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Alkaline Trio / the Lawrence Arms

Alkaline Trio / the Lawrence Arms: live in Seattlelive in Seattle (2006)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: damnitsderekdamnitsderek
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First and foremost, I acknowledge the fact that this is an Alkaline Trio tour and the other bands are supporting bands and not headlining acts. This does not change the fact that the Lawrence Arms are my favorite band and particularly the main reason in my going to this show, though I do like Alkali.


First and foremost, I acknowledge the fact that this is an Alkaline Trio tour and the other bands are supporting bands and not headlining acts. This does not change the fact that the Lawrence Arms are my favorite band and particularly the main reason in my going to this show, though I do like Alkaline Trio and the Draft as well.

The show got going at 8 with the last mentioned of those bands, the Draft. To all of the crowd's amusement, the front-man was completely piss-ass drunk and kept calling us a bunch of "fucking turkeys." Great stuff. He constantly slurred his words and didn't really announce what the song titles were (for one, he simply said "This song is about Darth Vader"); according to him, one of their other songs is apparently called "Lawnchair." They did play with a ton of ferocity however, and made for an awesome show. I got to meet the guitarist afterwards and he was a really cool and mellow guy.

The Lawrence Arms came on about fifteen minutes after the Draft wrapped up their set. My anticipation for this set had been building for about the last two months, and it felt great to finally see them live. They began their set with "Hesitation Station" and closed it up with "Like a Record Player," playing only one song with a more mellow tone to it in between. I was surprised they kept such a fast-paced theme to their set; most of the bands I've previously seen mix up the fast-paced pieces with some slower songs. I loved it though -- I don't think I stopped moving until the last chord of the last song. During the break in "Porno and Snuff Films," they started playing their ode to the Warped Tour (the bonus track from Oh! Calcutta!) for about thirty seconds before they kicked back into "Porno." Also, after their fourth or fifth song, they had a guy from the audience come up and propose to his girlfriend onstage, which is just a great example of how cool those guys really are. They played one of the most energetic sets that I've ever seen and had the crowd moving pretty well, which is saying a lot considering about 80% of the people there were only attending to see the Alkaline Trio.

Alkaline Trio came on at 9:45 and played a 95-minute set -- that's incredible. They played every song off of Goddamnit as promised and closed out their set with "Radio" (like every other set they've played on this tour). Though I had focused much of my excitement toward the Larry Arms for this show, A3 played one hell of an incredible show. The crowd was just unstoppable when they were playing; you couldn't hear either Matt or Daniel singing because the entire venue was singing the lyrics right back at them. For every song. Even though I didn't know a whole lot of the older songs from Goddamnit, I had a great time in the crowd. Their stage presence was just massive.

Great show by all three bands. Probably the best show I've ever been to. Incredible stuff.

Set lists:

The Draft

  • Alive or Dead
  • Wired
  • Bordering and about four or five other songs I couldn't exactly identify
The Lawrence Arms
  • Hesitation Station
  • On with the Show
  • Turnstiles
  • 100 Resolutions
  • Porno and Snuff Films
  • The Devil's Takin' Names
  • Great Lakes / Great Escapes
  • Key to the City
  • Beyond the Embarrassing Style
  • Cut It Up
  • Chapter 13: The Hero Appears
  • Necrotism...
  • Like a Record Player
Alkaline Trio
  • Cringe
  • Cop
  • San Francisco
  • Nose Over Tail
  • As You Were
  • Enjoy Your Day
  • Clavicle
  • My Little Needle
  • Southern Rock
  • Messages from Kathlene
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Matt acoustic:
  • Sorry About That
  • Blue in the Face
  • Daniel acoustic:
  • Blue Carolina
  • one song I couldn't identify
  • Good Fucking Bye
  • Dethbed
  • Burn
  • Private Eye
  • This Could Be Love
  • Armageddon
  • Queen of Pain
  • Radio

 

 
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ElVaquero (June 5, 2006)

they do random covers in the bridges on songs live, just look at turnstiles (hot water music's turnstile). they also do "every little thing she does is magic" on another

grantino (June 5, 2006)

the bridge in porno and snuff films sounded like this:

http://www.frankblack.net/songs/db3beta.asp?menu=ep&mode =release-song-details&releaseID=109&songID=176

because if it was the anti warped song, i wouldve been singing along. it was the same bridge the next night in oregon as well.

Anonymous (June 5, 2006)

"yeah i dont know if this was already posted but the lawrence arms didnt open with "hesitation station", it was "presenting the dancing machine" and the bridge in "porno and snuff films" wasnt their warped tour song, it was some country song, im going to guess possibly toby keith or someshit."

Read the review again, listen to the bonus track on Oh! Calcutta!, then admit that you're an idiot.

Iridox (June 4, 2006)

"It is nice to see a review from someone who doesn't love (or even appear to know) the Draft because of HWM.

It gives the idea that HWM's and the Draft's members aren't super-famous rockstars, and that's the way it should read."

Brendan said he heard someone in the crowd saying that the guy in The Draft was trying to sound like the guy in Hot Water Music.

Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

"The review made me want to go to the show, and gave me a brief statement about what I missed"

So it was like a diary or in the first case an advertisement?

this is why show reviews are dumb ideas.

Come to punknews and submit brief journalistic statements and gushing advertisements. We swear it has something to do with the love of music.

wyzo

ElVaquero (June 4, 2006)

I was at the Portland show too and I really liked the Larry Arms set. Last time I saw em there were only a couple songs off Oh!Calcutta! (this was pre-release) so it was neat just for that.

Alkaline Trio was worth it just for opening with Goddamnit but I wished they played Old School Reasons and not the crappy shit off Good Mourning

This review is dogshit, by the way.

Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

the first alkaline trio show in chicago with against me! there was no radio played...happily might I add...they closed with an almosat undeniably better and more legendary song in 97.

grantino (June 4, 2006)

yeah i dont know if this was already posted but the lawrence arms didnt open with "hesitation station", it was "presenting the dancing machine" and the bridge in "porno and snuff films" wasnt their warped tour song, it was some country song, im going to guess possibly toby keith or someshit.

the show fucking rocked and i felt the arms did better than the trio. the draft was fucking amazing.

i saw the show the next night in oregon and the larry arms played a couple more songs like "lose your illusion 1" and "are you there margaret? its me god" and they did even better than the night before. i skipped out on alkaline trio the next night due to the fact i was tired of the 15 year old girls behind me pushing me into the barrier and smashing my balls.

Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

Man I was gonna post a comment saying how jealous I was by the fact they opened up with Hesitation Station....shame they didn't, it would be an awesome opener

Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

It is nice to see a review from someone who doesn't love (or even appear to know) the Draft because of HWM.

It gives the idea that HWM's and the Draft's members aren't super-famous rockstars, and that's the way it should read.

The score is for the review.

Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

This was a fucking good show. Well worth the $$$.

Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

At the Toronto show a bunch of Alkaline Trio fans camped out as close to the stage as you could get for all three bands. It was really fucking annoying. After the first Larry Arms song some Alk3 fan at the front, "stop pushing", some other guy, "its called moshing" . . .

lynchme (June 3, 2006)

I saw this line up a couple weeks ago and it was great - thought I went for the lawrence arms their set was shorter that I would have liked.

damnitsderek (June 3, 2006)

leave*

damnitsderek (June 3, 2006)

Okay look. To all you douches who leaves anonymous posts bashing on my review, get over yourselves. I'm not a critic and don't feel the need to go uber-in depth on anything about that show, my goal was to simply explain the set lists and talk about the bands a bit. I got one song wrong, whatever, no excuse for that. But you guys need to get off your poles because that's all it is: a review.

To everyone who wasn't a dickhole, thank you.

Anonymous (June 3, 2006)

"And as per usual, the Vancouver crowd was lame"
Haha, big suprise there. I was at that show too and I can definitely second that. Hopefully the crowd will be better for None more Black tonight.

trickydick (June 3, 2006)

Stop all the hating for this review. The review made me want to go to the show, and gave me a brief statement about what I missed. I doubt any of the fuckers that were bashing it could do any better. The point of going to a concert is to have fun, not just sitting there writing down what songs were played when and shit like that. This is punknews.org, not some online english class web site. Stop being a bunch of pussies. Cheeres for the review and making me pissed oof that I missed the show. Keep them coming.

Iridox (June 3, 2006)

This show was fucking awesome, but I wish The Lawrence Arms had played some more songs from A&E or Greatest Story.

Zackass (June 2, 2006)

To the anonymous guy below: Way to be the THIRD person to mention that they opened with Dancing Machine.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

Oh hell yes bitches... two days until I get to see this show, on the last night of the tour!

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

actually, the first song of their set wasnt hesitation station, it was the Dancing Machine from the Uncontrollable Fatulence comp, put that on everything.

SalsaShark (June 2, 2006)

I honestly can't figure out why people hate this review so much. It seems fine to me. What did he do so wrong?

Zackass (June 2, 2006)

I'm glad that someone else realized that the Lawrence Arms opened with Dancing Machine. Alkaline Trio are boring and I left in the middle of their set for the second time in a row. They used to be sweet and put out good albums. Now they're boring, have shitty fans, and put out shitty albums.

jacknife737 (June 2, 2006)

"worst tour and review ever."

I don't care what you type, because i just know you were listening to Taking Back Sunday when you did.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

worst tour and review ever.

chokingvictim (June 2, 2006)

I saw Alkaline Trio a month or so ago. It's a shame I don't remember it. I do remember, however, them saying, "This song is called This Could Be Love"

I got really excited, then started throwing up in the trash can...

Natty_Light (June 2, 2006)

Saw this tour (minus the Draft) in Calgary and Edmonton and the LA played pretty much the identical set to this on both nights (they substituted Rambling Boys of Pleasure as a crowd request at the Calgary show for some other song). I was kinda bummed that they have a tour set list because they have so many amazing songs and seem to be a pretty seat of the pants style of band who could go anywhere with a set. As it was the first time seeing them live, two virtually identical sets concentrating on mainly the fast punk songs was a little bit of a bummer. That being said, they were still really good and had a great response in both cities for their first time in Western Canada. Brendan was really quiet (thanking the crowd a bunch of times between songs) at both shows which seemed to contrast the drunken rambling he usually seems known for on the other show reviews I've read.

I can't remember which songs the trio played at which show too well as I was pretty destroyed in Edmonton but Calgary had like 5 songs off Crimson and Edmonton had mostly older songs. Fuck You aurora, my friend peter, I lied my face off, Maybe I'll catch fire, Take with lots of alcohol were all played as well as most of the songs listed in the review set list. I think there were only like 4 maybe 5 of the 12 songs after the acoustic set repeated on both nights. Very cool. The band was absolutely spot on both nights and I thought the acoustic section sing alongs were the highlights of both nights. I wish more established bands would do these kinda tours with fan selected set lists and getting back to some of the older material that hasn't been played in a while. Most bands play the same older classic songs year after year mixed in with some newer songs (ie. Bad Religion) with pretty much identical sets night to night so it's nice to hear a band doing tours like this for the fans.

EyesLikeBombs (June 2, 2006)

Speaking of setlists, anyone know what the setlist is for The Lawrence Arms is for their tour with Lagwagon and AWS? Assuming it's already started...which it probably hasn't since this review on this website...so...nevermind...yeah.

Canucker (June 2, 2006)

Fuckers got Mr. Chainsaw!

BTW meeting Brandon was awesome. Too bad I couldn't think of anything interesting to ask until I left....http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=view Image&friendID=17004758&imageID=767982000&MyToken=02b29e89-e178-4 635-8656-ae708b495e16

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

daniel? haha.

colin (June 2, 2006)

i saw tihs show in portland and i gotta say the arms played a disappointing set. half from calcutta, one song from greatest, one song from apathy, and threw out one in favor of a requested "nebraska" that doesn't work well live. the draft have me really stoked for their album though, they were fuckin rock and roll. the trio was amazing.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

whats with the larry arms only playing one song off apathy and exhaustion? i mean all their stuff is top notch, but shit...A&E is da bomb!

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

At the Vancouver show, this was the setlist:

1. Goddammit album
2. Blue in the Face (Matt)
3. If You Had a Bad Time (Dan)
4. Other song by Dan
5. Good Fucking Bye
6. Hell Yes
7. I Lied My Face Off
8. Dethbed
9. Settle For Satin
10. Old School Reasons
11. Mercy Me
12. Mr. Chainsaw
13. Annother Innocent Girl
14. Private Eye
15. This Could be Love
16. Radio

A pretty good set all around though instead of Mr. Chainsaw and Another Innocent Girl, I'd've loved to have heard '97 and Bleeder. And I don't really get into their latest album, so I'm glad they only played three songs from it. I didn't recognize the other two besides Mercy Me and had to go home and listen to the album figure out which ones they were. Can't complain though - Old School Reasons was played!

I thought they played very well, though Matt seemed to be losing his voice. Dan was awesome though. And as per usual, the Vancouver crowd was lame.

notfeelingcreative (June 2, 2006)

I didn't even know that the "occult roots" tour was still going on. This review isn't THAT bad, it kind of reminds me of a review someone might write for a ninth grade english assignment, or soemthing like that. Give the kid a break.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

wtf was that?

mattp330 (June 2, 2006)

this review is weak sauce

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

The Toronto Show was amazing, it had a good balance among the bands albums. It had a way better set list then this show.

general_disarray (June 2, 2006)

I was at the show and it was the best showing by the Trio out of the previous 3 times I've seen them. This was my dream lineup about 4-5 years ago, now I'm only so so on the Trio and the Larry Arms are probably my favorite band. If only it coulda been HWM too. I won't even go into your setlist though because it is just way off

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

this is a skeleton review.

sickboi (June 2, 2006)

Chris Wollard > this lame review

danperrone (June 2, 2006)

yeah this review is hardcore lame

five stars I AM VERY VERY SURPRISED

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

one single member of Hot water music not in the draft, and all of a sudden their nobodys. That's pseudo-fame for you.

"they had a guy from the audience come up and propose to his girlfriend onstage, which is just a great example of how cool those guys really are"

for doing what again? standing their while some guy proposes? What courage. How does everything come back to idol worship in this review? (and this speaking as a larry arms fan, this review is still fawning into nausea)

Queen of pain as a HWM cover......i quit.

I have no jokes. this review sucks.

wyzo

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

since when is queen of pain a hot water music cover?

somegirl (June 2, 2006)

Was Hartford the only place that got 97 instead of Radio? I have yet to hear of anywhere else getting 97, and people are always mentioning how they close with Radio.

crossfiyaaa (June 2, 2006)

Sorry, I thought my myspace was underneath my username. http://www.myspace.com/motherfuckingjesuschrist

crossfiyaaa (June 2, 2006)

I was there... look on my myspace, maybe we saw each other. I was right in front of Brendan the whole time, screaming along with my already-lost voice.

The first song wasn't Hesitation Station though, it was Presenting: The Dancing Machine.

nocigar (June 2, 2006)

fuck. really. really. wish i was there.

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