The Lawrence Arms / None More Black / Colossal

The Lawrence Arms/None More Black/Colossal: live in Danbury, CTlive in Danbury, CT (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: sk8punx4evrsk8punx4evr
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You know those little packets of peanuts on airplanes? They're way too small. And often too salty. You'd think a bigger packet would be offered. I wonder if people in business and first class get bigger packets. They probably do. I got to the show just in time, having missed the three opening lo.

You know those little packets of peanuts on airplanes? They're way too small. And often too salty. You'd think a bigger packet would be offered. I wonder if people in business and first class get bigger packets. They probably do.

I got to the show just in time, having missed the three opening local/lesser known bands. Apparently, one of the bands was comprised of fourteen year olds playing Blink-182 covers. It was their first show too. I might've liked to see that, but it probably wouldn't have been worth it. The band up next was Colossal, who I had some expectations for since Rob Kellenberger of Slapstick/Tuesday fame was drumming. They definitely did not disappoint and were a good opening band. One of the guitarists played the trumpet every now and then, which reminded me a little of Cap'n Jazz. I'm guessing the band is from Chicago, so it would only make sense. The best thing about Colossal was seeing Neil from the Lawrence Arms rocking out on his set along with Rob. Good job, fellows. Colossal fit well on this bill, and I would tell you to be sure to catch them, but this tour's nearly over. Next time.

None More Black was next, and you could say I was a little excited since I'd be seeing ΒΌ of Kid Dynamite. Singer/guitarist Jason Shevchuk asked for the sound on all the instruments to be turned up all the way, so you know he wanted to rock. Totally. Once the sound was set, they ripped into "Everyday Balloons" and didn't stop there. They played most of the songs from their album "File Under Black," and it would have been a great set if it wasn't for the lack of people in attendance and the energy they exuded. Sometimes a small show is nice, but this was bad. I blame the people of the Danbury area for not appreciating good music. None More Black closed with "Dinner's For Suckers," which led to one guy rocking the fuck out while everyone else watched him. I talked to the guy afterwards. Nice guy.

The Lawrence Arms. I'd wanted to see them for a while and my wish finally came true. I'm a real boy [that's right, a Pinocchio reference]. Once they took the stage, I could hardly contain my excitement. I shit right there, as I am often prone to do. Again, not enough people came to this show and put a damper on the situation, but I enjoyed the set nonetheless. Hearing Brendan Kelly's banter was worth the ticket price alone. I wasn't sure if he was drunk, and I don't think he was too sure of it himself. They played all the songs I expected them to play, except "Navigating The Windward Passage" and "The Corpses of Our Motivations." Those tunes would have been welcome additions to their set, but I'm not complaining. Actually, I am. Play those songs next time, please. The closer "Nebraska" rocked my hat off, and I wasn't even wearing a hat. I must reiterate that the crowd should have gotten more into the set. My friend, a handful of other people, and I were the only people singing along and spastically pumping our fists in the air. I stop complaining about the crowd now. Crowd participation aside, this was one heck of a show you wouldn't want to miss, so catch these ramblin' boys of pleasure when they hit your town.

Lawrence Arms set list:
Presenting: The Dancing Machine
An Evening Of Extraordinary Circumstance
The First Eviction Notice
Porno and Snuff Films
100 Resolutions
Hesitation Station (new)
Right As Rain
Quincentuple Your Money
Another new one
Boatless Booze Cruise


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mrwaffles (November 24, 2003)

I wanted to be at this show so much.
But they didnt play Detention, so im not that bummed. they need to play that more.

this score is for the larry arms, not the blink 182 cover band

Anonymous (August 28, 2003)

i love seeing the lawrence arms because brendan is always so trashed but he still plays ok and when he talks to me he is like falling over. awesome. these dudes can drink like champions. they also rock the casbah. rock rock

Anonymous (August 26, 2003)

i saw brendan sing kevin costners casisno at the fireside about a year ago. i do have to admit it was amazing seeing him pull it off as he huffed and gasped and complained of smoking too much. but anyways, i dont like when people call them overrated. they obviously take themselves with a grain of salt (thats the larry arms for all you pissy kids) and are really some of the nicest guys you'll talk too if you get a chance to meet them.

Anonymous (August 26, 2003)

wow, 10 people into it? not bad, better than a year ago at pittsburgh w/ only 4 people into it.
ps. they even refer to themselves as the 'larry arms'

punky (August 26, 2003)

(And they are overrated too).

dementia (August 25, 2003)

I saw them in Detroit and they played "corpses of our motivation" as an encore. The crowd was not very into it, there were about 10 people actually getting into it and the rest of the crowd was just kinda standing there. I thought Colossal was bad, as was the first opening band No Means Yes, but I really liked None More Black and the crowd was very enthusiastic during their set.

Anonymous (August 24, 2003)

i only got to see the larry arms once at plea for peace, me and 4 other people knew who they were. the crowd was lame as shit, some kid said 'the crass is better than these guys'...sure kid...sure

bren is funny as shit. they rule. yea they sound alot like alk3 but w/ more edge. both bands have the sick lyrics

they should play longer sets. 12 songs is bullshit, unless its a 5 dollar show. bands these days play too short, like brand new. fuck that. be like strung out or lagwagon, i want 20 songs

Anonymous (August 24, 2003)

One Frequency was alot better than all the other bands combined.

Anonymous (August 24, 2003)

I love Jawbreaker, I reaaly liked the BroadwaysI like larry arms,anyways they're shows are always pretty inexpensive and worth the money nothing groundbreaking just a great pop band!

Anonymous (August 23, 2003)

you are saying that as if it where a bad thing.

Anonymous (August 23, 2003)

yeah, the Larry Arms do sound like Jawbreaker, Alkaline Trio, and Samiam combined.

Not like they aren't some of the best pop-punk of the last decade, but still...

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

Has anyone ever noticed that the Lawrence arms sound exactly like Samiam. I just figured that out

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

score for review. FUCKHOLES.

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

"i have one song i write 100 times"
yes, yes you do. it's a good one though, you bottom feeder, you.

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

The first eviction notice is one of my all time favorite songs.

elvaquero (August 22, 2003)

the disaster march and the revisionist are my two favorites off of the new one right now, but knowing the larry arms, i'll have two new favorites in a week or so... god damn, why can i not preorder now?

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

The second new one was "A Wishful Puppeteer"

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

i've never seen the lawrence arms play 'corpses of our motivations' or my favorites 'kevins costners casino' or 'someday we'll all weigh 400 lbs'.

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

I was at this show. The first band did indeed play bad Blink 182 and Lit covers. Colossal was pretty amazing, but not my cup of chowduh. NMB rocked so hard. As for the Larry Arms, I couldn't say anything about them that isnt horribly biased. I was one of the 3 people moving at all tlo the lawrence arms, and one the maybe 8 singing along. I swear, when your dancing at a punk rock show, you shouldn't be getting funny looks from people standing next to you.

I was the kid in the Against Me! shirt.

SockMonkeyRiot (August 22, 2003)

I'm so pissed that I missed this show.

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