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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bands of the Day: Against Me! and Kane Hodder

posted by on July 25 at 14:51 PM

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Hey, have you guys heard of this Against Me! band? Of course you have. Only everyone in the free-thinking world has an opinion about their major-label debut New Wave.

The thing is, opinions and controversy aside, that infamous little rock and roll band from Florida still maintains a spot on my “Best Show Ever” list. They’re cathartic, loud, passionate, full of unabashed energy and they always look like they’re having the best time of their lives playing together. I’ve seen ‘em multiple times over the course of five or so years and only once was it a little boring. And in that instance, rumors claimed singer Tob Gabel had been stepped on the night before the show and his ribs hurt, causing the lackluster performance.

New Wave has plenty of fast and anthemic moments that will, when paired with the classics they still litter their sets with, take the live show back the days of singing along with your fist in the air.

Unless someone steps on Tom again, or kicks Warren, or falls on James or Andrew, Against Me’s performance might just be one of the weekend’s highlights. They’re fantastic, I tell you. Fan-fucking-tastic. Expect something like this:

Against Me! play the mainstage Saturday night at 8:15 pm. I can’t fucking wait.

Playing Friday night are the local hardcore/pop/don’t-even-try-to-define-them-because-you-really-can’t Kane Hodder.

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(Photo by Chris Van Wick)

Like Against Me!, Hodder put on the kind of show that leaves you sweating, smiling, and completely satisfied. From every on-point poppy falsetto, to every shredding metal breakdown, Hodder cross all genre lines, incorporating elements of every thing you’ve ever heard in your entire life into each song. Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement. But while singer Andrew Moore starts screaming and the bass starts booming and your stomach starts sinking, you think you’re watching a hardcore show. Then the guitars kick in with something melodic and fluid, your heart begins to race, and the drums become crisp and playful—suddenly watching a dancey pop band. They’re schizo-core, instable and unpredictable. They’re everything you don’t want your brain to be, but they make crazy sound so good.

Listen to them via MySpace, see them at 9 pm on the Vera stage Friday night.

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I heard that a lot of UW Frat boys were planning on attending the Against Me! show. I guess Megan won't be attending the show upon hearing this news. Sorry Megan, sucks for you :)

Posted by Rkenny | July 26, 2007 9:20 AM

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