Anti-Flag / Leftover Crack / The Code / The Vacancy

Anti-Flag / Leftover Crack / The Code / The Vacancy: live in Pittsburghlive in Pittsburgh (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: Droptop222Droptop222
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Pennsylvania is very cold in winter. Anyone one who went to A-F Records 5th birthday bash at Mr. Smalls in Millvale ,Pa would agree with me on that one. I arrived around 7 pm and parked my car at the 1st place I found and right off the bat, some cop bitched at me and made me move. Started out very.

Pennsylvania is very cold in winter. Anyone one who went to A-F Records 5th birthday bash at Mr. Smalls in Millvale ,Pa would agree with me on that one. I arrived around 7 pm and parked my car at the 1st place I found and right off the bat, some cop bitched at me and made me move. Started out very well dont you think? Well then me and my girl walked to the building, which Im guessing is some old church. We stood in line for about 45 min while it was about 15 degrees out. That was alot of fun let me tell you. So finally we got in and the night definately picked up from there.

Pat Thetic was at the front takin tickets. Very nice guy I must say. I went and found the closest hole in the crowd that was close to the stage and planted myself there.

The Vacancy was the 1st opening band. They had a emoish, poppy sound but personally they sounded better than alot of the band of that genre. All in all, they put on a good show even wiht a little harshness from the crowd.

The Code was next on the list. They have a mix of street punk/ska that the crowd got very into. The singer Marc was very intense and got the crowd goin. I really liked their set.

Now was came the reason I was at this show. Leftover Crack. Stza and the group totally rocked the place. They had a few set backs like their new guitarist equipment screwing up and the Stza tried to pull a security gaurd of some kid in the middle of the set. They played all my fav loc tunes and they even threw in some choking victim classics like infested and 500 channels. They definitely made the whole show worth it.

Anti Flag closed up the show with an incredible set. They played a few more newer pieces than old ones but i still really enjoyed it. Justin Sane tends to talk alot between songs but he had alot of good stuff to say about the world and the u.s and it was interesting. They closed up with die for your government which they invited the whole crowd on stage to sing along so I got up there and belted it out with about 75 others kids. Very good time.


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Anonymous (March 23, 2006)

never seen loc live in pennysylvania., but there easily the best thirdwave ska band (well, choking victim as well, but ya know they're sorta interchangeable).
here on cape cod we have terrible ska bands (like 2 out of the 15 are worth it) and i just do my own skankmosh (basically a twostep with windmills) and when one of teh local punk bands covered an loc it brought downt the house. normally i plow through the ska fags, but to LOC hardcore kids, ska fags, crusties, sxe toughguyz, everybody moshes and dances and violates everybody elses space. the best.

Anonymous (October 10, 2004)

anti-flag and loc needs to tour together in md/dc area

Anonymous (May 8, 2003)

I was at this show. I bet some of you peoples would remember me, cuz I pissed a lot ot people off, and I was really drunk. It was so freaking cold outside then it was so hot in there and there was no room. The security guy there was an asshole and almost didnt let us back in. And whoever posted the LOC setlist missed a lot of songs. So you wanna be a cop? And I know there was more.

Did anyone else see when the guy from LOC sang along to Spazzs House Destruction Party? Somone should email me infested_victim@hotmail.com

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I've got nothing against gays...why does homo have to equal gay? Are you that ignorant that you don't know homo is a genus? We're all a part of the genus Homo. Dipshit.

But yeah, homeless people should be killed.

Anonymous (February 17, 2003)

"Homeless homos should die."

You obviously don't get DKs message if you're homophobic, buddy.

evilmidget2 (February 17, 2003)

the 10 is for the good leftover crack and the number of dwarves Wuss has taken it from over the years.

i had the displeasure of seeing anti-flag at the warped tour(boy did that suck) and they just bitched about george bush the whole time. they should go on a hunger-strike for something. theyre also really bad and whiny. its like hardcore for emo kids.

but yeah, LOC is the shit. the rest of the bands can suck me off.

hey, you know how they had the Anti-Warped Tour in toronto or something, and the have the Slamdance Film Festival, which is like the anti-Sundance? well, i wonder how long till theres an anti-anti-warped tour. food for thought.

waste_elite (February 17, 2003)

15 degrees is below freezing too

Anonymous (February 17, 2003)

15 degrees u shud have waited outside reel big fish in newcastle, it was like below freezing-literally

Anonymous (February 17, 2003)

Fuck LOC and Anti-Fag...I'd kill those people.

GBLOC is the worst song EVER. It's a swap meet version of Police Truck...if I ever see these guys, I'm going to kick their asses for being DK rip-offs and then ripping off OPIV. Homeless homos should die.

ianXisXpositive (February 17, 2003)

and infested

ianXisXpositive (February 17, 2003)

loc set list was as follows - homeo apathy, gbloc, nazi white trash, fuck america, 500 channels, in hell, with the sickness, born to die, crack rock steady

i think that was it. order is wrong, but that's what they played. mediocre at best. no new songs. set=meh

Anonymous (February 16, 2003)

Hey, i heard some one say Better Off Dead... those guys are really good. Aren't they supposed to do a split with the Code on AF-Records or somthing?

Anonymous (February 16, 2003)

"Tom Morello (sp, who cares, I hate Rage against the machine) is producing the next record.. which ought to be pretty sweet."

you hate rage but your psyched that he's producing the new AF?

Anonymous (February 16, 2003)

new songs?

Droptop222 (February 16, 2003)

lets see, if i can remember it was in no perticualr order, homeoapathy, the good the bad the leftover crack, nazi white trash, born to die, 500 channels, crack rock steady, infested, stop the insanity. thats all i can think of right now

Anonymous (February 16, 2003)

set list. now. loc only.

Anonymous (February 16, 2003)

hehehehe. Smelly fans. You're such a tool. Leftover Crack owns Anti-Flag in so many ways its not even funny.

Borntolose (February 16, 2003)

While I can't argue about us smelling, I can say your one of the people my smelly ass would pound out with smelly hands.....no wait.....I probably wouldn't be able to get into your gated community due to my odor..

Anti-Flag sucks...Justin Sane is Justa Loser...hahahaha....I funny smelly. ..hahahehehehe.

adamsocial (February 16, 2003)

First off, the first band was Better Off Dead, a local hardcore band who fucking rules. Sucks you missed them.

Whatever it Takes is absolutely amazing, and you should pick up thier CD.

The Vacancy = best emo-pop band in Pittsburgh... fuck that, east coast.

The Code- Fucking rule. Period.

Leftover Crack- their fans smell. they smell. their music is pathetic. boooorin.

Anti-Flag- awe-inspiring. fuck what you have to say... yeah they've changed.. they've also added two members since "Die for the gov't"... Tom Morello (sp, who cares, I hate Rage against the machine) is producing the next record.. which ought to be pretty sweet.

alkalinetrio55 (February 15, 2003)

choking vitcim was better

Anonymous (February 14, 2003)

Took me way too fucking long. I'm disappointed in myself and their lack of originality. No more drugs for me.
Mr. Kenzington

Anonymous (February 14, 2003)

Justin Sane= Just in Sane, and Pat Thetic= Pathetic?
That's not a coincidence right? Seems a little more like wrestling names.

Wow. Just wow. How long did it take you to figure that one out?

FortyMinutesWest (February 13, 2003)

"Speaking of Pittsburgh, this score is for the Kovalev trade. They didn't even get any prospects for fucksake.

I hear ya...Total bullshit..blah!

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

Down with capitalism! buy our merch!

ianXisXpositive (February 13, 2003)

ladies and gentlemen i present to you: the average anti-flag fan! behold!

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

I like anti-flag. Despite sometimes leghty rants, I think they have a good message and overall they put on a fun, positive show. One thing though struck me the other day. I realize I'm a few years behind on this but Justin Sane= Just in Sane, and Pat Thetic= Pathetic?
That's not a coincidence right? Seems a little more like wrestling names.
Mr. Kenzington

Borntolose (February 13, 2003)

Man I just love these Purple Sweaters...

I just don't know what the hell is wrong with me.

ianXisXpositive (February 13, 2003)

the hell i'm not

*finger points*

Borntolose (February 13, 2003)


pwfanatic (February 13, 2003)

yeah, i think that pat's face is quite entertaining. i am surprised he is able to sustain the same face for the whole set.

Vien (February 13, 2003)

I actually like the look on Pat's face while he's drumming.

Anonymous (February 13, 2003)

i would say the code are ska influenced punk...

Droptop222 (February 12, 2003)

hey, thanks guys for takin it easy on me, this was my 1st review. and on pat thetic's face, he has the oddest looking grimace which is there the whole set, acutally its quite frightening. long live l.o.c! (ps im sorry about the 2 bands before the vacancy, i didnt get in till they started)

Vien (February 12, 2003)

Ehhh....I sort of listen to ska,(no, not Reel Big Fish, stuff like Desmond Decker and The Specials)and I don't even think the Code are any way a ska(or ska punk) band. Not even AAA is considered a ska band, Danny Lore said himself. I think it's just that The Code are heavily influeced by Op Ivy and have a tendency to play that little guitar riff, but that hardly makes them a ska band.

evildeadalive (February 12, 2003)

Sorta... ska in the likes of Against All Authority, who I think do it better.

Vien (February 12, 2003)

The Code is a ska band?

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

"Anti-Flag suck, period."

Wuss, go take your conservative ramblings elsewhere. Sane has alot to say, and just because he can't fit it into a song doesn't mean he shouldn't say it. There is a small (actually, rather large) group of people in the U.S.. I despise: It is gutless, pro-war, pro-Bush creeps like you.

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

This score's for learning to write - bigjerk

Propagheny (February 12, 2003)

Good review. Good bands. I'm sorry I missed the show.
Wuss can fuck off because Anti-Flag is a good band. They are not doing anything ground breaking, but they play good, fun music and putting on an awesome live show. Also, about their message. For the most part, they are right. Sure, they throw around the word "fascist" too much, but they are right to say that bush is an asshole and his policies are hurting the country and the world. If you don't like Justin's rants, then deal with it. They have an important message and it would be stupid of them not to use their concerts to try to get it across to other people.
Finally, that Kovalev trade was ridiculous. What the hell are the Pens thinking?

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

Pat's faces scare me too. And the first band was Whatever It Takes, Chris #2 from Anti-Flag's side project. The Code and Leftover Crack are to of the best punk/ska bands around today, I wish I lived around Pitt so I could have seen it. And Infested and 500 Channels are better than anything LOC has put out so far, but i'm looking forward to the new album. As far as Anti-Flag goes, they are some of the nicest guys I have ever met. Pat is awesome and so is Justin. Yeah their older stuff is better. And yes the political stuff can be a little much sometimes. But they still have the ability to put on a great show, and a lot of what Justin says at shows has a lot of truth behind it. I'm glad to hear any voice that goes against the shit that gets spewed by the Bush administration or any administration for that matter. Alternative voices are always welcome in my book.


Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

wuss emo rock just has a small penis...its ok guys

evildeadalive (February 11, 2003)

Speaking of Pittsburgh, this score is for the Kovalev trade. They didn't even get any prospects for fucksake.

ianXisXpositive (February 11, 2003)

you guys gotta learn to take anti-flag with a grain of salt.

if you let anti-flag be responsible for your own personal or political beliefs you're gonna become retarded. actually, you probably are anyway.

they're a fun band to see and they put on an amusing show if you're willing to forgive a few speeches. i had fun dancing and goofing around with my friends.

FeedMyNightmare (February 11, 2003)

"This score is for Wus calling kids losers. This boy has some grapefruits."

Oh yea it takes "grapefruits" to call someone a loser over the internet...

..And the other day was much better. This score goes to Whatever It Takes and Better Off Dead. The real pittsburgh kids went to this show.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

to the review i am jealous of you
i wanted so much to go to that show but i couldn't get a ride

to wussemorock, yes i do listen listen and go to anti-flag concerts for the music. I enjoy the music. and i enjoy hearing what they have to say. Everyone may not agree with them but they are using their fame as a forum to talk about things they feel strong about, you cant fault them for speaking their mind. and you of all people should not be telling people they have bad taste in music when you get so upset when people bust on you

joeg (February 11, 2003)

"Anti-Flag suck, period. I don't understand this, you losers who actually go to their shows" -wussemo

classic punknews.org quote-store if for the archives

sickboi (February 11, 2003)

This score is for Wus calling kids losers. This boy has some grapefruits.

WussEmoRock (February 11, 2003)

Anti-Flag suck, period. I don't understand this, you losers who actually go to their shows..go for their music, correct? Then please explain to me how you can put up with that joke piece of shit Sane and #2 talking their asses off about the world, just fucking play your music! Yes, their speeches might have a meaning behind them, but their lyrics should have a strong enough meaning that they wouldn't need to talk for half of their set to make a point. Wow do they suck live beause of that.


punky (February 11, 2003)

Sounds like a good show.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

pat thetic's faces scare me...

ianXisXpositive (February 11, 2003)

the review is wrong, there were a couple bands that played before the vacancy. one of them had the annoying bass player from anti flag playing guitar and singing. they weren't too bad actually. they did the generic style of what's going around now... you know, two guitarists, shaggy hair, octaves, etc... but they did it pretty well.

anyways, i thought LOC's set was pretty weak. they gotta knock it off with the choking victim stuff. the new stuff is so much better.

i was really amused at how half the crowd left after loc though. they upstaged anti-flag on their home turf. that made me laugh. they played a few songs and gave an equal amount of lectures. man, they fucking suck at that too. if you're gonna waste half your set preaching, at least write a good sermon

bill o'reilly=suv's=fuck the american flag?

i left confused.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

That comment about the SUV didn't make any sense whatsoever. I agree with Bostonmusicguy, since when does someone have to be poor to be political? what next? if you're not poor, you can't be into punk or play an instrument..?

BostonMusicGuy (February 11, 2003)

Since when does a person need to come from a rough childhood, poor household or broken home to be political. If you are going to complain about them being political base it on the stands they take not on whether or not they came from a family with money. As for Wuss's comment, he should have just left out the whole parking situation and the rest of the boring stories that have nothing to do with the performance. The score is for LOC, and Im giving 2 to Anti-Flag because they used to rock.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Fuck Anti-Flag. If I were a rich upperclass kid from the ritzy part of Pittsburgh I would be "political" too. Don't want anyone takeing away my SUV....

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Can anyone tell me how Anti-Flag are when they play in pittsburgh compared to when they're touring? I've never had a great experience seeing them on a tour show, but I imagine they'd be better in their hometown.

oh, and wuss when did you become the expert on reviewing?

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

This is the STZA's last singing performance. It is now called the Crack Rock Steady 132.

STZA's next appearance is when his CD with Yoko Ono, is set to drop on April 1st.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

short review, but L.O.C. is the shit. too bad i missed them when they rolled into town..

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

I didn't like the review (of the bands), the review of you going to the show and getting inside was well done though. And please, next time make it easier to read, especially the part about the security guard, etc.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** (at school)

p.s. reviewer: Besides my bitching, I do appreciate the review. It is always better to write a mediocore review, than not write one at all, good job.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Who's drumming for LOC now? Sounds like a cool show

unconcerned (February 11, 2003)

the 6 is just for LOC b/c the rest of the bands blow

good review otherwise...

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