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Avail / Only Crime / Jericho

Avail / Only Crime / Jericho: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Fortunately, or unfortunately, Break the Silence was scheduled to open, and I missed them. I'm sure you can comment tell me how much they suck or rock, regardless of whether you've heard them before or not. Jericho was up next, and I'd hesitantly describe them as a cross between Dillinger Four an.


Fortunately, or unfortunately, Break the Silence was scheduled to open, and I missed them. I'm sure you can comment tell me how much they suck or rock, regardless of whether you've heard them before or not.

Jericho was up next, and I'd hesitantly describe them as a cross between Dillinger Four and Avail. Mix the instrumentals of the former (maybe with a little less talent), and the overall feeling of the latter and you've got Jericho. The 200 crowd didn't seem all that receptive, but it was their first time in Chicago, according to the band. Still, they put on a good show, and if they roll around your town as support, they're worth going early for.

Only Crime was the question mark of the night, at least coming into it. What would they be like? More or less knowing only "Doomsday Breach," would their set be as good?

Only Crime was pretty sick, and only knowing "Doomsday Breach" was defintely a drawback. Another drawback is that really, no one else knew the songs either, so parts that were obviously meant to be shouted out by the front three rows and parts where the crowd was supposed to get into Mr. Rankin's face were devoid of those elements, imparing the set greatly. However, all of the guitarists played with admirable skill, and quite a bit of passion. I couldn't tell if they missed notes, I don't know the songs.

Without taking shots at any group, the plain truth is its nice to see an angry punk rock band with no gimmicks, and Only Crime is talented enough to pull it off. It's obviously something the group members care about and not a quick cash in. Semantics aside, it was a good, energetic set, and if you like Only Crime, you should see them live.

Avail, you really shouldn't have to ask about. Of course it was fun, of course it was energetic, of course it was endearing, and of course it ended to soon (too soon being any time at all). Tim had a bad back, but it didn't show at all onstage, everyone (both on stage and off) was in the air, rocking out, having a good time, moshing, and enjoying themselves. It was a raucous ball of energy from start ("South Bound 95") to finish (dunno).

Between songs, Tim spoke about how he "didn't want to get all emo and Dashboard Confessional (truthfully, he couldn't pronounce DC, but it made the rest of the statement all the more endearing) but It means a lot to us that you guys come out. We don't know if we're going to get five people at our shows, but even if we are, we're going to keep doing it till you guys get burned out on us." It's not an exact quote, but it's using as many of his words as I can remember.

It's really a testament to Avail's presence that all I can remember is simply having fun, putting up the horns, screaming out the songs I knew and getting into the ones I didn't. In short, Avail is simply fun live, if you ever need a pick me up, and really, even if you don't, just go see Avail.

Only Crime MP3s
Tenebrae

Avail MP3s
Black and Red
C. Days

 

 
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Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

What's the name of your band?

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

Me too, Ottobar on Sunday.

rarebit (September 30, 2004)

im going to see avail on sunday in baltimore
can't wait!!!

niveK82 (September 30, 2004)

shite, I forgot about this show

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

"damnit, i hate reading AVAIL reveiws, i get so jealous, and i hate california kids for thier absentmindness! last time AVAIL came to CA, there was hardly and one there, i went and saw AVAIL one night, and the next night i saw the Souls and Anti-flag, oh how i wished that i had driven to los angeles to see AVAIL again...."

no doubt, man.... if you're talking about the show at the glass house about a year or more ago i was there...me and about 20 other people. at least tim jumped down onto the floor and made the best of the show...and beaubeau was dressed as tigger. but yeah suicide machines/avail, avail/dillinger four and propagandhi/avail back when i lived in bumfuck, az where the kids appreciated great shows and weren't blessed with so much shit to see all the time were three of the greatest nights of my life. no shit.

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

I wish Avail would come back to Orlando, although I am not sure if they are meant to play here, every time they do it rains like a motherfucker!
-notfeelingcreative

dazed (September 29, 2004)

Sounds like a cool show. I'd love to be able to see Only Crime play. I've seen Good Riddance twice, and despite other people's complaints about their show, Russ really showed an intensity that made it an awesome show both times. Avail are, of course, unique, and have a killer show. Plus Jericho are excellent themselves although they seem to be Avail's Jedi Paduwan band or something, they moved to Richmond and tour with Avail all the time.

BizzleBrizzle (September 29, 2004)

They played the well? Shit! They didn't play that at warped which kinda bummed me...

boldredletters (September 29, 2004)

BSD, I'm surprised you actually like Only Crime. I thought they were kind of boring when I saw them. No energy whatsoever. The music sounded alright, though.

I saw Jericho forever ago, and they are nice dudes who play well.

Avail is amazing live.

innocentbystander (September 29, 2004)

oh and this was the set list for only crime:

to the nines
real enemy
just us
rjr
sedated
doomsday breach
the well
virus
pray for me
on time

johnnydanger (September 29, 2004)

BSD made another good comment...at this pace i wont be able to count them on one hand by years end

innocentbystander (September 29, 2004)

awesome show. avail are fucking fantastic live. if you get a chance go see them, you will be converted!

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

Pick up Dixie first, then either 4am Friday or Over the James after that. Your life will be forever changed... unless you don't like awesome music.

inagreendase (September 29, 2004)

Maybe I should set my punknews signature to "as far as I know" so all my statements are efficiently backed up.

Anyway, I'll be seeing Avail [Fat showcase] in a couple weeks and am totally unfamiliar with them; what album should I check out first in preparation?

maverick (September 28, 2004)

"I would review it, but I suck at writing and thinks that it deserves a staff review.

You may as well take a shot at it; Alternative Tentacles hasn't sent us a copy for review."

Umm... Of course they didn't... It's definitely not sitting on my "mail out to a reviewer" shelf...

-Scott

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

damnit, i hate reading AVAIL reveiws, i get so jealous, and i hate california kids for thier absentmindness! last time AVAIL came to CA, there was hardly and one there, i went and saw AVAIL one night, and the next night i saw the Souls and Anti-flag, oh how i wished that i had driven to los angeles to see AVAIL again....

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

Omg descendents black flag f00l!@

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

"the plain truth is its nice to see an angry punk rock band with no gimmicks, and Only Crime is talented enough to pull it off. "

are you kidding me? with russ on vocals and stevenson on drums, thats like 28 years of musical experience RIGHT THERE, nevermind aaron from bane and the rest. Do yer homework, pussy.

P.S... that CD is fucking awesome.

inagreendase (September 28, 2004)

I would review it, but I suck at writing and thinks that it deserves a staff review.

You may as well take a shot at it; Alternative Tentacles hasn't sent us a copy for review.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

BSD's comment remids me. When will Fuck World Trade be reviewed? I would review it, but I suck at writing and thinks that it deserves a staff review.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

I've seen Avail twice now, and I really enjoyed this show.

Like Hot Water Music, there is something about Avail that makes it's music come alive more so live, than on a recording.

I am not a hardcore fan, but I greatly enjoyed the show, and being up close to the stage, you could understand the lead singer was really emotional about how large the crowd was for a small venue.

"Thank you so fucking much" he roared.

Also, the best part of the show was when the silly guy in the band, light humour folks, did a flip into the crowd.

Great show, I hope Avail is in town again soon

BizzleBrizzle (September 28, 2004)

damn thing isn't coming to philly...I'd love to see all of those bands, seen Avail and Only Crime once before though...

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

Leave it to the guy who doesn't like LoC to review a show where he's heard only one song by the best band.

-BSD

TheOnetrueBill (September 28, 2004)

Break the Silence are decent. I've seen the twice and they put on a good show, mostly because they don't play the bad songs from thier album.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

first,bitches...oh yeah avail fucking rocks

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