I stated in my Bane show recap that I actually wound up going to two shows on Sunday. After seeing Bane completely tear up The Kung Fu Necktie, sacrificing my body, and getting some damn good sushi, I headed over to Philly’s Theatre of Living Arts to catch punk rock legends NOFX. I was sore, but I knew there was no way I was going to be able to remain calm during their set.
The TLA is a completely different beast than the Kung Fu Necktie, and is a much bigger venue with barricades, etc. But NOFX managed to sell out the venue, so clearly they are still VERY relevant even 30 years after they formed. Damn.
I missed The Implants, which features ex-members of Pulley, but my friend described them as Pulley meets Slayer, so that actually sounds pretty sweet.
Speaking of bands that have been around a while, The F.Us were a band from Boston back in the 80s playing speedy, sloppy punk rock. Most people in the crowd had no idea who they were, and my knowledge was admittedly limited to the few songs they have on This Is Boston, Not L.A compilation, but they had a few fans and people dancing in the crowd.
I usually like 80s punk/hardcore, and their set was no exception. I could be wrong but I think I recall Green Beret and Radio Unix USA being played.
NOFX may claim they suck live, but after playing 30 damn years, these guys put on a damn tight set. It’s been over a decade (seriously) since the last time I’ve seen them even though I not only listen to them regularly, but even keep up with (and enjoy) their latest albums. The crowd was incredibly hyped, and the band took the stage, took some obligatory shots at us fans and Philadelphia, and broke into “60%”.
They continued tearing through their discography, from their latest all the way back to Ribbed, and even took a request for “Shower Days” (thank god) simply because the person went through the trouble of actually making a sign for the request.
Then, after playing a few more… the band announced they were going to play an old one, and it may bore some of the younger kids in the audience. Oh fuck yes. The next 17 minutes or so are just sort of a giant blur to me as I tore through the pit while Fat Mike and crew melted faces while playing The Decline in it’s entirety. My night, no, fucking year was made… They could have just farted in the microphone after and I’d be content (Oh wait, that did happen…)
Because NOFX completely hates me and wants me to die of exhaustion, they continued to tear through the rest of their damn solid set, stopping periodically to again make fun on members in the crowd, old heads, Philadelphia.
A fucking amazing show, I don’t care how much You Heard They Suck Live, go see them this tour. I can’t believe I waited 10 years to see them again. Fuck.
Murder The Government
I Believe In Goddess
We March To The Beat Of Indifferent Drum
We Called It America
What Now Herb?
Fuck The Kids
XMas Has Been X’ed
Seeing Double At The Triple Rock
Don’t Call Me White
Bottles To The Ground
Kill All The White Man
NOFX – Linoleum