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Against Me! / The Front / Juice Falcon: live in Casperlive in Casper (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: punk_skpunk_sk
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The punks, alt kids, and those with nothing else to do on a Tuesday night in central Wyoming came out to The Venue in Casper to see Against Me!. That’s right, Against Me! played a show in Wyoming, something they hadn't done since 2005’s Fat Tour, and from what I've heard their scheduled performance in the “ghost town” got canceled.
Next to take the stage was the Front, another Casper local band. Don’t take them for just another garage band playing shows for fun. Just earlier this year they toured the east coast with friends the Queers. Lead by frontwoman Lauren Bezold, the Front rocked the joint as the crowd grew larger. I've only seen them play once before but I was completely blown away this time. I had listened to their record Snake Oil Salesman on my drive to Casper but it just wasn't the same. Seeing them play live mixed with the energy put off by Lauren jumping off the stage and just crowd surfing until their time was up escalated the performance to a different level for me.
And for the moment everyone in this little-big town had been waiting for, the members of Against Me! took the stage. For me, it’s been a couple of years since I've last seen them (Warren was still behind the drum kit), but for many in attendance that night, it was their first experience. Their set list played like a greatest hits, picking a number of singles and fan favorites from each release. They played in true Against Me! fashion: no stopping, no banter, just rocking from song to song, jumping from one album to the next.
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