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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

Ignite, Bane Live In Philly (Setlist and videos 6/19/14)

Starting this summer, it seems like there aren’t as many shows happening in the sweaty and infamous First Unitarian Church basement due to the sweltering heat.  Except for shows you KNOW are going to get way too hot. This past Thursday I headed to the basement to catch hardcore dudes Bane who were on tour with one of my teenager favorites Ignite, making a rare east coast appearance.

The show was completely sold out, and fucking hot as all balls.  People were drenched in sweat when I got there, and that was before Bane played (who would easily get the biggest reaction of the night).  I missed most of the bands but caught part of Give’s set, who were pretty tight and reminded me a bit of Cloak/Dagger. I’ll try to check out their recorded stuff sometime soon.

Bane:

Bane (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

Even though I’ve seen Bane plenty of times, and caught them twice over the past few months, I was still beyond stoked to see them.  Touring for their new album Don’t Wait Up, it’s currently my favorite album of the year by far and so I was pumped to hear the new songs live.  It did not disappoint.  Bane took the stage and immediately broke into “Ali Vs Frazier”, and the rest was sort of a blur as yours truly raged in the pit (just turned 29, this shit hurts a LOT more than it did when I was 18).  Once the chorus came up shouting “Give Blood, Give Everything!” the place truly erupted, heat be damned.

Aaron talked a bit about how people keep mistaking this as their last tour, which isn’t the case at all.  Don’t Wait Up is their last recorded work (well full length at least, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them release a 7 inch here and there) so no final goodbyes yet.

Always a fun, positive set with Bane.

Setlist:
Ali vs Frazier I
Superhero
All The Way Through
Ante Up
Swan Song
Park St
My Therapy
Count Me Out
Calling Hours
Some Came Running
Can We Start Again

Ignite:

Ignite (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

It’s been almost 4 years since I last saw Ignite (mostly because it was the last time they came to Philly) and they were one of my staple hardcore bands in my oh so turbulent teenage years.  Sort of a black sheep of hardcore, mostly because vocalist Zoli can actually sing, and sing pretty damn well.

It was clear a lot of the people in the crowd didn’t really have any idea who they were even though they randomly gained some popularity after Zoli joined Pennywise, but those of us who waited around were treated to an energetic, sing along set.

Opening up with Veteran, Ignite played a slightly shortened set due to the curfew and show running a bit late, but still managed to play a shit ton off of most of their releases, even reaching deep in their catalogs to play both Embrace and In Defense.

Zoli announced some exciting news, stating that Ignite was back in the studio working on a new album for the first time in 8 years (and he kept referring to the Our Darkest Days songs as “new ones”…)  Definitely a solid show, I almost even came out of stage dive retirement for Embrace and Run.

Setlist:
Veteran
Poverty For All
Fear Is Our Tradition
Are You Listening
Let It Burn
Run
A Place Home
Embrace
In Defense
By My Side
Judgement Day
Know Your History
Bleeding

MP3:
Ignite – Embrace
Bane – Non-Negotiable

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

The Menzingers – Rented World (For fans of Gaslight Anthem, Bouncing Souls, Weezer)

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It’s been a little since I’ve last posted here, and my excuse has been world cup fever.  Holy shit, I’ve been obsessed watching every game… it’s seriously been borderline addiction.  Please help me…

Anyways, one I’ve been meaning to post for a while now is the latest release by (now) Philly’s Menzingers.  Their fourth full length and released just two years after their previous effort, Rented World actually sounds a lot more like the precursor to On The Impossible Past.  My issue with OTIP was that the songs were much more mellowed out, losing some of the punk grit and catchiness that shaped the band with their earlier releases.  On Rented World, The Menzingers return to form with songs like opener “I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore” and “Rodent”.

The entire album feels more cohesive as well, with the bands melodic and anthematic songs blending into each other over all.  The Menzingers also tap into their pop-punk roots a bit more, with songs like “The Talk” sounding a bit like Green Day.

Like most albums in the whole mid-tempo melodic punk thing, Rented World was a bit of a grower for me, and I’m finding that I’m liking it more with each listen.  Definitely worth checking out if you like your punk rock a little more mellow.

MP3:
The Menzingers – I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore

More:
Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits

Official Site:
The Menzingers

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.

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

The Flex, Violent Reaction, War Emblem, The Stasi Live In Philly (5/22/14)

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This past Thursday sort of on a whim, I headed up to some random house up in North Philadelphia to see a bunch of hardcore bands.  It was the house’s first show ever, as apparently they usually just throw parties there, so the set-up was a bit odd (narrow living room, people standing on the couches, etc) and the place was PACKED.

The Stasi

First up was Philly’s own The Stasi.  Named after East Germany’s secret police and intelligence agency, The Stasi plays hardcore punk that reminded me of Negative Approach.  The band was celebrating the release of their 7 inch “State Voyeurism”, expect to see a post on that and their demo up here soon.  Solid set, go check them out live if you get a chance and their recorded stuff on their bandcamp here.

War Emblem

Next up were Philly’s War Emblem, who played heavy as shit hardcore.  They put on a good set, even as the singer was distracted streaming the Rangers playoff game from his phone on the floor (which I feel for you man, I’d be doing the same if it were the World Cup right now) to which his bandmates harassed him throughout the set, chanting “Fuck the Rangers”.  At times, they reminded me a bit of the illegitimate offspring that would happen if Discharge had an affair with NY hardcore.

Violent Reaction

A switch in the order of the lineup led to some confusion as The Flex were supposed to play next, but Violent Reaction played instead.  Self described as “straight edge hardcore for the anti-social”, I was looking forward to their set since I like what I’ve heard on their Self Titled.  These UK dudes played aggressive hardcore that reminded me of Coke Bust, they had a sizeable pit and people shouting along.  A quick set, go check them if they come around live.

The Flex

Last up were UK’s The Flex, who easily had the biggest reaction of the night.  With a huge pit (well it seemed huge in the house that could hold 6-8 people across tops) and people constantly stage (coffee table?) diving, their set was incredibly high energy.  Playing straight edge hardcore, The Flex were touring to support their latest Wild Stabs In The Dark.  Definitely a solid set, and they seemed legit stoked to be touring in the US.

More Hardcore:
Bane – Don’t Wait Up
Punch – Nothing Lasts
Cokebust – Lines In The Sand
Ceremony – Violence Violence

OFF, Cerebral Ballzy, Nasa Space Universe Live In Philadelphia (5/16/14)

I’ve been listening to OFF! since their inception nearly 5 years ago, and have never got the chance to see them.  I’ve seen energetic Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) live when he came around touring with Flag, but was stoked to finally catch him with OFF.  The fact they were playing the intimate (albeit insanely hot) First Unitarian Church just made it even sweeter.

NASA Space Universe:
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I got there in the middle of California’s NASA Space Universe’s set, but holy shit the half that I caught made me a fan.  Playing aggressive experimental noisy punk/hardcore which reminded me a bit of An Albatross or Converge, the band had a huge presence, with the singer leaving the stage to scream on the floor the entire time.  I picked up their CD they were selling that has a few different albums on it, so expect a review up of that sometime in the near(ish) future.

Cerebral Ballzy:
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It honestly surprises me how big these Brooklyn punks have gotten.  Somehow signed to Cartoon Network’s (yes you read that correctly) music label, a lot of people throw all their “punk cred” out the window right there.  I however, couldn’t give a shit about that and have seen these guys go from my friend’s living room, dirty basements and shitty bars 5 years ago to opening for both OFF and Flag.

Last time I saw them with Flag though, I was one of the few in the crowd who knew them at all… this time around they had a lot of younger kids shouting along all the words, stage diving, and circle pitting.  Damn.

They put on a solid enjoyable set, playing of songs mostly off of their Self Titled (and I guess their older releases as well since a lot of S/T were rerecorded older songs).  Even without playing “Causing Havoc”, they put on a fun set, and easily won over some new fans that night.  Sure, they may always have that stigma of being what I heard referred to as “those Brooklyn hipsters who are signed to Cartoon Network”, but if you’re avoiding them based on some pigeon holing, you’re missing out on some good old fashioned 80s influenced punk rock.

Highlights:
On The Run
Don’t Tell Me What To Do
Insufficient Fare
Drug Myself Dumb
Puke Song
Sk8 All Day
Cutting Class

OFF!:

Photo by Lindsey Byrnes

Photo by Lindsey Byrnes

Finally, the main reason I came to this sweaty basement of a church on a Friday night to begin with (well, Cerebral Ballzy too).  The band and crowd was in high energy mode as they took the stage and blasted into opening track “Void You Out” off of their latest Wasted Years (post coming, but spoiler alert: it’s sick).  Pits and stage dives immediately broke out with the guitarist jumping on top of the crowd and Keith running around the stage… and for a man pushing his 60s, Keith has more anger and energy than most bands just a fraction of his age.

A blistering set, Keith took plenty of jabs at the crowd in his snarky form: “Did anyone here read the punk rock manual?  No, not the one by Sid Vicious.  Rule #1, don’t look like Sid Vicious.  Rule #2, when you come on stage… 3 second rule.  Come on, dance a bit, and get the fuck off.  We’ve seen it all before, unless you do a triple back flip from the speakers, you’re not impressing anyone.”

He took jabs at himself and his other projects too: “No, we’re not playing Rise Against, Rise Above, or whatever the fuck that song is called.  Nor are we playing Wild in the Streets.  You’re going to have to wait for punk rock karaoke to come around again”

The band played a blistering set playing songs off all of their releases with the majority off of the First Four EPs.  High energy, OFF put on a hell of a set, and these guys even with their age and other projects have not lost an ounce of their aggression.  Young bands take note, you can learn a thing or two from these veterans.

Setlist:
Void You Out
Black ThoughtsBorrow And Bomb
Hypnotized
Now I’m Pissed
No Easy Escape
Poison City
King Kong Brigade
Rat Trap
Red White And Black
I Got News For You
Legion Of Evil
Blast
Crawl
Darkness
Wrong
Over Our Heads
Jeffrey Lee Pierce
Wiped Out
Panic Attack
I Don’t Belong
Upside Down

MP3:
Cerebral Ballzy – Puke Song
OFF – I Got News For You

More:
OFF! – Self Titled
OFF! – First Four EPS
Cerebral Ballzy – Self Titled
Cerebral Ballzy – You’re Idle EP