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Defend Atlantic City Live Review.

So I went to go see Neighborhoods, True Things, Handguns, and Man Overboard in Atlantic City yesterday. I didn’t expect too much out of Neighborhoods and True Things, I had already seen Handguns before so I knew what to expect, and with all the hype around MO I was really excited to see what they’d be like live. So this is how it went.

Neighborhoods, honestly I can’t do a fair review of their performance because half way into their first or second song some guy got knocked out, and I helped carry him outside and look after him until paramedics arrived. They weren’t exceptionally heavy enough to merit that kind of thing happening, some kids just like to hate mosh and crowd kill. From what I did see though, they were great, awkwardly tall, but great. No big slip ups, and a great frontman, I didn’t get to see their whole set though, so that’s all I can really say.

Surprisingly enough Handguns took the stage before True Things, and just like the last time I saw them, it was awesome. The thing about a Handguns show, is that Taylor is the shit, greatest frontman I’ve ever personally seen live. The amount of energy he can draw out of a crowd is ridiculous and he’s just so personal with everyone, taking peoples hats and smiling the entire time he’s on stage.

True Things went on next and I was completely caught off guard. I had no idea what to expect, but the reaction they got from the crowd, the energy and movement on the stage, it was all there. I did hear a slip up here and there from bassist/vocalist James Corbi, but considering how much he was moving around while singing, it’s completely passable.

Headliner time, the big dudes, Man Overboard. So these guys hop on stage and after taking a bit to set up and get things rolling, they get to it. Now I had never seen them live and my only impression of them or their fans was from their music, so I didn’t expect the 20,000 kids that flew over me as soon as Zac started singing. The crowd was absolutely insane, but MO themselves, I gotta say, I wasn’t impressed. A lot of musicians have this problem with being an energetic frontman and playing an instrument at the same time, but both Nick (MO) and James (True Things) had no problem hyping up the crowd and playing while Zac really fell short. The other problem I had with them was that their replacement guitarist didn’t really do anything, it was like a Zac and Nick show and it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Overall it was a great show though, tons of fun, I’d recommend anyone go see Handguns or True Things anyday, Man Overboard not so much, and I really need to check out Neighborhoods again because from what I saw they were putting on a good show, but I just couldn’t see enough, later.

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“Our fans define us.” – Chad Gilbert

I recently read an old article on AltPress where Chad Gilbert talks about Pop-Punk not being dead and what it means. Over all it was a great essay, but one line struck out to me more than anything. “Our fans define us.”

As soon as I read it the little voice in my head turned into Patrick Stump singing “Make us poster boys in the scene, but we are not making an acceptance speech.” Then it turned into Handguns and told me that they aren’t a Pop-Punk band, despite what their 16,000+ fans on Last.FM say. Then it was Gerard Way calling emo “fucking garbage.”

I guess it’s a difficult concept to submit to, after all New Found Glory has been around for over 14 years and it took Chad this long to realize it; but I think it’s something that every band should come to grips with. Without fans, bands are just 5 dudes hitting shit, trying to impress a wall or deafen themselves or something. I get where Gerard Way and the members of Handguns are coming from though, I used to think I was in a Pop-Punk band and if anyone said we were CrunkCore I probably would have been at least a little offended, so their defense of themselves is completely understandable. But in the end Chad is right, if you have 17 million fans and they all say you’re a Christian Folk Metal band, then I guess that’s what you are, genres are just names after all, and without those 17 million fans you wouldn’t be able to live your dream, so you owe it to them to call you whatever they want.

At the end of the day, being in a band is about playing the music you love, call it whatever you want but I play what I want, and I like to think that’s how most musicians out there work. So if you’re in a band, don’t complain about what someone calls you, the only reason they’re calling you anything is because they’re listening, and that’s exactly what you wanted.

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Man Overboard, Handguns, Neighborhoods, True Things: Defend Atlantic City

Just got my tickets to Defend Atlantic City. SO stoked, see you guys there, expect a review of the show the day after.

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