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Strike Anywhere / A Global Threat

Strike Anywhere / A Global Threat: live in New Yorklive in New York (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Strike Anywhere, Paint It Black, and Hot Cross in the same room on one night? At NYC's tiny, beautifully sized Knitting Factory? Damn it to hell if I was going to miss this. Bad scheduling on my part caused me and my fellow show attendee to miss the first four songs of a short, 22-minute Hot Cros.


Strike Anywhere, Paint It Black, and Hot Cross in the same room on one night? At NYC's tiny, beautifully sized Knitting Factory? Damn it to hell if I was going to miss this.

Bad scheduling on my part caused me and my fellow show attendee to miss the first four songs of a short, 22-minute Hot Cross set. Bummer. I was thankful "Throw Collars to the Wind" was omitted altogether rather than played early, as it's usually a set list staple but missing here tonight, as well as one of my 3 favorite songs by the band. They're still in the early stages of their newly established four-piece status, but don't sound like it; their slightly raw and intense, throwback post-hardcore sounds just as good live as on record, even if around half the backup vocal lines weren't bothered with. The jumpy actions of the guitarist and vocalist Billy Werner's flailing about the stage looking like a puppet on strings (in a good way, as in, loose flopping around of his limbs) made for an entertaining 3 songs. And, these band's clean guitar leads are still ridiculously amazing. The breakdown of "Better a Corpse Than a Nun" is still a rather captivating one. Too bad more of the crowd wasn't into it. Here's the set list to the best of my memory; at least, regarding the last 3:

  • "Fortune Teller"
  • "Existence" (new demo)
  • ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • "Tacoma" (from a recent split 7" with the Holy Shroud and Fat Wreck's PROTECT benefit comp)
  • "Rejoinder" (also a new demo)
  • ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • "Pretty Picture of a Broken Face"
  • "Better a Corpse Than a Nun"
  • ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • what the set list reads as "MAIDEN," new song I believe

Paint It Black was next to tear shit up. I cheated before the set started, glancing at the set list to see FOURTEEN (14!) songs. Wow. A pretty ridiculous number for a band playing in the 2-of-4 spot, even for one whose songs have never once eclipsed the 2-minute mark on record. Dr. Dan only seems to have one singing pose, where he stands sideways and glares at the crowd as he holds out the mic and very seriously spits into it with a crazy look in his eye. His lack of variation in that one position was just fine, however, as his intensity was so high you could quite literally see several veins bulging nearly right through his neck. The hardcore punk veteran helped lead a furious charge through songs new and "old," with the more melodic, paced numbers from my favorite album of the year, Paradise, helping to mix things up wonderfully. The band had somewhere in the range of 2-to-3 dozen fans in attendance and it made the camaraderie all the more inclusive. At any given second, everywhere you looked a finger was pointing vertically. Definite highlights included "CVA," "Pink Slip," "Cannibal," and the anthemic, room-inviting finish to "Memorial Day." Great set, including a stellar Stella reference by the guitarist and bassist, and not just any reference ([heavy Italian accent]"I want a real fuckin' Brooklyn pizza!"[/heavy Italian accent]). Fucking great, expletive stressed. Set list:
  • Ghosts
  • CVA
  • Head Hurts Hands on Fire
  • -------------------------------------
  • Womb Envy
  • Pink Slip
  • The New Brutality
  • -------------------------------------
  • Cannibal
  • Panic
  • Angel
  • -------------------------------------
  • Void
  • Atticus Finch
  • 365
  • -------------------------------------
  • Burn the Hive
  • Memorial Day

A Global Threat was next, bringing out the street (fashion) punx by the dozens. Several dozen, anyway. I know next to nothing about these guys, so I'll keep it short: Their more-hardcore-influenced-than-usual streetpunk was enjoyable stuff, and they played downright solid. Circle pits and crowd movement were aplenty, if even their own fans didn't seem to recognize any songs until several tunes in. Still, it was quite a good set that kept things moving smoothly. Also, they did an encore and thanked Strike for letting them do such and take up a bit of their set time.

So here was my third time seeing Strike Anywhere, and I was looking forward to it just as much as the previous two. And boy, they delivered, confirming my belief that the RVA melodic hardcore outfit is a great, great live band, perhaps one of the top 5 in punk rock going. Their cohesiveness is ridiculously spot on, their energy is abundant, their playing is more together than some bands twice or more their experience, and their passion is conveyed in spades. The act walked onto stage and Thomas yelled at the tip-top of his lungs "TO LIVE IN DISCONTENT!" to which the crowd responded appropriately, "anti-establishment!" It was a greatly unexpected way to kick things off, and everyone in attendance seemed to agree. From there we were treated to a fantastic, rousing display. Thomas included some banter here and there, at one point giving information on how to sign up for a petition to prevent military recruiters from visiting school campuses, another time explaining how the No Child Left Behind Act is really a euphemism for a crude invasion of privacy. Some other banter of the non-political area included announcing a September 2006 release date (oof) for their forthcoming Fat debut, with the one new song played very much in the vein of Exit English, in the mid-to-fast tempo range. Fans who still prefer the older, rawer, less musically developed Strike may not be so stoked, as you can imagine. I couldn't get ahold of a set list, but I know for sure it included the following as well: "Chorus of One," "Timebomb Generation," "Refusal," "Sunset on 32nd" (of course), "Laughter in a Police State," "Chalkline," "Asleep," "Amplify" / "Blaze," "Infrared," "New Architects," "Modern Life," and "To the World" to close it out.

This was an incredible show and met just about every expectation I had. Even Dr. Dan, ever the hardcore fanboy as well as performer, was in the crowd for SA's set, diving from the stage a few times himself. It's this type of show and this variety of stellar bands that remind me why I got into punk rock.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 17, 2005)

Thomas is a spokesman for PETA. I think I will send a Bacon Of The Month Club to him for Kwanzaa seeing that he also probley thinks that all people of African descent must be saints due to almost all whites' racism.

Anonymous (December 16, 2005)

could anyone post global threat's set list??

Anonymous (December 16, 2005)

I thought once you had HPV you had it "4life"(said as gangster as a witeboy from the farmland could say it)

Anonymous (December 16, 2005)

yeah, that knitting factory show was amazing. set list:
Chorus Of One
Timebomb
Amplified Adrenaline/ Blaze
Earthbound
Detonation
Infrared
Laughter in th Police State
Asleep
Chalkline
Extinguish
Refusal
A new song (it was my second time hearing it but i cant think of the name of it for anythin)
Sunset
New Archiets
To the World

Longest set I've ever seen them play. Ahhh...long live punk rock.

Anonymous (December 15, 2005)

I caught HPV once. It sucked.

sickboi (December 15, 2005)

The trannie hookers are on Allen, I'll have you know.

Anonymous (December 15, 2005)

RVA just sucks, face the truth. Everyone from RVA can go hold a vegan-bisexual circle jerk on Monument and wait untill Avail comes home as far as I care. It's not the Big City, it's just a hellhole with halfway houses, redneck trannie hookers and HPV infested college kids.

Anonymous (December 15, 2005)

Thomas is one of the most genuine people I've ever met, especially in music. He definitely practices what he preaches, and does it in a way that more people should take notice of.

So fuck whoever made that comment below about his "hippy act." What have you done with your life?

skaboom (December 15, 2005)

As one of the "shits" from Chesterfield, I don't know anyone who moved to Richmond, unless they were going to college in the city. College, a concept with which you are clearly not very well acquainted, usually lasts 4 years, from the time you are 18 until you are 22. So yes, there is a constant influx of young adults who move to the city during their "wild years", only to leave a few years later. Some of them happen to listen to punk rock. That does not make them scenesters, nor does it imply that they are trying to earn scene cred by living in The Big City.

sickboi (December 14, 2005)

Fucking kids. I can personally tell you about Thomas' actions, based on his words. Everything he sings.talks about, he supports 110%. When he lived in Richmond, he was extremely active with everything from the Richmond Coalition for a Living Wage, to helping mistreated pets find better homes.

There are some rich kids who flood to the Fan, Chruch and Oregon Hill and so on, to live in the "hip" area. But its not that glamorous. I've been mugged, shot at, car and apartment broken into and so on. Those kids here for the scene, flee to the West End when it gets too "rough", and compared to Northside, these areas are like fucking Fairfax.

Professor_GH_Dorr (December 14, 2005)

"No, the city of Richmond is broke, but little scenster shits come from Henricho, Chesterfield and wealthy DC suburbs.

The little shits move to Richmond for their "wild years" and then head back to their shit towns when they grow-up."

I don't know about the rest of the band, but Thomas formed the band Inquisition in Richmond, while in high school. Don't think he just moved to Richmond during the "wild scenester years" while still in high school.

But I guess I'll agree with your nonsense if it helps you sleep at night.

- Professor Dorr

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

No, the city of Richmond is broke, but little scenster shits come from Henricho, Chesterfield and wealthy DC suburbs.

The little shits move to Richmond for their "wild years" and then head back to their shit towns when they grow-up.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

"Thomas needs to shut the fuck up with his hippy act. I guess I'd be a white guilt liberal too if my parents payed the bills."

You are fucking retarded. People who are from Richmond usually don't have rich parents, its a very poor city.

pacer (December 14, 2005)

Oh man, if there was a strike anywhere/avail/smoke or fire tour, i'd be on the first plane over, i shit you not!

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

Wags was there in full force.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

I wouldn't bank on the non trust fund thing

maverick (December 14, 2005)

Who played drums for Paint It Black? Wags wasn't there for their mini-tour for the Fest 4, so they had the Bouncing Souls' drummer fill in.

-Scott

Archangel (December 14, 2005)

I would give away my left foot to see Hot Cross play Pretty Picture of a Broken Face.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

I can guarantee no one in this band's parents pay thier bills...they's grown ass men.

Sick_Nick (December 13, 2005)

Scores fo A Global Threat

They put on a good show.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Penis! You Know Thomas is On It!

jamespastepunk (December 13, 2005)

Little birds in my ear told me the With Honor/Strike Anywhere tour was Jan/Feb.

I hope it hits Erie.

Avail/Strike Anywhere/With Honor. That show would slay.

thirtyseconds (December 13, 2005)

Sounds fooking great by the way. Gotta love the Dan

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Thomas needs to shut the fuck up with his hippy act. I guess I'd be a white guilt liberal too if my parents payed the bills.

Infrarecon (December 13, 2005)

I hope to see the RVA Strike Anywhere/With Honor show in a couple of months

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

PIB is terrific. Strike is kind of a yawner.

sickboi (December 13, 2005)

There's "talks" of a Avail/Strike Anywhere/Smoke or Fire tour.

I've seen Avail/Strike Anywhere/ Ann Beretta play a show together before.

jamespastepunk (December 13, 2005)

There needs to be an Avail/Strike Anywhere tour.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Great review. Its refreshing to read one that doesnt simply rattle off the songs played, and a gripe or two about the crowd. I totally know what you mean when you said that at nearly every point durin PIB's set someone had a finger and arm vertically outstretched. Well done conveying to the readers what the overall atmosphere of the show was.

gladimnotemo (December 13, 2005)

Man, this is a pretty great line-up, although the listing of "SA / AGT" doesn't make a lot of sense.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

I was at this show. Holy shit was it great. Strike Anywhere's set was so inspiring to me...This might have been the greatest show I've ever been to.

Dr. Dan is insane. Fucking Hardcore legend. Dave W too.

I wish I can go to a show where everyone goes apeshit for Hot Cross. Everytime I see them, the crowds are disinterested for the most part. They're uber awesome though.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

go buy a global threats "what the fuck will change?"

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Saw this in Philly and it was amazing. PIB's new guitarist was right on, and Dave Hause was there to sing on "Memorial Day." Plus it was the only time I saw Strike Anywhere that the vocals were perfect in the mix, but no Hot Cross, damn.

-Matt

fistchode (December 13, 2005)

I've never checked out strike anywhere, and this review finally made me do it.

yeah, they're good. they should come to japan.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Amazing show except for Hot Cross. The lead singer had no stage presence at all.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

score is for me for failing to go to this show

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

"Thomas included some banter here and there, at one point giving information on how to sign up for a petition to prevent military recruiters from visiting school campuses, another time explaining how the No Child Left Behind Act is really a euphemism for a crude invasion of privacy. "

he was talking about www.militaryfreezone.org.
if you're a high school student check it out.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

what a great time i had at this show. felt just as good as my first show did 10 years ago. strike anywhere was awesome and inspiring.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

Sounds like a fucking amazing show. Man, I wish stuff like that would here.

Oh well, glad you had a good time.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

I wish I woulda gone to this (was out of town). Sounds awesome, PIB and SA are awesome.

Anchors (December 13, 2005)

Fortune Teller is such a good song live. Probably my favorite song of theirs overall.

Showtyme (December 13, 2005)

Saw this tour when it played the Church in Philly... Fuckin' sweet ass performances by both PIB & Strike... global threat was fuckin terrible in my opinion tho

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

So glad you picked up on the Stella reference........it's cuz....it's cuz i've got the farts....

joeg (December 13, 2005)

sounded like a good show. paint it black is fucking great.

lookmommyididit (December 13, 2005)

this was a fantastic show, dr. dan remembered me from abc no rio last month and reached into the crowd and shook my hand, great guy

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

i bet this show was way better than the dep show

dr dan would own greg any day of the week

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