Posted in music | pictures on August 20, 2011

photos by Andrew St. Clair, word by Andrew Frisicano

Against Me
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Here's the rest of the pictures from the House of Vans show on Thursday, August 18th (you've already seen the ones from Big Freedia and Tokyo Police Club). Team Robespierre played the opening set followed by Japanther; the two-piece is currently on tour and they have a bunch more NYC shows in September; dates below.

I missed both those bands (these things start around 7pm), but did arrive in time to see Against Me!, who put on an intense, highly entertaining show. Though their past few CDs have been less than exciting, the band hasn't lost a bit of its energy live. Even songs like "White Crosses" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," which come off way too polished and poppy on record, sounded at home along the older cuts that made up about half the set. Playing the hits was definitely a good move: early on, the highly sing-along-able "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" set the tone for the night.

The crowd was a combination of people psyched for the bands (and free beer) and people trying to figure out whether playing/attending a corporate sponsored show constituted "selling out." Still, for all the bitching I overheard, I suspect that Against Me! changed the minds of some people who had written them off.

More pictures, Japanther tour dates and Against Me set list below....

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Japanther - 2011 Tour Dates
August 18th, 2011 Brooklyn, NY House of Vans Franklin St. w. Against Me!
August 19th, 2011 Missoula, MT Zoo City Apparel 139 E. Main St. Total Fest Ten.
August 21th, 2011 Cheney, WA "The Hobbit Hole " 601 Clay St.
August 23rd, 2011 Edmonton, AB The Wunderbar 8120 101 Street
August 24th, 2011 Calgary, AB Broken City 613 11th Ave. SW
August 26th, 2011 Missoula, MT The Palace 147 W. Broadway
Sept. 2nd, 2011 Montclair, NJ The Meatlocker 8 Park st. w/ NJ Rebels & Cerebral Ballzy
Sept 10th, 2011 Brooklyn, NY Shea Stadium 20 Meadow St.
Sept 11th, 2011 Brooklyn, NY 285 Kent Art on Air live broadcast.
Sept 24th, 2011 Providence, RI TBA
Sept 25th, 2011 Boston, MA BATV at Brookline high school
Sept 26th, 2011 New York, NY Bowery Electric 327 Bowery w. DJ Dirty
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Dec 2nd, 2011 Troy, NY EMPAC commissioned performance piece;


Against Me at House of Vans setlist (via
High Pressure Low
Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
Cliché Guevara
White People For Peace
New Wave
White Crosses
Russian Spies
Don't Lose Touch
Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists
T.S.R. (This Shit Rules)
Walking Is Still Honest
Reinventing Axl Rose
Americans Abroad
Rice and Bread
Miami
Sink, Florida, Sink
I Was a Teenage Anarchist
We Laugh At Danger (And Break All The Rules)

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Comments (50)

Pretty solid Against Me! setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 4:04 PM

"I missed both those bands (these things start around 7pm), but did arrive in time to see Against Me!, who put on an intense, highly entertaining show. Though their past few CDs have been less than exciting, the band hasn't lost a bit of its energy live. Even songs like "White Crosses" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," which come off way too polished and poppy on record, sounded at home along the older cuts that made up about half the set. Playing the hits was definitely a good move: early on, the highly sing-along-able "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" set the tone for the night."

^^^ that has just about every bland characteristic of a show review you can think of. you could see against me! any night of their tour, and write that paragraph, and it would still be applicable because it says nothing. in fact, there probably are a million more paragraphs like that on WORSE blogs than bv. pointless.

BV, what, are you hiring interns from Pace or Hunter or something? You can't find anyone with more intelligent things to say? Can't be too hard.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 5:02 PM

I got there at 7:30 and the place was full and there was a 200 ppl line outside waiting to go in. I never got to see any bands :(

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 5:21 PM

I would have gone if I thought there was a chance to hear "Those Anarco Punks are Mysterious"

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 5:25 PM

5:21, you were surprised that it was full an hour after doors opened?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 5:55 PM

lawyercore

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 6:12 PM

those crowd photos are from an old fugazi show.

there was NOBODY at the show

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 6:33 PM

Against Me! Killed it like always. Also, love that MaxWeinbergs son is now drumming for them.

Posted by D | August 20, 2011 7:32 PM

Fuck that faggot with his mouth open walking in. Annoying sl.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 8:28 PM

what unbelievable hypocritical sell outs

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 11:05 PM

wow - a bunch of bands that are popular with teenagers for being "d.i.y." playing an incredibly branded corporate money show

I don't usually give a damn if bands play these kinds of corporate concerts... but each of these particular bands' careers are based on idealistic politics. It's not like the music they play is anything exceptional. Kids like them because they're "punk"

way to be a role model for the teens who idolize you, douchebags

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 11:31 PM

the only bands that are "sell outs" out of this line up are against me! and tokyo police club. and what's wrong with house of vans hosting a bunch of free shows? stop crying about it. jesus. it could be a lot worse.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 11:36 PM

yes, never criticize shit. it's "whiney"

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:17 AM

japanther has spent 10 years being self-righteous punkier than thou blowhards

the number of times they've branded other bands or people/things in the music scene as "fucked up" is unreal

meanwhile, here there are now, playing a concert at what amounts to the fader fort, year round. there are product displays in the lobby for fucksake.

how much cash did you make jpnthr? I guess you guys are just so exceptionally "art punk" that your own rules don't apply to you

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:24 AM

japanther is always playing free shows and touring all year. they're not being douchebags like against me who actually turned against everything they believed in. so what if they played one show and made some money? give me a fucking break.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:34 AM

this corporate swag makes clown shit seem like Häagen-Dazs....piggittyy-passs

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:35 AM

Tiffany at malls > Japanther at Vans

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:50 AM

2011 Japanther mall tour

playing in front of every Orange Julius on the East Coast

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:52 AM

tifany got famous singing in malls.

japanther could be as big as tifany, and just as important!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:55 AM

corporate ass clowns

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:59 AM

What the fuck, Japanther? Why play a show that's the opposite of the things you've been talking about for years and years??

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 1:01 AM

clown shit apparently comes in the checker board. scab ass shills...

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 1:06 AM

"D.I.Y." is clown shit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 1:06 AM

the scene will be super awesome in a year when all the diy spaces have finally closed down or have been shut down.

the bands that come out of hipster bars and corporate sponsorship events are CUTTING EDGE.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 1:15 AM

what a joke these fucking douchebag corporate sellouts are!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 1:15 AM

these guys were washed up in '06

been a while: give it up

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 2:03 AM

corporate rock = clown shit

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 2:13 AM

Actually labeling something "corporate rock" = clown shit

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 2:59 AM

I'd rather pay to go to a show and avoid being packed into a warehouse with a bunch of smelly hippies.

Hipsters = Hippies

Hippies = clown shit

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 3:01 AM

somewhere fugazi is crying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 9:59 AM

Team Robofags sucked aaaaaaaasss.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 12:51 PM

Tom Gabel plays/sings in the middle of the stage now? Knew he became a douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 1:37 PM

whos the drummer? thats not jay weinberg.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 1:53 PM

yes it is jay weinberg.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 2:18 PM

Against Me! were being called sellouts long before Searching and New Wave. Haters gonna hate.

Posted by Louis CK | August 21, 2011 2:32 PM

clown shit= worse than hummus or Against Me!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 6:10 PM

Ummm, were any of you there? Is anybody going to discuss the freakin' booty contest?!?! How could against me! have any dignity performing after that..

Posted by Lizzie | August 21, 2011 6:14 PM

the clown meme guy has somehow sunken even further below frohawk guy. what the fuck does that even mean?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 6:37 PM

I heard Tom Gabel had "Dignity" tattooed on his leg as a teenager. It's since been covered up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 6:42 PM

Mallcore = clown shit

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 9:17 PM

Clown shit and Frohawk sittin' in a tree,
H-U-M-M-U-S yum

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2011 9:57 PM

TOTAL BULLSHIT

these bands = hypocritical trash

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 12:51 AM

japanther, huh

didn't they used to talk about "punk" or some bullshit?

next stop: warp tour. way to go duders

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 11:13 AM

wow. you guys are pretty hardcore

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 11:17 AM

mallpanther

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 11:26 AM

don't care if bands do sponsorship stuff... unless they've mad "keepin it real" the center of their "brand"

if your fan base in teeny boppers, you owe it to them to not be completely full of shit.

if you wanna be a whore, fine, just don't claim to be about "important" politics

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 11:37 AM

OMG, bands are getting paid to play a free show with free booze to an all-ages audience??? That is fucking outrageous!!! Whatever happened to punk rock ethics? Bunch of fucking bullshit is what that is! It's like punx these days don't know the rules or something. IF YOU'RE GOING TO PLAY IN A PUNK BAND, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GET PAID TO DO IT!! GET IT?!?! THOSE ARE THE FUCKING RULES!!! Goddamn assholes need to get that shit off of my lawn!! Sellout motherfuckers....etc. etc.

Posted by TechRockout | August 22, 2011 6:47 PM

The music industry has collapsed in the last 10 years and I don't think the idea of “selling out” is even relevant anymore. The only way for most bands to make money is playing shows. Playing at Party Expo and Shea Stadium is awesome, but it's impossible to make a living by only playing shows like that.

Posted by Chad Von Nau | August 24, 2011 12:18 AM

you know... if brad pitt appeared in commercials you'd think he was a whore of an actor. he'd actually get offered fewer film roles. his gravitas would go down

somehow, bands don't this scrutiny anymore... and the argument is always the same: "the music industry collapsed"

that's a funny truism right there, because it sure seems like LOTS of lucky ducky buzz bands make money playing shows where people buy tickets. large sums of money at that.

so... hmmm. why is it now necessary and understandable that they get to double dip their art in commercialism by playing corporate brand parties now?

discuss.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2011 5:00 PM

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