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A pop-punk night to remember with Say Anything, The Front Bottoms and more

Say Anything | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Say Anything | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Thursday night the Electric Factory brought out pop punk fans of a new and old generation – “old” meaning the early aughts.

Supporting acts included You Blew It!The So So Glos and indie punk faves The Front Bottoms. You Blew It! and The So So Glos played uplifting sets, gearing up for the madness that was going to ensue for The Front Bottoms.

The Jersey four-piece rocked out singing numbers off their brand new EP, Rose. Lead singer Brian Sella told the teeming and enthusiastic audience “I can already tell this is going to be one of those shows that I’m going to remember the rest of my life.” He does a great job making a personal connection with the audience, taking selfies with them and making sure to look and smile at every person in his field of view. The band fired off its custom-made wacky waving inflatable flailing-arm man for the last couple of songs, and members of You Blew It! joined them onstage too, thrashing around and jumping on top of one another, picking up cymbal stands and banging them on the floor. And the crowd relished in all of it.

Following the craziness of TFB, headliners Say Anything took the stage. The band is touring is support of their new album Hebrews, out this month on Equal Vision Records. As a big Say Anything fan spiraling back to their album Is a Real Boy, I was hoping to hear all the hits from that record, and was only somewhat satisfied with a few majors fell short. Stand outs from the set included “Spider”, “Wow I can Get Sexual Too” as well as “Do Better” from their self-titled album. During the song “Cemetery”, lead singer Max Bemis’s wife, Sherri Dupree of the pop band Eisley came out to contribute guest vocals along with their adorable daughter, a rock star in the making for sure. Say Anything continued to rock out, led by Bemis’s powerful frontman vibrato. During the encore, he even pulled out an acoustic solo cover of ‘Ol Dirty Bastard’s “Got Your Money”. The evening ended on a high note with every band from the night joining Say Anything on stage to belt out the song, “Belt”. With a lot of friendship, a lot of sweat, and a whole lot of screaming, all of the performing bands put on a rad show that gave everyone in attendance – in the crowd and onstage – an evening to remember.

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Shaking Through kick-off party brings The So So Glos, Lushlife and Torres to Johnny Brenda’s on 3/1

 

The So So Glos | photo courtesy of the artist
The So So Glos | photo courtesy of the artist

Ushering in its fifth season of Shaking Through documentaries, Weathervane Music invites you to a kick-off event and benefit concert at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, March 1st.  Featuring sets by local hip hop favorite Lushlife, Brooklyn punk band The So So Glos and Nashville musician Torres, the event will also include the premiere of Torres’ new Shaking Through episode.

Shaking Through is Weathervane Music’s experimental recording project.  Ten times each year a guest curator brings musicians into Fishtown’s Miner Street Recording to create a new song from start to finish over the course of two days.  Past collaborators include Hop Along, Purling Hiss, Strand of Oaks, Hezekiah Jones and more.  Check out all of the episodes here and watch Lushlife’s November 2013 installment below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ kick-off show can be found here.