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108 / Title Fight / Soul Control: live in New Yorklive in New York (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Although the idea of getting to see the Suicide File play may get me out to This Is Hardcore in August, last weekend in New York City almost eliminated the need to attend any sort of hardcore festival for the rest of the year. Two shows that just happened to be booked in back-to-back days featured o.
Although the idea of getting to see the Suicide File play may get me out to This Is Hardcore in August, last weekend in New York City almost eliminated the need to attend any sort of hardcore festival for the rest of the year. Two shows that just happened to be booked in back-to-back days featured outright fantastic lineups: Saturday in lower Manhattan at a very nice new place, Santos Party House, billed 108 with Cold World, Title Fight, Soul Control and I Rise, while the next day at Brooklyn's Club Europa boasted a lineup of Crime in Stereo, Bane, Have Heart, Capital, Agent, Naysayer and Backtrack.
Set list (6:30-6:48):
Also, they played two new songs which sounded awesome. I was figuring they would improve after Kingston, and it definitely sounds like they're filling that promise. The second song had this slow and grueling pace until a sudden and well-integrated tempo change to pick things up. Definitely looking forward to that collections disc on Run for Cover.
Set list (7:38-7:53):
I've heard Blacklisted breakup rumors as far back as last year, so seeing them on the lineup for this really relieved me. Naturally, them dropping off bummed me. Hopefully they're still on for that Paint It Black birthday bash next week.
This was somehow my third time seeing 108, all being post-reunion-era of course. Though this show probably wouldn't beat the intimacy of seeing the band play the Knitting Factory's Tap Bar a year or two back, or the huge reaction they got opening the Snapcase reunion (with Geoff Rickly doing guest vox on "Deathbed"), it definitely looked to be a good time. The venue wasn't nearly as packed out as I'd imagined, and the sing-alongs and movement was definitely way more inconsistent than you'd think, but it was fun, at least. They previewed a handful of new songs, all of which sounded like a natural progression for the band, with interesting experimental bends and a serious emphasis on punishing heaviness at some points. Vic DiCara was a madman, spazzing around on stage in Daisy Dukes Tobias Fünke would approve of. Also, they played "Blood," which was awesome, and seemingly one of their most underrated songs, as its response ranged somewhere in the middle if we're ranking songs by that. Rob Fish gave plenty of substance-laced speeches about materialism, religion and living for yourself and such. He also came down into the crowd for "Forever Is Destroyed," howling viciously until he was laid out on the floor panting during the bridge. Original (and future Texas Is the Reason) drummer Chris Daly even came on stage to play "Holyname," the first song the band ever wrote.
I would've liked to hear a couple more from A New Beat and certainly "When Death Closes Your Eyes," but it was a pretty solid set and a fitting finish to a well-rounded show, as shocked as I was that everyone seemed a little tired that pleasantly warm Saturday and that the median age of the crowd must've been in the early 20s for a band whose first stage of existence started in 1991.
Set list (8:56-9:43):
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