The Lawrence Arms / None More Black / Colossal

The Lawrence Arms/None More Black/Colossal: live in New York Citylive in New York City (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: ramoramo
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Live from Knitting Factory, New York City‚?¶it's Wednesday Night!!!!

Ok we have 3 really great bands on the bill today that are as hot as this damn humidity we've been having for some time. Colossal will be opening up, followed by None More Black and last but definitely not least are the main attractions, The Lawrence Arms. So as pop artist Pink would say: "let's get this party started."

Colossal performed roughly close to 9 pm. If you don't know who they are, get know them. Their sound can be described as indie rock mixed in with jazz and post-rock influences, a deadly combination I say! It was definitely a treat for me since I've been dying to see this band live. Their EP "Brave The Elements" blew me away and so did their performance. They started out with the song Table Setting off the newest Asian man comp. It was very sweet and Pat Ford's voice couldn't be any better. His voice was very moody, dark yet sincere. After the song they played one of my fav songs from their EP, Human Jackson. Jason Flaks was great on the trumpet at the middle of the song. Probably the highlight of this set and possibly the night was when they were playing Embers Only. The audience was treated with a roughly 2 minute drum duet with Rob Kellenberger and Tennessee Hennessey of the Larry Arms. I was very impressed and left a smile on my face. Colossal also performed 2 new songs that were great. Hopefully, it'll be on their full length sometime in the future. A great band to start off what was becoming a great evening.

Next up to the plate was None More Black. They started off with Everyday Balloons off their Fat debut. The whole band was very much into the music especially Jason and Paul. At times, Paul would just spit up into the air high and I would watch it hit the floor. I wish every performer would do that at least once in their set. They played other songs off the debut like Drop The Pop, Ice Cream With The Enemy, M.A.T.T.H.. Finally the band ended with Dinner's For Suckers. I don't understand why the record seems to lag in a few songs yet they sounded dynamite in person. For anybody that was skeptical about NMB, you should check them out live. Their presence and energy is 100 times better than what is in your CD player.

Finally, The Lawrence Arms get ready to pick off where the other 2 bands left off. It probably happened around 10:30 or so‚?¶don't remember exactly. I'm going to explain the songs they played in this paragraph since I didn't get a set list and I got fucked up after the show. Please don't get riled up if I'm missing a few things. And speaking of fucked up, let me just state that Brendan was fucked up. I mean FUCKED UP. I thought he was pulling our leg but man did he slur. He introduced the band and got into the first song that was off the new Fat Wreck comp. I believe it's called Presenting The Dance Machine or something. It was a rocking minute and some seconds. Then came other songs like The First Eviction Notice, Sixteen Hours, Porno and Snuff Films, 100 Resolutions. Let me pause the song list for a moment and describe Bren's crazy talk. I mean at point he would have a band meeting then discuss it with the audience all out-of-proportion. At least that was what Chris said. Brendan would say stuff like "Ca-nay-da" instead of Canada and I think he said "Interpol" instead of "internet." Again, you got to love drink people perform. Anyway back to the songs: Turnstyles, Chicago is Burning, Right As Rain Pt.2, Detention, Boatless Booze Cruise, and Quincentuple Your Money. They also played a couple of new songs off their soon-to-be released album but the only one I could remember is The March Of The Elephants (again help me out) and it was a pretty good song. Their performance was stellar and funny as Brendan would be all over the place. He was talking all kind of nonsense and the crowd ate it up. One guy said "Slapstick Sucks" and all Bren said was "at least that chapter of my life is closed." Hilarity ensues. Also there was a point where some kid said to play a Simpsons episode with commercials. So Brendan did; all 1 second of it‚?¶ha.

Overall, a great show with every band performing absolutely flawless especially Colossal. As for crowd participation goes‚?¶well‚?¶um‚?¶they liked but not as much of a commotion as one would think. However, it was still solid. Check all these bands out when they come by your 'hood. After that see them again in the future.


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Anonymous (August 23, 2003)

Colossal is catchy punk "soybomb" ...sorry try again later.
- the kid toucher

Anonymous (August 21, 2003)

Anonymous (August 21, 2003)

caught it in state college... made an ass of myself during the LA set then got stupid drunk with them afterwards and woke up beside a girl on a leapord print pillow... now that's a good night!


Anonymous (August 21, 2003)

Just saw NMB and The Lawrence Arms in Cleveland and they were fucking awesome. All of them are such nice guys, too.


Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

brenden got drunk at my apt. and slept there after the pittsburgh plea for peace show last fall. chris and drummer guy were cool, but brenden is a really funny motherfucker. we both got pretty sloppy.

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

Ramo, you finally got me.

I have never seen the Larry Arms or None More Black.

You rat bastard.

(in best Nick Nolte voice: "Ah, hell")

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

Woohoo, claim to fame!!! I was the kid who yelled Slapstick sucks!!! Yeah that was supposed to sound like a stupid overexcited fan. But, yeah, i actually like slapstick, but id imagine it being annoying to have that tag follow them around. This show was really fuckin good and i cant wait till they come back with hot water music.

SOYBOMB (August 19, 2003)

"its just catchy punk brah"

Sorry, try again.


sk8punx4evr (August 19, 2003)

what lifetime song did colossal cover?

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)


Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

i agree, lawrence arms need do grace denver with their presence again soon...real soon

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

i saw this show in Bridgewater NJ and it rocked. NMB was much better than the other bands as expected. and Colossal's sound is not "indie rock mixed in with jazz and post-rock influences" its just catchy punk brah, sorry for breaking down your little technical terms or whatever. They covered a lifetime song as well. These bands are good, but i found Lawrence Arms pretty boring...maybe its just me. peace to all. - T Dizzle

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

damn these reviews, come to denver you bastards.

sk8punx4evr (August 19, 2003)

nice. i was in the middle of writing a review of this for the CT show but it's useless now.

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

Nicely reviewed, Ramo sir. You know your crap

SOYBOMB (August 19, 2003)

Wow, that's great news, I thought Tuesday was done for good...

Man, I shouldn't have left right after the end of Larry Arms' set, but I thought they'd just leave considering the house music came on as well as the lights.. bleh.. I wanted to speak to Brendan and the guys again, I've met them on numerous occasions (Plea For Peace, other Knitting Factory Show) and i've spoken to them online a few times.. ah well.. their's always next time.. I hope.

I kept yelling for them to play "Ramblin' Boys Of Pleasure" but people were too loud with their requests for The Simpsons with Commercials...


Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

i remember that quote soybomb. that shit was funny. it was also hilarious that at the end of the set, bren must've drank 10 or 12 beers. i told him you reminded me of my father in his young days. i really wanted to call bren "dad."

anyway i spoke to Rob Kellenberger, drummer for colossal, and he said if dan from Ak3 and the other Tuesday band members have some time, you can expect a Tuesday record in the future.


Anonymous (August 19, 2003)


SOYBOMB (August 19, 2003)


I was also there and it was a fantastic show.

The Lawrence Arms never dissapoint and when Brendan is drunk, their set is much funnier.

I remember some comment he said to the extent of "Go to your older brother for ska, not your younger one" but I didn't hear what the person said upfront to get him to say that.


Great, great show, I can't wait for their new cd.


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