Like the Amish, I grew up on a farm and speak bad German, so of course I had to drive my gas-powered Devil Wagon out to Amish Country for a punk show on a Monday Night. Lancaster is about 60 miles from where I currently reside, and this town has been described as the "Austin of PA" and is home to some respectable punk institutions like CI Records and the Angry, Young, and Poor Distro. I've been to about 5 or 6 shows out here, and there's no doubt about it, Lancaster punches above its weight when it comes to its music scene and overall arts culture. Hell, you can even get a decent burrito in this town! One of my favorite things about shows in Lancaster is the presence of a dude named "Razor" who looks like the punkest guy in the world and wears a mohawk helm(?) that is constructed out of pink Treasure Trolls. Trust me, it's fantastic. And upon my arrival at the American Bar and Grill, I was pleased to see Razor, but this time wearing a day-glo purple wig. Go on, Razor! AB&G is a cool spot adorned with some punk memorabilia and surf/skate decor. Great folks, good eats, can't recommend it enough.
This place is primarily a bar-restaurant, so there's no stage, no sound booth, no merch area, no permanent PA. It's basically like having a show in your living room, and the openers, DFMK from Mexico, seemed right at home as they kicked off the show at 9:30pm. These guys are renowned for having a spirited live show and the crowd loved every bit of it. Singer Jorge is quite a spectacle as he dances to the band's thrashy tunes. I had never seen DFMK prior to this tour, so I can't recount their setlist, but let's just say that the guy with the OFF! shirt and the guy with the Ill Repute hat were very stoked on DFMK and bought up their merch.
Would It Kill You
I Wanna Die In Los Angeles
Fear Is The New Bliss
By The Throat
Ed's note: Elway, who are on the author's label, also played this show