The Draft / the Lawrence Arms

The Draft / the Lawrence Arms: live in Gainesvillelive in Gainesville (2006)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: CantSitStillCantSitStill
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I've been to several punk shows in Gainesville and I can say fairly that when it rains, it cuts the attendance in half. Bad for the bands who are hoping to get a good amount of gas and food money on their way to the next stop, but good for those of us who are there to see a long-time and new favorit.

I've been to several punk shows in Gainesville and I can say fairly that when it rains, it cuts the attendance in half. Bad for the bands who are hoping to get a good amount of gas and food money on their way to the next stop, but good for those of us who are there to see a long-time and new favorite. Plus, the fact that this was one of the few nights the lineup didn't included house-packer NOFX.

If you haven't heard the Loved Ones, I would say this past week's review of them is pretty dead on: fast and fun punk rock with more emphasis on the 'rock' element. Dave's voice was as good as, if not better than the album, and I can easily say the band gave 100% of a performance to a group of about 50 kids that did no more than stand still and politely clap after each song.

Hitting the more rocking songs off of Keep Your Heart, the Loved Ones didn't let up for a minute, even when Dave's strap broke on his guitar (which he decidedly threw to the ground and continued singing). Blazing out of the gates with "Suture Self," the band played the majority of the new album: "Breathe In," "Living Will Get You Dead," "Hurry Up and Wait," "100K," and "Jane" along with select songs off of their Jade Tree EP. The most suprising song was an emotional, from-the-heart version of "Sickening" which was formerly my least favorite song on the record.

Anyone who has seen the Lawrence Arms knows just what to expect at their live shows: Brendan drunk, tons of kids up front pointing fingers in the air, and a nice selection of songs from all their albums. Well, this was exactly what it was. No more than 2 songs into the set, Brendan was asking for a bourbon and water, and there was a mess of teenagers up front grinding on each other at every word, Brendan screeching and Chris power chord strumming. Choice cuts included "First Eviction Notice," "Necrotism...," "On With the Show," "Chapter 13...," "Brickwall Views," and a rousing rendition of "Porno and Snuff Films."

I'll admit it: I already have Oh! Calcutta! off the internet. I know, that makes me a terrible person, but at least I recognized some of the new songs they played, although it was easy to tell which of the kids had gotten their free MP3 from Fat and put it into constant rotation. "Recovering the Opposable Thumb" and "Lose Your Illusion 1" were two of the newest I can remember hearing and they sounded damn good live.

The last time I saw the Lawrence Arms live, Brendan stole the show with his enthusiasm, commentary between songs, and stumbling all over the stage. But I have to point out that Neil is by far the most energetic member of the three. Without him behind the set, the band in no way could sound as powerful live as they do. The reason I drove 2 hours to see them this time will be the same reason I drive 4 hours next: They put on an amazing live show.

Lastly was the Draft, or "Hot Water Music 2.0" as some kid was pointing out to his friend next to me. I kind of felt sorry for the band, as most of the people in attendance left after the Lawrence Arms. Maybe this was because it was already 12:30, but I really think Gainesville just wasn't up for supporting its latest "big" local band that night. Even when Dave Hause was asking "who's ready to see the Draft?," most people kinda mumbled before erupting when he asked about the Lawrence Arms.

Luckily for the Draft, their pedigree has enabled them to already book tours and shows with Avail, Bouncing Souls, Alkaline Trio, etc., all without releasing even an EP, which is pretty amazing. The remaining crowd seemed disinterested, except for "Bordering" which will most likely be their set closer from this day on. My overall impression of the Draft's set was "lackluster," as I'm already familiar with three-fourths of the members and what they bring to the table musically. George and Jason are still tight as hell as a rhythm section and that really is what saves the band's performance. Other than that, it seemed they were going through the motions, playing all of their "web-released" songs and a few others that once in a while had a few heads nodding. I believe the Draft just fell victim to an improper headlining appearance.

All three bands are still on tour for the next few weeks and I would strongly recommend seeing the Loved Ones out of all of them. I'm predicting big things for the band in the year and expect their fanbase to skyrocket after this tour. Also, you can grab a copy of the new Larry Arms disc before it comes out, which I did in order to make up for my "illegal" downloading.


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pacer (March 6, 2006)

What venue was this at?

TheWise (March 2, 2006)

The Draft are a sweet band. It's awesome to see a good band come out of the breakup of one of my favorites.

Anonymous (March 1, 2006)

"The Loved Ones are opening act whores"??? Why, because they tour alot? What, are they going to demand to headline over everyone else because they just released their first record?

Plus, Hause is a character, and fucks with people. That's what he does. He's pretty funny like that.

- Little Guy

KirbyPuckett (March 1, 2006)

To the guy below me...

I don't think Hause would call anyone "gay."

- Kirby

Anonymous (March 1, 2006)

When I first got there I was talking to Dave House trying to get him to play "Massive" and "Arsenic." He said were playing the same songs they did last night in Orlando. Then he explained how it wont sound good. He was bein a little bitch about it. But after they played, he was trying to show off by showing me and my gf all the numbers in his phone. He's got fat mike's, skiba's, and tom gabel's. My friend asked him if he had joey cape's and he's like nah lagwagons gay. So i lost a lot of respect for him.

Then we talked to Brenden and his wife for a while. He wasnt drunk at all, contrary to what the reviewer thinks. He showed us his Sinclair tattoos.

But anyways the Draft was pretty boring. Chris Wollard was drunk as hell as usual. Jason Black was sick though.

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

Traditionally in Gainesville, touring bands the size of Lawrence Arms will go on in the middle of the show with a local favorite closing it out. The Draft were great, but I too had to leave early. Some people have to wake up early in the morning. Otherwise, the turnout seemed pretty good.

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

well i live in new york so its not that hard because they are playing tomorrow night, only problem is that im a little short on the sold out tickets anybody have an extra ticket for the new york show?

notfeelingcreative (February 28, 2006)

Uh, nevermind the first part of my post, it was stupid of me to assume that it's easy for anyone to get to a lawrence arms show within a week!

notfeelingcreative (February 28, 2006)

I don't know where you can find it online, get to one of their shows, it's availible already! I still haven't reached a verdict on it, in comparison with the last two Fat Wreck Albums, or the two asian man full lengths eother for that matter!

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

fuck i want to see the lawrence arms live sooo bad...they fucking need to come to milwaukee

i've been obsessed with them lately and need to go get their whole catalog now

mustard (February 28, 2006)

The loved ones are opening act whores...if they dont become huge soon ill be baffled. Not only do they get to open for nofx and the lawrence arms but they've opened up on several bouncing souls tours, paint it black (for obvious reasons), strike anywhere, rise against...this is just naming a few. If the nyc nofx show didnt sell out so god damn fast it would of been i think my 5th time seeing them.

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

where the hell can i find oh calcutta online?

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

I saw this show. I drove from jacksonville to see it and i was not disappointed. My 3rd time seeing the Loved Ones and they were better than ever. You forget to mention Brendens version of "ever rose has its thorn" when Chris's guitar broke.

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

the crowd SUCKED at this show. all the brohams seemed to suck a lot of energy out of the room. i think all the bands played really well, though, but i agree that the larry arms should have headlined.

notfeelingcreative (February 28, 2006)

I like the draft, but you've got to expect a ckluster response when people are used to something and then, all of a sudden it changes. Sure, the Draft still have the HWM sound, but people are unfamiliar with their songs and they don't break out any old HWM material (which is probably a good thing).

SalsaShark (February 28, 2006)

Quality review. Sad that people walked out on the Draft.

I'm contributing a TLA/Loved Ones review either this Friday or next Tuesday. Yup yup.

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

Fuck yeah, TLA is starting to get their due!

the_other_scott (February 28, 2006)

the lawrence arms should've headlined this show, but its surprising (and depressing) that TLA fans (espiecially gainseville ones) woudln't stay for The Draft. sink, florida, sink.

danielsan (February 28, 2006)

I love HWM as much as the next guy, but why the hell were The Draft headlining?

Anonymous (February 28, 2006)

The Draft = Disappointing.

But i suppose when you consider hat came before it's inevitable.

batattack8 (February 28, 2006)

The Loved Ones really do kick ass. I wasn't extremely excited about the new record when it came out, but since I got it, I haven't stopped listening to it. The songs are all pretty similar in some aspects, but they're all good, so who gives a shit. I saw them the afternoon before this show doing an acoustic set at UCF. Totally rad.

sickboi (February 28, 2006)

I'm seeing the Draft with Avail in a few weeks. I'm stoked, but it just isn't the same without Chuck.

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