Millencolin / Senses Fail / Matchbook Romance

Millencolin / Senses Fail / Matchbook Romance: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: MinorThreatMinor Threat
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This review will NOT mention some suspect advice I got from Scott at the end of the show. After an ivigorating 6-7 hour drive back from Iowa (who am I kidding, boring as shit), and picking up a friend of mine, (name changed to protect the innocent) Milo, we headed off to see Millencolin at the M.

This review will NOT mention some suspect advice I got from Scott at the end of the show.

After an ivigorating 6-7 hour drive back from Iowa (who am I kidding, boring as shit), and picking up a friend of mine, (name changed to protect the innocent) Milo, we headed off to see Millencolin at the Metro.

Alright, by now you've noticed I haven't mentioned eiether of the two "support bands", and that's for a simple reason, the old saying, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

Matchbook Romance took the stage at 6:45 and promtply made me bask in their simple mediocrity. Neither terribly good, nor terribly bad, they straddled the line amiably, and ended cursing too much, even for a punk rock show. Their Used-esque sound showed glimmers of breaking out, but as soon as those moments came, they vanished into the background, almost getting me to beg, PLEASE DEAR LORD DON'T KILL THAT GREAT IDEA!!! Their stage presence seemed nil, and while not remarkable, not a band you'd pay to see again.

After that Senses Fail came on. Get Budddyhead on the line right now. There must be some award for complete and utter crappiness that they can recieve. I mean, can't someone make up a trophy with a big picture of an ass on it and say "You guys suck so much ass, we just had to give you a trophy?" As Milo noted, "There's a reason why they're called Senses Fail." Once again, another bunch of Drive Thru suburban white boys screaming incoherently. I suppose this may be an improvement from the pee and potty jokes that are the label's modus operandi, though it may indeed have been regressing. The lead singer, as already mentioned, is exactly the portrait of a douche. His hair, a black mullet esque job with a bleached front already sounds disgusting, but when you marry it to a guy who just said "check out my new NYC tattoo" on stage, another one of those white tshirt fools and the most annoying drunken stupor known to man, you want to slit your wrists. Live, if you ever, ever needed to know the sound of your ears bleeding, look no further. "But what about the rest of the band?" you ask. There must be some good to them. Right?

Nope. Seriously, I gave SF a fair shake. Sure, it sounds like I'm being tough on them, but that's because they really are that bad. They're completely bland, and I really could not care whether they sell any more records or not. No, wait, I hope they don't. Cool track jacket, though. I still want buddyhead on the line.

Ahhh. The reason why I came, why I sat through the awful, awful, awful Senses Fail, the lame support bands, though Milo still contends there really wasn't much support. MILLENCOLIN.

Millencolin slayed. That's all.

Set list: Caps and then the underline mean after the song there's some period of stage banter.

Material Boy
Black Eye
E20 NORR (Battery Check)
In a Room
Botanic Mistress
Lozin Must


Mr. Clean

I'd like to reiterate that this review will not mention specifically said suspect advice given by Scott.


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Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

"used-esque sound" hahahahaha you're stupid, deaf, or both.

Janickbananick (December 6, 2005)

great setlist.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Here are my picks for drummers:

-Buddy Fucking Rich (INSANE!!!)
-Max Weinberg (visual style, not tech)
-C. Beauford (DMB sucks shit, but he rules)
-Dennis Chambers (in the pocket like a mofo!)
-Neil Peart (Rush sucks bad...)

Drummers with cool styles:
-Dave Witte from Discordance Axis
-Chris Pennie from DEP
-The little dude from Melt Banana
-Al from Hellnation
-Matt Martin from Cap Cas, Ancient Chinese Secret
-Any drummer who sings while playing...that is tough as hell!
-Bill Bachmann (DCI Tenor player)


Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Yeah, Millencolin has to be about the weakest of the Swedish Bands to cross over. This skater guy who used to sell really terrible weed out of his dorm room was all over these guys.
Pop-punk has got to be Sweden's weakest area, musically speaking.

Sweden's hardcore scene is out of hand, with bands like I Quit, SkitSystem, Totalitar and Krigshot...amongst others.

Too bad every self-proclaimed punk in america only knows Sweden for this band and the Refused.

Anonymous (December 8, 2003)

Motherfucking donuts

Anonymous (December 7, 2003)

6 drummers

Anonymous (December 7, 2003)

5 drummers you need to listen toif you like drumming at all:(no particular order)
-Vinnie Coulaita
-Steve Gadd
-Dave Weckl
-John Bonham
-Carter Beauford (i don't care if you hate dave matthews, hes phenomenal)
-the guy from dillenger escape plan (he plays with a click live and is insane, well, there whole band is)

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

And, millencolin isn't that big in Sweden, they had problems selling out a 1400 capacity venue in the capital, and people came from everywhere since it was their first proper show in sweden in 5 years...

...Home from home didn't sell that well either and the only reason why they won "best swedish rock" in some tv award show was because it was fans-only voting and they were up against 3 bands who weren't even rock... and they flooded their mailinglist about it.

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

For Monkeys was from 1997, and it's their biggest cd except from home from home, so don't expect people to call you mr underground.

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

"Fashioncore is cool because if they sound bad, at least they look good."

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

I like the diversity that punk shows are starting to have. Tours like this and others really bring out a diverse crowd and so far it's not been bad. I mean sure, their are some assholes but their are thoughs at every show.


Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

Millencolin... "Home From Home" was shite. Their only record I ever thoroughly enjoyed was "For Monkey". And that was like seven years ago.

stratmanx (December 4, 2003)

Millencolin will probably stick with Burning Heart since Erik does work with the owner and all, but I could see them doing something like Rancid and getting a Major distrobution deal since they've made it so big in Sweden (enough to win Swedish rock of the year) and they could very well break through and become fairly mainstream in the US. Sadly, I'm willing to bet that their next album gets produced by their proclaimed idol, Brett Gurewitz, and they release it through a major.

Greenvandal (December 4, 2003)

Bashing senses fial should be prohibited.

Seriously, its like insulting the word stupid for being what it is.

The band is a blackhole in music that sucks in all the goodness around it, and churns out awful psuedo-emotional babble afterwards.

I cannot say enough bad things about them, and if you think there drummer is good (even for 16) then just...fuck you. Seriously. Stop listening to music, some people actually give a rats ass about it rather then its fashion, and a 16 year old playing generic ass beats does not make him talented. Anyone can get the mechanics down within a year, it takes a real writer to come up with a good drumline. This is the same shit that any of the thousands of Thursday wannabe band drummers would have farted out. Disgusting.

But I digress.

From now on, the name of the band senses fail is a insult.


You know what the band matchbook romance reminds me of? Senses Fail.

Yeah, they are THAT bad.


Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

they are probibly not going to leave burning heart, their guitarist erik works there. they might leave epitaph though depending on the situation.

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

Millencolin signs to drive-thru...

Millencolin/RxB tour?

I orgasm.


Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

Because their contract is done.

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

Why are they leaving Burning Heart?


Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

I'm not surprised Millencolin are shopping around, almost every big Epitaph band has bailed.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

I heard that Millencolin hate gays. Is this true? If so thats messed up becuase the punk scene is one scene in which homosexuality has been accepted with open arms.

funkisdead (December 3, 2003)

if millencolin sign with drive thru... well... wow. that would be some fucked up shit.
realistically speaking though, i cant think of other undie for them to sign with...
i bet they'll go major before they sign to drive thru.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

wow, dont compare matchbook romance to the used....this review sucked it consisted of you bashing two bands that are too "gay" for your taste....and all you said was "Millencolin slayed all." or something to those terms.....thats fucking shitty. to diss bands, then write 3 words about the bands u liked...haha.

boba_fett (December 3, 2003)

if millencolin signed with drive-thru that would suck ass. id rather they signed with a major.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

millencolin says they will not decide on a label until after they record the next album, see who can give them a deal they want, at least this is what they said in St. Petersburg

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

Are Millencolin signing with Drive Thru?

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

Just for reference, tickets to millencolin in Sweden in a venue which has about the same size or smaller than what they're playing in the states was 30$.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

WOW. You are good to moan but when come the time to say something good about a band, you have not much to say. You wrote about Senses Fail's fashion. Why not tyoing about the Millencolin's members one? They are a part-owner of a clothing store, it would have got a point there....or why you did mention the Millencolin guitarist is a huge fan of Matchbook roamnce? or either if he were wearing his huge bagues or not? cause it's would be pointless you would say to me. Nikola makes often special things on scene. Did you even notice one of them? Damn, you are a weak reviewer and I hope they don't pay you for the crap you just pooped.

So, obiviously, the 10 goes to Millencolin, Senses Fail and Matchbook Romance performances, surely not for that smelly shit you did write about them.


Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

No. They still didn't find Nikola's brother. Sorry.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

millencolin were good when i saw them in nyc. but they got to have better support bands. bring bombshell rocks back here or something.


Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

this review was awesome both those bands suck millencolin rule... your from iowa i give you props

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

Mick Jagger has more wrinkles on his face than a severed scrotum.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

"Yeah, I know this isn't a good review, its just a bunch of jokes Milo and I came up with after the show. Senses Fail does suck though.

Minor Threat"

You know why you suck? You bashed the Rolling Stones and your name is based on a straight edge hardcore band. That means you suck. Bad.


Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

millencolin rule.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

even though it was millencolin playing, they got boring after the first 5 songs, they played all the best ones right in the beginning. matchbook romance needs a new singer. every time i read a review on senses fail by anyone, it's the longest and most detailed review out of any of the other bands playing the show...and they're not even the headliner. Last time I saw them was with Brand New at the metro, they had a crowd response comparable to brand new's. I'm wondering if it's either the fact that they are 16-21 years old that has everyone so jealous of them. Everyone also is forgetting that the songs they are playing are 2 years old and are demo songs that they decided to sell as their EP. I'm going to wait til the full length comes out to actually give them some fair criticism. I mean if they can get that big off of demo songs, I'm going to keep my mouth shut.

To whom ever made the comment about the smashing pumpkins drummer...seriously shut up because that was the worst example of a great drummer. give the kid from SF credit, he's 16 and his band is bigger than yours, if you're in one...for one, and second you should've used dillinger escape plan or something like that.

suck my dick.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I actually got to talk to MC after they played here, and I was afraid to ask if they had found his brother...but I would really like to know what happened there as well...Oh yeah, these guys rock out like few others, the songs off Home From Home made my year...

blood_brothers_are_good (December 2, 2003)

senses fail rox! ur just jealous of them, somehow! wooo.

superdude (December 2, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. But you did say bad things.

2. Fashioncore is cool because if they sound bad, at least they look good.

3. Ok, set me straight, what is is, opening bands, support bands, or what?

4. If any of the still alive Bee Gees were there, who would it most likely be?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

seriously, fuck senses fail they're a bunch of rich new jersey fashion core kids

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

homegrown sucks ass. they used to be ok then they signed to drive-thru and the "ass kicking" stopped at the exact time they starting sucking ass.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

"Ruining it for you "first" idiots. "

Bahaha. It didn't work.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

screw you, homegrown kicks ass.

maverick (December 2, 2003)

Gee, Homegrown perhaps? Allister? Fenix TX?


Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I don't remember MC playing Twenty-Two...

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

"Once again, another bunch of Drive Thru suburban white boys screaming incoherently. I suppose this may be an improvement from the pee and potty jokes that are the label's modus operandi, though it may indeed have been regressing."

Pee and potty jokes...who do you mean?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Senses Fail is pretty much the worst band I've ever seen. I fuckin hate my friends whenever they talk about how good they are..well, my ex-friends I shot them all today for talking about how good Senses Fail is.


There's a man called Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins/ZWAN)... if you want insane drumming, listen to anything he's done.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Yeah completely agree on senses fail though they have to be one of the worst bands ever there lead dude is the biggest fag on stage I have ever seen

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Yeah, I know this isn't a good review, its just a bunch of jokes Milo and I came up with after the show. Senses Fail does suck though.

Minor Threat

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Shitty review. I don't care what the band members were wearing. The only band you talked about in terms of music or performance was MBR.

maverick (December 2, 2003)

Millencolin was surprisingly good at this show. I've been a fan of the band ever since Life On A Plate, but for whatever reason I just figured that they wouldn't be that good live - maybe it was their recent lack of touring coupled with lack of new material. They definitely rocked it, though, and while they didn't play all my favorite songs, they still touched on every album. Kudos for that.

Too bad the opening acts were bland personified [although to be fair, Matchbook Romance was much better live than on CD].


Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Ruining it for you "first" idiots.

I was going to go to this but decided I don't care how much I like Millencolin I'm not paying 15 bux to see one band i like and 2 i hate. Just now i realized I could have gone late, which honestly hadn't occurred to me until 2 seconds ago, and I am pissed because they played 22, my favorite millencolin song. Oh well, glad they rocked, and glad i still have $15 in my pocket.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)


and did they end up finding nikolai's brohter?

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