Posted in music | pictures | video on October 27, 2008

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chris La Putt & Zach Dilgard

RS by Chris La Putt
Rival Schools

RS by Zach Dilgard
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After running up and down the stairs of the Knitting Factory to run an errand for the band, I ran backstage and caught a huddled Rival Schools preparing for their set. Whispering back and forth for a moment, the four of them ran up the stairs and hit the stage.... to be greeted by cheers & applause. Definitely a moment that I won't soon forget. I quickly headed upstairs to the balcony in time to catch the band tear into the day's, and United By Fate's, opener "Travel By Telephone". Over the next half hour or so, Rival Schools graced the BrooklynVegan day (now night.. we were a little behind) show with the first six tracks of United By Fate (closing with "Used For Glue") (video below), a cover of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" (made famous during Walter Schreifels' stint in Quicksand), as well as revealing a few new arrows in their quiver ("Big Waves"). All in all, it was what you would expect to see from a Rival Schools show... the Schreifels pogo, Sammy Siegler bouncing up and down on his stool like it was spring-loaded, well-executed start-stop dynamics, and a good-time-by-all.

My only complaint was the mix... I was able to catch the band at Rebel a few days prior (with Trail of Dead and Margot & The Nuclear So & So's), and what I enjoyed the most about that set was how well it highlighted Ian Love's effects-heavy guitar flourishes, something that was lost in the outward mix at the Knitting Factory.

As Walter kindly pointed out on stage, you can check an interview with the band right HERE (part one anyway). Try and catch them in Novemeber at Mercury Lounge and Maxwell's if you can, but if not (both shows are sold out), Walter promised they'd be back much more including with a new album. More pictures, including one of the setlist, and a video from Knitting Factory below...

Rival Schools - Used for Glue (live @ Knitting Factory)

photos by Zach Dilgard

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Comments (21)

cant wait for next tues & thurs!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 12:31 PM

Thank you for the excellent pics!

Posted by SnowDove | October 27, 2008 12:38 PM

I hope unartig doesnt take this the wrong way, because I think he does a great job going to all those shows and documenting what went down, but I wish he went with color instead of that low contrast gray scale he uses, and stopped with the weird camera work (the zooming in and out and the quirky angles that is his style).

but, I guess he will tell me to shove my advice you know where. whatever, its cool...

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 12:59 PM

i saw rude bear rocking out in the balcony at this show

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 1:09 PM

I was jumping up and down in front of the stage like a giggly schoolgirl! after the lovely bartender gave me free whiskey all day long I was in rare form. such a great time...thanks BV!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 1:12 PM

who is unartig?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 1:20 PM

Walter has got some sass.

Posted by Heather | October 27, 2008 1:40 PM

12:59
nobody needs to shove anything. actually for a change I tried to shoot in color that day during Marnie Stern but the stage lighting wasn't the brightest and let's just say camera grain, especially in a digital day and age looks terrible in full color.

regarding the zooming and all, I am afraid you'll have to live with it as there are plenty of other folks who find 'fullfilment' in a smooth and regular 'point & shoot" style. I personally find it boring but I respect those who find my videos annyoing. no problem, different people different tastes. it's all good.

Posted by UN:art:IG | October 27, 2008 1:43 PM

UN:art:IG I would like to personally say, that it is awesome to have someone documenting any of it. Thanks

Posted by BBG | October 27, 2008 2:03 PM

The Rival Schools singer had the same rock moves as the dad from Gossip Girl.

Posted by Steve | October 27, 2008 2:15 PM

When you say "The Rival Schools singer", you are immediately qisqualified. Epic. FAIL.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 2:23 PM

when you say Rival Schools singer you mean God, right?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 2:29 PM

god this sucks. ian's fat.

Posted by tommy nips | October 27, 2008 3:19 PM

Did Ian eat the remaining members of Quicksand?

Posted by Spectazole | October 27, 2008 3:22 PM

yeah, ian's huge. worst of all, the new tunes eat turds and the old songs aren't really good. sold my tickets, thank god.

Posted by powder man | October 27, 2008 3:24 PM

Walter stole my sweater.

Sincerely,
Grandpa

Posted by Wooly Ass | October 27, 2008 3:27 PM

Walter stole my sweater
Sincerely,
Grandpa

Posted by Wooly Ass | October 27, 2008 3:27 PM

haters get a life

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 4:00 PM

i would just like to say a big ol FUCK YOU to the woman photographer who insisted on using her bounce flash for a good portion of the screen. congrats, you managed to blind the entire balcony time and time again. buy some fast glass and stop being a hack, you hack. :)

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 9:37 PM

screen = show, obvs.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2008 9:39 PM

The show was really fun. Thanks BV. The new songs were not too good. Leave Ian alone, he is putting on his winter weight!

Posted by The Beast | October 28, 2008 8:16 AM

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