This past weekend was a bit of a whirl. After hightailing to Connecticut to watch the Landon Donovan final national team/US versus Ecuador game (which we missed him playing due to terrible, terrible traffic, but was able to party after the game with the American Outlaws), I rushed to Brooklyn to crash with some friends and then the next day headed out to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park to catch Jersey’s best dancers, Lifetime.
(Little side track…skip this paragraph to get back to the show) For the record, I love Asbury Park. Growing up in NJ, I would go there as a teen for Warped Tours, Skate and Surfs, and the skatepark they used to have in the old carousel. When I used to go years ago, it was not a good neighborhood, with the boardwalk completely abandoned except for drug dealers and prostitutes, every parking meter smashed in since the change was stolen. Now these days, the place is completely revitalized, with a bustling boardwalk, a solid nightlife, and a nice beach. It has completely done a 180… hell there’s even a pinball musuem/arcade that is one of the coolest spots ever. Admittedly, even though I fucking love Asbury Park, I don’t make it for shows there very often (exception is The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays tradition). With the 2 hour drive from Philly, it really has to be a band I’m obsessed with to make the trek, and clearly Lifetime is well worth it. I missed all of the openers since I was getting side tracked while in Asbury.
Lifetime took the stage to a sold out crowd, and immediately started playing Turnpike Gates. We Jersey kids exploded with a flash of drinks flying everywhere as people bumrushed the stage as we opened a pit that didn’t really let up for the entirety of the night. While the barricades of the Stone Pony didn’t allow for any stage dives or pile-ons, there were plenty of people crowd surfing (and if they played I’m Not Calling You, which they didn’t, yours truly was going to come out of crowd surf retirement ever since I shattered my arm doing so years ago and swore I’d only dance in pits instead).
The band was on point and seemed to be having a good time as they cranked through most of their big 3 albums, playing a solid setlist consisting of the majority of Hello Bastards, Jersey’s Best Dancers, and a few off their Self Titled album, (which if you haven’t listened to, is actually really damn good).
Lifetime is one of those bands that rarely plays anymore, but they really should. Besides being one of the most influential bands in hardcore, their live shows are seriously just one of those super positive events. On a side note: some exciting news. I talked to Dan a bit after the show and apparently him and Andy of Paint It Black have a new band in the works. I’m beyond pumped to see what they have in store.
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