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Millencolin / Senses Fail / Matchbook Romance

Millencolin / Senses Fail / Matchbook Romance: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2003)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: MinorThreatMT
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My predecessor, Minor Threat, desperately needs to cut back on the hyperbole. That being said, he's right about the show in general. Epitaph's Matchbook Romance came on first, and truly was mediocre, only occasionally jumping around on stage, and getting the crowd involved. Their screams showed .


My predecessor, Minor Threat, desperately needs to cut back on the hyperbole. That being said, he's right about the show in general.

Epitaph's Matchbook Romance came on first, and truly was mediocre, only occasionally jumping around on stage, and getting the crowd involved. Their screams showed faint sparks of something greater, but those died pretty quickly. Sadly, with more energy, they could have been good, but they remained average during the performance, the crowd giving what they recieved which wasn't much at all.

Drive Thru's Senses Fail came up next. After one song, I was turned off. After two, I was sickened. After three, I vomited. It was the combination of the drunkscreaming "vocalist" , the bland guitarists, and the average drums that made me wonder whether MBR had a run for their money in the average category, but Senses Fail didn't have any of MBR's aforementioned spark of creativity, so they sank quickly to awful.

"We're going to be playing a few more songs...with our instruments!"

Really?

After my ears stopped bleeding, I got some water, and waited for the headliner, Millencolin to plug in. In the crowd, anticipation was on everyone's face, not just the frat boys, but the punx, the emo kids, the 14 year old girls, the 9 year old dragged there by his older brother, everyone.

Millencolin appeared onstage to a gorilla-esque chant over the speakers, which they introed into "No Cigar". From there, the set is a blur of awesome music, flying fists in the pit, though a few things irked me.

Nikola seemed a hell of a lot depressed than when they played last in Chicago, though Mattias and Erik made up for that bouncing around the stage as if their legs were entirely comprised of rubber.

Larzon, who was injured the last time Millencolin played in Chicago, made his triumphant return, not missing one cymbal crash or a hyper speed drum beat.

Millencolin's energy was spread around the venue, allowing everyone to get into the moment, the highlight being "No Cigar", when everyone in the venue screamed out the chorus.

A set list awaits those that want it:

NO CIGAR
Bullion
MAN OR MOUSE
Material Boy
Duckpond
22
Black Eye
OLYMPIC
Fox
E20 NORR (Battery Check)
Pepper
Otis
In a Room
MONTEGO
Botanic Mistress
PENGUINS AND POLARBEARS
Lozin Must
Kemp
Knowledge
Mr. Clean

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

nikola is not always bummed out, hes happy evey time he plays in san diego, and of course now hes sad, anyone would be who looses their brother....

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

nikola is always bummed out, think about it. every time i see those guys, it looks like he is about to cry. and im talking about before his brother disappeared too, hes a sad man... face it

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Regardless of their CD, live they're crappy live.

Minor Threat

GreenVandal (December 11, 2003)

"One thing I want you guys to know about senses fail, they recorded the from depths of dreams cd after they were a band ffor one month! You guys always say that it sucks so bad it is pathetic! They also said their new album should be alot different because they have been a band longer now. But just give the band a chance."

Wow. It took them a month to write that? I could have written that whole thing in 2 days. I bet most of that time was spent recording.

If you think a band deserves leniancy because they decided to rush out a release, then guess what? fuck you.

fucking idiot.

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

senses fail sucks....

InMemoryOfHolland (December 11, 2003)

One thing I want you guys to know about senses fail, they recorded the from depths of dreams cd after they were a band ffor one month! You guys always say that it sucks so bad it is pathetic! They also said their new album should be alot different because they have been a band longer now. But just give the band a chance.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

To the guy who said, "people rationalize their favorite bands to be great in concert."

When I was into Finch, I went to see them in concert and it really did suck.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

ghouls, ghouls, ghouls night out ghouls, ghouls, ghouls night out ghouls, ghouls, ghouls night out ghouls, ghouls, ghouls night out ghouls, ghouls ghouls, ghouls,

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

nikola is depressed because his brother has been missing for quite sometime. I think anyone would be less than happy in a situation like that and I give a lot of respect to nikola for bein strong and staying with it and still touring

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

OK, no offense to either reviewer, but its bad enough when there are multiple reviews of the same fucking tour, but 2 for the same night? God damn. I need to start doing reviews again. Maybe this weekend....hmmm...

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Millencolin rock, i didn't get to this show because i went to the one in Toronto. All these show review guys suck except for a couple, in my opinion these reviewer guys are lame they go to shows and don't enjoy them then come on the net bashing the show when it was probably great.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

English you fucker, English.

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

the millencolin is all for me!! but senses fail and matchbool romance its a shit,um pau no cu,bota neles!!
brazil´hardcore radical

GreenVandal (December 10, 2003)

I think me banging my ass on a pot filled with gerbils would produce a more entertaining sound then MBR and SF.

-!itsafact!

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

i was wondering if any of these reviewers have ever been to a show they liked, or maybe if they have bands that could do any better (not likely)

superdude (December 9, 2003)

Dear Millencolin,
I hope you return home soon. I really miss you. Dear Granny has been getting quite sick lately, and I fear she may be getting the cold. I pray that this letter reaches you in a timely fashion. It seems as though Uncle Bittermyer fell down some stair and hurt his back, what a tragedy, a tragedy indeed.

Next time, do you think you can drive a car with no roof. I just love the way the wind feels in my hair.

It feels like I'm flying, except I'm in my car.

Or yours.

Love,
Superdude

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

hahah they all suck

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

What is the point of doing show reviews? do people ever go to see their favorite bands and go away saying "that totally sucked!"? People will rationalize any performance by their favorite bands to be great.

How many people will go see a show that they have NO idea who any of the bands are?

The distance driven to the venue / price of admission is directly proportional to how much the band "totally rocked/owned/ruled/slayed"...whatever.

inagreendase (December 9, 2003)

Heh..the reviewer's name is MT...why do I feel like Minor Threat probably realized his first review sucked so he went under a moniker and did it over...?

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

millencolin rules, but yeah, nikola seemed a little out of it in Jacksonville too. Your right though, erik and mathias just fucking rip it up.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Your review sucked. Millencolin rules. And you actually typed "PUNX". Moron.

Ryan_Sombrero (December 9, 2003)

I was at the show at the 9:30 Club in DC. Millencolin definitely stole the show as the best band. I say that not only from the standpoint that MC is my favorite band, but MBR and SF suck...horribly. What is it with Epitaph signing some of the most mediocre, shit-sucking bands in the world? Oh wait, I should've asked that question 2 years ago...

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

bayside is a cult

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