Descendents / Hot Water Music

Descendents / Hot Water Music: Live in DenverLive in Denver (2012)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: MN_DrNickMN_DrNick
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When I found out this fall that the Descendents were playing a show in Denver, Colo., I got excited. What got me more excited? Hot Water Music was on the same bill! Two of my all time favorite bands playing the same show! My plans in 2011 to try and see the Descendents fell through all the time, so .

When I found out this fall that the Descendents were playing a show in Denver, Colo., I got excited. What got me more excited? Hot Water Music was on the same bill! Two of my all time favorite bands playing the same show! My plans in 2011 to try and see the Descendents fell through all the time, so I saved up some pennies and traveled from Fargo, N.D. (pretty much Siberia at the moment) to a somewhat warmer climate that is Denver for the weekend. Yeah that's right. It was a nice 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Well... for one day, but it was a lot warmer than in Fargo.

Anyways, the venue was the Filmore. Overpriced everything basically. But considering the place is so big, there was a reason why the show was there--it was packed. The first band of the night was Endless Monster. I really don't know much about them. According to a local, this was their fourth show. It kinda showed. They flubbed up a few times. The singer sounded way too raspy as though his vocal chords were blown out recently. Can't be too harsh on them.

Next up was Hot Water Music. This was my second time seeing them, sadly, and this was way better than the one time I did see them before. They opened up the set with one of their most popular songs, "Trusty Chords." Interestingly enough, it was in the key of C major instead of D major. I thought that maybe for the rest of the set they were going to change the keys of songs. Nope. Just that one. The set was very on the Epitaph years, with quite a bit of A Flight And A Crash and a few from Caution, including "The Sense" this time. The three non-Epitaph songs they played were "Rooftops," "Our Own Way" and "Turnstile" as the closer for their set. It was a great set. The band was spot on and full of energy. The crowd was really into the band and you could here a lot of people singing along.

With a crowd like that, the Descendents was double that. The band was introduced by local cult icon Magic Cyclops (look him up, especially his American Idol audition) wearing a Milo Aukerman cardboard mask. The band then came onto the stage after the introduction and kicked things off with "Descendents." The band was just full on rocking after that. It was basically a greatest hits set. They played half of Milo Goes To College. Some kids came out and did "All-O-Gistics," even slaughtering some of the long words a kid under 10 years of age can't pronounce, which was still fine. Milo was great going all over the place and into the crowd towards the end. Stephen Egerton and Karl Alveraz pretty much played off each other with their excellent guitar and bass riffing. Bill Stevenson was in great form. They even did two encores with "Sour Grapes" and "Thank You" for the first and "Kabuki Girl" closing out the night. The crowd was just nuts the entire time. It was great.

It was amazing seeing two of the biggest bands in the punk scene play at the same venue together. Well worth the trip down and the money spent. Glad I can cross the Descendents off my list of bands I must see before I die.


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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.
wayne7001 (September 1, 2013)

I was worried the descendents would suck live based on some youtube, but when I saw em' in houston a couple of years ago they killed it.

NattyBoh (February 2, 2012)

I thought that both the 'Dents and ALL crushed it at the Riot Fest East in Philly. Looked like they were having a blast.

MN_DrNick (February 2, 2012)

Damn it. Echos beat me to it. So much for doing a self put down.

Also, why is Bryne here? Slow day at Heisel's office?

EchosMyron (February 2, 2012)

Be easy on him. He's a doctor, not a writer.

bryne (February 2, 2012)

This review reads like, "This band was OK. I don't know them. Hot Water Music was good. They played these songs. The Descendents were good. They played these songs."

superdude (February 2, 2012)

You are not good at writing sentences

phelansegur (February 2, 2012)

I thought HWM would play some of the new stuff they are just recording ...

EchosMyron (February 2, 2012)

Two washed-up bands.

theproblemwithfire (January 31, 2012)

here's what i mean:

Descendents footage from this show: http://youtu.be/uyAMyb6GpNA

Ghost, from the night before this: http://youtu.be/dV-0_Ld6AOw

ALL, playing for free outside in 2008: http://youtu.be/dChNaCU2cVU

by comparison, the descendents show was kinda dull, which pains me to say because i do adore them.

theproblemwithfire (January 31, 2012)

Missed Endless Monster (Karl's previous band wasn't all that special, either) and most of HWM (not really a fan). Huge Descendents fan and have to say they played an entertaining set, though I feel like venues that size really bog down the energy of a show. Music was tight, Milo sounded great, and the set list was fulfilling. I saw ALL with Scott on vocals play an outside show at a skate park in Denver a few years ago to a much, much smaller and enjoyed it more than this show.

Speaking of ALL, they and HWM played the Surfside here in Fort Collins the previous night in a bar that's about the size of the average person's kitchen and living room combined. Now that sounds fun. However, I was in Denver watching GHOST play a small venue and it was entertaining as hell.

skeetopunk01 (January 31, 2012)

This show was so sick. I met Chuck ragan at the end and he took my poster and 7 inch' backstage and got both signed by the entire band. Needless to say, I'm a lucky man and frames are on th way.

joe_weasel (January 31, 2012)

I just read in an article that the Coen Brothers compared Fargo to Siberia, except with more family style restaurants.

eatdogs (January 31, 2012)

i like the fillmore. i saw deftones and thrice play there. it has this unique structure to it.

ashtraymonument (January 31, 2012)

granted, they were Karl's band. still awful. really wish teenage botttlerocket got the slot instead

deputywinston (January 31, 2012)

How the fuck does a band that's only played four hows get on a show like this??? I mean, I can guess the usual reasons, but seriously, that's crazy.

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