Went to the show last night, here's my take on it:
After playing a surprise show just weeks earlier at a small bar called The Albert, it's weird to see them move up behind a gigantic barridade at the MTS Centre. They still killed it though, as they kicked off their shorter set with "Hail Destroyer" and played other tracks like "Lucifer's Rocking Chair," "Pneumonia Hawk" and of course their Beastie Boys cover "Sabotage" among others. The venue was still pretty empty for their set, but the ones that made an effort to show up early didn't seem let down at all. The interview with Liam went well, expect it in 2-3 weeks along with the one with Alan from Four Year Strong. I was told that a headlining tour will be happening around this fall so get excited for that!
It took me awhile to really appreciate Against Me! and Tom Gabel's voice, but once I did I was hooked. Because of this, I also missed them when they've come through in the past so it was nice to finally see them. With the awesome album art for White Crosses hanging, they walked on to "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and tore right into "Rapid Decompression." Even though it just leaked, they played a lot more new songs than I was expecting. Even "I Was a Teenage Anarchist" which totally made me smile. They are one of the few bands that truly sound better live than on recordings and it made up for the fact that they barely talked to the crowd:
I saw this band headline the Burton Cummings Theatre in 2007 and near the end it turned into a gigantic party. They invited everyone on stage, ran through the crowd and George even climbed up to the second balcony, without using the stairs. I have never seen a band get the crowd so involved and create such an intimate performance. They simply played last night though and while I'm not surprised at all, I know that this band can be capable of a much more with a longer set and a better venue. That's my only complaint however, they still sounded great and stuck to a lot of their newer stuff. They still haven't headlined Canada in support of Old Crows/Young Cardinals so it made sense:
There were lots of kids and parents at the show last night waiting for this band and it kind of reminded me of when I saw Billy Talent back in 2003 when I was in grade 7. Mind you, their debut wasn't released and I was there for Sum 41 but still, it's a much different vibe than the shows I usually go to. You can hate on Billy Talent for making the same record all you want, but I'm happy to see how far they've gone. At least in Canada, the United States still hasn't caught on to one of our most popular bands. And really, no other band even comes close to sounding like them.
Anyway, they kicked off the show with "Devil in a Midnight Mass." Ben is still an amusing frontman and I like how he's not afraid to talk to the crowd. He held up an 87 jersey and talked about Canada taking the gold for hockey, just as an example. And someone in the pit brought a Canadian flag with them and was holding it up so that was pretty awesome. Of course, the MTS Centre started to get crazy too. I guess a man punched a woman in the face and I'm not surprised at all. Whenever you go to that arena, you can be assured people will get hurt.
The highlight was probably when Tom Gabel from Against Me! came up to sing "Turn Your Back" with Ben. He said that never happened before, but I think he was just saying that. Anyone confirm? The lights and stuff were basic and just OK. Ian added on an awesome, slightly longer solo to "Devil On My Shoulder," the second last song of the night so that was cool. Anyway, here is the set list:
Went to the show last night, here's my take on it:
Trapped Under Ice
To be totally honest, I never heard of this hardcore band from Maryland until it was announced they were on this tour. The crowd seemed more familiar than I was actually and it was a good time with lots of energy and moshing. I wouldn't say that their set turned me into a gigantic fan, but it was pretty decent anyway.
Polar Bear Club
I was pretty excited to see this band and they didn't disappoint. Chasing Hamburg was one of my more favourite records from 2009 and they pulled off the songs live just as well as they do on a recording. There was no overly amusing banter or anything, they just played but they played well and here is what the set comprised of. If anything, it was just a shame they didn't play a little longer:
Four Year Strong
When they were driving from Iowa to Winnipeg, a wheel came off their trailer and they were stuck on the side of the road for a little while. Doors were supposed to open at 6, but they didn't actually open at 7. In fact, during the start of Polar Bear Club's set they still weren't at the venue, but they made it with just 10 minutes to spare! And they still put on such a great show. You couldn't even tell they didn't have a chance to settle in and do a soundcheck, like they did when they were here last April for Taste of Chaos. It was awesome hearing the new songs live. And it was pretty cool when a bunch of people rushed up on stage for a big sing along at the end:
Every Time I Die
Since FYS were finally here, I missed some of Every Time I Die's set to get everything sorted out. A big thank you goes out to Alan Day for taking time to talk to me instead of cancelling the interview all together! Expect it ready to read within the next 2-3 weeks because school is SO busy for me right now.
Anyway, from what I did catch of their set it seemed like a good time! They were here a few years ago with Alexisonfire so it's nice to have them back up here in Canadian cities most bands don't play. Keith and the rest of the band were great and they seemed to have played a wide range of their material. There wasn't an encore though and here's a rough taste of what they played. This is far from complete, but I figured I should put down at least a little bit of what I caught since they were the headliners: Roman Holiday, The Marvelous Slut, Apocalypse Now and Then, No Son of Mine, Who Invited the Russian Soldier?, The New Black, Kill the Music, After One Quarter of a Revolution and We’rewolf.
And that's about it. It was very much a less talk, more rock type of show.
Went to the show last night, here is my take on it:
The only time this band really caught my attention during their set was when they covered a song by Refused and didn’t butcher it. They even picked one of my personal favourites “Summer Holidays Vs. Punk Routine” but they didn’t sing it themselves. They had Moneen’s bassist Erik Hughes come up on stage to do the vocals for them. That was pretty cool to witness.
Sights & Sounds
For those unaware, the band features Andrew Neufeld from Comeback Kid and Joel Neufeld from Sick City. It’s definitely different than their full-time bands, much more dreamy and experimental for lack of better words. By this point, the crowd had moved closer to the stage so the reception was warmer than it was for Passenger Action. But overall, the set was pretty basic. They just played their songs and didn’t interact much with the crowd, but they had much more energy than Passenger Action. Neufeld can head-bang better than most. They released their full length Monolith on Smallman in May and played tunes like “Reconcile,” “Storm & the Sun,” “Night Train,” and “Sorrows.”
It’s been quite awhile since Moneen toured across Canada and Kenny Bridges took time to acknowledge that fact later on in the set. The last time I saw them was in 2006 when they toured with Saves the Day and Circa Survive. I wasn’t overly familiar with the band’s material at that point, but I could tell most of the crowd was. Kids were singing, moshing, crowd surfing and the band was just as energetic. It’s a show that I will always have in the back of my mind and it inspired me to check out more of the band’s stuff.
“Hey, we’re Moneen,” Kenny Bridges simply stated before tearing into “Don’t Tell Locke What He Can’t Do” off of their acclaimed 2006 effort The Red Tree. No dramatic entrance, no flashy stage set-up, just four guys playing music.
The crowd was enthusiastic for their presence, but they didn’t really go crazy until “The Passing of America” near the end of the set. I can’t help but feel like some people were just waiting there for that song. And trust me, once it was played, the room came alive similar to how it did three years earlier. They invited members from the opening bands on stage, grabbed huge drums and went into the crowd to pound them until nearly everyone was chanting “No, I won’t go, I want to stay here with you!” at a deafening level. It’s always cool to see that type of crowd interaction and it’s what makes shows worth attending.
The encore simply consisted of “Start Angry...End Mad.” Bridges was mumbling something about a curfew between songs so perhaps the venue was the reason. The show was held at the West End Cultural Centre. The last time I was there was in 2007 before they shut it down for renovations and while it looks a lot nicer now, I'll still take the Garrick any day over that place.
Anyway, I got a rough set-list for those who want to have an idea of what they are playing. I could be missing a song or one could be in the wrong order but overall, it’s pretty accurate:
Oh, and the interview is coming. Probably in two weeks at the most because I know the other staff have interviews to post and I’m busy finishing off my last two weeks of school. I interviewed Steve and Erik. We only had 15 minutes, but I still think we covered some decent ground.
So on Thursday, I went over to the Garrick to interview Frank Turner and also, Benny Horowitz from the Gaslight Anthem. Expect both to be posted in 2 weeks at the latest, school is very busy, so I don't have as much time to transcribe things as quickly as I used to. I think both went well though. The Gaslight Anthem interview was originally supposed to only last for 15 minutes, but Benny spent an extra 10 minutes talking with me so most things could be covered. And Frank Turner is a very interesting guy, if you still don't have any of his records I suggest you get on that right now.
But anyway, the show was pretty good. Too lazy to give some big, huge review. I didn't care for Murder by Death's set, but I loved both Frank Turner and the Loved Ones. I noticed some people were asking questions about the Gaslight Anthem's set-list, so I figured I'd just get it at the show and answer that myself:
Old White Lincoln
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
The ’59 Sound
We Came to Dance
Miles Davis & the Cool
The Patient Ferris Wheel
Seńor and the Queen
Meet Me by the River’s Edge
Here’s Looking at You, Kid
The Navesink Banks
The Backseat Encore: Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts
We’re Getting a Divorce, You Keep the Diner
I find it funny that by the time I attempt to close this blog, I get hired on as staff. Weird, now I feel bad about the last post and I guess I will make the effort to keep it going, at least a little bit.
I wish I had something else to say though, but I really don't. Thanks to Eda and Linda pushing for me to get on staff and Jason for making the change! I really appreciate it and I am really looking forward to this amazing opportunity.