photos by Andrew St. Clair, word by Andrew Frisicano
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....
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
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
White People For Peace
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
Rice and Bread
Sink, Florida, Sink
I Was a Teenage Anarchist
We Laugh At Danger (And Break All The Rules)