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Teenage Bottlerocket / Nothington / Masked Intruder

Teenage Bottlerocket / Nothington / Masked Intruder: Live in PhiladelphiaLive in Philadelphia (2012)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


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You guys. Go see Teenage Bottlerocket. Arguably the best of the Ramones-core pop-punk bands around today, they put on a heck of a show at Philadelphia's the Barbary Fri., Aug. 24, with tour support from Red Scare buddies Nothington and Masked Intruder. They had a dude in a skull mask hold up signs (.


You guys. Go see Teenage Bottlerocket. Arguably the best of the Ramones-core pop-punk bands around today, they put on a heck of a show at Philadelphia's the Barbary Fri., Aug. 24, with tour support from Red Scare buddies Nothington and Masked Intruder. They had a dude in a skull mask hold up signs (very Ramones), pretended their guitars were guns, had a pogo party…they straight up filled their set with good times and high fives.

Masked Intruder and Nothington were pretty good too. Masked Intruder has a hot-to-trot new record of pop-punk tunes in the vein of Ramones 'n' Screeching Weasel, making them something of kindred spirits. And they're committed to the whole ski mask ex-con shtick too, speaking in stereotypical tough guy New Yorker accents in between three part harmonies. Can a band still be Ramones-core if they drop guitar solos into most of their songs? Masked Intruder doesn't believe in society's rules, man. That's why they went to jail.

If you don't know the words to a Nothington song, just start shouting "whoa." You will be right at least three-quarters of the time. Fast-paced Midwest punk is what gets the Org out of bed, and the now-filled Barbary boomed with voices singing along. While the band flubbed a few lines here and there, Nothington still served up a solid 30-minute set of throaty, passionate vox and fast, rocking tunes.

That said, TBR clearly killed it. They were the funniest. The loudest. The fastest. The best. Given their genre, it's easy to take this band for granted, but with the recent Freak Out!, TBR might prove to the best and most consistent Ramones-style pop-punk band since…the Ramones, actually. While the band drew steadily from Fat Wreck releases Freak Out! and They Came From the Shadows, they did throw in some older tunes like "Radio," "Blood Bath at Burger King" and "In the Basement."

…or at least, they tried to. The band had to take a mulligan on playing "So Cool" after three aborted attempts. Same thing sadly happened to "Necrocomicon," one of the best of the new tunes. Still, TBR played these missteps off with humor and panache. The vibes in the room were so positive that nobody seemed to care too much about the band fucking up the majority of their encore. Besides, the regular set was such a tightly assembled party, with the band leaping from song to song with only the slightest of pauses, that everything after that was a bonus.

 

 
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jacknife737 (August 30, 2012)

This tour is awesome: had so much fun at the Toronto show.

Masked Intruder in particular are so much fun.

party-animal (August 30, 2012)

I saw the NYC show. Until Avail gets back together, TBR is currently the best live band going.

phantom_Maggot (August 28, 2012)

They played Lillington High?!!? NO FAIR!

foo121 (August 28, 2012)

Does anyone have pics from this show?

elliot (August 28, 2012)

I'll be seeing them in October, and this review has got me even more stoked than I already was!

punkermd (August 28, 2012)

Wished I had gone...still kicking myself.

Apeman_on_the_moon (August 28, 2012)

I will be happy if I never see the word "Ramones" in something TBR related ever again.

midwesternhousewives (August 28, 2012)

Such a good show. For anyone who is interested, I posted the setlist over at: http://midwesternhousewives.com/2012/08/teenage-bottlerocket-live -in-philly-82412.html

For the lazy:

Setlist: (some might not be in order, but pretty accurate)

Freak Out
Bigger Than Kiss
Don稚 Want To Go
Stupid Games
Fatso Goes Nutzoid
Welcome To The Nuthouse
覧覧覧覧覧
Rebound
In The Pit
Cruisin For Chicks
Skate Or Die
On My Own
覧覧覧覧覧-
Bottlerocket
In The Basement
HeadBanger
Lillington High
覧覧覧覧覧
Bloodbath At Burger King
Crashing
Radio
Go Away
覧覧覧覧蘭
Necrocomicon
Go Away
Senior Prom? (I honestly can稚 remember if this was played)
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