemed much more interactive with the crowd and on point with the quips and jokes than I have ever seen him before.

Poking fun at everything including themselves “our real passion is selling t-shirts.  Music lets me live this dream”, the punk scene “using google analytics, we learned that we are reaching our target demographic, which are white crust punks who grew up in Connecticut mansions”, and of course the fucked up state of American politics which for one song Geoff donned a Ronald Reagan mask while draped in an American flag while giving another mask to the crowd.

The music was fast and aggressive, and while energy-wise the crowd was low key (minus a small pit that broke out during one song, which Geoff commented “Ah yes, the quintessential push pit… no punk show would be complete without one”, the band had an amazing stage presence, and is definitely a band you need to catch if they happen to play one of their rare shows.

Setlist (might not be in order)
False Flags
Communication Letdown
Serious Business
Meanwhile On Main Street
Model UN
Resolution #9
Fuck The Future
Pity Animal
Revolutions At Varying Speeds
No Sympathy For Sinking Ships
O You Bright & Risen Angels
Nevermind The Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures
F#A#$
Music For Changing Parties
UN vs UN

MP3:
United Nations – The Spinning Heart Of The Yo Yo Lobby

More:
United Nations – Self Titled
Thursday – Full Collapse
Converge – Jane Doe