Posted by:on November 5th, 2006
Hokey smokes Bullwinkle! Walking up to the Subterranean to see Naked Raygun’s not so secret show under the Ukrainian translation of their name and we see Seattle’s Briefs on the bill as well. With the Bomb also playing… What a stellar line up!
Four Star Alarm opened the evening and if I’m not mistaken they included at least one member of the Bomb. They played well, had a potentially interesting sound that was based in some of the more melodic pop punk acts of the day. The crowd seemed to appreciate them. Next up, The Bomb, who obviously went over well. Pezzatti’s trademarked crowd participation vocals made it almost sound like an old Raygun show.
The surprise guests turned out to be the Briefs who had played an earlier show at the Metro. They went over well, but didn’t receive as much appreciation as they should have, probably because a lot of the crowd was unfamiliar with them and they were almost intruders in an intimate Chicago punk evening. Chicago punk loves it’s heros, so it could have been a tough crowd to crack. They played a blistering set, and the crowd finally erupted during the last song which was a dead on cover of the Angry Samoans’ Todd Killings.
Lastly, Naked Raygun. It was great to hear those old songs live again and the crowd loved it. No bouncers meant eventual mayhem on the stage but everyone was cool and there were no problems. I can’t remember the last time I saw a punk show at a venue where there weren’t any bouncers and anyone could do basically whatever they wanted. It was beautiful. The encore was started with the audience singing the chorus of I Lie and surprisingly the band actually launched into it. I don’t think that it was planned. I’ve seen more than a handful of Naked Raygun shows over the years since the days of Throb Throb, and I’ve never heard them play that song song live. I think Pezatti was the only guy on stage that actually played in the lineup that recorded that tune, but it’s a tune that their fans have identified the band with and clamored for during the rest of the band’s existence and five major releases. Hearing it live was a rare treat. The crowd’s collective voice overpowered the Jeff’s vocals the most part, he didn’t need to sing much of it at all.
I’ve got more pictures and better versions of these, but I’m on the road and don’t have the time to wrestle Gimpshop. When I get back to Portland and a proper copy of photoshop I’ll post more. There were cameras and video in the crowd so I’m sure more pics will turn up soon. Today is the proper Riot Fest show and I almost don’t want to go as I had such a good time last night.
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