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

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

Kids:

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

Holy:

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

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

Graf Orlock:

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

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

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

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

DANGERS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Seconds, Zero Boys, The Copyrights Live in Philadelphia (8/1/14)

So I’ve been busy as fuck, (just moved, my computer broke and I just fixed it today, going on a trip soon) so needless to say time has been a precious commodity these days which is why I haven’t been posting much here.  However, now that I’m finally up and running I can post my 3 show recap over the weekend.  Unfortunately, my method if I don’t get the setlist is to make a playlist immediately after the show of songs I remember them playing, but since I lost all those as well when my computer broke… these are going to be straight from memory.

After moving all day Thursday, I headed to Philly’s Voltage Lounge to catch legendary punk hardcore P.M.A kings 7 Seconds play alongside with Zero Boys and The Copyrights.  I was sore as shit from moving all day, but there was no way I wasn’t going to lose my shit at this show.  I missed openers New Crime but got there in time for The Copyrights.

The Copyrights:

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First up were Carbondale IL pop-punk dudes The Copyrights.  I’ve been a big fan of these guys for a while now and they always put on a good show.  The Copyrights played a straightforward set with very minimal stage banter playing through a shit ton of songs for one of the opening acts which I was pretty pumped about.

Opening up with their now go to “Trustees of Modern Chemistry”, The Copyrights didn’t really let up the rest of the night as a handful of us in the crowd shouted along to each word.  They played a few new ones, and it has me pretty stoked for the new album.

Highlights from setlist:
Trustees of Modern Chemistry
Button Smasher
Two Left Feet
Shit’s Fucked
Kids of The Black Hole
Headcount
Planet Earth 1994
Cashiers
Hard Wired
Worn Out Passport

Zero Boys:
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Indiana’s Zero Boys have been at it for a long time now dating back to 1979, and after going on hiatus a few times were back.  I’ll be completely honest, I’m not overly familiar with the band although I know I need to check out Viscous Circle which was recommended to me a few times now, and every song that I liked that they played was off of that album.

They had a few in the crowd dancing and circle pitting to their hardcore with plenty of 70s punk hooks.

7 Seconds:
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I’ve been listening to these guys since I first got into punk in high school, where I originally downloaded a bunch of their songs off Kazaa, and yet this was only the 3rd time I’d ever be seeing them, and the first time in a small intimate bar such as Voltage Lounge.  These Reno Nevada punks have been going strong for over 30 years now, bringing their aggressive yet positive hardcore and message with them.

7 Seconds released their first album in over 9 years this year called Leave A Light On, and I was actually pretty excited to here some of those songs live along with the classics.  The new songs translated really well live, even “Slogan On A Shirt” which while I do like, is a bit cheesy at times… but I was right up front singing along each word.

The band had people diving and dancing throughout their set (as expected) to the point where Kevin Seconds asked the crowd to please be careful when on stage due to a hurt knee and somehow a nut shot?  But when the band played the classics, all bets were off with everyone shouting along, and while Philly tends to have a more bigger scene of girls in hardcore it was apparent during “Not Just Boys Fun”.

Highlights (not in order):
Walk Together, Rock Together
New Wind
We’re Gonna Fight
This Is The Angry
Here’s Your Warning
The Crew
Not Just Boys Fun
You Lose
Young Til I Die
Here We Go Again Kids
If The Kids are United
I Have Faith In You
Slogan On A Shirt
Your Hate Mentality
99 Red Balloons

MP3:
The Copyrights – Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
7 Seconds – 4141 Done

Ceremony, Nothing, Iron Lung, Bad Side, Anxiety Hammer Live In Philly (7/19/14)

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This past Saturday night I was left with a difficult decision: do I go see The Bouncing Souls out in Asbury Park NJ or do I stick around Philly to catch one of my favorite hardcore bands around Ceremony at the First Unitarian Church?  Since I already had tickets, and I didn’t really feel like driving I decided to keep it local and headed out to the sweaty basement (it also helps that even though they’re one of my favorite bands, I’ve seen the Bouncing Souls 30-40 something times now).

I got to the sold out church basement which has taken a summer hiatus for shows due to extreme heat except for the occasional hardcore show (because clearly we can handle it).

Anxiety Hammer:

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First up were Philly’s own Anxiety Hammer.  Playing Philly hardcore through and through, I haven’t heard these guys before their set but I definitely need to check them out now.  Minus some technical difficulties (they needed a new guitar after the first song) Anxiety Hammer had a sizeable pit going in the front throughout their entire set.

Bad Side:

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Next up were Philly’s Bad Side, which was one of the main reasons I came out to the show in the first place.  Born out of the ashes of a bunch of other really good bands (Lighten Up, Cobra Lung, GA$H, etc) I haven’t seen them in over a year so was stoked to finally be able to catch them again (my fault too, they play local shows all the time.

Bad Side played a completely no frills hardcore set.  With absolutely no time for stage banter and barely any time for even a break between songs, Bad Side ripped through a lightening set filled with slam dancing and stage dives.  Definitely check out both their Looking for a Bad Time Demo and Everybody Wants Something From Me.

Iron Lung:

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First and foremost, the Seattle two piece powerviolence Iron Lung were hilarious.  In fact, with their stage banter they reminded me a lot of Dillinger Four if Dillinger Four listened to INFEST more often.  Before starting they joked about how they were used to having a bassist in the band, and that if anyone slowed down the dancing they were going to stop playing (and then singled out one person and said if he stopped dancing they were done… to which they sometimes checked after songs where he was).  They let a girl on stage to ask them a few questions, and just generally had one of the cheeriest sets I’ve ever seen a powerviolence band put on.

Oh, and they also had one of the biggest fucking reactions of the night.  These guys played aggressive as shit music, and with being just a two piece were heavier than most hardcore bands with plenty of other members (and the drummer doing vocal duties).  Definitely need to check out their recorded stuff (which they have plenty of since they’ve been a band since 1999).

NOTHING:

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Philly’s NOTHING were sort of the black sheep of the hardcore lineup (even though they feature members of hardcore band Horror Show).  These guys played dark ambient sort of post hardcore music and had the longest set of the night.  I wasn’t really feeling them live, but I went to listen to some of their recorded stuff and I dug as few of their heavier songs.

Ceremony:

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California’s Ceremony has changed a lot since I first saw them 5-6 years ago with Paint it Black.  I’ve seen them about 6 times since then, and each show was a very different experience.  Never really sure what to expect, California’s Ceremony took the stage and immediately had the crowd in a frenzy with “Sick”.

I wasn’t sure how much they were going to dip into their back catalog since they’ve changed directions from their powerviolence ways to a more Joy Division post-hardcore style with Zoo and the new song they played, but luckily they didn’t forget about their hardcore fans as Ross would shout “This one is for the hardcore kids” before blasting into an old one.  Ceremony is always a good time, and always fun to lose my shit to.

Setlist (From what I remember and not in order)
Violence
Sick
MCDF
Hysteria
Pressure’s On (Red C cover)
He-god-Has Favored Our Undertakings
The Doldrums
Living Hell
Kersed
new song
Don’t Touch Me
This Is My War
Open Head
I Want To Put This To An End
One more (I don’t remember which though… maybe The Pathos?)

MP3:
Ceremony – My Hands Are Made Of Spite

More:
Bad Side – Looking For A Bad Time Demo
Ceremony – Violence Violence
Ceremony – Scared People EP
Ceremony – Still Nothing Moves You
Ceremony – Rohnert Park
Ceremony – Zoo

Official Sites:
Ceremony
Bad Side

Fucked Up Live In Philadelphia (7/2/2014 Morgan’s Pier)

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Fucked Up are one of those bands I’ve been listening to forever but never had a chance to see live somehow.  I’ve been a fan ever since I picked up their EP/single retrospective Epic In Minutes back in 2004, and sort of stuck with that for a few years before getting into their later stuff.  Now here they are ten years later playing a free show in support of their latest release Glass Boys at Philly’s Morgan’s Pier.

I figured Morgan’s Pier would be a pretty rad/strange place to have the show, as it’s usually a bit of a classier establishment that doesn’t usually have hardcore bands run through.  Due to the lightning storm and torrential downpours the show was under tents that were set up, but still happening which was the important part.  I missed most of the experimental opener due to me having to run back to my car and then getting caught in a freaking flash flood. But I braved it back in time to catch Fucked Up.

The tent was pretty packed as Toronto’s Fucked Up took the stage.  The band blasted into “Echo Boomers” off of their latest album.  The place erupted into a bumrush, and continued as people did dives off the poles hanging the tents up.  One thing I have to say is that Fucked Up is an amazing live band.  They manage to create a wall of sound as they did with next song “Queen Of Hearts”, and the place was a strange dichotomy of hardcore punk fans, indie fans getting into their later stuff, and random bar-goers who were hanging out at Morgan’s Pier for after dinner drinks.

Singer Damian took some shots at Philly (cheesesteaks and ECW), gave shout outs to Lifetime and Ink and Dagger, and seemed in jovial spirits at the ensuing chaos around him. I got myself in some trouble when I opened a pit during “Baiting The Public” which one overzealous security guard didn’t like, but he pretty much gave up on trying to stop me or anyone else once the place just went off the walls batshit insane for the older songs (which they definitely threw us a bone and played).  My requests for “Color Removal” (“we haven’t rehearsed that one in forever!”) and “What Could’ve Been” (“Mike refuses to play that song anymore. But I got to hear “Police” and “Generation” which were awesome surprises that just turned into one massive pile-on.

Amazing band, can’t believe it’s taken me this fucking long to see them after listening to them for a decade.  The new songs sounded tight live, so I’ll definitely have to pick up Glass Boys soon.

Setlist: (mostly complete, might be missing 1 or 2)
Echo Boomer
Queen Of Hearts
David Comes To Life
I Hate Summer
Sun Glass
Black Albino Bones
Glass Boys
Crusades
Baiting The PublicSon Of The Father (I think they played this)
Other Shoe
Police
Generation

MP3:
Fucked Up – Queen Of Hearts

At Least Judas Had Some Balls:
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Trash Talk – Plagues
Ceremony – Violence Violence

Guttermouth, Community Service Live In Philly (6/27/14)

This past Friday night, I headed to Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie to catch Huntington Beach, California’s skate punk band Guttermouth for a late show.  These guys have been a consistent staple ever since I was a teenager, and when I caught them 2 years ago, it was still one of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to.  Yes, I’m pushing 30, and yet the 13 year old punk in me was beyond fucking stoked to catch Guttermouth again.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the crowd goes because when I caught them last at The Fire it was a pretty small crowd, but the Kung Fu Necktie was packed.  Totally rad.

I missed openers FTS, but caught local Philly punks Community Service.

Community Service:
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These guys, even though I never heard of them before the show were like a blast from the past for me, and it was fucking awesome.  Community Service played ska influenced skate punk, inducing circle pits and singalongs.  A newer band playing the music I love and grew up on even though most ska influenced punk is no longer popular except for a few touring bands?  Warms my fucking heart.

Guttermouth:

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Loud, brash, and fuck you describes Guttermouth in a nutshell.  These punks have been at it for a long time (forming originally back in 1988) and have been going strongly since.  The band and crowd were in fine form, with circle pits and pile-ons starting immediately.  Vocalist Mark was in fine form, looking legit thrilled to be there and thanking the crowd multiple times (he was also drunk, but a bit different than the Mark of the past who usually abused the crowd).

The band ripped through a bunch of their songs, dating all the way back to their second full length release of Friendly People, playing a few off of mostly older releases.  Rowdy and circlepitting, Mark jumped into the crowd a few times, even getting picked up by some drunk dude who immediately fell backwards dropping the both of them.

Terrific set, a Guttermouth show is always a damn good time.  Maturity be damned, these guys are still one of my favorite live bands at the ripe old age of 29.

Setlist (From what I remember, not in order)
What’s Gone Wrong
No More
End on 9
Lucky The Donkey
Do The Hustle
Jamie’s Petting Zoo
Asshole
Baker’s Dozen
Lipstick
Mr Barbeque
She’s Got The Look
Bruce Lee vs The Kiss Army
1 2 3 Slam
Trinket Trading, Tick Toting, Toothless Tired Tramps
Perfect World

MP3:
Guttermouth – Bakers Dozen

I want to go punk but there’s way too many rules!:
Guttermouth – Musical Monkey
Vandals – Live Fast, Diarrea
NOFX – War On Errorism

Official Site:
Guttermouth

Direct Hit! Priceduifkes Live In Philadelphia (6/21/14)

This has been the week of goddamn shows (FUCK YOU, GET PUMPED) and I’m falling a bit behind in posts due to all of my running around (add trying to find a new apartment to the list and yeah…)

Anyways, last Saturday I headed to Philly’s bar and venue The Fire to catch one of my favorite pop-punk bands around these days Direct Hit.  I missed a few of the openers due to being out watching the US vs Portugal depressing draw (which, by the way… if you saw some asshole decked out in soccer face temporary tattoos and 94 world cup shirts, that was yours truly), but made it in time for Belgium’s Pricedufkes.

The Priceduifkes:
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I’ve never heard of these Belgium punks before, but I was impressed with their energetic, fun set.  Playing catchy 3 chord punk that any fan of Screeching Weasel or The Queers could get behind, the band seemed pretty pumped to be touring the states, and their positive attitude was infectious. Definitely worth checking out, they even had an old Blink-182 vibe about them with some songs.

Direct Hit!:

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These Milwaukee/Chicago punks have made waves with their concept album Brainless God and their explosive live shows, and the past show was no exception.  The band took the stage, and while it seemed like most of the people weren’t too familiar with them and were there for Masked Intruder, a decent number of us were singing along every word and even a small pit broke out.

The band themselves fed off the energy, jumping into the crowd and putting on a quick but fun set. I unfortunately had to bounce before Masked Intruder, and while I’m not too familiar with their music, every time I’ve seen them they put on a good set.

Setlist (from what I remember and not in order)
White Robes
Satan Says
Buried Alive
Getting What He Asked Us
Kingdom Come
A Message For The Angels
The World Is Ending (No One Care)
We’re Fucked

MP3:
Direct Hit! – I Told You A Lie

Maybe all you need are snickers or reeses:
Direct Hit – Brainless God
Direct Hit/Hold Tight Split
Off With Their Heads – Hospitals

Official Site:
Direct Hit

Cro-Mags, Anti-Nowhere League, Hub City Stompers Live In Philly (5/31/14)

This past Saturday, I headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church’s sweltering basement to catch a pretty diverse and stacked lineup consisting of Heavy Chains, Hub City Stompers, Rude Awakening, Anti-Nowhere League, and the motherfucking Cro-Mags.  The place while packed, wasn’t sold out (how it didn’t sell out is beyond me) and I got there in time to catch NJ’s Hub City Stompers.

Hub City Stompers:
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I’ve loved Hub City Stompers ever since I saw them back in 2003 at some random NJ ska show, and have caught them MANY, MANY times since then over the years.  After a short breakup, this is the first show I was seeing them at again for nearly 3 years and being a ska band on a hardcore bill, well I wasn’t exactly sure how the crowd was going to react.  Singer Rev poked fun of the fact: “Joe Hardcore you fucked up this time. Booking a ska band on a hardcore show?  What the fuck were you thinking?  Don’t worry guys, I know ska is scary… but we’ll get through this.”

To my (and probably the band’s as well) not only did a bunch of us skank and dance through out the entire set, but also sang along to every word.  Fun set, I know they disappeared for a while to resurrect Inspecter 7, but I always preferred HCS, glad to finally see them back.

Setlist (From what I remember and not in order)
WTFIU?
Where’s My Hooligans?
Chatterbox
Johnny Date Rape
Skins Don’t Cry
Pants Music
Hub City Stompers (Inspecter 7)
Ska Ska Black Sheep

I left to go grab some food and missed Rude Awakening (not really my style of hardcore anyway), but made it back in time for Anti-Nowhere League.

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The fact Anti-Nowhere League was playing this church basement show was sort of mind blowing.  Added on after the fact when Angelic Upstarts dropped from the show, these British 80s punks completely tore shit up and had one of the biggest crowd reactions.

Anti-Nowhere League took the stage and played their irreverent punk rock with a strong enthusiasm that showed even after all these years, these guys still loved what they do.  Opening up with their call to arms “We Are The League”, the place quickly turned into a circle pitting, pogoing, stage diving frenzy that didn’t really let up for the entirety of the set.

Setlist (From what I remember):
We Are The League
I Hate People
Let’s Break The Law
Skull & Bones
Snowman
Chocolate Soldiers
(We Will Not) Remember You
This Is War
We Will Survive
So What
Woman
For You
Pig Iron
Animal

Cro-Mags:

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Somehow I have never seen the Cro-Mags, so the fact I was finally about to see these guys, I was pretty pumped and intended to lose my shit (which I successfully did).  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect not seeing them before, but clearly they know what people want to hear, and that’s their incredibly influential Age of Quarrel, which they played in almost it’s entirety.

Opening up with World Peace, the place immediately erupted into a free for all of dancing, pile ons, and dives.  They only interrupted the Age Of Quarrel party to play “Crush The Demoniac” and two Bad Brains covers “Right Brigade” and “Attitude” (and honestly I was sort of shocked by the amount of Cro-Mags fans who didn’t know the Bad Brains songs… I thought Bad Brains were one of those bands that EVERY hardcore fan listened to).

A tight set, finally being able to see the Cro-Mags was fucking awesome.

Setlist:
World Peace
Show You No Mercy
Malfunction
Crush The Demoniac
Signs Of The Times
Seekers Of The Truth
Street Justice
Right Brigade (Bad Brains)
Attitude (Bad Brains)
It’s The Limit
Life Of My Own
Don’t Tread On Me
We Gotta Know
Hard Times

MP3:
Cro-Mags – Don’t Tread On Me
Hub City Stompers – WTFIU?

More:
Hub City Stompers – Blood Sweat And Beers
Hub City Stompers – Ska Ska Black Sheep

Armalite (Members of Paint It Black, Atom and His Package) Live in Philadelphia (5/24/14)

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When Armalite announced that they were playing on the already sold out show opening for Spraynard at the First Unitarian Church, I was pissed.  I didn’t have a ticket, nor did I plan on getting one because I’m not really a fan of any of the other bands playing the show besides Armalite.  However, when I went to the facebook event page and saw someone was selling an extra ticket day of the show, I had to pick it up to go see Armalite… I haven’t seen them since 2009.

The local Philadelphia dudes, (featuring Atom of Atom and his Package, Dan Paint It Black/Lifetime/Kid Dynamite, Jeff of Affirmative Action Jackson and Mike of Amateur Party) took the stage announcing that this was their sixth show ever in ten years (I’ve been to three), and with a champagne toast blasted into New Wave.

The band was in high spirits with a sloppy and fun set, and a very small handful of us in the sold out crowd were singing along every word.  Mike was taking his usual jabs at his co-vocalist, apologizing that we needed to sit through Atom’s songs.

They played through the majority of the songs they’ve written (which I guess isn’t hard to do with 14 songs), but they left out “Double Negativity-ing”… ouch.  Awesome fun set, I’m hoping they play a proper headlining show soon, but with all of their side projects and being dads and other real life stuff, I won’t hold my breath, and will plan on seeing them in 2019.

Setlist:
New Wave
I Am Pancreas (Seek To Understand Me)
New Years
Husker Dave
Other Entertainers
Dan’s Hands Melt
Destination: Not at Home
Boots, Sneakers
Entitled
Cover (not sure what song)

MP3:
Armalite – I am A Pancreas, Seek To Understand Me

More:
Armalite – Humongous
Armalite – Self Titled
Lifetime – Hello Bastards