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Lifetime / Shook Ones / Sinking Ships

Lifetime / Shook Ones / Sinking Ships: live in Portlandlive in Portland (2007)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: colincolin
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The only thing that really made this show a bummer was the extended amount of time between sets. This was a show for Music Fest Northwest, three days here in Portland where a zillion bands play at venues all over town. It works like this: Bands go on at the hour every night across the board. This me.


The only thing that really made this show a bummer was the extended amount of time between sets. This was a show for Music Fest Northwest, three days here in Portland where a zillion bands play at venues all over town. It works like this: Bands go on at the hour every night across the board. This means you can see a Band A at Venue X at 8, Band B at Venue Y at 9, and Band C at Venue Z at 10. It's a simple and good formula for a festival, but not for this type of show, as the bands performing are used to sub-30 minute sets.

Regardless, that doesn't really change the fact that there were four incredibly solid acts on one bill, which is something I haven't seen in awhile.

Local pop-punk act Broadway Calls started things off with an incredibly high-energy performance of their standard sing-along style. The vocals were delivered with energy and passion while the band members seemed to bounce around stage effortlessly, obviously excited about the bill they were on. The band has a real no-bullshit kind of style, playing the first three songs without so much as a second to clap between and only bantering once or twice to introduce themselves, and then got right back to the songs.

I'd imagine, were Broadway Calls a bigger band, the rather large audience would have responded with the same energy that the band was putting out, but I'd say for a local band the amount of toe-tapping and head-bobbing going on was a positive enough response (especially considering that we're in Portland) for a solid performance.



Second up was Sinking Ships. Now, I love Disconnecting, but I was a bit irked by the live performance of the band. Whether it was the acoustics of the room, their sound was not nearly as full as it was recorded and, except for the lead vocals, the band was relatively reserved. I believe the performance to be half-bad just due to the venue itself -- the stage at the Hawthorne Theater is stupidly high, making interacting with these fun, melodic hardcore acts much more difficult than it normally would be in a basement.

The crowd actually thinned out a bit for this set, and as a nod to Broadway Calls, Sinking Ships really just wasn't able to follow up to the opening performance, which was disappointing. It won't prevent me from seeing them again, I'll just make sure it is in a smaller space.



Shook Ones took the stage to a great response and really set the stage for Lifetime. The band was full of energy and each song was delivered with passion. The between-song banter generally extended for longer than the songs, as there was an hour of time to kill before Lifetime. Being Pacific Northwest natives, the band and members of the crowd knew each other and kept a relatively entertaining dialogue going, which was surprisingly unintrusive to the set.

The mood for the band was, for lack of a better term, jovial and during the songs the crowd actually responded physically by getting the floor ready for the reason everyone was there: Lifetime.



I've never seen Lifetime. I'd imagine a lot of the crowd hadn't either, as the band had only been to Portland once before (at least according to Dr Dan after the show). The response was what I was hoping for, with stage dives and hands punching the air, bouncing along to each beat.

However, I'd say Lifetime had the exact opposite problem Sinking Ships had; while the band was filled with energy and fun, lead singer Ari Katz was relatively subdued, singing the songs with only a mild interest at times. Hardly worth mentioning, but it was one of the only parts about the set that wasn't perfect.

Another detractor form the set was, for the encore, Katz asked the crowd what they wanted to hear. An overwhelming response for "Theme Song..." went ignored, so much so that the venue actually turned the house lights on after the band left the stage while a substantial amount of people were still demanding a second encore to hear the song. For the band's first show in ten years in Portland, playing for just under 30 minutes and not playing the one song the entire audience is requesting seemed a bit of a dick move, but that's just looking a gift horse in the mouth.



And that was the show. I don't often get starstruck around bands, but after the show I was leaning on the stage and felt a tap on my shoulder and heard, "Excuse me, I'm gonna jump down," and Dan Yemin joined the conversation I was having with some friends like it was nothing, which was pretty cool.

While I was fairly sick throughout the show that was mired by time difficulties, while the bands were playing I didn't really have a care in the world. There's a huge lack of melodic hardcore (orgcore) in the Portland area, as most bands around here are of the mosh-bro-core persuasion, so it was a great night to finally see four bands on one bill where no one was spin-kicking or two-stepping in the pit. The score alone is for finally having a show where this goes on instead...

 

 
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Archangel (September 13, 2007)

smelltheglove yes THANKS EVERYONE knows that. AND HEY, one of the song titles on their first EP is a palindrome, too!

Torgo, I did that, too.

Torgo (September 13, 2007)

Make fun of me if you want, but am I the only one who liked Lifetime for a long time before he noticed it was Young, Loud and Scotty and not Snotty?

smelltheglove (September 12, 2007)

don't know if this is common knowledge, but the band So Many Dynamos have a palindrome for their name. dr awkward is the bees knees, though.

WarIsPeace (September 12, 2007)

They only played a little less than 30 minutes? That really sucks, especially since they were the headliner.

Scary...Hey Catrine just came on my radio station.

baseball (September 12, 2007)

Shook Ones sound exactly like Lifetime's music with Kid Dynamite's vocals to me

not that that's a bad thing

Scruffy (September 12, 2007)

"If I went to a Lifetime / Shook Ones / Sinking Ships show, I'd have to make sure that it wasn't just the same band going up to play different songs each set."

I get where you're going with that oh-so-witty joke, but Shook Ones sound like Kid Dynamite, not Lifetime, and Sinking Ships doesn't sound like either of them. Just because SS and SO tour together a lot doesn't mean they share a sound. If they did, I'd probably be a fan of Sinking Ships.

Torgo (September 11, 2007)

Uh oh, them posting my Souls/Lifetime/Ergs!! review aint lookin so good now!

pdxkid (September 11, 2007)

Hey mr. reviewer, there are a lot of good shows in Portland that are not bro-core, they just mostly take place in basements and bars. Here are some bands you may want to check out: Sleepwalkers RIP, Defect Defect, Muckracker, Dispossessed, Nix, Autistic Youth, Red Dons, Ethopian Children, The Crawlers, Warcry, Sex Vid, Tragedy, Flip Tops, Clorox Girls, or just go to pc-pdx.com for shows.

inagreendase (September 11, 2007)

Big = better, no resizing necessary

feeeding5000 (September 11, 2007)

If I went to a Lifetime / Shook Ones / Sinking Ships show, I'd have to make sure that it wasn't just the same band going up to play different songs each set.

damnitsderek (September 11, 2007)

... nor can I compete by correctly spelling awkwardly, apparently.

dr awkward is the world's best palindrome...


So much better than anything else I've ever heard. You sure it isn't a band already?

colin (September 11, 2007)

fuck, i knew i should have resized the photos for this article but i almost thought the 'org was gonna do that sort of thing. my bad on that shit dudes.

pretentiouslikepitchfork (September 11, 2007)

what would make you want to go to rock n' roll pizza?

RobbieFree (September 11, 2007)

Rock n' Roll pizza is Gresham, anything past about 100th can't be included.

Archangel (September 11, 2007)

Trevor, you just named my next synth-pop ironicore band.

trevor_the_exploder (September 11, 2007)

... nor can I compete by correctly spelling awkwardly, apparently.

dr awkward is the world's best palindrome...

humberthumbert (September 11, 2007)

There is most definitely plenty of bro-core in Portland, read: the bands that are booked at Rock n' Roll pizza.

John-311 (September 11, 2007)

I was bummed Bouncing Souls dropped off the lineup for this show. They played Bumbershoot and were originally going to play this show too but then they cancelled.

pretentiouslikepitchfork (September 11, 2007)

out of all the shows i saw over the weekend at musicfest, lifetime was unfortunately the most disappointing...yemen seemed completely uninterested in putting on a decent show, and the opening bands blew them off the stage.

and as for portland having an overabundance of mosh bro-core bands? really.... i know there's not much in the way of melodic hardcore, but the scene is kind of the antithesis of the mosh bro-core crowd. the granola-core crowd maybe, but definitely not bro-core...

discofucker (September 11, 2007)

I like the addition of photos. I do think Lifetime is incredibly over-rated, however.

Archangel (September 11, 2007)

... nor can I compete by correctly spelling awkwardly, apparently.

Archangel (September 11, 2007)

No wonder my review for this show in Seattle didn't get posted. I can't compete with awkwardlly-sized photos!

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