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Lost City Angels / Kicked In The Head / Drexel

Lost City Angels/Kicked In The Head/Drexel: live in Bostonlive in Boston (2002)
Nitro Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: BostonMusicGuyBostonMusicGuy
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I have no cool or interesting way to intoduce this show review and who wants to hear what i wore, or ate before the show so I'll just get right to the point. September 21, 2002, Bill's Bar, Boston, MA... Lost City Angels, Kicked in the Head, Drexel, and Favorite Atomic Hero. First up, Favorite A.


I have no cool or interesting way to intoduce this show review and who wants to hear what i wore, or ate before the show so I'll just get right to the point. September 21, 2002, Bill's Bar, Boston, MA... Lost City Angels, Kicked in the Head, Drexel, and Favorite Atomic Hero.

First up, Favorite Atomic Hero, the only band on the bill that I hadnt heard from before. Unfortunately I missed most of their set but caught the last 3 songs. They didnt impress me at any point but put on an ok show. They are self-described as able to satisfy the fans of Jimmy Eat World, the Foo Fighters, and Supergrass. As much as I enjoy Jimmy Eat World and the Foo Fighters Favorite Atomic Hero didnt really satisfy anything that well. The best song they played is "Timebomb" which is coincidentally on the compilation I purchased that night from Fork In Hand Records. If you would like to check them out I suggest doing it with that comp.

Drexel is band that I am pretty familiar with, from their debut with Big D and the Kids Table, Shot by Lammi, to their newest release, The Inevitable is Available, which is quite good despite the change for the pop-punk style that Drexel fans are used to. Playing mostly songs from the newest release they put on an amazing show. The best part of the show was when they took a break from new material to play "Victory" my absolute favorite Drexel song. The energy that they put forward in all their songs blows me away as they jump around, sweat profusely and put so much emotion into every syllable to every word in every song. I appreciate Drexel much much more after witnessing them live for the first time.

Kicked in the Head, what can I say about them. A band I have been meaning to see live for quite some time now. World Domination blew me away with their incredible mix of ska, punk, and hardcore. Then they ditch the traditional ska that was somewhat prominent on World Domination for a hard, fast, ska punk mix similar to the style of Big D and the Kids Table from Good Luck for their newest LP Thick as Thieves. Going into the show I had just learned that they would be releasing a new EP in October and I couldnt wait to hear if they were going to show me what was to come. They blew me away the second they came on the stage as Gary yells "OPEN YOUR EYES, OPEN YOUR MOUTH, OPEN YOUR EARS!" and the crowd erupted into a frenzied circle pit. Playing all of the songs that I was hoping to hear, except "Fix Your Sink" (my personal favorite), they ran through a number of songs from Thieves as well as a couple of new songs which were just what I was hoping to hear from KITH. The new material compares to the stuff from Thieves except they have dropped the horn section. I can not wait for October 31 when the new EP comes out.

I can't say that I was looking forward to seeing Lost City Angels. I hadnt heard much from them and I wasnt too familiar with their work. I had purchased their debut full length the day before and had listened to it once through but wasnt too impressed. But thats what the live show is for. It gives you something that the recording can't, and that is crowd participation. The crowd seemed really excited as the chant of "L-C-A-L-C-A" came loudly as the Angels came through the crowd and onto the stage. Playing most of the songs from their new album and a few oldies they put on a great show that I would love to see again, in fact will see again next weekend at Snow Jam. Since I am not that familiar with the band I will keep it simple. Stage presence, excitement, inspired vocals, loud, fast guitar riffs and all around great show put the LCA performance near the top of the live shows that I have seen. Before anyone passes judgement on LCA by their recording you have to see them live to fully appreciate the emotion and energy that goes into what they do.

The best part about a show at Bill's Bar is the lack of an adequate backstage area. The band members keep all their equptment on the side of the "dance floor" and hang around before and after their set drinking some beers and talking to their fans. Its a part of live music that you cant get many other places, even right next door at Avalon and Axis. The atmosphere helps a lot of shows out and the one at Bill's Bar is one of the best. And for the price I paid for admission, $0, this show was definitley worth it.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 27, 2006)

I was at this show, it was incredible! This show started my long love affair with Drexel and the bands they created after they dissolved.

bostonmusicguy (September 26, 2002)

Oh and by the way Id say there was more like 50 - 70 people there... forget 200.

bostonmusicguy (September 26, 2002)

Do you like the band? Do you enjoy their music? Then you are a fan of the band. I'm sorry I didnt call you a hardcore kid or a punk kid... maybe because im not a kid... maybe because I dont want to be restricted to a genre... maybe because I am definitley a fan of the band. And you know what it is definitley fucking cool that the bands can hang out with their fans.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (September 26, 2002)

mellow out...sheesh

Anonymous (September 26, 2002)

"The best part about a show at Bill's Bar is the lack of an adequate backstage area. The band members keep all their equptment on the side of the "dance floor" and hang around before and after their set drinking some beers and talking to their fans."

How fucking sad is this? We are talking about a local punk show with maybe 200 people in attendance and this guy thinks the best part is how COOL it is the band can hang with their FANS.

FANS? When did we go from being hardcore or punk kids to being 'fans'?

Anonymous (September 25, 2002)

I saw the LCA two weeks ago at Skatefest. They were nothing to shout about, and the lead singer reminds me of Scott Stapp from Creed. Not a good thing.

TheOneTrueBill (September 25, 2002)

i saw these guys open for Social D in chicago back in june, and they started off strong, but kept going downhill after the first 5 minutes or so... not a real big fan

sickboi (September 25, 2002)

You're the most vocal. Sorry but thats the way the chips fall.

maverick (September 25, 2002)

Oh sure, blame me, it's not like Adam, Aubin, and Kip work here...

-Scott

sickboi (September 25, 2002)

They had 10 songs from their demo posted on their website for like a year. I kept sending Scott the link to post it but no dice. Good stuff none the less.

-sickboi

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