Against Me! / Andrew Jackson Jihad / Joyce Manor

Against Me! / Andrew Jackson Jihad / Joyce Manor: Live in SeattleLive in Seattle (2012)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: thepopeofchili-townthepopeofchili-town
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The first thing I took note of upon entering Seattle's El Corazon was its size. The venue couldn't hold more than a few more hundred people, and the stage was no more than knee-high. I was stricken almost instantly with the realization that this was going to be the most intimate Against Me! show I'v.

The first thing I took note of upon entering Seattle's El Corazon was its size. The venue couldn't hold more than a few more hundred people, and the stage was no more than knee-high. I was stricken almost instantly with the realization that this was going to be the most intimate Against Me! show I've attended thus far. The fact that Joyce Manor and Andrew Jackson Jihad would also be performing saw my expectations for the evening rise sky high, and I was not disappointed.

Joyce Manor took the stage first. I was lucky enough to see the band headline at San Francisco's legendary Bottom of the Hill about a month prior, to a riotous response. I figured the reaction was due to the show not being that far removed from home for the young band, but judging by the similar warm welcome they received in Seattle, it seems that they are legitimately blowing up in the punk rock community. Their brief set was a giant blur of stage dives, pile-ons and sing-alongs, the biggest of which were reserved for "Constant Headache" and "5 Beer Plan." I wouldn't have minded hearing a bit more from their recently released Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired LP, but the earlier songs make for a more energetic live experience anyway.

Call Out (Laundry)
Beach Community
Violent Inside
Constant Headache
Leather Jacket
Midnight Service at the Mutter Museum
Comfortable Clothes
21st Dead Rats
Orange Julius
5 Beer Plan
Constant Nothing

Andrew Jackson Jihad were up next, and I could not have been more excited. I've had several chances to see the group over the years, even purchased tickets on some occasions, and for reason or another it always fell through. They hit the stage in their original two-man incarnation, and while a full-band setup would have kept the momentum from the explosive Joyce Manor set going, I was excited by the prospect of hearing some of their older, acoustic-based works, and they did not disappoint in that department, delivering tunes from People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World, Only God Can Judge Me and their split with Ghost Mice, in addition to the slower numbers from Can't Maintain and Knife Man.

They don't seem to be fond of playing their REALLY early material, however. The crowd erupted when the group starting playing Knife Man's "Sad Songs" only to quiet down upon realizing it wasn't "Ladykiller." Upright bassist Ben Gallaty even smirked "You all thought it was ‚??Lady Killer' didn't you?" between verses. Overall, I was incredibly thrilled to finally get to hear some of my favorite folk-punk tunes live for the first time, and although they skipped a few personal favorites, (namely "People II: The Reckoning" and "Personal Space Invader") the feeling of screaming "I have faith in my fellow man / And I only hope that he has faith in me" along with an untold number of fellow fans more than made up for it.

The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving
Growing Up
Love in the Time of HPV
Fucc the Devil
American Tune
Bad Bad Things
All the Dead Kids
Jesus Saves
Brave as a Noun
Survival Song
Sad Songs
Sense, Sensibility
No More Tears
Little Prince

I was having so much fun during the first two sets that I had almost completely forgotten my favorite band was up next. After 30 minutes of some relaxing piano music, Laura, James, Andrew and Jay hit the stage to deafening applause. Opening with a yet-to-be-released song is a tricky move, but a good portion of the crowd were singing along as they launched into "Transgender Dysphoria Blues." The setlist seemed to favor these hopefully soon-to-be-released tracks along with old favorites. The major label period was largely ignored, with only two songs apiece from New Wave and White Crosses played (I was actually fairly surprised to not hear "The Ocean").

The bulk of the crowd already knew most of the newer songs (honestly, who hasn't heard "Black Me Out" by now?) except for one, a gorgeous, melodic mid-tempo number by the name of "Better Days" that, from the sounds of it, will be the "Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart" of the new album. After the closing one-two punch of "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" and "Sink Florida, Sink," The group returned for an encore that, very surprisingly, commenced with "Impact" from the infamous Crime EP. From there they bashed out a few more old favorites, including a rendition of "Reinventing Axl Rose" that Laura dedicated to Andrew Jackson Jihad and Joyce Manor, and then closing, as they so often do, with "We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)."

The band nailed every song, as they always do, while looking like they were having the time of their lives. If the new songs sound half as good after studio treatment as they do live, their next album is going to dominate every year end list that crosses its path. If this lineup, or even one of these individual bands comes to your town, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not attending.


Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Cliché Guevara
I Still Love You Julie
I Was a Teenage Anarchist
Don't Lose Touch
White Crosses
True Trans Soul Rebel
Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists
New Wave
Walking is Still Honest
Pretty Girls
Drinking With the Jocks
Those Anarcho Punks are Mysterious
Rice and Bread
Better Days
Black Me Out
Thrash Unreal
Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
Sink Florida, Sink

Reinventing Axl Rose
Slurring the Rhythms
We Laugh at Danger (and Break All the Rules)


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malcontentdroog (September 13, 2012)

This was a great show. Even better than the show I saw in Anaheim on the last cycle, which was at Chain Reaction and is even smaller capacity than El Corazon. I think that it leaves something to be said about seeing Against Me! in a smaller venue where everyone is singing along and it creates a sense of community as opposed to watching a show.

DesertBurst92 (September 12, 2012)

Found the video of 'Impact' from this show:


krankykirk (September 12, 2012)

i think joyce manor plays the approriate songs live off their new album. the ones that they never play wouldnt really fit in at their live shows. or maybe they just dont play the new songs to be dicks. anyway, i remember seeing against me and the blood brothers, probably seven or so years ago in cleve. awesome shit. its been all downhill since for them.

eazyd2 (September 12, 2012)

Pretty Girls? More like Pretty much the worst Against Me! song ever

xherojuanax (September 12, 2012)

Impact and Pretty Girls? What a set.

dangerdangerdanger (September 12, 2012)

I was at the Portland show, pretty much the same set list... one of the best AM! sets I have seen in years.

cheesetits (September 11, 2012)

Damn, they're starting to play good shit again, annoyed that I missed this.

damnitsderek (September 11, 2012)

I Still Love You, Julie?!

Fuck my life for skipping out on this show.

fattony (September 11, 2012)

I was at this one too, and it was a great show despite El Corazon feeling like the inside of somebody's mouth. Joyce Manor was fucking awesome but I could have done without the lead singer handing the mic over to the crowd so many times since the people who ended up with it were fucking terrible. Andrew Jackson Jihad was pretty good, though their set was a bit long for me; I apparently only like them in limited chunks.

As for AM!, the new songs sounded great (there was one I wasn't too crazy about), the set list was a great mix of classics, and the band seemed happier than ever to be doing what they do. Jay Weinberg is a great addition to the band. But the most memorable moment of the night for me was the crowd cheering as the band came on stage only to have the volume of cheering double when Laura came out.

loki13 (September 11, 2012)

Hey Punknews! Why did you change the icon for live show reviews? Liked the poorly drawn guy better.

renaldo69 (September 11, 2012)

a lot of ppl complain that joyce manor dont play much off their new record. i wonder why?
i loved their old stuff much more but it's a bit off that they wouldnt promote their new record

teaessare (September 11, 2012)


droote (September 11, 2012)

That's a much better set-list than when they played in Norway in July.

markamerchant (September 11, 2012)

So jealous!

Tye (September 11, 2012)

I'm excited for a new Against Me! album. Anybody know what stage they're at with it? It feels like a while since White Crosses.

ben_conoley (September 11, 2012)

That's a terrific Against Me set list

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