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Allister / Home Grown / The Early November

Allister/Home Grown/The Early November: live in Portsmouthlive in Portsmouth (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: SureshotSureshot
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Just before christmas I saw Drive Thru were coming to the UK, but wasn't really intending to go. No Finch, Rx Bandits, Starting Line or Something Corporate were gonna be there, and the bands headlining weren't exactly top of my playlist. I guess that was out of not hearing enough of them rather th.


Just before christmas I saw Drive Thru were coming to the UK, but wasn't really intending to go. No Finch, Rx Bandits, Starting Line or Something Corporate were gonna be there, and the bands headlining weren't exactly top of my playlist. I guess that was out of not hearing enough of them rather than disliking or anything though.

So I decided to go. Bought a ticket and showed up at the Wedgewood Rooms on the night. My girlfriend was doing some promotion stuff for the whole shebang so I said I'd meet her in there, and proceeded to join the longest line since NOFX sung about one.

After getting in and kicking around for a bit, Hidden In Plain View came on. To be honest it sounded a pretty good set, but the crowd weren't really buzzing too much, and we were just kinda standing at the back at that time. I'm not sure if too many knew much about them either considering they're pretty new to Drive Thru, having just the one EP. They felt it too - 'you're a hard audience to please' was said at least once.

Anyhow, they did their bit and left, and we'd already headed to the bar by then, next up was The Early November. This time we went right in the thick of things, and by now the minions were definitely stirring. Cue an excellent set; 'I Want To Hear You Sad' probably got the best reception, but all in all everyone was moshing like a kangaroo on speed (don't try this at home kids) for every song. Joe and Ace then crowd surfed at the end, much to the non-delight of the security guys at the front, and Ace got dropped as he went back but was alright. So they left, with a few bruises, and the show went on.

After another timely trip to the bar, the anticipation in the room grew as Home Grown were onstage next. In fact, I think my girlfriend had enough anticipation for the entire room and then some as she's mental about them. Anyway, they came on and played such stuff as 'Give It Up' and the inaugural 'Barbie Girl' which everyone went insane to, and they generally blew the crowd away with everything else. Which was nice.

Almost episodically we hit the bar again, and this time we came across a couple of the Early November guys, who were signing all sorts of stuff for all sorts or people. Joe came over and chilled with us for a while which was cool, and I caught up with him a bit later. He said he'd been drinking since 2pm - 'it's what you do when you come over here, just get up and get wasted'. I agreed, and we continued to swig drinks like we had gills and a dorsal fin.

Joe staggered off to talk to some of the Home Grown guys, and I returned to the main room. Allister had already started, but really I wasn't paying a lot of attention anyway, and we kinda sat at the back until it was over. When they finished everyone began flocking out, with a few people hanging on to wait for band members and so on. My girlfriend went backstage so I was waited for her, and then we left. The Drive Thru Invasion was over and the world was safe again for now.

So yeah, was good in the end, despite the 'big names' not being there, better than I expected anyway. And if you do go and see them on their travels and notice Joe walking around without a drink in his hand, have a heart and buy him one!

 


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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 (January 26, 2004)

Herpes > The Drive-Thru Invasion Tour

Anonymous (January 26, 2004)

I got two words for the person that loves sound garden-"I hope you die you stupid peace of shit. Fuck Sound Garden. Fuck them in their herpes infected ass holes."

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

fuck you. nobody on this site nows what a punk is and everyone that tries to define is a fuckin dipshit go to hell and enjoy whatever music you want fuckers

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

everyone that comments on here sucks ass get a fuckin life you fuckers

FortyMinutesWest (January 25, 2004)

"What?!? xxxxx Go to a Throwdown or a Converge concert xxxx for xHCx hardcore concert audiences!@!!!@ XXXXX

-xxCORExxxxxxxXCsdX"

You aren't funny.

GreenVandal (January 25, 2004)

This is so bad it is ludicrous. I cant even say a comment to encompass how crappy this is.

Everyone in homegrown needs to die.

8dollarclarinetsolo (January 25, 2004)

"The Drive Thru Invasion was over and the world was safe again for now."

honestly, what can i say

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

What?!? xxxxx Go to a Throwdown or a Converge concert xxxx for xHCx hardcore concert audiences!@!!!@ XXXXX

-xxCORExxxxxxxXCsdX

Sureshot (January 25, 2004)

Oooh tough crowd!

Like I said, they aren't my favourite lot of bands ever nor the most talented, but as a show it was pretty decent.

And good British humour is great, you just need to be able to get it ;)

mikeinflames (January 25, 2004)

On a side note ... the brits aren't funny at all
Thier dry wit humour is not funny one bit
It's funny for people who have sticks ludged up thier ass

mikeinflames (January 25, 2004)

Soundgarden is one of the best bands evar!
All bow down to the mighty power of Soundgarden
Kim from Soundgarden used to take shits with more musical talent than any of these bands
This tour is offically voted off the island
The tour is the weakest link ... goodbye!

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

This tour is the single worst idea America's had since George Bush thought it would be a nice idea to have a child.

eyeball_kid (January 25, 2004)

Question: Are those stand-up bits at the end of Seinfeld supposed be funny?

Over christmas I watched Monty Python's flying circus then SNL for quite a few nights and SNL was shite in comparison to Monty! Mind you the episodes were from the Belushi years.

Andy_Kaufman (January 24, 2004)

I think it's fantastic that homosexuals have created such a vibrant, thriving music scene. Kudos. I jack off to Hip Hop.

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

Home Grown's show is always good. Fun show.

and, chances are, your girl got railed by Johnny.

sweetsugarpezz (January 24, 2004)

lolz.

thats all.

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

Thank christ SOmething Corporate wasn't there. That's a shitstorm and a half

Jesse (January 23, 2004)

I love how Allister, The Early November, and Home Grown aren't considered big names for this douche. Most of the guys in The Early November talk about "all the pussy" they get on tour. I hope your girlfriend can still walk.

heh heh, towered

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

i love the Eifel towered thing. that was great.

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

hahahah...what a shitstorm

on behalf of the US...i apologize

Sureshot (January 23, 2004)

Brings a whole new meaning to promotion! ;)

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

"My girlfriend went backstage so I was waited for her, and then we left."

You know she got Eiffel Towered, right?

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

scores for the UK.

FortyMinutesWest (January 23, 2004)

British humor eh? Then where are the people that run around ridiculously fast while funny music plays?

inagreendase (January 23, 2004)

"proceeded to join the longest line since NOFX sung about one."
"moshing like a kangaroo on speed"
"we continued to swig drinks like we had gills and a dorsal fin."

Ahh, the fine subtleties of British humor.

FortyMinutesWest (January 23, 2004)

The Early November totally bring the mosh.

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