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.
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.
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
Void (I think they played this one)
Losing My Brain
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 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.
I Wanna Know
It’s Only Your Life
Can’t Stop You
Sick Sick Sick
Behind The Bullshit
Rise Of Punk
Coming Back For You
We Don’t Believe
Time Of Distraught
Piss On You
Why Do You Deny
Sarges Last Stand
You’re Gonna Fall