Holy shit. Tonight, I went to not one show, not three shows… not even four fucking shows, but two! Two different shows making this an incredibly punk rock Saturday night. The first show that I headed out to was at Philly’s Barbary, and I love all the bands that played.
Static Radio NJ
Fuck, I don’t know what it is, but every time I try to see these guys, I always wind up showing up late and missing half of their set. I missed their first three songs, but caught the rest of the (short) set. I got to say, I’ve seen Static Radio NJ a few times now, and they were definitely on tonight.
While it seemed like the majority of the small crowd had no idea who they were, the band sounded tight as hell, and the actual energy on stage was phenomenal. They played a mix of their heavier songs with the more Lifetime-esque melodic ones. They even through in a Saves The Day cover… a much heavier version that completely owned.
Setlist (From what I remember)
-Cut The Tie
-The Waiting Game
-One For The Good Guys
-You Vandal (Saves The Day cover)
My favorite 12 minute setlist rockers around. Regular readers of my blog know that these Philly guys are one of my favorite bands period, and they are sometimes described as “the next generation of Dan Yemin’s DNA”, which hits the nail right on the head.
While the majority of the crowd didn’t know who they were, Lighten Up played a sick set, and I think they definitely won some fans over that night.
Setlist (From what I remember):
Dolphins Are Sharks With Good Publicists
Born To Perspire
Boyz II Wolves
Life On Earth
Finally! Grey Area plays one of those rare reunion shows that they do like once every 2 years. When I caught Token Entry about 2 years ago, all I could think of was how badly I wanted to see a Grey Area reunion again, and it finally happened.
After a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to Ernie (With Dave from Kid Dynamite bringing him a cake and everything) the band busted into a slower, warm up song (the name escapes me). The crowd started the stage dives and crowd surfing pretty early on, and had a pit going in the back. Unfortunately, the crowd wasn’t losing their shit as I would expect at a Grey Area show (or as lively as I would hope actually…) but still energy was running high.
The band played a decent mix of stuff off of Fanbelt Algebra and their Self Titled, and played really tight. I don’t remember their entire setlist, but from what I can recall:
All time Low
Black Train Jack (cover)