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Dillinger Four / The Brokedowns

Dillinger Four / The Brokedowns: live In Chicagolive In Chicago (2007)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: JerryColaJerryCola
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Before I start the review of the show at The Note I should probably mention the Dillinger Four in-store performance at Reckless Records. Since the show at The Note was 21 and over, Dillinger Four decided to throw a bone to their younger fans in Chicago by playing a free all-ages in-store show at Rec.


Before I start the review of the show at The Note I should probably mention the Dillinger Four in-store performance at Reckless Records. Since the show at The Note was 21 and over, Dillinger Four decided to throw a bone to their younger fans in Chicago by playing a free all-ages in-store show at Reckless Records a few hours before their show at The Note across the street. I've never seen any bands actually play inside Reckless before since the Queers in-store fell through and talks of a Teenage Bottlerocket in-store never actually came to fruition, so I figured this would be a pretty interesting experience.

Dillinger Four set up just a little late and to no one's surprise they were already drinking. Once the band was ready they played for maybe a little bit over a half-hour plowing through a quick bunch of songs. In between songs Paddy had some entertaining comments on various subjects as: Paris Hilton's eye; various music topics; playing in a record store without having an actual new album to release; the Minnesota bridge collapse; Chicago; some shit-talking; and so on. They even played a mock-cover of Against Me! which was pretty funny. The band actually sounded really good inside the record store, spare for the vocals being very low, but hey, it was a free show with a borrowed PA from Reckless, so it was workable. My only legit problem is that I wish the people at Reckless could have maybe moved their shelves that were in the middle of the store out of the way so more people could have made their way closer up front. Dillinger Four were also selling t-shirts that said "New Records Are Stupid" to celebrate them not putting out a new record.

Now onto the actual show at The Note.

First up was Dear Landlord from Carbondale, IL, which features two members from the defunct Rivethead and two current members of the Copyrights. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, but they sound like a mix of Rivethead and the Copyrights, which basically means that they sound like a blast of wonderful high-energy pop-punk. They played through a pretty quick set, which makes sense since all they have out right now is a fantastic split 7" with Chinese Telephones. They also kept the talk pretty much to a bare minimum, spare for asking everyone if Tony from Victory Records was in the crowd and some other comments about Victory. Overall they were a lot of fun and I can't wait to pick up their upcoming 7" split with Off with Their Heads. If you're heading down to the Fest and you are a Copyrights fan then be sure to check them out.

Up next were the Catburglars from Chicago, IL. The best way I can describe them is that they sound like obnoxious punk rock mixed with a little bit of spazzed out garage rock. I have never seen them before or heard much from them but I was highly entertained the entire time, especially the singer who was all over the stage. The highlight for me had to be when they played a song entitled "Now I Wanna Be John Goodman." Seriously, how could you go wrong with a song about wanting to be John Goodman? Overall they were a lot of fun; I picked up their 7" with the John Goodman song, and I'll be sure to check out any future shows they have in Chicago.

Next was the Brokedowns from Elgin, IL. I've seen the Brokedowns quite a few times now and they were one of those bands that just caught my attention the first time I saw them play and been hooked ever since. They've been working very hard, playing a ton of shows within the past year with so many other great bands and I must say that they're the perfect fit on a show with Dillinger Four. Highlights included the songs "New Brains," "Pro-Gear Pro-Attitude Pro-Results" and "Year of the Hydra" from their new album entitled New Brains for Everyone, along with "The Song Remains the Same" and the set-ender "A Song for Peter Francis Gerasi to Sing" from their previous album These Colors Don't Run (The Musical). Overall, it was another great performance from the Brokedowns and I'm sure I'll catch them playing with a bunch of other great bands sometime very soon in Chicago. Check them out if you'll be at The Fest if you're a fan of bands like D4, Toys That Kill, Arrivals and Off with Their Heads.

Up next was the main event, Dillinger Four. Prior to the Reckless in-store performance, the only other times I've seen Dillinger Four was a show at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago last year around the 4th of July and a couple of months ago when they opened for Naked Raygun at the House of Blues. I thought both of those shows were fun but something told me that their performances could have been far better. I still had fun but other people I knew felt a little disappointed from those previous shows. This time around I don't think Dillinger Four could have played any better than they did. The band tore through their set and sounded spot-on the entire time. Paddy provided more entertaining stage banter which included topics such as: Paris Hilton's eye, once again; some serious Chicago Bears talk; some talk about various records and bands; and some talk about the smoking ban along with how people in the service industry are getting fucked. They decided to play one new song, which Paddy sang and played while standing on one of those cheap plastic 2-step ladders. I wish my memory wasn't failing me right now because I forget what the new song was called; all I remember is that it had the word American in the title but it sounded great to me. There's a bunch of other awesome stage banter from Paddy from both the Reckless and Note show that I've just completely forgotten about by now so hopefully others will chime in about things I forgot about in the comments.

Overall, this was the best I've seen Dillinger Four play so far and all the other opening bands were so much fun. It's been a few shows since I've been able to go to one where I've literally enjoyed every single band that played. I really feel sorry for the people who didn't make it into the show either because of age restrictions, because the show sold out, or because they were too lazy and stayed home to comb their cat instead. If this show is any indication how D4's performance will be at The Fest then all you Fest-goers are in for a treat. As for me, I'll be excited to see them again at Chicago's Riot Fest. Hopefully Paddy will be able to step foot in the same building with H.R. without Jah seeking vengeance on him.

Here's the set list for Dillinger Four. It should be in order but there's a slight possibility that I'm forgetting a song.

  1. Let Them Eat Thomas Paine
  2. Noble Stabbings
  3. Folk Song
  4. *new song*
  5. Mosh for Jesus
  6. A Floater Left with Pleasure in the Executive Washroom
  7. Fired-Side Chat
  8. Doublewhiskeycokenoice
  9. Who Didn't Kill Bambi?
  10. Maximum Piss and Vinegar
  11. #51 Dick Butkus
  12. Encore
  13. O.K. F.M. D.O.A.
  14. D4 = Putting the "F" Back in "Art"

 

 
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JerryCola (September 27, 2007)

One of the editors should fix my review; get rid of my sentence mentioning a new song and say that they played An American Banned. Plus the set-list should get fixed.

maverick (September 27, 2007)

Woah, Dillinger Four played a new song?? Does anyone know the title of it???

-Scott

Spalmer (September 27, 2007)

I felt stupid posting that the song wasn't new because someone else already did before me, but all these morons make me feel better

Torgo (September 27, 2007)

THERE'S NO NEW SONG. Jesus.

PizzaClaus (September 27, 2007)

Too band this new song will never come out on a record... ever.

SydBarrett420 (September 27, 2007)

Did an interview with The Brokedowns at :

http://www.politicalpunk.org/Brokedowns-Interview.aspx

8dollarclarinetsolo (September 26, 2007)

thats actually a pretty varied setlist from them. thomas paine usually isnt the opener, they havent really played bambi too much in the past 5 years or so, and floater and dick butkus are rarely if ever played. i would be psyched to see that set

Hey_Asshole (September 26, 2007)

i went and saw Westbound Train and MU330 on this night instead of D4. not on purpose, but i forgot all about this show until the night before. i was going to go to both, but like a dumbfuck, i left my ID at home.

i was kind of pissed. but basically it looks like the same set list as last time i saw the at Beat Kitchen, so, i am not too disappointed.

briennis (September 26, 2007)

im pretty sure the new song was called american band.
they played it in minneapolis the night before the chicago shows. and i snagged the set list and thats what it said.


its an old song called "An American Banned" from the "More Songs About Girlfriends And Bubblegum" 7" on Mutant Pop from '97. i thought we'd all established that.

xkidxdynamitex (September 26, 2007)

im pretty sure the new song was called american band.
they played it in minneapolis the night before the chicago shows. and i snagged the set list and thats what it said.

HonestAbe (September 25, 2007)

Wehavecomeforyourchildren states;

"anybody who thinks those don't qualify as great songs, obviously isn't listening close enough"

"by the way, each of those songs i listed is undeniably better than Noble Stabbings, Folk Song, A Floater Left with Pleasure in the Executive Washroom, Maximum Piss and Vinegar, #51 Dick Butkus, and D4 = Putting the "F" Back in "Art"

...glad you can state your personal preferences as pass them off as aboslute fact buddy. Ever think that someone else likes different songs than you do? No, wait...I forgot, the songs you like are "undeniably" better than ones other people like and if those other people don't agree with you, they should go back and listen closer until they figure out why...awesome thanks for showing me the truth buddy

JerryCola (September 25, 2007)

Once again, sorry I didn't know that it was an old song, that's what I get for not downloading music as much music as I should, stupid out of print releases.

Then again, I warned people in last weeks Navel Gazing that other people need to write reviews for all the awesome Chicago shows otherwise it would resort to people like me to write the reviews.

briennis (September 25, 2007)

i'm not even sure i'd place "Noble Stabbings" in their top 3 on that album. "Fired-Side Chat" and "File Under Adult Urban Contemporary" are both songs that I would place as better than it, then it still has 3 or 4 really really good songs to duke it out with for #3.

Nick_V (September 25, 2007)

"Larry, have you ever heard of Vietnam?"

PersonalResponsibility (September 25, 2007)

BY. Shit, it'd be awesome if you could edit your comments.

JustinUCR (September 25, 2007)

the "new song " is an american banned, and it's on the Mutant Pop 7" that came out like 7 or 8 years ago...something like that

PersonalResponsibility (September 25, 2007)

D4 is 5 stars my default.

maverick (September 25, 2007)

Um, "Noble Stabbings" is easily one of their top 3 songs. It's definitely better than all the ones you named.

-Scott

JerryCola (September 25, 2007)

Shit, I didn't know that was actually an old song they played, sorry about that.

If anyone has that 7" split in digital format & could be kind enough to somehow send it my way it would be much appreciated.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (September 25, 2007)

by the way, each of those songs i listed is undeniably better than Noble Stabbings, Folk Song, A Floater Left with Pleasure in the Executive Washroom, Maximum Piss and Vinegar, #51 Dick Butkus, and D4 = Putting the "F" Back in "Art"

and, also, i realized that i named "bambi" which was in fact in their set that night, but which i don't think i've ever heard them play live in the last 3 or 4 years.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (September 25, 2007)

actually, that's bullshit. most of their great songs aren't even ever in their set list. the reason they always play the same ones, according to billy morisette anyway, is because that between writing the new record and the fact that they can rarely get together, they haven't played most of the songs in years and would need to practice most of them first if they wanted to pull them off live. paddy especially doesn't remember lots of them and since he's away the most (arrivals, sean na na, fuck yeahs, bloodbath, other bands, and whatever else he's bumming around doing) there's not really any chance to relearn them. although, before they go out on tour for the new record (if that ever happens) they are gonna get a few more down.

personally, i'd like to hear thanks for the revenge: part 2, are you the motherfucker with the bananas, like sprewells on a wheelchair, our science is tight, wrecktheplacefantastic, who didn't kill bambi, and the great american going out of business sale.

anybody who thinks those don't qualify as great songs, obviously isn't listening close enough.

Spalmer (September 25, 2007)

I saw them the night before in Minneapolis, "An American Banned" isn't a new song, it's very very old and from some split or something

galen (September 25, 2007)

It seems like everyone's seeing D4 except for me.
Anywhere in the Northeast and I'm there.

Mike_from_Chicago (September 25, 2007)

They actually didn't play a new song...the song the reviewer was referring to was An American Banned from the More Songs About Girlfriends and Bubblegum 7". Other comment from the show - Paddy was WRONG WRONG WRONG on one of his football notes...he said Favre first started because Jim McMahon got hurt...McMahon wasn't a Packer until '95 - Favre became a starter in '92.

maverick (September 25, 2007)

"D4's sets are so self-similar. They've got a pool of like 50 songs to choose from, why do they keep picking from the same 15?"

Mainly because they really only have about 15 great songs, and the rest of them are just good songs. I've seen this band 6 or 7 times and the setlist is almost always the same, but I don't mind because they rarely leave out a song I want to hear.

-Scott

brown (September 25, 2007)

Do they ever play: "sellthehousesellthecarssellthekidsfindsomeoneelseforgetiti'mnev ercomingbackforgetit"?

mclz (September 25, 2007)

new song?!?!?!?!? i wish i could fucking hear this

briennis (September 25, 2007)

D4's sets are so self-similar. They've got a pool of like 50 songs to choose from, why do they keep picking from the same 15? they really need to do a new album so they can do a full US tour or something.

grantino (September 25, 2007)

the brokedowns are the shit.

kevin_hare (September 25, 2007)

Damn I want one of those shirts, ha.

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