I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it down to Philly’s First Unitarian Church basement with all the shutdowns that were happening in the city for the pope. With most of Center City having incredibly strict parking in affect, and much of our mass transit shut down (even 2 days before the pope arrived because Philly went completely nuclear over it) I decided to take the chance and head down because I sure as hell wasn’t about to miss Good Riddance and Off With Their Heads.
I got to the basement, and it was pretty under-attended for a church show, and it was clear that many others were scared off by Philly’s insane shutdowns. No matter. I missed Iron Chic but got there in time for Off With Their Heads.
I’ve been a fan of these Minneapolis punks for some time now ever since they released “From The Bottom”, and there was a time period where they used to come around and I’d see them 3-4 times a year, I haven’t caught them in almost 2 years.
It was clear once Off With Their Heads started, the majority of fans were there for them. Opening with “Focus On Your Own Family”, Off With Their Heads played a tight set of their gritty sing-along punk consisting mostly of songs off their latest album (ok it’s 2 years old now) Home. With plenty of people singing along, the band ripped through their set, and after forgetting how one song goes, decided they’d take the request “Die Today” which got the biggest reaction of the night.
A solid set, and while I wish they did a few more older songs as well, it’s always good to see these guys live. I just wish they came around more often these days.
Setlist (From what I remember):
Focus On Your Own Family
Don’t Make Me Go
Come Find Me
Seek Advice Elsewhere (I think they did this one)
Clear The Air
A lot of people split by the time Santa Cruz’s Good Riddance took the stage (their loss), leaving the church with plenty of room. Good Riddance has been at it since 1986 before taking a 5 year hiatus in 2007 and then coming back and recording Peace In Our Time this year.
The band took the stage and opened into Ballads Of The Revolution’s “Without Anger” and didn’t really let up for the entirety of the night, leaving little time for stage banter as they cranked out songs from most of their expansive discography. With only a few of us dancing throughout the set and singing along, it was a bit different from when I saw them last time they came around Philly but that didn’t deter Russ (who was supporting a Madonna shirt who also happened to be playing Philly) and crew as they cranked out their melodic hardcore.
Good Riddance to this day is one of the tightest live bands around, and put on an energetic performance even to a smaller crowd in a big venue (thanks pope…). Go see Good Riddance live, they kill it.
Think Of Me
Weight Of The World
A Credit To His Gender
Shit Talking Capitalists
Running On Fumes
One For The Braves
Take It To Heart
Shadows Of Defeat
Heresy, Hypocrisy, And Revenge