Looking back on my concert going days, I recall one show that was particularly awesome… and that show was last weekend in Seattle. I waited with great anticipation for two and a half hours (freezing outside) to see Rise Against, The Mad Caddies, The Real McKenzies, and The Flipsides.
When the show finally started, I immediately recognized that it was well worth the wait. The Flipsides opened with some upbeat spunky punk and a super vixen on guitar and vocals, which convinced my testosterone driven self to buy one of their T-shirts.
The Flipsides got the fire started, but The Real McKenzies turned it into a rip-roarin’ blaze with bagpipes, kilts, and songs about drinking whiskey that make the kids in the pit go elbow-throwing mad. You’d think the kilts might take away from their stage presence and possibly make them seem like a joke, but you’d also be an idiot for thinking that because they’re a freaking great punk band.
The yummy goodness of the whole night just seemed to keep escalating as Rise Against, definitely the band of the night, tore through a driven, powerful set full of politically influenced lyrics with so much kick that I came out of the pit with welts (now bruises) all over my back and arms caused by a brutal group of 12-year-olds. That’s the power of Rise Against’s fast tempo and piercing sound, they just flat out rock. The last band on the bill, The Mad Caddies, was kind of like a cool down band. They’re more of a ska band, equipped with brass as well as bass. To tell you the truth I didn’t watch their whole set because I can’t skank (weird ska dancing) and I just couldn’t make the transition from thrashing wildly and wanting to kill into wanting to dance to mellow beats and horns.
So, I walked out of the venue and into the streets of Seattle feeling great because I knew that I had just been to one of the raddest concerts and done enough rallying to hold me over for at least a couple of months. If you ever want to get some aggression out and take in some fast beats, I suggest you head to the next punk show you hear about. But be wary of the wrath of the young ones, they truly are vicious.