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The Copyrights / Shot Baker

The Copyrights / Shot Baker: live in Indianapolislive in Indianapolis (2008)
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Despite Drive-Thru Records' best efforts, pop-punk is still a legitimate form of music. The current wave of pop-punk groups have taken their cues from the bands that took all their cues from the Ramones and are all the better for it. One of the best bands of this new wave are the Copyrights. These C.


Despite Drive-Thru Records' best efforts, pop-punk is still a legitimate form of music. The current wave of pop-punk groups have taken their cues from the bands that took all their cues from the Ramones and are all the better for it. One of the best bands of this new wave are the Copyrights. These Carbondale punks have been making waves since their Red Scare debut, Make Noise. Touring in support of their newest release, Learn the Hard Way, the Copyrights stopped off in Indianapolis for a basement show with friends Shot Baker and a few noteworthy regional acts.

The show began with Ft. Wayne, IN act Flamingo Nosebleed providing classic pop-punk entertainment to the younger kids who had shown up early. Next up were the Dopamines from Cincinnati. The Dopamines are a fairly new band that has formed from the bloody bits of the Black Tie Bombers. Despite their status as only second of five bands that night, the Dopamines delivered a solid set of energetic pop-punk. The opening song "The Satisfaction of Physical Retraction from a Chemical Reaction Attraction" is just as silly as the title suggests but is about as solid as a pop-punk ditty can get. The rest of their set was every bit as fun as the opener. The next act, Team Stray delivered a solid set of, you guessed it, pop-punk, but it sadly lacked the infectious hooks of the Dopamines.

The crowd began to fill out as the "Orgcore" trolls left their computers and got drunk enough to drive to the show. The tide of scraggly beards and flannel shirts gave me hope for the "Orgcore" scene in Indianapolis. If these guys will leave the apartment for a boozy basement show, then perhaps they would come out to see, say, the Lawrence Arms (if they ever came back through).

The next act to perform was Shot Baker. SB pulled a sizable crowd and got the basement thumping with their slightly more aggressive melodic hardcore sound. They played tracks from their newest album Awake as well as from their Time to Panic EP. By the time they ended with their anthemic "Sorry Illinois," the crowd was good and drunk and ready for the Copyrights.

The Copyrights took the "stage" and immediately ripped through fan favorites and pulled tracks from their entire back catalogue. The wonderful "Cashiers" made it to the set list as well as "Weapons of Math Destruction" from Mutiny Pop. 40s were being sloshed everywhere as the crowd drunkenly danced to each song. The set hit a high point when the band exploded into "Planet Earth Nineteen-Ninety Four." With sentimental lyrics that aren't even remotely sappy, the Copyrights might be some of the best songwriters pop-punk has to offer. Despite the fact that their new album Learn the Wrong Way was due to come out in three days, the band only played a few new tracks. The killer "She Turns It Up" did not make it to the set, but the wicked "Shit's Fucked" made up for it.

The band brought their set to an end and joined the drunken hoard for a party that would last long into the night. It was a wonderful night for pop-punk and a great night for the music scene in Indianapolis. If The Halloween House keeps booking shows of this caliber, then the scene will only continue to grow. Here's to basement shows!

 

 
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Redscare (March 11, 2008)

That HOB show the Copyrights played with NOFX was super packed. More than that, a double vodka drink will cost ya $19.50. I learned that the hard way, if ya catch my drift.

CBSrocksteady (March 10, 2008)

This is a little off topic, but I thought about them cause the last time I saw shot baker, they played with them. Anyone like Secret Agent Bill?

theonetruebill (March 10, 2008)

Attention everyone who likes Shot Baker, there's an interview with Tony Kovacs up at http://airraidlive.com/ Check it out.

William_Jess (March 10, 2008)

Shot Baker owns. Enough said.

cbsrocksteady (March 10, 2008)

im sorry illinois but im leavin!!!!

red_eye_inc (March 9, 2008)

"I saw Copyrights again last night at the House Of Blues.
I hate that fucking place. Both The Copyrights and The Flatliners were awesome themselves, but the sound in that fucking place is so horrible I couldn't even fully enjoy them.
The sound, mixed with the over-crowdedness, we left before No Use and Nofx even played.

Meh. I don't think I'm going back to HOB again."

I was there too and tell similar tales of woe. You missed Less Than Jake playing part of NOFX's encore, though, which was pretty cool.

grantino (March 9, 2008)

shotbaker is amazing. i went to them randomly when i was in chicago last year and was blown away.

telegraphrocks (March 9, 2008)

I saw Copyrights again last night at the House Of Blues.
I hate that fucking place. Both The Copyrights and The Flatliners were awesome themselves, but the sound in that fucking place is so horrible I couldn't even fully enjoy them.
The sound, mixed with the over-crowdedness, we left before No Use and Nofx even played.

Meh. I don't think I'm going back to HOB again.

Redscare (March 8, 2008)

I was like, THERE man.

Leatherface.

randomhero323 (March 8, 2008)

make noise

Scruffy (March 8, 2008)

Everyone here needs to check out Shot Baker right now! Their set at the Note last week was the best I've ever seen them play. So psyched for their new album.

GnatDecay (March 8, 2008)

sorry about the "Make Sound" mix-up. I was high on semen at the time.

misterspike (March 7, 2008)

Gonna see The Copyrights opening for Teenage Bottlerocket next month. It's reasonable to say I'm a little excited.

Great review. Almost felt like I was in the basement. Of course, TBR would never have played That particular show. They don't wanna go Down Down Down In The Basement.

Had to.

JerryCola (March 7, 2008)

"since their Red Scare debut, Make Noise"

Last time I checked that album was called Make Sound

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