This past Thursday, I battled the rain with my girlfriend and her cousin and headed out to Philly’s PhilaMOCA, a strange re-purposed art space that was originally used as a showroom for tombstones and mausoleums back in the mid 1800s to catch Jeff Rosenstock’s and Chris Farren’s indie-ish popish punkish side project Antarctigo Vespucci. I wasn’t expecting it to be crowded due to the craptastic weather, but the small space was decently packed when we got there right as Hurry was finishing their set.
Indie punk dudes Dog On Acid took the stage which was bathed in green light while old Atari commercials projected behind them. I thought this was maybe part of their set based on the name, but it seemed to be a venue thing. Made up of members from a bunch of other semi-successful local bands, including Algernon Cadwallader and Glocca Morra, these guys seriously reminded me of a slightly more punk and experimental Weezer.
While they seem like the type of band that would be a grower for me, there were plenty in the crowd who were digging them and singing along. Look out for these guys, they’ll definitely be making a bigger name for themselves with their signing on Asian Man Records.
Doing a small mini-tour to support their newest album Leavin La Vida Loca that was released earlier last month, the members of Antarctigo Vespucci certainly have been busy: Jeff Rosenstock is constantly on tour with his solo band and supporting other bands, John has been busy also playing in each of his bands, and Chris Farren has been busy doing uhh… whatever Chris Farren does (including releasing some solo music).
The band took the stage, and with mirror images of them projecting in the background blasted through their set. I unfortunately haven’t had a chance to listen to the new album yet, but the songs off it seemed to have a different style to them, with them being less punk sing along influenced and a bit more indie/90s alternative influenced. Luckily, they did play plenty off of both Soulmate Stuff and I’m So Tethered.
While the show was relatively low key without many people dancing or anything (I blame the weather), plenty were singing along. Always a fun time, the band seemed in high spirits and killed it live, as usual. I definitely need to give Leavin La Vida Loca a listen to, and if they’re coming around, go check them out.
Highlights: (From what I remember, not complete)
I Drew You In Art Class
I’m Giving Up On U2
Save Me From Myself (I think)
Guest List Spots
Living In Hell (I think)
Don’t Die In Your Hometown
Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
Bomb The Music Industry – Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing
Bomb the Music Industry – Scrambles
Arrogant Sons Of Bitches – Discography