Violent Society, Blanks 77, Combat Crisis (Live In Trenton 4/20/13)

This past Saturday, I headed to my old home state of NJ to catch a bunch of damn good street punk bands that do not play anywhere near often enough.  The show was at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, which was this small little dive with a stage in it’s intimate basement, making it feel like any other house show (but with better bathrooms).

Everything about the show reeked of Philly: almost all the bands (minus Blanks 77) and the crowd came out from Philly to party.  I unfortunately missed most of the openers due to traffic, but I got there at the end of Dopestroke’s set, which definitely had people dancing throughout.

Combat Crisis

The first band I was able to catch in it’s entirety was Combat Crisis, the Philly street punk band who’ve made quite a name for themselves.  Combat Crisis had people singing along and sporadic pits throughout their energetic and fun set.  Female fronted punk rock, definitely check them out if you get a chance.

Blanks 77

NJ’s finest party pogo punks, it’s rare for them to play a show these days, so I try to make sure to catch Blanks 77 whenever they come around.  It seemed like the majority of people there were for Blanks 77, and fairly so… these guys (and gal) have been inspiring pogo pits and sing-alongs since 1990.  Us in the crowd were in a frenzy from the opening note, and didn’t really let up for the majority of the show.

Apparently the band is working on some new material as well, which would be pretty damn sweet since their last full length came out in 1998.

I Don’t Wanna Be
Up The System
I Wanna Be A Punk
We Are The Punks
Radio Hits
Void (I think they played this one)
Losing My Brain
Party Train

I missed The Heels because I had to go grab some food (and from the sound of it, I regret missing them), but made it back in perfect time for the other reason I came to the show… Violent Society.

Violent Society:

Violent Society is another band that plays incredibly infrequently these days, and they always put on a damn good show as well.  Some of the crowd thinned after Blanks 77 and The Heels, but there was still a sizeable amount fixed in the basement to see the Philly street punk legends.

Singalongs abound, Violent Society played a bunch from all of their releases… including closing with one of my personal favorites “You’re Gonna Fall”.  Definitely a good time, it made me realize I don’t go to nearly enough street punk shows anymore.

Philly Shreds
I Wanna Know
It’s Only Your Life
Can’t Stop You
Sick Sick Sick
Fashion Song
Behind The Bullshit
Rise Of Punk
Call Me
Coming Back For You
Totally Fucked
We Don’t Believe
The Problem
Time Of Distraught
Piss On You
Culture Magnet
In Crowd
Why Do You Deny
Mr Suit
Sarges Last Stand
You’re Gonna Fall

Violent Society – I Wanna Know
Blanks 77 – Radio Hits

More Punk Rock:
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
The Virus – Nowhere to Hide
Minor Disturbance – Bullet For You

Blanks 77
Violent Society

The Exploited – Fuck The System (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, GBH)

The Exploited are one of the more well known punk bands from the 80s, with their debut “Punk’s Not Dead” released back in 1981 and influencing countless other bands.  However in 2003, these Scottish punks released a new album entitled Fuck The System completely departing from the more classic punk sound, and I’m going to warn you now: it’s not for the faint of heart.

Fuck The System is a heavy, thrash influenced, defiant, circle pit inspiring 13 songs.  Blending aggressive street punk with some thrash technicality, The Exploited manage to keep the music simple and to the point and with Wattie’s passionate/maniacal shouting, I really do believe that all this guy wants to do is riot. The songs manage to be catchy with their simple sing-along choruses and simple song structures.

Sure, you’re not going to find anything too fancy on Fuck The System (surprised?) but The Exploited managed to release one of the most aggressive punk albums to this day.  This is music to break stuff to.

The Exploited – Chaos Is My Life

More Tunes For Your Circle Pitting Soul:
Scenester 101: How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
Oxymoron – Westworld
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion

The Exploited



Oxymoron – West World (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, The Virus)

When most people think of street punk bands, the first ones that usually come to mind are The Casualties, The Unseen, and The Exploited.  One band that often gets overlooked here in the states is a German band called Oxymoron, even though all their lyrics are in English.  It’s a shame, because they were one of my staple street punk bands growing up, and their West World EP is one all punk fans should check out.

First off, Oxymoron is actually incredibly accessible as far as street punk bands go.  Let me put it like this, my ex used to hate 99% of punk bands… yet even she singing along to Oxymoron’s “Life’s A Bitch”.  On West World, Oxymoron is able to remain aggressive as fuck while actually being pretty damn catchy.  With 6 songs coming in around 21 minutes, this isn’t your typical street punk 1 minute long blast.  No, Oxymoron has plenty of change-ups in their tunes with multiple bridges and melodic shouts.

Even though West World was released back in 1999, it’s still pretty much unheard of in the states except for some die hard street punk fans, and I recommend everyone pick this one up if you dig punk at all.

Oxymoron – Life’s A Bitch

More Street Punk For Your Circle Pitting Heart:
4pm Past Midnight – Guilty As Charged
Violent Society
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
The Virus – Nowhere to Hide

Out of Print, but I’m sure you can find it.

U.F.C – I Want More Beer (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, Violent Society)

I realize it’s been a little while since we’ve posted on a solid street punk band, so after digging through the bowels of my musical collection, I rediscovered the street punks U.F.C’s album “I Want More Beer”.

An English and Spanish street punk band originally from Florida, the majority of the songs are in English (only two seem to be in Spanish).  U.F.C’s “I Want More Beer” is about as straight forward street punk gets.  Aggressive yet catchy riffs, pissed shouted vocals, this is what circle pits are made of.

Sure, there’s nothing too original about the album, but if you dig street punk at all then you can’t really go wrong here.

UFC – Punk Rock Stars

More Street Punk For Your Gutter Heart:
Scenester 101 – How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
Violent Society
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion
The Virus – Nowhere to Hide