This past Thursday, I headed to Philly’s intimate batting cages Everybody Hits to catch one of my favorite punk bands around Off With Their Heads. It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve last seen them when they opened for The Bouncing Souls, and it’s been at least 5 years since I’ve seen them actually headline a show as opposed to opening, so I was pretty excited to catch them in such a small space again.
These Minneapolis punks play catchy, upbeat punk similar to bands like Dillinger Four and The Dopamines, but with the added dichotomy of dark lyrics tackling depression, life, and battling to make it through the day. The band took the cramped floor and opened with “All I Can Do” to a rowdy crowd. Following it up with “Drive” from the same album, Off With Their Heads sounded as cohesive and energetic as ever as they ripped through their punk sing-along anthems.
Playing a set consisting mostly of their last two albums Home and In Desolation with a couple off of From The Bottom thrown in (unfortunately nothing from Hospitals), Ryan kept stage banter to a minimum. A whirlwind of a set, by the time they closed with “Clear The Air” I was covered in sweat and beer (as expected at an Off With Their Heads show).
A fun show, Off With Their Heads always throws a lively and energetic set. Hoping these guys hit up Philly more often, as I feel a few years ago I’d get to see them every few months. Nonetheless, if they play near you, definitely go check them out live.
All I Can Do
Focus On Your Own Family
Come Find Me
I Am You
Don’t Make Me Go
Take Me Out
Eyes Of Death
Clear The Air