The Queers

The Queers: Live In CasperLive In Casper (2011)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: punk_skpunk_sk
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It wasn't a night for the record books, but it was cold outside. Inside a building more designed for holding 4-H ribbon awards and dog shows at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds, the Queers were playing a show that night. First to play was local band, Good Morning Tonight. There was nothing specia.

It wasn't a night for the record books, but it was cold outside. Inside a building more designed for holding 4-H ribbon awards and dog shows at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds, the Queers were playing a show that night.

First to play was local band, Good Morning Tonight. There was nothing special about this band: generic mallcore. It's hard to believe they would have even played this show unless the promoter was trying to fill out the bill. Their merch was designed with "loud" designs worn better on the t-shirts of similar acts of no notoriety. The only thing that stood out was the Blink-182 tattoo on one of the guitarist's arms and the fact it was the bass player's last show.

Next to take the stage was Denver band Reno Divorce. I was highly surprised and amazed by this band. They sounded a lot like Social Distortion but if Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) was singing lead vocals. Their next release is a must check out for me.

Third to the stage was Riverside, Cali.'s Knock Out. During their set I started to check out, drank too much too fast without eating within the past few hours. They're not a bad band, ska-punk similar to the Have Nots, but I wasn't exactly digging them. My friend, who caught the tour a couple days later recommends them to the fullest, which is good enough for me for to go a second round.

Now, typically speaking a local band is unlikely to play right before the headliner but this band is like no other. The Front put on a killer show. I've seen them three times this year and they always put on a better live show then their recorded material puts on. Their position on the bill not only solidifies how great they are live but their friendship with Joe Queer, who took them on tour over the summer and produced their last album Snake Oil Salesman. It was during their set I noticed just how hard it was to hear the vocals despite me standing stage front, center and no more than four feet away from singer Lauren Bezold the entire set. They played a couple new songs dedicated to a couple members of the crowd, myself included for various reasons.

Finally, it was time for the Queers to take the stage. This was my first Queers show, despite their long history as a band. Their set just moved along with little interruption, playing a number of fan favorites. Again, the vocal problem existed. Unless Joe was singing the chorus (which I knew the lyrics for) I could barely understand him. I was upset when the set came to an end at 11 p.m. as every band had gotten an even 30 minutes although every band (Good Morning Tonight) did not deserve such a set time.

I really enjoyed myself that night, though. Even though it was my first Queers show where most of you have probably seen the group 20 or 30 times over, all the bands were professional and sounded great. My only complaint is with the vocals during the final two bands performances.


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punk_sk (December 13, 2011)

@fatwithglasses: The Hall of Champions located on the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds property

@Nick: I could barely hear the vocals coming through the speakers. Now, that might not be a problem for a person who knows all the lyrics but for someone (like me) who's only familiar with an album or two it takes the enjoyment out of the show just a bit.

fatwithglasses (December 12, 2011)

what venue was it?

irish_punk_is_gimmickry (December 10, 2011)

saw em on this tour...............SUCKED........................................ ...........

MN_DrNick (December 9, 2011)

I don't know what vocal problem means, but I saw them the other night and they were great.

skolarx (December 9, 2011)

I've seen them a ton of times over the years and it's almost always been the same basic set list (the set list from Suck This with a few more new songs added each time) and it's always been incredible. If you check the track listing from Suck This and compare it to the live album they did on Hopeless, it's the same tracks, in the same order with about 10 more songs, which in my opinion is hilarious.

The story about the Christian guy possibly not checking them out reminds me of when I saw them with MTX and The Parasites and my girlfriend at the time introduced me to a group of guys she knew who were all Jehovah Witnesses, which struck me as weird that they would be a Queers show but to each their own I guess.

NattyBoh (December 9, 2011)

Even though the set is usually the same every show, they are a really fun live band. Have probably caugh them ~15 times in the B'more/DC area over the years.

dlangl4 (December 9, 2011)

I burned a bunch of music for my ultra Christian friend to check out. One of the tracks was by the Queers. On the mp3, I changed the band name from "The Queers" to "The Dumbs," because I didn't think he'd check out music by a band called The Queers.

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