I’m posting this one way after the fact because for the past few weeks I’ve been in Spain and access to a computer for me has been limited. But a few weeks ago I headed to Philly’s Boot and Saddle to catch Geoff Rickley’s (of Thursday) grindcore/screamo/hardcore band United Nations.
The band was on tour supporting their newest album The Next Four Years, and played to a pretty packed crowd for a 21+ Sunday night show. Maybe it was the smaller, more intimate setting of Boot and Saddle, but Geoff seemed much more interactive with the crowd and on point with the quips and jokes than I have ever seen him before.
Poking fun at everything including themselves “our real passion is selling t-shirts. Music lets me live this dream”, the punk scene “using google analytics, we learned that we are reaching our target demographic, which are white crust punks who grew up in Connecticut mansions”, and of course the fucked up state of American politics which for one song Geoff donned a Ronald Reagan mask while draped in an American flag while giving another mask to the crowd.
The music was fast and aggressive, and while energy-wise the crowd was low key (minus a small pit that broke out during one song, which Geoff commented “Ah yes, the quintessential push pit… no punk show would be complete without one”, the band had an amazing stage presence, and is definitely a band you need to catch if they happen to play one of their rare shows.
Setlist (might not be in order)
Meanwhile On Main Street
Fuck The Future
Revolutions At Varying Speeds
No Sympathy For Sinking Ships
O You Bright & Risen Angels
Nevermind The Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures
Music For Changing Parties
UN vs UN