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Maxeen / Don't Look Down / Somerset

Maxeen/Don't Look Down/Somerset: live in Galesburglive in Galesburg (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: maverickScott
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It's funny. No matter how far in the middle of nowhere a show might be, or how few people might be in attendance, there will always be "that guy." Last night at Knox College in tiny Galesburg, Illinois, out of the 30 or so people who came to watch the rock show, one was proudly wearing a Maxeen sh.


It's funny. No matter how far in the middle of nowhere a show might be, or how few people might be in attendance, there will always be "that guy." Last night at Knox College in tiny Galesburg, Illinois, out of the 30 or so people who came to watch the rock show, one was proudly wearing a Maxeen shirt. Amazing.

So with that amusing anecdote out of the way, it's time for the rock, and rock Somerset did. This Minneapolis quartet tore through a few songs off their This Thought Process EP, as well as all three of their new demos. The band's sound - intense, driving emotional punk rock motivated with introspective and political lyrics - never gets tired in these ears. They even ran through two new songs, "Clockwork" and another whose name I missed. Both show boatloads of promise for the band's impending full-length. Still worthy of the "best unsigned band in America" tag, hands down.

The surprise of the night came next, in Don't Look Down. This Nitro Records band had an off-night from their opening spot on the current Rufio tour and graced Knox with their presence. I remember not liking their last EP very much, thinking it was a bit too bland and a bit too pop-punk, but live Don't Look Down was an entirely different beast. Their set consisted of heavy, melodic skatepunk that was heavy on the low-end and breakdowns. Very Thrice-esque, only without the screaming or wailing metal solos. I wasn't a fan before, but I definitely came away one.

Finally, the Los Angeles trio known as Maxeen set up and launched into "Gettaway" off their 2003 self-titled debut. The energy was high from the first note stung by guitarist Shannon and the first note sung by bassist/vocalist Tom. The trio's Police influence shone through loud and clear during their set, with all three vocally harmonizing as well as throwing in extended jam-outs during songs like "Love Goes A Long Way."

Maxeen ran through 11 out of the 12 songs on their album [woefully neglecting "Delete Lola"], but finished strong with a new song entitled "Get Set." If this track is any indication of what the band's future material will sound like, Maxeen's follow-up LP will surely be on many of our Top 20 lists come 2005.

Three bands, three great performances, totally free show. Not bad for a Monday night.

SET LIST
Gettaway
Love Goes A Long Way
Take The Weight Off
Soleil
White Flag
Please
Shuffle My Feet
Poison June
Lead Not Follow
Strangers
Good Enough
Get Set

 

 
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Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

maxeen is fucking horrid. dont look down is killer.

Romeo (April 18, 2004)

I hate 'that guy', im in a town with nothing but 'that guys'. Yes I said 'that guys'.

Garrett County, Maryland sucks.

Somerset rocks.

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

You know, I actually don't see "that guy" very often at shows at all. Really the only time I see them is at Tsunami Bomb shows, where there are always groups of chicks wearing their shirts.

noreply (April 16, 2004)

i still think that the vocalist from somerset sounds an awful lot like the guy from fenix tx

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

don't look down is such a terrible band i was unfortunate enough to see them at local shows all too often a few years ago in south jersey.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

somerset is amazing. incredible good i checked em out at warped last summer, and they ruled. even though the singer was a little bit done by the end of the set they were definetly worthy of the title best unsigned band in north america

kirbypuckett (April 14, 2004)

kirby,
you could see somerset in akron on thurs. the 22nd... as it is closer to pittsburgh... at least that's the show i'm planning on going to

I'll be in Cleveland for Local H this Friday though.

However, if I'm off on Thursday I'll take a drive to Akron.

IM me on "KirbyPuckett" and we'll talk.

- Kirby

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

Um...I thought Don't Look Down was becoming even more poppier with their music. 2/3 years ago I enjoyed them, now I proclaim them the next Simple Plan...sounds like Thrice...hah!

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

kirby,
you could see somerset in akron on thurs. the 22nd... as it is closer to pittsburgh... at least that's the show i'm planning on going to

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

Maxeen rocks.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

Maxeen BLOWS!!!! and for anyone else otu there who plys the new MVP baseball on a regular basis, you know what I'm talkin about. Every time i hear that song, I want to poke out my ear drums with a pencil. Christ, thats an annoying song.

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

maxeen gives me the chills. in a good way. please is one of my favorite songs ever.

Sway (April 14, 2004)

That's lame, because I think "Delete Lola" is probably my favorite off their album.

ElVaquero (April 14, 2004)

http://home.comcast.net/~baglunch2/shows.html

Anonymous (April 14, 2004)

Yes, Galesburg has had a lot of great bands in the recent past. As for whomever it was that said they hear about who's playing until they were gone, I'm sorry! I am the UB music chair, so I've booked most of the shows this year. I've been threatened on a few occasions not to advertise in the paper or anything, so it sucks. But if you ever want to know what's coming up at Knox, go to http://home.comcast.net/~baglunch2/shows.html.
April 24th just happens to be headlined by Bob Nanna, of Hey Mercedes/Braid fame. The year will be over before I know it, but hopefully I will be able to retain the position next year. We can always use more of a crowd, so come out whenever you can! Thanks for the review, and your presence, Scott.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

sooo Don't Look Down is pop-punk recorded, and skate-punk that sounds like Thrice live...Yep that makes sense to me.

ElVaquero (April 13, 2004)

God I would kill to have a small(ish) town where Def Jux acts were a regular feature.

ElVaquero (April 13, 2004)

I just can't get into Maxeen.

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

Do all these bands play at Knox when they roll through? I'm from G-burg, and I never hear of any of these shows until they're gone.

KirbyPuckett (April 13, 2004)

::crossess fingers so I can hopefully see Somerset in Cleveland on Friday::

- Kirby

viceroymonarch (April 13, 2004)

"best unsigned band in America" = "best unsigned band that will let me hang out with them"

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

i am from galesburg. sadly enough. we actually get lots of big acts. atmosphere and lots of def jux acts have rolled through in recent years. thursday made galesburg a consistent touring stop until their last album when they blew up. lots of hardcore acts grace galesburg with their presence. i don't really understand it, but the scene is huge at home. fuck yeah, g-burg w00t.

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