Down By Law / The Bomb / Pseudo Heroes - live in Joliet (Cover Artwork)

Down By Law / The Bomb / Pseudo Heroes

Down By Law / The Bomb / Pseudo Heroes: live in Jolietlive in Joliet (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: TheOneTrueBillTheOneTrueBill
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Today's lineup consists of Break The Silence, The Psuedo Heroes, The Bomb, and the mighty Down By Law. The place, Joliet Illinois, the Cantigy VFW post. About an hour after the doors open, Break The Silence start their set. They do a potent mix of nuevo hardcore and old school punk, and man.

Today's lineup consists of Break The Silence, The Psuedo Heroes, The Bomb, and the mighty Down By Law. The place, Joliet Illinois, the Cantigy VFW post.

About an hour after the doors open, Break The Silence start their set. They do a potent mix of nuevo hardcore and old school punk, and manage to not get tiring. They put on an engaging show, and were pretty good. According to the singer Dan, they'll have a proper album out in February. I'll have to pick that up.

Another 30-40 mintues later, to much less fanfare, Tampa's Pseudo Heroes take the stage. A trio that includes Sam Williams III, PH played their hearts out for a generaly apathetic crowd. They started off by playing the "wimpy stuff" from their catalogue, which in my humble opinion wasn't wimpy at all. I was impressed, if the crowd wasn't. Midway through, Sam and the bassist Kevin switched gear for "the down tuned stuff." I'd heard that their latest album 'Prison of Small Perception' was a whirlwind mix, and they proved to me that it is. The second half was just as solid, with Sam and Kevin trading vocal duties. The Pseudo Heroes left the stage, and eventually got their due. They won the crowd, and me, over.

Next up, The Bomb. Now, I feel that I'm obligated to tell you that the singer is Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun fame. Jeff is one hell of a frontman, and seeing him and his purpl pants with a new band in such small quarters was amazing. The Bomb tore through material from their full lengths, and even debuted a new song to us. To the delight of everyone, covers of the beloved Raygun tunes "Home of the Brave" and "Soldier's Requim" were stomped out with vigor and passion. I may not have got to see Naked Raygun live, but I did get to see The Bomb. That's one pretty damn high complement. After the set, I managed to talk to Jeff about his label, Jettison Music (Shattered Angel 7" coming soon!), and he was an amazingly down to earth guy.

Finally, the moment came. Dave Smalley, Milo Todesco, Sam Williams III, and Keith Davies took the stage and owned it from the very first second. A ripping version of "Independence Day" was first, and the rest of the set order becomes a blur. They were so tight and on fire, I can't describe it in words. Dave in a Hawiian shirt and cowboy hat sang his balls off on every tune, Sam played the hottest licks in town, and Milo & Keith lumbered along like Meatloaf outta hell. Every album except 'Fly The Flag' was represented, with a heavy emphasis on the tunes selected for the "Punkrockdays" compilation. All the songs gained just a bit of speed and a shitload of energy. '500 Miles' closed out the opening part, but it was obvious something special was coming.

A member of the Dag Nasty message board had flown from Hawaii to see the show, and all of us benefited. Just Dave and Sam took the stage to do a guitar rendition of "Under Your Influence" which I can only describe as saintly. Every single person there sang, and eventually we outshone Dave's beautiful vocals. With no set list left, the band listened. Playing such obscurities as "Post Office Lament" and the biggie "No Equalizer" they dedicated a final Stiff Little Fingers cover of 'Nobody's Hero' to all of us in the room. I got to meet the band, take a bunch of awesome pictures, and even got 4 bucks off my merch becuase they liked me so much. This is my new favorite show.

DBL songs (not in order)

Right or Wrong
Best Friends
Last Brigade
Hit or Miss
Flower Tattoo (Milo vocals)
500 miles
Bright Green Globe
Punk as Fuck (Keith Vocals)
Independence Day
All American
Gruesome Gary
Radio Ragga
Post Office Lament
No Equalizer
Next To Go
Boot the Boots in
Going Wrong (Sam vocals)
8th and Main (Keith vocals)
Under Your Influence (Dag Nasty)
Nobody's Hero (SLF)


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FortyMinutesWest (August 8, 2003)

I remember a bunch of people talking shit on DBL a couple years ago, I still don't know why.

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

the chorus of the song "put the boots in" from the nem DBL album is almost the same as the chorus of the youth brigade song "fight to unite".

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

There was a time when everyone but me was pissed at DBL for some reason. I never cared to look into it. THEY WERE ALL BITTER ASSHOLES, MUCH LIKE MY ATTITUDE TOWARDS ALMOST EVERY BAND THEY LISTEN TO.


TheOneTrueBill (August 7, 2003)

I was never mad. Explain?

Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

Hey this is great! People aren't mad at DBL anymore!


Anonymous (August 6, 2003)

I think with age, Dave Smalley's voice has gotten really annoying. Listen to the latest Dag Nasty album, I think its track 3, where they have the breakdown and he starts speaking and says something like "I understand you have pressures....", he sounds like a goof.


TheOneTrueBill (August 5, 2003)

Sure, "Post Office..." isn't really obscure, but it's not one of the most well known songs.

Eh, I went overboard.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

Come with me Ramo to CBs! If you mean NYC by NY, that is.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

damn man DBL is playing the same day as the larry arms in NY. which one should i go????


Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

post office lament an obscurity... considering it's on all scratched up, their best cd, i don't think so

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

This is coming to CBGBs next week. Gotta go.

funkisdead (August 5, 2003)

that was my shithead brother

funkisdead (August 5, 2003)

dude, they definitely didnt like you.

funkisdead (August 5, 2003)

man oh man
dbl are fucking cool as shit.

Anonymous (August 5, 2003)

sure, this show does sound good and all... and i was going to go to it, but then i found out that A Death in Califonia was playing the same night, so i went to that and i had a blast.

TheOneTrueBill (August 5, 2003)

Here's a link to all the pictures I took at the show

http://unixpunx.org/modules.php?set_albumName=album95&op= modload&name=gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php

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