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Acceptance / the Receiving End of Sirens

Acceptance / the Receiving End of Sirens: live in Long Islandlive in Long Island (2005)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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With The Downtown recently shut down, a few of its shows from its planned schedule were moved to the ridiculously named/themed Crazy Donkey. Never having attended a show there, I'd heard some disappointing traits about it, but it wasn't too bad. The stage was only a few inches higher than The Downto.


With The Downtown recently shut down, a few of its shows from its planned schedule were moved to the ridiculously named/themed Crazy Donkey. Never having attended a show there, I'd heard some disappointing traits about it, but it wasn't too bad. The stage was only a few inches higher than The Downtown's, and the ceiling only five feet or so higher, with no visible barricade in site.

I managed to finagle my way in just as Paramore was to begin the last song of their set. The recent Fueled By Ramen signees are an outright strange band to watch live -- mostly because their singer is a 16-year-old girl. For arena emo -- with screams at all the "right" places -- it wasn't terrible. They knew how to build a song, though Hayley Williams' (the singer in question) voice sounds made for pop but forced into a rock atmosphere. Still, she managed. Lots of headbanging from the members was probably one of the more notable aspects of the song, though the hulking presence of the drummer was up there too.

Augustana came up next to play a confusing but pleasantly short set. They started off sounding like they wanted to be Limbeck but somewhere along the way mistook "alt-country" for "nü-emo." After the first song or so, the lead singer / guitarist sat down at the piano, and remained there for the rest of the set to play a version of piano rock that's sure to land them on multiple tours with Something Corporate and/or Waking Ashland. "Boston" was the only resulting memorable moment essentially.

One of only two bands I was purposely in attendance for that night, Cartel, then took the stage. Now, despite a singer who could be Nick Carter's stunt double (or middle brother of the family) and a pretty sugary pop-punk sound, it seems even dudes really get into the band. While I'm fairly disappointed by the band's new full-length, they're likely one of the better acts of their genre going at the moment, and maybe that's why, aside from the ridiculously HUGE Hot Rod Circuit influence in the guitar work. Everyone in the band was as energetic as one could ask for, and Will Pugh's voice is just as strong live as on record. In fact, their live set here was better than either of their releases. They opened with "Settle Down," with "Burn This City," "Honestly," "The City Never Sleeps," and closer "Luckie St." eventually following. For the second to last song, "The Minstrel's Prayer," the bassist and left stage guitarist each sat down on stools with floor toms in their respective laps. An impressive set, and much more enjoyable than I expected; I may get more out of the full-length, Chroma, than before now due to witnessing them live.

My opinion didn't budge much on the Receiving End of Sirens, though. Not playing their arguably best song, "The War of All Against All," might've contributed to my opinion's immobile state, but still, their brand of atmospheric post-hardcore -- which still sounds like an awful lot like the last Thrice album -- wasn't bad. They were certainly animated with each member (including all three guitarists) rocking out plenty, and they had a few fans in attendance, all of which were going off themselves at many points throughout the set. The burly right stage guitarist handled the majority of the vocals for the set. Opener "Planning a Prison Break" and "Broadcast Quality" found its way into the set among (very) few others.

I gave Acceptance a shot, but wasn't really rewarded. Yes, the band was just about energetic enough. Sure, they play catchy pop-rock. Does it have a whole lot of redeeming qualities or enjoyability? For myself, not quite. If I wanted to hear unenthusiastic Jimmy Eat World outtakes I probably should've stayed home and listened to the new EP, but I was there for signature cuts from the band like "Permanent" and "Take Cover." In the very least, the set was relatively memorable, and there was definitely a few passionate fans in attendance, that was for sure.

All in all, Cartel was quite good, but I wouldn't reccomend attending something like this where you mildly enjoy two of the opening bands, because the result is at best worthy of an asterisk of your month's activities.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
GreenVandal (October 8, 2005)

The recieving end of sirens sounds exactly like Thrice, I dont know how you cant fucking hear it.

Score is for...ummm.....Chrono Trigger.

Fuck yeah Chrono Trigger.

steveman (October 8, 2005)

I don't know how Recieving End Of Sirens sounds anything like Thrice. Where does a comparison like that come from?

Anonymous (October 8, 2005)

It helps to be there for the full show when writing a review.

Of the set, to me, Cartel is by far the WORST band. I can't even describe my hate, they are just doing something that has been done soo many times before. It seems like they wish they were Northstar.

Anonymous (October 8, 2005)

so the first two bands were 'strange' and 'confusing'...and your not really a fan of the rest of the bands? kind of a waste of money.

Marlon (October 8, 2005)

"haha...acceptance kicked out their first drummer for being gay,

way to live up to your name."

Aren't they a Christian band? Not to be offensive to Christians and say they are all unaccepting people who can't get over themselves (because I know of many who are not) but this doesn't really surprise me that much.

Anonymous (October 8, 2005)

haha...acceptance kicked out their first drummer for being gay,

way to live up to your name.

inagreendase (October 7, 2005)

the cartel singer would be closer to aaron carter not nick carter........'idiots'

If you really want to get anal about something like this, Google image it and see for yourself. It could go either way.

iseriouslyhateyou (October 7, 2005)

Augustana is infinitely better than a simple "nu-emo" band, that is hardly an accurate description of them. Also, Between The Heart & The Synapse sounds nothing like the last Thrice album.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

the show was fucking great and by the way the cartel singer would be closer to aaron carter not nick carter........'idiots'

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

Fuck...How many people offed themselves in the middle of the show?

---Trav.

Marlon (October 7, 2005)

I don't really like TREOS at all but the end of "Broadcast Quality" is pretty fucking nice.

Flowbee (October 7, 2005)

Am I the only person that thinks of NY hardcore and varsity fonts when I hear the name Acceptance? Why does a name like this get ruined on a lame pop band?

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