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Armalite, Dark Thoughts Live In Philadelphia (2/1/15)

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Ahhh… Superbowl Sunday.  Where every American goes to their favorite punk house for a benefit show and watches some sick bands tear it up.  I got to West Philly’s Golden Tea House a bit late and missed a bunch of the awesome bands (including a new band featuring Dan Yemin and Andy Nelson), but got there in time for Philly’s own Dark Thoughts.

Dark Thoughts:

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This show was the kickoff for Dark Thoughts tour, and the 3 piece put on one hell of a show.  I caught them back in November here when they played with Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie, and this time around they were even tighter.  Playing Ramones influenced punk rock, Dark Thoughts played most off of their 4 song demo (although the songs translate much better live).  I said it before and I’ll say it again, keep an eye out for Dark Thoughts, they’re definitely one of Philly’s up and coming bands.

Armalite:

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I’ve been a fan of Armalite ever since they’ve started, and with a side project of a bunch of very busy people (including Dan Yemin of Paint It Black/Lifetime/Kid Dynamite, Adam from Atom and His Package) a show from them is incredibly rare.  This was like their 7th show ever in 10 years, (not many bands I can say I’ve been to more than 50% of their shows) I was pretty stoked to be seeing them at the intimate Golden Tea House kitchen.

After setting up, the band took some time to talk about the benefit, which is actually a benefit for a benefit show where the floors or something collapsed and the place has to undergo some heavy repairs.  Holy shit.  They joked to keep the jumping up and down to a minimum here, and instead rip out the copper pipes in the wall.

Breaking out Boots And Sneakers, Armalite played a surprisingly straight forward set without a lot of the banter usually found at their shows.  It seemed like most people didn’t know any of their songs besides me and one other dude who were shouting along to each word, but people definitely seemed to be digging it.

Playing the majority of their songs (granted they only have 14… one full length and one EP) they even through in a Magnetic Fields cover in there.  A tight set, I feel a little spoiled seeing them play twice in a matter of a year… and they got to play one of Philly’s best spots for shows.

Setlist:
Boots And Sneakers
New Wave
Husker Dave
Entitled
Dan’s Hands Melt
New Years
Destination (Not At Home)
I Am Pancreas, Seek To Understand Me
Other Entertainers
100,000 Fireflies (Magnetic Fields cover)

Mp3:
Armalite – I am A Pancreas, Seek To Understand Me
Dark Thoughts – Identity Crisis

More:
Armalite – Humongous
Armalite – Self Titled

Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish Live In Philadelphia (1/24/15)

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Ska shows are a rare beast these days in our modern world.  Even though I listen to ska regularly still and go to plenty of shows, long gone are the days of VFW Halls filled with kids decked out in chain wallets and checkerboard accessories, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish completely sold out the Electric Factory, one of Philadelphia’s larger venues.

My girlfriend and I got to the Electric Factory a bit late and met up with some of my friends, but sadly missing one of my old favorites Authority Zero (who I honestly have not seen in about a good decade).  I was able to catch their last few songs which included Sirens and Rattlin Bog, although Passage In Time was always my jam.

Less Than Jake:
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It felt wrong to me that Less Than Jake was playing before Reel Big Fish, but as a die hard LTJ fan, I am definitely a bit (ok incredibly biased).  I’m one of those weird ones who not only love all the old albums I grew up with, but also like their newer stuff as well (…minus their brief flirtation with pop music on that abomination In With The Out Crowd).  Sure, maybe not as much as Pezcore but Greetings and Salutations is pretty damn solid.

In true Less Than Jake style, the band took the stage to a recording pretty much poking fun of themselves and the audience, and broke into “Look What Happened”, with confetti falling.  The place was packed with people skanking, shouting along, and a sizable circle pit throughout the set, where they played stuff off of most of their rather large discography.  I was actually shocked by the amount of younger kids there, because I didn’t know people under 21 listened to ska anymore (and it warms my heart that they do).  The band took some time with their usual banter, had a couple come up on stage and propose, and even had a young kid from the audience come up on stage with them for a bit.  They’ve always been one of the most consistent live bands I’ve seen, and Saturday’s show was no exception.

Setlist (From what I remember, probably not complete or in order)
Look What Happened
Nervous In The Alley
The Ghost Of Me And You
Good Enough
Automatic/We’re All Dudes
American Idle
Overrated
All My Friends Are Metalheads
Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts
Anchor
Sobriety Is A Serious Business And Business Isn’t So Good
How’s My Driving Doug Hastings
Harvey Wallbanger
Pac Man Cereal (Multiple times through out the night)
Plastic Cup Politics
History Of A Boring Town

Reel Big Fish:
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I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never been much of a fan of Reel Big Fish.  Sure, I’ve seen them a bunch over the years but while they were one of the bands that got people into ska, that was Less Than Jake and Mighty Mighty Bosstones for me, so I always found their recorded work a bit poppy for my liking.  I wasn’t going to stay around to see them originally, but plans changed… and with that being said, they are always a fun time to see live, and I’m actually glad I did.

They of course played through all the hits, throwing in plenty of their covers as well.  Definitely a solid time, I might actually check out their recorded stuff… just 20 years later.

Setlist:
Trendy
I Want Your GIrlfriend To Be My Girlfriend Too
Everyone Else Is An Asshole
All I Want Is More
241
Your Guts, I Hate Em
She’s Famous Now
Skank For Christmas
Good Thing
My Life
Thank You For Not Moshing / Garden Grove (Sublime)
I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore
She Has A Girlfriend Now
Where Have You Been
Sell Out

Encore:
S.R (The Many Versions Of)
Beer / Self Esteem (Offspring)
Take On Me (Aha Cover)

MP3:
Less Than Jake – My Very Own Flag

More:
How to be a 3rd wave ska dork
Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations 
Less Than Jake – Pesto EP
Less Than Jake – Pezcore


The Holy Mess, White Wives Live In Philadelphia (12/21/14)

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Last night, I headed out to my current favorite spot for shows in Philadelphia, West Philly’s Golden Tea House to catch locals The Holy Mess.  I was running really late (I got in from NYC at 6am that morning after being out all night for a friend’s birthday, so I was moving in slow motion), but so was the show.  Not a bad turnout for a Sunday night, and the place was decently filled when I walked in during Timeshares last song.

White Wives:

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I’ve never heard of these Pittsburgh indie punks before, but the band was on a 4 day tour and features members of Anti-Flag.  They had amp troubles before their set, but they kept the banter going while that was being taken care of before kicking into one of their experimental pop-punk anthems.  Featuring 3 guitarists, bassist, drummer, keyboards (who occasionally busted out the trumpet and tambourine),  and a huge pedal board, White Wives was really big on the ambiance of their music.

They played pop-punk similar to The Menzingers and Iron Chic, but added to it with their expansive sound.  This time of music is sort of a grower for me, but they definitely had some catchy songs and a pretty solid presence with by the end of their set they were smashing equipment and diving off their amps in the small kitchen.  Not really my style of music, but they made it entertaining.

The Holy Mess:

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The kitchen cleared out some when White Wives were done, I’m not sure if it’s because people were there solely for them or if it’s just because the show was running pretty late for a Sunday night Golden Tea House show, but no matter, there were still plenty who stuck around to see local Philly shit shows The Holy Mess.

I’ve been a fan and have seen them play basements, warehouses, and bars throughout Philly a bunch of times over the years, but this was the first time I was ever seeing them as a 3 piece band.  I didn’t realize that they’ve come out with a new album over the summer, so I didn’t know the majority of songs that were played, but the new songs sounded tight.

In typical Holy Mess fashion, they didn’t really have much of a setlist as much of a discussion after each song about what they should play amongst themselves, even doing a No Use For A Name cover on a whim much to the guitarist’s protest.  Playing what would be their last show of 2014, I didn’t hear anything before Cande Ru Las Degas, and not sure if it’s because they just didn’t feel like playing it or because it’s tough to do as a 3 piece.  Regardless, the band put on a solid set, and I’ll definitely have to check out the new stuff.

MP3:
The Holy Mess – Hospitals

Raise Your Glass:
The Holy Mess – Cande Ru Las Degas
The Holy Mess – Dismount
Holy Mess – Briefcase Full Of Bruise

Blanks 77 Live In Philadelphia (12/13/14)

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This past Saturday on sort of a whimsical last minute decision, I headed out to Philadelphia dive bar Kung Fu Necktie to catch New Jersey pogo punk legends Blanks 77.  We were running late to this matinee (waking up in the evening will do that to you…), but got there right as Blanks 77 was soundchecking.  Seriously couldn’t have timed it better.

The small room was pretty empty as Blanks 77 was sound checking, and while a few more filtered in, it was at less than half capacity at all times (I think the show was poorly promoted, lot of my friends who are huge Blanks fans had no idea about it, and they usually get a huge turnout).  Mike Blanx finally took the stage, and the band opened straight into “Up The System” which had a bunch of kids pogoing and shouting along.

Blanks played a solid set to the small but dedicated crowd, with people constantly piling on and stage diving to sneer along.  Playing a mix of songs off of most of their albums with a strong emphasis on Tanked And Pogoed, the highlight may have been at the end when before they busted into “I Wanna Be A Punk”, they did a short rendition of The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping”.

After finishing up, we didn’t really let them leave the stage… so they played two covers, “Pretty Vacant” by the Sex Pistols and “Sonic Reducer” by the Dead Boys, and called it a night.

Setlist (Not in order and what I remember):
Up The System
We Are The Punks
Party Train
Chelsea Girls
Search And Destroy
Automatic
Losing My BrainVoid
Suburbia
I Don’t Wanna Be
Crash And Burn
Radio Hits
Pills
I Wanna Be A Punk
Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols)
Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys)

MP3:
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits

More Punk:
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
Mean Jeans – Are You Serious
The Lillingtons – Too Late Show

Blood Pressure, The Stasi, Low Charge, The Brood Live In Philly (12/11/14)

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This past Thursday on a whim I headed out to my current favorite house in Philadelphia, The Golden Tea House to see a bunch of local hardcore bands and touring Blood Pressure from Pittsburgh.

The Brood:
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First up were Philadelphia locals The Brood.  I’ve never heard them before, but consisting of ex members of Witch Hunt, these guys (and girl) completely shred with their crusty aggressive hardcore.   Reminding me a bit of Behind Enemy Lines, I definitely need to check out some of their recorded work.

Low Charge:
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Recently I’ve been listening to Low Charge’s 7 inch a lot lately, but I’ve never gotten a chance to catch the Philadelphia hardcore band.  Playing d-beat inspired hardcore, Low Charge completely tore it up with vocalist Will all over the place constantly dancing, jumping into, and charging into the receptive crowd.  Go see them if they play a show near you, they put on a hell of a set.

The Stasi:
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I’ve caught local The Stasi once before in the late spring play a show with The Flex and Violent Reaction, and it was a damn good time.  Coming off a few week long tour, The Stasi plays aggressive hardcore with song lyrics influenced by their namesake East Germany secret police.  Listening to both their demo and their 7 inch State Voyeurism, The Stasi played an energetic set with people dancing throughout.  Another one not to be missed.

Blood Pressure:

Last up were Pittsburgh’s Blood Pressure.  I never heard of them before the show, but I asked my friend who knows my musical taste pretty well if it was worth me sticking around for.  His response was “You’ll love them.  It’s ex-members of Government Warning man.”  I was sold.

Blood Pressure took the kitchen floor and played their face-shredding brand of hardcore.  With featuring the guitarist from Government Warning, it’s almost impossible to not compare Blood Pressure to them, and the songs were very reminiscent of his old band (this is definitely a good thing in my book).  Definitely a solid way to end the night.

MP3:
Blood Pressure – The Facts
The Stasi – On Standby For Guilt
Low Charge – Shut In
The Brood – No Way Out

More Hardcore:
Government Warning – No Moderation
Bad Side – Looking For A Bad Time
Aneurysm Rats

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

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

This Legend:

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

Swingin Utters:

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

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

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

Lagwagon:

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

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

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

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

Encore:
Burden Of Proof
Reign
Angry Days
May 16

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

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

Mean Jeans, Groovie Ghoulies, Dark Thoughts Live In Philly (11/30/14)

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This was like a Ramones influenced pop-punk wet dream come true.  When I first saw that the Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie were coming around to Philly’s Golden Tea House (the best spot in Philly right now for house shows), I was beyond stoked, but I just thought that Kepi Ghoulie was doing his solo acoustic stuff.  When I found out Kepi was doing a Groovie Ghoulies set with the Mean Jeans as the backing band, I knew I needed to be at this show no matter what.

My girlfriend and I arrived at The Golden Tea house a bit early, and got there as Dark Thoughts was setting up.

Dark Thoughts:

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First up were Philadelphia’s three piece Dark Thoughts.  Playing straight forward Ramones influenced punk rock, Dark Thoughts put on an entertaining show and definitely have me listening to their 4 song Demo.  They’re a newer band, so be on the lookout for upcoming recordings and any shows.  It’s definitely a fun set.

Kepi Ghoulie:
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I love the Groovie Ghoulies, and have been listening to them ever since I saw them play live about a decade ago.  Besides being at it since 1983, The Groovie Ghoulies finally called it a day 7 years ago with an impressive discography and with Kepi Ghoulie going on to record some solo stuff.  Like I said in the intro, I originally assumed that Kepi was going to be playing those songs, but instead he announced he would be doing a Groovie Ghoulies set with the Mean Jeans playing…fuck yes.

Opening up with Devil Town, the kitchen space immediately erupted with some of us pogoing and singing along.  Kepi and crew didn’t let up as balloons were being thrown around, beer being spilled everywhere, and all around a giant party was happening.  Kepi was definitely feeding off the crowd’s energy, and keeping things in high spirits while taking cover requests on the spot (Moto’s Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance To The Radio) and cracking jokes about how old he is (“this is a song that Kepi wrote 75 years ago”).

They played an incredibly solid and fun set, and while I think this was a one-off tour, I really hope he comes back around playing Groovie Ghoulie songs soon.  Those songs are just too fantastic and fun to not be heard live… preferably in someone’s kitchen.

Setlist:
Devil Town
Bye Bye Brain
(She’s My) Vampire Girl
Ghoulies Are Go!
(She’s Got A) Brain ScramblingI Wanna Have Fun
Outbreak!
Doin’ Fine
Lonely Hearts Blues
She Gets All The Girls
School Is In
Carly Simon
Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance To The Radio (M.O.T.O cover)
A New England (Billy Bragg cover)
Beast With Five Hands

Mean Jeans:

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After they finished up Kepi’s set, Portland’s Mean Jeans took a little break before coming back to do a set of their own.  They carried the momentum of the last set over, and opening with “Born On A Saturday Night” had the crowd immediately dancing in the small kitchen as neon pink streamers were being thrown all over the place (seriously, I left the place covered in sweat, beer, and streamers).

Teasing the crowd and asking if we wanted to hear a Cranberries cover or a Red Hot Chili Peppers one, they would play the opening riff to Zombie before blasting into their own song, and then doing the same with some RHCP songs.

Playing a set with plenty off of their 7 inches and their debut LP, they had Kepi come back to do a cover of The Ramones “Swallow My Pride”.  Afterwards Kepi requested “Pogo B4 You Go Go” to which he made sure to party with the crowd and pogo the entire time before the Mean Jeans called it a night.  Easily one of the most fun house shows I’ve been to in a while, and definitely one of the most fun shows I’ve been to this year.

Setlist (incomplete, not in order):
Born On A Saturday Night
Steve Don’t Party No More
Case Race
Slime Time
Stoned To The Bone
Outta Smokes
Swallow My Pride (Ramones Cover)
Le’ts Pogo B4 You Gogo

MP3:
Dark Thoughts – Identity Crisis
Groovie Ghoulies – Til Death Do Us Party
Mean Jeans – Rats Roaches And Jeans

More:
Mean Jeans – Are You Serious
The Lillingtons – Too Late Show
Teenage Bottlerocket – Another Way

Cock Sparrer, H2O Live In Philly (11/28/14)

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This past Friday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer to catch legendary UK oi punk band Cock Sparrer grace Philadelphia for the 2nd time ever in their long career.  The venue sold out relatively quickly once the show was announced, and with a pretty diverse punk lineup, there was a nice mix of spiky jackets, skins in polo, hardcore kids, and older punks who were listening to Cock Sparrer when they first came out back in the 70s.  I missed The Casualties but got there in time for H2O.

H2O:

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I wasn’t sure the type of reaction H2O would get at a Cock Sparrer show, but the second they took the stage a pit opened up with hardcore kids two-stepping and shouting along.  Forming back in 1995, these guys have been a staple in NYHC, bringing a more melodic sound to a scene often dominated by bands such as Sick Of It All and Madball.

The band seemed in high spirits, saying how awesome it was to be playing to so many new people who’ve never heard them before, and they blast through their anthems for a relatively short set.  Since I wasn’t feeling very well I was trying to not go nuts, but i couldn’t help but jump in and two step during a few songs.  Always a good time, I’m hoping H2O comes around again soon to a smaller venue that they headline.

Setlist (From what I remember, not in order)
Still Here
Family Tree
1995
One Life One Chance
5 Year Plan
Guilty By Association
What Happened
Nothing To Prove

Cock Sparrer:

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I caught Cock Sparrer about 2 years ago when they came around to Philly for the first time and the show was nothing short of unbelievable: so much energy from both the crowd and the band.  This time was no exception… Cock Sparrer took the stage after a lengthy musical intro, and immediately started playing the two note siren of Riot Squad which had everyone in the crowd moving and shouting along.

At one point, they took a second to say how Philly is the loudest and craziest crowd they’ve ever seen, and said “I know what you’re thinking, he says that at every show.  No, I’m being serious I even posted it on facebook before.” Usually I’d write this off as typical band working the crowd, but I’ve known people who flew to England to see them, and they said that it actually is much crazier here.  Maybe we’re all just really angry oi fans.

Cock Sparrer played an incredibly solid set taking songs from most of their releases, with a heavy focus on their most popular Shock Troops, but every song got a huge reaction from us. It’s rare for Cock Sparrer to play many shows in the States these days, only coming over for a select few.  I’m lucky enough that Philly is now one of their go to staples.

Setlist:
Riot Squad
Watch Your Back
Working
Again and Again
Teenage Heart / Droogs Don’t Run
What It’s Like To Be Old
Argy Bargy
Too Late
Price Too High To Pay
A.U
Running Riot
I Got Your Number
Because You’re Young
Take Em All
Where Are They Now

Encore:
England Belongs To Me
We’re Coming Back

MP3:
Cock Sparrer – Take Em All

More:
Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops
Menace – Punk Singles Collection
Cock Sparrer Live In Philly 2012

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

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

Saves The Day

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

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

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

Say Anything

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

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

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

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

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

Paint It Black Secret Under A Bridge Show (10/30/14)

Ahh Mischief Night… the night before Halloween where east coast teenagers (ok, mostly in NJ) go around and cause stupid mischief by egging and toilet papering houses, soap on car windshield, or if you’re Camden NJ then burning your city down.  Here in Philly, we chose to celebrate differently, and that’s with a secret Paint It Black show under a bridge somewhere in South Philly.  Yes, it’s about as punk rock as it gets and what makes me love my city so much.

Very reminiscent of their middle of the street show they played 6 years ago, the venue…err…under a bridge was packed with both costumed and non-costumed punks ready to lose their shit to the hometown heroes.  I’ll let you just watch the video below, but the band opened up with an Ink & Dagger cover that had the place break out into a huge pit (and immediately on the opening chord I was on the unfortunate end of a fist, head, or foot… which caused some intense bleeding and swelling of my nose and lip.  Whatever.)

Rad show, you can find yours truly up front at times losing his shit while trying to hold back the blood and not bleed on anyone (thank you to the girl who gave me her bandana to hold back some blood, you’re my hero).

I love you Philadelphia.  Stay awesome.

Setlist:
Full Circle (Ink and Dagger cover)
Past Tense, Future PerfectGreetings Fellow Insomniacs
Four Deadly Venoms
Headfirst
Ghosts
Goliath
Little Fists
Election Day
Salem
Atticus Finch
We Will Not
The Ledge

Mp3:
Paint It Black – The Ledge

We’re Invincible We May Bend, We Will Not Be Broken:
Paint It Black – Invisible
Paint It Black – Amnesia
Paint it Black – CVA
Kid Dynamite, And The Art Of Moshing Everywhere
Lifetime – Hello Bastards
Bad Side – Demo Review