photos by Keith Marlowe
Time Out NY: These days, the Descendents seem to play more one-off festival gigs than full-on tours. How do you decide when to fire up the band again?Its been a long time comin', but the Descendents made it right at a sold-out Roseland Ballroom on Friday night with H2O and the recently reunited Suicide Machines. How was it? Their November set at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 was great (they've also since played NXNE and FYF Fest).
We go through periods of just blatant inactivity, and then we fairly whimsically just decide to start doing some shows. But because of the logistics of getting the four of us together, we seem to have bettter luck doing little weekends. You know, several of us have, quote, "real jobs"--Milo's job being very, very real, he's a biochemist at DuPont. And I guess in a way my day job, as it were, has become fairly real. I seem to have begun to lean on record producing quite a bit, although I still definitely do my fair share of drumming and songwriting. And so you throw those jobs into a pot of logistic stew along with everyone having wives and families and also the fact that we live in three different states... The bottom line is, we just get together whenever it's convenient for all of us, and as long as we continue to do it that way, then it's always fun.
The show was one of a pair for Milo & co. this past weekend. The Descendents also swung by Philadelphia to play RiotFest East on 9/24 alongside Dead Milkmen, X (who are on their way towards NYC), Plow United, Hot Water Music, and many others. Descendents will next head to RiotFest in Chicago, their last scheduled US show for now. There they'll again share a bill with Suicide Machines as well as names like Weezer, Danzig Legacy (also coming to NYC and Fun Fun Fun Fest), ALL, Social Distortion (who play Izod Center with Foo Fighters tonight), and many others.
In somewhat related news, one of the Descendents' labels, Fat Wreck Chords (home of 2004's Cool To Be You), is having a CMJ showcase on 10/20 at Union Hall with: Dead To Me / The Flatliners / Banner Pilot / Old Man Markley / The Arteries. Tickets are on sale.
More Roseland pictures and the Descendents setlist is below.
DESCENDENTS at ROSELAND SETLIST 9/23/11 (via)
I wanna be a bear
I'm the one
I don't wanna grow up
I like food
Nothing with you
When I get old
Get the time
I'm not a loser