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Off with Their Heads / The Arrivals

Off with Their Heads / The Arrivals: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2010)
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This was one of the best shows I've seen. The Slow Death were a surprise opener, and I was really excited. I love Pretty Boy Thorson & the Fallen Angels (their members' former act), and I saw the Slow Death a few weeks ago at Windy City Soundclash where they tore it up. They were just as tight, a.


This was one of the best shows I've seen.

The Slow Death were a surprise opener, and I was really excited. I love Pretty Boy Thorson & the Fallen Angels (their members' former act), and I saw the Slow Death a few weeks ago at Windy City Soundclash where they tore it up. They were just as tight, and played a really similar set. They started off with a "cover" of a Pretty Boy Thorson song, and went through a bunch of great songs. I remember hearing "Dirty Jokes" and they closed with "Phantom Limbs." I forgot the names of everything else they played. I love this band and they put on a great set. Kind of a bummer the rest of the crowd wasn't into them, although there were a few guys going nuts.

Up next was Dear Landlord, who introduced themselves as Banner Pilot. They opened with my favorite song, "Park Bench," and put on an all-around crazy set. I had five beers thrown on me while they played everything off of Dream Homes (I think, anyway--they played a pretty long set and nothing seemed to be missing). The crowd was really going crazy for them--lots of singing and stage dives. I wish they would have played "Heartbroken Handshakes," but overall it was a phenomenal set set from one of my favorite pop-punk bands.

The Arrivals took the stage after Dear Landlord, and even though I'm from here, I've never been able to make it to see the Arrivals since I started listening to them when Goodbye New World came out 10 years ago. I made my way up front, Old Style in hand and watched an amazing set by another one of my favorite bands. Most of their set came from Marvels of Industry plus a few new songs, as well as "-1:Hell Can Wait," and ended their set with "Tonight" off of Goodbye New World. They didn't play my request of "Zombie Raid," but they did find it funny that someone requested it, leading to some strange banter about the libido of the young people in the crowd. From where I was standing, the crowd was going nuts, and there was a surprising number of younger people up front singing along with the older dudes. I've gotta say, it was a fantastic set.

Last was Off with Their Heads, who absolutely killed it. As soon as they opened with "S.O.S." the crowd exploded. After that, they played "Drive," and even though In Desolation just came out, I'm pretty sure most of the people had all of the words memorized. Their set was filled with crazy, drunk sing-alongs as they played a lot of songs off of In Desolation. In the end, I think they played somewhere around seven or eight songs off of that album. They played an amazing set and the crowd was absolutely insane. I left the SubT covered in seven beers and with no voice, and as I walked out I saw a shirtless Ryan Young sitting on the curb saying "I'm too old for this shit." This was one of the best shows I've ever seen.

 

 
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allagespete (June 17, 2010)

Thanks Jerry. I have shit memory, so I dont think I should be writing reviews.

JerryCola (June 16, 2010)

The Arrivals actually ended their set with the song "Last Lullaby" not the song"Tonight"

smoochzine (June 16, 2010)

It was Patrick from D4 on the electric thunderbroom. Paddy has been playing pretty much every show with them for the last couple years it seems.

Paddy is the full-time bassist for The Arrivals. Neil filled in a few times because he's a homie and he's good at everything.

GlassPipeMurder (June 16, 2010)

GlassPipeMurder, the tour kick off show was here in Fargo.

sorry, i meant record release show.

jamespastepunk (June 16, 2010)

OWTH setlist vague order:

SOS
Drive
Their Own Medicine
New Song
[PAST HERE'S WHERE MY MEMORY GETS HAZY]
Trying To Breathe
New Song
Die Today
Until the Day
For the Four
Fuck This, I'm Out
New Song

Good show. Not great.

allagespete (June 16, 2010)

harekrishna, sorry I can't remember the whole set lists. Hopefully someone else that was there can give the full lists. I cant remember most of the sets anymore.

MN_DrNick (June 16, 2010)

GlassPipeMurder, the tour kick off show was here in Fargo.

ebolarama (June 15, 2010)

I think my head might explode if I see Ryan without an SG in hand at the Brooklyn date. Sounds like he makes the most of his newfound mobility without it though....

harekrishna (June 15, 2010)

how 'bout a set list.

GlassPipeMurder (June 15, 2010)

the tour kickoff at the triple rock was great. with Francis on guitar and Ryan stagediving, it was one of the more entertaining shows there in a long time. plus Hamburger Help Me was amazing too.

skankbook (June 15, 2010)

As I said in my review of their show w/ Against Me! last year, Off With Their Heads have every right to be just as big as them. Their live show is fucking intense. 2 of the 3 times I've seen them the band has been sick & they stilll rocked harder than most bands at their peak.

redscare (June 15, 2010)

Yo Mavs, Neil was not playing bass at this show. It was Patrick from D4 on the electric thunderbroom. Paddy has been playing pretty much every show with them for the last couple years it seems.

Fun show. Stoked to catch the naked bike ride that took place outside between bands.

erff (June 15, 2010)

Too many stagedives, too little time.

sickboy22 (June 15, 2010)

I saw these guys do the album release show in Minneapolis and it was amazing. The Slow Death really won me over they are awesome. My only beef is that it is kind of sad when the person who goes the most crazy in the crowd is the lead singer of the headlining band.

maverick (June 15, 2010)

Glad the Arrivals still play "Hell Can Wait" -- their best song by a country mile. Was Neil from the Lawrence Arms playing with them on guitar this time? He was at Riot Fest.

-Scott

Half_Idiot (June 15, 2010)

Slow Death and Dear Landlord were just as boring as I was expecting (and since I didn't know there was going to be a fourth band my plan to show up late didn't work at all), it's not possible for The Arrivals to play a bad set and despite A LOT of annoying people in the crowd and too many new songs OWTH were great. First time I'd seen them as a five piece since 2006.

theemalcontents (June 15, 2010)

never really got into the Arrivals, but I loved Pretty Boy Thorson The Slow Death came about an hour away from me but I didn't go because it was an hour away and I wasn't sure how much Pretty Boy Thorson they would be. They are one of my favorite bands ever that I never got to see. I saw Dear Landlord a few months back with Off With Their Heads and both of them were on point. Ever since I heard HOSPITALS Off With Their Heads have been one of my favorite bands if not #1.

Mystereohasmono (June 15, 2010)

Went to Castevet instead. I have no regrets.

notfeelingcreative (June 15, 2010)

Score is for OWTH.

wallofyouth (June 15, 2010)

fthis show ruled. it should be noted that they play as a 5-piece now. ryan no longer uses a guitar -- he's a full-on crooner and i think the previous drummer now plays 2nd guitar. god i love this band

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