The Flatliners / The Holy Mess

The Flatliners / The Holy Mess: live in Philadelphialive in Philadelphia (2011)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Not to get all "when the punx are united" or anything, but the crowd assembled for the Flatliners/Holy Mess show at Philadelphia's The Fire on Tues., June 14 was a great one in spite of technical issues throughout the night. Kids got rowdy without getting masochistic. There was much singing and back.

Not to get all "when the punx are united" or anything, but the crowd assembled for the Flatliners/Holy Mess show at Philadelphia's The Fire on Tues., June 14 was a great one in spite of technical issues throughout the night. Kids got rowdy without getting masochistic. There was much singing and back-patting. Also drinking. We did a lot of drinking.

Even without the social lubrication of Yards ??n' Schmidt's, this was a good show. Local act Ah, Horse Hockey kicked off the night with a rousing round of Latterman-esque punk. It was fun posi stuff; I just wish the band had gotten a tighter lock on its tuning. It felt like every song would end to big applause, only to have any audience momentum lost by the guitarists re-tuning.

Emo act Daytrader (very Saves the Day-ish) had problems of a different sort: They were missing half a band. The group soldiered on acoustically, and even delivered a solid cover of Alkaline Trio's "Cooking Wine", but overall the group's earnest emo/pop-punk came off a little much on the wrong side of Dashboard Confessional for my taste–pained howls and acoustic guitars just don't get me amped anymore.

Local up-and-comers the Holy Mess broke a guitar cable one song in. Luckily, the members of the Holy Mess are trained professionals, and they stalled for time with expert comic timing. Or, at least they tried. Just when the band seemed like they'd run out of stories (sample quote: "Fuck man, I love to fuck"), the group finally got their instruments up and running and they plowed through a set of new old tunes recently collected on a self-titled compilation for Red Scare. Highlights included all three tunes from last year's Benefit Sesh seven-inch. For a band that fucks around a lot, the Holy Mess sure is awfully tight live, ripping through brief bursts of gruff, RVIVR-esque punk before heading back to the bar.

By this point The Fire had filled up considerably to welcome Canada's beloved ska-lovin', punk-playin' boys the Flatliners. The audience had been enthusiastic but physically reserved before the Flatliners came on. But once the group launched into opener "Here Comes Treble", from last year's stellar Cavalcade, people went off, and the pit alternated between moshing and skanking on a whim. Crowd surfing was constant, but outside of the occasional belly flop, the kids took care of each other.

While the Flatliners generally focused on Cavalcade ("Carry the Banner", "Monumental"), they made their set up on the fly, soliciting fan suggestions throughout the night. Frontman Chris Cresswell wasn't feeling too well ("I feel like Satan took a shit in my throat"), but he kept up the pace all the same. The songs kind of blurred together after a while, but the band still hit the highlights from Cavalcade and 2007's The Great Awake. The act wisely bowed out with "Eulogy", arguably their catchiest tune, and the crowd certainly helped out with vocal duties. It was a fun show, although I encountered a technical difficulty of my own: Maoz on South Street closes early on weeknights now.


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Bad Religion - The Dissent of ManThe Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Flatliners - CavalcadeSmoke or Fire - The SpeakeasyGatorface - Wasted MonumentsFrank Turner - England Keep My BonesThe Clash - London CallingWorld/Inferno Friendship Society - The Anarchy and the EcstasyThe Flatliners - Monumental [7-inch]The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
jakegreen (June 19, 2011)

holy mess are too good. worth the trek up to philly. other bands were a plus.

onegirlarmy (June 18, 2011)

Maoz, falafel/Middle Eastern food chain.

sailin_on (June 17, 2011)

Hey I was there! I was one of the two rowdy ones with his shirt off

levi-dolphin (June 17, 2011)

seen the flatliners in akron awesome that they came close to my home... great band tight as hell fast as hell really surprised

damo (June 17, 2011)

worst 1st paragraph of any review i've read on here.

MrIndecisive (June 17, 2011)

Boston got KHTDR as an encore, Steve Foote played Eulogy with them, and Nuno was there for his part on Shithawks. U mad?

ericaisawesome (June 17, 2011)

You only get Maoz on Friday or Saturday, because Mama's is closed. I just finished my last bite of it while reading this, oddly enough.

RVIVR: Shirts is to Holy Mess: __________

punk rock analogies

shark-e (June 17, 2011)

Overpriced yet acceptable falafel.

ThoughtAboutThrowingUp (June 17, 2011)

Awesome review of this show.
This show was a ton of fun, The Flatliners always put on a great live show.

drunkwithpower (June 17, 2011)

what the fuck is Maoz

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