Kid Dynamite/Grey Area/Voice In The Wire - live in New York (Cover Artwork)

Kid Dynamite / Grey Area / Voice In The Wire

Kid Dynamite/Grey Area/Voice In The Wire: live in New Yorklive in New York (2005)
Jade Tree Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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The weekend of 8/19-8/22 made me realize that I still fucking have it. Just when I thought "old-man syndrome" was finally kicking in and putting me down for the count, I get my life's second wind. 3 shows in 3 days in 3 states, plus a 6-hour drive to kick it all off. Giddy up mother fuckers. Afte.

The weekend of 8/19-8/22 made me realize that I still fucking have it. Just when I thought "old-man syndrome" was finally kicking in and putting me down for the count, I get my life's second wind. 3 shows in 3 days in 3 states, plus a 6-hour drive to kick it all off. Giddy up mother fuckers.

After 2 days of Lifetime, I thought for sure I'd be through. But no fucking chance. I drove all this way for 1 reason: Kid motherfucking Dynamite. Lifetime was just an added bonus after Hellfest folded like Superman on laundry day.

After spending my afternoon losing money in Atlantic City, it was off to NYC. Driving down the Jersey Turnpike at 95 mph+, I opted to just drive into the city, park, and haul ass to CB's. Surprisingly, driving down FDR at 6:00pm I didn't encounter much traffic at all. I parked by Battery Park and cabbed my ass over to CBGB's just in time to wait in line. Yay.

After meeting some friends, (including Brian Punknews -- ain't cell phones a bitch, man?), we headed into the dank pit that is CBGB's. What a fucking dump. I felt right at home.

Take My Chances started the night out, and let me tell you, these kids have potential. Consisting of ex-members of Long Island faves Heads Vs. Breakers and the Backup Plan, they played a heavier brand of hardcore than their previous endeavors, but nonetheless impressed me. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to pick up their demo, but I imagine we'll be hearing from these guys soon.

Now, I must have missed something, but apparently the bearded fella singing with Voice In The Wire was not their original singer? Weird, this cat sounded just like the dude on the record. I don't really know their song titles, but they played a lot of shit from that record, and closed with a song they said would be on their next album. They also have a new bassist. This kid looks like he's 12, no shit. I was a little disappointed that Jay didn't come out and sing on the 2 songs he does vocals on on the record. They even performed one and he didn't come out. Meh.

Grey Area came next and just blew the fucking roof off. I mean Ernie was ready, and the crowd was ready to go along for the ride. I climbed on top of a box to try to film some of the set. Shit, with how insane that place went, I felt like I was trying to navigate a storm. My personal picks from the set were "Take My Chances," "Colossus," and the classic 7 Seconds tune, "Young 'Til I Die." Though I'd be full of shit if I didn't say the whole set didn't kick ass. 'Cause it did. I've heard some say Grey Area stole the show that night, and since I'm biased I can't negate that. But Kid Dynamite did close the evening...

I crawled onto the stage next to Dave W. with the help of another Richmonder I had seen the previous night at Lifetime (thanks Michelle). As the sound check began, I cut my miniDV on just in time to watch Dave do a few rounds on his kit. Then I hear a voice. "Dave, Dave, can you hear meeeeeeeaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy?"

"Dave, Dave, can you hear meeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!?!?!?!?!?"

"Thank you goodnight." Hahahaha. Great song, now play some more motherfuckers. And did they ever.

The melodic-pogo intro of "Living Daylights" started and the crowd was in suspense. And as soon as it cut into full throttle, bodies were everywhere. A gallon of water came flying at the stage. Some kid almost pulled down one of the monitors. Crazy shit everywhere.

All of your favorites were played. You should have been there, though Dan wasn't doing many of the backing vocal parts, and Jay kept unplugging his guitar by accident. The second instance, during "Death And Taxes," he just said fuck it and dove into the crowd to assist Jay, face to face, with vocal duties.

At one point Dan asked for the head of the Hellfest promoter. Dan had been bitching about him all weekend. I don't blame him.

As always, the guys showed genuine concern for everyone in the crowd, making sure everyone thirsty got water, anyone pinned down could get out, and just looking out for everyone. A lot of these bands today could learn a thing or two about caring for your fans, or as Kid Dynamite will always refer to, their friends.

After the closer "Give 'Em the Ripped One" was finished, everyone wanted more. But by that token, we'd never want Kid Dynamite to stop playing, ever. We can hope for a reunion, but it won't happen. Just keep playing the occasional reunion show for good causes, and we'll be content.

Set list:

  • Living Daylights
  • Showoff
  • PhDecontrol
  • -----
  • Pause
  • KO5
  • Cheap Shot
  • Heart a Tact
  • -----
  • Table 19
  • Scary Smurf
  • Death + Taxes
  • -----
  • F U Turn
  • S.O.S.
  • Gooch
  • 2 for Flinching
  • -----
  • Zuko
  • Copout
  • Gate 68
  • Shiner
  • -----
  • News @ 11
  • Bookworm
  • Ripped One
Photo Credit: Jesse Deflorio of ForYourLensOnly


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Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

For once, living on Long Island wasn't such a terrible thing. Amazing show

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

i almost didnt get into this show..after seeing gorilla biscuits a few weeks back..seeing the lifetime show on sunday i couldnt wait for kid dynamite..but when i got there they ask for i.d. and because im such a slacker i didnt have..i begged and tried someone elses i.d. i was seconds from going home and crying my face off until the best person in the world (who is a cop) patrick did some talkin and got me in..that made the show ten times better..thank you once again patrick i owe you my life.. ACM-

bobbett (August 27, 2005)

thanks so much for the video.

etwiels88 (August 27, 2005)

Haha, for any of you that has sickboi's video, watch Yemin punch that kid in the first song. Awesome.

OKSoda (August 27, 2005)

Haha, thats awesome, little guy. Yeah I saw you too. I was thinking "TWO TTK shirts at a show? Now thats something new."

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

Yeah, that was me alright, Little Guy. It was amazing. Were you around me somewhere?
Actually, I think I was standing right next to you two, wearing a BLACK Toys That Kill shirt, along with a red Alternative Tentacles bag, and was in dire need of a haircut.

- Little Guy

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

This show more or less made my life complete. Kid Dynamite broke up shortly after I really got into them and I never got a chance to make it to their last shows or the reunion shows they did a few years back.

It was well worth camping outside of CBGB's at 7:30 in the morning and hanging out with a bunch of cool kids from all over the place all day long.

Singing along with everyone to the song "Take My Chances" was an amazing moment, that shit still gives me goosebumps. Grey Area were so good, I wouldn't say they stole the show from Kid Dynamite but they were still fucking spot on.

Kid Dynamite blew my mind. I missed out on the Lifetime shows and I'm sure they were incredible too, but to me Kid Dynamite has always been the better of the two and I'm so stoked that I finally got a chance to see them play. I could live without seeing Lifetime, but if I missed Kid Dynamite again I might've gone nuts.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Does anyone have any pictures or video from the Against Me! show at Cbs a couple weeks ago?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

I went to both the Lifetime reunion show in Asbury Park, NJ and the Kid Dynamite show at CBGB's. Both shows were incredible. BTW for anyone who wants pictures of the Kid Dynamite show can find some here.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2005/08/kid_dynamite_re.htm l

psychoos231 (August 26, 2005)

Grey Area were so impressive that night

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com"

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever."

Uhhhh,,,,,,I wrote my comment before I read the article and saw any of the comments entered. Just saying I live a couple blocks from ian, seriously,,,,,just a joke.

I think you spend toooooo much time on this site.

and for the record JONES THE BONES?!?!, that RKL comment was from someone else ASSWIPE!

"All up in the Kool Aid and don't even know the FLAVOR!!!"

OKSoda (August 26, 2005)

Yeah, that was me alright, Little Guy. It was amazing. Were you around me somewhere?

boba_fett (August 26, 2005)

nevermind... i see that sickboi is on the job.

boba_fett (August 26, 2005)

attending eitehr lifetime or the kid dynamite shows was pretty much impossible, but i rest secure in the knowledge that ive got a shitload of videos from the lifetime sow and i was able to watch this one on the cbgb webstream.

anybody know where i could get a video fo this show? or is it gonna be on that ellusive dvd?

dougkatz (August 26, 2005)

I'd also like to say that the winner for this week is the argentinan kid who flew up last week, waited online over night for gorilla biscuits, went to all the lifetime shows (maybe not troc), saw 108 at the church sat afternoon, AND went to kid dynamite.

sickboi (August 26, 2005)

We have a teaser coming in a few minutes...

The world video premier of Kid Dynamite's new video for:

"Whoah, Dave, can you here me?"

Link to be posted in a sec...

Crookedsuperhero (August 26, 2005)

High five coming your way sickboi.

sickboi (August 26, 2005)

The video will hosted very soon. I didn't want to compromise the playback quality, so the file size is a little big
. I'll let everyone know when its available.

sickboi (August 26, 2005)

Someone IM me to help me set up a torrent, because I'm a total retard about this shit.

AIM - brazenass

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)


Oh man, OKSoda, you were the dude in the white TTK shirt weren't you!
I hope your friend had a blast, that was a really awesome thing you did.

- Little Guy

dougkatz (August 26, 2005)

so is the video available yet?

score is for having the best spot in the place, hanging off the right speaker

OKSoda (August 26, 2005)

No worries sicboi, we had a blast. Besides, Im sure these videos you have will be worth it.

radioXwaves (August 26, 2005)

"They also have a new bassist. This kid looks like he‚??s 12, no shit."

haha VITW's new bass player is fresh outta high school I believe. I know he's known Mike Rock since he was born and I know the kids good. When I first heard he joined Voice in the Wire I thought it was quite fitting. Good luck to ya Thomas!

sickboi (August 26, 2005)

Yeah, a few songs....

Crookedsuperhero (August 26, 2005)

Got a video of Grey Area's set as well, sickboi?

bizzlebrizzle (August 26, 2005)

Best Show Ever, now let's find some videos of this!

sickboi (August 26, 2005)

Oh yeah,. the video is uploading right now.

sickboi (August 26, 2005)

I was the guy who kept bumping into you guys when I was filming. Sorry if I got in your way.

OKSoda (August 26, 2005)


I just want to thank everyone over on the side of the stage near the bathroom. My buddy Adam was in the wheelchair, and we carried that thing in my 2 door Toyota Tercel all the way from Indiana. So a big thank you to everyone who was understanding and helped us out. I really appreciate it.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Best show I've 'been to' all year.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

‚??Old-man syndrome‚?Ě is misnamed. I think it's more about being a discerning consumer - you've been to enough shows that the thrill of jumping around is outweighed by the fact that the band most likely sucks.


kirbypuckett (August 26, 2005)

I found some pics:


http://stat uesneversleep.com/greyArea/

- Kirby

jacktheskipper (August 26, 2005)

Oh, and here is Thursday live from CBGBs, including two new songs! This was ripped and uploaded by someone else, just wanted to provide the links:

Complete set:

New Song 1:

New Song 2:

jacktheskipper (August 26, 2005)

Ok, here I post all my links again, to give the ones that missed them in the news comments last time a second chance ... I tried to record the stream of this, but it broke, while 16 minutes into Lifetime, so Kid Dynamite isn`t on it ... hope you enjoy. ... so here`s everything I`ve recorded, but it has 40 minutes of setting things up, and it goes `til the half of Grey Area, enjoy, 140mb:


And here`s the Grey Area part encoded as DivX:


And the Grey Area part as MP3:


Please, does someone have the Kid Dynamite stuff recorded?!?! Did noone record that webcam stream?!?! Or film inside?!? Please hook me up with that ... contact me Tobi@skipjack.de

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

torrentspy.com has a guide to making and submitting torrents, in case that's a problem.

Big_Guy (August 26, 2005)

Sickboi, it would be great if we could all see three songs from the show but if you know how to make a torrent, that would be even better

I don't want to sound like a douche, but I really want to see this whole thing

AlmostPunkEnough (August 26, 2005)

i'm still disgusted with myself that i didn't go to this. it was probably worth getting fired over.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

yeah, i wondered about that voice in the wire dude too. i thought i heard it wrong and he was talking about somebody else being a fill-in, but i have to say that he did a damn good job as a replacement.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"and I thought Dan couldn't play barefoot anymore for some reason......"

he could if it's kid dynamite we're talking about.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

is it possible you meant the parkway instead of the turnpike? getting from ac to nyc on the turnpike would involve a lot more hassle (not to mention be a lot more expensive). great review, anyway.

Big_Guy (August 26, 2005)

and I thought Dan couldn't play barefoot anymore for some reason......

Big_Guy (August 26, 2005)

I also had no idea that Voice In The Wire got a new singer because he sounded EXACTLY like the old one.

and just from the stream, I could tell this was one amazing show

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

sickboi said he's uploading his video this weekend. i can only assume that he isn't a heartless lying bastard, so i guess we'll have it within the next few days.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

seriously, somebody please fucking please upload this to a torrent somewhere.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

nice review. i'm one of those people who told you grey area stole the show, but there's no denying kid dynamite played an awesome set. i think "take my chances" (the song, but the band was good too) and "birthday" were the highlights of the night for me. also, there was dan right up front singing along during grey area's set. good times.

cdogg (August 26, 2005)

"Oh, and enjoyable review to read, Chris, kudos, though that's probably because, you know, I attended."

Chris Sickboi. Now I have your full name; all I need is your social security # and I'll have 4 new credit cards. KD rules.

etwiels88 (August 26, 2005)

Fuck, I would've loved to have seen Pause and KO5-0564 live...

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

When are we gonna get a video of this?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

This was probably the greatest show my eyes have ever seen/will ever see. I'm thinking the same thing as inagreendase about not really having to see another show again, because I don't think any other show could top this.


Dante3000 (August 26, 2005)

No offense because I'm sure the show was awesome (it looked it) but why even review this? I love you Sickboi (physically) but who there would give this less than a 10? No one. Because no one would go through what they had to go through to get tickets unless they loved KD. No one would wait in a line for hours or wait online refreshing their browers every 10 seconds unless they were a huge fan. That being said I thought the review was good, but c'mon. Who wouldn't give this a 10?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

It should be noted they DID do Birthday, with Ernie, who they made it a point to say many nice things about - but it wasn't on the PHYSICAL set list, so it may not have been planned, but instead they just figured "You know what, let's just do this".

- Little Guy

dougkatz (August 26, 2005)

they played birthday too

PillsAndAdvice (August 26, 2005)

I was in line for this show at 4am. And was it worht it? Completely.

inagreendase (August 26, 2005)

Oh, and enjoyable review to read, Chris, kudos, though that's probably because, you know, I attended.

inagreendase (August 26, 2005)

Even with only what was roughly a 45-minute headlining set, I'd be okay with never going to another show again after this.

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