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Paint It Black / the Loved Ones

Paint It Black / the Loved Ones: live in New Yorklive in New York (2005)
Jade Tree Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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The Knitting Factory's Tap Room seems a bit more appealing for a punk show than its main performance space, thanks to its cramped feel and stage that barely rises a foot off the ground, but it also brings a lesser sound quality. It seems the venue was not expecting to have to handle the volume that .


The Knitting Factory's Tap Room seems a bit more appealing for a punk show than its main performance space, thanks to its cramped feel and stage that barely rises a foot off the ground, but it also brings a lesser sound quality. It seems the venue was not expecting to have to handle the volume that bands like Paint It Black and the Loved Ones can bring.

Voice In The Wire and the Arsons opened the night. I had only heard a couple MP3s from Voice In The Wire and was not too impressed, but live they had me sold. Their set was full of energy despite the fact that they were only playing to the early arrivals and the patrons glued to bar stools. They were also the first victims to sound problems, thanks to vocals that seemed too low throughout the set. Despite this issue they still rocked on and provided plenty for the few fans up front to tap their feet to.

The Arsons took the stage next. I remembered not being too impressed when I saw them play with the Bouncing Souls a couple years back, and they were still just as unmemorable. They went through a set of old-school sounding pop-punk that recalled bands like All or the Vandals, but never reached that level. The lead guitar parts seemed like out of place noodling, the bass lines revolved around simply playing root notes, and again, the vocals were hard to hear.

After the rearranging of some equipment the Loved Ones took the stage with a six pack of Rhinegold in tow, and preceded to give punk rock a rock and roll make over. From the opening note of "Chicken" the band gave an impassioned performance. Dave Hause seemed to abuse his guitar as he hopped around on stage and his singing was fiery and on target. Sure, there were little mistakes, which Hause was quick to point out and blame on the fact that the band had had a bit too much to drink, but they didn't detract from an amazing set. This intoxicated state also lead Hause to some interesting conclusions such as, "This show started so fucking early cartoons were still on," and "This thing will be over early enough for you guys to catch TGIF. I thought this was the city that never sleeps."

The band ran through all the songs off of their new EP except "Drastic," two songs from their demo, and a new song. It was surprising to see what a following the band has already amassed. At numerous points Dave Hause could stop singing and simply let the crowd take over. The trio themselves seemed surprised as huge smiles came over their faces during the singalongs.

When you see a skinhead in a soccer jersey stretching before a band's set you know shit is about to go down, and sure enough, when Paint It Black took the stage it did. They launched into their first song and floor punching, fist swinging, and vocal screaming quickly ensued. This was my first time seeing the band minus Dave Hause but they were still able to nail all the parts with only one guitar player. As always, singer Dan Yemin was frighteningly intense as more veins than I knew existed popped out in his neck and face.

The band's jokes between songs made for a nice contrast to their pummeling sound. Yemin took shots at the bands playing the bigger stage upstairs (Throwdown, the Chariot, and It Dies Today) saying that, "You don't need that metal shit, this is the real hardcore show." He also mocked the concept of Christian punk and the intoxicated state of friend Dave Hause, who joined the band for the song "Memorial Day." Yemin did get serious for a moment when he brought up the current political state of the country, but His PhD-level vocabulary was apparently too much for one hardcore kid who yelled out, "Too many big words!" Luckily, bassist Andy Nelson was ready to translate as he announced, "Warpath. Fuck Bush."

Paint It Black's set, though packed with cuts from both of their albums, was relatively short because of their brief song lengths and draining performance style. The set included songs such as "Election Day," "Pink Slip," "Exit Wounds," "The New Brutality," and "Atheists In Foxholes" from their new album Paradise and "Cannibal," "Womb Envy," "Atticus Finch," "CVA," and "Void" from CVA.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

that old fuck is the arsons has to let go of his rockstar dream.

cuz it ain't gonna happen!

Anonymous (March 17, 2005)

anybody who missed voice in the wire seriously missed out, they should have played after the arsons, they got screwed and only played 15 minutes but it was awesome!

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

the dancing wasn't annoying at alll. No one was samauring or anything. One kid was floor punching and then then were just like jumping and down...

If i had to classify i'd say agressive pogo

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

Thanks.

So we have deduced that Dan Yemin went to college in Michigan (though not necessarily AT Michigan) and got his PhD at Widener and then worked counseling children and adolescents.

That is helpful.

I'd be interested to know, more specifically, what type of psychology, but this is hel[ful.

Thanks.

bizzlebrizzle (March 14, 2005)

I think he was talking about undergrad when he told me Michigan.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

where did dan yemen go to school and what type of psychology did he study?

His PhD is from Widener University according to this article: http://citypaper.net/articles/2003-07-24/music.shtml

bizzlebrizzle (March 14, 2005)

yeah i was at the show too.

there was hardly any dancing at alll.... There was a few kids there doing it fo some of the time but it wasn't annoying or anything. I was the only person who got hit all night during the dancing. it reallly shouldn't bother anyone.

What kind of dancing was it though? Was it like two-stepping and shit like that or was it those homoerotic ninja moves? If anyone does homoerotic ninja moves to Paint It Black they need a bullet in the brain.

bizzlebrizzle (March 14, 2005)

Dear Crookedsuperhero,

Toss my salad.

Yours Truly,
Bizzle

bizzlebrizzle (March 14, 2005)

where did dan yemen go to school and what type of psychology did he study?

I talked to him at one show in Philly, and told him about how I was originally from Cincinnati, and he said that he had gone to college in Michigan so he could relate to any homesickness I was feeling.

I'm not sure what college in Michigan though.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

where did dan yemen go to school and what type of psychology did he study?

Crookedsuperhero (March 13, 2005)

Dear BizzleBrizzle,

You're a dipshit. Why? Because you call other people dipshits for having different views to you.

Yours sincerly,

Dipshit no. 500043657545745

Crookedsuperhero (March 13, 2005)

"You hear about that guy and hiswife who went into the gorilla area of a zoo in California and then one got loose and manually ripped his testicles off along with his foot?

No? Well, I'd rather be that guy, then be a fan of this crap music."

I think were gonna have to break up.

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

Loved Ones are playing 3/13 in DC.

iheartadam (March 13, 2005)

You hear about that guy and hiswife who went into the gorilla area of a zoo in California and then one got loose and manually ripped his testicles off along with his foot?

No? Well, I'd rather be that guy, then be a fan of this crap music.

bizzlebrizzle (March 13, 2005)

Dear CorpseOfMyMotivation,

You're a dipshit. I fucking love Good Riddance to death, but they aren't as good as they used to be anymore. And Paint It Black slays None More Black(but NMB is still good).

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

Yemin is God. How is that Lifetime retrospect going Mav? It would've made my night to see some goon streching before PIB set. The goon squad was out in full force for Converge/Cave In, lots of skin heads and dudes wearing those Grandpa tam things

Barkley

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

yeah i was at the show too.

there was hardly any dancing at alll.... There was a few kids there doing it fo some of the time but it wasn't annoying or anything. I was the only person who got hit all night during the dancing. it reallly shouldn't bother anyone.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

good review

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

Pictures from this show at www.foryourlensonly.com

kirbypuckett (March 11, 2005)

Loved Ones tonight in Pittsburgh!

YESSSS

- Kirby

CorpseOfMyMotivation (March 11, 2005)

Dave's definitely not a skin.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

I should also note that Dave Wagenschutz(drummer) is not a skin head as far as i know. Last year I saw them with the Jade Tree tour and one of the bands called Dave W. a skin head and some other not nice things and he was going to kick the guy's ass. It is possible that he is just getting older and balding and decided he would rather have a shaved head, or just likes the looks of a shaved head.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

1) i was there and didnt see one spin kick or any of that garbage. This was a relatively small show with maybe 100-150 people in attendence. At most maybe 3-4 people were dancing at once. A little picking up change during the break downs and general normal dancing. far from the riot this guy pretended to happen.

2) PIB kicks NMB's watered down pussy shit music any day of the week. If you enjoy watered down, pop inspried crap core you'd love NMB. Enough said.

3) The thing the reviewer neglected to mention how ridiculously short this show was. I arrived at about 7:00 and the show was over by 9:20. PIB's set was only about 30-35 minutes and just about half of it was talking. They sounded great while playing, but only playing for roughly 20 minutes is ridiculous. You'd think since they played short songs and most of their songs on CD linked together you'd see them play 3 tunes in a row, i think they played 2 tunes in a row once.

I agree with the score, solid 8. If PIB played 10 more minutes of music the show would have been a 10.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

This was one of the best shows I've ever been to, hands down. The drink, the music, and us fuckin' overpowering Hause as he sang was insanely cool. PIB is fuckin' saving hardcore.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

PIB=Yaaaawn. Overrated.

Benjasaurus (March 11, 2005)

Waaaay too many PIB and NMB reviews as of late.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

PIB and The Loved ones are always great.... leave those kickboxing motherfuckers to the retard Throwdown show..... Let them beat each other silly. Fuck them.

dazed (March 11, 2005)

I'm assuming the karate kids just kind of come with the territory in the northeast and atlantic seaboard areas. I agree that it's boring to watch and annoying to be around although I'd still want to go see this show.

joeg (March 11, 2005)

For some reason, I though PIB would have more of a circle pit type of crowd, not the annoying kickboxers.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (March 11, 2005)

Dear Dave Wagenschutz,

Please come here with Good Riddance and None More Black and quit wasting your time with PIB.

Sincerely,

A concerned fan

TheOneTrueBill (March 11, 2005)

I really want to get that Loved Ones EP. And I really want to see PIB live too.

And yeah, BSD is right. Fuck all the "dance" moves.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

I don't see how people enjoy floorpunching and/or spinkicking. There's no interaction...

You don't need an acre of space to get into the music, fuckheads.

-BSD

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