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Boys Night Out / Anterrabae / Just Surrender

Boys Night Out / Anterrabae / Just Surrender: live in Farmingdalelive in Farmingdale (2006)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Having not yet gotten to experience live the majority of Boys Night Out's rather well done effort of last year, Trainwreck, getting to see them on headline a show at the agreeably sized Crazy Donkey club in Farmingdale, NY was a good opportunity, especially as I hadn't bothered with the tours they'v.


Having not yet gotten to experience live the majority of Boys Night Out's rather well done effort of last year, Trainwreck, getting to see them on headline a show at the agreeably sized Crazy Donkey club in Farmingdale, NY was a good opportunity, especially as I hadn't bothered with the tours they've supported as of late (Fall Out Boy, Armor for Sleep).

We showed up fashionably late, but in time for upstate New York's Just Surrender. I was glad the venue had TVs scattered about, because "Godzilla" was far more interesting than a band seemingly weaned on old Taking Back Sunday and Matchbook Romance records. I'll give 'em a few bits of leeway: They're certainly better live than on record, and the guitars are pretty heavy for the style of iffy nü-emo/post-hardcore they're doing. Still, the young singer/guitarist had that whine/nasal/angst combo style down to a 'T,' and I remember immediately hearing some lyric about heartbreak and cringing.

Ever since I heard Shakedown Tonight I've regarded Anterrabae as one of the better metalcore acts going, and their set here mostly affirmed that. It's evident they actually put some thought into some of their songs even while seemingly typical tough bark-anchored metal/hardcore styles run amok in them. Their new singer (ex-Kid Gorgeous) has a solid stage presence and carries the same type of delivery as the vocalist he replaced, so no complaints can really be filed in that department. They played a few from their forthcoming full-length, And Our Heart Beat in Our Fingertips, Without Reason, one of which had a breakdown that seemed a liiiiiittle excessive, but it's one of my few grievances after watching them (that and a "huh?" break in a song for the vocalist to exclaim "Surf's up, faggots!"). Amongst the cuts in the set were "How Joey Got His Groove Back," "Stay Moist," "Engage Catch Phrase" and "Nevertheless, She Was a Mess." Pretty solid and enjoyable.

The first action Boys Night Out performs on stage invovles front-man Connor Lovat-Fraser holding a megaphone to the mic and shouting the opening of Stone Temple Pilots' "Dead and Bloated." STP being my favorite "alternative rock" or what have you band of 1990s, and Lovat-Fraser absolutely nailing the part, it was AWESOME. Flat out. Not only that, it segued perfectly into "It's Dylan, You Know the Drill." Things were looking very promising for a band who would often disappoint me with 8-song headlining sets and playing songs from 2003's Make Yourself Sick that sounded slow and tired compared to the studio versions. Surprisingly, the band has corrected both these flaws -- their set was 55 minutes long, and said MYS songs were played at the same pace when written.

The band had also promised a plethora of older material for long-time fans on this tour, and they delivered just that. With years of touring and songwriting experience now behind them, the versions they played of "Where We Breathe," "Sketch Artist Composite," and "A Torrid Love Affair" weren't just efficient -- they were improved, noticeably the last of those 3; in the bridge where the movie clip from "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" is used, the band didn't bother playing it, instead using a beautiful, carefully constructed section of ambience to provide a pretty interlude between the start and finish, drummer Brian Southall showing off some talented stickwork as well.

The Trainwreck songs in particular were played with near absolute precision. Lovat-Fraser's vocals were a bit inaudible during his quieter parts, but everyone in the band had sufficient energy and still managed to play their parts right on. While that album is indeed a conceptual one, the individual songs sounded good -- and playing "Dreaming" and "Waking" back-to-back helped solve any of those potential issues, at least at one point. The manic "Purging" in particular was certainly a highlight.

With the recent departure of keyboardist Kara Dupuy, the band could have sounded empty, severely falling subject to a missing element, but they didn't seem to miss a beat, with those keyboards not missed at all.

I think if I had only one negative thing to say about the set, it'd be that after someone in the crowd yelled "'Danyeurism!,'" they teased us with the bass riff and sudden drum flailing only to let up after a second or 2. Dang.

With songs played spot on and a healthy balance of material from their catalog as well as their middle era finally being played at the fast pop-punk tempos they were meant to be played at, I can't recommend this tour enough to current or even currently alienated fans of Boys Night Out.

Set list (by album):

Broken Bones and Bloody Kisses EP

  • Where We Breathe [closer]
  • Sketch Artist Composite
  • A Torrid Love Affair
Make Yourself Sick
  • I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in Other People's Business
  • The First Time It Shouldn't Taste Like Blood
  • It's Dylan, You Know the Drill [opener]
  • The Subtleties That Make Mass Murderers Out of Otherwise Decent Human Beings
Trainwreck
  • Dreaming
  • Waking
  • Medicating
  • Purging
  • Composing
  • Healing [?]

 

 
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damnitsderek (May 28, 2006)

"Anyway, they were great, and more people need to be going to this tour. As Brian said before, the Trainwreck material sounds virtually flawless in a live setting, with the band nailing every twist and turn."

100% agreed. When I saw them in February, the songs from Trainwreck sounded amazing and, like you said, flawless. They're fucking rabid live.

skaboom (May 27, 2006)

This band's music alone is enough to keep me away, but add in their absurd aesthetic and they are revolting.

Anonymous (May 27, 2006)

55 minutes of boys night out?? i got fed up after 5 minutes when i saw them, so that set would have ended me.

inagreendase (May 26, 2006)

Scott, I'm about 90% sure anything the band recorded pre-EP was eventually re-recorded for something. You Are My Canvas was 4 songs -- 3 of those were redone on BB&BK, and the other was "Anatomy of the Journey," which was eventually reduxed for MYS.

Anonymous (May 26, 2006)

Yes check them out. Buy trainwreck stat.
I really never got into mys when all my friends were rockin it , but trainwreck has been in very heavy rotation since it was released. Love it.

maverick (May 26, 2006)

Saw the first night of this tour in Cleveland.

No one was there.

(Seriously, maybe 50 kids. It was barren.)

The opening bands were all awful.

BNO abso-fucking-lutely killed it, however. Their setlist was similar to what is posted above, although I think they did a few more off Make Yourself Sick and one really old demo song, pre-EP (although I could be mistaken).

Anyway, they were great, and more people need to be going to this tour. As Brian said before, the Trainwreck material sounds virtually flawless in a live setting, with the band nailing every twist and turn.

Score's for BNO's set when I saw them.

-Scott

JinxRemoving (May 26, 2006)

daneurysm! rather hear "the boys no good." it fits the band better

Anonymous (May 26, 2006)

"Things were looking very promising for a band who would often disappoint me with 8-song headlining sets and playing songs from 2003's Make Yourself Sick that sounded slow and tired compared to the studio versions"

that has been a big dissappointment for me too...thats why i really wanted to go to one of these shows, where they are playing some of their older stuff, and maybe a chance for them to really play, and obviously they did.

damnitsderek (May 26, 2006)

Oops, forgot to log in. Last comment was me.

Anonymous (May 26, 2006)

Victor Versus the Victim and This Broken Killswitch are easily the two best tracks from their EP. Weird that they didn't play them.

Also, you missed out on Hold on Tightly, Let go Lightly. I saw them on February 23rd and they did a non-acoustic version of that, and it killed.

Kidswhowearmakeuprgay (May 26, 2006)

I gotta say your comment on kara duply was really stupid. She was a freakin add-in,when they played MYS songs all she did was dance around like the ugly bitch she is. Your gay man.....but im pretty sure your a female.

skolarx (May 26, 2006)

i saw them a week or so ago and i was greatly disappointed. i didn't know before hand that kara was what had made the difference for me in the band, without her they are as faceless and boring as any emo band. i hate to say it because i thought trainwreck was the best album released last year... oh well

oh the rest of the bands were pretty boring too, nothing about them stood out to me

Kidswhowearmakeuprgay (May 26, 2006)

BNO is fucking great. I saw em in Toronto when they did a record signing at live act. I GOT TRAINWRECK SIGNED BYALLTHE BAND MEMBERS!!!! SLIP AND CD!! but seriously if anyone says there bad you need to take their sexual preference into considerations for a guy hes gay and a girl well......they do talk about killing girlfriends/wifes alot. lol. Go to hell you hipster BNO haters.

Anonymous (May 26, 2006)

Boys Night Out is very solid live. Im not the hugest fan of any of their material, but they put on a great live show. Worth the price of admission for sure.

Anonymous (May 26, 2006)

my old band drowning adam got to play with these guys during the make yourself sick era.They were a great bunch of guys on and off the stage.

Anonymous (May 26, 2006)

yes, you should. the first ep is really fucking great, you'll like that.

the next two records, I'd listen to em, make up your mind, they're different, but good none the less.

sickboi (May 26, 2006)

Have never listened to BNO, should I?

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