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Streetlight Manifesto / Big D and the Kids Table

Streetlight Manifesto / Big D and the Kids Table: live in Long Islandlive in Long Island (2004)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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With the first day of the tour finally in effect, Streetlight Manifesto lead singer Tomas Kalnoky stated during the first few songs of the band's excellent set that "You can't bitch anymore about how we don't tour." Malibu Boy Scouts, a sloppy ska/punk outfit from the area, had to have been playi.


With the first day of the tour finally in effect, Streetlight Manifesto lead singer Tomas Kalnoky stated during the first few songs of the band's excellent set that "You can't bitch anymore about how we don't tour."

Malibu Boy Scouts, a sloppy ska/punk outfit from the area, had to have been playing one of their first shows ever. The band, whose average age couldn't have been much higher than seventeen, looked nervous as hell. They shook some of it off to joke with the crowd, like how they introduced themselves as Streetlight Manifesto, played the horn intro from "Everything Goes Numb," thanked us, and left the stage. After a thundering applause, they came back to play a set anyway. They did a lot of goofy dancing, except for the motionless keyboardist/saxophonist, and their lyrical content (ska songs…skanking…ska songs) reminded me of older Reel Big Fish.

The next band taking the stage were the Blue Barracudas, another ska/punk band. Their songs ran together a lot towards the end of their set resulting in a fit of boredom for what seemed like was a good portion of the audience.

Since everyone is already aware of my undying love for ASOB, there needn't be much for me to say here. Having just jumped on the bill, they played a short but sweet, 25-minute set, which wasn't nearly as intoxicating as the last time I'd seen them, but fun nonetheless. They introduced themselves as Taking Back Sunday and ripped right into a speeded, ska'ed-up version of the first two verses of "You Know How I Do," leading right into "So Let's Go Nowhere." I also remember them playing "Rock Rocket Rocketship" and "Kill the President" among others. Oddly enough, one song they played they said would be on the upcoming Big D album. Bearing in mind the fact that a different band was playing it, it sounded good either way.

The High School Football Heroes, who had just finished recording their debut full-length after years together in the local ska-punk scene, put on a good performance. They ran onto the stage and busted into several "classics" and a few songs from the album, titled Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. They have a good following, and it showed, with plenty in the crowd singing along. The energy was admirable, and the set rocked nicely.

Big D and the Kids Table played the final opening set of the night. They definitely stuck out a lot from the rest of the bands this night. Although they used minimal horns for the songs, I've never seen a ska band with a lead singer's on-stage swagger like Dave had. He has to be highly influenced by his native Boston hardcore scene, with his fierce strut, head bobbing, and finger lashes, just like any other hardcore band from the area in question. He also does some slick circle whips with the mike cord. They played "Checklist," "Girls Against Drunk Bitches," "Scenester," "Dirt Lip," "She Won't Ever Figure It Out," "Fatman," "Take Another Look," and a few others. One new song they played, which they said would be the opening track on the forthcoming How It Goes album, is yet another verbal lashing against scenesters everywhere, with a chorus that went something like, "Does my shirt match my pants? Do my pants match my shoes? Do my shoes match my eyeeees?" (as he bats his own). It sounded similar to Gypsy Hill material, so fans will likely not be disappointed.

Streetlight Manifesto, however, owned the night yet again. Although a mere step behind in terms of tightness sine the last time I saw them only a few months prior, they were spectacular yet again. Their completely unexpected yet insane cover of the Suicide Machines' "Hey Ska!" was spot-the-fuck-on and had a good number in the crowd singing along immediately. The crowd was also explosive in general response for the entire set though…I was pleasantly shocked at Streetlight's apparent popularity and glad the band were getting what they deserved. They played nearly every song on the album, performing for well over an hour. Coming back on stage for the encore, Tomas gave us three choices as to what we'd like to hear; "They Provide The Paint For The Picture-Perfect Masterpiece That You Will Paint On The Insides Of Your Eyelids" got the biggest response. "Figures," Tomas replied, "you'd rather hear a BOTAR song than one of ours." As the last singalong finally died out, it looked like many were still mouthing one lyric in particular that summed up the past several hours: "this has been the best night of my life."

Also, I asked Tomas when writing for the next album would begin and he said it was done. He mentioned it'd be out in 2005, which'll be "a big year for us."

 

 
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Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

the young man below who knows all does not work for victory, nor do i, we are just somewhat close with the band. basically we go to alotta their shows because theyre awesome guys and musicians. everything he said is infact true, about the new cd and still hearing nre material from BOTAR and any material from Man Bites Dog. Regarding Big D at the downtown, they played like shit, their sax player wasnt there and it just wasnt a good show for them, dont judge them off that performance, theyre awesome. and as for LAX being a new song, it isnt. As for streetlight, they ripped it up as always, and i myself was the first of said losers to end up on stage (ritual). This all being said, EVERYONE GO TO STARLAND BALLROOM AUGUST 29, 2004 AND SEE STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO COME HOME TO NEW JERSEY. THIS WILL BE THEIR FIRST SHOW BACK FROM THE SUMMER TOUR AND WILL NOT BE A SHOW TO MISS. Big D will also be playing this show, tickets are $12 and doors are at 7pm. Starland Ballroom is in Sayerville, NJ and is easily accessible from rt 18. and i dont work for starland either, i just want a shit load of people to go to this show because it is going to be of the heezie fo sheezie. peace

Tim

NoUse (July 24, 2004)

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Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

i missed this in albany, fuck.

hopefully I'll catch AAA in a few weeks.

sciulli (July 21, 2004)

I was at the Pittsburgh show last night, it was easily one of the best shows I've ever been to. So good, Streetlight does not disappoint. I'm gonna try to make it to another show on this tour as well.

CrookedSuperhero (July 21, 2004)

And also, if big D's sound was so bad, how was he supposed to hear him sing that line. And that song isn't new, it was on a split with a british band called five knuckle, which can be found/bought here:

http://www.householdnamerecords.co.uk/releases/haus046.p hp

CrookedSuperhero (July 21, 2004)

Guy two posts down, inagreendase said they played NEARLY every song on the album, and you've corrected him by saying the exact same thing.

I'm guessing you work for victory (thats a complete guess) cause you started saying we in your last paragraph, which gives me the impression that you are working for victory, so if you do is it true you have that clause to make broken up bands sign onto victory for there new bands?

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Im seeing them in LA with the Pietasters. The Pietasters should be the headliner, even if you've seen them already or not. They deserve it. My God, they are a good band. Their tour with Voodoo was amazing. They are one of the greats.

I cant wait to see Streetligh either. Its going to be one hell of a night.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Man bites Dog is a good movie. Everyone should see it.

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

I was at this show. (and Danbury, Enfield, NYC, and Montreal)

You're wrong on a number of things.

First of all, Big D sucked that night. They sounded like shit and were off on a so many different parts. They even said it the next night in Danbury. "We were going to play 'Scenester' but we fucked it up so badly last night we decided not to" amongst other comments they made. While, they were still fun, they sounded horrible.

The New Big D song you said is about scenesters is in fact not. It's called LAX and about elitist in Los Angeles. (Hence the fist line, "Hey elitist from LA. Los Angeles, California.").

Streetlight played their entire album (minus saddest song and i think that'll be the day). The three options for the encore were, i believe, Hell by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, That'll be the Day (it was either that or we are the few- whichever they didn't play.), or They Provide the Paint by BOTAR.

Crowd picked TPTP.

Right from TPTP they went directly into Better Than You which was a Catch 22 demo from the Rules of the Game Demo. (Some losers *Cough* me *cough* ended up on stage singing with the band on this one)

Don't bank on hearing any of the covers anywhere. They are mixing the covers into their set at random. Sometimes they don't do any covers. I've seen them do TPTP, Hey Ska, Hell, and Better Than You though at the Krome in NJ. I think they're going to do less covers like that the further they get from home.

As for the new album being done. No. It's written. It's not done. It's been written for a while- just like Everything Goes Numb was. Here's to life was originally a catch 22 song- they played it at tomas' last show with c22. It took us years to get that recorded. We were supposed to have a BOTAR full length a year ago. EGN was ridiculously late. Don't count on any time frame the band gives you. We're still waiting to hear from Man Bites Dog. Just wait, be patient, and it'll all be worth it in the end. Tomas does not disappoint.

CrookedSuperhero (July 19, 2004)

How come you were saying this was the best night of my life, and you gave it four stars. I know it was kind of a joke cause of the lyrics on we are the few, but it didn't really fit with the review. Besides that, good review

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

I tried to show BIG D to the kids table one time...it didn't go over well for some reason...go figure.

klasticono (July 19, 2004)

I'm surprised they covered that Suicide Machines song, but that is really cool. They better do that in LA.... I can't get into Big D as much. They're too goofy-sounding I guess. Hit-and-miss band.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

I just noticed that the overall tone of the message board under this ska-related news item is decidedly less combative than those of other types of posts...what does this say about the ska scene? I seem to remember ska fans being a bit more cordial and open-minded than hardcore/punk/emo fans...

CrookedSuperhero (July 19, 2004)

What were the other song choices at the end?

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

i saw this show in albany. oh my it was good.

jhfc666 (July 18, 2004)

big d and streetlight seem to be the number 1 bands bringing ska back which is awesome. both of their albums are constantly being listened to in my cd library.

-jhcf666

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

Thanks inagreendase. For the moment the mp3s on www.acousticbandits.com don't seem to work though.
stiffy

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

"I'd beg to differ. Their new songs bear a strong resemblance to the Specials albums like "In The Studio". Just because they aren't using typical 3rd wave song construction anymore doesn't mean they aren't ska. They've just expanded their sound to take in more of the roots of the music, while also pushing forward with it."

i would say, if anything, they are more reggae or dub influenced, but not ska

Fuzzy (July 18, 2004)

well. um. rx bandits arent ska. at all anymore. horns do not mean ska. i mean, at all . no ska. fresca? no ska.

- jonse the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com
I'd beg to differ. Their new songs bear a strong resemblance to the Specials albums like "In The Studio". Just because they aren't using typical 3rd wave song construction anymore doesn't mean they aren't ska. They've just expanded their sound to take in more of the roots of the music, while also pushing forward with it.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

anyone have a setlist for this show? im seeing it on saturday, so id like to know what Streetlight will be manifesting.

wow, that was lame. sorry.

Anonymous (July 18, 2004)

One of the best shows I ever saw. HSFH have just released the best ska album to come from LI since ednas goldfish were together. This thing hasn't left my cd player. I also got an BOTAR shirt at the show which rules.

kirbypuckett (July 17, 2004)

Thursday this comes to me!

- Kirby

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

well. um. rx bandits arent ska. at all anymore. horns do not mean ska. i mean, at all . no ska. fresca? no ska.

- jonse the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

sickboi (July 17, 2004)

You know, I like SM (bought the album), and Big D are fun live, but I honestly think that the only "ska" band doing anything new and intersting now is the Rx Bandits.

inagreendase (July 17, 2004)

excuse my ignorance, but what/who is BOTAR?

Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution. It's one of Tomas's other projects - you can download their EP at the site.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

hsfh put on a sick set along with teh other bands big d rocked streetlight was insane. Definately go out and pick up the new High School Football Heroes album it will blow u awayyyyyyyyyyyyy. glad i traveled so far to see them def worth it.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

"Oddly enough, one song they played they said would be on the upcoming Big D album. Bearing in mind the fact that a different band was playing it, it sounded good either way."

No, ASOB's new album is being produced by one of the members of Big D, that's what they said. Good Show, although I don't think you captured how truly terrible the Malibu Boyscouts were.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

This show was totally awesome. High School Football Heroes were perfect (as is their new album). Big D was fabulous. And Streetlight Manifesto was superb. Could not have been a better show.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

I saw Catch 22 last night and all I could think was "Where is Tom?" I have to go look up SM's touring schedule so I can see if they're coming here.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

its not the 4th wave, its still the third

Ted_The_Bellhop (July 17, 2004)

Wow they covered "Hey Ska!" thats so awesome , i wish I was there for that.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

excuse my ignorance, but what/who is BOTAR?

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

Why doesn't it seem to bother anyone that it appears we're about to see a fourth wave of ska?

Ska hasn't been good since well before any of us were born.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

"Doesn't victory put in a clause in contracts that forces bands that they sign that break up or members leave to have to sign with victory for their new band?"

I really couldn't see that being true, but it does make sense.....Earth Crisis/Path Of Resistance, Catch/Streetlight, TBS/Straylight....I also know that Blood For Blood weren't allowed to persue their side projects (Ramallah and Sinners& Saints) until BFB's contract was up.

So maybe you are right...

What label are the 2 bands that feature members of Grade and Count the Stars on? That should solve this....

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

all I can say is Big D better headline in Toronto or im going to be so fucking pissed off, Streelight manifesto doesn't deserve to headline their first tour over none other than Big D the second hardest working fucking band only next to Belvedere

notfeelingcreative (July 17, 2004)

Hell yeah they just announced an orlando date for this tour!

mumbleumbolous (July 17, 2004)

hmm....lax on the new big d album AND news on a new streetlight album....good night indeed.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

I went to go see this show but my friend didnt have a ticket yet so we went and like 3 people away it sold out. bummer.

inagreendase (July 16, 2004)

"that song was on a split they released 3 or 4 years ago with a British band called Five Knuckle. The song is called LA X. Those lyrics are slightly wrong too (assuming it is the same song) but I'm too lazy to type them out."

It's not a joke - the band said it was a new song. I'm guessing they re-recorded it...?

Krizin (July 16, 2004)

I'm totally fucking stoked about seeing this tour.

I'll be seeing three dates on in... including a 16 hour round trip road trip.

Big D and Streetlight are two of my top 5 favorite bands.

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

"Streetlight Manifesto should get the fuck away from Victory Records."

Doesn't victory put in a clause in contracts that forces bands that they sign that break up or members leave to have to sign with victory for their new band?

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Sweet heebee-jeebees this show is going to be nice! And a TSM cover to boot. Makes me wonder whatever happened to good old Vinnie Noble?

-ObeyYourParents

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

"One new song they played, which they said would be the opening track on the forthcoming How It Goes album, is yet another verbal lashing against scenesters everywhere, with a chorus that went something like, “Does my shirt match my pants? Do my pants match my shoes? Do my shoes match my eyeeees?” (as he bats his own). It sounded similar to Gypsy Hill material, so fans will likely not be disappointed."

I really apologise if that was a joke, as I'm unfamiliar with most of Big D's stuff and what their popular tunes are, but that song was on a split they released 3 or 4 years ago with a British band called Five Knuckle. The song is called LA X. Those lyrics are slightly wrong too (assuming it is the same song) but I'm too lazy to type them out.

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Streetlight Manifesto should get the fuck away from Victory Records.

Anonymous (July 16, 2004)

Big D brings the funk. those guys are sweetness

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

klasticono (July 16, 2004)

I absolutely cannot wait for Streetlight to come to LA next month.... If only I hadn't loaned away my copy of the album, my burned copy AND the CD-R I made with Everything Goes Numb and BOTAR on it. Those bastards better give me my CDs back.

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