Catch 22 / Boys Night Out / The Goodwill

Catch 22 / Boys Night Out / The Goodwill: live in Providencelive in Providence (2003)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Tiny Providence received the honor of having the first show of the tour, and we held our own. After a couple delays, Worthless United took the stage and brought along their fusion of an And Out Come the Wolves...ish Rancid and the working-class punk rock of the Dropkick Murphys; perhaps, dare .

Tiny Providence received the honor of having the first show of the tour, and we held our own.

After a couple delays, Worthless United took the stage and brought along their fusion of an And Out Come the Wolves...ish Rancid and the working-class punk rock of the Dropkick Murphys; perhaps, dare I say it, a dash of the Clash. Midway through their set things finally started picking up in the crowd and the quiet storm started to brew for the night.

A little more heavy and a little more sloppy than usual, which actually added a nice effect, the Goodwill's brand of harmless pop-punk didn't get a whopping response from the crowd, but at the same time everyone else kept their negative feelings to themselves. The Long Island boys started off with "That's What Sean Said," and played right into "Let it Go." They also managed to get in "The Boyscout," "Doesn't Even Matter," "Forgotten Feeling" and closed up with "Sometimes the Radio." I still love the terribly cheesy finger-points by the lead singer. It never gets old.

Boys Night Out seemed to have a small following here (including me) that was raucously responsive to every song. Surprisingly starting with "Yeah...No, I Know" (the closer off Make Yourself Sick), BNO let one verse drag on before using the trio of string-pickings to jump right into "Where We Breathe." The hardcore verses were eclectically nerve-inducing, the poppy vocals right on. The band derived their set both from the Broken Bones and Bloody Kisses EP and the aforementioned album, playing favorites like "Sketch Artist Composite" and "(Just Once) Let's Do Something Different," and "It's Dylan, You Know the Drill" among others. Much to the chagrin (because they wanted more songs which would've messed up set times) of the finger-pointing, fist-throwing members of the front crowd, they wrapped things up with "I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in Other People's Business." An energetic, angst-ridden, emotively far-ranging set. In other words, fucking awesome.

So after punk rock, pop-punk, and pop-hardcore, the only thing that could really stretch the diversity of the show anymore were the headliners themselves; Catch 22. They started off with what would be the first of five or six new songs from Dinosaur Sounds. Although the actual tracklisting is on their Victory page, the song titles of these new ditties I caught were "Rocky" (the first), "Motown Cinderella," and "Dripping Faucet." And no, I'm almost positive they didn't play "Wine Stained Lips". How are the new songs you say? A much better, more diverse feel than the aforementioned mp3, with occasional hints of heightened ska and reggae that we didn't really get to hear in Alone in a Crowd. As for all the bitching and moaning that got me worked up about the band playing every song too fast, they only did this with two songs in particular - "On and On and On" and "Keasbey Nights." It doesn't have much of a negative effect on the first, but I will admit it does a slight amount of damage to Tomas's masterpiece, forcing you to speed up to sing along. Everything else was gold, from "9MM and a Three Piece Suit" to "Straight Forward" to "Arm to Arm." The shared vocal duties flowed nicely, and the horns were tight as hell. The whole floor was skanking it up, in occasionally sloppy circles and sometimes free-styling motions in the center. They also played the "Intro/Point the Blame" pair, "It Takes Some Time," "What Goes Around Comes Around," and "Bloomfield Ave." from AiaC. The encore had them finishing with one of the new songs, and then, of course, "12341234." They could've really fucked that up trying to speed it up, but left the tempo as is, and it worked like a charm.

If you're still bitter about Tomas, I don't think this would be the best thing for you, with the extremely different vocal styles Catch 22 currently contrasts (and lyric base). If you're like me and paired the past with the past, the street with the light, consider it a show worth going to.


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Anonymous (December 7, 2003)

even though i still like them i must agree with you

inagreendase (December 2, 2003)

New Direxion went from a pretty good ska band to a shitty pop-punk band with minimal horn use. DON'T DENY IT EITHER, BUDDY.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)


rockinout (October 15, 2003)

botar are something else. c22 shows are always enjoyable for me. im anxious about the new one.

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution >>>>> Catch 22

stratmanx (October 12, 2003)

I don't care what people say, Catch 22 is still a great live band.

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

Oh yeah, and the sweatshirt has an Aus Rotten logo on it. Yeah...not that it matters, but maybe!

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

Hey I was wearing a black sweatshirt with a bunch of patches on it - GBH, Partisans, Lower Class Brats, UK Subs...ooh, actually I had to review it and photograph it, so yeah I was kinda up front with a camera. Yeah, I don't remember seeing anyone in an Autopilot off shirt...well, there was so many people there anyway...

thriceequalsgod (October 11, 2003)

janelle, i went to the farmingdale show... i was wearing an autopilot off shirt with a skull&crossbones and a grey shirt over it... what were you wearing, maybe i saw you

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

either catch22 has gone downhill, or i've grown out of it... i'm not too sure. it just seems that every time i see them, i get exponentially more bored, and their music just doesn't do it for me anymore.


sonicice (October 11, 2003)

Shit, I forgot to add in how much I hate Boys Night Out. They fucking blow. And yes, making this comment was necessary. Fucking "emocore" fucks.

sonicice (October 11, 2003)

Seeing these guys both dates in Michigan... I'm really looking forward to seeing Worthless United again, they fucking rock. Catch 22 is a classic favorite of mine, and no matter how many times they fuck up, I still love em. Good to hear they aren't playing all their songs at 10x speed anymore though.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

c22 have always been one of my fav's but why make a live show boring by playing 6 new songs. yes i would like to hear whats coming out but you go to a show to sing along too.
ps. releasing 'whine stained lips' as the album's frist single was the dumbest move since ltj tried releasing 'shes gonna break soon' this summer
pps. tomas isnt in the band, get over it... they still are very good musicians

skankin_in_the_pit (October 11, 2003)

That is a very good review. It's good to see they aren't playing every keasbey nights era song way to fast. And the descriptions of the new songs makes em sound pretty good. I'm definitely looking forward to this tour.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

I saw this last night in Farmingdale - Catch 22 was really impressive. Their new songs sound good...and the other highlight was Worthless United...but the kids went nuts for The Goodwill it was funny.
...wish me luck I have to interview Wattie of The Exploited tonight supposedly...kinda scared.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

Catch 22 speed up EVERY keaseby song. Especially 1234 and Giving Up, Giving In to the point where they are totally unenjoyable.

Awesome fucking review btw.

inagreendase (October 11, 2003)

"I've seen BNO a shit load of times and never seen them play "Yeah,No...I know". "

Well, it was just one verse, don't forget. It made for a pretty cool intro into "Where we Breathe" (which I should add, was one of those songs you really look forward to seeing live and it's everything you hoped for. People started giving me strange looks when I started thrashing during the verse).

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

I've seen BNO a shit load of times and never seen them play "Yeah,No...I know".

Thats Tits.

ZLNFTOC (October 11, 2003)

Thanks for the review. It's sort of weird to hear that they're already playing so many new songs but hopefully they'll do a lot of older ones when I see them in a few weeks.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

am i the only one who likes both old and new catch22? why is everyone so down on this band, i think there fine

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

you guys prolly already know this, but streetlight manifesto is the old lead singers new band and they're soo good

thriceequalsgod (October 10, 2003)

nahh, i saw them.. and they speeded up all their Keasby Nights songs to the point where they sucked.... oh well

Jon_the_Skafather (October 10, 2003)

good to hear that catch 22 stopped speeding up all their songs to insane speeds. i think alot of people confuse keasby nights with the current catch 22....the current catch 22 is comparable to alone in a crowd and comparable to washed up but not comparable to keasby nights since the songwriting elements were extremely different on keasby.

comparing keasby nights to the current catch 22 is comparing two totally different bands. comparing keasby nights to streetlight manifesto is a much more fair judgement since it's basically the same writing elements.

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

I wish they would stop playing songs from keasby nights.

-bryan styles
ps - i was a huge catch22 fan, but now they suck. flat out.

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