Big D and the Kids Table / Catch 22

Big D and the Kids Table / Catch 22: live in Northamptonlive in Northampton (2008)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: genebuonaccorsiDarthNader
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Restitution was the first band to play, but Mimmo's in Northampton makes an enourmous slice of pizza for 2.50 so I have no information regarding them. Next up were Five Across the Eyes. I came in about halfway through their set and was pretty unhappy nearly immediately. They were nothing like the.

Restitution was the first band to play, but Mimmo's in Northampton makes an enourmous slice of pizza for 2.50 so I have no information regarding them.

Next up were Five Across the Eyes. I came in about halfway through their set and was pretty unhappy nearly immediately. They were nothing like the bands I had come to see; usually Pearl Street manages to book bands at least a little similar but this was not the case. They played pretty basic hardcore most similar to Comeback Kid, Have Heart and the like. I can imagine that in a different setting they may have been tolerable but they weren't doin' it for me. Apparently it was their first show in a while, but no one really seemed to care. The lead singer constantly shouted for circle pits but all he got were some pretty laughable ones. I haven't heard them on record but nothing at the show made me want too. They closed with a Kid Dynamite cover; I wasn't really listening but it sounded like "Shiner."

The thing about Catch 22 for me has always been that I like Streetlight Manifesto more. They are both great bands, but I have always found Streetlight a bit more consistent and endearing (though I do enjoy Catch 22's Dinosaur Sounds very much, so I was pretty excited). This show changed my mind. Catch 22 is a band that has to be seen live to be experienced. From the get-go they commanded great attention. The horns were right on, the sound was tight and the crowd was having a ball. They played a great selection from all their records. They had very little between-song banter which was acceptable because the music was flowing very well. No complaints here. I'm not one to list out tracks, but:

Sampling of set list by album:

Keasbey Nights:

  • Keasbey Nights
  • This One Goes Out To...
Alone in a Crowd:
  • Point the Blame
Dinosaur Sounds:
  • Rocky (opener)
  • Wine Stained Lips
Permanent Revoltution:
  • The Spark
  • Opportunity
Big D and the Kids Table were exactly as one would expect. Dave McWane enthralled the crowd and the rest of the band were tight as hell. They leaned a bit more towards their faster songs and didn't play as much of How It Goes as I would have hoped, but really, that wasn't a problem. The show was very intimate (same with Catch 22) with the crowd right up next to and on the stage. Dave stopped the show for a moment so that one of the kids in the front could find his shoe. At one point he got the people sitting on the stage to part so that he could venture into the crowd, which everyone enjoyed. They played a long set (hour and 15) and held attention the whole time. They closed with "LAX" (which everyone had been shouting for) and the show ended with about 30 kids onstage singing "Do my shoes match my shirt...!". Great set, great band.

Partial set list (not in order):
  • My Girlfriend's on Drugs
  • Shining On
  • Noise Complaint
  • LAX
  • Strictly Rude
  • Bender
  • How It Goes
  • Hell on Earth
  • Try Out Your Voice
  • Take Another Look


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justin413 (April 9, 2008)

platinum endorsements baby

CBSrocksteady (April 9, 2008)

lolz at the word faggot. yeah, i guess we dont endorse enough sponsors either.

justin413 (April 8, 2008)

your band sucks you fucking faggot, you have a street team? i m surprised anyone would listen to your garbage ska band

cbsrocksteady (April 7, 2008)

hmmm justin i take it you are in the shitty kid dynamite covering band?

damo (April 4, 2008)

Justin - Bit of an overreaction fella but as you know with most of the "punk kids" over here: if it's american it's ace, if it's from the UK it's cack.

He's prob only a bairn and still talks about selling out

justin413 (April 3, 2008)

as far as reviews go......gay. its funny how much i love haters because if we didn't have them it means that we aint shit. and i love to hear everyones opinion good or bad, but here is my opinion of darthnater if he is ever to read this. who the fuck are you to say anything anything. you are nobody, to this scene or anywhere. you sit at home in front of your computer writing "reviews" of shit you have no idea about. have heart? you have got to be kidding! heres an idea....culture yourself. its actually an awesome thing combining different types of music together. i'm just as gay as you are for acknowleding you on our own page. so this is where i will stop. but your mother should have tought you that if you dont have anything nice to say than dont say it all. if our name comes out your mouth again i will teach your mother a few things there homeboy.
go skank ya faggot

damo (April 3, 2008)

thanks for making it worthwhile by replying. there's always one....

Matthew330 (April 3, 2008)

Thanks for the groundbreaking, never-before-heard opinion, "damo".

damo (April 3, 2008)

catch 22 - first 2 albums were great. last 2 were horrific

86themike (April 2, 2008)

big d deserve to headline over Catch 22.....

pud93 (April 2, 2008)

I saw this show in new haven and catch 22 headlined....big ds sax player lost his sax so they went on without him, but they did play New England and Checklist

video_cognito (April 2, 2008)

The last time I saw Big D, I was sorely disappointed. Dave became way too preachy. HUGE difference from the first time I saw them play at the Bottom Lounge. RIP.

Matthew330 (April 2, 2008)

Catch 22 is getting much better live while Big D is getting worse.

2-4 years ago I would have never thought this possible.

genebuonaccorsi (April 1, 2008)

yes Catch 22 was not headlining, which I found strange.

That was only a partial setlist.

And yes, I apologize, this review was extremely half-assed, but I figured it would be better than nothing at all.

ashtraymonument (April 1, 2008)

wait, big d headlined over catch 22? that's weird

Cox_Attack (April 1, 2008)

The New Jersey show was better. They played Checklist and Wailing Paddle. I love that Rudiments cover. I just was there for Catch but they sounded tight.

facetofacereunion08 (April 1, 2008)

sounds like a good show...seems like a half assed review though

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