Ahhh… Superbowl Sunday. Where every American goes to their favorite punk house for a benefit show and watches some sick bands tear it up. I got to West Philly’s Golden Tea House a bit late and missed a bunch of the awesome bands (including a new band featuring Dan Yemin and Andy Nelson), but got there in time for Philly’s own Dark Thoughts.
This show was the kickoff for Dark Thoughts tour, and the 3 piece put on one hell of a show. I caught them back in November here when they played with Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie, and this time around they were even tighter. Playing Ramones influenced punk rock, Dark Thoughts played most off of their 4 song demo (although the songs translate much better live). I said it before and I’ll say it again, keep an eye out for Dark Thoughts, they’re definitely one of Philly’s up and coming bands.
I’ve been a fan of Armalite ever since they’ve started, and with a side project of a bunch of very busy people (including Dan Yemin of Paint It Black/Lifetime/Kid Dynamite, Adam from Atom and His Package) a show from them is incredibly rare. This was like their 7th show ever in 10 years, (not many bands I can say I’ve been to more than 50% of their shows) I was pretty stoked to be seeing them at the intimate Golden Tea House kitchen.
After setting up, the band took some time to talk about the benefit, which is actually a benefit for a benefit show where the floors or something collapsed and the place has to undergo some heavy repairs. Holy shit. They joked to keep the jumping up and down to a minimum here, and instead rip out the copper pipes in the wall.
Breaking out Boots And Sneakers, Armalite played a surprisingly straight forward set without a lot of the banter usually found at their shows. It seemed like most people didn’t know any of their songs besides me and one other dude who were shouting along to each word, but people definitely seemed to be digging it.
Playing the majority of their songs (granted they only have 14… one full length and one EP) they even through in a Magnetic Fields cover in there. A tight set, I feel a little spoiled seeing them play twice in a matter of a year… and they got to play one of Philly’s best spots for shows.
Boots And Sneakers
Dan’s Hands Melt
Destination (Not At Home)
I Am Pancreas, Seek To Understand Me
100,000 Fireflies (Magnetic Fields cover)