Saturday, January 24, 2009

JANUARY 23RD SHOW REVIEWED (JUSTIN OGDEN CONTENT)


another week, another show in doylestown. we've been having a good streak of shows lately, good lineups and good turnouts with more awesome shit on the horizon for february and march so hopefully things still keep going the way they're going.

anyway tonight's show was a gig i've been looking forward to since i caught best intentions at the moose lodge a month or two ago with tiger's jaw. they definitely stole the show and blew myself and a lot of other people away, they obviously have their high school on lockdown but i took it upon myself to convert some of the older crowd onto the best intentions tip. young ass kids playing catchy pop-punk with the right attitude. i can dig it.

there were a lot of people at this show - 291 paid, a staggered works record. this was probably the first show for a lot of kids, there were many young ass kids in the crowd, and as far as first shows go this was a pretty decent one.

throw me overboard (not to be confused with the similarly named pop-punk band from this general area "man overboard", because i think they are confused a lot) opened the show. it was their second show, i saw the only other one they've played in a barn in holland and was kind of impressed, they seem pretty tight at what they're doing. the vocals could use some work though, not every pop-punk band has to have syrupy-sweet "poppy" vocals but the singer's voice is so gruff (re: he's basically singing for a hardcore band but it just happens to be pop punk) that he seems out of place, like he showed up to the wrong show or something. hey, it's pop punk! you won't look "gay" if you actually sing, try it out. still early on for this band though so they could go either way.




title fight played next, a ton of kids crowded the front of the stage area and were ready to rock out. it's funny and awesome that title fight is regarded so highly in the "normal kid" high school scene around here, it only took us like two and a half years of bringing them to doylestown until they became a "household name". i've seen title fight play amazing sets and lackluster ones (i've probably seen this band like 15 times at this point), and this was a great one. they played old hits and people went nuts, they played new songs and they sounded good. alex russin, brother of ben and ned and among other accomplishments, the only man who played EVERY posi #s and this is hardcore with one band or another, did guest vocals on a song and acted like donkey kong. cool. i tried to dive and found the stage itself at the moose almost literally undiveable (at least for me), so please remind me of this fact before i embarrass myself again. obviously a lot of young, excusably clueless kids were pushmoshing and doing whatever during this set, some dudes who were old enough to know better "got hard" on the dance floor and made fools of themselves - bob meadows made me make an announcement on the mic on this topic before war pigs, the offending parties saw the error of their ways and the problem was solved. for the record though, moshing "hard" to a pop-punk band is silly shit 90% of the time (statement null and void when erection kids used to cover 'among the living'), especially when it involves getting tough with a 10th grader trying to hop up and down and push his friends from science class.





war pigs played next, a better set from them than any i've seen recently. they sounded tight minus some fuck-ups from kokinda's equipment that made it sound like the guitar from guitar hero when you're not playing right for a song or two. after that it was all gravy, i'm not sold on the new record yet but the new songs were sounding good enough for me to give it a second chance. a great cover of "world peace" was thrown in and i moshed with an american flag, 'nuff said. i think that might have actually been on my list of life goals to accomplish before i die. despite being the only hardcore band on the lineup a lot of non-core kids checked them out and they got a great response, i was proud of the crowd for being open-minded enough to check out a band they don't have 3rd period study hall with or something.





balance and composure went next, i was worn out from war pigs so i hung back a little bit. almost the entire show crowded towards the stage and kids were crowd-surfing and shit, it was pretty funny. much singing along and girls having religious experiences while they played, definitely a hype-band amongst the youth of doylestown but unlike the ones that came before they might actually deserve it with original songs and decent musicianship. this was the first time i saw erik play guitar for them and had i realized that sooner i probably would have paid closer attention, but from where i was standing (behind the throngs of people crowded up front) everything sounded pretty good.




best intentions ended up headlining for some reason, i think the lineup for this show was a little wonky but it worked in spite of itself. BI's set was great but i think it would have been better closer to the middle of the show because it seemed like a lot of the show/their fanbase had to leave for bedtime or something by the time they played. still an awesome set, most of the show was crowded up front going nuts, i set off a sum 41 cover with them (fat lip, and oft-covered doylestown favorite - but hey at least i'm from the town next to where sum was from in ontario) and the vibes were definitely great. it's impossible to watch this band without a smile on your face, too fucking fun. they're tenth graders who are good enough to make post-high school pop punk bands look fucking stupid. i hope they stick together, they're not at title fight status of talent at a young age but they're not that far off, either way i'd like to see where they're at by the time high school's over. at any rate they're one of the best assets doylestown has going for it right now, and i back them 100%.




all in all a good show with good vibes, there was some inevitable friction but all in all the crowd of over 300 (when you count bands and other lowlifes who didn't pay) hardcore kids, pop punk kids, kids from around here, kids from far away, normals, and more meshed pretty well given the circumstances. everyone involved in tonight's show deserves a pat on the back, it was one to remember.

-JUSTIN OGDEN


Photos by: Liz G
http://flickr.com/photos/lizjack/

Monday, January 19, 2009

MOTHER OF MERCY / MONGOLOIDS SHOW REVIEWED

The show at the Moose Sunday evening was a great one, 150ish kids came out on a night with shitty weather and no insanely-humongous headlining bands (mostly local in fact). The bands played great, there was a good feeling in the air, all in all it was a fun show and one for the books.

FULL CIRCLE opened the gig, their 2nd show with their "revamped" lineup (and the first in an actual venue). They're off to a good start, big improvements were made in the switch from thrash and tony on bass and vocals (respectively) to ott and rycal. i think people assume that if you have tony conner in your band it's gonna be good because bangarang was so successful it made everyone forget about the 40 god-awful bands he did before that. full circle realized their mistake and re-started the band before things went too far. Anyway, a few fuck-ups here and there during the set, most notably during a hacked-to-hell PANIC cover (some Doylestown band covered Panic at the '04 Halloween show, it was ridiculous. forget who it was though), but overall sounding pretty good for a band just starting out. I expect some decent things from this band in the future.

a band from out of town, delaware to be exact, called CUT SHORT played next, and they sounded pretty good. I was completely unaware of this band before watching their set at the show but to my ears it sounded like Integrity-type stuff with some more modern Ceremony-ish stomping mosh parts. Pretty cool, the singer sounded good and they brought some friends out to rep it on the dance floor for them. They brought a good vibe and will be a band I will pay attention to in the future.

next came FORCE FED, perkasie/bluebell's local straight edge heroes. they've been back from their little hiatus for awhile now, and have been gigging out fairly often and it's paid off for them both in their crowd response (massive side-to-side moshing like Doylestown was located somewhere in the mid-west) and how good they sound live. Bues's vocals were the stand-out of a set which included an SSD cover nobody in the crowd really knew (duh) and all the old favorites. if this band keeps doing what they're doing (playing shows, writing good songs, putting it out there every time they play live) they could gain more attention outside of our backyard around here.

the EARLY BIRDS of wilkes-barre played next, their last show in Doylestown and maybe their 2nd to last one EVER? i'm unsure of the reasons behind the early birds breakup but it's a shame because they've finally got a handle on their sound, in just a little over a year they've come a long way. as usual when a wilkes-barre band plays doylestown (and especially for an occasion like this) a ton of wilkes-barre kids were around to represent, and that they did. much moshing and singing along, a few doylestown kids got in on the action too which is always great to see (local kids supporting a band not because they're 'hyped' or because they're close friends, but because they've checked them out objectively and decided they like the tunes). their usual cover of "no spiritual surrender" was a highlight. doylestown has always been good to the early birds, and tonight was no exception.

THE MONGOLOIDS are another out-of-town band that has always received a warm response in Doylestown, tonight they sounded killer and were just all around fun to watch, playing a great mix of songs off their new record "assorted music" that officially released the day before at a show in Edison and all the old hits. Kids moshed, Greg didn't make things TOO awkward like he sometimes does, and it seemed like a real fun set - it seems like the Mongoloids have rejuvenated themselves after this last winter tour they did.

MOTHER OF MERCY headlined to a hometown crowd, got a much-deserved insane response to the hits everyone knows and played some songs off their forthcoming LP that sounded excellent. MOM has risen to the top of the totem pole around here by having a triforce of quality - great musicians, great work ethic (playing out and practicing constantly), and a great live show. Whenever MOM plays now you know kids are gonna go off and it's gonna be a good time. Everyone digs MOM from the straight edge kids to the drunk scumbags to random metalcore kids and other pieces of shit, the diverse fanbase makes for a retarded "anything goes" kind of environment when they play, although all that really lead up to tonight was a couch being dragged into the middle of the pit. luckily MOM is a band that actually deserves whatever recognition they get - it's hard for me to be objective about a band that has some of my best friends in it but when I distance myself from that fact I still see Mother of Mercy as one of the tightest units in hardcore right now, and we're definitely lucky to have them as one of our "local bands". there are tons of major cities in america that would kill to have a band half as good as MOM.

Anyway the show went off without a hitch, kids weren't babies about the snow and came from all over the place, no fights and no bullshit, even that whiner Meadows looked like he had a smile on his face most of the night. Doylestown is a great place to catch a hardcore show in 2009.

-JUSTIN OGDEN

Friday, January 16, 2009

TITLE FIGHT PEEP SHOW

TITLE FIGHT is recording a new EP for Run For Cover Records. Hits shelves in the spring. Here's a video of them recording it...sounds great, gentlemen.


Title Fight Recording at the Getaway Group from Ben Russin on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

BACK IN ACTION




So I havent updated this thing since before the Phillies did the big dirty. I figured I will keep this going and not become a lazy piece of shit... Anyway on my break I was considering just turning this into a weather blog but months went by and I said, fuck that, no one is going to read a blog about the weather in PA. So lets get the ball rolling again.

Recently FULL CIRCLE has done a couple of local shows here and there and they finally recorded. Six songs feautring young heart throbs such as Joe Fasano, Scotty B, and Rycal. Download the 6 song demo here.

Back from a winter stint with the Mongoloids, MOTHER OF MERCY is doing two shows this weekend. The first one is on Friday in Edison, NJ with Cold World, War Hungry, Petition, The Mongoloids (Record Release Part I), and a very special guest. here is a flyer, it looks rad:


The other show is this Sunday in Doto with The Mongoloids (Record Release Part II), Force Fed, The Early Birds (last show in Doto), Full Circle, and Cut Short. It's at the Moose Lodge. ALSO, MOM just finished recording a brand new LP with Matt Buckley (he has done Dead Again, War Pigs, On Course, Layin Waste, Burdens, you know...a shit load) all brand new songs probably coming out in early spring on Six Feet Under Records (Let Down, Mongos, Cold World, Bitter End, you know). The record release will probably be off the chain for sure.

BALANCE AND COMPOSURE has gotten rid of Dan Kerrigan on lead guitar and replaced with Erik Petersen (Erection Kids, Mute, War Pigs). Hopefully B&C will be heavier live and not "sound like a bunch of pussies" - Bob Barrella.

WAR PIGS new LP will hopefully be out in March sometime. 9 Brand new songs. If you want a little taste of the new record, there are 2 songs on their myspace, or you could just check them out at the show coming up on January 23rd w/ Balance And Composure, Title Fight, Best Intentions, Eating Glass (hardcore from CANADA), and Throw Me Overboard. Show is at the Moose Lodge.

Perkasie pop punk band ALL IN A YEAR has put up their new 7 song EP up for FREE DOWNLOAD. Check out this "kinda" new pop punk sensation. This EP will hopefully get them that foot in the door and play out a little, more people need to hear this. It's free! Cop it.


That's all for right now. Remember keep checking back. I'm looking to have some videos up, some interviews, guest columnists, the whole nine yards. So if you got any suggestions or things you wanna see / kept posted about, comment it up.

Over and out....and remember, GO BIRDS!