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Good Riddance, Off With Their Heads Live In Philadelphia (9/24/15)

good riddance off with their heads flier

I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it down to Philly’s First Unitarian Church basement with all the shutdowns that were happening in the city for the pope.  With most of Center City having incredibly strict parking in affect, and much of our mass transit shut down (even 2 days before the pope arrived because Philly went completely nuclear over it) I decided to take the chance and head down because I sure as hell wasn’t about to miss Good Riddance and Off With Their Heads.

I got to the basement, and it was pretty under-attended for a church show, and it was clear that many others were scared off by Philly’s insane shutdowns.  No matter.  I missed Iron Chic but got there in time for Off With Their Heads.

Off With Their Heads:


I’ve been a fan of these Minneapolis punks for some time now ever since they released “From The Bottom”, and there was a time period where they used to come around and I’d see them 3-4 times a year, I haven’t caught them in almost 2 years.

It was clear once Off With Their Heads started, the majority of fans were there for them.  Opening with “Focus On Your Own Family”, Off With Their Heads played a tight set of their gritty sing-along punk consisting mostly of songs off their latest album (ok it’s 2 years old now) HomeWith plenty of people singing along, the band ripped through their set, and after forgetting how one song goes, decided they’d take the request “Die Today” which got the biggest reaction of the night.

A solid set, and while I wish they did a few more older songs as well, it’s always good to see these guys live.  I just wish they came around more often these days.

Setlist (From what I remember):
Focus On Your Own Family
Altar Boy
Don’t Make Me Go
Come Find Me
Spare Time
Seek Advice Elsewhere (I think they did this one)
Die Today
Start Walking
Clear The Air

Good Riddance:

good riddance

A lot of people split by the time Santa Cruz’s Good Riddance took the stage (their loss), leaving the church with plenty of room.  Good Riddance has been at it since 1986 before taking a 5 year hiatus in 2007 and then coming back and recording Peace In Our Time this year.

The band took the stage and opened into Ballads Of The Revolution’s “Without Anger” and didn’t really let up for the entirety of the night, leaving little time for stage banter as they cranked out songs from most of their expansive discography.  With only a few of us dancing throughout the set and singing along, it was a bit different from when I saw them last time they came around Philly but that didn’t deter Russ (who was supporting a Madonna shirt who also happened to be playing Philly) and crew as they cranked out their melodic hardcore.

Good Riddance to this day is one of the tightest live bands around, and put on an energetic performance even to a smaller crowd in a big venue (thanks pope…).  Go see Good Riddance live, they kill it.

Without Anger
Last Believer
Think Of Me
Weight Of The World
Dry Season
A Credit To His Gender
Yesterday’s Headlines
Half Measures
Shit Talking Capitalists
Running On Fumes
Fertile Fields
One For The Braves
Mother Superior
Take It To Heart
Letters Home
Shadows Of Defeat
United Cigar
Heresy, Hypocrisy, And Revenge

Good Riddance – Libertine
Off With Their Heads – Drive

Good Riddance – Peace In Our Time
Off With Their Heads – Home
Off With Their Heads – Hospitals

Teenage Bottlerocket, Pears, Live In Philly (9/18/15)

This past Friday, I headed out to South Philly’s Boot and Saddle to catch one of my favorite pop-punk bands around Teenage Bottlerocket.  I got to the venue, and the small space was decently packed for a 21+ show.


I’ve heard a lot of good things about New Orleans Pears, and with a bunch of friends telling me that I needed to check them out.  I’ve since grabbed their LP and their latest 7-inch on Fat Wreck, but I wound up missing up half their set due to me being an idiot and getting the start time of the show wrong.  Still, the half I did see definitely left an impression on me, and they put on a very explosive live show with their energetic and squirrel-on-meth antics running/rolling around the stage.

Pears played their incredibly fluid blend of hardcore and pop-punk (pop-punk more similar to Off With Their Heads or Dillinger Four than anything on the radio), and threw in their cover of The Ramones “Judy Is A Punk” before closing out with “Grimespree”.

Teenage Bottlerocket:


Taking the stage to the not often heard at punk shows “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, we knew exactly what we were in for: a fun, lighthearted punk show.  These Wyoming punks are currently touring in support of their latest album Tales From Wyoming, and immediately broke out into “Skate Or Die”.

With plenty of us singing along and a small pit breaking out (which is a bit of a rarity at Boot And Saddle since it’s a 21+ show), Teenage Bottlerocket played a bunch off most of their releases.  It was also comedy hour as well with them, as they shot down drunk people demanding them to wish a Happy Birthday, taking shots at the eagles when the singer failed to throw a drumstick under his leg to the drummer (“you eagles fans are used to this, that’s what we call an incomplete pass”), and forcing the crowd to boo him.

Always a fun time, the only real bummer is they ran out of time and skipped “Radio” because they did a cover of Danzig’s “Mother” with the crowd on vocals (which was pretty rad admittedly).  If you dig The Ramones, The Queers, or bands in that vein, Teenage Bottlerocket is a must.  They’ve been one of my favorites for years now.

Skate Or Die
Nothing Else Matters
Bigger Than Kiss
Don’t Wanna Go
Stupid Games
Bloodbath at Burger King
Mutilate Me
I Found The One
Fatso Goes Nutzoid
Blitzkreig Bop (Ramones Cover)
I Wanna Die
Dead Saturday
They Call Me Steve
On My Own
Freak Out
Nut House
Can’t Quit You
In The Basement
Too Much La Collina
Mother (Danzig cover)
Tony Sly cover
So Far Away

Teenage Bottlerocket – Fatso Goes Nutzoid
PEARS – You’re Boring

Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Teenage Bottletrocket – They Came From The Shadows
Teenage Bottlerocket – Another Way

Fat Wreck Tour: NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out, Swingin Utters Live In Philly (8/15/15)


Fat Wreck Chords have been around a LONG time.  A staple in punk rock, Fat Mike of NOFX’s record label were a huge influnece on defining the skate punk sound throughout the 90s and early 2000s.  To this day, they still crank out some solid releases and even though they pretty much pioneered the one album deal with bands, they have many alumni on their roster who have exclusively released albums through the label.

To celebrate their 25th year, NOFX gathered a group of friends, and pretty much threw an all day Fat Wreck Festival in a few select cities.  With Philadelphia being one of them, I had to go.

Now, I’m pretty skeptical of all day fests, especially at venues such as Festival Pier (the outdoor space by the Delaware River next to the Ben Franklin bridge).  While providing a scenic backdrop is nice and all, fests are usually incredibly overpriced (which it was), but they did allow us to bring in a bottle and had free water refills, so no complaints here.

i got there a bit earlier than my girlfriend and friends, making it in time for Swingin Utters.

Swingin Utters:swingin utters

By the time the Swingin Utters went on, the crowd was already becoming a shitshow (as one would expect at an all day Fat Wreck fest).  Beers flying, people falling over, it was exactly as i expected the second Swingin Utters opened up.  While it seemed like there were only a few of us who were really stoked to see them, those of us who love the San Francisco punks were shouting along and dancing throughout their set.

The band played plenty off most of their expansive discography, with latest Fistful Of Hollow and fan favorite Five Lessons Learned containing the bulk of the set.  Easily one of the most underrated bands on Fat Wreck (and in punk), these guys have been at it since 1987, and are one of the best in Social Distortion-esque sing along punk rock.  Go see them.

Untitled 21
Pills And Smoke
Kick It Over
The Librarians Are Hiding Something
Tell Them Told You So
Stupid Lullabies
Windspitting Punk
Tell Me Lies
Taking The Long Way
Fistful Of Hollow
No Eager Men
Fifteenth and T
Five Lessons Learned
Tonight’s Moon
The Next In Line

Strung Out:


Strung Out is one of those bands that completely rip, but for some reason I never really listened to much or have ever seen live.  Playing aggressive melodic skate punk with traces of metal infused, Strung Out may have played what was musically the tightest set of the night.  After catching them, I need to go back through my collection and give these guys another listen.



Lagwagon was one of the earliest punk bands I’ve ever gotten into, and I will always remember them as one of the first punk albums that I ever bought with the release of Let’s Talk About Feelings.  After listening to them for so many years, I finally had the chance to catch them last December on their tour with Swingin Utters, and they completely slayed live.

Lagwagon took the stage, and immediately announced that they were going to play their 1994 album, and possibly one of their most successful albums Trashed in it’s entirety.  The band was on point, and their set seemed to fly by as they zipped through Trashed, only to finish with a No Use For A Name cover and of course their biggest song thanks to Tony Hawk Pro Skater: May 16th.

Island Of Shame
Know It All
Stokin The Neighbors
Give It Back
Goin South
Coffee And Cigarettes
Brown Eyed Girl
Whipping Boy
No One
Bye For Now
Exits (NUFAN cover)
May 16th



If you’ve ever been even remotely interested in punk at some point of your life, you know about NOFX.  I’ve heard they suck live… well they’ve actually gotten worse.  All live album name jokes aside, I’ve caught NOFX a few times in my life and nearly 30 years later they are one of the most consistent and fun live bands around.

Fat Mike took the stage wearing a dress and exclaimed “No I’m not doing a Laura Jane Grace thing or whatever, I just felt like wearing a fucking dress ok?”  Before even playing any song, Melvin noticed that there was a baby on a dad’s shoulders in the front row.  With a few “who the fuck brings a baby to a NOFX show?” the band told the dad to come on stage with the baby because they didn’t want the baby getting hurt.  But seriously, it’s like the guy’s never been to a punk show in his life, are you fucking kidding me?

It was comedy hour with NOFX on stage as they ripped through their set.  Whether it was “this is probably the best song we’ve ever written” before launching into a cover of Rancid’s “Radio”, or calling out shirtless ripped dudes in the crowd, these guys seem to love what they do still after all these years.

The one thing they wanted to do was play The Longest Line EP in it’s 4 song entirety, but even that got interrupted as a fan requested “Lori Meyers” and the singer of Bad Cop/Bad Cop came out to offer vocals for it.  NOFX played it before annoyed asking “Can we get back to what we were doing now?!” before continuing the rest of the EP.

While they ignored everyone’s shouts of “PLAY THE DECLINE!” (“are you guys chanting let’s go Seahawks?”), they closed with a little broadway number and dance to “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist”.  A fun time, NOFX is still one of the best live bands around.

Seeing Double At The Triple Rock
Murder The Government
It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite
Leave It Alone
Quart In Session
Radio (Rancid cover)
Fuck The Kids
The Death Of John Smith
Lori Meyers
The Longest Line
72 Hookers
I Believe In Goddess
The Moron Brothers
Leaving Jesusland
Creeping Out Sara
The Separation Between Church and Skate
Soul Doubt
Remnants (I think)
Kill All The White Man
(Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist)

NOFX – The Moron Brothers
Lagwagon – One Thing To Live
Swingin’ Utters – Sign it Away

NOFX – Self Entitled
NOFX – Coaster
NOFX – War On Errorism
NOFX – So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes
NOFX – Punk In Drublic

Official Site:
Fat Wreck

Limp Wrist Live in Philly (8/9/15)

Limp Wrist

The other Sunday evening, I headed down to one of my favorite venues in Philly, The First Unitarian Church to catch a rare show from queercore legends Limp Wrist.  While not sold out, the church basement was pretty full of punks from all colors of the spectrum: straight, gay, trans, lesbian, etc.  Shorts were definitely shorter (as is Limp Wrist’s trademark) and there was plenty of pink.

I was pretty excited for this show, not just because I fucking love these guys, but also due to the recent victory in the Supreme Court making marriage legal nationwide for all people, regardless of sex.  I got to the incredibly hot basement right as Limp Wrist was setting up, and once Limp Wrist took the stage they got the party started with “Just Like You” off their Want Us Dead EP. 

Breaking out into pits and stage dives, we raged throughout their set of classics, but also some new songs coming off a new album that should be coming out some time next year.

The band kept stage banter to a minimum, and shit got weird as one dude got naked in the pit (which, by the way turns out will kill a pit with lightning fast speed).  Martin kept things rowdy by jumping into the crowd and onto the floor as he did “Limp Wrist” and was bombarded with pile ons and sing-alongs.

Limp Wrist is one of rowdiest and fun hardcore bands around, and I’m stoked to hear some the new album. If you’re lucky enough to have them play a rare show near you, fucking do yourself a favor and go.

Just Like You
Back In The Day
Bought Out
Fake Fags
Smear The Fear
What’s Up With The Kids
To The Grave
Man To Man
Fucks With My Head
All Gone Grey
Want Us Dead
Dead Weight
Limp Wrist
I Love Hardcore Boys

Limp Wrist – Smear The Fear

Limp Wrist – Self Titled LP
Ceremony – Violence Violence

American Nightmare, The Suicide File Live In Philly (7/24/15)

I headed out to Philly’s Electric Factory in order to catch American Nightmare and The Suicide File play night one of This Is Hardcore. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I was arriving really late in time for The Suicide File, but the all day fest had been going on for hours earlier.  The place was decently packed although plenty of room to move around.

The Suicide File


I’ve never had a chance to see The Suicide File before, so I was pretty stoked to catch Boston’s rock and roll infused hardcore band.  Before their set, someone took the stage and stated that the band asked him to talk about one of the biggest problems plaguing the country these days, rumors of Tom Brady cheating.

With that, the band took the stage and blasted into The Purple Dawn while a pit, stage dives, and a can of party string was immediately let loose.  Suicide File put on a killer reunion set, and seemed in pretty high spirits, often taking light hearted jabs at each other, the crowd and Philadelphia in general (“If I knew 15 years ago that we’d be playing in front of a crowd this big in Philadelphia?  I’d say couldn’t we play a better city?”)

Playing a bunch off both Twilight and their compilation Some Mistakes You Never Stop Paying For, they played two of my favorites (“Atchung Landmine!” and “Now Lie In It”) but the biggest reaction was definitely closer “Song For Tonight” which had one of the biggest pile-ons I’ve seen at recent shows.  Holy shit.

Setlist (not in order, might not be complete)
The Purple Dawn
Things Fall Apart
Atchung! Landmine!
I Hate You
Song For Katy
Now Lie In It

American Nightmare:American Nightmare

I’m a huge American Nightmare fan, and they have been my favorite hardcore band ever since I’ve seen them back in 2003 when they were touring under the name Give Up The Ghost (due to another American Nightmare threatening legal action).  Since they’ve broken up, I’ve seen them a number of times, flying up to Boston to see their first reunion show which was mind blowing, and heading up to NYC to catch them a few times as well.

After a while setting up, Wes and crew took the stage and broke out into “There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru”.  Two stepping and stage diving abound, the band played a set heavily from Background Music and their earlier EPs, playing for a solid half hour with very minimal banter.

In true hardcore form, Wes left most of the shouting up to the crowd as he jumped around the stage and stage divers accidentally ripped out cords.  It seemed like their set was plagued with some sound issues, but Wes seems to have a hard time hitting the screams this show.  Still, it’s American Nightmare and I definitely lost my shit and was in the pit the majority of theire set.  I really want to see them in a smaller venue again (I missed their NYC show at Saint Vitus, but footage looks like some of the most solid yet).
There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
I’ve Shared Your And Lips Now They Sicken Me
Love American
(We Are)
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Postmark My Compass
Crime Scene
Fuck What Fireworks Stand For
Calculation Nation
Protest Song #00
Please Die!
Your Arsonist

American Nightmare – The Ice Age Is Coming!
The Suicide File – Now Lie In It

American Nightmare – Year One
American Nightmare – Background Music
Scenester 101: How To Be An Old School Hardcore Kid In 10 Easy Steps!

Bouncing Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad Live In New Jersey (7/17/15)

I don’t head out to NJ’s Starland Ballroom very often anymore, it’s a bit of a ride and a bigger venue.  But I’ll make an exception for those fucking New Jersey mooches The Bouncing Souls.  When I first bought tickets to the show when it was announced, I was thrilled as a NJ born and bred punk kid, they’ve been my favorite band for many years now.

But when The Bouncing Souls announced that they were playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation in it’s entirety, I was pretty pumped: last time I tried to see this album in it’s entirety (exactly 4 years and 2 days of the show) I shattered my arm and had to leave early, eventually needing about 20 screws and 2 steel plates.   I wasn’t planning on crowd surfing this time, and kept it in the pit.

My girlfriend and I got to the venue and while it wasn’t sold out, it was decently packed.  I got there right as folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad were setting up.

Andrew Jackson Jihad:

Andrew Jackson Jihad

I caught Andrew Jackson Jihad once before, and they put on a killer show so I was excited to catch them again.  The band was on stage when the Starland Ballroom screen lifted, to which they made of fun a bit and instantly kicked into their folk punk tunes to a very receptive crowd.  With many shouting along, they played a killer set with plenty of energy (with the singer doing somersaults to lighten up the rather somber yet epic closer “Big Bird”).

Andrew Jackson Jihad are easily one of the best live folk punk bands around, and if they come around your area, go check them out.

Linda Ronstant
Big Bird
Gift Of The Magi 2: Return Of The Magi

The Bouncing Souls:


After a few good chants of OLE and Here We Go as is custom before their set, The Bouncing Souls took the stage and immediately broke into “That Song” which had us in the crowd singing and moving throughout their set playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation.  The set was a bit of a whirlwind, and every song had people dancing.  Greg seemed more energetic on stage with the mic, even diving into the crowd at one point.

After the Souls finished up How I Spent My Summer Vacation closer “Gone”, they left the stage for a bit to chants of Here We Go.  When they announced the show, they said they were going to showcase some new songs as well, but they definitely surprised me by playing a bunch of other songs off older albums as well.  They took the stage again and started their encore with the Ramones cover (who were covering Bobby Freeman) “Do You Wanna Dance?”

The new songs that the band played were actually pretty tight, and sounded much more like the traditional Bouncing Souls that I know and love.  Minus a few songs, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Comet or the slower songs from Ghosts On The Boardwalk but loved the song they did on their latest Shocking Split with The Menzingers so I’m excited to see what they’ll put out next.  Oh, and they played my favorite song ever “The Freaks, The Nerds, And The Romantics”?  Yeah, I’m happy.  Bonus I didn’t break my arm this time around

Setlist (Mostly Complete, Order might be off):

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Set:
That Song
Private Radio
True Believers
Better Life
The Something Special
Broken Record
Break-Up Song
Streetlight Serenade (To No One)
Late Bloomer
No Comply

Do You Wanna Dance (Ramones/Bobby Freeman cover)
Sing Along Forever
Say Anything
New Song
Hopeless Romantic
Quick Check Girl
East Coast Fuck You
Lean On Sheena (Avoid One Thing cover)
Kate Is Great
Joe Lies When He Cries (I think they did this one)
New Song
The Freaks The Nerds And The Romantics
Here We Go
Night On Earth

Andrew Jackson Jihad – ‘Nother Beer
Bouncing Souls-Joe Lies (When He Cries)

Bouncing Souls “Worst” Album
Bouncing Souls – The Good The Bad And The Argyle
Bouncing Souls Split Series
Bouncing Souls – Comet

Shitty Friends – Crime Line 7″ (For fans of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Western Addiction)

shitty friends crime line

A punk 7-inch should leave a listener wanting more, and that’s exactly what Lancaster PA’s Shitty Friends Crime Line does.  With four songs finishing just around 5 minutes, you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into with the title opener: no frills or bullshit, just late 70s early 80s style hardcore punk.

Very reminiscent of early Circle Jerks and Western Addiction, with “Last Call” even reminding me a bit of later Exploited when they went more hardcore.  You’re not going to find anything ground breaking or new with Shitty Friends, and that’s exactly what I love about this 7-inch.  It’s refreshingly simple face smashing punk rock, and you should definitely pick this one up over at their bandcamp.

Shitty Friends – Crime Line

OFF! – First Four EPS
Western Addiction – Cognicide
Government Warning – No Moderation


Good Riddance – Peace In Our Time (Rise Against, Bad Religion, 7 Seconds)


Life’s busy man.  It’s been months since I’ve had a chance to post a proper* review of an album, and I’ve been sitting on Peace In Our Time for a little bit now.  Released at the end of April, Good Riddance is back with their 8th full length, and their first one in nine years.

Santa Cruz’s Good Riddance has been at it for a while now.  After calling it a day back in 2007, only to reunite five years later, these guys continue to produce incredibly energetic fast paced melodic hardcore.

From the very beginning of opener “Disputatio” with it’s heavy chugging bass and instant guitar assault, it’s clear that even though it’s been nine years, Good Riddance haven’t missed a beat.  Russ is still on point with his aggressive yet cleanly delivered vocals tackling both socio-political and personal issues.

Songs like “Dry Season” and “Year Zero” are up there with Good Riddance’s heaviest songs, while “Running On Fumes” and “Washed Away” lean more towards the melodic sides of things with the chorus even bordering straight pop-punk.

Definitely will please any Good Riddance fan, while so many bands change their style and “grow”, Good Riddance has proven once again you can grow a bit without changing up the music much.

Good Riddance – Disputatio

Good Riddance Live In Philly Recap
Western Addiction – Cognicide
Nofx – Ribbed
Bad Religion – Suffer

Bane, Backtrack Live In Philadelphia (4/23/15)

bane flyer

This past Thursday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s small bar Voltage Lounge to see one of my favorite hardcore bands of all time, Bane.  The place was decently packed when I got there, and I got there in time to catch Long Island hardcore dudes Backtrack.



Backtrack is one of the bigger names in hardcore today, and it definitely showed once they took the stage.  A pit immediately broke out with people raging throughout the entirety of their set and didn’t let up.  7 year running Backtrack play a style of hardcore that takes it’s roots from NYHC bands like Madball, yet blends it with a faster youth-crew era style at times.

Personally, not my type of hardcore (I’m not a fan of the more metal infused breakdown hardcore), but they put on a solid and enjoyable set regardless with tons of stage presence and energy.  If you dig bands like Turnstile or Suburban Scum, you’d dig these guys.



I’ve seen Bane a shit load of times, and I’m always still insanely excited every time I see them.  Worcester’s Bane is one of the few bands who seem to truly love what they do, and play every show with a lot of heart and passion.  For a band that has been at it for 20 years now, this is beyond fucking impressive.

As Bane was setting up and mic checking, they started to sing along with the between sets music track “Lean On Me”, getting the entire crowd to sing along and having lighters thrown in the air waving back and forth: not your usual site at a Bane show.  That didn’t last long though, once they opened their set with “My Therapy”, we erupted into a frenzy of two steps, stage dives, and sing alongs, which only intensified as they segued straight into “Ali Vs Frazier”.

Usually when bands play songs off later albums, they don’t often get a big reaction (especially if you’ve been cranking out songs as long as Bane has), but everything off Don’t Wait Up was met with enthusiasm.  Of course, the song that got the biggest reaction was “Can We Start Again”, and people were jumping off speakers at this point.

Little side note: vocalist Aaron took some time to talk about how nothing on tour (and life) is certain, where they’ve played places they expected to be dead to be insane, and places the reaction are usually good to be low key, but that Philadelphia always goes off and is insane.  Usually I would think a band says that at every show, but I’ve seen Bane elsewhere, and there always is a good reaction in Philly compared to other places I’ve seen them.

My Therapy
Ali Vs Frazier
All The Way Through
Count Me Out
Some Came Running
Swan Song
Calling Hours
Can We Start Again
Super Hero
Final Backward Glance

Bane – Non-Negotiable

Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Bane – Holding This Moment
American Nightmare – Year One
Chain Of Strength – The One Thing That Still Holds True Today

Cave Moth, Fantasy Panther Live In Philadelphia (4/21/15)

cave moth fantasty panther

Tuesday night, I was suffering from a pretty bad headache and just overall felt under the weather. Figuring the only cure was incredibly loud grindcore, I headed out to Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie on a whim, as I found out about the show about 4 hours before heading out.

I got to Kung Fu Necktie and the place was pretty much empty, minus a handful of people, making it a pretty low-key grind show (oxymoron?) which was actually pretty rad.

Fantasy Panther:

fantasy panther

Featuring ex-members of Pennsylvania’s weirdo-psycho-hardcore-whatever you want to call them An Albatross, Fantasy Panther plays heavy as shit grind, all while keeping true to their punk roots by throwing in plenty of melodies to contrast with the technical aspects typically found in grind (just listen to their song Dystrophy as an example).

I’ve seen these Philly locals a bunch of times now and Fantasy Panther always puts on a tight and energetic set, regardless if they’re playing to a packed room or just a few people on a Tuesday night.  Blasting through the majority of their under a minute songs on their LP, they also threw in some newer ones I haven’t really heard before.  Always fun, go see them live if you get a chance.

Cave Moth:

cave moth
I’ve never heard of Florida’s Cave Moth before, but they play incredibly experimental noise, blending a variety of styles, leaning very heavily on their grind influences during this set.  With many of their recorded songs being fully electronic white noise, they were playing their more structured songs.  I use that term incredibly loosely by the way, even their “more structured songs” remained incredibly experimental and technical.
Cave Moth seemed excited to be playing, and while their music might be too experimental for some there were definitely a few in the small handful of people there getting into their noise grind.  If you dig your grind more technical, give these dudes a listen.

Fantasy Panther – Marionette

An Albatross – We Are The Lazer Viking
An Albatross – Eat Lightning Shit Thunder
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today