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Alkaline Trio / Bayside: live in Bostonlive in Boston (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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There were interesting threads connecting the trio of bands on this particular tour, headlined by Alkaline Trio. Openers Off with Their Heads are labelmates, and carry vaguely similar emotional sentiments in their lyrical content, taking the Trio's gothic, occasionally parody-leaning imagery and str.
There were interesting threads connecting the trio of bands on this particular tour, headlined by Alkaline Trio. Openers Off with Their Heads are labelmates, and carry vaguely similar emotional sentiments in their lyrical content, taking the Trio's gothic, occasionally parody-leaning imagery and stripping it down to straight-laced self-loathing. Meanwhile, direct supporters Bayside are arguably one of the biggest bands to take major influence from them and cultivate a sizeable fanbase out of it. That cohesion lent itself nicely to this show, and without making it too much of an overall homogenous presentation.
Bayside went interestingly heavy on their self-titled record for their 44-minute set, sprinkling in their signature Smoking Popes cover (dedicated to the Trio, of course) and tracks from The Walking Wounded and Killing Time, skipping over 2008's Shudder completely. But it was hard to ignore the solid flow it gave the set, and the audience didn't seem to care all that much, faithfully yelling along and throwing their hands up at every note. What else was new, really? Their last album, Killing Time, really capitalized on the band's more aggressive/rock sound, and that was basically the flair this set had, save for moments like the stopped-dead-in-tracks waltz of second song "The Walking Wounded," and the comparatively balladic "Megan" cover.
Set list (7:20-8:04):
Outside of supporting a new album, I did wonder how Alkaline Trio could play a refreshing set here having seen them headline so many tours over the last few years. Thankfully, they answered my question by plucking out a bunch of semi-obscure tracks I'm not sure I've ever seen them play. After coming out to a Joy Division intro on the PA, they predictably jumped right into "She Lied to the FBI" (which sounded fine, honestly), but then followed it with "Hell Yes," later doing "Donner Party," "Trucks and Trains" and "Crawl" with a lyrical wink to the Lawrence Arms' "Porno and Snuff Films" ("Do you like, do you like, do you like my party tricks?" Dan Andriano asked during the breakdown). ("Cringe" got a Germs reference.) This was a deep cut-laden set list that was highly enjoyable to watch unfold, because you could never really tell what would be next.
The audience responded with the usual amount of adoration and cheering. I had thought maybe the Trio's fanbase had tailed off some in recent years, but I was dead wrong, as the House (of Blues) was packed out fairly well and its sound deafening with most singing along loudly and often. By the time the band finished "I Wanna Be a Warhol," Matt Skiba had proclaimed this to be the best show of the tour, a declaration that actually seemed fairly earnest. Even if he looked a little ridiculous showing off chest with a button-up shirt and a fedora hat on.
Set list (8:29-9:34):
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