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Hot Water Music / A Static Lullaby / The Lawrence Arms

Hot Water Music/A Static Lullaby/The Lawrence Arms: live in New York Citylive in New York City (2003)
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[Anecdote about what a madcap time I had trying to get to the show]. Was that ever a madcap time! When we arrived These Arms Are Snakes were already playing, and we managed to catch two of their songs. Those two, however, were aural gems. The band was getting pretty into the songs, as well. I would .


[Anecdote about what a madcap time I had trying to get to the show]. Was that ever a madcap time! When we arrived These Arms Are Snakes were already playing, and we managed to catch two of their songs. Those two, however, were aural gems. The band was getting pretty into the songs, as well. I would have liked to see their whole set, but I couldn't have due to the madcappery I endured. If you go to this show, make sure to catch their entire set. You might even get to see TAAS' lead singer deepthroat a mic!

Next up, The Lawrence Arms. Why they were playing before A Static Lullaby confuses/angers me. I don't even want to get into it, or else you'd be reading this rant until next week! Having seen them a few months before, I knew what to expect, but I figured the show would be better since it was in the city and not Hole-In-The-Wall, Connecticut. Get this: the show in the city was better. They opened with "The March of The Elephants" (a good opener at that) and (assumably) half-drunkenly tore through nine more songs, but without any flaws. Heck, Bren-man even had two brews sitting on top of his amp! Considering their short set, they played a good assortment of older, not as old, and new stuff. I really would have liked to see them as the last opener before Hot Water Music, but I guess you can't always get what you want (but if you try sometimes...just kidding!). Their set list was: The March of The Elephants, The First Eviction Notice, Turnstiles, Alert the Audience, Drunken Mouth Kitchen Smile, Porno and Snuff Films, Chapter 13: The Hero Appears, Chicago Is Burning, The Ramblin' Boys of Pleasure, and Nebraska (what I think might be their standard closer [coming from a kid who has seen them twice]).

A Static Lullaby was next. I really don't have much to say except: lots of unnecessary/unskilled screaming, their fans seemed to like them, and they had an encore. As an opening band. Before Hot Water Music. A Static Lullaby played an encore before Hot Water Music went on. I don't think I need to say anything else. This is what Brendan Kelly had to say about those boys: "They're all brothers, and they have sex with each other, and the parents are totally okay with it." Brendan, you hound from hell!

I had heard that Hot Water Music had a great live show and a dedicated fanbase, but I hadn't realized to what extent. I'll tell you to what extent: a great one! They started off with "A Flight And A Crash" and for the next hour or so I experienced one of the better shows I've been to in a while. With them having such a large library of music, I didn't really know what to expect, but they played a good variety of songs spanning most of their albums, although they played the most songs from their most recent full length, "Caution." Some standouts were "Jack Of All Trades," "Rooftops," and one more that was simply outstanding. After the "closer," the band came back after a minute or two of the crowd chanting, with two surprise guests: The Pete and Bryan Kienlen of Bouncing Souls fame! Hot Water Music and the Souls are good friends, apparently, and the six of them stormed into a fantastic rendition of "True Believers" (that was the outstanding standout I was speaking of). It was simply great. I know it. You know it. We all know it. They played a couple more songs, including a Circle Jerks cover (Wild In The Streets, I believe). This was truly a great set. The guys in the band seem like such honest and dedicated people, you can't help but like them. This tour just started so be sure to make it to this one, if you can find some way to kill time while A Static Lullaby is playing (ba-zing!). Aside from them, this is one show you don't want to miss.

Hot Water Music's set (not in exact order, may be missing a few):
A Flight And A Crash
Wayfarer
Free Radio Gainesville
Jack of All Trades
Trusty Chords
Three Summers Strong
Just Don't Say You Lost It
Rooftops
Swinger
Alachua
I Was On A Mountain
We'll Say Anything We Want
Remedy
Turnstile
True Believers
Wild In The Streets
Manual

 

 
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modelcitizen (August 8, 2006)

after the fact, but a static lullaby is one of the worst bands i have ever seen. i have never heard them on cd, but imagine they are generic emo crap. but live, oh wow, that was bad, bad stuff.

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

I just read the reviews and I was astonished at how much people dislike(may I say HATE?) A Static Lullaby. Well, I'll say it......... I LIKE A STATIC LULLABY. Whatever their labeled, pop-punk, screamo,(genre's are useless anyways) they're good. If their "hiding the true hardcore," and you're being bitching about that, you're way too ignorant. Anyone who's saying their banality is the reason not like them, all I can say is, "come to reality, EVERYTHING's been done already."
(Now if you're pissed and still reading: please continue)
I didn't go to the NY show and I have to agree, an encore just seems disrespestful towards HWM but I did do to the show here in CA(chain reaction, to be precise)and if you haven't noticed ASL draws in a huge crowd, therefore people are enjoying their music.Now I have nothing against any of the other bands, I like HWM and it was my first time hearing Lawrence Arms and they weren't that bad,(maybe I need to hear their cd to really appreciate them.)Plus I can't forget about These Arms Are Snakes,this band is great live. So, to all readers who just want to reply so quick at "how much I'm a moron, because I like A Static Lullaby," I appreciate, it just makes it more vivid how ignorant and closed-minded kids my age are...sigh

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

"While a lot of shit is being said about A Static Lullaby, I have to disagree as being someone who just saw their show in Saskatoon with Strung Out. This band's energy is awesome, the crowd was totally in to it! Punk rock is not about quality of sound, it's the energy,attitude, and creativeness."

this isnt about punk rock, its about good music

FortyMinutesWest (November 10, 2003)

Yes it was.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

Oh I didn't miss the joke. It was simply not even in the ballpark of funny.

sk8punx4evr (November 10, 2003)

"Madcappery isn't even a real word; hence, it would not fall under the category of 'big'."

thanks professor, but you missed the joke. it's really okay though. :)

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

This score is for Canaduh and the stupid Canduhian who likes Ass Static Lullaby.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

While a lot of shit is being said about A Static Lullaby, I have to disagree as being someone who just saw their show in Saskatoon with Strung Out. This band's energy is awesome, the crowd was totally in to it! Punk rock is not about quality of sound, it's the energy,attitude, and creativeness.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

Madcappery isn't even a real word; hence, it would not fall under the category of "big".

And yes it was a compliment....I was saying you're not great but "A" for effort and you only get better by learning from mistakes.

sk8punx4evr (November 10, 2003)

"And speaking of poor command of the english language, reading this review gave me a fucking headache. I understand that you are trying to use "big" words and come across as eloquent but you are failing miserably. But keep plugging away as eventually (hopefully) you will improve."

thanks? what "big" words are you talking about? madcappery? oh yeah. huge.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

bwahahahaha! i don't know who said that about the liberty spikes kids, but you're right. hey, at least us "posers" in our regular t-shirts and sneakers get down to the music or slam in the pit. those guys don't have time i guess. they have to look pretty.

oh...i am not however bashing anyone with liberty spikes, or a mohawk or what have you, do what you want. shave a giant asshole on your head if it makes you happy, more power to ya. im just bashing the lil "elitist" kids who hate you if you don't look scary or listen to hardcore. they're stupid. thank you.

--stepping down from my soapbox

Teague

P.S. HWM is awesome. yay.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

"i dispise anyone of you that likes this band [A Static Lullaby] and i pity you for being tricked into liking this garbage."

I pity your poor spelling skills and your command of the english language in general. And speaking of poor command of the english language, reading this review gave me a fucking headache. I understand that you are trying to use "big" words and come across as eloquent but you are failing miserably. But keep plugging away as eventually (hopefully) you will improve.

I was at this show and thought all of the bands were pretty damn good. For all you stupid bitches complaining about the order the bands played in allow me to explain something to you. Right now, ASL is a bigger draw than Lawrence Arms; therefore, the promoters put them higher on the bill so they can play longer and subsequently (in theory) attract more ticket buyers. I'm not saying ASL is better than Larry Arms (I personally like Larry Arms better), but this is simply the booking agent trying to make some $. It is commerce kids and it is the foundation of our great country. So quit wasting your time bitching about it and get out there and spread the good word about Larry Arms so they can become a bigger draw than ASL.

HWM was awesome.

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

on an unrelated note: did you ever notice how the kids with the liberty spikes and studs and doc martins sit in the back of the show holding their girlfriend's hands?

sk8punx4evr (November 9, 2003)

i have every right to bully CT. goddamn right.

mrwaffles (November 9, 2003)

And stop picking on CT!

mrwaffles (November 9, 2003)

These are awesome bands and I would have loved to be at this show. However, I have just gotten back form a live show that puts this and all other live shows on earth to shame. The band...
BLUE MAN GROUP!!!!
Seriously, everyone should go. It's a total mindfuck. Also, both HWM and the LA have songs called "turnstile". Weird.

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

i saw hwm a last week at rutgers and they covered true believes. the next day the souls played in asbury park and the guys in hwm came out and played true believes with the souls. then the souls played a hwm song with hwm. it was a fucking sweet 2 days

501 (November 9, 2003)

a static lullaby fucking sucks. i dispise anyone of you that likes this band and i pity you for being tricked into liking this garbage. their lyrics make me laugh for days. its sad a band like this gets noticed while other bands with much more talant fade away not ever being noticed. Poison the Well makes this band their bitch. This scores for how bad A static lullaby sucks at giving head and the new Catch cd.

delerium_trigger (November 9, 2003)

larry arms are awesome but damn, they gotta ditch ASL and quick. last year those shitfaces managed to ruin my night despite LA and d4 putting on a great show

jesus they suck.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

Poison the Well is brilliant, they can thank Seaweed for the melodic parts that lead up to those thunderous howls. Don't get me wrong, I like Poison the Well (alot), it just irks me that everytime I look up, there is some fucking black nailpolish/eyeliner wearing band that sounds just all the rest. If you've read my posts in the past you'll know that I have a huge whole in my heart for the Lawrence Arms. To see a band like Static Lulluby playing after them, when it is so blatantly obvious who is better, just plain bothers me. I realize that this is hardly the sole reasoning behind band line ups. If I'm not mistaken the Lawrence Arms have four full lenghts behind them? Why the fuck is My Arms are Snakenly Lullabied playing after them. Gross just fucking gross

Barkley

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

i'm going to this tour. i've seen hwm 523453489059 times and they never get old. lawrences arms and these arms are snakes should be good too. ASL is an afront to the world of hardcore. at krazy fest, no one was dancing and they were like "you guys arent very krazy!" and i wanted to scream "NO ONE IS GOING CRAZY BECAUSE YOU SUCK!!!" they were a pop-punk band before they found out the whole singing/fake-hardcore thing was going to blow up.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

oops, -Rasa-, sorry.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

"ASL is never placed in a lineup where they should be."

That's so true. They were billed higher than DARKEST HOUR when they were on tour with Anti-Flag in July - it was Tabula Rosa, then DH, then ASL, then A-F. I wanted to puke. First time I ever heard 'em and last, if I have my way. How everyone at Irving Plaza was singing along and the singer was crying...ha makes you think...
Anyway, DARKEST HOUR rips them apart.
-Janelle

inagreendase (November 8, 2003)

Everyone already knows I like ASL but I have to agree that the encore thing / band order was just plain fuckin' dumb. ASL is never placed in a lineup where they should be.

Almost no one is doing band orders right these days. Look at the Vagrant Tour *cough*no motiv*cough*

I imagine this was a great show nonetheless.

stratmanx (November 8, 2003)

To the guy who compared A Static Lullaby to the other "screaming" bands, are you on crack? To compare A Static Lullaby to Poison The Well is just hilarious. PTW > ASL.

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

"This is the second time I have seen the Lawrence Arms at the Knitting Factory and although they put on a great show, the crowd never seems to really dig them. Perhaps people are standing in silent appreciation."

hahha maybe because people realize they suck

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

I saw the Larry Arms in New Jersey in August, before T.G.S.E.T. was released...not only did they play from it, they asked us what we wanted to hear. Granted, it was a tiny show (only 40 people or so), but they go all out no matter the crowd size. I even got to meet them after...they're fucking amazing (albeit drunk) guys.

Would've been at this show if I weren't going to school in Minnesoooota...ah well, there's always next semester. And the winter. And all that good stuff.

Static Lullaby = static = unchanging = unimaginitive = should be summarily executed. Encore my ass...play after Larry Arms my ass...I hope they got pelted with shoes.

sk8punx4evr (November 8, 2003)

thanks for all the positive feedback! you're all like a lifeforce that makes the noose seem not as tight. ;)!

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

or even poison the well, for that matter -- they've been around for a number of years and still have integrity.

we can only hope that a static lullaby dies a painful death, and soon. at least the screaming guy should. i would like to poke him with a knife.

FortyMinutesWest (November 8, 2003)

I know you're not comparing ETID to A Statit Lullaby...

Anonymous (November 8, 2003)

Honestly that Fucking Static Lulluby band is a blip on the radar, soon to be forgotten. Lets save everyones ears and time and pick one band out of that "genre" of Lulluby/snakes/ashes/wells/everytime someone dies/ that will be around in 3 years when the Lawrence Arms and HWM and are still out touring their nuts off.

Barkley

FortyMinutesWest (November 7, 2003)

Sk8punx4ever is my new favorite reviewer. I don't know if I had a previous favorite, but that doesn't really matter.

CrankWillDestroy (November 7, 2003)

"A Static Lullaby is a great band, and I was disappointed to see the singer throw his back out in Richmond last night."

Good.

I can't believe that ASL had the nerve to do an encore as an opener. What the fuck?! A lot of headlining bands don't even do encores. Brendan is the man, but if his band doesn't play 'Here comes the neighborhood' next time I see them, I'm just gonna snap.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

Does HWM ever play Frieghtliner. I love that damn song

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

Whatever happened to the Larry arms that ripped into the Starting line and that whole drive thru tour? I wanna read Brendan rip a new asshole for Static Lulluby! Ha Ha, anyways yes of course the arms' rule. Fucking makes me jealous you spoiled Americans get to see them all the time.

Barkley"This Cistern Burns!"Barkster

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

keep the larry arms' reviews coming, i only found about this band about a year ago, and they're amazing

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

"A Static Lullaby is a great band, and I was disappointed to see the singer throw his back out in Richmond last night. Despite this, they continued to play, albeit for not very long. ASL is an impressive band for those who keep an open mind."

hahahah

a static lullaby is a great band if you either have no mind, or a closed mind, because most every band out there requires a more open mind than they do.

here is their song formula:

1)poppy singing part, where one of the guitarists does the vocals
2)uh oh, here comes mr. biggest fucking asshole who contributes nothing to the band's music screamer with a "WHHOOOOAAAAAAAA!"
3)spoken words from worthless screamer and quiet music
4)"WHHHOAAAAAAAAA@#!!!"
5)"GET THE FUCK UP MOVE THIS PLACE!"
6)cute poppy part where the actual vocalists sing and the fucking screaming guy shuts his face
7)of course he doesn't, "WHHOAAA SPOON OUT MY"
8)pseudo breakdown
9)required shitty double bass kicks

what i'm trying to say is that they are the most generic band i've ever heard, and i had to see them once. i was utterly disgusted.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

"A Static Lullaby is a great band, and I was disappointed to see the singer throw his back out in Richmond last night. Despite this, they continued to play, albeit for not very long. ASL is an impressive band for those who keep an open mind."

yeah i have an open mind when it comes to music, and ASL is horrible, generic screamo. i use "horrible" because 3394723 bands have already done what theyre doing and have done it much better, theres no need for another thursday/glassjaw.

sk8punx4evr (November 7, 2003)

i forgot, fucking matt pinfield was there. i saw him walk out. that made the night just that much better.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

A Static Lullaby is a great band, and I was disappointed to see the singer throw his back out in Richmond last night. Despite this, they continued to play, albeit for not very long. ASL is an impressive band for those who keep an open mind.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

these larry arms are snakes... mwahaha.

but damn i love those guys. larry arms and against me played in cambridge, but their sets were so damn short..

-duped

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

This is the second time I have seen the Lawrence Arms at the Knitting Factory and although they put on a great show, the crowd never seems to really dig them. Perhaps people are standing in silent appreciation.

You needed miracle ear to hear Brendan's vocals in the first couple songs, despite numerous requests to turn up his mic. Chris' guitar didn't seem right either.

I came to see primarily the Arms and called the club twice to verify their starting time as I thought they were mistaken that they were coming on before A Static Lullaby (who I had never heard of).

Time Out New York magazine's preview of the show: "Pay special attention to Chicago's Lawrence Arms, who are just like an emo band, except good."

On my way in I bumped into this short bald guy and it was the guy who used to host 120 Minutes on MTV I think (Matt Pinfield or something like that).

-Dino Radja

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

HWM rocks.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

to correct the person who said the lawrence arms have 3 full lengths. they have 4. a guided tour of chicago on asian man records. ghost stories on asian man records. apathy and exhaustion on fat wreck chords. the greatest story ever told on fat wreck chords. also 2 split eps on asian man records. one with the chinkees the other with shady view terrace.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

Yeah at BB Kings NYC I think Lawrence Arms ended with Nebraska too...
-Janelle

sickboi (November 7, 2003)

I was gonna do a review for this show in Richmond last night but I think you pretty much summed up everything I had to say.

A Static Lullaby is one of the worst bands I have ever had the displeasure of seeing. Its like they want to cram a little from every genre (emo, screamo, metal) into this disgusting concoction of crap. Bleh. I want my 30 minutes back.

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

i was at that show. it was truly spectacular.

the reviewer is entirely correct when he speaks of a static lullaby. they honestly need to fucking die. the music is so fucking predictable its ridiculous, not to mention the comments from the stage ("alrite are you ready to do this new york?!?" honestly shut the fuck up)

honestly, lawrence arms a band that put out three full lengths and has been working hard for 5 years deserved to play above a band thats been around for a year with one full length.

lastly; to reiterate, the played an encore. thats blasphemy and they deserved to be excommunicated.

maverick (November 7, 2003)

I love this guy's reviews. Write more, please!

-Scott

Anonymous (November 7, 2003)

yeah that show was a blast. again i felt confused that a static lullaby had to do an encore. i was yelling out "SHUT THE FUCK UP". i don't care if you were the biggest pop of the night, if you delayed HWM i'm gonna get pissed. i initially came to see larry arms and HWM so they both get 10s.

Ramo
(the pete rocks!)

boldredletters (November 7, 2003)

whoa, first. if hot water music doesn't play alachua when they play here, i'll be jealous.

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