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[ATTENDED: November 10, 2021] Anti-Flag [postponed from March 17, 2020] 

I was pretty happy when my son asked if we could go see Anti-Flag.  I had heard him playing some of their songs and quite liked them.

Then I looked them up.  How could i have never heard of this band?  A politically charged punk band that has been making music and waves for over 25 years and I didn’t know them.  How was that possible?

The band came out on stage to a recording of “Blitzkieg Bop” and they were everything I wanted.

Anti-Flag has been around since the 1980s and had a few line up changes.  But things have been stable since 1999 when Chris #2 joined the band on bass and lead vocals.  He joined Justin Sane on lead vocals and lead guitar and Chris Headon rhythm guitar along with Pat Thetic on drums.

They are full of energy, or righteous anger and love and compassion for everyone present.

We were right in front of Chris #2 and it was incredible to watch him jump all over the place.  Way up in the air and at one point off the stack of amps.  His energy was incredible.

Justin Sane was a great front person–calmly telling us what was on his mind and then ripping guitar parts like crazy.

They played songs from throughout their career, occasionally dipping back in to their latest album 20/20 Vision with audio snippets introducing the songs.  The album is great although hearing trump’s voice again (even if it was used to mock him) was rather unpleasant.

The highlight for me though was looking over and seeing my son in a circle dance getting pushed around an having a great time. I can see him really moshing it up in a few years.  He did not crowd surf, although some people did (it was kind of a small club for that).

The band is obviously very political and they had brochures and activists there for all manner of causes.  They also had someone come out and say a few words about Punk Rock Saves Lives, an amazing organization whose mission statement is

to start focusing on Health Concerns, Equal Rights, Human Rights, and more. One of the keystones of the music community, especially Punk rock, is the ethos of taking care of one another. By championing this ethos through various campaigns hand-chosen by the artists, we can elevate their messages of hope, activism, and change to effect positive change and drive awareness.

Then as the show was nearing the end, Chris #2 had us do one of the coolest things I’ve done at a concert.  He had everyone–don’t give me any macho posturing bullshit, put their arms around the person next to them like a giant line of a group hug.  This was to tell everyone there that we are all on the same side, that the person next to us is our brother or sister.  It was a very moving moment for me.

And then, when we were all sweaty and gross from dancing and pushing each other around, we sang along to “Die for the Government.”

My only regret from this show is that I haven’t seen them like ten times already. Because I am ready to see them again.

  1. Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones) [tape intro]
  2. Hate Conquers All
  3. The Press Corpse ß
  4. Racists Æ
  5. Drink Drank Punk Ψ
  6. You Can Kill the Protester, But You Can’t Kill the Protest
  7. Trouble Follows Me Æ
  8. Bring Out Your Dead
  9. Disease Intro [tape intro]
  10. The Disease
  11. Hymn for the Dead ß
  12. The Criminals Æ
  13. Turncoat
  14. Broken Bones
  15. 1 Trillion Dollar$ ß
  16. Fuck Police Brutality Ψ
  17. Christian Intro [tape intro]
  18. Christian Nationalist
  19. This Is the End (For You My Friend) ß
  20. American Attraction Æ
  21. Brandenburg Gate §
  22. Die for the Government Ψ

Ψ Die for the Government (1996)
⇓ Underground Network (2001)
⊗ The Terror State (2003)
ß For Blood and Empire (2006)√ The General Strike (2012)
§ American Spring (2015)
Æ American Fall (2017)
‰ 20/20 Vision (2020)

 

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[ATTENDED: November 10, 2021] Bad Cop/Bad Cop [postponed from March 17, 2020] was originally scheduled to be Grade 2

Initially Grade 2 was scheduled to be on this tour, but they were replaced by Bad Cop/Bad Cop, who turned out to be amazing.

It was pretty fascinating having this band directly follow Doll Skin because the women in this band could easily have been Doll Skin’s moms (there were no men in Bad Cop/Bad Cop, but if there were they could have been Doll Skin’s dads, too).

I actually don’t know how old most of the women were on stage because damn, they rocked hard whatever their age, I only guess they are older since they sang songs about Breast Cancer and Detox.

Bad Cop/Bad Cop actually has three lead singers: guitarists Stacey Dee and Jennie Cotterill and bassist Linh Le alternated through the set.

We were right in front of Le and she was one of the most intense bassists I’ve ever seen–great poses, daring you to look her in the eye or daring you to look away.  I found out later that Le is the creator of the amazing series bassists against racists.

Drummer Myra Gallarza was great too, keeping the beat to these fast and furious songs.

I loved everything about Bad Cop/Bad Cop and I’m delighted to have seen them live.

  1. Retrograde ϖ
  2. Pursuit of Liberty ®
  3. Rodeo
  4. Breastless ®
  5. Perpetual Motion Machine ®
  6. I’m Done ϖ
  7. Simple Girl ®
  8. Take My Call ®
  9. Broken ϖ
  10. Amputations ϖ 
  11. Certain Kind Of Monster ®
  12. Womanarchist ϖ
  13. Wild Me ϖ

⊗ Boss Lady EP (2014)
ϖ Warriors (2017)
® The Ride (2020)

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[ATTENDED: November 10, 2021] Doll Skin [postponed from March 17, 2020]

I was really looking forward to this show because I was taking my son and his friend to their first punk show.  My son had been to a couple of other shows, but nothing where there was going to be as much call for a pit (the other shows were usually too crowded for a pit).

We arrived very early (even though I thought we were late).  Doll Skin didn’t go one for twenty minutes after stated time.  Which was fine because there was a ton of merch and political organization fliers in the back of the room to look at.

Then Doll Skin came on stage and there was a good chance that the band was younger than my son.  That’s actually not true, although when Doll Skin started, lead singer Sydney Dolezal was seventeen.  They are currently 20 or 21.

Meghan Herring and Tay (hired bass player) had COVID so they had Cameron Gile on bass, their driver Dustin Elias-Odgers on bass and multi instrumentalist Torri Ross on drums.

The band was amazing.  Syd was a dynamite singer–a great performer, an excellent voice and a lot of fun.  Their lead guitarist, who I think was Alex Snowden, was incredible–phenomenal riffs and a great sound.  And the substituting players were fantastic.  I don’t know how often they played the songs before, but they were tight as anything.

I really enjoyed their set.  And after the show Syd chatted with us and signed my son’s poster, so that was pretty cool too.

  1. Don’t Cross My Path
  2. Love Is Dead and We Killed Her
  3. Control Freak
  4. Mark My Words
  5. Daughter
  6. Eat Shit Ξ
  7. Puncha Nazi

Ξ Eat Shit [single] (2021)
♦ Control Freak [single] (2021)
⊗ Love Is Dead and We Killed Her (2019)
♥ Manic Pixie Dream Girl (2017)

 

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[POSTPONED: March 17, 2020] Anti-Flag / Grade 2 / Doll Skin

indexMarch was going to be a very busy concert month for me.  This was to be the fourth of four shows in five nights.  This show was going to be for me and my son and his friend T.

I had just recently heard about Anti-Flag, who have been around forever.  I was interested in seeing them and then I heard C playing them on his Spotify account so I asked if he wanted to see them.  He said yes.  They were playing at The Foundry, a tiny place that I really like.  But it turned out to be on a night that we had something else planned.  (That turned out to be incorrect, that event was the week before, so we could have gone to the Foundry).  But on this night they were playing in Asbury Park (about the same distance from my house).  House of Independents is a great venue and is arguably a better venue to see a punk show (it’s much bigger).

He asked if his friend could come and I thought that sounded like a great way to spend a Tuesday night (even if school would be very sleepy he next day).  I even told him that if we really liked the show we could go Thursday night as well–to see them in a venue the size of our living room.

Opening for this show were Grade 2 and Doll Skin who I don’t know.

This turned out to be the fourth of dozens of shows cancelled or postponed by the coronavirus.

Obviously, my main concern is for everyone’s safety, including the bands!

My selfish concern though is that once the shows are rescheduled that all of these shows will be scheduled on the same day!

Let’s hope the rescheduled dates also do some social distancing.

antiflag

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