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The Lawrence Arms

The Lawrence Arms: live in Glasgowlive in Glasgow (2004)
Fat Wreck Chords

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Mr_IanMr_Ian
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Show #627, apparently. This is the third time Chicago's Lawrence Arms have visited sunny Glasgow and I hoped the city would finally live up to it's "best audience in the world" reputation for the three hard working, hard drinking punks. The first time they played here a year and a half ago at Ki.


Show #627, apparently.

This is the third time Chicago's Lawrence Arms have visited sunny Glasgow and I hoped the city would finally live up to it's "best audience in the world" reputation for the three hard working, hard drinking punks. The first time they played here a year and a half ago at King Tuts there must have been 40 people there at most. I felt extremely angry at the time that hardly anyone had bothered their arse to get to the gig, but "The Disturbed" (as Brendan calls them) were playing that night and the majority of 'alternative' types were at that show instead‚?¶shudder‚?¶However, that meant we got a show that was all requests and a hell of a lot of old stuff was played ‚?? it was one of the most fun shows I have ever had the pleasure of attending. The second time they played here, at the Garage was as part of the Fat Wreck tour with Rise Against, The Flipsides and Mad Caddies. This time maybe a hundred kids were there for the Larry Arms, with the venue then completely filled once the Caddies hit the stage‚?¶shudder‚?¶It was also this night that Brendan got the distinction of being the drunkest 'famous' person I have ever met. For those of you who care, most obnoxious pseudo-celebrity was Kenny from the Starting Line, what a dick he was...

Anyways, to this show at Glasgow's Premier (read: only ) Alternative Nightclub ‚?? the Cathouse. The Catty is a pretty decent venue, as the sound crew are awesome. Unfortunately, drinks during shows are pretty expensive (¬£2.40 for a vodka mix, compared to ¬£1.80 once it opens as a club) and who wants to be at a Larry Arms show sober? Also, there's a bloody great big set of pillars on either side of the stage that obscure performers if you're too far back. That‚?¶wasn't really a problem at this show as Glasgow's continued apathy (and exhaustion bwa ha ha ha ha *ahem*) toward the Lawrence Arms continued. The pit was at least full but that was it ‚?? 150 people at best. Also, bizarrely for an over 14s show there were NO kids at all. Seriously, not a single Good Charlotte hoodie in sight. Normally all you need is a Fat Wreck logo on a band's CD and the kids'll flock to see 'em. Not here, which kinda sucks for the guys cos they won't make a shitload of money for the trip but it's awesome for the rest of us as we don't need to worry about treading on some mini mosher's toes.

Before the show Brendan seemed reasonably sober as he wrote the set list on standing at the bar 10 minutes before he was due on stage. They opened with Presenting: The Dancing Machine from the uncontrollable Fatulence comp and, holy shit did it rock. In fact, they barely put a foot wrong. My complaints are few and far between. On The March of The Elephants Brendan sounded terrible, as did Chris whenever he tried to scream, but that's punk rock baby. Also, with the exception of PTDM and Faintly Falling ashes (which sounded phenomenal live, even better than on record) everything they played was off the albums they've released on Fat. Also, the Day I Snapped sucked in support (they supported them at Tuts the first time they played here too and their singer works behind the bar in Tuts‚?¶nepotism? Methinks so).

The good points were everything else really. Neil is one of the most underrated drummers in music. My mate was in awe at how good he was considering how small the kit Neil was playing on was. "He is super fucking tight" was my mate's reaction. I wholeheartedly agree. Their playful cover of Kelis' Milkshake was a good laugh, even better than their version of Sk8r Boi I've seen them do before. Highlight of the set was either The raw and Searing Flesh with extended intro and outro that really added to the song and showed how good they are at playing when they want to be. Also, the drunken singalong of the Ramblin' Boys of Pleasure was fantastic and Brendan had a grin a mile wide as we all sang along. Unfortunately, the renaming of Boatless Booze Cruise Part 1 to "Everyone loves to dance" didn't really work as we were all a bit too wasted to bother with such shenanigans. All in all, it was an awesome show and I wish I had more money so I could follow them all over the UK.

Setlist (not in order) Presenting: The Dancing Machine, Faintly Falling Ashes, Porno and Snuff Films, The First Eviction Notice, Boatless Booze Cruise Part , Brickwall Views, I'll Take what's In The Box Monty, Right as Rain Part 2, The Raw and Searing Flesh, On With The Show, Drunk Mouth Kitchen Smile, The March of The Elephants, Chapter 13: the Hero Appears, The Revisionist, The Ramblin Boys of Pleasure, The Disaster March.

 

 
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Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (May 20, 2004)

Why the hell didn't they play anything before apathy and the shady view split. What the fucka re they playing at

SOYBOMB (May 4, 2004)

ahahah, this is such a great review thread.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

threechordsandthetruth (May 4, 2004)

"put you just did the same exact thing!

- sarcasm reporter"

But you made a typo!

- dramatic irony reporter

Anonymous (May 3, 2004)

put you just did the same exact thing!

- sarcasm reporter

Anonymous (May 3, 2004)

"take some comdey classes."

Sara(no h )

-------

How about if you take some spelling classes first!

Zing!

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

You must have no life whatsoever to be pointing out mistakes like the shithead you are.

Sara(no h)

Anonymous (May 3, 2004)

Hey I saw these guys in london last sunday it had to be one of the best gigs i have been to. Fletcher supported and lawrence arms played some top shit. Highlight had to them playing that song minute off ghost stories. They said they had not played it in over a year. They also played what time is penscola which was fucking cool. I was right at the front of the stage and I managed to get some fucking cool pics
I`ll try put one on here
oh yeah lawrence arms can read cause if you think about it look at all the references to books they have made ie master and marghrita and catcher in the rye

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

i don't believe i've ever run into mr. kelly while he was sober.

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

Does anyone ever wonder how this band would play if they were 100% sober?

SOYBOMB (May 2, 2004)

"take some comdey classes."

Sara(no h )

-------

How about if you take some spelling classes first!

Zing!

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

"You should take an interpreter next time you go to the record store"

hahahahahahaha

-c22

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

"Don't own an almub by them,couldn't name a song, but love their shows. I don't know what's holding me back from buying a cd."

Maybe the fact you call them "almubs". You should take an interpreter next time you go to the record store.

-The Spelling Police

take some comdey classes.

Sara(no h )

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

To the dude who said they're probably the only good drunk live band, you haven't seen too many punk shows, huh?

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

"Don't own an almub by them,couldn't name a song, but love their shows. I don't know what's holding me back from buying a cd."

Maybe the fact you call them "almubs". You should take an interpreter next time you go to the record store.

-The Spelling Police

punkindrublic696 (May 1, 2004)

"I think Mobile (pronounced moe bile) phone is cooler than cell phone. do they say that over there? "

yeah we say "mobile", nobody says cell phone, like so 2 years ago!

Anonymous (May 1, 2004)

150 is a pretty good turnout for hte larry arms... isn't it?

here (toronto) they draw that, maybe. i saw them last summer with 15 people in a 'burb.

Anonymous (May 1, 2004)

Hey neat Layout

Fuck you Scottish Bastards for getting to see the Lawrence Arms. Hiatus my shiny metal ass!

In other news, Cave In's beautiful "Jupiter" cd is a worthwhile purchase for all of you prog metal enthusiasts.

Barkley

Kenjamin (May 1, 2004)

Totally agree with Neil being a tight drummer. When I saw them, Brendan was trashed and Chrisl was stoned and had not Neil been so awesome, some of those songs would have fallen apart. Awesome show regardless.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

Don't own an almub by them,couldn't name a song, but love their shows. I don't know what's holding me back from buying a cd. I did enjoy their music when I saw them play.

Sara(no h)

gatecrasher (April 30, 2004)

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thinks Neil is an underrated drummer.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

For those of you who care, most obnoxious pseudo-celebrity was Kenny from the Starting Line, what a dick he was...

why is he even there///

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

Probably the only band that performs good live while totally drunk.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

I heard that The Larry Arms don't know how to read.

Is that true?

This score is for illiteracy.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

I think Mobile (pronounced moe bile) phone is cooler than cell phone. do they say that over there? those living end dudes say it on their new album. That is a sick setliest, but why don't they ever play 'navigating the windward passage'? its not my fav, but damn its good. oh yea, no quincetuple your money is a cock block. larry arms own.

oh yea, and for the 7000th time i'm gonna tell you all that they slept at my apt in Oakland after the plea for peace 2002 show, hope you're jealous, i killed a pbr 30 pack w/ brenden. They all told me I was gay at one point and then bren pulled me aside, thinking i might actually be upset and was like 'your nooot reallly gayy man...isss cool'

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

That's the best Larry Arms setlist I've seen. That song off the Fat Comp is a great opener.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

Not one song before 2002 except "Faintly Fallen Ashes".
What bullshit.

thefunkybrother (April 30, 2004)

Mate is one of those words that you wish would be incoroperated into the American language.....also, I noticed that the word "shuteye" is a word falling out of favor with many people. I feel this needs to change as well.

I only wish The Lawrence Arms would visit my neck of the woods, but I guess that's what you get for living in a hippie Indian town like I do.

sickboi (April 30, 2004)

Hee hee...."mate".

8dollarclarinetsolo (April 30, 2004)

i didnt think raw and searing flesh was that great live when i saw it, kinda un engergetic and boring, shrug

inagreendase (April 30, 2004)

I'm still pissed I didn't get to hear "Raw and Searing Flesh" live.

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