Bigwig / Fairweather / Gunmoll / The Boils

Bigwig / Fairweather / Gunmoll / The Boils: live in Washington, DClive in Washington, DC (2003)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 3

Contributed by: UnconcernedUnconcerned
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The whole bill was supposed to include the viewfinder. Well showing up fashionably late allowed us to totally miss this band (and with a name like the viewfinder I don't know if it was such a bad thing). I do not download music nor do I care to. I will find out about bands the old fashioned way and .

The whole bill was supposed to include the viewfinder. Well showing up fashionably late allowed us to totally miss this band (and with a name like the viewfinder I don't know if it was such a bad thing). I do not download music nor do I care to. I will find out about bands the old fashioned way and go see them, so the guys in the viewfinder missed out tonight because I just wasn't there yet.

As I was walking in the Boils were loading in. I was looking around the stage and recognized Greg (he is the only Boil still in the band from the last time I saw them) and was a little shocked at how young the rest of his band was looking. To my surprise the rather motley crew pounded out the same ol' Boils set that makes them my favorite regional street/oi/whatever you call spikey haired punk music these days band. The kids just weren't feeling it though.

Next up was Gunmoll. Like the Viewfinder I found it rather hard to think anything good of this band based solely on their name alone. Unlike the Viewfinder they had a chance to prove me wrong (and failed miserably). I know you are from FL, but I swear if I hear another FL band that reminds me of that horrid band HWM (hot water music for those of you who aren't internerdtastic enough to be hip to the linguistics) I am going to shoot someone. They played a rather short set and I was thankful.

Then comes this lovely, lovely (NOTE the extreme sarcasm) band, Fairweather. They could be grouped into the category 'Music for Prepubescent Deaf Girls'. They were led on stage by this grotesquely overweight frat boy looking guy with some horrific facial hair that sounded like he could be singing third string for the next New Found Glory knock off act. Nothing about their music grabbed me, but the only thoughts I kept having were that I need to start a band like this so I too can capitalize on the music removing the underpants of the underaged.

Finally up was Bigwig... NEVER turn down a chance to see these guys live. Their cds are often way too overproduced/weak, but their live show will floor you every time. They played their assorted covers the cheers theme and 'waiting room' (disappointed b/c they wouldn't play slayer this time). Played the same songs they always play (their hits if you will) 'Girl In The Green Jacket', 'Sink Or Swim', and all the others (if you have seen them live you will know what I am talking about). The words GREAT/AMAZING come to mind when thinking of their live performance. If you get a chance go see them.

The bill overall gets a 6 for bigwig and the boils... the other 2 bands did their worst to make this evening a total waste... and the fact that I came home (alone) and didn't have anyone to keep me off of the computer afterwards is detrimental towards it's score as well.


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ConsolationPrizefighter (April 14, 2007)

In the running for worst review on the site. Next time you have an opinion, let it go you fucking cockass.

Anonymous (March 11, 2004)

unconcerned...that's how you make me feel. consider to continue making people this way after reading your reviews. bigwig sucks. fairweather is awsome. unconcerned...never review anything ever again. we want insight. not your mundane opinion about what is good.

Anonymous (April 20, 2003)

"Thats an air ball, bigwig sucks live."

Aha aha .... YOU suck live, my friend.

Now it is time to die.

bigwig is pretty fucking awesome.

Anonymous (April 20, 2003)

Bro you have no clue what you are talking about. Fairweather is an amazing band. Your review fucking sucks. Go back to jr. high school. Peace

Anonymous (April 19, 2003)

Thats an air ball, bigwig sucks live.

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

and it was a review of a bigwig show, so it was fucking awesome.

bigwig. yes.

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

This wasn't that bad of a review, I mean, at least the guy knew what it was that he liked and didn't like instead of just bashing it in a million different ways or sucking up to it unabashedly. plus he used a cool new word with 'internerdtastic'

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

food industry.no...lets talk talent. this review sucks. boil that, fuck you very much

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

Total SHIT review.. please don't submit anymore. Please!

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

this is THE worst review i have ever read. Fairweather is fucking awsome, how dare you try to compromise their sound by throwing in a bit of your own ill-knowledge of what music really is. the day i would compare fairweather to NFG is the day that this reviewer would gain my respect. fuck off w/ your stereotyping asshole

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

Okay. Fairweather=really freaking good. Fairweather's new EP Alaska=really really freaking good.

Bigwig=band that plays really hard live. Oh, and good too.

Um, did I see someone compare Gunmoll to I Hate Myself? Oof...not a good comment. If anyone reminds me of I Hate Myself, it's certain elements of Desert City Soundtrack. Man, they are good.

I love good bands.
-Kurt_F visiting his girlfriend in lovely Boulder, Colorado

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

shitty review

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)


small clubs headlining. big clubs opening for ltj or alkaline trio or even blink 182 (19fucking97) or on main stage at warped in montreal... they fucking tear the stage apart. great fucking live band. outstanding.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

BigWig is amazing live. Ive seen them 5 times. 2 of them were in tiny places with like 200 kids packed into a bar, and they were incredible. Never give up a chance to see them

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

me too!

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

For those in the real world...I'm writing from my magical leprechaun land.

Bigwig rocks and Tom is a god and Gunmoll rocks too. My only criticism of the review is that you diss the first band but didn't even see them. At least be neutral towards a band you've never seen. They could end up being your favorite band and you'll look like a dumbass.


Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

A golden god?

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

the guy who reviewed this was way too punk for this show. praise the oi band, but dont praise fairweather, a band who has much talent. bigwig is good live, but thats only because tom petta is a god.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

So I agree to the general spirit of what the reviewer was saying about Bigwig. A great live show but not the best recordings. Why do people think this disparity exists? They are sort of slowly getting it together to write a new album. Maybe that will mean we'll get a chance to see a live show where they don't play the same 12-15 songs. as good as the songs are and as fun as the sets are. How can they capture the ass-kicking greatness of their shows on cd?

REALPUNX4LIFE (April 16, 2003)

No way can you compare i hate myself and Gunmoll. They're two COMPLETELY different bands (with the exception of Mr. Marburger on drums, of course.) Next thing you'll be saying that Gunmoll is way better than Less Than Jake which, although true, is completely irrelevant. Just because Gunmoll's bassist used to play... perhaps saxophone... for Less Than Jake doesn't mean the two are comparable.

viceroymonarch (April 16, 2003)

Feedmynightmare, why don't you just register? That way you can avoid things like that.

And to the reviewer...Didn't you say earlier that you were going to stop responding to the comments in the comment section? Don't you know that in the real world you have to adhere to your word? Since you're just such a self-proclaimed expert.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Wow, people are posting under my handle. This wasnt me, so dont get all upset!

The new Cave In is pretty cool though.

(you mis spelled it too)

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

"i'll add some ful to your fire bro - i'll bet by the real world you mean the high paced fast food industry."

What youre fucking retarded. Try making some sense.


Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

haha this guy is crucially defensive of his review AND lives in the real world?!?! DRAMA!

i like how you only addressed the closest thing to a personal attack in my post, and ignored the constructive criticism.

on that note, i'll add some ful to your fire bro - i'll bet by the real world you mean the high paced fast food industry.

xmolemanx (April 15, 2003)

I was at this show(you may have seen me, I was wearing a shirt) and I had a blast. All the bands were entertaining with the exception of viewfinder, you didn't miss much there.

My favorite part was definitely moosh or watching the guitarist from the boils dance and sing his mohawk off to fairweather.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

"From then on, rock & roll could never be anything less to me. Whatever I did -whether I was writing, or playing - there was blood on the pages, there was blood on the strings, because anything less than that was just bullshit, and a waste of fucking time." - Scott Kempner.

this is a quote from the jacket of Alaska, Fairweathers most recent ep.it really gave me an insight on how beautiful music can be, and how much it can mean to someone.

the comment about the lead singer being overweight boiled my blood so much because ignorance is the downfall of the music industry.

when i saw these fellows follow my chemical romance on stage, it was a fucking sight for sore eyes, because i realize they arent fucking around. they didnt come to present an image or make sure that you knew everything about them was something that should be judged as "cool" or "hip."

this brought a smile on my face, because i realized they came for one thing: to rock my ass.

i was a little bewildered at first, i didnt think a man like that could sing so well, but boy was i surprised, and you know what, i got over his fucking appearance and absorbed HIS integrity and commitment to music and was really impressed.

maybe if you opened your eyes a little and realized that music isnt a fuckin image. it isnt a hairstyle and it isnt a new way to wear a fucking patch. its all about blood, sweat and dedication.

fuck off with your stereotyping, and fuck off with your lack of integrity

sickboi (April 15, 2003)

Wow, Unconcerned, you sound like me...old(in punk years)...bitter...and lazy. I do the same shit form work. I'm only doing this now because I'm online checking email. We're the working-office-class.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Wow this was hillarious. Gunmoll is an amazing band. I enjoy Bigwig but HWM and Gunmoll are much better than bw. BOY yous needs to bes eduscated.

rock on bro!

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)


Actually I missed your first comment. I do not go to AU nor would I. I am not in college nor could I afford it if I wanted to go. Unlike most of my peers I have already ventured out into the real world (you may have seen it on TV?) and unlike the rest of you kooky kids I was checking the board while doing my job, in my office, in the city.

I wish I could be 14 again yet I do not feel as if my writing is on par with most 9th graders. If you do want to reply to me seriously just email douchebag@straightedge.zzn.com if not it's cool too.

Go ahead and write a better review of the show. Then I can comment on it. Go ahead.

viceroymonarch (April 15, 2003)

Ha, the reviewer wouldn't respond to my question but responds to every single criticism. I can't help but imagine him as a little 14 year old that loves buddyhead, and is sitting at his comp refreshing the page every 5 minutes waiting for more comments. I was gonna write a review of this show but last time I only reviewed a partial show I got shit for it. Looking back though, I wish I had written it, it would have looked Shakespearian compared to this.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

I hate myself was better than hwm and gunmoll. I actually think gunmoll has the drummer from i hate myself, but whatever i hate myself is where it's at.

The Boils are good.

razors (April 15, 2003)

I guess anyone who doesn't like shitty bands is an elitist.

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)

Hhey now what I wrote sounds nothing like buddyhead and I was stoked about seeing bigwig. Next time I wont let my personal opinions excite me to see a band?? ha

Bigwig is better live than any other band on this bill. They performed better, they played into the crowd, they are just always a good show. The others that I was ridiculing just didn't do any of this right.

And you asked for it. You got it I will not be answering any more comments. Email me if you have any problems. HA

REALPUNX4LIFE (April 15, 2003)

Gunmoll is way better than your favorite band. I mean, shit, how can someone like Bigwig actually be taken seriously? Jeepers! Gunmoll isn't a HWM ripoff band. If you'd been paying attention at all, you'd have realize that they're a Leatherface/Jawbreaker ripoff band. Get your shit straight. They rock.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

this review is pretty choice in that you assess the quality of a band based on things such as weight, name, and skin care.

that said, i'm not a huge fan of any of these bands. BUT - find some solid ground for your review, ie stage presence, specific problems in sounds, unintelligent banter, bad attitudes, etc.

you wrote what could have been a good review but i think you got a little too caught up in trying to be a writer for buddyhead. that and you were WAY too stoked on bigwig.

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)

As you wish since you know me so well.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

You are just a fucking stupid kid that needs to learn about music


Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

You are completely and absolutely an insecure twit and you HAVE been commenting on YOUR review. I'm not sure if you've just read Buddyhead too many times and think that because they rag on some band and it's funny and that maybe it'll work for you or what but you are way wrong. You are just a fucking stupid kid that needs to learn about music.

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)

"Note how the insecure retard that wrote this review keeps commenting on it. When you insult bands that are doing far more than you ever will, you'll probably get more insults than compliments. "

i am not commenting on my own review i am replying to the comments from the peanut gallery and backing up/standing behind everything i have said. how is that for insecure?

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)


no they can be as hard working as they want, but he has that voice that makes me just want to shoot myself.

it's a difference in opinion my dude

i am happy i made someone's worst review ever list though. i realize i am no english major nor am i a literature major, so get over it. if you do not like it then do not read my future reviews.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

I really hate to get into these juvenile tiffs, but when HWM is attacked, its on. Bigwig is great, but you have to bash a hard-working group like HWM, that is well respected by pretty much every fucking band you can think of. I can understand if you don't like them, but referring to them as "that horrid band", makes you sound like an imbecile. What are you, 12?

You are a great writer, don't fuck that up by saying really stupid, unsubstantiated shit.


Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

"Forever and Counting" is the greatest album ever. You know not what you speak of.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Note how the insecure retard that wrote this review keeps commenting on it. When you insult bands that are doing far more than you ever will, you'll probably get more insults than compliments.

BTW Bigwig is fucking terrible.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Horrible review, just fucking terrible, probably the worst review I've EVER read.. damn that is almost worth bragging about..

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)


well there is more where that came from.

Ha if you want more opinions thrown at you email me douchebag@straightedge.zzn.com (it really is an email address)


Anonymous (April 15, 2003)


I have never posted on this board before, but your comments forced me to. That is probably the absolute best review I've read on this webpage. Hot Water Music blows, Fairweather blows, Gunmoll blows. On the other hand, Bigwig is amazing. It's great to see a review that's not about shitty emo bands and I apprieciate it, keep up the good work.


Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

fashionably late???? you're right. you don't want the fashion police to come through the crowd and beat the shit out of you for looking like shit.

-the phantom-

timis (April 15, 2003)

gunmoll rules...i dont know what you guys are talking about

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

bigwig is greatest band out there today.. i wouldnt go so far and say there the best ever... but they kick the shit out of any pussy emo band that just whines about there girlfriends dumping them.. fuck fairweather.. and all bands like them..

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)

to the comments below (last 2)

1st guy... bands can be decent in the studio and suck live (I will never listen to your queer taste in music ie Fairweather though after seeing how horrible they are live). Bigwig blew them off the stage and I was happy after the 12 year old girls cleared out a bit.

2nd guy... elitist my ass. Boils = good, Gunmoll = bad, fairweather = worse, bigwig = great live but so so recorded... Elitists look down on things based on preconceived notions. I listened to these bands and judged them solely on the performance at hand. If that is elitist then so be it.

Kevin11 (April 15, 2003)

so you are an elitist on the first few bands, but then go apeshit over bigwig?...ok....

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

are you fucking retarded? you like bigwig, but not fairweather. have you heard alaska? blood on the pages, pure rocking roll. i will personally hunt you down and beat the fucking shit out of you if you ever say an unkind word about a true rock group such as fairweather.

razors (April 15, 2003)

this is an excellent review, and the plethora of negative comments on it just go to show how many damn pussies there are frequenting this site.

pope_schlomo (April 15, 2003)

this score is for the trash talking of gunmoll and hwm. but what do i know? i listen to modest mouse.

(i was sarcastic)

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

HWM is better than BigWig you pussy.

unconcerned (April 15, 2003)

guy below me:

does his facial hair and/or size make him creative?

I have heard thousands of bands that sound just like them and do it better, tighter, and with better eye candy.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

this is the second time that i have read a line about the lead singer of Fairweather being a little big. but where is your record? where is any creativity on your part, b/c it certainly doesn't show in your reviews...you fucking prick.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

fairweather being described as 'Music for Prepubescent Deaf Girls'.
The 10 is for that comment.

evilash (April 15, 2003)

so what was the show like ass?

viceroymonarch (April 15, 2003)

I was at this show for the last two bands. Fairweather was pretty good, and Bigwig was alright but not as good as usual. They started out on fire, but then they started jerkin around and talking for 5 minutes between songs, and it just killed the vibe.

Hey mister Reviewer man...are you a student at AU or did you just come from elsewhere to the show?

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Heh wtf, Fairweather, BigWig, and Oi punk all at the same show? Heh talk about pissing off 2/3 of the audience no matter how well every band plays.

Melvyl (April 15, 2003)

Great Review, this is how it should be... reviews equals opinions, not just "taking back sunday is the latest trend and i want to dance".

sickboi (April 15, 2003)

Crazy lineup. This score is for the comments about HWM.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

woooohooo bigwig! and stereotyperider! in colorado

johnnydanger (April 15, 2003)

horrible review. and by the way, crack on Hot Water Music and/or Fairweather again and i'll send me flying monkeys after ya

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

The ten goes to the boils and bigwig
i have seen each of those bands four times and they have never disappointed me
out of those two i would say i like the boils better
street/oi is just my thing

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