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Anvil, Lords Of Mercy, Fantasy Panther Live In Philadelphia (4/1/14)

anvil flyer

Last week, on a random Tuesday night I headed out to Philadelphia’s Barbary to catch local grind band Fantasy Panther open for what has been dubbed the real life Spinal Tap metal band Anvil.  I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about Anvil going into the show as I’ve never seen The Story Of Anvil documentary that helped relaunch their popularity, and the only thing I knew about them is Propagandhi payed homage to them by titling one of their songs “March Of The Crabs”.  I was blown away.

Fantasy Panther:

fantasy panther

Fantasy Panther (featuring ex members of An Albatross) have been really making a name for themselves as of late.  After releasing their debut under 10 minute Self Titled LP, they’ve been named one of Philly’s top bands to check out.  I’ve seen most (if not all) of their Philly shows previously, and I can definitely tell you that this is definitely the case.

The band took the stage and immediately broke out into what was easily the heaviest and most explosive set of the night.  Playing grind/power violence similar to Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, Fantasy Panther has always had a strong stage presence with singer death shrieker Eddie jumping, climbing, and hanging from rafters while guitarist Dan and drummer Stevie raged in the back.  If you dig heavy as shit music and have my type of attention span (aka that of a goldfish on speed), check them out on their bandcamp page here.

Setlist (From What I remember)

Marionette
New songs
Insect
Lycathrope
Thorn
Pigs
Tourniquet
Dystrophy
Rise
Panther
Contort
Beasts

Lords Of Mercy:
lords of mercy

Next up was New Jersey’s Lords Of Mercy, which admittedly, wasn’t really my style of music, but their good attitude was infectious.  They had plenty of people in the crowd singing along every word to their metal influenced hard rock, these guys wore their influences on their sleeves, taking cues from bands such as Guns and Roses.

Anvil:

Anvil_backstage_at_the_2010_Independent_Spirit_Awards

Anvil is probably the most important metal band that you’ve never heard of before.  They’ve influenced countless of metal bands including Anthrax, Slayer, and Metallica, forming back in 1978.  When it comes to metal I tend to the more punk side of it with more crossover thrash type bands (D.R.I, Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies) but I have to say that Anvil completely blew me away.

These were dudes who have been playing shows for years, and you can tell as they played that they completely loved what they do.  Nothing but huge smiles on stage, good vibes, and entertaining… this was a metal band that didn’t take themselves too seriously.  At one point, the guitarist took a dildo out of his pocket and played a pretty rad guitar solo with it… which you really have to see to believe.

If you dig metal, definitely check Anvil out if they come around your parts (PHRASING!), and if you’re not really a fan, go see them anyway… they put on a hell of an entertaining live show.

Setlist:
March Of The Crabs
666
School Love
Badass Rock and Roll
Winged Assassins
On Fire
This Is Thirteen
Mothra
Thumb Hang
Swing Thing
Hope In Hell
Eat Your Words
Metal On Metal

MP3:
Fantasy Panther – Marionette

More:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

The Lawrence Arms, The Copyrights Live In Philadelphia (3/7/14)

Chicago’s Lawrence Arms are one of those bands I’ve been listening to for nearly 12 years, but never had a chance to see live.  I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t come out to the northeast very often and I’ve never been to The Fest, or if I just somehow happened to be out of town every time they’ve played, but when I saw they were playing Philadelphia’s TLA this past Friday I knew I had to go.  The fact that The Copyrights were playing?  Oh fuck yes.

I got to the half empty venue right during Elway’s last song, and it reminded me a bit of Direct Hit, so may have to check them out.

The Copyrights:
copyrights

I’ve been a fan of The Copyrights ever since I saw them open for Teenage Bottlerocket a few years back, and try to catch them anytime they come around.  Usually I see them in smaller venues such as The Barbary, but they fit right at home on the larger TLA stage.  It seemed like most of the people in the crowd didn’t really know who they were, but that didn’t stop us dedicated few up front from shouting along every word and dancing around a bit.

Playing an incredibly tight set with songs mostly from North Sentinel Island with plenty of older songs sprinkled in, definitely catch The Copyrights if you want to catch one of the few bands doing pop-punk right.

Setlist (Not complete and not in order):
Hard Wired
Planet Earth 1994
Kids Of The Black Hole (I think)
Shit’s Fucked
Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
Cashiers
Crutches
Button Smasher
Worn Out Passport

The Lawrence Arms:

Lawrence_arms

The Lawrence Arms have been around since 1999, and I know that The Lawrence Arms tend to have an older crowd (cough…like myself…cough).  For this reason, I was sort of expecting it to be a more of a “clutch your drink and shout as loud as you can” type of show, so I was pleasantly surprised that the second the band took the stage to the theme of Indiana Jones, the place exploded into a pit full of dancing and singalongs that didn’t really let up much of the night.

The band recently released their 6th album (and their first in 8 years) entitled Metropole, and I haven’t really had a chance to check it out so I was worried I wouldn’t know the majority of songs (although really, I didn’t care what the hell they played as long as I would hear 100 Resolutions), but they played plenty off of their older albums as well.

Oh, and they played 100 Resolutions.  All is right in the world.

 

Setlist:
Chilean District
Great Lakes/Great Escapes
Alert The Audience
You Are Here
Recovering The Opposable Thumb
Intransit
Drunk Tweets
The Slowest Drink At The Saddest Bar
Seventeener
Brickwall Views
The Ramblin’ Boys Of Pleasure
Metropole
The Devil’s Takin’ Names
Lose Your Illusion 1
A Toast
Beautiful Things
Like A Record Player

Encore:
100 Resolutions
Are You There Yet Margaret, It’s Me God

MP3:
The Copyrights – Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
The Lawrence Arms – 100 Resolutions

This is My Year For Sure:The Copyrights – North Sentinel Island
Banner Pilot – Resignation Day
The Holy Mess – Benefits Sesh

Richie Ramone Live In Philadelphia (2/13/14 At Barbary)

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Joey Ramone once stated that Richie “saved the band as far as I’m concerned.  He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.” So when I saw that the legendary drummer was playing Philly’s punk party Guitar Army, I wasn’t about to let a something tiny like a blizzard hold me down. Unfortunately, I did miss both openers.

After fighting the elements, I made it to the Barbary in one piece, amped as all hell to see Richie Ramone play some Ramones songs and some of his solo work.  While Richie was the third drummer for The Ramones, he was the only one to completely write songs for the band, with his most famous one being “Somebody Put Something In My Drink.”  I was running a bit late due to said blizzard (the highway was actually closed at one point… but fuck it) but the second I walked into the venue he started his most popular song.  Perfect.

I was expecting the place to be dead because of the weather, but there actually was a pretty decent sized crowd all things considering.  I made a beeline up front, and I have to say, Richie and band knows how to throw on a good show.  Richie was all over the place switching between drums, vocal duties, and guitar.
One thing that I realized after this show was I really need to check out Richie’s solo album Entitled.  Oh, and they played my favorite Ramones song “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”, so that was beyond rad.

Highlights:
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Blitzkrieg Bop
Smash You
Better Than Me
Something To Do
Wart Hog
Animal Boy
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
Commando (I think they did this one)
Animal Boy

MP3:
The Ramones – Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

More Punk Rock For Your Poison Heart:
Ramones – Mondo Bizarro
Ramones – Rocket To Russia
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania

Richie Ramone Official Site

DANGERS, Vice, Kids, Sore Saints Live In Philly (1/19/14)

dangers show

Dangers have quickly become one of my favorite hardcore bands ever since I started listening to them a few years back, but never had the opportunity to see live on account they’ve never played Philadelphia before.  This past weekend, I almost made some plans to go visit some friends in another city, but then I saw a flyer on facebook for Dangers.  Not only were they playing their first show in Philly ever, but it was a house show at the Golden Tea House.  Oh fuck yes.

I drove out to West Philly, and there was a pretty damn sizable crowd for a Sunday night.  I haven’t been this stoked for a show in a very long time.

Sore Saints:
Sore+Saints

First up were Philly’s own Sore Saints.  These guys were a bit of the black sheep of the lineup, where the rest of the bands were hardcore/powerviolence acts, these dudes played heavier post-punk similar to Joy Division and the darker Smiths songs (guilty pleasure time: I’m a diehard Smiths fan).  They put on a solid set, with plenty of ambiance and heavy reverb, if you like 70s post-punk, you’ll probably dig these guys.

Kids:

There were a lot of people there for PA’s Kids alone, and the second they took the floor a pit immediately broke out.  Thrashy noisy hardcore, Kids put on an energetic set with plenty of people in the crowd shouting along each word.  The band was constantly in the pit itself, with the guitarist rhinocharging through and even completely busting up his guitar in the process, which made them have to end the set 3 songs early.  Still, worth it for the fuck of a show they put on.

Vice:

vice

A handful of people left after Kids, but that is incredibly their fucking loss.  They missed the shit-storm of hardcore that Staten Island’s Vice rained down.  These guys played heavy as fuck hardcore with a healthy dose of powerviolence.  The band wore their influences on proudly on their sleeves, and they definitely had plenty of early NYHC influences as well, even just through the lyrical content.  Often raging against the hardcore scene itself, and keeping things DIY, these guys were clearly pissed… and definitely worth you checking out.

Dangers:

Dangers

Being 28 and going to countless shows, it’s rare for me to get as stoked as I did as a teenager to see a band.  Dangers was an exception.  NOTHING could have prepared me for the fucking blitz that seeing Dangers was going to be: no amount of youtube videos could have possibly hinted at to what I was about to experience. The band set up, stated it was their first Philly show ever, vocalist Al talked about how he grew up going to Philly shows since his Uncle lived a few blocks away from the house, and gave a final “Hi, we’re Dangers from California” before busting into their call to arms “We Broke The P.A”.  The place completely went off, and didn’t let up for the rest of the night.

Their recorded work is completely ferocious, but their live show brings such a viciousness that simply cannot be captured unless you’re actually there to experience it.  With the aggressive as fuck music, I’m convinced that Al may be the most insane frontman of a hardcore band I’ve ever seen with him constantly in the crowd with pile-ons, running wild in the pit, it felt much less like watching a band as much as a community experience, the way that hardcore is meant to be, but something that only a few bands are able to pull off (Paint It Black being one of the only other few ones).

They played an incredibly solid setlist, with most coming off their Anger and Messy, Isn’t It albums, with a few sprinkled in from their latest EP that was released earlier this year.  And even as dark and pissed their lyrics are, there was an air of hopefulness and good vibes about the show.

I feel like I don’t need to go to anymore shows this year, because even though it is incredibly early… I can say with confidence that this little house show was definitely one of the best shows of 2014, let alone one of the best I’ve ever been to.

Fun tidbit: the kid who was bitching that there wasn’t enough “hate mosh” during the song (D)anger(s).  I think you missed the point of the song dude.

Dangers Setlist:
We Broke The PA
Power Chord Blues
Opposable
Goliath
Cure For AIDS
I’ll Clap When I’m Impressed
Saved By The Bouyancy Of Citrus
Half Brother, All Cop
Bottom Of The 9th Ward
Puncture Wound
Stay At Home Mom
No Vonneguts, No Glory
Straight As She Wants To Be
(D)anger(s)
Five O’Clock Shadows At The End Of The Western World
What Goes Up
My Wonder Years Never Got Cancelled
We Have More Sense Than Lies

MP3:
Dangers – A Missed Chance For A Meaningful Abortion

If Meat Is Murder, What The Fuck Is Love:

Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
Dangers – Self Titled EP
Dangers – Anger
Dangers – Demo
Ghostlimb – Infrastructure

Fantasy Panther, Ratkicker, Skin Graft (Live in Philadelphia 1/9/14)

fp flyer

This past Thursday I headed out to Philly’s small club The Barbary to catch a grindcore/powerviolence show.  The place had a decent amount of people in it for a random winter Thursday night, and while I unfortunately missed some of the openers (especially Boroughs, from what I’ve heard of them, they’re fucking sick), I was able to catch the final three.

Skin Graft:

Local Philly grind/powerviolence dudes, these guys reminded me a lot of a more midtempo and sludgy Spazz.  The band seemed to missing a member but in true punk don’t give a fuck fashion powered through anyway.  Immediately, the singer jumped down into the crowd and did the entire performance from the floor, giving it a much more house show vibe, and he was definitely all over the place for people who weren’t fans of the music, at least giving them a hell of a show.

Check them out if you like your powerviolence with a little more sludge.

Ratkicker:

Holy shit, these guys completely blew me away.  The band took the stage and started blasting into some melodic punk reminding me a bit of a heavier Lifetime which obviously had me stoked, an Offspring cover, and then switched guitars and started playing some heavy as fuck rock infused hardcore (with occasional hints of D-Beat) which also had me stoked.  They tore through their set and threw in the heaviest cover of a NOFX I have ever heard (Stranger Than Fishin’)… Do yourselves a favor and go to their bandcamp and download their album.

Fantasy Panther:

If one thing could be said about Fantasy Panther, it’s that they definitely know how to put on a good show.  Formed from the ashes of carinval punks An Albatross, the three piece came out in their trademarked “blood”, and immediately blasted into their “what the fuck just happened” grind set.  Vocalist EBG was nothing short of a madman climbing all over the fucking place while all while jumpkicking, growling, and shrieking the often political messages of the songs.

Music for fucking adrenaline junkies, if you dig shit like Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, go see these dudes live.  Shows seem to be a bit of a rarity, so see them when you get a chance, and definitely check out their album.

MP3:
Fantasy Panther – Marionette
Ratkicker – Brave New World

More amphetamine fueled music:
Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say

The Slackers, RK$TDY Live In Philadelphia (12/27/13)

Slackers-skaband

Ok, still finally playing catch up with the show recaps, and so I’m going to make this quick.  But this past Friday I headed to Philly’s North Star Bar to catch ska dudes The Slackers.  The bar and venue was pretty crowded for what I was assuming would be dead for a 21+ ska show, but I was pleasantly surprised when I strolled (or sauntered, if you will) in.

RK$TDY:

I walked in about a quarter through their set, and let me tell you, the second I heard these guys I had a huge smile on my face.  I’ve never heard of RK$STDY before, and I know the name of the band would have you thinking it was some incredibly shitty Ke$ha/Attack Attack type of combo going on, but these guys were about as traditional ska as you could get.

Featuring multiple horns, rhythm guitar, and an upright bass, RK$TDY mostly played instrumental jams that reminded me a bit of Yardbeat, minus The Specials “Free Nelson Mendela” cover.  Definitely a good time, and the perfect opener to get me skanking.

The Slackers:

There was a time period where I would catch The Slackers usually twice a year, but I don’t know if it’s from them not coming to Philly or if I just missed it, but I realized that I have not seen The Slackers in almost 3 years.  The band took the stage, and the intimate room was instantly packed.  I placed myself right up against the stage, but there wasn’t much room to skank.  All good, I was still hurting pretty bad from the Bouncing Souls show a few nights back.

Playing an incredibly tight set, The Slackers had the crowd singing along… bantering telling stories and even doing a few covers (NEVER did I think I’d be skanking along to a ska version of The Misfits Attitude).

Always a great time seeing them, it was good to catch them in a smaller venue.  Good vibes, good times.

Setlist:
Keep Him Away
Yes It’s True
Working Overtime
Watch This
Walking On
Leave Me
Like A Virgin (Madonna cover)
Cooking For Tommy
Bed Is A Boat
Stereo On
Old Dog
BollWeevil
What Went Wrong
No Love
Keep It Simple
Run Away
The Fool
Wasted Days
Attitude (Misfits cover)
Have The Time
Rude and Reckless
Sarah (think they did this one)

MP3:
The Slackers – Mr Tragedy

More Ska For Your Skanky Skanking Soul:
The Slackers – The Great Rocksteady Swindle
The Slackers – Self Medication
Toots And The Maytals – Monkey Man

Saves The Day Live In Philly (12/22/13)

savesthedayacoustic
Holy crap, with the holidays and just remaining incredibly busy am I behind on posts here.  I’ve been to like 4 shows this week alone, and am just getting a chance to post.

Last Sunday, I headed to Philly’s First Unitarian Church to see the legendary Saves The Day (fuck you, they’re legendary if you’re originally from NJ too).  Seeing them in this no barricade, sold out, intimate environment was going to be awesome, except they were playing an acoustic show.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I don’t really do acoustic shows.  It’s not really appropriate to two-step… so I’m not a huge fan of acoustic… and top that off with the fact I really only know their first two albums and a B-Sides, I honestly wasn’t expecting too much.  Fuck, was I blown away.

After watching Walter Shreifels of Gorilla Biscuits and Civ play an acoustic set that included some covers (including Warzone’s “Don’t Forget The Struggle, Don’t Forget The Streets”, which is weird as shit acoustic), Saves The Day took the stage and immediately broke out into “Hold” off their acoustic EP and then straight into one of my favorites “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven”.

I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of energy in the room even though they were playing acoustic, as the drums still gave the songs enough of a driving edge still.  The band was plagued by some guitar issues throughout the night, busting two strings and taking a long time bantering while they were changing it, explaining that their guitar tech actually couldn’t make this show due to family obligations and that they were completely falling apart without him.

Yet, they powered on through their set playing a bunch of older songs, which kept me happy and shouting along near the front of the stage.  At one point, the band took a couple on stage, where the dude proposed to his girlfriend, which I feel happens at every Saves The Day show but kept the vibes positive regardless.

A solid and incredibly fun show, hopefully they do the smaller venue thing more (maybe electric next time?)

Setlist from what I remember:
Hold
Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven
Cars and Calories
Remember
This is Not An Exit
Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
What Went Wrong
Third Engine
Jodie
Lucky Number
At Your Funeral
Jessie and My Whetstone
My Sweet Fracture
Freakish
I’m Sorry I’m Leaving
You Vandal
Three Miles Down

Encore (Audience Requests):
Firefly
Take Our Cars Now
Drag In D Flat
There’s A Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths cover)
Always Ten Feet Tall

MP3:
Saves The Day – Deciding

“A Little Game That I Made Up”:
Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down
Saves The Day – Through Being Cool

World Inferno Friendship Society Live In Philadelphia (12/20/13)

The-World-Inferno-Friendship-Society-Live

I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on this unseasonably warm past past Friday night to catch my favorite cabaret waltz punks, The World Inferno Friendship Society.  I entered right during the last song of O’Death, which had a bunch of people dancing.  The place itself wasn’t sold out, so there was plenty of room for dancing once World Inferno took the stage.  I’ve noticed that ever since The Anarchy And The Ecstasy was released, it seems like a lot of the older World Inferno fans lost interest (which is a shame, it’s a solid album after a few spins), but the sheer amount of young kids there show that where World Inferno may have lost a few fans, they’ve certainly gained a bunch of new ones.

World Inferno has been in a constant state of flux, with most of the longtime members leaving after the release of Addicted To Bad Ideas, and then once Jack Terricloth (the brain behind the band) got a solid lineup to record 2011′s The Anarchy And The Ecstasy, many of those members left as well.  It seems like once again, the band has stabilized a lineup, with a new album coming out soon in 2014.

The band took the stage to their usual call to arms “Tattoos Fade”, which had most singing along and a smallish pit breaking out with us skanking, dancing, diving, and everything in between.  The crowd didn’t really explode though until World Inferno played “The Faster You Go, The Better You Think” off of their latest comic book/EP release, which gives you an idea that most fans seemed to know their newer material.  Strange for me, but awesome regardless.

Jack kept the crowd engaged with his grandiose quips with a bottle of wine in one hand, microphone in the other. They played a solid (albeit sort of sloppy, yet fun) set with a diverse setlist, throwing in plenty of newer songs too.  One thing I have to say about a lot of Inferno crowds is that they won’t bitch about new songs being played… shit, they look forward to hearing ones they’ve never heard before, dancing throughout, cheering along, etc.  And while it was one of the more laid back/subdued World Inferno show’s I’ve been to, it was still one hell of a great party.

Setlist (Not in order, from what I remember):
Tattoos Fade
The Faster You Go The Better You Think
Secret Service USA
Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Road
Politics Of Passing Out
Everybody Come To Ricks
The Disarming Smile
Thumb Cinema
Addicted To Bad Ideas
Cats Are Not Lucky Creatures
The Naughty Little Rat Makes Friends
Let’s Steal Everything
This Packed Funeral
Me Vs The Angry Mob
I’m Sick Of People Being Sick Of My Shit
Zen And The Art Of Breaking Everything In This Room

Velocity Of Love
Pickles And Gin

MP3:
World Inferno Friendship Society – Tattoos Fade

More:
World Inferno Friendship Society – A Demonstrational Introduction to the Astral Plane
World Inferno Friendship Society – The Anarchy And The Ecstasy
World Inferno – Addicted to Bad Ideas
World Inferno – Just The Best Party
World Inferno – Red Eyed Soul
World Inferno – East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today

Protest The Hero Live At The Trocadero (12/15/13 Philly)

protest the hero

Last night, I headed to Philly’s Trocadero to catch Canadian prog-thrash-punk-I don’t know what the fuck to classify them as dudes Protest The Hero.  I had to pick between seeing them and Big D and The Kid’s Table which was happening across town, on account I just saw Big D last month, I opted to go with PTH.  I got to the Trocadero late, and was told at the door that there was “no moshing or crowd surfing tonight.”  Pffft… fat chance.

I missed most of the openers, but caught a bit of Affiance’s set.  I’m not a huge fan of metalcore or that style of music in general (Protest The Hero is the exception, and probably only because I got into them during their A Calculated Use Of Sound melodic punk days), but I have to hand it to these guys… they definitely had some fucking stage presence.  The singer not only leaped the barricades to crowd surf, but brought a tom drum with him and hit the shit out of it while crowd surfing and singing into the mic at the same time.  That’s pretty fucking bad ass.

Protest The Hero:

After listening to them for a decade now, this was the 4th time I was seeing Protest The Hero, and I was excited to hear the some of the new songs from Volition live (particularly Mist, which they completely slayed).  In typical Protest fashion, the band set up with Propagandhi playing in the background, pumping me and exactly the one other Propagandhi fan in the room (I forgot that PTH doesn’t really draw much of a punk crowd, regardless of their roots).

They opened up with Underbite, and a pit immediately broke out, although it remained sporadic throughout the night.  Even if you hate Protest The Hero, it can’t be denied that they are some hell of musicians, playing ridiculous time signatures with some very technical riffs, and they are completely able to pull it off live.

There were few breaks in between songs, with Rody taking jabs at The Flyers, telling stories of dumbass Canadian rednecks, and talking about how a 16 year old New Foundlander outdrank him.  The band actually did a really good job of splitting up their setlist from all of their full length, throwing in a few from Kezia.  Definitely a good set, and the final stop on their US tour, the band ended the show by leaping over gap and barricades into the crowd.

I’ve said it before, and they are probably past the point as they’ve gotten huge now, but I would love to see them in a smaller, barricade free venue.  I feel like that shit would be insane.

Setlist:
Underbite
Hair Trigger
Sequoia Throne
Clarity
The Dissentience
Heretics And Killers
Bury The Hatchet
Mist
Bloodmeat
C’est La Vie
Sex Tapes
Tilting Against Windmills

Encore:
Blindfolds Aside

MP3:
Protest The Hero – Heretics And Killers

“Yes I want to topple the system”:
Protest The Hero – Volition
Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
Protest the Hero – A Calculated Use Of Sound
Protest The Hero – Fortress
Protest The Hero – Kezia

 

 

Off With Their Heads, Morning Glory, Direct Hit Show Recap (Philadelphia 12/11/13)

Wednesday after a day of abusing my body snowboarding, I headed to Philly’s beloved First Unitarian Church basement to catch one hell of a lineup.  Any of these bands on the bill would be good enough for me to go to the show, having Off With Their Heads, Morning Glory, and Direct Hit all together was just a god damn mind melt.  Unfortunately I missed almost all of The Headies, but the last two songs I was able to catch were sick.  So I’ll need to make a point to catch those dudes.

Direct Hit!:
direct hit

I’ve been completely obsessed with Direct Hit as of late.  Their album Brainless God turned me from “hey, that one hardcore split they have with Hold Tight is kinda cool” to “holy fuck these guys rule”.  I caught them once before open for The Copyrights back in July, and while I didn’t know any of their  songs by that point, their pop-punk set blew me away.  This time, I knew the songs and was ready to get rowdy.

The band took the stage, and broke out into “The World Is Ending (No One Cares)” which had many of us in the crowd shouting along.  Direct Hit is incredibly refreshing to see live.  You can tell they are legitimately having a blast on stage, love what they’re doing, and are here to have a good time.

Playing songs from the both Brainless God and and Domesplitter, the band played a tight set even though they were plagued with a few technical difficulties.  Regardless, they powered through without missing a beat, with one of the guitarists throwing his guitar down, saying “fuck it” and just singing along every word.

Probably my favorite set of the night, definitely check them if they come around… or if their side project Galactic Cannibal comes around, check them out too, you lucky son of a bitch.

Setlist: (Not complete or in order)
The World Is Ending (No One Cares)
Buried Alive
Getting What He Asked For
Back To The Tower
Satan Says
A Message To The Angels
They Came For Me (I think)

Morning Glory:
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Formed from the ashes of Choking Victim years ago, Morning Glory was one of the more prominent crack rock steady bands (Leftover Crack, INDK, etc).  It’s been a few years since I’ve last seen them, and they’ve actually recorded another full length semi recently called Poets Were My Heroes.

The band took the stage, and a small but dedicated group of us started skanking, singing along, and piling on while Ezra kept jumping into the crowd.  As usual Morning Glory played a fun and solid set even if they didn’t play Gang Control and most of the people in the crowd weren’t sure who they were.  Oh god, I’m getting old.

Highlights:
Everything’s a Song To Me
Last Caress (partial Misfits cover)
So You Wanna Be A Cop?
Summerburst
Orphan’s Holiday
Always Alone (Off With Their Heads cover)

Off With Their Heads
Off With Their Heads

Straight up, Off With Their Heads are one of the hardest bands around there.  They’re always recording new music, and they always seem to be on tour, even though I realized it’s been 2 years since I last saw them.  I’ve seen them play all types of venues in Philly from headlining the smaller Barbary and house shows, to the larger Electric Factory supporting bands such as Bad Religion and The Bouncing Souls.  It only was appropriate to finally see them headline a show at The First Unitarian Church basement.

The band took the stage and opened with “Nightlife” off of their latest album Home, setting off the crowd into a huge sing along.  At one point, the band played “Theme Song” from their Hospitals EP, and after we completely went off in the crowd, Ryan said “fuck it, that was fun, let’s just do the entire album”.  Fuck yes.

The new songs translated pretty well live, but some felt a little out of place (such as the slower “Don’t Make Me Go” and “Altar Boy”).  Still, it’s always a good time to see Off With Their Heads, and good to see them on a headlining tour again after supporting so many bands the past few years.  Oh, and they played Ten Year Trouble, a song I’ve been requesting forever but they’ve stated in interviews they don’t like playing live.

Setlist (Pretty complete, although not in order)
Nightlife
Focus On Your Family
Start Walking
Drive
Theme Song
Die Today
S.O.S
Your Child Is Dead
Idiot
Hard To Admit
Heroin In NYC
Jackie Lee
Don’t Make Me Go
Shirts
Stolen Away
Janie
Clear The Air
Ten Year Trouble
Fuck This I’m Out

MP3:
Off With Their Heads – Drive
Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes
Direct Hit! – I Told You A Lie

Read these or else:
Off With Their Heads – Home
Morning Glory – Shelter From The Spoon
Direct Hit – Brainless God