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Set Your Goals / Comeback Kid / Title Fight: live in Farmingdalelive in Farmingdale (2010)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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I was particularly stoked on how solid show this looked to be, even after I found out the Wonder Years was replaced (I was honestly looking forward to them having learned and liking The Upsides). Sure, the Crazy Donkey has its various annoyances--a lack of free water; a barrier; a bizarre mish-mash .
I was particularly stoked on how solid show this looked to be, even after I found out the Wonder Years was replaced (I was honestly looking forward to them having learned and liking The Upsides). Sure, the Crazy Donkey has its various annoyances--a lack of free water; a barrier; a bizarre mish-mash of Long Island's various hardcore/"punk" subcultures; overpriced and sometimes ingredient-deficient grill items--but I've sort of gotten used to them by this point as long as the lineup was pretty good.
I haven't really listened to Comeback Kid's records in a few years, so I didn't know what to expect--especially as I haven't seen them since August 2005. I feel like they sort of fell off the radar as the promo cycle for Broadcasting... was extended and not much seemed to happen. That probably contributed to them falling out of my listening tastes a bit, too. But you know what? Those songs have held up well, and they were pretty awesome all the same. Their set was straight up, no frills. tight as hell and with few stops for them to even catch their collective breath. They played plenty off Wake the Dead and I was pleased to hear a few from Turn It Around, albeit the latter with a meatier feel rather than the crisp way the album goes. This Is Hell guitarist and Soldiers frontman Rick Jimenez came out to assist for "Talk Is Cheap"--I guess if there's any song Rick would be suited for, this one's it. The spot was especially sensible as I start to notice how similar Andrew Neufeld's voice really is to TIH's Travis Reilly's. Neufeld and Reilly both have that slightly panicked, grainy yell that suits this style of hardcore really well--a little bit heavy, slightly metallic and darkly melodic. The set got just as good a response as I'd expect the band to get years ago when they were ascending to the peak of hardcore popularity.
Set list (8:37-9:16):
Being a long-time SYG fan, this set was perfect for someone like me. The band packed 20 songs into a precisely one-hour set (with no encore, thankfully): three from their demo; everything on Mutiny! except the one-minute "Echoes" prelude "Don't Let This Win Over You"; most of This Will Be the Death of Us; and the Jawbreaker cover. While they occasionally skipped a beat or cue and both co-vocalists Jordan Brown and Matt Wilson started to look a little tired in the third quarter of the set, it was forgiveable--they were really blasting through these songs.
They incited a few more circle pits and pogo sessions than I'd have liked, but this was probably one of the best times I've seen them. No Four Year Strong or A Day to Remember on the bill meant less selfish floor action and slightly more communal vibes in the crowd.
Granted they're doing "Do You Still Hate Me?" in ode to their Bay Area forebears this entire tour, but it seemed extra appropriate they were playing this on the unofficial Jawbreaker Appreciation Day (May 4th). I'd say they could've gone really meta and played "Sluttering" instead, but even less kids would have recognized it.
Set list (9:38-10:38):
Lots of people rightfully bemoan the off-setting contrasting of pop-punk and hardcore in recent years but this show provided an excellent example of when it can work well.
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