Chicago’s Lawrence Arms are one of those bands I’ve been listening to for nearly 12 years, but never had a chance to see live. I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t come out to the northeast very often and I’ve never been to The Fest, or if I just somehow happened to be out of town every time they’ve played, but when I saw they were playing Philadelphia’s TLA this past Friday I knew I had to go. The fact that The Copyrights were playing? Oh fuck yes.
I got to the half empty venue right during Elway’s last song, and it reminded me a bit of Direct Hit, so may have to check them out.
I’ve been a fan of The Copyrights ever since I saw them open for Teenage Bottlerocket a few years back, and try to catch them anytime they come around. Usually I see them in smaller venues such as The Barbary, but they fit right at home on the larger TLA stage. It seemed like most of the people in the crowd didn’t really know who they were, but that didn’t stop us dedicated few up front from shouting along every word and dancing around a bit.
Playing an incredibly tight set with songs mostly from North Sentinel Island with plenty of older songs sprinkled in, definitely catch The Copyrights if you want to catch one of the few bands doing pop-punk right.
Setlist (Not complete and not in order):
Planet Earth 1994
Kids Of The Black Hole (I think)
Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
Worn Out Passport
The Lawrence Arms:
The Lawrence Arms have been around since 1999, and I know that The Lawrence Arms tend to have an older crowd (cough…like myself…cough). For this reason, I was sort of expecting it to be a more of a “clutch your drink and shout as loud as you can” type of show, so I was pleasantly surprised that the second the band took the stage to the theme of Indiana Jones, the place exploded into a pit full of dancing and singalongs that didn’t really let up much of the night.
The band recently released their 6th album (and their first in 8 years) entitled Metropole, and I haven’t really had a chance to check it out so I was worried I wouldn’t know the majority of songs (although really, I didn’t care what the hell they played as long as I would hear 100 Resolutions), but they played plenty off of their older albums as well.
Oh, and they played 100 Resolutions. All is right in the world.
Great Lakes/Great Escapes
Alert The Audience
You Are Here
Recovering The Opposable Thumb
The Slowest Drink At The Saddest Bar
The Ramblin’ Boys Of Pleasure
The Devil’s Takin’ Names
Lose Your Illusion 1
Like A Record Player
Are You There Yet Margaret, It’s Me God