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NOFX / Manic Hispanic / Against Me!

NOFX / Manic Hispanic / Against Me!: live in San Franciscolive in San Francisco (2003)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: ubertrendyPatrick Senter
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I arrived at the Avalon Ballroom at around 7:45. That means I had 45 minutes until the opening band, Against Me! was up. I noticed that the Avalon Ballroom was definitely not the best place for a punk show. It had fancy white pillars, chandeliers, the whole ballroom deal. But it was bigger than .


I arrived at the Avalon Ballroom at around 7:45. That means I had 45 minutes until the opening band, Against Me! was up. I noticed that the Avalon Ballroom was definitely not the best place for a punk show. It had fancy white pillars, chandeliers, the whole ballroom deal. But it was bigger than the famous Slim's of SF. So that was enough to make me happy. It was a NOFX show, and I expected some pretty bad things from the crowd. It consisted mostly of 15-17 year olds, with the occasional 12 year old running around. When I was done exploring the area, I sat down and waited for the most anticipated part of the show (for me, anyway), Against Me!.

When Against Me! finally hit the stage, there was about 25 people up front watching them. They played "We Laugh At Danger (And Break All The Rules)" and it had a few people singing along. Then, at around the fourth song or so, danger struck. The lead guitarist appeared to have technical difficulties with his amp head. I'd say it was his fault for buying a vintage Marshall head for gigging. Vintage amps have to be taken care of like an infant, and if you're not ready to spend mad-cash on getting it serviced, then you shouldn't be gigging normally with it. Anyways, the band got their shit together, and played another song. Then the amp decided to go again. So we waited for more time, until they decided to just cut the set short and play three more songs, then call it a night. This was very disappointing. But they did play "Pints of Guiness Make You Strong", "Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious", and "Reinventing Axl Rose." And that had me, and the other four people who knew who the band was happy.

Next was Manic Hispanic. I'll sum this up quickly: They are a band, and they play Weird Al-like covers (technically, they're not covers, but who cares). They also have a gimmick that's amusing for a total of three and a half minutes. They can play their instruments well. But overall, they are tiring.

Next were the headliners, NOFX. The second Fat Mike walked on stage alone, the crowd just went off. They played this old ice cream truck song that I can't remember title to for the life of me for their sound check. Then they talked a whole bunch. Fat Mike told a few jokes, and made fun of a kid who told them to "play a song." After Fat Mike was done using his sarcasm to verbally abuse this kid (jokingly, of course), they opened up with "Perfect Government." Mike started to count the songs that they didn't mess up, and after that, announced that the band was one-for-one. They went into "Soul Doubt" and more of the favorites. Then they played the new single off of "The War On Errorism", "Franco Un-American" and went 7/7 in the 'not messing up dept.'. They also ended up playing "The Brews" in the middle of the set. This was surprising, because they usually play that song at the beginning or end of the set. When they played "Eat the Meek", Melvin messed up, which ruined the streak. They hit mostly all of the favorites, from "I'm Telling Tim" to "Linoleum" to "Bob."

Overall, this was an okay show. Nothing great. The crowd could have been more enthusiastic during Against Me!'s set (before the technical difficulties). Manic Hispanic could have tried to suck less. Against Me! did a great job, despite the problems they had. And NOFX entertained their fans like I knew they would.

 


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Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (May 15, 2003)

for the buck, sovteks are a good solid amp for pretty cheap, just no bells and whistles and so what.

i have a marshall 6100LM and i use my shitty, reverb doesnt work, main volume knob is stuck at 9, speaker is blown nameless amp more so it really just comes down to what you want to sound like. The marshall is great for shows, and writing on, but just me blowing off steam, the smaller one makes me sound like black flag no matter what the settings so its all up to the individual.

wyzo

Anonymous (May 14, 2003)

Hey man i was there at the show and i liked all the bands. Against me isnt my prefference to listen to but they put on a good show. As for Manic Hispanic they also put on a kickass show They are a good live band to watch. Of course NoFX kicked even more ass because they are one of the best bands ever. so there i thought all in all the show was good.

Anonymous (May 13, 2003)

"i don't have enough money to get a marshall or a mesa."

how bout a job?

-feedmynightmare
ps - you can get a used 5150 for as cheap as 600$ you cant go wrong.

Anonymous (May 13, 2003)

Great comments by the guy two below, this site is getting fucking sickening with some of the shit going on. You never hear anything good, just bitching about everything. Fuck some ppl on here need a life.

Anonymous (May 13, 2003)

i don't have enough money to get a marshall or a mesa... unless i start dealing drugs... gotta do what you gotta do i spose.

Anonymous (May 13, 2003)

Why do you bitch so much about everything? a guy gives an opinion about a show he attended..so there's no way you can say he's wrong.. it's just an opinion. he has his and you have yours..it's that simple... i usually read this show reviews when im going to see a band in a near future, and i usually don't post any comment about it. i just check what songs i can expect from the show ill attend and what can i expect about the interaction of the band with the auddience. I'm pretty sure ill feel old in the nofx show ill see in june like someguy said he felt like when he went to see them.. but what's wrong about it?.. i was also a 15-17 years old once and i enjoyed the shows as well as i enjoy them now. i like seeing lots of kids in the shows cause thats the way i know they wont let this kind of music die.. there will allways be new bands (some better than others) to listen to when the ones i listen to right now decide to put an end on their careers. Punks talk a lot about how people are elitists.. but you are being no different than those people you often criticise. Support the bands you like and forget about the others... if u don't like them, don't listen to them... there's no use in bashing those bands,cause the ones who like them will still like them no matter what your opinion is (they care even less considering you never explain your opinion, you just say it sucks). You will be doing a better job if you show some unknown band you know and like to people who don't know it, and they may eventually like it and start buying their stuff or going to their shows.
P.S. I apologise if you didnt understand it all, but english is not my mother language. I hope you get the point of this, anyway..
By the way, Good luck to everyone who has a band and is starting it now, and most of all, don't forget to have fun listening to it ;)

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

Who's Marshall?

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

You West Coast people get all the great shows! I've seen Against Me! twice, since they're a FL band, but never seen Manic or NOFX ... ever. Against Me! is great live, even if it's not the music I usually dig; they know how to entertain. They all need better equipment, though, especially the drummer. His kit blows.

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

Well what do you expect from a show with NOFX? Of course their idiot fans wouldnt be able to comprehend the greatness that is Against Me!

Besides the only good Marshalls are the vintage 800s. The rest are all bluesy and the gain is weak. Im telling you guys, 5150's are the way to go. You could buy 2 for the price of one triple rectifier and the gain is crazzzy. mabe its bc i just a big metal head. whatev

oioioinofxispunk,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

Against Me sucked major ass! They couldn't even play some filler music while their dipshit roadies tried to fix the amp head. The drummer was running all over the place and looked like a freak from 1969. Shave that stupid fucking beard! MANIC HISPANIC made this fucking show great!

evildeadalive (May 12, 2003)

Yup. Fuck you 12 cent. Never heard ya, and never will now after that stupid ass stupid display of stupidity.

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

"dude totally fuck you guy below me! you must be like 8! shit! nofx is way too popular for me to like them! jesus!"

I sincerely hope you were joking with this comment....

If not..well that's just one of the most shallow comments I have ever read.

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

dude totally fuck you guy below me! you must be like 8! shit! nofx is way too popular for me to like them! jesus!

Anonymous (May 12, 2003)

i give nofx five stars cuz their like the best band ever.

Anonymous (May 11, 2003)

i bought a pod pro amp mod. run it through a PA sounds cool.

ubertrendy (May 11, 2003)

Have you heard the clean tone on a MESA? I pity you for having paid for one.

evildeadalive (May 11, 2003)

Pretty much the only place you're gonna hear people talk shit about Against Me! is on a Nofx board. This score is for you boring ass 13-20 year old pieces of shit that are ruining this scene. Nofx is a kickass band, ten years ago.

jerseychris (May 11, 2003)

Uber you're talking out your ass about the amps. Everyone and their mom's play Mesa/Boogie Rectifiers now... look at almost any band and chances are they switched from Marshall to Mesa. I have owned both, and have had way more trouble wiht my Mesa than my Marshall, so you can't really say they're overpriced, especially since Mesas cost several hundred more than Marshalls in general.

ubertrendy (May 11, 2003)

"So while youre trying to be all PUNK by reviewing this PUNK show, you insult Against Me for not using a tour quality amp."

No, I never said that vintage Marshalls weren't tour quality amps. I just felt he could have gotten a better amp with less money. Everyone and their mom plays Marshalls, and it's overpriced crap. And I dont'know what "PUNK" has to do with it. It seems you just made that silly assumption for effect. Point? You're an idiot.

Anonymous (May 11, 2003)

the show was great against me kicked it, too bad their set got cut short either way it was great and the dude yelling "whos the boss bitch?" was funny as hell. manic hispanic rocked too, myself being mexican i cant help but love em. NOFX was fucking rad too totally worth the 19 bucks. good review.....yours, not mine...

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

"Against Me is just flat out an awful band. How could a band like this open up for one of the best bands in the history of all music."

I'm sorry, I'll try not to get my real music in your NOFX from now on.

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

"Against Me is just flat out an awful band. How could a band like this open up for one of the best bands in the history of all music."

oh wow thats the funniest thing ive ever read. and you people that dislike against me but love manic hispanic are all nuts.

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

I was at this show...it was a really great show.

Against Me sucked. No one cared about them, and for good reason. I expected better.

Maniac Hispanic was rad, they were simply incredible, hilarious and totally into it. Didn't hurt that it was Cinco de Mayo. Great live group, great opening act, looking forward to seeing them again.

NOFX was pretty impressive, the crowd (although young) was really into it, somewhat good pits, moshing whatever. The setlist was pretty good, hoped for more Ribed, Punk in Drublic tunes, but they still rocked. Fat Mike's made some funny comments when my buddy yelled at him some random shit. They're still pretty damn funny.

Speaking of the crowd, why did I, a 20 year old, feel so fucking old? There were like 10-15 year olds everywhere, it was nuts. But whatever, it was fun overall.

Good cheap merch too, pretty good location and venue. Not too shabby.

tenderbransonx (May 10, 2003)

Good review. I think Fat Mike does so much cool shit (sign some of my favs like Lawrence Arms, D4, Rise Against) but I just cannot handle NOFX. This review on the other hand made me feel like I was at the show and I didnt have to hear that music. So good deal.
-Steven www.murdertheturtle.com

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

I saw the show in Hollywood and it was great, except for Against Me. They were very bad. Manic Hispanic was great, as was NOFX. I don't see how people can dislike Manic Hispanic. They play their versions of classic punk songs,and they play them well, so musically, they're great, and they are funny as hell.

Hey Holmes Let's Go!

FortyMinutesWest (May 10, 2003)

It's probably just as expensive maintaining an old amp as it is to get a new one.

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

So while youre trying to be all PUNK by reviewing this PUNK show, you insult Against Me for not using a tour quality amp. So now having money and being able to buy fancy amps is punk rock? Come on, gear breaks down weather or not its old. This amp may have been serviced and in perfect quality and then had something go wrong... it has happened in the past, even to brand new amps!!

FortyMinutesWest (May 10, 2003)

This review wasn't that bad, you people bitch too much.

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

WOW! thanks for such an ass sucking review!

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

If you don't know the songs that Manic Hispanic were covering than they would probably suck.......or maybe YOU suck for not knowing. I think it's the latter. GRINGO!

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

"I'd say it was his fault for buying a vintage Marshall head for gigging. Vintage amps have to be taken care of like an infant, and if you're not ready to spend mad-cash on getting it serviced, then you shouldn't be gigging normally with it."

im going to home invade your residence, and rape and kill your family. If you dont have one, ill fuck your girlfriend, and come back in 9 months to kill your/my family.

wyzo

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

Haha some guy a few posts down called NOFX "one of the best bands in the history of music."

hahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. ha.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

I thought the review was very fucking cool. People can reply with bullshit views of how "it was shit" and they weren't even there. From the review it sounded like a great show, minus the problems. People who complain the amp fucking up doesn't matter, obviously know shit about bands in general. The review was good, and honest, and how you can dispute an opinion is fucking retarded.

ubertrendy (May 9, 2003)

i'm sure this guy feels pretty special "being one of the "4 against me fans." i bet he thinks he's pretty elite being in this categfory. i don't want to read how cool the crowd was or how many 15 year olds there were. and a simple "the guitar player had some trouble with his amp wich resulted in a shortened set" would have sufficed. nobody cares if you know how to work an amp. just review the show you fuck."

I believe that crowd interaction is part of the show. Also, when a band uses certain gear, it effects their playing. But I guess you feel pretty elite being part of that crowd that criticizes things like being descriptive in a show review. Way to use common sense.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

I love the song 'Soul doubt', i wish they played it when i saw them last year. and yea, they shoulve played more than 1 or 3 songs off the new album...damn

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

If I had gone that LA show I would've left after Against Me.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

I saw this show in L.A. on Tuesday.
Against Me is just flat out an awful band. How could a band like this open up for one of the best bands in the history of all music.
Manic Hispanic got pretty old quick. The only good part about their set was when Lars from Rancid came out and played guitar for "Rudy Cholo" which is obviously a cover of Rancid's "Ruby Soho"
NOFX were good live as always, but their set list could have been a lot better. They played mostly songs off of Heavy Petting Zoo and So Long... They played 3 new songs "Franco Un-american", "Ooppd I OD'd", and my favorite track off their new record "The Seperation of Church and Skate".
The worst part about the show besides Against Me was that NOFX did not play anything of off Ribbed, which I think is their best record.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

i'm sure this guy feels pretty special being one of the "4 against me fans." i bet he thinks he's pretty elite being in this categfory. i don't want to read how cool the crowd was or how many 15 year olds there were. and a simple "the guitar player had some trouble with his amp wich resulted in a shortened set" would have sufficed. nobody cares if you know how to work an amp. just review the show you fuck.

lieutenant (May 9, 2003)

Man, I will probably never get to see Against Me! before I die. Hopefully though, I will within the summer.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

What the fuck, Manic Hispanic and Against Me! sharing the same stage? How could you not reach orgasm?

TheOneTrueBill (May 9, 2003)

"Manic Hispanic could have tried to suck less. ":

fuck you man. I want this to be a national tour. hit chicago!

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

who cares about nofx. more on against me! against me with technical difficulties is better than nofx on a good day.

-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

Is Franco Un-American the only new song they played????

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