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.
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 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.
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):
Run Over By A Truck
Franky: Buying Dog Food
Jamming In Traffic
Days Of High Adventure
Tactical Destruction (I think)
Captives of the Thuggee (I think)
Dragonaut (Sleep Cover)
Dream Left Behind (ending)
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
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
Dangers – I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Graf Orlock – Chapter III
Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Ghostlimb – Bearing And Distance
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today
Graf Orlock – Destination Time Tomorrow