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Brand New / The Starting Line / Simple Plan

Brand New/The Starting Line/Simple Plan: live in Long Islandlive in Long Island (2002)
Triple Crown Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: viceroymonarchviceroymonarch
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In the last year, the Long Island scene has absolutely blown up. At few times was this more clear than this show, Brand New's homecoming show after months on the road. As was mentioned on stage multiple times, this show was the largest Long Island show since V.O.D. and Madball played in 1995. In .


In the last year, the Long Island scene has absolutely blown up. At few times was this more clear than this show, Brand New's homecoming show after months on the road. As was mentioned on stage multiple times, this show was the largest Long Island show since V.O.D. and Madball played in 1995. In fact, not only was there well over 1000 people at this show, but at the same time in New York City, Taking Back Sunday was playing to a sold out crowd of 1000.

The first band on was None More Black, a local act. They were clearly excited about getting the opening slot on this show, and it showed in their energetic performance. The crowd response was tepid, but the band kept playing, and surely converted some new fans. My biggest complaint about None More Black, though, is that they did not have any CD's for sale at their merch area. That's just inexcusable, especially considering how many people were at this show.

Next up was Simple Plan. I was dreading this set somewhat, because I feared that the underground-loving Long Island fans would boo Simple Plan off the stage, and create a lot of awkwardness for the rest of the bands. However, the crowd was receptive, and the band ignored the few jeering fans. Simple Plan's set wasn't particularly memorable, but I don't have anything bad to say about it either.

Then came the Starting Line. They started slowly, but gained steam as the set progressed. Kenny the lead singer was more subdued and less annoying than usual (see my Taking Back Sunday review for an example of the opposite), and the crowd responded well to the "less talk, more rock" vibe. TSL kicked it into overdrive for the final four songs, "Cheek To Cheek," "I'm Real," "Leaving," and set-closer "Best Of Me," and had the entire floor jumping and singing by the end. Quality set from these guys from Philly.

Finally came the moment everybody was here for: Brand New's return to Long Island. The band came out and tore right into their two most well-known songs, "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" followed by "Last Chance to Lose Your Keys." As expected, the crowd got right into it, and never let up. Brand New played every song off "Your Favorite Weapon," as well as "Moshi Moshi" from their Safety In Numbers split, and a new song tentatively titled "Thanks For Passing Me A Piece Of Chicken." The highlight of the middle portion of the set was "Soco Amaretto Lime," which had everyone in the place singing along. With two songs left, Brand New asked the crowd what they wanted to hear next. The overwhelming response: "Seventy Times Seven!" They tore right into that song, as the crowd exploded with the biggest reaction of the night. Following that was the show-closer "Mix Tape," which ended in a wall of feedback and broken instruments. Brand New thanked us for coming out to the show, and people began filing out.

Very good show overall. The first three bands were good enough, and Brand New put on the best performance of 2002 in my opinion. Considering the degree to which they blew up this year, going from a small show at Brownie's in New York City on December 20th of 2001 to headlining the second biggest show of Long Island's history on 12/30/2002, one can only imagine what comes next. Brand New and Taking Back Sunday co-headlining Madison Square Garden next December?

 

 
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Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Simple
Plan is the best band that punk has ever had they really good band to follow because they are really good Role Models they're songs like shut up and welcome to my world
and crazy are really Awsome songs to rock to . THEY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

the long island scene never "blew" up. The bands from l.i. did. get it right.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

Poop. You know everyone loves you.

inagreendase (January 14, 2003)

sports plus seems to be picking up all the rising long island bands. they're having taking back sunday play there on feb. 9th. this show was sold out in like maybe a week and a half thru merchdirect w/o any opening bands announced, just "special guests". ripshit.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

If you want good music from Long Island, listen to Blood Red.

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

wuss- you must think that nothing is wrong with America.

WussEmoRock (January 8, 2003)

it was the way you said it that made it seem like you were making fun of me. which I know you were, but it's cool haha.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

you live in California and go to Utah for a skiing trip. good for you. no, my parents never did shit like that because they couldn't afford it.

all i said was "your parents are loaded aren't they", how is that making fun of you?

-waste

WussEmoRock (January 6, 2003)

lol waste you never give up. haven't you ever gone skiing or snowboarding before? not all rich kids do it. have your parents ever taken you on a vacation before? damn, you punk kids really are something, making fun of someone for going on a family trip.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

waste_elite (January 6, 2003)

your parents are loaded too, aren't they

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

and who cares if he is mormon?

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

who cares if his parents are loaded? I think wussemorock is a moron, but it has nothing to do with the wealth of his parents, he cant help it. All of you will defend gays(and rightfully so) because some are born that way, but rich kids are also born that way

waste_elite (January 5, 2003)

your parents are loaded aren't they

WussEmoRock (January 5, 2003)

nah, I am not a mormon. But, I am in Utah cause every year at this time I go skiing there.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

evildeadalive (January 4, 2003)

maybe wuss is a mormon...

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

All lame people eventually end up in Utah. It's like disneyland for fucktards.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

wussemo why are you in Utah?

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

the only possible thing that could have made this show any worse was if something corporate and nfg were on the bill.

viceroymonarch (January 2, 2003)

They were talking about ticket-sales when they called it the biggest show since 1995. And, for the record, Merchdirect sold out of tickets for this show before Simple Plan was announced, so any fans that went only for Simple Plan got tickets through a Empire Discs, and they never have more than 100 or so tickets to a show.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

The majority of "underground" music doesn't appeal to little kids who can only digest unprogressive and recycled pop. It's out there, just have to look for it.

Hamish (January 2, 2003)

"I don't know why many people hate them but they're amazing in my opinion. I don't see you guys who are trashing these bands starting your own bands and touring out of your own pockets, building a fan base through word of mouth much like TBS and Brand New did way before they got signed to any label, so if I were you guys I'd would shut up."

Yup kids, unless you've toured out of your own pocket, your criticism is useless. Even if you work hard at other things or are just a serious music listener, your attacks on 3 INCREDIBLY bland pop-punk bands are meaningless because you've never toured out of your own pockets. Genius.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

First of all.. I wouldn't call this the biggest show in long island's history, that's quite far-fetched. How could brand new close with such an energy-lacking song? That's so blah. And the starting line and brand new are far from underground. When you say, "the underground-loving" long island kids, who are you talking about? Because you know that doesn't describe the kids at that show. I'm willing to bet that a good portion of those tickets went to simple plan fans. Some underground show.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

Eh, I'm kind of surprised that they chose a venue for NYC that could only hold 1000. When TBS last came to Worcester, MA, they sold out the place which actually holds 2700. I would've thought they'd have their biggest crowd in New York...

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

I don't know what it is, but I feel like Brand New is missing something. I feel like the music is just weak, and I don't know why.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

this show was so fucking hard to get into. i was so desperate that i found an empty cigarette pack, it was the kind with the teal on it, and you needed a teal bracelet to get in (which u got with a reservation #) and i was gonna cut it up and tape it around my wrist but it was striped so we dropped the idea.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

viceroymonarch has poor estimation skills. thank you.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

I'm from Long Island and both Taking Back Sunday and Brand New haven't played this island in such a long, long time and it's great that they both played a show in the NY area, but Brand New was just so amazing that night. I wish they both played together so I could have seen them both on the same bill. I don't know why many people hate them but they're amazing in my opinion. I don't see you guys who are trashing these bands starting your own bands and touring out of your own pockets, building a fan base through word of mouth much like TBS and Brand New did way before they got signed to any label, so if I were you guys I'd would shut up.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

this is the show I wish I was at more than any other show this year. damn.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** (in Utah)

viceroymonarch (December 31, 2002)

I do kinda agree that closing with "Mix Tape was somewhat weak, but they did play it differently from the CD version, much more energetic. Still though I think they should have switched the placement of "Mix Tape" and "Jude Law" on the set list.
And to the kid who said TBS's show only had 400 people...That show, as well as Brand New's show, was mega-oversold, because neither venue had any idea that tickets would sell so quickly. 1000 might have been a stretch, but it was way more than 400.

evildeadalive (December 31, 2002)

Oh yeah, and as for my score, 10 for None More Black, and zero for the rest.

evildeadalive (December 31, 2002)

I cannot believe None More Black played with those shitty fucking bands... sad. Oh yeah, and that thing about the reviewer stopping breathing - funny. I agree.

Hamish (December 31, 2002)

None More Black rocks my fucking socks, they get a 2. The rest of the bands are a joke. Seriously. I can't imagine more bland music than the other 3 bands.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Taking back sunday sold out the knitting factory that night. The knitting factory's max. capacity is 400.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

"Also, you didn't really do a good job of describing any of the bands. Other than "Excited" or "Okay". You should stop reviewingshows/going to shows/breathing."

Seriously.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

i hope the none more black cd is good when it comes out. boy, that'll be a treat!

i'm not really a fan of brand new, but closing with the mix tape song? that seems kinda weak, seventy times seven would have been a more fitting closer. not like I care or anything.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

If you consider The starting line or Brand new "Underground", you should kill yourself.

Also, you didn't really do a good job of describing any of the bands. Other than "Excited" or "Okay". You should stop reviewingshows/going to shows/breathing.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

none more black was the only band worth paying any attention to, at all. and simple plan is probably the worst thing to ever happen to music.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

it's "inexcusable" that they didn't have CD's? i guess they just shoulda whipped some up right before the show huh? i guess it's that easy.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

None More Black first off is from Philly, second they are ex-Kid Dynamite and only have a 7" out, they just signed to FAT so they should have a cd out soon.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

you were at this show? i hate you.

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