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The Draft / Dead to Me / Gaslight Anthem

The Draft / Dead to Me / Gaslight Anthem: live in Denverlive in Denver (2007)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: the_problem_with_firethe_problem_with_fire
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Pabst Blue Ribbon is the punk rock beer, I've been told. Unfortunately for my two friends and other punkers at the Marquis that night, the PBR was not being served due to the Busch keg needing to be killed first. All seemed mostly right as various members of the bands that were playing were seen mil.


Pabst Blue Ribbon is the punk rock beer, I've been told. Unfortunately for my two friends and other punkers at the Marquis that night, the PBR was not being served due to the Busch keg needing to be killed first. All seemed mostly right as various members of the bands that were playing were seen milling about the crowd, talking and hanging out with everyone. Almost an hour late and sans PBR, the show started.

Denver, Colorado's own Sleeper Horse started things off with a tight and appropriately timed set. Their gritty, southern punk rock inspired sound isn't far off from that of the Draft's previous band's sound, dual vocalists and all. The one difference is in the band's penchant for bouncy, almost dancey guitar lines apparent in some of their songs. It was nice to hear a local opener that was bearable and also enjoyable to listen to.

Gaslight Anthem took the stage next and proceeded to be amazing for a good half an hour. Covering a decent chunk of material off their recent release, (and a new song -- go figure, about dancing), these guys were having fun and putting on an energetic set. I'll admit that I'm not as big on their music as many people I know are, but the energy this band conveys and the show they put on are undeniably good. The band was tight and kept the stage banter to a minimum, outside of the vocalist's amusing commentary on battling the high altitude of the Rocky Mountains. They thanked us for being cool and promised to be back soon.

I'd heard a lot of hype about Dead to Me, specifically around the release of Cuban Ballerina, and outside of checking out a couple songs on their MySpace page, never got into them any further. Their set that evening was one of those experiences where seeing a band live can totally change your opinion of them. Consider me a fan now. Sharing vocal trade-offs (and bearing a glaring resemblance to Chris Hannah with gauged ears), Chicken kept the crowd entertained with his stage presence and banter between songs. Jack Dalrymple of One Man Army fame held down the other side of the vocal duties and guitar playing. The band was incredibly tight, fast, and full of energy. Playing straight-ahead good old punk rock, these guys made a fan out of me and I immediately picked up their album after the show.

After a lengthy setup, the Draft took the stage to the biggest crowd of the night. I can't tell you what they played because I'm not familiar with their stuff, but it was definitely the least energetic of the night, presence and music-wise. Being the veterans they are, they sounded perfectly tight. The amazing, prominent bass lines, guitar work and three-part harmonies were all intact. The band said very little, if anything, and played for a good hour's worth. The band ended with their set with the only song I'm familiar with: "Lo Zee Rose," accompanied by lots of sing-alongs and beer glasses raised.

Despite not really being into the Draft's set, it was still far from being a bad night. Probably one of the most solid tour packages going on now that I can think of. Check this out and support these bands if they stop by your town. Drive long distances even if they aren't stopping by close -- it's worth it.

 

 
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damnitsderek (October 22, 2007)

PBR is the ironic Seattle hipster's beer of choice.
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I'd still take PBR over Icehouse any day.

KevinH (October 21, 2007)

"That John Denver is full of shit, man."

Score is for this comment.

HonestAbe (October 21, 2007)

why post two reviews of the same tour?

Slater (October 21, 2007)

Blatz > PBR in the cheap beer department, in my opinion.

Plus, besides the fact that (in my opinion anyway) Blatz tastes much better, there isn't a stigma attached to it like there is to Pabst...yet.

And, this lineup was awesome when it came to my town (Cleveland) but I already discussed it in the last review of this tour, which was Chicago if memory serves. Score is for the Cleveland show.

imsohardcore200 (October 20, 2007)

im bummed i missed this

you people wont shut up about gaslight anthem

i wanted to see if they lived up to the hype

ven89 (October 20, 2007)

This show was great, but I was dissapointed in Sleeperhorse. Not as good as the Blackout Pact. I dunno, maybe they'll get better.

ashtraymonument (October 20, 2007)

how come nobody ever mentions who hilarious chris wollard is when he is completely smashed at every show

"you guys having a good time?!
I'm having a good time.....too many margaritas..."
stumble

telegraphrocks (October 20, 2007)

PBR is only good when you wanna get loaded, and all you've got is $6.

The liquor store near me usually has 30-packs of pints of $5.99.

Yup. And all 480 oz. taste like complete shit.

Score's for PBR.

Good beer = Sam Adams.

Archangel (October 20, 2007)

PBR is the ironic Seattle hipster's beer of choice.

Dudley_Shale (October 20, 2007)

I interviewed Brian from the Gaslight Anthem last night in Arizona. Let me just say that if you're at all considering going....go. Gaslight was AMAZING last night, and are worth the price of admission alone.

SlackMotherfucker (October 20, 2007)

I like the Draft, but my god what a boring live band. I mean, aside from watching Jason Black of course.

telegraphrocks (October 20, 2007)

That John Denver is full of shit, man.

damnitsderek (October 20, 2007)

Another review of this show, eh?

ashtraymonument (October 20, 2007)

i knew i should have reviewed this show, but somebody else did the same tour....
anyways, despite this review. the show was really fucking awesome. the draft played all of the 7" songs plus little mascara. dead to me got the crowd rolling. and the gaslight anthem stole the show. beset $10 bucks i've spent in a while

Michael_Berryman (October 20, 2007)

1st band: i know little about them but live they're good.

2nd band: i know little about them but live they're good.

3rd band: i know little about them but live they're good.

i'm not usually a dick but come on.

punkinohio (October 20, 2007)

Is there seriosuly a NIN review and not one for the new wilhelm scream cd?

nameless (October 20, 2007)

Good review. I've been debating whether or not to go to this show, as their tour is slowly coming closer to my neck of the woods. Sounds cool...

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