Avail / The Casualties / Jericho

Avail / The Casualties / Jericho: live in Jacksonville, FLlive in Jacksonville, FL (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

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I'd been sick as a dog for days leading up to this show, and still had a terrible feeling in my throat, but there was no way I was going to miss Avail in my backyard. So phlegm filled throat and all, I took myself to San Marco for an evening of good old RVA fun. I don't know why Jericho opened, a.

I'd been sick as a dog for days leading up to this show, and still had a terrible feeling in my throat, but there was no way I was going to miss Avail in my backyard. So phlegm filled throat and all, I took myself to San Marco for an evening of good old RVA fun.

I don't know why Jericho opened, as I heard The Curse were opening the entire tour. I don't know how good they were, because I haven't been able to find their EP anywhere (is it out yet?), but Jericho was great. Their style sounded kind of like Equalvision days Saves the Day meets "Finding the Rhythms" Hot Water Music... ripping guitars that know how to slow to melodies and speed it back up without just sounding percussive, and a solid drummer and bassist to back it up. I'm NOT saying this band sounds exactly like STD or HWM, those were just the first two unrelated bands that popped in my head. The crowd didn't really react to their set, kind of understandable given it was the first time most of us had heard'em. I was persuaded to pick up the EP and hopefully, I'll be able to post a review here soon. Watch for these guys, they said they'd be touring again soon and would specifically be in Jax again in June.

Next were the Casualties. What can you say about the Casualties? They played approxamately 700 songs in about 35 minutes, one of which was a Clash cover. I couldn't really tell you what Clash song it was, because the guitarist was playing it really fast and I couldn't make out any of the words. But some of the other choruses shouted during the night were "Get off my back!", "Police brutality!", "Punxxxxxx unite!" and "Ask your mom for 40 bucks so you can go to hot topic and pick up our latest album along with Good Charlotte's!" during which a group of 12 year olds beat the hell out of each other. The Casualties are definitely a fun and fast paced band to listen to; I just wasn't feeling the fans, and its probably not something I would be interested in spending money on to buy the recording. If street punk is your thang, however, I'd say these guys got game.

I moved towards the front for Avail, and when the group finally took the stage, the crowd was more than ready. Tim motioned for the kids immediately surrounding the two center monitors to spread out, and nobody knew why until the first chord was played and he went flying into the crowd. For those of you who don't live in Jacksonville, Jack Rabbit's is a pretty small venue with no barriers, so the momentum from his jump landed him in the pit and the fun commenced. I think they brought a roadie along just for the specific purpose of holding the mic cable up while Tim was in the crowd, which was pretty damn cool. Beau Beau was sporting a Love is Red shirt, which surprised me since I didn't know they were around until last week. Some high points of the set included "F.C.A.", "Model", "Black and Red" and the epic closer "Scuffletown." The band probably played around 20 songs, including a lot off of "Front Porch Stories." The only noticeable omission was probably "Southbound 95." Avail also said they'd be back in the summer, so let's all hope that's true.

As a side plot, there was a really drunk guy in a backwards baseball cap who heckled Jericho and Avail during their entire sets. Tim Barry dedicated "Scuffletown" to him, and when the guy jumped on stage, danced around, and was generally whooping it up, Tim said "No, no, we were being sarcastic. This song isn't for you, nobody even likes you. Now get off the stage before you hurt someone." So, of course, the drunk bastard fell flat on his face. It was pretty funny if you were there.


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Anonymous (February 9, 2003)

Well, at the show here in orlando I drank beer and rolled my eyes during the casualties set! However, I don't recall having heard Avail mention that they were returning in the summer!! If that's the case for Jacksonville and Not Orlando, I may just have to make the drive!

CallingLondon (February 9, 2003)

"these bands would be better if they sounded more like SR-71"

are you implying that i like SR-71 because i don't like the casualties?

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Man, give the Casualties a break. At least they are doing it right. I thought their set was infuckingcredible and they are some of the nicest guys i've ever met. I and lots of other people will see them again and if you don't like it go fuck yourselves. Oh yeah, Avail was good too.

newjackshit (February 6, 2003)

the curse is breaking up. 2 of their last shows are in philly in the next few weeks i believe. that's the rumor at least.

Anonymous (February 6, 2003)

yeah, i saw this show in Pensacola just before they all played in Jax. Jericho was a pretty cool opener, plenty of energy and emotion, although the crowd wasn't feeling 'em in P-Cola either. i have to agree with a few other posters on this, the casualties are flat-out horrible and their fans are really annoying. their drummer rips, but the rest of the band blows, especially the singer (what's his deal, anyway?). avail tore stuff up, they played everything to perfection and kept the energy up. they didn't play Model, but they did everything else i've come to expect at avail shows. word.

SoftcoreDan (February 5, 2003)

i saw this tour with the curse on it, and i must say, 2/3 of it was awesome, 1/3 made me want to run in fear...the curse were really good when i saw them, their 6 song ep they hooked me up with (go college radio!) is quite good...the confusion may be because the curse apprently is going to be changing their name, as they are being sued...

oh yeah, avail was awesome, and bobo rocked the house.

newjackshit (February 5, 2003)

the casualties need to stop. saw them in philly with this tour minus jericho...the curse played instead....yeah, the casualties ruined the night...for everyone.

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

these bands would be better if they sounded more like SR-71

evilash (February 5, 2003)

the casualties need to throw in the fucking towel already

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

I saw this show in Nashville with Love is Red openinng it up. The End was packed and it was an awesome show LIR ripped it up then Jericho and The Casualties and AVAIL. It was a really weird mix of people. You had the hardcore kids for Love is Red. The gutterpunks for the Casualties and then the AVAIL fans.It was a kickass show. Everyone needs to keep an eye on Love is Red they are awesome. They are gonna have some new mp3s up on mp3.com soon too.

Hamish (February 5, 2003)

"the casualties might just be the worst band i've ever heard. i'd rather listen to good charlotte than them. atleast they have a miniscule sense of songwriting."

couldn't have said it better myself. i love avail though.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

Avail is quite possibly the best band ever.

IlikeSKA (February 4, 2003)

hehe, i think that drunken bastard may have been at the Glasseater show in orlando, he danced for every single band. i saw the avail show in orlando and all the bands amazed me, they were musically tight and so much fun to watch, espcially avail- running around and jumping up and down and being crazy...all that fun stuff. i cant wait to see them again

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

I saw this show in Gainesville. Very few of the 14 year old Hot Topic demographic could make it for our show, so the Casualties set was less annoying. I actually enjoyed it, which surprised me since their songs I've heard sounded pretty bleh on record. I also got that Jericho EP, it's great, and so were Jericho and Avail. RVA is doing great with both of them AND Strike Anywhere. Fun show though.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

i just moved out of richmond, and this brought a litlte bit of it back to me. im road tripping down to the alley katz show though! watch out dirrry south!

jerichos album/ep/whatever it is is getting rereleased on iodine. i have one from the band, that was put out by all about records. you might try to play detective and get one. i miss those boston boys, sniff sniff.

xoxo kari

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

I get chills everytime I hear Scuffletown. The James River is disgusting.


CallingLondon (February 4, 2003)

the casualties might just be the worst band i've ever heard. i'd rather listen to good charlotte than them. atleast they have a miniscule sense of songwriting.

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