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Strike Anywhere / VCR

Strike Anywhere / VCR: live in Richmondlive in Richmond (2003)
Jade Tree Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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(Just to start, I have some really bomb ass pics of this show, but I can't find my cable to hook up the digicam to the PC, life's a bitch, I know. I also filmed it and it came out incredible. Anywho, if you want to see the pics, leave some info in the comments and as soon as I get ??em online I'll let you know)

Finally, a good fucking show on a Friday night. After Isabel tore Richmond a new ass, I was apprehensive as to whether or not the show would go on. A good 2/3's of the city was still without power, most businesses were closed, but goddamn, the shit was still going down. (Apparently on Richmond's new favorite toy, the power generator)

I arrived as the first band was finishing up. I don't remember their name, and they were talented at playing their instruments, but came they off as another HWM rip-off. Yawn.

Moving on to PBR numero tres, I saw various keyboard stands were being setup. Hmmmm....

Turns out this was the setup for a band I had never heard of, oddly calling themselves "VCR". In total, there were 3 keyboardists, a bassist, and a drummer. I must admit, I was leery of their intentions, as the promenade of shit-rock has been pretty abundant as of late, especially in the "hey, lets do some whack-ass 80's nonsense" genre. (See "Reggie and the Full Effect)

But, in life, as I commonly find myself, in the words of Mike Ness (see "god"), "I was wrong". These kids rocked it hard as bitch-slap to the whore paying "daddy" $100 too little. Their singer was pretty much yelling and screaming the lyrics, not whining, but screaming all gruff and shit. It was bomb. And the female keyboardist, damn, it must be jelly...

These kids are gonna be big, watch out...

As Strike Anywhere began to setup, I only wanted one thing, to hear "Extinguish". Immediately, they started off with "We Amplify", the opener from this season's must have fashion 'Exit English', but instead of moving into the bridged "Blaze", the song morphed into the now classic opener "You're Fired". Alley Katz went fucking insane. People flying all over the place, pure mayhem.

You see, we southerners are too busy fucking sheep, milking cows and whatnot to know anything about punk, so when we get an event such as this, all hell breaks loose. Anyway, the set consisted mainly of tracks from 'Change is a Chorus'; with I believe the only other new track being "Infrared". Scenesters- please correct me if I am inaccurate. I'm guessing that the band wanted everyone to be a little more familiar with the new stuff before inserting more new songs into the set list.

All in all, as expected, and as usual, great set. A little too short, clocking in about 34 minutes, but given the circumstances, I'm pretty happy that we got to see the show at all.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

VCR website:

www.scaredofvcr.com

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

"These kids rocked it hard as bitch-slap to the whore paying "daddy" $100 too little. Their singer was pretty much yelling and screaming the lyrics, not whining, but screaming all gruff and shit. It was bomb. And the female keyboardist, damn, it must be jelly..."

What the hell does this mean? I don't understand anything...

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

haha, i have less than 48 hours to see this band... yea baby!

501 (September 28, 2003)

Strike is a kick ass live band

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

Strike anywhere kick ass... Plain and simple!!!!

dont_think_twice (September 27, 2003)

this score is for "These kids rocked it hard as bitch-slap to the whore paying "daddy" $100 too little" and "whack-ass 80's nonsense"

you know what, add another 5 stars to the score for those lines. that's right. 5 stars EACH.

-giving out stars like they're going out of style. get 'em while they're hot

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

By the way...I took pictures of the show. If you'd like to see them, you can go here:

http://www.chokeychicken.com/ConcertPictures.htm

They 're not my best pictures ever, but they'll do..

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

I was at this show, it was major kick ass. Strike Anywhere is an incredible live band, and they have more energy then they know what to do with.

And VCR? Wow. I'd never heard them prior to the show, and I still can't find any online information on them. But Jesus, they were awesome. And that female keyboardist was hot as shit! Daaaaaaaaaamn!

Good show. Good review. Screw you, Isabele.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

When I saw these guys in Melbourne a little while back, they played for ages, like 50-60 minutes or something. I got the setlist and it had about 13-14 songs on it (i think?) plus they played an encore of about 3-4 songs, which was sweet. Afterwards they said it was one of the longest sets they ever played so I feel special.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

i was supposed to go to this show and road trip down from PA, but my ride cancelled due to the rain. sissy. anyhow, i'd love to see pictures of it. if you can't get em online, email em to me: andrewlikefire@hotmail.com. thanks.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

I saw these guys in Adelaide (South Australia) a couple of months ago. Fucking shit hot.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

i saw them in NYC w/ the souls...i did like hearing nearly the whole Change is a Sound record...it was an amazing set. i would prefer to see/hear some of the new songs..maybe when i see them on the 24th or the 31st....damn im addicted to strike anywhere....

sickboi (September 26, 2003)

Reference to the 'Change is a Sound' lp, and the 'Chorus of One' ep, homey.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Change is a chorus? What the fuck?

thriceequalsgod (September 26, 2003)

exit english is a great cd... (i almost said 'exit anywhere'. fuck dislexia) it seems like it would be awesome live... and RATFE rules

_911 (September 26, 2003)

strike anywhere's headlining sets are soooooo short.. looks like they will be again this tour too even with another album under them..

inagreendase (September 26, 2003)

This was a short-ass review, but pretty effective anyway. This score (might) be for Exit English, I'm still trying to decide whether it's a 4-star album or 4 and a half. I'm leaning towards the latter, hence the given score.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

"You see, we southerners are too busy fucking sheep, milking cows and whatnot to know anything about punk, so when we get an event such as this, all hell breaks loose."

man you must live the high life.

Ramo
(score's for the sheep-fuckin, cow-milking reviewer)

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