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Anti-Flag / Paint It Black / Thought Riot

Anti-Flag / Paint It Black / Thought Riot: live in Cincinnatilive in Cincinnati (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: RyanNewtonRyan Newton
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It was no lie that Anti Flag wanted to give back to their fans on this tour. The venue they played this time around was a small bar called Top Cats with a capacity of about 300. The stage was a foot high, a backstage was non existant and the lighting, well there really wasn't any...but none of that.


It was no lie that Anti Flag wanted to give back to their fans on this tour. The venue they played this time around was a small bar called Top Cats with a capacity of about 300. The stage was a foot high, a backstage was non existant and the lighting, well there really wasn't any...but none of that matters because this is the perfect place for a punk show.

Pipedown went on first and was mediocre at best. The vocalist screamed his head off and drowned out the rest of the band. The crowd had virtually no reaction either. Next was Thought Riot, and they began to get things going. The sound guy finally got the PA working right and TR got a decent pit started. The crowd favorite seemed to be the song "The Patriot" in the middle of their set. These guys (and girl) were perfect openers for an AF show and the crowd seemed to like them. Paint it Black was third, and they could be described as an early Black Flag sound. Some spoken vocals, plus the singer even looked a little like Rollins. They got the whole floor moving and set a perfect mood for AF.

Around 10 Justin, Chris, Chris #2, and Pat emerged from the crowd and set up. I can't remember what the opening song was called, but it was an older one. They followed with Police Brutality and Tearing Everything Down. The sound was awesome and they did a good job of mixing some new songs into the set and teaching the chorus to the crowd to make the songs that much better. New ones included Power to the Peaceful, Fuck the Flag, You Can Kill the Protester..., and Rank n File. The rest of the set was mostly off Underground Network and New Kind of Army. 911 for Peace was a nice surprise as well.

They closed by playing A New Kind of Army, Underground Network, the new opening track Turncoat, and of course Die for Your Government. After the show, all the guys hung around to talk with everyone and sign autographs. On the way out, everyone got the special edition of the new cd for free, and I must say it is almost as good as the show. Another plus was all the merch at the show was under $10 (besides hoodies). Definitely the best show I have seen in Cincy so far.

 


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Anonymous (October 2, 2004)

right on!!

Anonymous (May 22, 2004)

Hahahahaha. WTF??? PIB sux...Anti-Flag ruleZ! Yeah. PIB sux big time. Hahaha. hahahahaha...loserz...You know what??? All these "punk" bands SUCK! BELGA IS THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD!!! HAHA!!! BELGA RULEZ!!! BELGA!BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA! BELGA!BELGA! And it's not crappy punk! It's kewl....and NOT punk. haha. Bye loZers...

Anonymous (November 1, 2003)

this was a great show and they opened with "no borders, no nations." i think someone may have already said that though. top cat's is a great venue. the people were dicks on a few occasions but hey....no venue is perfect. all the bands rocked. i disagree with the reviewer about pipedown. they weren't as good as thought riot, paint it black, or anti-flag, but that doesn't mean they weren't good. great show though. i had a lot of fun.

NoUse (October 30, 2003)

www.cincypunk.com

Anonymous (October 28, 2003)

blah blah blah

- Name
(faggot message here)

notfeelingcreative (October 28, 2003)

THe carpenter's were from the 70's hippies were from the 60's, get your shit straight!

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

Paint It Black are great live. Lots of energy. I saw them play with Dillinger Four a few months back in Chicago. Whoo!

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

They should've had an empty hole for justin sane to fall through once again. Hopefully, this time the rest of Anti-Flag can join him and let's pray they don't come out.

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

I had a seething hatred of Anti Flag before I heard 911 for Peace but after, it grew a thousand times. That song is shitty in every sense of the word and sounds like some kind of weird Carpenters/hippie shit.

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

donkey punch refers to the sexual maneuver in which, during anal sex, the person who has their dick in the other person's butt punches them in the back of their head as they orgasm. it sounds like a donkey, or something.

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

"punching? you mean at the A-F show? or just punching in general?"

No - I'm referring to Dignin's oft-punch-related comments towards Yours Truly.
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

He is quite ripped

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

Hmmm....Dan Yemin looks like Henry Rollins, interesting.

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

punching? you mean at the A-F show? or just punching in general?

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

What the hell is with the punching?

You lost me.
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

Well the second one was an old one, fuck police bruatality

they should have played:
born to die
Their system doesn't work for you
Red White and Brainwashed
Drink Drank Punk
Captain Anarchy
Panama Deception
This Machine Kills Facsists
America Got It Right
Death Of A nation(by far the best song on the new cd)

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

"their new album is insanely good and anyone who thinks they suck needs to take a good long listen before ever saying so again."

well, that works for albums like harkonen, murder by death, 5ive, mars volta and so on.....

....and anti-flag...of course, because anti-flag is exploring every genre known to mankind!

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

I just noticed what the reviewer said about the first song in Anti-Flag's set. And for anybody who cares at all, it was "No Borders, No Nations". Definatley not an old one. But hey, we all screw up sometimes

-ZDP

saxxyrebel (October 26, 2003)

this review was fucking terrible, period.

joshroush (October 26, 2003)

The show was fuckin awesome period.

Anonymous (October 26, 2003)

I saw this show in Indianapolis and I would pretty much agree with everything the reviewer said, right down to the PA problems. Rocking show, Anti-Flag was awesome.. and I was never much of an Anti-Flag fan until recently, their new album is insanely good and anyone who thinks they suck needs to take a good long listen before ever saying so again.

NoUse (October 26, 2003)

www.cincypunk.com

NoUse (October 26, 2003)

Top Cats is a pretty cool venue. Thistle, Silo the Huskie, The Miranda Sound, and Abigail had a pretty good show, and a good turnout last nite ... Top Cats was almost almost half filled

dignin (October 25, 2003)

god janelle, I want to donkey punch you!!

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

"Regardless of who played the best set, the order determines the title."

Yes, I know how the order goes, but I figured there would be enough room for a fourth band, but I guess not...
Ok then!
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

I've heard the new pipedown cd, it is fucking awesome, go buy it by any means neccessary

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

"But why did you not mention PIPEDOWN in the title? - they rule. "

I know I'm not on staff or anything, but I'm sure the explanation would go as follows...

There's usually room on the sidebar to only mention the last three bands that played at any given show. Regardless of who played the best set, the order determines the title.

inagreendase

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

i can tell when someone has read The Catcher In The Rye inside out when they talk like this:

"Anti-Flag is total crap. They are the phoniest bastards on earth. I seriously saw the singer at a rave in Pittsburgh with a glow stick in his mouth. He was dancing to techno music and i spoke to him and told him that he was a rotten fink. What a rotten fink. A real rotten fink he is ."

lmao u ahve made my day

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

But why did you not mention PIPEDOWN in the title? - they rule.
-Janelle
Can't wait to hear their new record.

Punkinohio (October 25, 2003)

although i sort of wanted to see this show. (used to be a big fan, sorta dissapointed w/ the newer stuff, but still a fan) i didnt feel bad when i didnt show up because of lack of funds. im sure topcats was rocking though, when i saw the Arms there noone did shit.. hopefully they went nuts

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

i can tell when someone has read The Catcher In The Rye inside out when they talk like this:

"Anti-Flag is total crap. They are the phoniest bastards on earth. I seriously saw the singer at a rave in Pittsburgh with a glow stick in his mouth. He was dancing to techno music and i spoke to him and told him that he was a rotten fink. What a rotten fink. A real rotten fink he is ."

8dollarclarinetsolo (October 25, 2003)

tried to go to this but it sold out... oh well

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

kids complain, thats what they do...

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

I love how everyone thinks Anti-Flag is a joke for standing up for something. What the fuck do you kids do?

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

No, i never said that the lead singer of paint it black was the lead singer of kid dynamite, i said that he was in it, read before you make jack ass comments

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

you below me are a moron. the score is for your idiocy and for anti-flag too. that band is a fucking joke.

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

For the record...
Anti-Flag is total crap. They are the phoniest bastards on earth. I seriously saw the singer at a rave in Pittsburgh with a glow stick in his mouth. He was dancing to techno music and i spoke to him and told him that he was a rotten fink. What a rotten fink. A real rotten fink he is .

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

to the fella who said paint it black's lead singer was once the singer of kid dynamite is DEAD wrong. how did everyone miss this ?? that band is NONE more black... funny to think.. that poor guy who commented below was at the show watching paint it black and thinking "wow jason shevchuk's new band is awesome" dumb mother fucker you are.

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

Pipedown is really, really good live despite what the reviewer said.

Got to see 'em at one of Whatever it Take's last shows.

RIP

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(KitKats = #1)

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

Good Job on describing Paint it Black. They rock regardless of your clueless review

Barkley

inagreendase (October 24, 2003)

I went to this in Providence, but didn't review it solely for the fact that I wouldn't have been able to give song titles for the first three bands. Maybe it's just me, but I think A LOT of people on this site would care to know just what off CVA was played.

I went to this show convinced to pick up CVA, actually, and wasn't too impressed by PIB. They're furious, hard, energetic, sure, but something wasn't clicking with me. And I don't think it was an off-night because they definitely had some people dancing and Dan did go shirtless halfway through as I hear he will. Although, he was having severe mic problems for the first few songs, but I doubt that would be the source of my discomfort. Oh well, t-minus 3...2...1...bashing.

Oh, and it was nice to see A-F completely rearrange the set order from when I'd seen them a few months earlier. TR and Pipedown were good too I thought.

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

...right on

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

Hmm, what about RPM, or FUB, or BBTBA, or Blaze, or NMDS, or etc.

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

I'd also like to give a score for Paint It Black. They would have album of the year if Exit English wasn't so ridiculously good.

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

You mean to tell me that the guy that reviewed this concert has never heard of kid dynamite before? That's where the lead singer from PIB is from.

Anyways, that concert was fucking awesome, it was the best $10 i ever spent, and secondly Pipedown kicks ass

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

paint it black seriously needs to come to the midwest. im pissed because i think i lost my PIB cd. I'm happy because i can download it.

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

paint it black are great. anti-flag is a walking self-parody that embodies every bad punk rock cliche.

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

anti flag is alright. #2 really rips but he does an awful lot of preaching. oh well. score is also for PIB which i will miss their performance today.

Ramo
(my tears make me strong)

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

I was at this show as well. It was funny when Anti-Flag managed to catch a moniter on fire after only one song on stage. Then came #2's great comment. "We're too punk for moniters. Do you know who is not punk? People who use moniters" comedy, political issues, and kick ass music throughout the whole set. One of my favorite shows of the year, easily

-ZDP

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

Anti Flag signing autographs....sounds kinda weird, doesn't it? This score is for PIB, get with it kids.

-sickboi

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

Ant-Flag....that doesn't mean anti the AMERICAN flag, does it?

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