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Lagwagon, Swingin Utters, This Legend Live in Philly (12/4/14)

This past Thursday, I headed to Philadelphia’s TLA in order to catch one hell of a lineup… Lagwagon and Swingin Utters.  I got to the venue on a chilly Thursday evening, and the place was pretty empty when I arrived.  I missed the first opener but got there in time for This Legend.

This Legend:

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I’ve never heard of This Legend before the show, but apparently the LA pop-punk band consists of ex members from Yellowcard.  I’ve never really gotten into Yellowcard so I can’t really tell you the similarities/differences/etc but I can say that This Legend played a decent pop-punk set that had plenty in the crowd digging.  I enjoyed their set, but this type of music is a bit of a grower for me, so I’d have to check out their recorded work some.

Swingin Utters:

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The place started to fill up a bit more as Swingin Utters took the stage, but still mostly empty.  I’ve had the chance of seeing Swingin Utters a few years back play the North Star Bar, and they completely killed it there so I was stoked to finally be seeing them again.  They took the stage, and while the TLA is a lot bigger than North Star (with barricades and the like), the band still put on a incredibly tight set.

It was clear that most of the crowd didn’t know who they were, but the few of us who did were shouting along to each of the songs as they blasted through both old and newer songs off their latest album Fistful of Hollow (which I have but haven’t really had a chance to listen through yet).

Always a good show, I think they would do better headlining their own show in a smaller venue, but I’m not going to pass an opportunity to see these long running punks.

Lagwagon:

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I’ve been listening to Lagwagon ever since Let’s Talk About Feelings came out nearly 15 years ago, and listen to them pretty damn regularly but somehow never had a chance to see them (only a few bands fit this category… I’m looking at you Dillinger Four).  I bought tickets as soon as this show was announced in excitement to finally see them.

Lagwagon was touring to support their latest release Hang (which is their thrashiest release to date), and I’ve been playing the shit out of it (and need to have a post up soon about it) and so naturally the majority of songs came off it.  While some of us sang along to newer openers  “Obsolete Absolute” and “Made Of Broken Parts”, it was clear the majority of the smaller crowd haven’t listened to the new album yet, to which Joey Cape even commented “Philly you’re so mellow tonight, you’re scaring me a bit”.  It wasn’t until the band blasted into “Island of Shame” and then “Violins” did a real pit open up and people started screaming along every word.

Lagwagon played an incredibly tight and fun set, playing songs from all of their albums with the biggest reaction coming with their older stuff.  It was pretty rad to finally get a chance to see Lagwagon, they’ve always been a bit volatile about touring/going on hiatus so I’m hoping this won’t be the last.  The TLA was nowhere near capacity (maybe they were at half at most), so I’m thinking a smaller venue and this show would be off the fucking wall.

Setlist:
Obsolete Absolute
Made Of Broken Parts
Island Of Shame
Never Stops
After You My Friend
Falling Apart
Sick
Western Settlements
Heartbreaking Music
The Cog In The Machine
Coffee And CIgarettes
Wind In Your Sail
Burning Out In Style
Alien 8
Making Friends
One More Song
Razor Burn

Encore:
Burden Of Proof
Reign
Angry Days
May 16

MP3:
Lagwagon – One Thing To Live
Swingin’ Utters – Sign it Away

More:
Lagwagon – I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon
Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum
Swingin’ Utters – A Juvenile Product of The Working Class

Saves The Day, Say Anything Live In Philadelphia (11/26/14)

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Earlier this year, my friend told me that there were rumors that Saves The Day would be touring playing their seminal album Through Being Cool in it’s entirety.  Growing up in New Jersey around the time this was released, I have played the shit out of TBC for 15 years now and it still is one of my favorite albums of all time.  So when the dates of the show were finally announced, I made sure to buy a ticket immediately.  They were playing two dates at Philly’s TLA, but on account I was seeing Cock Sparrer on Friday, I opted to only go to the Wed show.  A group of us met up at the show, and we got in a bit late missing Reggie And The Full Effect, but got there right as Saves The Day was setting up.

Saves The Day

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I was a little bit shocked that they weren’t headlining the show, but it didn’t matter much. After taking the stage, burning incense, and opening with a long wall of sound/trippy intro, the band finally broke out into opener All-Star Me, which immediately had most in the crowd singing along and a pit opening up (in which I was losing my shit in for a strong majority of the set).  They played a tight set and it was beyond awesome to finally see them play the songs I love that never get played live (Through Being Cool, Banned From The Back Porch).

When they finally ended Banned From The Back Porch, the band announced that they had a few extra songs, and played a mix from some of their later albums, kicking it off with their hit At Your Funeral which got the biggest reaction.  They played a bunch of newer songs I didn’t know, but they did play Jessie & My Whetstone and A Drag In D Flat (and Through Being Cool in it’s god damn entirety), so I can’t really complain.

Setlist:
All Star Me
You Vandal
Shoulder To The Wheel
Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots
Third Engine
My Sweet Fracture
The Vast Spoils Of America
The Last Lie I Told
Do You Know What I Love The Most
Through Being Cool
Banned From The Back Porch
At Your Funeral
Drag In D Flat
Jessie And My Whetstone
Anywhere With You
Freakish
Undress  Me (I think)
Get Fucked Up
Ring Pop

Say Anything

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A decent amount of people left after Saves The Day (and they were the reason I was there as well), but my girlfriend, friends, and I stuck around for Say Anything who actually put on a pretty tight show.  Max Bemis and company took the stage to a roar of applause as they busted straight into Is A Real Boy opener Belt.  Even though the sold out TLA show was only at about 75% capacity (this is what happens when you’re this close to Jersey and Saves The Day doesn’t headline apparently), that didn’t stop the band from completely tearing through the entirety of Is A Real Boy as everyone sung along and danced throughout the set.

After finishing up the album (minus the final track) the band said they were going to play a few off of the reissue bonus disc of Was A Real Boy before coming out for a final encore of Admit It!  A solid show, even though I was never the biggest Say Anything fan, I definitely had a good time.

Setlist:
Belt
Woe
The Writhing South
Alive With The Glory Of Love
Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat
The Futile
Spidersong
An Orgy Of Critics
Every Man Has A Molly
Slowly Through The Vector
Chia-Like, I Shall Grow
I Want To Know Your Plans
Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too
Little Girls
Most Beautiful Plans
Metal Now
Admit It!

MP3:
Saves The Day – Banned From The Back Porch
Say Anything – An Orgy Of Critics

More:
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool

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

Menace – Punk Singles Collection (For fans of Cock Sparrer, Sham 69, Sex Pistols)

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Ever since I got a chance to see UK’s oi punk legends Menace play a small show here in Philly, I’ve been on a huge kick of them lately, or more specifically their Punk Singles Collection.

While the band never got the recognition or the fame of other punk bands from the 77 era, Menace is often credited with being one of the most influential oi bands around and during their early years (before they broke up and reunited again) they put out a bunch of 7 inches.  The Punk Singles Collection has all of the songs on there (the first 11 tracks and their best work), including some of their EPs and singles they put out in the 90s after they reformed.

Playing incredibly catchy energetic punk rock Menace certainly has a knack for anthems.  Whether it’s the often covered “G.L.C” which attacks the Greater London Council with a chorus “Guilty! guilty! You’re full of shit” or the fame attacking “Last Year’s Youth”, Menace is a must for any fans of 77 style punk rock.

MP3:
Menace – GLC

More early punk rock:
Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops
Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady

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

Alkaline Trio – Self Titled (For fans of The Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music, Saves The Day)

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Over the span of their career, Illinois punks Alkaline Trio have completely exploded.  Although their sound has changed over the years, my favorite era of Alkaline Trio will always be back when they were on Asian Man Records, and I have been spinning their Self Titled compilation pretty much nonstop since I saw them last year.

Released back in 2000, Alkaline Trio’s Self Titled contains a bunch of their earlier late 90s releases including everything off of For Your Lungs Only, I Lied My Face Off, Sundials single, and a few extra thrown in for good measure.  Even though the album is a compilation, it feels like a full length studio album from the catchy opening riff of “Goodbye Forever” all the way through the shouting “I don’t deserve this!” of “97”.

One thing that always stood out to me about Alkaline Trio were the biting and clever lyrics, often detailing optimism, brashness and bitterness getting over relationships.  Personal favorites are ‘My Friend Peter’, which tells the tale about getting over an ex with lyrics like ” I dont care who you’ve been kissing on these days/ it’s out of my hands and in my mouth is such a pleasant taste” and ‘This Is Getting Over You’ claiming “today i woke up, more awake than i have felt in years/ Not concerned with anything, no tears… I’m done with that shit.”

If you never got into Alkaline Trio, their Self Titled is the best place to start.  Chances are, you’re well aware of this album, but haven’t listened to it in forever.  Highly recommend you give this a spin and you’ll quickly find it back in your regular rotation.

MP3:
Alkaline Trio – My Friend Peter

“Take Your Wings Outside”:
Crucial Dudes – 61 Penn
Smoke or Fire – This Sinking Ship
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool

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

 

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:

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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

The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Vandals Live In Philadelphia (8/2/14)

Last Saturday, sort of on a whim I headed to Philadelphia’s Electric Factory to catch The Offspring play Smash in it’s entirety, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and The Vandals (aka Warped tour 1998).  I was having a hard time resolving it in my mind going to a punk show that was +$60 which is just absurd to me, so I was afraid the whole thing would be artificial, etc.  I decided fuck it and I’ll just go and have fun… punk cred be damned.

I bought a ticket from someone outside who had an extra, and lo and behold it was a fake (what a piece of a shit).  I lucked out though because the couple in line behind me heard what happened and had an extra, and gave it to me for free.  You, super couple are my heros and seriously made my day and week and gave me hope that there are good people out there for every piece of shit.  Thank you.

The Vandals

The show was outside on Electric Factory’s Summer stage and the rain stayed away so we can bring the circle pits.  First up were The Vandals, who before the show I was the most excited to see.  I’ve loved The Vandals for many years and only got to see them once back at a warped tour in the early 2000s, and only partially their set.

The Cali punks took the stage and immediately broke out into “It’s A Fact” off of The Quickening which had a small amount of people singing along and dancing to.  Yes, the majority of the giant crowd didn’t know who they were (a shame), but neither they nor us fans really gave a shit.  They gave some ridiculous stage banter as they blasted through their hits, and took “requests” from the crowd to which they replied “we don’t actually care what you want to hear, we HAVE A SETLIST.”  Good to see The Vandals haven’t changed at all.

Setlist:
It’s A Fact
Cafe 405
People Who Are Going To Hell
Oi To The World
I’ve Got An Ape Drape
I Know, Huh?
Anarchy Burger
And Now We Dance
My Girlfriend’s Dead
Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen cover)

Pennywise:

Holy bro party.  Next up were Pennywise who admittedly I haven’t really much too since Full Circle, so I didn’t know most of their newer stuff (aka anything after Full Circle) and was probably the least excited for them.  But I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was of course a special place in my punk rock heart for Pennywise, the amount of times I’ve skated in the early 00s to Fight Til You Die and Bro Hymn, so when they played the older stuff, I was dancing away (even if they didn’t play Fight Til You Die).

Someone through a shoe on stage, to which Fletcher poured his beer in and drank from.  With both a look of disgust and applause from the crowd, it was clear Pennywise was here to party.

Setlist:
Pennywise
Rules
My Own Country
Same Old Story
My Own Way
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Restless Time
Unknown Road
Perfect People
Fuck Authority
Society
Bro Hymn

Bad Religion:

I’d say most of the “punk” crowd was there for Bad Religion, and I have to say I was originally more excited about them as well than Offspring.  Another band I never really got into the later stuff (see a trend here?) I was hoping to hear some off Suffer and their older jams, and I was not disappointed, with them even playing my favorite “You” second.

Greg and company surprisingly kept the preaching to a minimum for a Bad Religion show, perhaps letting the message of the music speak for itself.  They did a block of songs off Suffer which had us oldsters losing our shit the way us oldsters do (aka pits and lots of ibuprofen).

Setlist:
A Walk
You
Generator
New Dark Ages
21st Century Digital Boy
True North
SkyscraperSupersonic
Sorrow
You Are The Government
1000 More Fools
Best For You
Do What You Want
Infected
Dept Of False Hope
American Jesus

The Offspring:

The Offspring have been at it a long time, and the fact that they were playing their critically acclaimed Smash in it’s entirety had people who would usually not go to see The Offspring or a punk show in general coming out.  I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes for the band or the show, but holy shit was I blown away.  The energy was insane with giant pits throughout, and I mean, it’s fucking Smash.

The band took the stage to the intro “Time To Relax” before busting in Nitro (Youth Energy), and really didn’t let up the rest of the show.  The crowd was loud, Dexter was nailing the vocals and the band played through Smash and then added a few bonus songs at the end while they took an “Intermission” (as that track played from Ixnay On The Hombre).

They took the stage again and blasted into All I Want and then proceeded to play a few hits from their catalog (mostly off of Americana).  I did not hear my favorite Elders off their Self Titled, but honestly I wasn’t expecting to.  I’ll be honest, one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a while.

Setlist:
Time To Relax
Nitro (Youth Energy)
Bad Habit
Gotta Get Away
Genocide
Something To Believe In
Come Out And Play
It’ll Be A Long Time
Killboy Powderhead (Didjits cover)
What Happened To You?
So Alone
Not The One
Smash
Self Esteem

Intermission
All I Want
You’re Gonna Go Far KId
Staring At The Sun
Why Don’t You Get A Job
Americana
(Can’t Get My) Head Around You
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright

MP3:
The Offspring – Elders
Bad Religion – Fuck Armageddon This Is Hell
The Vandals – N.I.M.B.Y

More:
The Offspring – Self Titled
Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
The Vandals – Live Fast Diarrhea