NOFX / Brenden Kelly / The Implants

NOFX/Brenden Kelly/The Implants: Live in ChicagoLive in Chicago (2013)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

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I made sure to get to the House of Blues early the night of this show to see Implants on December 3, 2013. I recently got the Implants' album and it is awesome. Pure fun and melodic skate punk from members on Strung Out, Pulley, Ten Foot Pole, and Brown Lobster Tank. It boggles my mind that their is.

I made sure to get to the House of Blues early the night of this show to see Implants on December 3, 2013. I recently got the Implants' album and it is awesome. Pure fun and melodic skate punk from members on Strung Out, Pulley, Ten Foot Pole, and Brown Lobster Tank. It boggles my mind that their is not more chatter about them on this site. They did not disappoint. All of the members were technically great on their respective instruments and the live show was awesome. They played for 30 minutes and seemed to be having a blast up on stage, especially Rob from Strung Out. I just wish the crowd was more into them.

The NOFX crowd these days seems like a bunch of kids who are at their first punk show. One kid asked me if Brenden Kelly and The Wandering Birds were "some local band". This was strange to me as he is "Punk Rock Royalty" in my mind. Another kid yelled at me for standing too close to him. He actually believed that in standing third row at a punk show he would maintain his personal buffer zone for the whole show. What a joke!

Anyway, on to Brenden Kelly and the Wandering Birds. I love anything this man does and tonight was no different. Neil Hennesey of the Lawrence Arms was on drums for this band as well. Still sporting a porn star mustache, Kelly and his band sounded great. There were a good variety slow songs, fast songs, and in between songs. One of the fast songs even got a pit going from the very unfamiliar crowd. Kelly was great as usual in between songs with great one liners. The set really made me want to check out some of the Wandering Birds stuff as I haven't heard much yet.

Finally after a 30 minute set break, NOFX took the stage. This was my 5th time seeing them, and quite possibly the best. They were tight, energetic, and fun. I know there are NOFX haters out there, but they are super fun live. The crowd which I thought very little of up until then impressed me by shouting in unison nearly every lyric from every song ranging from "The Moron Brothers" of 1990's Ribbed to "72 Hookers" off this year's Self/Entitled. The setlist didn't change quite as much as I'd like from past shows but there were still some new additions which was nice. I was slightly disappointed that we didn't get Punk in Drublic in its entirelty as promised by guitarist Eric Melvin in a YouTube video he posted just days before tour. It was a treat, however, to see 18 minute opus "The Decline" in its entirety. Tim McIlrath from Rise Against even joined on guitar for the end of this song which seemed to bring much pleasure to the whole band. Fat Mike, Eric Melvin, and El Hefe bounced around stage in a way that you would not expect from a 30 year old band. At one point, Fat Mike and Melvin showed off their new matching tattoos to commemorate 30 years as a band. The banter was hilarious as always. The band even dedicated closing song "Kill The White Men" to the big black security guard in front of the stage. He enjoyed the joke as Fat Mike gave him a fist pound mid-song. Overall, this was a super night. I will never miss NOFX when they come through town as they always seem to provide an enjoyable time. Also readers, check out the Implantsā?¦I hope they get more love soon as I'd love to see them again soon!


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twominutehate (February 13, 2014)

i have to use all of my skips on spotify because of the implants. they are a bad band.

tengue (February 11, 2014)

Brendan Kelly a punk rock royalty???? I almost took this review seriously, but saying this is even more stupid than the kid on the third row.

The Implants are great though, everyone should check them out.

davebrave4 (February 10, 2014)

What the fuck? Guess I won't be going to any House of Blues shows.

FuckYouOiOiOi (February 10, 2014)

I was at this show, I was pretty wasted but I remember the Decline being awesome. Fat Mike said they play Chicago more than any other city. He also said this was a warm up for the Cleveland show and everyone booed, great times!

Fuck HOB for not letting bands go to Wisconsin that is bullshit!

hesitationstation (February 10, 2014)

Sounds like a sweet show.

I do have to complain about the House of Blues in Chicago- it's a solid venue, but I've been told by numerous people in the music industry that when tour packages are sold with the House of Blues- Chicago involved, it comes with a stipulation that the tour cannot play any stop in Wisconsin. Being a Wisconsinite, I think that's horseshit.

I understand that a huge majority of the population of Wisconsin lives in the southeast part of the state within a few hours drive of Chicago, thus the House Of Blues has money to make off of us driving down for the shows, but c'mon...we don't get that many tours stopping through here! And driving down to Chicago is a real beast.

Whatever, I'll drive down for these shows.
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