One Man Army / Madcap / The Curse

One Man Army/Madcap/The Curse: live in Bostonlive in Boston (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: BostonMusicGuyBostonMusicGuy
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The Explosion is touring again?! I have to go see them! OK so this is what I was thinking to myself when I heard the news of one of my favorite punk bands heading out on another tour, after I was sure that they had broken up. This is how excited I was until I realized that... I wouldn't be able to.

The Explosion is touring again?! I have to go see them!

OK so this is what I was thinking to myself when I heard the news of one of my favorite punk bands heading out on another tour, after I was sure that they had broken up. This is how excited I was until I realized that... I wouldn't be able to see them.

My first TT the Bears experience was a great one. I walked in an hour early and bought my ticket to the show, all the while knowing that I would not be able to check out a set from the band that I was hoping to see. Damn the T, not going back to Andover past 12:00. So instead I would check out the Curse, Mad Cap and One Man Army. Not a bad bunch of bands if you ask me.

Hailing from Philadelphia Pennsylvania the Curse came out to a crowd of about 40 and rocked us hard. Not being familiar with them before this show I had no preconceptions of what to expect. At first glance they looked like they would be a poppish sounding band that migh be a little boring... this, however, was just at first glance. I got the complete opposite. This band knocked me on my ass running through a 12 (I dont know for sure) song set in about a half an hour. They play a brand of punk that is hard and fast, energetic and fun. The lack of crowd participation didnt upset them at all... they took it in stride. I checked out their split EP with G!ftt, Knives Out, and Paint it Black and it didnt dissapoint either. I would definitely suggest anybody check this band out.

I am sure you are all pretty familiar with Mad Cap by now. I saw them play at Warped Tour 2001 and wasn't too impressed. But this time it was totally different. I had picked up their newest album, East to West, and couldn't get enough of it. So I was pumped to see them tonight. A larger crowd had gathered, including the guys from the River City Rebels, and was prepared to hear Mad Cap go through songs like "On the Road", "These Old Feelings", "Hometown" and closing up the show with "Bright Lights Big City", which I am sure everyone has had some experience with now. If you havent just check out any Mad Cap flash e-card and you will know what I am talking about.

On to One Man Army. I had never heard them before. I saw people wearing their shirts but never actually remembered to check them out... until tonight. They are incredible. Just what I wanted from a band. A good punk rock band that could rock my ass off. I ran out of money after buying the Curse's split and a few Budweisers so I couldnt get over to their merch booth and get any recording by them. Just like the Curse they played a hard and fast form of punk rock. Playing a pretty damn good mix of older material with new stuff they had extra time to introduce us to a man who soon would be called "Worcester". According to the band they asked him in Worcester if he knew how to play guitar and he said he could so they took him to the show at TT's. This seemed like it couldnt be true to I just took it as a funny as hell joke. Anyone know for sure?

Anyway, like I said, there was a lack of explosion for me. Since I have no wheels of my own to ride down to Boston in I had to take the T from Andover. Unfortunately the last train back left at midnight so I had to leave the show at 11 so I would be able to make it on time. Maybe, just maybe, they will tour again and I will be able to check them out... we can only hope. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go buy my tickets to this years Hometown throwdown.


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rockinout (November 27, 2002)

Gonna see this show tonight... can't wait.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

The Curse is awesome, and they have a damn near indestructible demo. I grabbed it when I first saw them play, and put it in my cargo pocket. Then I washed and dried said pants, forgetting the cd was in there. Yet the demo still plays perfectly, though the mix seems really low (is this because of my stupidity, or does anyone else have to crank up their stereo when they play it?). The point of this random story? The Curse should be huge.

FeedMyNightmare (November 26, 2002)

This score is for The Curse. They rock hard.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

I'm glad so many kids are getting to check out the Curse. I have their demo and it rules.


BostonMusicGuy (November 26, 2002)

Thats cool scott... i was just wondering. Definitley unserstand.-BostonMusicGuy

maverick (November 26, 2002)

I run live reviews quicker than album reviews because live reviews get out-of-date much, much quicker. We also currently have 39 reviews in the queue, and I'm trying my hardest to get them all out eventually while still giving the ones out now decent "face time."


BostonMusicGuy (November 26, 2002)

Not that I have any problem with this review being posted but I was just wondering where the other 3 reviews I submitted were? Just wondering. Still very upset I missed out on the Explosion, but I did have a test to study for in the morning so I couldnt have stayed the night in the train station or believe me I would have. Next time...-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

bostonmusicguy should make friends in boston and spend the night...
the explosion are so worth seeing- you shoulda slept on the street if you had too.
good think yer not the 'bostonpunkguy'- cause you would have been strpped of all punkrot cred..
sorry bmg you missed out!!!

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