“Yeeeah, weeell I can’t wait to tell you all about…” how this past Thursday I got to go to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch ska-punk legends The Suicide Machines who are currently on tour playing their first album Destruction By Definition in entirety. I know what some of you cynical punks are thinking: “great, another band reuniting to try and relive their glory days and make a quick buck.” And to you I say lighten up, it was incredible.
I got there a bit late missing one of my favorite ska bands still at it, Hub City Stompers who always put on a great show, but I got there in time for Break Anchor.
Break Anchor is the latest band featuring Jay Navarro (singer of The Suicide Machines) and their music is pretty straight forward punk rock. Break Anchor put on an energetic show with fans circle pitting throughout the majority of their set. They had a decent amount of younger fans, which was good to see.
The Suicide Machines:
I caught The Suicide Machines back when they played Riot Fest East with bands like 7 Seconds, The Descendents, and Hot Water Music… and The Suicide Machines easily had the biggest reaction of the night. I had high expectations for the same energetic reaction and I was not let down. The band took the stage with one of the members of The Pilfers playing trombone, and the second they broke out into opener “New Girl” a giant pit broke out that didn’t let up for the rest of the night. Older fans and younger fans were going all out and screaming every word as The Detroit punks played through their acclaimed Destruction By Definition.
Navarro, even playing a set with Break Anchor just before still was incredibly high energy, and legitimately seemed excited to be playing these songs again. After playing through the entirety of the album, the band came back for an encore and played a bunch off their follow up album Battle Hymns. An incredible set and show, if you get a chance to see them on this tour, do it. I felt like I was 16 again skanking and circle pitting all damn night.
Break The Glass
The Real You
The Vans Song
I Don’t Wanna Hear It (Minor Threat cover)