Every hardcore show should begin with free vegan hot dogs. Then characteristically of said hardcore band, the lead singer should scream, "I forgot the condoments, so they are a little dry. If you don't like them, FUCK OFF!" Thus began Pissed Jeans free set last Saturday at Philadelphia's Morgan's Pier.
While you can consider Pissed Jeans a hardcore band, they are not real balls-to-the-wall, full blown hardcore. They kind of teeter between parody and seriousness, leaning more towards parody. Fucked Up straddle that line as well, but they don't come off as a jokey joke band. F.U. has a somewhat of a serious vibe, while Pissed Jeans are kind of doing some of performance art like when Andy Kaufman does Underdog.
A scan of the crowd during their set and you see a bunch of people smiling and laughing. The lead singer looks like normal guy, but when he gets on stage he's a lunatic. He stands in weird posses, says random things, blows on a water bottle and contorts his face in sorts of expressions. He also looks like one of the McBoyle brothers from It's Always Sunny in a Philadelphia.
With that said they were great fun to watch. You have to accept them for who they are and not try look deep into their thinking.
A Place To Bury Strangers always kill me with their output. Since lead singer Oliver Ackermann is an expert guitar engineer, you can expect sound levels to reach critical mass. With his series of beat up guitars that look like they were made from rusted out cars, you can expect raw riffs in every song. This is my third time seeing them, and destruction is always part of their performance. Oliver likes to pick up his amp for "I Lived My Life to Stand in the Shadow of Your Heart" to great some un-nerving effects for their brand of shoe-gazer and post-punk. Worship is the band newest album out now on Dead Oceans.
Local misfits Gang opened up the show and they are the party band you wished played your house. They take disco punk and mix it with some fun techno pop in the CSS vein and also get nasty with some 80s glam rock. Just for good measures, they lay down some raps to make you're pay attention.