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Antarctigo Vespucci live in Asbury Park (11/13/14)

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Besides having a band name that I have the damn hardest time spelling, Antarctigo Vespucci is the latest side project from Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry and Chris Farren of Fake Problems.  Playing power pop (that I describe as just slightly poppier BTMI songs), I wasn’t able to catch them at Philadelphia’s Golden Tea House that Friday, so my girlfriend and I travelled out to Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ to catch them.

While I would have rather seen them at The Golden Tea House as it’s a house show and shows get a bit more wild there, heading out to Jersey had the distinct advantages of having a beach (even though it snowed) and the ever so slight chance of running into The Boss or Danny Devito.  NJ:1 Philadelphia:0.

We got to the show a bit late and missed most of the openers besides the very end of Hard Girls (Members of Jesse Michael’s latest band Classics of Love).  From what I heard, they played pretty solid punk rock with a slight touch of indie, throwing them on the list of bands I should probably check out.

Antarctigo Vespucci took the stage along with some friends (a drummer and John from BTMI), and immediately opened with “100 Years” off of their April release Soulmate Stuff.  Banter was fun and light between Jeff, John, Chris and the crowd with them declaring that they’ve all played Asbury Lanes a number of times, but it was the drummer’s first time so everyone needs to give the drummer a New Jersey welcome (which was just a polite “hi” from the crowd… see? We’re not ALL assholes.)

The band played a fun, tight set playing most of their songs off both of their short releases, with most of the crowd singing along to anthems such as “I’m Giving Up On U2″ and “You Don’t Scare Me Anymore”.  Coming back for an encore, the band left the Asbury crowd in high spirits as they finished up with “Come To Brazil”.  Definitely a fun night, go check out Antarctigo Vespucci…I’m not even a fan of power pop and I fucking love these guys.

Setlist (From what I remember)
100 Years
Sometimes
I’m Giving Up On U2
I Drew You Once In Art Class
Don’t Die In Your Hometown
Hey Allison (Jeff Rosenstock solo cover)
You Don’t Scare Me
Guest List Spots
Bang!

Encore:
Come To Brazil

MP3:
Antarctigo Vespucci – I’m Giving Up On U2

More:
Bomb The Music Industry – Vacation
Bomb The Music Industry – Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography

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

The Toasters, Hub City Stompers Live In Philly (10/29/14)

This past Wed night I had soccer playoffs which was a one lose knockout, all in a night.  We lost immediately, so the silver lining was I was able to rush down straight from soccer to Philly’s North Star Bar in order to catch NY ska legends The Toasters play with Jersey’s hate ska band Hub City Stompers.  When I got there, the place was pretty empty just as Hub City was about to play.

Hub City Stompers:

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I’ve been seeing Hub City Stompers live for a good decade now after growing up in NJ, and they are one of the only active ska bands that I still listen to these days it seems who plays shows regularly.  Tonight, they actually incorporated a bunch of newer songs off their upcoming album which was a breath of fresh air for their setlist.  The new songs sounded sick too, so pretty excited to finally hear them released.

Even though the crowd was small, it seemed like most people were digging them (even if I was the only one dancing, because fuck it… I’m at a ska show on a wed night).  The band threw in some covers as well, including a halloween inspired one by Type O Negative since this was technically a halloween show apparently.

Setlist (Not complete or in order)
Night of the Living
Where’s My Hooligans
Shallow Be (new song)Chatterbox
Pants Music
Type O Negative cover
Ska Train To Dorkville
some other new songs I didn’t recognize but were sick

The Toasters:

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The place started packing a bit once The Toasters took the stage, and what started with 3 of us dancing for the beginning of the set to the entire place dancing and skanking it up by the end.

The Toasters have been at it since 1981 with rotating members with their singer/guitarist being the only constant… in fact the trumpet player that night stated that this was his first show with the band since 1999.  Everyone seemed in high spirits (both the band and fans) as The Toasters played an incredibly tight and crisp set.

Definitely a solid time, go see The Toasters live.  It’s always fun, and they just simply kill it on stage.

Setlist Highlights:
Pirate Radio
2 Tone Army
Weekend In LA
Shocker
Thrill Me Up (I think)
Decision At Midnight
Running Right Through The World
Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down
Talk Is The Cheap
East Side Beat
Run Rudy Run (I think they played this)
Matt Davis

MP3:
The Toasters – 2 Tone Army
Hub City Stompers – Little Julie Swastika

More:
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep
Ruder Than You – Big Step
The Slackers – Self Medication

 

Leftover Crack Live in Philly (10/26/14)

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Like all good middle class suburban punks, I listened to Leftover Crack for as long as I could remember, and have seen them a handful of times over the years… however I realized that it’s been a good 6 years since I’ve last seen them so when a friend hit me up and asked me if I was going to go their show at Philly’s Voltage Lounge, I wasn’t going to say no.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect since I haven’t seen them in so long, but the Voltage Lounge was packed with plenty of punks ready to rage to the sweet crack rock steady sounds.  The band took the stage and busted into “Homeo-Apathy” with Stza joining the rest of them as the place broke into a circle pit.

The band played tighter than I have ever seen them before, and I think it has to do with the fact I’m pretty sure all of them were very sober.  Even Stza, who used to have a reputation of being fucked up beyond belief seemed to be incredibly sober.  While it seemed like he was still playing the “role” of the drunken guy at times (taking drinks of what I’m pretty sure was water from his glass) I actually give him and the rest of the band lots of credit for cleaning up and turning their lives around.  Screw any idiot “drunx punx” that tries to condemn them for this.

They played through all the classics, including plenty from Choking Victim days which had us skanking.  They also played two newer songs though, saying they have a new album in the works: one was a more metal “Slayer” influenced type song and the other was much more pop-punk similar to something Star Fucking Hipsters would play.

Overall it was a lot of fun, and good to see them after somehow missing them for the past few years.

Setlist (not in order)
Homeo-Apathy
One Dead Cop
500 Channels
Stop The Insanity
Crack City Rockers
New Slayer-esque Song
Ya Can’t Go Home
Gay Rude Boys Unite
Suicide (A Better Way)
Rock The 40 oz
Infested
Born To Die
Crack Rock Steady
Suicide Or Heroin
New Pop-Punk song
Burn Them Prisons

MP3:
Leftover Crack – Rock The 40 oz

More Crack Rock Steady:
Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes
Leftover Crack – Rock The 40 Oz
INDK – Kill Whitey
Star Fucking Hipsters – Never Rest In Peace

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

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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

Menace, The Clap, Hub City Stompers, 45 Adapters Live In Philly (9/14/14)

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Two weekends ago I headed to Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey’s Hub City Stompers with UK 70s punk oi band Menace.  It was my first oi show in quite some time, and it’s been years since I’ve been to a show with that many Doc Martens and bald heads all in one place.  Good times.
45 Adapters:
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First up were Brooklyn’s 45 Adapters.  Self described as “a truck full of Cock Sparrer records crashing into a truck full of Otis Redding records”, these 5 guys took the stage and played a solid set filled with catchy sing-alongs.  Their songs (mostly) had surprisingly positive messages, singing about dressing well, cleaning up after your house, and of course… drinking.  Definitely going to need to check out their recorded work.

Hub City Stompers:

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One of the reasons I came to the show to begin with, on the flyer NJ’s Hub City Stompers were set to play third, so I left for a bit to grab a quick bite to eat.  When I returned, it turns out HCS wound up playing second, so I missed maybe 5 or 6 of their songs.  Luckily, I still caught more than half of their set, and I’ve been seeing these guys anytime they come around since 2003 or so.

Self described as “ska for people who hate ska” (even though I love it) they tend to be put on a lot of diverse shows, and always wind up either poking fun at that fact or just completely owning it (I remember when seeing them open for Cro-Mags, the singer kept teasing “oh! a ska band on a hardcore show!  Don’t be scared… you really messed up this time Joe Hardcore!!!”)

Hub City Stompers played a solid set to a filled room with a few of us dancing and singing along each word.  Always a good time, check them if they come through your neck of the woods.

Setlist (from what I remember, not in order)
Hub City Stomp
Little Julie Swastiska
Where’s My Hooligans
Mass Appeal
Chatterbox
Skinhead Boi (I think)
Johnny Date Rape
I’ve Got A Boot
Hub City Stompers
Night Of The Living

The Clap:

Formed back in the late 1970s in PA’s Lehigh Valley, The Clap is one of the older punk bands to come out of Pennsylvania.  I’ve never heard of The Clap (the band, not the disease) before seeing them, and I will admit, at first I was skeptical.  The trio soon won me over though, with their straight forward punk rock.  The singer said he wouldn’t be able to do some songs due to the fact his kid got him sick, but they powered through a decent set.

Menace:

Menace

The reason most people were there, UK’s Menace is one of the earliest oi bands, even dating back before Sham 69.  The band took the stage, and the crowd while singing along took a bit of time to warm up, but once a pit was opened up it got pretty rowdy (and once Menace played their hit G.L.C, shit hit the fan).  Menace played their sing-along oi punk inviting people to the stage to the small stage to sing along, and seemed to be having a blast as people were stage diving and dancing.

At one point, Menace brought up some of the members of The Clap to help do a cover of the ska song Monkey Man, which had us hopping on the stage and grabbing the microphone to sing along all while skanking throughout the tiny room.

Definitely a good time, it’s awesome seeing such an early and influential band in such a small intimate setting.

Highlights (from what I remember)
GLC
Screwed Up
Insane Society
I’m Civilized (I think)
Electrocutioner
Last Years Youth
Punk Rocker (I think)

MP3:
Menace – GLC
Hub City Stompers – WTFIU?

Don’t You Know, You’re Last Years Youth?
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep
Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady

The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania
The Clash – London Calling

The Buzzcocks, Night Birds Live In Philadelphia (9/5/14)

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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.

Night Birds:
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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:

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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.

Setlist:
Boredom
Fast Cars
I Don’t Mind
Keep On Believing
People Are Strange Machines
Autonomy
Get On Our Own
Whatever Happened To?
The Way
When Love Turns Around
Why She’s The Girl From The Chain Store
Sick City Sometimes
Nothing Left
Third Dimension
Noise Annoys
Breakdown
You Say You Don’t Love Me
It’s Not You
Chasing Rainbows / Modern Times
Promises
Love You More
What Do I Get?

Encore:
Harmony In My Head
Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn’t Have Fallen In Love With
Orgasm Addict

MP3:
The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
Night Birds – Demon Haunted World

You Stayed The Same:
Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
Buzzcocks – Love Bites
Night Birds – The Other Side Of Darkness

 

Taking Back Sunday Live In Philadelphia (9/4/14)

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I’m going to try and catch up with the show recaps this week since moving has set me so far behind.  But on September 4th, I headed out to Philadelphia’s XFINITY Live to see a free Taking Back Sunday show on their outdoor stage.  As anyone in Philadelphia could tell you, this had all of the makings for one strange show.

For starters, XFINITY live is a multi-bar club that is home to a ride on bull, projectors to watch sports games, and is right across the street from the Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is home of the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, and The Eagles making it the go to spot to pre-game and afterparty after games.  On top of it, this Taking Back Sunday show was a preseason warmup party to kick off the Philadelphia Eagles season (because nothing says “GO EAGLES!” quite like early 2000s emo.  Let’s start the season off with a whimper and a whine!).  The crowd was a mix of emo kids, punk kids, and just eagles fans who didn’t even really know the band but didn’t hesitate to chant Eagles chants throughout the show.

(NOTE: Old man ramblings ahead.  If you don’t want to hear the tale of an aging punk, then skip this paragraph, you’ve been warned.)  Now, I’ll also admit that I sort of have a love hate relationship with Taking Back Sunday as well.  Back when I was a pissed off punk teenager in high school, I DESPISED Taking Back Sunday.  Rise Against used to be one of my favorite bands back when they only had The Unraveling and Revolutions Per Minute, and twice I tried to see them and both shows were cancelled as a direct result of TBS.  The first time I went to see Rise Against at Warped Tour.  This was before anyone knew who they were and TBS announced they would make a guest appearance.  Van’s needed to make room somewhere and so they booted a little punk band called Rise Against.  Then, I tried to see Rise Against play a record store… but lo and behold!  Taking Back Sunday played a show there earlier in the day, some emo kids weren’t allowed in because it was at capacity, so their parents called the fire marshall and shut down the rest of the shows for the day (TBS was still allowed to play, just not Rise Against).  Not really TBS’s fault, but yeah, my 18 year old punker than thou wasn’t having any of it.  I’ve come a long way since… it’s been over a decade and I’ve actually come to appreciate a lot of Taking Back Sunday’s songs, so to see them live for free, I wasn’t going to miss that. (RANT OVER!)

Taking Back Sunday took the stage with the singer donning a Philadelphia Eagles hoodie, and broke out into “Stood A Chance” off of their latest release Happiness Is.  The place didn’t really explode though until their 3rd song, when they started playing “You Know How I Do” off of Tell All Your Friends.  That’s when the pits broke out, crowd surfing began, and the barricade eventually broke.  They played a solid set, with more new than old, but throwing in “Timberwolves At New Jersey” and “A Decade Under The Influence.”

The show was cut short due to the barricade being broken and the security telling TBS they need to stop playing.  Now, in the scheme of punk and hardcore shows, minus a few assholes looking to pick fights in the pit, the show was relatively tame, but for XFINITY who is used to hosting bands such as Third Eye Blind and All American Rejects, this was probably the craziest they’ve seen in a while.  The show was cut short without the band playing their hit Cute Without the E, but they snuck in “MakeDamnSure” for good measure after being told to stop.

Sucks the show was cut short, but for a free show that was intended to be an Eagles pre-season rally, I’m not complaining.  Definitely one of the stranger vibe shows I’ve been to.

Setlist:
Stood A Chance
Liar (It takes one to know one)
You Know How I Do
Beat Up Car
Timberwolves At New Jersey
Faith (When I Let You Down)
Number Five With A Bullet
What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost
A Decade Under The Influence
Set Phasers To Stun
Better Homes And Gardens
Error: Operator
MakeDamnSure

MP3:
Taking Back Sunday – Timberwolves At New Jersey

Get Your Emotions On:
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Dag Nasty – Can I Say
Texas Is The Reason – Self Titled EP
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool

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