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Dillinger Four / The Arrivals / Boris The Sprinkler / Trial By Fire

Dillinger Four / The Arrivals / Boris The Sprinkler / Trial By Fire: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: gregGreg
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My friend and I had bought our Dillinger Four tickets weeks in advance, because we feared it would sellout. This was not the case at all. November 16th, a saturday, was the day of the show. After getting off of work, I took a quick shower, stuffed down some Chinese Rice, picked up my friend, and the.


My friend and I had bought our Dillinger Four tickets weeks in advance, because we feared it would sellout. This was not the case at all. November 16th, a saturday, was the day of the show. After getting off of work, I took a quick shower, stuffed down some Chinese Rice, picked up my friend, and then was driven to the Metro, in Chicago.

We had time to kill, seeing as how the show was to start in an hour and half, so we spent some time at this cool little hotdog place across from the Metro. Then we got in line, talked to some homeless people, and finally were let in.

The first up was Trial By Fire. I think these guys are on Jade Tree Records. They were really good and the lead singer, had this awesome straight-edge jacket. It really wasn't my style of music, but for an opening band they got a big response. They have a raw hard sound, with a lot of yelling vocals, and hardcore music.

After inhailing a lot of smoke from the room, I went downstairs to the merchandise room to buy a Dillinger Four t-shirt. They had 3 t-shirts. One with a gun on it, one that said "maximum piss and vinegar" (blah), and another one that just sucked". I was truly dissapointed.

I go back to my friend, and we are both talking about the next big show in Chicago. I don't think is any real good band coming back soon, but I am sure the Lawrence Arms will be back to take back their Chicago throne. He wants to see Taking Back Sunday, but I don't like their music at all.

Anyway, so the next band up was Boris the Sprinkler. The lights dimmed, and a guy in a long white wig, and purple suit, with a purple stove hat on came out. Obviously the lead singer. They started to play, and then rolls of toliet paper were thrown out to the crowd. The drummer from Dillinger Four threw them to the balcony and to the crowd in general. This band was sort of a joke band, like the Vandals or Guttermouth. I thought they were funny, especially when they played this song "Gas Chamber". I talked to the guitar player later that night, and he was a nice guy. He said, "We're the type of band that should have broken up long ago, but never did". Fun act from Wisconsin, but I don't think I would go to just see them.

By now the crowd had grown to a large size. It was amazing how much of a support of Chicago bands there were. Many Lawrence Arms shirts, including myself, a few Rise Against t-shirts, and I really didn't see too many Alkaline Trio t-shirts.

Then the Arrivals had taken the stage. This is the 2nd time I would see them (check out my Lawrence Arms/Small Brown Bike review, for that review). They were really good. The crowd really got into them, especially this huge animal guy with a Flogging Molly t-shirt. Needless to say, their fast Chicago music went well with the crowd. Just some good old punk music. Some might call it ordinary, but everyone was enjoying themselves, so it was good.

15 minutes and a bottle of water later, Dillinger Four hit the stage. They opened it up with "Super Powers Enable Me to Blend in with Machinery". It was a huge opener, and the crowd was just throwing bodies left and right into each other. Then of course their big song from Situtationist Comedy "Noble Stabbings". Oh yeah, it just got better from there. I don't know a lot of songs from Dillinger Four that aren't on "Midwestern Songs" or "Situtationist", but they played a lot from the two cds I own. I really liked how the band talked in between songs. They talked about how Good Charlotte was stupid for needing makeup to look sad. They also joked of how they had toured with Avril Lavigne. Paddy said something along the lines of "Yeah, she told us we needed more songs about the class struggle." That guy is hilarious. The climax of the show was when they played "Mosh for Jesus".

It was a pretty good show all in all. I wasn't a huge fan of the opening acts, but it was all worth 13 bucks. I am glad to have seen Dillinger Four, because I am a huge fan of them and the Lawrence Arms. Oh by the way, I didn't go home shirtless. I went to this little punk rock store next store, and bought a Hot Water Music t-shirt.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 10, 2003)

this band is gay
it sucks so bad

Anonymous (November 29, 2002)

hey man, big is beautiful, i guess.. paddy aint ugly, w'll he isnt the best looking person, but his personality sure does make up for it
D4 is seriously the shit

waste_elite (November 29, 2002)

D4 write some of the best lyrics too

Anonymous (November 28, 2002)

Sen em twice here in NYC. Best shows ive ever seen by the the most original and intelligent band going on.

evildeadalive (November 27, 2002)

Ok, I'll say something bad, Paddy is one ugly ass naked dude.

waste_elite (November 27, 2002)

i've never heard anyone say anything bad about D4.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

D4 is easily the best thing going today. My buddy and I hung out and had beers with D4 in Bedford Pennsylvania. They are a great bunch to drink with. I've seen them three times and everytime was a treat. Saw them in Cleveland in the spring with the Arrivals, great show. Boris the Sprinkler is one of the more entertaining bands I've seen. I saw them rock about 20 people back in 97 in Lancaster, PA. I have a D4 t-shirt and it's cool.....

FeedMyNightmare (November 26, 2002)

I wish i coulda been to this show...Anyways props to the guys in The Arrivals for being such cool dudes.

waste_elite (November 26, 2002)

"Hey, why dont you talk about t-shirts some more. I mean, after all, this is the who was wearing what t shirt review right? Well good, so some guy was wearing a flogging molly t shirt eh? WOW, fucking crazy man. I went to this show once, and i saw a guy wearing a distillers t shirt, im not even fucking around here. That same show i saw some guy wearing a Rancid T shirt. Imagine that, a distillers t shirt and a rancid t shirt at the SAME SHOW!! WOW, oh yeah by the way, i think its safe to say that the cancer has worked its way up to that useless thing on top of your sholders."

you just wasted more time talking about t-shirts than anyone on this board ever has. congratulations, you're a fucking loser.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

I heard the D4 EP on No Idea will be out in two weeks.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

They play "Our Science is Tight" in DC. It was dope.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

Wuss won't even read this review probably, doubt he knows any of the bands. Poor fucker.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

I'm just waiting for Wuss to say he doesn't like D4. That would complete his circle of listening to nothing good.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

and is that D4 EP on no idea ever going to come out?

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

as limited as there range is, boris the sprinkler is years ahead of guttermouth or vandals. They just aren't funny, Rev. Norb is the funniest man alive.

wyzo

evildeadalive (November 26, 2002)

D4 are the greatest band going right now.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

yeah i thought that last comment i left would vent the amount of frustration i have towards you, but it obviously didnt. I want that 3 min of my life back. douche bag

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

Hey, why dont you talk about t-shirts some more. I mean, after all, this is the who was wearing what t shirt review right? Well good, so some guy was wearing a flogging molly t shirt eh? WOW, fucking crazy man. I went to this show once, and i saw a guy wearing a distillers t shirt, im not even fucking around here. That same show i saw some guy wearing a Rancid T shirt. Imagine that, a distillers t shirt and a rancid t shirt at the SAME SHOW!! WOW, oh yeah by the way, i think its safe to say that the cancer has worked its way up to that useless thing on top of your sholders.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

boris the sprinkler...GAY

waste_elite (November 26, 2002)

oh yeah? well i paid 9 bucks and got a free situationist comedy poster to boot.

rock on

TenderBransonX (November 26, 2002)

Jesus likes Dillinger Four. And if he doesnt they'd probably kick his ass like they do to pretty much everything else out there.

moldy (November 26, 2002)

HAHA What a chod paying 13 bucks for this, I bought the tickets the night of the show for 10. But this show did kick ass, every band was awsome, and Boris the Sprinkler is one of the best bands espically live. Its a crime and shame to compare them to guttermouth and vandels

waste_elite (November 26, 2002)

hey, fuck you, i bought that Maximum Piss and Vinegar shirt. D4 is one of the best bands going these days, see em if you get the chance. check out my D4 show review if your interested it's really long though. i drank with Paddy before their set, the man is fucking hilarious. and im drunk now, waahh!?

Dubar (November 26, 2002)

you HAD to mention kid dynamite didnt you? Now I'm gonna have to check them out...

maverick (November 25, 2002)

This is such a killer lineup for a show, and because my car decided to blow up last week, I couldn't attend this or any number of the Chicago shows I had planned on going to over Thanksgiving Break.

Fuck blown gaskets that cost fucking $1500 to repair.

Also, you are right - Trial By Fire is on Jade Tree - they're pretty straightforward hardcore ala Kid Dynamite, I recommend them.

-Scott

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