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Matt Skiba / Brendan Kelly: live in West Chesterlive in West Chester (2010)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: skankbookskankbook
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While it's no secret that Matt Skiba and Brendan Kelly have been friends for a long time, I was kind of surprised to find out the two would be playing an acoustic show together in West Chester, Pa. Having grown up 10 miles away from the Note, I knew catching the men behind the Lawrence Arms and Alka.
While it's no secret that Matt Skiba and Brendan Kelly have been friends for a long time, I was kind of surprised to find out the two would be playing an acoustic show together in West Chester, Pa. Having grown up 10 miles away from the Note, I knew catching the men behind the Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio down the street from where I first bought the Vans Warped Tour 2002 compilation was a no-brainer.
Matt Skiba came out with acoustic guitar in hand, walked up to the mic and proclaimed, "Hey everyone, relax, it's a Sunday. Let's have fun." This greeting/battle cry was well-received, as the crumpled-up set list he pulled out of his pocked was completely done after opener "Good Fucking Bye." Yelled-out song requests were met with excitement by both the crowd and Skiba. "'My Friend Peter'? Yes! This is what this night is about!" smiled Skiba. Brendan came back out to tell a story of how he always misinterprets Alkaline Trio lyrics as completely racist and sexist, followed immediately by "Sorry About That." The interruption was welcomed by Matt and the BK fans, yet many just there to see Matt were getting irritated by his drunken shenanigans. Some highlights of the night included hearing the story behind "Hell Yes" ("It's not a Satanic song, it's a song about one of the original punks") and Matt hinting that he recorded some songs with the Bouncing Souls a few weeks ago. Brendan came back out for more story time, and the chemistry between the two made me think of all the times I've spent nights laughing with my best friends. The only difference, the two pointed out repeatedly, is they get paid to do it. The two performed "Bleeder" and "Mercy Me" together, with Brendan introducing the latter as "a song off an album you all claim to hate but is a great fucking album, so fuck you." Matt closed the night with "Radio," inviting anyone who wanted to sing along onto the stage. As many as could fit gladly accepted, and the crowd sang the closing lines with what little voice we had left.
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