Rx Bandits / Fairweather / No Motiv / The Fight - live in Rockford (Cover Artwork)

Rx Bandits / Fairweather / No Motiv / The Fight

Rx Bandits / Fairweather / No Motiv / The Fight: live in Rockfordlive in Rockford (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: maverickScott
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Let's dispense of the pretext - I came to see a rock show. You don't care about how I got there, or what shirt some girl was wearing, or what percentage of moisture on my body was being caused by the humidity. You want to read about the bands, so read about the bands you shall. First up was a l.

Let's dispense of the pretext - I came to see a rock show. You don't care about how I got there, or what shirt some girl was wearing, or what percentage of moisture on my body was being caused by the humidity. You want to read about the bands, so read about the bands you shall.

First up was a local band called Chasing Link. They were pop-punk. With a violin. And they screamed every once in a while.

Do I really need to say anything more about that?

Moving on, The Fight took the stage for a thirty minute set [after taking a whopping 45 minutes to set their shit up]. While I was pissed at the English blokes for the delay, all was forgiven once I saw singer K8 grace the stage. While I'm still not a fan of their rather-cliche brand of female-fronted punk rock, I am thoroughly enamored with K8. I was tempted to walk up to her outside after the show and offer her a back rub, but I didn't want to creep her out.

But yeah, she's hot, and the band is much better live than on CD. So there ya go.

Fairweather was due up next, but the Fight said from the stage that they couldn't make it - apparently Fairweather's booking agent mixed up their tour itinerary, switching the Rockford and Indianapolis dates, thereby putting the band in the wrong state. Amazingly, the band was able to get to the venue right as the Fight ended, but due to time constraints were only allowed to play 5 songs.

It's a shame, because Fairweather brought the fucking rock for those 5 songs. 3 or 4 of them are off the band's new album, "Lusitania," and I highly recommend picking it up. The band is Saves The Day-lite no longer.

Moving on, No Motiv set their gear up to the increasingly apathetic crowd. I'd say out of the few hundred kids who came out for the show, 99% were there strictly for the Rx Bandits. As No Motiv kicked off their emotional punk rock in 3-to-4 minute bursts, the crowd just stood there, arms folded. Ah, the shitty scene that is Rockford. My apologies to the band, who performed admirably despite no crowd interest. My only complaint was that they didn't play "Stay," the only song I happened to know by them. Here's what they *did* play, however, taken directly from their setlist [so all abbreviations/song title alterations are intact]:
Laid To Rest
So What

With all the opening acts out of the way, the heavily-underage crowd began to surge forward to the base of the stage for the Rx Bandits [who took their sweet ass time getting on stage]. Matt Embree and company finally took up arms at 11PM [which was mighty late, considering the show was supposed to start at 6PM], and the band jumped right into "Who Would've Thought." For the next hour, I [along with many others in the crowd] were hypnotized by the Bandits' excellent stage presence. Nary a moment was not filled with music, as the group laid down some freestyle grooves in between most songs. The "hits" ["Analog Boy" and "What If"] were played, but most every other song got just as much of a singalong reaction if not moreso. The crowd was definitely composed of fans of the band, if nothing else.

After an hour straight of entertaining us, the band left the stage rather prematurely with "Infection," leaving their amps on. I expected an encore, and I think they did too, but the crowd stopped applauding rather quickly and the house lights were turned on, driving all the curfew-violators to their cars like cockroaches to the kitchen cabinets. Had it been any other night, I think the band would have been welcomed back with open arms for a song or two more, but it was already past midnight [and many of us were heading off to Warped Tour in Chicago the next day], so the plug was pulled on the evening's entertainment.

The amount of talent between the 4 bands would probably score this show a perfect 10 in any other city, but Rockford's apathy-induced children dragged the energy down too much for even the Rx Bandits to recover from it.

[not in order, and incomplete]
Who Would've Thought (opener)
What If
Analog Boy
All The Time
Consequential Apathy
In All Rwanda's Glory
Infection (closer)


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Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

Yup! It was fun, and I'd have done it again if I had had cash friday... Oh wait, the bands on that bill weren't boring enough to make me peel stickers off of video game machines.


Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

wait a minute. were you also getting into the electrical shit? i think my friends may have been following you around during no motiv.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

No, I was the fuck who ripped a whole bunch of stickers off of the vending and video game machines and started wearing them during the emo bands because I was so bored and it really sucked.


Left_On_Red (July 5, 2003)

I remember the first time i saw the bandits, it was like almost 2 years ago, it was right when i started going to shows. They are one of the best bands ive seen in a long time. Ive seen them probably more than is healthy but they are one of the 2 good bands signed to drive thru and theres nothing wrong with it. Woah im going on way to long. I would have liked to hear about the shirt some girl was wearing though

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

You forgot the songs sell you beautiful and gun in your hand, amongst others. But all in all the show kicked ass, i was one of the retards in front center thrashin out.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

hmm. god i dint really care to see any of the bands besides Chasing Link.. which i dint get to see anyway. since i couldnt go. ive never heard them tho and im not really into pop-punk. ilike that band Egans rats.. who plays at the pit often.. anyway UP THE PUNX

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

i was on the right of the stage during the bandits set. i was wearing a green shirt with stripes.
are either of you KC folks going to Brand New this weekend? I'd be up for conversing about music and what not.


Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

well they all didnt seem like posers to me? eh, but then again i dont care. no i didnt see the guy with the hearing aid, but i didnt like how no1 was skanking, don't get me a wrong there was a few, but it was kinda hard to skank with the mosh pit going and all, and matt clearly said SKANK PIT. i dont suppose you were the guy with the checkered hat? i was the girl with the red striped shirt and the glasses.

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

Fairweather was on time at the MA show (Palladium, 6/12) and they only played four songs. Four.

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

"Oh and fairweather was on time in KC and they only played 6 songs. only one of them was off of their first album. the rest were from alaska and Lusitania-which rules by the way."

Boring band... Bland skate-poser crowd. I couldn't see you, so I dunno about you. Did you see that bald guy with the hearing aid? I tried to skank with him, but he was just shaking his head like an asshole. What a fuck.


Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

The PIT show was amazing, better than the one at the metro thats for sure. the drive to the pit was very long, and it was in the middle of no where, but i guess the whole vibe was good with the reggae in between sets and all. and it seemed as if the bandits enjoyed playing more at the pit than at the metro, and it was cool how the hung out the whole time, because at the metro they were no where to be found. and i am not sure if everyone at the pit show was from the rockford area or not, but they all seemed to be pretty nice people.

GreenVandal (July 4, 2003)

Outside of the fact that id make babies with K8 (and only in like 5 years when she was old enough to know what making babies was) the RX Bandits are the nly decent band on this show. I would have gave it a 4. Everyone always overrates everythign here...


BeaArthur (July 4, 2003)


BeaArthur (July 4, 2003)

You can stream song new songs at the end of http://www.drivethrurecords.com/rxbandits/ecard/movie.html

Anonymous (July 3, 2003)

to BSD below me. i'm assuming you are talking about the KC show. i thought it was great. and i think that the crowd was definitely there mostly for the bandits, though i was there for them and fairweather both. no motiv just didn't stick out.
as for the part where matt (singer of the bandits) stopped playing, it was because a drunk guy kept hopping into the middle and bouncing off of everyone, younger kids of both sexes, people with their backs turned, and me. i maneuvered him out earlier in the set. but he came back in and started doing it again, so me and another guy moved him back out. then he came back in and jumped on top of a guy (elbowing him in the head i think). well the drunk guy took a punch in the head from that kid for that one. my friend eric restrained the attacker while me and another guy got the drunk guy out. that's when Matt stopped the music.
It was pretty intense, but he gave me thanks for my deeds. I felt pretty honored. They closed with Infection. And I also got the impression they might have given an encore, but maybe not. afterwards, five friends and I talked to Matt for a little over a half hour. He is a really intelligent person, but what would you expect from the guy behind Progress? I thought the show was pretty good.
Oh and fairweather was on time in KC and they only played 6 songs. only one of them was off of their first album. the rest were from alaska and Lusitania-which rules by the way.

Anonymous (July 3, 2003)

I saw this show last night... And it sucked. The crowd was mostly there to see No Motiv and Fairweather, but they stayed for the RX Bandits. The Fight were just plain funny, and nobody knew what the hell they were saying inbetween songs, but at least they weren't too boring. They are a lot better than most pop-punk MTV type bands, but not much. Oh yeah, and some guy was jacking off onto a speaker while watching K8 play, which was pretty weird and sick. No Motiv and Fairweather can be summed up in one phrase= bedtime music. Boring, boring, booooring crap. I don't care if they know how to play their instruments, they are boring and put half the people here to sleep. As the RX Bandits began playing, their lead vocalist said "hey guys, please no jock pits" which I thought was cool, since I think mosh pits are for the low mentality anyway. But when its all said and done, did he honestly think an entire crowd of Drive-Thru fans would be starting vicious pits? They were really energetic and super tight. Fun music. Then, right before their closing song, the singer said "you, you need to get the FUCK out of here" to some guy in the crowd, who I couldn't see. I was on the opposite end of the club (for lack of a better word). I dunno what he was doing, but it must have been pretty bad to get have gotten kicked out. And then they played their closer... And, because this was a fucking preppy crappy crowd, everyone just kinda walked away, even though the RX Bandits would have played an encore...

Oh well, the RX Bandits were good, if not a bit funny with their "look, guys, please be nice" attitude.


Anonymous (July 3, 2003)

No Motiv is a good band, but God do they kill their set with such slow, dull songs.

If they played more off Sadness and a few songs from Diagram instead of a bunch of long, boring songs from the new CD... they'd get good reactions at shows instead of an entire crowd standing around doing nothing when they played DC.

Pissed me off they didn't play The Waiting Hurt..

Anonymous (July 3, 2003)

To the one inquiring about the new Fairweather...

Great CD for a rainy night such as tonight. Picked it up this morning, listened to it about 5 times already. Nowhere near the old days of the Standard Issue split or if they move kill them LP, but it's an amazing records. Really grows on you. Lack of faster songs is disapointing but the songs are solid songs.

Analog_Boy (July 2, 2003)

Hey. I saw this show in Toronto awhile ago. Something like 12 days.. to be exact.. but whatever. Anywho, it was fun. Rx Bandits were pulling some of that freestylin' improvisation at the t. show aswell. Cool stuff. Nice review also.

Anonymous (July 2, 2003)

Bah, the RxBandits are fine without Rich and Franz, and whoever, although they were better with Rich, I rather like the addition of the sax again.

In anycase, No Motiv is one of the most underrated bands ever. I wish Vagrant would do some f'n PROMO for this band. They should be huge, considering the attitude towards emo in the shows they play. They always get on the strangest line ups though.

Anonymous (July 2, 2003)

are you god?

Anonymous (July 2, 2003)

Hey Scott, thanks for the review.

The show did not go quite as planned but didn't work quite too bad. lots of delays and stuff. Whoever turned on the lights early is getting talked to, seriously I had no Idea I was in back with no motiv, feeling sick as a dog.

It was a fun night though, except for the random rain that got me soaked during load in.

K8 is one of the coolest girls I ever met. I hung out with her a lot. She can drink like you cannot believe.

Ohh and the PIT layout did change, and now is pretty close to how it was back in the day for the guy who mentioned it.

inagreendase (July 1, 2003)

i should be submitting a review of fairweather tonite. if mine's not posted i'm sure someone else's will be on friday

hey_sailor (July 1, 2003)

Wow, you guys really got shitted out of some Rx Bandits, they played a good 1 1/2 hours here with a 3 song encore. Basically all of Progress, half of Halfway, and 3 new songs. Kick ass rock show.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Too bad for No Motiv. I had seen them about a year ago in Pomona, and they fuckin rocked the house. Still one of the best shows I have been to. I hope there are at least some fans on the tour that can appreciate them.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Hey can anyone post up some more detailed impressions of the new Fairweather? I'm looking at possibly picking it up after work.

krowdsurf (July 1, 2003)

That tends to happen when nearly every single member of the band that appeared on a particular album is gone.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

God I fucking hate Rx Bandits now, seeing as that they don't even play "Wrong With Me", or "Walk Away" anymore. Christ this band has gone to shit lately. Wake up and realize you have a cd called "Halfway Between Here & There", and theres more than 1 or 2 songs on it. Shit.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

whos this cheap ass band who ripped off yellowcard? wheres the originality in music? ill tell you,,, the rxbandits are the only originals now

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Ryan-Or else your monitor is tiny... or your display is set to a low resolution. Either way, it's your problem. Sucks for you.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Ryan T Murphy, your browser sucks. My score is for your shitty browser.

thebouncingsoul (July 1, 2003)

"its either this show or thursday's current tour, both are playing near me today. I really want to see no motiv, but financially itll be cheaper for me to not drive and just see thursday. Fucking dammit."

thursday is playing tiny venues right now too, though...i'm going tomorrow, i can't wait

RyanTMurphy (July 1, 2003)

Score is for this problem: I cannot be the only one who can't see the first paragraph of a lot of these articles because the picture is covering it. Why is it doing this? It's annoying, I hate jumping into the article partway through, it's like watching a movie after you missed 15 minutes. It can still be entertaining but something is missing.

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

its either this show or thursday's current tour, both are playing near me today. I really want to see no motiv, but financially itll be cheaper for me to not drive and just see thursday. Fucking dammit.


Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

yea, I agree with you... I think Kate is good-lookin too - i got clowned for that statement - plus, she's foreign. I'm pissed I missed them when they played here. But fuck it, I gotta say that I like that EP the Fight put out, whether anyone thinks it's unoriginal or not. fun shit. So what if it is my guilty pleasure? blow me.
And I'm also pissed I missed the bandits..dammit. I heard that they put on a helluva show

thebouncingsoul (July 1, 2003)

1. agreed on k8...she was very hot

2. the setup at the pit really isn't too bad at all for shows...the ramp might be a little high, but its really not that bad

3. i really enjoyed the first 3/4 of no motiv's set, but near the end, they kinda lost me...but they were killer for awhile there

4. fairweather is the coolest band around for making that trip through the storm all the way to dumpy ass rockford to play a super short set

5. good review scott...i also liked the lack of talking during RX's set, i love how they filled the gaps with music instead of dumbshit audience banter

jheisel (July 1, 2003)

the pit is a skate park. they're playing on a ramp, assuming the general layout of the venue hasn't changed since the last time i was there six years ago.

krowdsurf (July 1, 2003)

Good review. Your picture has me curious, however. What type of venue did you see this in, an airplane hangar?

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

i wish i would've seen them in rx at knitting factory but i just can't stand fairweather and steel train. oh well there's always next time.


Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Album of the year.

thriceequalsgod (July 1, 2003)

sounds good... i wish i had caught them in irving plaza...

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