Big D and the Kids Table / The Skunk 11

Big D and the Kids Table / The Skunk 11: live in St Mary'slive in St Mary's (2007)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

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The Warped Tour is, supposedly, an extremely fun time for all bands involved (unless you happen to be in the Lawrence Arms or Underoath). Fun, but grueling; thus, days off are usually spent relaxing doing non-music-related things. That is, unless you happen to be Big D and the Kids Table. No, instea.

The Warped Tour is, supposedly, an extremely fun time for all bands involved (unless you happen to be in the Lawrence Arms or Underoath). Fun, but grueling; thus, days off are usually spent relaxing doing non-music-related things. That is, unless you happen to be Big D and the Kids Table. No, instead of taking a day off, Big D used August 6 to play at The Edgewood in St Mary's, Pennsylvania.

I live in Pittsburgh, so this show required a three-hour drive north that seemed long until it took me through, and I swear I'm not making this up, Weedville. But that is neither here nor now.

Some construction caused me to miss the very first set and a parking spot in the main lot; however, my parking space was directly in front of Big D's bus, which I found to be awesome.

The second band was a local act, Short of Reason. They were pleasant enough, a nice pop-punk band that had some catchy enough songs.

The penultimate band was the Skunk 11, a ska band out of Pittsburgh. I, as well as probably 20 others found these guys to be a terrific opener for Big D. They had plenty of catchy riffs and good horn work. Skanking was plentiful, let me tell you. They also seemed to have a good sense of humor (set list scribbled with a drawing of the trombone player with a dick next to his mouth, a verbal mention of Weedville, and a Burger King reference). They weren't signed but had a CD that I bought and listened to. I'd advise checking out their MySpace.

Then, after what I considered a pretty short wait, Big D arrived on stage and, without missing a beat, launched into "Steady Riot." The venue looked like it is usually used for Bingo nights and fish frys, but the stage was set up in the corner and there were probably a little over 100 kids in attendance, which set up a nice atmosphere. The set was comprised of a little over 50% new material, but that should not be considered a bad thing. Big D is, to me, one of the greatest live bands touring today. Their songs are played basically identical to the recorded versions and the set is ripped through at a blistering pace. Also, the new material, which leans more towards dub rather than the older ska-punk, provided nice, mellow breaks.

It was amazing that the day they had off, Big D played a show in the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania, but I'm not complaining. And I can't wait to see them again in two days at the Pittsburgh Warped stop [review submitted a week ago], even though it will only be for half an hour.

Oh, and kudos to the "security guards", or just some slightly above-average built dudes. They did prevent any crowd surfing, but in my eyes that's good. And a few of them actually seemed to be into the music, with one actually getting into the pit during "LAX," so that was right on.

Set list:

  1. Steady Riot
  2. Fly Away
  3. Souped-Up Vinyl
  4. Deadpan
  5. Shining On
  6. Raw Revolution
  7. My Girlfriend's on Drugs
  8. G.L.D.
  9. Evil Girl, Angry Girl
  10. Try Out Your Voice What the Hell Are You Going to Do?
  11. Wailing Paddle
  12. Myself
  13. I'm Yours Boston
  14. Hell on Earth
  15. Bender
  16. Little Bitch
  17. She Knows Her Way
  18. Checklist
  19. LAX


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Anonymous (August 16, 2007)

Being originally from St. Marys, let me tell ya, weedville isn't as awesome as it sounds.

Anonymous (August 16, 2007)

What? No Noise Complaint?

I know its not really one of their old standards, but that song is awesome; on record and live.

Anonymous (August 16, 2007)

oh yes, the d12 beat down where they broke the guys eyesocket

telegraphrocks (August 16, 2007)

"what's the deal with the lawrence Arms and warped Tour?"

They were booted and banned from the tour in 2001 for shit-talking general Warped events and Kevin Lyman.

There's actually been about 10 bands who've been booted and/or banned.

I know its Lawrence Arms, Guttermouth, D12, Cypress Hill, Esham, and I don't know the others, but I'm really interested to find out.

Underoath are just pussies, and they left because everyone kept making fun of them, though they'll tell you it was because of "exhaustion".

Anonymous (August 15, 2007)

wow big d way to abandon shot by lammi :/
i can't get over it, i don't like strictly rude. they ain't what they used to be!

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

The Skunk 11 is horrible.

jacknife737 (August 14, 2007)

i love the setlist

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

I'm 24 and I felt old to be at this show in St. Mary's until Big D came on. The openers taked WAY too much for me to enjoy. The only redeeming factor was that Big D played.

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

score is for the new mustard plug. i can't think of anything they could have done better on the record.

baseball (August 14, 2007)

sounds like a cool place to see Big D

come on, "Deadpan" isn't that bad, although i'll agree it's one of the only weak tracks on the new album

score is for 'Weedville', awesome

Anonymous (August 14, 2007)

what's the deal with the lawrence Arms and warped Tour?

Torgo (August 14, 2007)

Score is for Deadpan Face.
Yeah I know, no one else mentioned it.

Matthew330 (August 14, 2007)

Oh yeah, did the horn players in Big D play with the wireless mics in the bells of their horns like the Planet Smashers?

That's something new I noticed when I saw them at my warped date. How long have they been doing that? Since Strictly Rude came out?

Matthew330 (August 14, 2007)

I can't believe they play "Deadpan Face" live. Haha, what a horrible song.

Big D is great live.

facetofacereunion08 (August 14, 2007)

best big d song...TAKING BACK THE RHYTHM

what an awesome song man. lyrics are great too.

GlassPipeMurder (August 14, 2007)

great setlist except for Deadpan Face. don't really care for that song.

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