I never got to see Weekend Nachos before, always out of town or busy anytime the Illinois powerviolence band came around, (even missing them at one of my old favorite houses The Golden Tea House a few years back). When I saw that they were playing Philly First Unitarian Church, I figured I had to go, and then learning it was their final Philadelphia show since this is their final tour it pretty much made it a must.
I was driving back from a weekend in DC and was running late and hit a bunch of traffic, which sucks because I really wanted to catch local Philly openers Congenital Death and Backslider again, but I got there in time for UK’s The Afternoon Gentlemen.
The Afternoon Gentlemen:
I got to the relatively packed church basement a few songs into The Afternoon Gentlemen’s set, and while I never heard of these Leeds, UK grind dudes before, I was really digging their set. Playing grindcore with plenty of thrashy and powerviolence influences with songs about beer, partying, and well… grind, these guys had the crowd completely going off.
Their recorded work really doesn’t do them justice, definitely a band that needs to be seen live. Go check em out if they play near you.
Weekend Nachos has been at it for a long time as far as most powerviolence bands go. Dating back to 2004, the band has toured for 12 years now and have an impressive 5 full lengths behind them along with a shit ton of EPs and splits. This was their final East Coast tour supporting their final album Apology.
I don’t know if it’s a regional thing but I know that at least in Philadelphia possibly because they’re signed to local label Relapse Records, they were a lot of younger kids first exposure to powerviolence. So needless to say, once the band took the stage the place immediately erupted into a giant pit and frenzy of stage dives.
Weekend Nachos put on an incredibly tight set, playing songs spanning from most of their discography. While they played plenty of new songs off the latest Apology, they also threw in some off their earliest albums and EPs.
A solid set, I need to go check out Apology, the songs sounded really tight live. They’re still playing Europe later this year along with the midwest, so if you’re in those areas, don’t sleep on this and go check them out.
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