Against All Authority / Brain Failure

Against All Authority / Brain Failure: live in Covingtonlive in Covington (2006)
Hopeless Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: MuffinMan
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The full lineup of this show from opener to headliner was the Black Tie Bombers, Crime in Stereo, the Code, Brain Failure and then of course, Against All Authority. Black Tie Bombers opened up, and I have seem them before and enjoyed them but never paid too much attention. Apparently one of their.

The full lineup of this show from opener to headliner was the Black Tie Bombers, Crime in Stereo, the Code, Brain Failure and then of course, Against All Authority.

Black Tie Bombers opened up, and I have seem them before and enjoyed them but never paid too much attention. Apparently one of their original members isn't in the band anymore, and thus they had a new guitar player, but it sounded fine. They play fast melodic punk rock, I guess in the midwestern vein. They also played a new song, which sounded more aggressive and was quite good, and had some of the best energy out of any band the whole night. They could definitely go somewhere outside of the local realm.

Crime in Stereo played next, and they were one of the main reasons I went to this show. If you don't know, Crime in Stereo play fast melodic hardcore / punk rock. They played some songs off of their upcoming Nitro album, The Troubled Stateside, which comes out this month, and the songs sound amazing live. Definitely catchier all around from the riffs to the vocals, with seemingly more background vocals added, but still fast and aggressive. They also surprised me with a second-to-last-song cover of Gorilla Biscuits' "Start Today." And not only did they play it well -- their guitar player busted out the harmonica and flawlessly played the breakdown, which was completely unexpected and awesome. I had never seen Crime in Stereo before, and I was definitely completely happy with their set; check them out this summer when they are on tour with Guns Up!.

Up next was the Code, who I haven't seen in a few years and apparently have a little bit of a style change. When I saw them before, they were very Operation Ivy-influenced ska/punk with a heavy political influence. Although definitely still political, they seemed to have ditched most of the ska and now sound much more akin to Strike Anywhere or even Crime in Stereo. I honestly don't know much about them, so I won't act like I do, but they played really well and a lot of people seemed to be into it.

Brain Failure was up next and I didn't know anything about them beforehand, but I definitely left a fan. Brain Failure is a band from China who play poppy almost-street punk with a little bit of ska; not too far from And Out Come the Wolves-era Rancid. They are super catchy and fun to watch, and you can tell from watching them how much fun they are having on stage, and they turned a crowd from having no idea who they were to moving around their entire set. Once again, if you see them coming to your town I highly suggest going to watch them.

Finally came Against All Authority, who managed to rock even though there was a tornado warning and the weather outside was downright scary. AAA haven't been around here in a couple of years, and it was awesome to see them again because they never seem to dissapoint. They were right on point tonight, and talked political intelligently and briefly (hey lots of bands, take note). They played a good mix of songs starting with "All Fall Down," with the set including in no order "Toby," "Justification," "Sk8 Rock," "At Our Expense," "Another Fuck You Song," "Dinkas When i Close My Eyes," "Pestilent Existence," "Whistleblower," "Holiday in Cambodia," and more that I can't remember right now.

The band has beeing doing this for a long time and shows no signs of slowing down, which I say because they had great energy and played a new song that sounded amazing. Their new album comes out this month as well, and I can't wait.

This show was awesome overall, and all of the bands were solid.


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Anonymous (April 11, 2006)

Brain Failure is the fuckin best! That one new song they played in Lemoyne sounded amazing. These guys are the real deal.

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

I saw them in chicago and AAA was fantastic, so were Brain Failure and the code. but i really didnt like crime in stereo. a friend of my hyped em up a bit and i was excited to see em from what he told me, but i was let down. i went to the back of the venue and chatted during them. i think im the only one that didnt like them.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

i glanced real quick and thought this was AAA/Brain Failure Live in Compton. and then i looked closer and chuckled to myself.

score is for chuckle.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

dude..why are there concert reviews w/o photos..useless.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

their Chicago set was only 40 minutes. fuck that

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I was at this show, and I have to say that pretty much everyone was in a crappy mood for some reason. Black Tie Bombers were indeed missing an original member, but their replacement guitarist did fine, although they couldn't sing any of Sam's songs...

Crime in Stereo was fucking great. that Start Today cover was so fucking good. The Troubled Stateside is really really good and I suggest everyone go pick it up when it comes out.

AAA were good as always, The Code were pretty bad, and Brain Failure.....ummmm. I laughed a lot. they can play their instruments quite well, and their vocalist can speak english about as well as Tim Armstrong can.


Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

The Code? More like the Chode. That band sucks.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I got the new AAA the other day and didn't think very much of it on my first listen. Guess I'l try again.

jamespastepunk (April 7, 2006)

I caught this in Edinboro. Watching Brain Failure is very awkward, but totally awesome.

I had to leave before AAA, though.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I'm guessing this was before Crime In Stereo dropped off the AAA tour??? Or are they still on?


OzmanX (April 7, 2006)

I caught the same show acouple weeks ago and it was great. Worth the $10

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Saw this in Seattle. Brain Failure were friggen amazing. I had never heard them before either bot goddamn, if you get the chance, see them.


joeg (April 7, 2006)

i think against all authority is one of those bands i'll never see. this go around was the 4th time i've missed them for whatever reason.

TheOneTrueBill (April 7, 2006)

Sounds like you had a blast. The Chicago date I went to last Friday was one of the best shows I've ever been to.

I only know the Black Tie Bombers from the incessant spamming they did of the site. Them and the AKAs I'm pretty sure I'll never listen to because of that.

Vincent_M (April 7, 2006)

So I suppose I should suck it up and drive to Edinborough to see them, eh?

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

New AAA is definitely amazing. Good to see they still kept alot of ska, even though there's hardly any horns on it. They ditched most of the politics though, which seems weird. They have songs about just dicking around and the radio and even a punk rock love songs. Only like 3 political songs on the whole thing, which belies the politically themed album art (inside and out).

Also, the song is called Committing the Truth, not Whistleblower. Just FYI.

tooleftfeet (April 7, 2006)

agreed, the new against all authority is amazing. I talked it out of an unnamed hopeless guy, and its amazing.

sickboi (April 7, 2006)

The new AAA is amazing. Easily their best effort to date. Combines the sounds of all the other records.

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