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Bane / Armor For Sleep

Bane / Armor For Sleep: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2004)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: MinorThreatMinor Threat
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Arriving at the Chicago date of the Equal Vision Tour about 3 groups late (Silent Drive and Bear Vrs Shark were missed) , I only caught two songs of Alexisonfire, so I can't comment on their musical style with any reasonable of degree certainty, but I did notice all the performers seemed energized. .


Arriving at the Chicago date of the Equal Vision Tour about 3 groups late (Silent Drive and Bear Vrs Shark were missed) , I only caught two songs of Alexisonfire, so I can't comment on their musical style with any reasonable of degree certainty, but I did notice all the performers seemed energized. Also, the lead singer had a slight resemblance to a certain biochemist we all know (and presumably) love, with his black hair, dark thick glasses and white Screeching Weasel shirt worn almost haphazardly.

The crowd's interest was passable, and they respectfully paid attention to the performers, cheering when they were supposed to, applauding after songs, but I didn't see huge rush to the merch booth to snap up merchandise as would befit a enthusiastic crowd.

What was the crowd like, you ask? Good question. They looked like an average indie crowd with some liberal doses of hardcore kids in for BANE. Many band hoodies were worn, for those keeping track of the scene, Blood Brothers, Most Precious Blood, and With Honor were all worn extensively, though nowhere near as extensively as BANE's ubiquitous zip ups.

Armor For Sleep came up after a short delay for equipment, and once they started playing, a sizable number of people left to go to the bar. Oddly enough, more kids appeared from the bar, specifically to see them, only to disappear again when BANE started, but I'm getting ahead of myself. I made the mistake of calling Armor For Sleep emo in my school newspaper, but I could get away with it then, since no one really knows what emo is at school, or more accurately, what it isn't. So what is Armor For Sleep? I'd say a lighter version of Thrice, but about as technical.

Did the audience like them? They tolerated them, for the most part. Sure, their fans liked it, but other than, the people left in the Bottom Lounge went from ¾ full to about ½ after Armor For Sleep. Did they play with spirit? Yes? Could it hold a candle to BANE? Nope.

Much has been made of BANE's live show. It's been called a quasi-religious experience. That's a load of shit, and overhyping the facts. Is BANE one of the most exciting and engaging groups you or I will see? Doubtless. Are they talented at what they do? Absolutely. Will you come back? More than likely. Every time they play, it's like a hardcore version of Storytellers, complete with curses, but when the lyrics and the words are so intelligent, I don't mind. Turns out from Mr. Beddards's stage banter BANE did a photo shoot when they got in Chicago, which was just them playing poker while the photographer just moved around them, shooting. While not vital to the concert, or groundbreaking, it was rather interesting.

What does BANE sound like? You can listen right here, but its straight up blazing hardcore. Screams abound, guitars thrashing, drums at inhuman speed. Some consider it the pinnacle of hardcore, but I think of it as hardcore done very, very well. It's meant for shout alongs, kids going right up to the rail to get their face in the microphone, and late nights screaming. Its unfretted hardcore with frighteningly intelligent lyrics.

Aaron Beddard's screaming style gave me some problems listening to songs I knew from their CD Give Blood. Why? He'll only scream about half a sentence, leaving the rest of the lyric for the presumably capacity, rabid crowd. Sadly, by the time BANE came onstage, neither existed, leaving me feeling shortchanged on some of the songs, since I'm not expecting to hear nothing where lyrics should be. The lack of people could have been due to the fact that this wasn't a well publicized tour, and it was a Tuesday, so my guess is many people had made plans already and then found out later that BANE was coming.

After a slow start, the firestarter Can We Start Again was played, and both the crowd (which had now dwindled to 2/5 of the Bottom Lounge, give or take) stepped up the intensity, and BANE's legendary went right back up par.

I can't say I was disappointed in BANE's performance after CWSA, and would gladly pay to see them again. If somehow, you've been in hardcore, and in some odd way have missed out on BANE, this tour is a good way to start with them. Plus, the MP3s at the bottom might help too.

For those interested, here's BANE's setlist:

Fuck What You Heard
Some Came Running
Snakes Among Us
Can We Start Again?
New Song (name unknown)
Count Me Out
Scared
Ante Up
Superhero
Ali Vrs. Frazier I

 


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Anonymous (March 29, 2004)

Score is for Bear Vs. Shark...which you unfortunately missed.

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

"fuck you douche. if you actually were literate you'd see that i CLEARLY said my reason for disliking bane was that is monotonous as shit... the ugly thing was just and added perk.

and don't for ONE SECOND think you know my musical tastes. i listen to alot of hard stuff, and alot of lighter stuff. its called being ECLECTIC.

idiot."

This is a joke, right? $50 says his "hard" stuff is Slipknot, and his "lighter" stuff is Creed. Get the hell outa here and don't come back til you understand Bane, fool!

-c22

Icapped2pac (March 25, 2004)

"There's a non boring version of Park?"

Ease up, dude, you're hitting close to home on that one. I respect you and your opinions, but I know for sure you don't even enjoy their sub-genre of music. Score is for both of Park's albums. AFS gets a 6.

FortyMinutesWest (March 25, 2004)

There's a non boring version of Park?

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

if anything Armor For Sleep sounds like a boring version of Park

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

equal vision made us an offer but we went to drive thru. fuck drive thru.

--the movielife

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

Alexisonfire has more energy live than anybody. I love that band.

- Jordan

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

fuck you douche. if you actually were literate you'd see that i CLEARLY said my reason for disliking bane was that is monotonous as shit... the ugly thing was just and added perk.

and don't for ONE SECOND think you know my musical tastes. i listen to alot of hard stuff, and alot of lighter stuff. its called being ECLECTIC.

idiot.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

and alexisonfire isn't fucking repetitive?

if you are superficial enough to not watch a band because the singer is 'ugly'... no one wants you there anyways.

go back to listening to songs with screamy and singy parts.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

"i went to this tour when it came enar me, and left before Bane started.... partially due to the fact that the singer has THE most intolerable face in music. "

way to be a superficial retard.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

armor for sleep is TERRIBLE. i had the misfortune of seeing them at krazy fest last year. just another band jumping a trend, which has become a sinking ship at this point.

maybe i'm guilty of over-hyping, but seeing bane IS a religious experience for me. that last time i saw them...i can't even put it into words. it was just something amazingly special. they are, in my mind, the best band playing hardcore today. i'm seeing them on this tour and i cannot wait. the intensity and power they put off, the rabid and intense crowds they always draw here in san francisco, nothing beats it.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

bane fucking destroys. the end. how about playing a show in your hometown once in a while, fuckers?

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Wait, wait, somebody's gotta call you out on this.

First of all, you said you left before BANE even came on, and your reason is that Aaron Beddard is ugly? WHAT? You miss fucking BANE? You're commenting on a band you haven't seen live, for a live review. That's called talking out of your ass. Somehow, I don't think punknews.org wants to put out some reviewer bitching about a band that the reviewer didn't EVEN SEE.

"Armor For Sleep sounds nothing like Thrice?" You're entitled to your opinion, I suppose.

What's the point of saying lots of kids wearing wear BANE zip ups? That means they people like them and felt moved enough to buy it.

"If you can't get past the monotony of shitty hardcore, then there's no hope for you." Yeah...you seem to have lots of experience with this, seeing as you skip the all the hardcore bands, and have no idea what they sound like. Why don't you leave the reviews to people who actually went to the shows, okay? You can whine about the scene on your own time.

I'd call you a douche, but I'm pretty sure you know you are already.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

This review blew major ass chunks.

first of all, how could you bypass alexisonfire like that? one of the most energetic, amazing live bands today. recognize.

secondly, armor for sleep is NOTHING like thrice. check out a band once in a while before you make shitty assumptions.

lastly, Bane sucks. if you cant get passed the monotony of shitty hardcore, then you there no hope for you at all. i went to this tour when it came enar me, and left before Bane started.... partially due to the fact that the singer has THE most intolerable face in music.

and as far as the Bane zip up thing goes... it's getting out of hand. now at ANY show i go to whether it be pop punk, hardcore, or emo, i play "count the Bane hoodies".

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

The fireside does have a bar, drink your misery away. The fireside doesn't have that stupid barrier. I could really care less if you have to travel further.

And what's this shit about basically having to buy tickets online for every show now? Lawrence Arms is sold out and I didn't buy tickets because I don't pay convenience fees.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

seems like a lot of chicago kids...anyone heard of hewhocorrupts or curbstomp? i'm a fan of both bands.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

Yeah. Take the shows back to the Fireside so we can't drink while listening to bands. The fireside is also good for not being able to see the band while they play. Plus, I live two blocks from the Bottom Lounge. I'd rather travel further. Let's go back to the Fireside.

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

shitty review. alexisonfire was rather impressive. armor for sleep doesn't sound like thrice. BANE was fun, but show left much to be desired.

note to mpshows: take the shows back to the fireside!!!

inagreendase (March 23, 2004)

It's definitely alexis on fire.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

I was at that show and armor for sleep was just not a good pairing for bane. I'm not going to knock them just because I didn't care for them but they made everyone sleepy

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

the drummer from murder by death (alex) told me it is alexis on fire. and i think alex is on fire would be cooler but who cares what i think

slippy (March 23, 2004)

I can't believe I missed this tour last weekend in Detroit! :< Bane is sweet.

gatecrasher (March 23, 2004)

Someone likes fractions a lot.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

the score is for not seeing bear vs. shark

so i have a question for you kids in the know... is it alex-is-on-fire or alexis-on-fire... i was thinking the former of the two though never cared enough to find information to confirm or refute my guess

Ted_The_Bellhop (March 23, 2004)

Your Review was hilarious, even though you probably didn't mean it to be. The part below sounds like it is from a "How to look Punk" in a teen magazine. Like what are all the cool kids wearing? You crazy kids.

"liberal doses of hardcore kids in for BANE. Many band hoodies were worn, for those keeping track of the scene, Blood Brothers, Most Precious Blood, and With Honor were all worn extensively, though nowhere near as extensively as BANE??s ubiquitous zip ups"

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

one day prior in detroit this show was sold out. unfortunatley most of the crowd was comprised of shaggy haired 15 year olds there to see alexisonfire.

luckily when bane took the stage sweet dudes came out of the woodwork and stage dives and pile ons were abundant from the first song.

the setlist here, to the best of my memory went something along these lines:

ante up
what makes us strong
superhero
release the hounds
count me out
some came running
ali vs frazier
speechless
untitled new song
can we start again

boldredletters (March 23, 2004)

Bane puts on one of the best shows I've ever seen regardless of genre. Talent and ingenuity are all second tier to the pure sincerity and amazing energy of Aaron Bedard.

You should see this band, regardless of what you think of their recordings or hardcore in general.

And yeah, definitely worst tour pairing ever.

And, very exciting that they played a new song.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

This is one of the worst tour pairings EVER.

-sickboi

inagreendase (March 23, 2004)

Armor for Sleep......Thrice? I know you said lighter, but I'm not seeing it.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

fuck that! he has my hardcore credit!!!

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

Whoever wrote this seems like he wants to get "hardcore cred". I assume he has nothing but drive thru record cds and one bane album.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

shitty review dude.

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