Hey want to know what the utmost rockingest tour of July is? Why, it would be the legendary Lifetime, the incredibly well named The Bronx, and the ever fun Loved Ones. It kicked off today/last night right here in DC and is making it’s way around the East Coast area for the next 8 days (dates can be viewed here).
Now speaking from a pretty unbiased stance (as in I have no huge crush on any of these bands), I can feel that I can declare that if you have any love for punk rock/melodic hardcore/sing-a-longs than this is a tour for you. These bands all clearly have a bit of experience under their belts and knew just how to work the 9:30 Club stage. As I’ve stated before, I like seeing bands in action that don’t just stand their songs and say a couple of witty things to the crowd. While all three of these bands had plenty of wit and banter to share with the crowd, they also had plenty of fine “moves” to show off. The Loved Ones bopped all over the stage and did all of your typical punk rock maneuvering, The Bronx “singer” had a broken foot and yet couldn’t stop hopping all over the place and probably greatly delayed the healing process, and Lifetime more than lived up to their reputation of having absurdly energetic shows. Kind of get what I’m saying? It was a very good night. Honestly the only negative things I can say are that using strobe lights was a bad call by The Bronx in my book, and that I hate people who don’t know how to dance without hurting others or stage dive repeatedly.
While I’m not really trying, I don’t think that I can stress enough (or repeat myself) just how much fun I had this evening and how good of a tour this really is. I guess the only further thing I can do is post a butt load of mp3s, assume some of you will download them, and kind of take those songs as proof of just how solid all of these bands are. It would also be important to note that each of these songs was played live, and sound about 5 to 10 times better in person.
I’ll write a more reasonable post this weekend, because I know you all have been lacking my lovely insight. Oh yeah, and that picture isn’t from the DC show. I didn’t bother with a camera this time.