Last Tuesday I finally had a chance to see Flogging Molly. Flogging Molly was playing two night at the New York City venue Irving Plaza. I got tickets for the first night. The problem was I called in for a meeting at 7 pm which I thought I was not going to make it. I miss Flogging Molly play all of the time and once again I thought I will never see this band. Well, I got out around 8:30 and drove the fastest I can to the city. I made it by two minutes before their set started. Unfortunately, I miss the two openers.
Flogging Molly took the stage. They are a Celtic-Punk band from Los Angeles. They opened up their set with “Selfish Man.” The crowd went off. I was thinking prior to the show how Flogging Molly crowds get. I figure it somewhat like Dropkick Murphys. People moshing to Punk/Celtic/Folk music and a lot of drinking in the crowd. People were moshing and there was a lot drinking. It seemed that everyone was having a good time and being happy. Dave King who is the lead singer of the band was hilarious on stage. Honeslty this guy is an underrated frontman. Just having a lot of fun with the crowd. They played “Drunken Lullabies” which probably had the best reaction of the night. This is their most known song. This set felt like I was at a Dropkick Murphys show. Just people drinking and having a good time. The music is catchy and just a lot of fun. Flogging Molly played nineteen songs and all had a good reaction from the crowd. They could have played a lot more. They played some songs I always wanted to hear which was “Life in a Tenement Square” and “What’s Left of The Flag.” This was my first time seeing them play and Flogging Molly was fanstic. If you like Celtic-Punk like The Pogues you will like this band. Flogging Molly has been around for twenty years and they rocked the house. When they come back around again I will probably see them again. They were a lot of fun. I am glad that once I got out of that meeting I took a chance and at the end I pulled it off.
Last Thursday, Against Me played an off date in Long Island. The band is currently opening up for Green Day on their Revolution Radio tour. The previous night I got a chance to see that tour. The show was great overall. That show was sold out. This past Thursday’s show was not sold out. I believe only half of the venue was filled which was disappointing because Against Me is a big band. If this show was booked at Revolution Music Hall in Amityville this ould have been a sold out. Against Me had two bands opening for them in which both bands were from out of state.
Typesetters were the opening band of the night. This five piece are from Chicago. They have a sound that mixes between modern day Emmo and Indie with some Punk roots. I missed their first two songs due to arrival to the show late. I was attending another show where I saw the band Vein playing Amityville Music Hall. Back to the band, they had a little bit of an audience to watch them play. Before this show, I never heard of this band before so this band was brand new to me. Overall the band played a good set. I thought they were a little bit of a weird opener for Against Me. I can also see this band play the annual Punk festival The Fest. They seemed like they are part of that crowd.
The next band up was Mobina Galore. Mobina Galore is a two piece from Winnipeg, Manibota. Once they started to play I liked it right away. The guitarist was the lead singer and her vocals reminded of Courtney Love and Brody Dalle of The Distillers. The vocals were raw and ver Punk. The drummer was the backup singer and her vocals were more melodic. The band sounded like a more aggressive Sleater-Kinney with some Ramones influences. Overall I enjoyed this set. I am glad Aginst Me got this band on the lineup. Mobina Galore was a solid opener for Against Me. They recently released an album titled Feeling Disconnected on New Damage Records which was good. Besides that, I hope to get another chance to see them play.
Against Me took the stage. As I mention before I saw Against Me the night prior opening up Green Day at the Barclay Center. That night they played a little over a half hour. Last Thursday they played for over an hour. The band started off the set with True Trans Soul Rebel. There was a lot of people there for them. People were going crazy for them. People were moshing and crowd surfing for them. It was a nice difference from the night before where no was going off for them. The night before I saw no one singing along to their material. I was quite surprised. Last Thursday was different. Against Me set was filled with songs from all seven albums from their discography. The night before they only played songs off their last three albums. Last year they released their new album Shape Shift With Me. The new album I enjoyed a lot and they played quite a few songs off of their. Overall last Thursday Against Me played a great set. If you have never seen this band you are messing up. To me, this is the best band that writes lyrics about politics and transgenders. Luara Jean Grace is an amazing front woman. I love and support this band. Everyone should see them at least once.
Last Sunday, Dropkick Murphys played a sold out show at the Huntington venue The Paramount. They were playing their one and only NYC/Long Island date. The band is currently touring for their newest album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory on Born & Bred Records which came out last January. This tour they had The Interrupters and Blood or Whiskey opened up for them.
The opening band of the night was Blood or Whiskey. This was my second time seeing them opening up Dropkick Murphys. I believe the last time was in 2015 at the Paramount. Blood or Whiskey are very similar to Dropkick Murphys. They have songs about the Working class and the songs about drinking. They have a mix between Irish Folk with some Punk with Ska influences. These guys are from the “Motherland” so this band is a legit Irish Folk Punk band. The crowd seemed to enjoyed them. Unfortunately I walked in a few songs into their set. For the rest the set the band played well. They got good portion of the audience to sing along to their songs. They even got people moshing for them. Overall Blood or Whiskey are a excellent band to open for the Dropkick Murphys. They are playing tomorrow at Webster Hall if you want to see them headline a show.
The next band up was The Interrupters. Just like Blood or Whiskey this was my second time seeing this band. The last time was also 2015 but they were opening up for another sold out which was Rancid and H2O at Terminal 5. The Interrupters are a Ska band from Los Angeles. Once they started to play people start to dance to which eventually became a pit. There were a lot of people there who knew the band’s material and a lot of people were going off for them. They also did a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Sound System.”That got a good reaction. The Interrupters played a great set and if you like Ska Punk I totally recommend seeing this band. Twice they have proved they are good supporting band.
Dropkick Murphys took the stage and the place erupted. The last time I saw Dropkick was last March at Webster Hall for their twenty anniversary tour. This was my fourth time seeing this Boston Celtic-Punk band. As I mention before they recently released an album. A good portion of the set they played those new songs. The reaction was good from the crowd while they played those songs. The band played some of their more notable songs which were “The State of Massachusetts, “The Boys Are Back”, and “Barroom Heroes”. The crowd was insane for each songs. People were moshing, singing along and crowd surfing. The band also did a cover of The Cars hit song, “Just What I Needed.” Even the crowd was wild for that. The encore was the best. They came out to “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya” which went into “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” This song always gets the biggest reaction because this song got popularized by the crime drama movie The Departed. After that they played their final two songs, “Kiss Me I’m Shitface” and “Skinheads on The MBTA”. Both of these songs they get people on stage. With “Kiss Me” the ladies go up. The following song the guys go up. Just like the times before I was able to get on stage and singing along. This was my third time doing so. Overall if you have not seen Dropkick you are messing up. The band is all about the working class and having a good time. I can not wait to see them again at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney island with Rancid and The Bouncing Souls on August 6th.
On February 10th, I got a chance to see Cock Sparrer again. Cock Sparrer were playing two nights at the Brooklyn Venue Warsaw. They sold out two nights at the venue. The first night which is the night I went to, had Judge and Warthog. The second night had Street Dogs and Career Suicide. I personally wanted to see Judge so that why I went to the first night. The venue for the show is interesting. The venue is a big Polish VFW Hall. It is sick that they allow shows at this venue. My only problem was that there was a barricade which I am never a fan of especially for a Punk show. The one and only time I was at this venue was when I saw Cock Sparrer, The Unseen and The Nightbirds back in 2015.
The opening band of the night was Warthog. For about a year know I have been hearing about this band. I have seen their name on flyers and they play a lot of New York City shows. Warthog are from Brooklyn, New York and I have been told they have been crushing the scene. The band started to play and they were straight forward Hardcore Punk. They reminded me of Negative Approach and other 1980’s American Hardcore bands. Throughout the set they had a little bit of a reaction from the crowd. They did a Motorhead cover which got people going off for them. The last song was the best. It started off with a heavy two step part that would make a lot of people go said to said. If more people knew their material this song would haven gotten a huge reaction. Overall Warthog were a solid opener. I would to see them play with Freedom or Criminal Instinct.
The next band up was Judge. For awhile I have been wanting to see this band. Judge are a Straight Edge Band from NYHC. Judge are from the late 1980’s NYHC scene and are a huge influential band in Hardcore especially in the straight edge community. Before they started to play I was curious how this set will go. There was barricade up and this crowd was a mix. A straight edge opening up for a band that loves to drink. Back twenty to thirty years ago this show would have been a riot. Obviously there was more people here for Cock Sparrer but there was good portion of people here for Judge. They started to play and they got a big reaction. Judge played for a little more than a half hour. Judge got the crowd going and they sounded great. There were some people crowd surfing but I figured if this was a no barricade show the reaction would be better. Judge played everything I wanted to hear. Overall Judge played a great set. If you are reading third and you never seen Judge you are missing out. They are one of the most important straight edge bands of all time. I would love to see this band again.
Cock Sparrer took the stage. As I mention before this was my second time seeing this legendary British Oi band. I saw these guys pay two year ago at the same venue. In 2015, the band played two sold out shows at the Warsaw. I attend the second night two years go. Back in 2017, the band started to play and the crowd went off. People were crowd surfing and moshing to the band. Cock Sparrer set was mostly from their 1980’s discography. Every song the crowd was singing along. This band is fun to see live. I recommend seeing Cock Sparrer. The band has been around since 1972 and they do not seem like they will be stopping. These guys are in their early to mid sixties and they were very energetic on stage. Even the singer sounded amazing and this was great. I was so impressed about how well they played for the second time around. Overall if you like Oi this band is for you. Cock Sparrer are a classic band and worth seeing live. I actually would to see this band play a show with Dropkick Murphys. That would be an insane show.
Last Wednesday, I went to Saint Vitus to see Culture Abuse and Drug Church. Culture Abuse were on tour with Touche Amore and Tiny Moving Parts. This was an one off show that featured Drug Church. This was not a sold out show but there was a lot of people at the venue. There was an opening band and unfortunately I missed them due to the fact I got the show after 9. I thought the show was not going to start until 9. The band was Neaux and I heard some really good things about them. I was upset that I missed them.
So the first band I saw was Drug Church. They are from Albany, New York. This was my first time seeing them and I have been wanting to see them since their latest record came out titled Hit Your Head on No Sleep Records. The band took the stage and they rocked. Drug Church has a unique style to them. The vocals are somewhat like Hardcore but instrumental they sound like a 90’s Alternative rock band. I really enjoyed their live performance. Drug Church was really good and they had a good reaction from them. There were a lot of people singing along to them. Also a pit form for them. I was glad I got a chance to see them. If you never heard of Drug Church I recommend checking out their latest album and to go see them live.
The headliner was Culture Abuse. This was my third time seeing this San Francisco Punk band. Culture Abuse has been taken the scene by storm since the release of their debut album Peach on 6131 Recording. Peach is on my AOTY list and when I saw them twice in July they were amazing. The band started to play and the crowd was quiet at first and then people after the first song started to go off. Culture Abuse sound is so sick. They are like Wavves meets Hardcore. They had people singing along to them and the crowd was going off for them. This was a lot better the time I saw them back in July. I was upset that Touche Amore tour did not hit NYC or Long Island. I was not able to make it to any of the out of state shows but seeing Culture Abuse last Wednesday made up for it. What I love about seeing about this band live is that they do not care how sloppy or loose they are playing. The lead singer said he was high and enjoying life. The last time I saw them the band was just drunk it was great. To me this is real Punk Rock and Culture Abuse proved that last week. Overall Culture Abuse is really good and if you not check them out go do so.
Last Thursday I got a chance to see Dropkick Murphys on their 20th anniversary tour. They played two nights at NYC venue Webster Hall. I attended the second night with a few of my friends. This was my third time seeing this Boston Celtic Punk band and they always put on a great show. This year supporting bands were Tiger Army and Darkbuster. I was excited to see both openers because I have been listening to these bands for years and now I finally got a chance to see them.
The opening band of the night was Darkbuster. Darkbuster are from Boston, MA. They seemed to have a number of fans in the audience because people were singing along to them. Darkbuster had a pretty cool sound that mix between Punk, Skinhead aka Oi!, Hardcore and some songs sounded like Ska. Their music was mix and they reminded me of 1980’s United Kingdom Punk Scene. They were pretty descent opener and I enjoyed them a lot.
The following the band was Tiger Army. Tiger Army is a three trio that plays Rockabilly/Psychobilly. I love their 1950’s sound mix with Horror themes. This band is from Berkeley, California. For band like this they seemed a little off opening for Dropkick but I did not mind what so ever. They played a pretty solid set and they played their hearts out. I notice some people digging their music. I notice some people singing along with their tunes while others were just rocking out to them. They did covers by Eddie Cochran and Link Wray. Overall they played a great set. Out of the few Rockabilly bands I have seen in my life Tiger Army is probably one of the best.
Right before Dropkick got on they played a video about the band. It was a quick 5-7min video about the band career and also how the Major League Baseball team the Boston Red Socks won three championships. It was funny because every time they showed the Red Socks winning the crowd booed. The band got on and the place erupted. Whenever seeing the Murphys it is always a great time. Every song was great and they played a lot of old classic tunes. People were moshing and crowd surfing for them. The band just ate it up the crowd energy. The crowd is big drinking crowd but they were active. Usually a crowd that has a lot of drinking has a lack of interaction. Besides this Dropkick played probably one of the best sets I ever seen and they rock the big apple that night. What is crazy is that they covered The Car’s “Just what I needed.” I never thought in a million years I would have ever heard that song live. Dropkick Murphys is a band that everyone should see once in their lives. They are one of the best live bands in Punk Rock.
Dropkick Murphys- 10/10
Tiger Army- 8/10
Webster Hall- 9/10