This past Wed night I had soccer playoffs which was a one lose knockout, all in a night. We lost immediately, so the silver lining was I was able to rush down straight from soccer to Philly’s North Star Bar in order to catch NY ska legends The Toasters play with Jersey’s hate ska band Hub City Stompers. When I got there, the place was pretty empty just as Hub City was about to play.
Hub City Stompers:
I’ve been seeing Hub City Stompers live for a good decade now after growing up in NJ, and they are one of the only active ska bands that I still listen to these days it seems who plays shows regularly. Tonight, they actually incorporated a bunch of newer songs off their upcoming album which was a breath of fresh air for their setlist. The new songs sounded sick too, so pretty excited to finally hear them released.
Even though the crowd was small, it seemed like most people were digging them (even if I was the only one dancing, because fuck it… I’m at a ska show on a wed night). The band threw in some covers as well, including a halloween inspired one by Type O Negative since this was technically a halloween show apparently.
Setlist (Not complete or in order)
Night of the Living
Where’s My Hooligans
Shallow Be (new song)Chatterbox
Type O Negative cover
Ska Train To Dorkville
some other new songs I didn’t recognize but were sick
The place started packing a bit once The Toasters took the stage, and what started with 3 of us dancing for the beginning of the set to the entire place dancing and skanking it up by the end.
The Toasters have been at it since 1981 with rotating members with their singer/guitarist being the only constant… in fact the trumpet player that night stated that this was his first show with the band since 1999. Everyone seemed in high spirits (both the band and fans) as The Toasters played an incredibly tight and crisp set.
Definitely a solid time, go see The Toasters live. It’s always fun, and they just simply kill it on stage.
2 Tone Army
Weekend In LA
Thrill Me Up (I think)
Decision At Midnight
Running Right Through The World
Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down
Talk Is The Cheap
East Side Beat
Run Rudy Run (I think they played this)