Piebald / Minus The Bear / Noise Ratchet / My Chemical Romance - live in San Francisco (Cover Artwork)

Piebald / Minus The Bear / Noise Ratchet / My Chemical Romance

Piebald / Minus The Bear / Noise Ratchet / My Chemical Romance: live in San Franciscolive in San Francisco (2003)
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Carpooling, it's the way to go especially on a busy weekend. Skipping past a ton of cars, not having to pay for the toll and dropping about 15 minutes from the ride over to San Francisco is a nice thing. My friends and I get to Bottom of the Hill about 5 minutes before the show starts and I get a .

Carpooling, it's the way to go especially on a busy weekend. Skipping past a ton of cars, not having to pay for the toll and dropping about 15 minutes from the ride over to San Francisco is a nice thing. My friends and I get to Bottom of the Hill about 5 minutes before the show starts and I get a ticket for the Cursive, The Velvet Teen, Race for Titles show that's coming up this Thursday. I'll practically be living at Bottom of the Hill the next couple weeks with all the shows that are coming up.

The 1st band up was My Chemical Romance, which is from New Jersey and on Eyeball Records, which has released earlier stuff from the big boys Thursday and Midtown. My Chemical Romance came out and started their 1st song and I think the singer must be an Andrew WK fan because he was doing some of his head banging moves. The band had some pretty good energy. One song that I did notice of theirs that they played was "Vampires Will Never Hurt You". If you're in to bands like The Used or Taking Back Sunday you'd probably want to check these guys out.

Up next was Noise Ratchet, who I really didn't know much about at all other than they're on The Militia Group and from San Diego I believe. They sounded a little harder than I expected them to be. The singer walked around and climbed up on the pillar on stage. These guys must have a big following in Southern California since their website says they've sold over 3,000 albums and on their mp3.com site they have over 320,000 downloads but I really didn't see what the big deal was. The music was alright, but nothing really grabbed me.

The boys from Seattle were up next, Minus the Bear on Suicide Squeeze Records. The last time I saw these guys was when they played Bottom of the Hill with The Velvet Teen and they had an EP called "Bands Like it When You Yell "Yar" at Them". New they have out their full length album and of course when the band came out the crowd yelled "Yar" at them. They played a couple songs off their 1st EP like "Lemurs, Man, Lemurs" and "Pantsuit, Uggghhh" along with quite a few songs off their new album as well. Minus the Bear plays so well together, everything in the band seems to be so smooth. I think that they have gotten better live since I saw them last and the new songs are really good as well, definitely a band to check out.

The band Piebald were up last which everyone was waiting for and they did not disappoint. The last time I saw them I believe they were still living in Boston and they have made the move to Los Angeles since then, along with Travis having throat surgery. Some of the songs they cranked out were "All You Need is Drums to Start a Dance Party" and off the latest album "American Hearts", "Long Nights", "Rich People Can Breed" which has some great photos by Jeremy Weiss(www.day19.com). Travis' throat is doing good after the surgery and it sounded plenty good. I'm not sure if it's something about Bottom of the Hill or what but almost every time I go to a show there, hardly anyone jumps around at all and stares at the band. This really baffles me since kids stand up front for the whole show and then just stare at the band that they waited so long for. Most of the people didn't even sing along with them or anything, but there were a decent amount of kids jumping around but not to what I would expect. Travis got to the end of the set and said we have one song left and then one after that. They ended up closing their set with "Grace Kelly with Wings" and they headed off.


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Anonymous (February 2, 2003)

the fact that a band as amazing as minus the bear has to open for arrogant trash like piebald proves that god doesnt exist

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

I've been to Bottom of the Hill once for a Templars/Reducers gig and people went apeshit. In fact, too apeshit, since two people got stabbed.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

Hamish, Noise Ratchet sounds nothing like Saves the Day. And Piebald rocked the crowd.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

i like my noise ratchet shirt

BostonMusicGuy (January 28, 2003)

Piebald rules.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

My Chemical Romance is terrible.
Noise Rachet is boring.
I love piebald.
Guitars are heavy.


Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

OK, by lookin at this picture, and seeing the god-awful Beautiful Mistake open for Glasseater last night, I have a question for all of you emo-screamo-oreo-spaghettio aspiring or current musicians....why do you singers who also play guitar never pull the mic stand up high enough? It gives me a backache just watching you partially hunched as you perform. Ouch.


Hamish (January 28, 2003)

I was at this show too, so here's my 2 cents.

My Chemical Romance was awful. Their music was not that great and their singer was AWFUL. That really over-done high, whiney singing mixed with lame screaming. And he just ran around the stage acting like a fucking asshole. Ever since ATDI blew up, everyone noticed that the kids like it when bands go absolutely nuts on stage. Now lots of bands do that. But it's only a good idea when you're genuinely into your music. The singer of MCR just seemed really fake when he did it. I don't see what's so special about this band.

Noise Ratchet, I thought was really bland. They sound like Saves the Day, only slightly harder. Same, cheesy high, whiney vocals. Dull music. And the singer posed like he was the singer of Creed.

Minus the Bear was...I'm mixed on this. Their music had moments of being really good, but it got kinda repetitive. Decent, but not great.

Piebald's set was dissapointing. I thought they lacked in energy. Or maybe it was the crowd. That was one of the most unenergetic crowds I've ever seen. They played solid, but the energy was missing. However, my friend who I dragged along (that had never heard them before) thought they were great, so who knows?

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