Yesterday evening I headed to Philly’s small venue/dance club/bar The Barbary to catch pop-punk torch carriers The Copyrights. It was a very small intimate show with only about 30 people there or so, and I knew going in that while everyone usually sings along… dancing is often at a minimum at these pop-punk shows for some reason, which would usually piss me off… but since I’m coming off an injury I was surprisingly ok with it. I wound up missing the two openers, but made it in time for Direct Hit!
I’ve never seen Direct Hit! before, and the only music I know by them is their joke hardcore split with Hold Tight (which completely slays by the way). We weren’t treated to any of those two-step worthy songs, but they did completely blow me away with a solid pop-punk set. The band was loud, energetic, and had people singing along through out their set. I need to check some of their more traditional music out it turns out.
The first time I ever saw the Copyrights a few years back on tour with Teenage Bottlerocket, they were a goofy pop-punk band who played fun jams similar to Screeching Weasel or The Queers. These days The Copyrights have turned a bit to a more melancholy side with the release of North Sentinel Island (which was one of my favorite releases of 2012) and their live show shows that. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but the stage banter has now been limited to a complete minimum, and there is just a much more serious stage presence, which is fitting with the newer songs (or maybe being in Philly just brings out the sadness)….
The Copyrights took the stage and thanked the few of us who came out on a rainy Tuesday night to listen to some pop-punk jams. The crowd as I mentioned earlier was pretty subdued except for the occassional spontaneous dancing (and physical therapy be damned, I couldn’t help but do so during Cashiers). Playing through songs over the course of most of their catalog, even though the show was running really early, the set remained short at approximately a half hour.
No matter, anytime I get to see The Copyrights it’s a good time, as they easily are one of the best pop-punk bands around these days.
Setlist (From what I remember, and definitely not complete or in order):
Kids Of The Black Hole
All My Heroes Are Assholes
Stuck In The Springtime
They Say (I think)
Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
Worn Out Passport