Boston’s American Nightmare have been one of my favorite hardcore bands since I was an angsty 18 year old in 2003, and I find myself listening to their albums and EPs pretty regularly even 13 years later as an angsty 30 year old. Their music got me through a lot of shit, and the first time I saw them over a decade ago with Hope Conspiracy still remains one of my most memorable show experiences ever. On a cool Friday night, I headed to Philly’s sold out Underground Arts right as American Nightmare was setting up.
The place was pretty packed, but there was a surprising amount of room for a sold out show. I wasn’t really sure what to expect: I’ll be honest, as much as I love American Nightmare, the past few times I’ve seen them in bigger venues have been a bit strange feeling, with Wes having a hard time hitting the screams and the overproduction feel of the venue. Well let me just say that this was without a doubt the best AN performance I’ve seen since I went to their reunion show up in Boston a few years back.
The band took the stage and opened with “AM/PM” which had us opening a pit and immediately piling on. Ripping into “Hearts” without skipping a beat, Wes and crew were on point playing a tight, fast paced show with barely any time to breath as they shredded through their set. Playing a majority of songs off of both Background Music and Year One, it felt right to have them in a smaller venue again (while I’ve had fun in the past seeing them in NYC at Webster Hall, it always felt a little bit…off.)
Fuck What Fireworks Stand For
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Protest Song #00
I’ve Shared Your Lips And Now They Sicken Me
Postmark My Compass
There’s A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
Encore: (I think they did Crime Scene, but I don’t really remember)
I Drew A Heart Around The Name Of Your City:
American Nightmare – Year One
American Nightmare – Background Music
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