Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hot Water Music at Fubar, 9/18/12: Review

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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Braddock (featuring members of Disappeared, Ultraman, Machree) opened the show with a raucous blend of melodic hardcore punk with breakneck timing. Fans of singer Bob Fancher's previous band, For the Last Time, will certainly be stoked.

Minneapolis's punkers Off With Their Heads was also on the bill. The band is certainly no stranger to St. Louis, as it has played roughly six shows here in the last four years. Approximately five of those shows have featured different lineups, with singer Ryan Young serving as the only core member. Sadly, last night's OWTH set was one of its more forgettable. Blame it on the mix, on the revolving door of band members, or the fact that it was the band's first night of the tour, but the guitars just weren't synching up with Young's guttural howl. And the howl itself seemed strained.

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Times I have seen Hot Water Music since its December 20th, 2001 show at the original Creepy Crawl: 0 (before last night) People I heard bitching that Braddock got to open the show instead of (insert active StL punk band here): 4 Budweisers spilled on my shoes: ~3 Employees of the original Creepy Crawl (412 N. Tucker) present: I counted 4 $50 Hot Water Music jackets purchased: I saw 2 Shots of Jameson purchased for Chuck Ragan by uber-fans: 2 Earplugs I remembered to bring: 2, thankfully. Tour buses parked outside Fubar: 1 (Hot Water Music has come a long way)

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