The Loved Ones / Gaslight Anthem / The Ergs!

The Loved Ones / Gaslight Anthem / The Ergs!: live in New Yorklive in New York (2008)
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Front to back, Friday night at the Knitting Factory offered great modern melodic punk. Higher Giant opened with a 22-minute set of very promising music. It was only the band's second show, but only occasionally did they seem out of tune or missing notes. And how about those familiar faces? Ernie .

Front to back, Friday night at the Knitting Factory offered great modern melodic punk.

Higher Giant opened with a 22-minute set of very promising music. It was only the band's second show, but only occasionally did they seem out of tune or missing notes. And how about those familiar faces? Ernie Parada (Token Entry, Grey Area, the Arsons, etc. etc.) on lead vocals and guitar decked out in an Ernie shirt and Dave Wagenschutz (Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black, etc. etc.) stationed behind the kit. As expected, they excelled in solid melodic punk/hardcore tunes with Parada's classic upper-register delivery. However, there was this occasional weird radio-friendly vibe and questionable lyrics, like a slightly less cringeworthy version of Thirteen Day Getaway-era CIV. Still, there was more good than bad, with Wagenschutz providing the forbidden beat every so often, and songs like the pretty excellent "Dangerous" and "Friday the 13th" -- as well as Ernie giving a shoutout to "The Office."

LaGrecia was another ex-Kid Dynamite collective -- however, with Jason Shevchuk now up front and center. The demos the band have been posting on their MySpace are promising enough, but taking in their live show REALLY got me psyched on the upcoming full-length. At least in my opinion, it looks like it could be Shevchuk's best material since File Under Black. "YouLikeBaseballLikeGhosts" opened the set, with its ridiculously awesome finish as Shevchuk and bandmate/bassist Sal Dellaquila provide soulful, cathartic "ya ya ya ya ya"s and drummer Dana Berkowitz dynamically pounds away at the skins. Jay said very little throughout the set, leaving more time for a wide range of affairs that ranged from the expected country-bomp flair of slower songs to the straightforward punk romp. They played considerably well, Shev's voice sounded superb as usual and the songs were great. I couldn't ask for a better 24 minutes to set up the Ergs!.

Predictably sick, the Ergs! blasted through 13 songs in a sharp half-hour playing all the favorites for a suddenly enthused crowd. They threw in one or two new jams -- I'm not really sure of the second. I just didn't recognize it, and neither did anyone else in attendance seem to, so I assume it was also new. In any event, the one definitively new song was cool -- nothing majorly departing from Upstairs/Downstairs, but solid in its own right. Stage divers were airborn and bodies were rambunctiously pogoing and bumping on the floor. Sweet.

Set list (8:10-8:40):

  1. Trouble in River City
  2. Kind of Like Smitten
  3. A Very Pretty Song for a Very Special Young Lady Part 2
  4. Bike Shoppe
  5. -----
  6. Introducing Morrissey
  7. Pray for Rain
  8. new song
  9. -----
  10. See Him Again
  11. ? (new song?)
  12. -----
  13. Aja
  14. Finn
  15. -----
  16. Books About Miles Davis
  17. Everything Falls Apart (And More!)
Holy shit, the Gaslight Anthem is blowing up. The band strung together five straight songs to open and the crowd didn't stop the finger-points once. I can say without hesitance that they drew just as well as the Loved Ones here -- granted they were slightly closer to their hometown than TLO, but still... Maybe the drunken fury of the sing-alongs just made the audience seem more overzealous than they were, but I doubt it. It was my first time seeing the band and they didn't disappoint, playing every standout from Sink or Swim as well as a few from the oft-delayed EP, SeƱor and the Queen, and even those had a pretty huge reaction. There was even that Tom Petty cover they've been rocking live. Few bands these days bother to put time and effort into thinking of clever transitions from song to song in the live set when they're mixing it up from the album, but Gaslight did just that, bringing up fading memories from my youth when my only showgoing experiences were arenas bearing Green Day tours and undying classic rock dinosaurs. Towards the end, my anxiety built as I feared the band might not play my favorite of theirs, the fantastic "I Coulda Been a Contender." But the last song came, and they closed out the set with it -- perfect. The venue went bonkers and my night could've ended there, satisfyingly, with Gaslight's eclectic mix of classic folk influences, early 20th century cultural charm and modern punk gruff.

Set list (8:56-9:36):
  1. Drive
  2. Wooderson
  3. Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis?
  4. Stand by Me intro verse / I'da Called You Woody, Joe
  5. Angry Johnny and the Radio
  6. -----
  7. American Girl (Tom Petty cover)
  8. -----
  9. We Came to Dance
  10. Boomboxes & Dictionaries
  11. -----
  12. Say I Won't (Recognize)
  13. -----
  14. 1930
  15. -----
  16. I Coulda Been a Contender
But it wasn't over quite yet. A band who I think is a bit overrated but has nonetheless improved with every release and subsequently moved them into more affectionate territory with me, the Loved Ones put on one of the better sets I've seen them play. It was a high-energy performance with plenty of crowd interaction, with a girl who couldn't have been older than 16 and bearing a mouthful of glossy metal jumping on stage to help Dave Hause for nearly an entire verse on "Chicken," and a whole assortment of goofy stage divers. The whole band was really into it and gave on a big, hour-long show complete with three-song encore. The drunken faces guitarist Dave Walsh makes at the crowd still give me douche chills, but it was hard to register many complaints otherwise. I do have to give Walsh one thing: It was pretty funny when the band left the stage after "Louisiana" to rousing applause and shouts for an encore, and came back not 45 seconds later with him leading the group and simply acknowledging the crowd, beer in hand: "Alright, here we go."

Hause had sister Ericka helping out on keys for some of the songs, but the real surprise came when the Hold Steady's Tad Kubler came out to play guitar for "Louisiana." That was cool enough, but Hause took the mic and went batshit, diving into the crowd and taking the aggressive frontman stance. He honestly looked pretty passionate during the song, moreso than at any other point in the set. He was so loose and intense you'd have thought he had friends or relatives in New Orleans during Katrina.

Set list (9:56-10:59ish):
  1. Pretty Good Year
  2. Breathe In
  3. -----
  4. 100K
  5. The Inquirer
  6. -----
  7. Player Hater Anthem
  8. -----
  9. The Bridge
  10. -----
  11. Arsenic
  12. -----
  13. Jane
  14. -----
  15. Brittle Heart
  16. -----
  17. Selfish Masquerade
  18. Suture Self
  19. Chicken
  20. -----
  21. Living Will (Get You Dead)
  22. -----
  23. Louisiana [f/ Tad Kubler]
  24. Encore:
  25. Sarah's Game
  26. -----
  27. Candy Cane
  28. -----
  29. I Swear


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sickboi (February 29, 2008)

Brian's religious beliefs shouldn't bother you. He isn't putting hidden messages in his songs, and doesn't preach when performing or hanging out. Fact of the matter is, Brian is one of nicest and most genuinely humble people you will ever meet. He loves what he does, and doesn't take any aspect of it for granted. So if he is a Christian, which I won't confirm or deny, that's his choice. Don't go quoting Bad Religion out of context, it doesn't make you like cool or witty.


bottlerocket (February 28, 2008)

I saw, philly, new york and DC and for sure the Loved Ones had by far the most fans and the best response.

Gaslight did do well though. I liked them, but I heard that singer guy is a Christian. Sucks. Go prey on someone else...

foolsgold (February 28, 2008)

Great show. I took two friends, one of whom had only heard either Gaslight or TLO a handful of times and the other had never heard either, and they were both blown away (though much more by Gaslight). Seriously, everyone I introduce Gaslight Anthem to falls in love with them, it's ridiculous. They have a very Bruce Springsteen vibe which has a much wider classic rock appeal than, say, pop-punk bands like Fall Out Boy do. That, and their lyrics aren't cheesy as hell. Had to leave halfway through TLO's set but from what I saw of it, it was pretty good. I'll agree with the other commenters here, though, that Gaslight definitely stole the show. The Ergs were good, but they lost the audience about halfway through. I think people got tired of pogoing. LaGrecia was good too, but I think I'll need to give their tracks a few more spins before I make up my mind. I've liked all of Jason's previous stuff so there's no reason I wouldn't like this. One thing I will say, though, is that they need to work on their dynamic range. It gets tiring (and boring) listening to everything at the same intensity. Maybe that's why I think The Gaslight Anthem outshone all other bands at the show--more variety within and between songs than the other acts? (Followed by the Loved ones, then Ergs and LaGrecia--let's face it, their songs aren't exactly the most varied in style, tone, and tempo).

All that being said, definitely a memorable show. I can't help but feel that these bands--Gaslight and TLO, specifically--should be playing larger venues, though. I feel like every time I go to the Knitting Factory it should be more crowded, but I guess that's what fire codes are for. Can't wait to see Gaslight again!

mattbeall (February 28, 2008)

"really?? where were these shows? the east coast shows Loved Ones got a much more sizable response, and when I spoke to Dave at the one show he had nothing but nice things to say about them, they seem like they're all friends, at that was at the end of the tour! weird...maybe it was an off night..."

I'm in Pittsburgh...TLO were good, and I didn't notice anything but good feelings from everyone playing, but more people were into Gaslight and a number of folks left after their set. That's all.

baseball (February 28, 2008)

Lagrecia not playing the DC show is the unstoked moment of this year for me :(

Gaslight Anthem is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands to see live, every song is just so..sing-able

woohoo (February 28, 2008)

god, you people love to talk shit about nothing...i overheard brian bitching to his wife about the same shit, kids kicking his guitar, and diving in to him and all this. who cares?

iruineverything (February 28, 2008)

Gaslight were phenomenal at this show.

Loved Ones were good, but man their singer is a prick. Kids were coming up on stage to sing along and stage dive and you saw him getting more and more pissed off about it as the night went on.

At one point a kid was on stage and Dave wouldn't go into the next verse until the kid dove off. The kid was waiting because he wanted to sing but Dave screamed at him "If your're gonna do it, do it motherfucker!" and made the kid look like a complete ass.

I was very happy when someone accidentally kicked his mic stand causing his mic to rock him in the teeth.

warped (February 27, 2008)

I saw the same show in Philly with Amateur Party opening, and it was amazing. The entire crowd was into the show, and it was fucking awesome, save the assholes who kept grabbing the hood of my hoodie. If I ever see one of them again, I'll kick their ass.

fourtyfour (February 27, 2008)

Um, HI!
I was that girl on stage for "Chicken"!
Thanks for the mention :P

damnitsderek (February 27, 2008)

Brian, do you remember which other songs that LaGrecia played?

And that setlist from The Gaslight Anthem sounds pretty much nothing short of orgasmic.

klonny (February 27, 2008)

The Loved Ones and LaGrecia in the same live show.

Goddamn. Yes.

woohoo (February 27, 2008)

really?? where were these shows? the east coast shows Loved Ones got a much more sizable response, and when I spoke to Dave at the one show he had nothing but nice things to say about them, they seem like they're all friends, at that was at the end of the tour! weird...maybe it was an off night...

mattbeall (February 27, 2008)

Gaslight Anthem definitely upstaged TLO at the show out here. No question.

cantsitstill (February 27, 2008)

saw this show a week or so ago, and it's obvious that the spotlight of Fat has gone to Dave Hause's head. he looked completely pissed off that only (gasp!) about 100 people hung around to see them.

really what it was is that there were 150 people there for Gaslight Anthem, who completely blew TLO off the stage.

by the end of their (TLO's) set, i'd say 50 people were still there.

need to switch up the headliner on this tour and tell Hause to get over himself. the new album is weak.

mashole (February 27, 2008)

im cming home tomorow and i find out i miss thuis!! i am pissed this show sounded killer however nothing could beat tlo at asbury lanes

robyourselfblind (February 26, 2008)

i got fired because i felt seeing this show was much more important than spending the night at sears.

the ergs! are one of the most fun bands around and their set was great. i havent seen that many kids pogo-ing in a long time.

Gaslight was the highlight of the night for me. sink or swim was my favorite album of '07, and senor and the queen is a very natural addition to their catalog. they made their set really interesting with the quick transitions. and how can you go wrong with a tom petty cover?

as for the loved ones, ive never gotten the attraction to this band. the songs are pretty catchy and they arent bad, but they just dont connect with me. and for anyone else that has seen them live, did it seem to you like they were kind of full of themselves? i thought they came off as assholes a little bit.

even the two opening bands posted good sets.

amazing show. one ill remember for a long time to come.

onegirlarmy (February 26, 2008)

If anything I think Gaslight is getting big within their home region, hence why the ridiculous crowd reactions in NYC, Philly and Boston. Its more of a regional thing as opposed to simply an 'Org thing.

TeaEssAre (February 26, 2008)


very fun the entire time

remainsunseen (February 26, 2008)

i had so much fun at this show!
read my review if you care

Hardcore Circa 2008

woohoo (February 26, 2008)

yeah for sure only on this site is gaslight bigger than the loved ones. the shows i saw loved got the biggest response. gaslight is good and people know who they are and are getting psyched, but come on. gas light isnt selling out these venues, that's for sure.

skankbook (February 26, 2008)

Score is for the Philly show.

Dave's little brother played guitar on "Louisianna," which if you've ever been to a Souls show. the song had a "True Believers"-esque feeling from the crowd.

I know the Loved Ones get some hate here, but to me "Build & Burn" shows "Keep Your Heart" wasn't a fluke.

Gaslight was fucking incredible, it won't be long before they're headlining and selling out large venues.

The Ergs! are one of (if not the) best band in pop punk right now.

victim (February 26, 2008)

I've seen alot of orgers intimate that Gaslight brings out more people than Loved Ones, but I think thats a conceit confined to the org

Not that it matters to me either way, I like both and they put on an awesome show in Gainvesville. Incidentally, New Mexican Disaster Squad put on an awesome too, the best I've seen from them -- I think it was because I really liked their setlist this time

BarleyPat (February 26, 2008)

Great review, great tour. That is all.

inagreendase (February 26, 2008)

That just doesn't make any sense on a number of counts.

Well, Higher Giant is also ex-Kid Dynamite. LaGrecia played right after them. That's basically what I was implying.

Don't most people prefer Loud About Loathing or, if you have to only count full-lengths, This Is Satire to File Under Black?

Probably, but I think File blows away everything else in their discography.

shark-e (February 26, 2008)

The Philly show was absolutely incredible. I hadn't heard Gaslight Anthem prior, but I was absolutely blown away. The last band that gave me that strong a first impression was Strike Anywhere back in 2003.
Also, it was great to hear two songs from the first Loved Ones e.p. that I'd never heard live before... What a good night!

eyeslikebombs (February 26, 2008)

i was at this show. so much fucking fun. it was also the first time i took e at a show and it was crazy!

Pretty much my idea of The Loved Ones...only interesting if you're inebriated or pushing 40.

lostandclowned (February 26, 2008)

this was an incredible show.

onegirlarmy (February 26, 2008)

I'm pretty sure Erica is Dave Hause's wife, not sister (he mentions it on the Kid Dynamite DVD commentary).

But yeah this show was awesome. ALL the bands played great sets.

aahhhh (February 26, 2008)

saw this in boston/cambridge. definitely one of the best shows i've been to in a couple years.

kinda bummed that the loved ones skimped on the set list. looks like nyc got the better show from them.

say_not_a_word (February 26, 2008)

i was at this show. so much fucking fun. it was also the first time i took e at a show and it was crazy!

telegraphrocks (February 26, 2008)

The Chicago date was fun as hell.

Loved Ones, Gaslight Anthem, Arrivals, and Hifi Handgrenades. All the band's were awesome.

Only odd thing I thought was the low attendance. The venue holds less than 300, and when The Loved Ones played it seemed as if the place was only half (or a bit more) full.

The Milwaukee line-up of Loved Ones, Flatliners, Cobra Skulls next month is going to be TITS!

Neill_Cawley (February 26, 2008)

Dear Gaslight,

Don't stop closing with We're Getting a Divorce, You Keep the Dinner. At least don't remove it from your set list.

woohoo (February 26, 2008)

Dave's sister's name is Missy. And the Loved Ones are for sure blowing up, I think they sold Philly, Ny, boston and DC out. so sincere, this band is the real deal.

AnotherBoringStory (February 26, 2008)

My god, this sounds like one hell of a show. I'd kill to see Gaslight or The Ergs!

Score is for "Louisiana."

Autosuggestion (February 26, 2008)

I'm really not sure why LaGrecia would be called "another ex-Kid Dynamite collective -- however, with Jason Shevchuk now up front and center."

That just doesn't make any sense on a number of counts.

Don't most people prefer Loud About Loathing or, if you have to only count full-lengths, This Is Satire to File Under Black?

moneenerd (February 26, 2008)

Saw this tour in Boston.
The Loved Ones were unimpressive. I think they have such cheesy stage presence.

La Grecia was incredible.

Rastid (February 26, 2008)

really fun show

kidentropy (February 26, 2008)

I went to see this show in Pittsburgh and LaGrecia was fucking amazing. Shevchuk's energy is amazing and they are incredibly tight; it's hard to believe that they've only been together for 5 or 6 months.

It's a damned shame that their album isn't coming out until May.

pinkerton (February 26, 2008)

the ergs rule this 3 ring rodeo.

danperrone (February 26, 2008)

almost went to this show.

"louisiana" is by far (and it's not close) the best song the loved ones has ever done. it's so simple and so perfect.

misterspike (February 26, 2008)

Longer Loved Ones set than we got in Miami (and I could have sworn Dave's sister was named Lisa).

During "Selfish Masquerade" (a personal favorite of Build & Burn), Brian from Gaslight was standing next to me screaming along to every word. I think it's one of his faves too.

Great tour. I feel for anyone missing this show if it passes through near you.

LetTheDayBegin (February 26, 2008)

The Ergs are better than both of those bands.

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