Halloween is finally over, it’s getting dark much earlier, and I finally am getting a chance to catch up on posts a bit. Last week, I headed out to South Philly’s bar Boot & Saddle to catch one of my favorite pop-punk bands around The Copyrights open up for Masked Intruder. I wasn’t expecting a big crowd due to the fact it’s a Sunday 21+ show, but the small room was decently filled up. I’ll admit, I did split before Masked Intruder took the stage, but I was able to catch the opener Not Scientists.
I never heard Frances Not Scientists before, but I was thoroughly impressed by their set. Featuring members of bands such as Uncommonmenfrommars and No Guts No Glory, they’re relatively new, only existing for just shy of two years now. The band seemed in pretty high spirits as they ripped through their pop-punk set, with a few stand out songs being “Leave Stickers On Our Graves” and “I Wanna Be A Spaceship”.
Even though the band mostly played pop-punk, there were definitely some hints of more experimental and indie through a few songs, which is more pronounced through their recorded work than their live show.
Carbondale Illinois The Copyrights have been at it for a long time now (13 years), and have a solid 6 full lengths under their belts… needless to say they’ve pretty much perfected their pop-punk sound. Even though I’ve seen them a bunch, I haven’t had a chance to catch them since their last release of their latest LP Report.
It was clear that the majority of people in the crowd were there for Masked Intruder and didn’t know much by The Copyrights, there were still plenty of us singing along. Keeping stage banter to a minimum, the Illinois punks fit in plenty of songs in from mostly Report and North Sentinel Island, but fit in a few from older releases too.
Always a solid set, The Copyrights are one of the best bands in pop-punk around and if they’re in you’re area, go do yourself a favor and catch them.
Setlist (From what I remember, not in order):
The World Is Such A Drag
Heart Of Glue
Charlie Birger Time
Trustees Of Modern Chemistry
Kids Of The Blackhole
Keep The Change
Worn Out Passport