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Ann Beretta / Bigwig / Wake Up September

Ann Beretta/Bigwig/Wake Up September: live in Richmondlive in Richmond (2003)
Union Label Group

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: sickboiChris
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As many of you know, I am an appreciator of RVA music, and one of the driving forces behind our "scene" (don't you just hate that word?) has been Ann Beretta. Despite various lineup changes, internal struggles and so on, the band has carried on. Many have argued that since former vocalist/guitarist .


As many of you know, I am an appreciator of RVA music, and one of the driving forces behind our "scene" (don't you just hate that word?) has been Ann Beretta. Despite various lineup changes, internal struggles and so on, the band has carried on. Many have argued that since former vocalist/guitarist Leer Baker left the band, they have demised into less than what is expected. I couldn't disagree more.

As usual, the scene at the 929 Cafe' (formerly Twisters to most of us) was a plethora of younger kids, mixed with the few bar patrons. I have come to expect this, and am glad that the younger generation is straying further from the cock rock.

As I entered, a small band from South Carolina was warming up the crowd, Wake Up September. While I certainly appreciate their dedication and musical ability, the band didn't do much for me. It was a generic mixture of emo-rock mixed with pop-punk riffs. The only bright spot was their drummer, whom was hitting that set like it had just fucked his girlfriend. Very impressed by him.

Suprisingly, Bigwig opted to let Ann Beretta close the night and took the stage next. This was quite possibly the best set I have ever seen from them. As usual, their incredible energy and stage presence kept the crowd in a frenzy the entire set. And speaking of the set, there was a great mixture of tracks from all three records. Most notable were the performances of "Sink of Swim", "Moosh", the "Cheers" theme song and a cover of Fugazi's "Waiting Room". Fucking rock.

As Ann Beretta began to setup, I noticed what seemed to be a smaller crowd than usual. I attributed this to the previous night's Avail show and this upcoming Wenesday's Bouncing Soul's show. What can I say, we're pretty poor here.

Nonetheless, the set was one of the more standout performances I had seen from them in a while. Several new tracks were played (including "Built to Last" from the comic "Pounded" soundtrack, which I highly recommend.) along with the classic AB fave's as well. Highlights included "MCA", "Love's Easy Tears", a reintroduction to the setlist of "Forever Family" and of course, "Shovel".

Ann Beretta will be heading out on tour this month and I highly advise you to check them out if they make a stop in your town. A fun time for all.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 18, 2003)

they do seem really poppy. They sound like radio hits if you ask me. I prefer thee older/faster sound.

Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

is it me, or are there new songs that you can download on there website very poppy, or at least compaired to there older stuff?

lieutenant (March 29, 2003)

Fuck it.

lieutenant (March 29, 2003)

Little girl don't be sad and lonely, don't forget you're the one and only!

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

I nut my pants when I found out that Big Wig, stereotyperider and Qualm are playing a show at Tulagi in boulder in May. wooohoo its gonna be nuts

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

bigwig's "waiting room" cover kicks assc0re. and then some!

-sk8punx4evr

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

thank you. i'm thinking about going into the real estate business. its gonna be kinda hard though since i live in richmond.

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

Wow, that is the best assessment I think I've ever heard. No sarcasm.

-sickboi

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

richmond is a dump. hate that place. other than that, its the ideal place to live.

lieutenant (March 28, 2003)

Going to see AB this Wednesday. If I may say so, I can`t hardly wait.

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

damn right people are poor in richmond!!!

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

Bigwig are great

pope_schlomo (March 28, 2003)

the word "scene" you use reminded me of them stupid doll commericals that had the word scene in their logo. anyway, nice review. i missed SA...again. But next sunday(not the one coming up)....swingin utters baby!

Ramo

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