Review And Photos By Clarissa Villondo
Somehow, I always came up with a reason to not see Kill Lincoln and Boardroom Heroes – I won’t lie, I’ve heard of Collapser and Braceface before but never took the time to listen to their music – but I’m so glad that I went to the show at the Rock and Roll Hotel on the 30th.
(Side note: Thank you to the people who let me take photos in front of them and helped block me from the pit. To everyone who didn’t, you’re a pain.)
Now, any punk show wouldn’t be complete without ridiculous high energy. From the standard mosh pits breaking out during every song to some guy in a banana suit and a band member getting kicked out to all of the “Fuck you, Alan!” chanting, this was certainly a show full of locals that you couldn’t deny had extraordinary energy and one you shouldn’t have missed.
I started to question where everyone was as Collapser started, but the crowd started to pour in and the pits started to form. Lead singer Ryan Ford kept knocking over his microphone, causing people running up on stage and putting it back on the stand. Halfway through the set, Andre Pagliarini of Boardroom Heroes jumped up on stage and handed the microphone off briefly to Andrew Yonki to sing along.
Nothing makes you question, “Where did I wind up tonight? Where am I?” like the next band getting on stage, just in boxers (shorts in the bass player’s case), matching baseball caps, sunglasses, and batman-themed socks. Braceface kicked off their set with “I’m Not Perfect,” and the crowd started to get psyched. The set continued with the caps and sunglasses getting thrown off and songs about girls and being straight edge – “AWOL Girl,” “sXe,” and “F-R-I-E-N-D-S” to name a few. A good deal of the crowd jumped up on stage with Braceface, dancing and singing to “Bananahs” the last song of their set. (I really could have done without the banana guy faux-jacking off, just saying.)
Quite possibly, I got too caught up in the hype in Braceface’s set that I couldn’t focus on the music in comparison to Collapser’s where it was far easier to focus. Either way, I knew I was going to be looking up both bands’ Bandcamps after the show – for real, this time.
“This song’s about TJ Maxx!”
Boardroom Heroes has been a band I wanted to see for a while and I’m glad I was able to see their last show of the summer. Towards the end of their set, guitarist Drew showed off a little, while playing his guitar behind his head. Ryan of Collapser also jumped up on the stage to sing. Boardroom Heroes’ set and presence was great.
“FUCK YOU, ALAN! FUCK YOU, ALAN!”
Seeing that I never went to a Kill Lincoln show before, I was so confused by crowd chanting, “Fuck you, Alan!” – perfectly in unison, I might add – while the lights were killed. The crowd went wild for Kill Lincoln’s homecoming show. It was like everyone was holding back just for this set. (Of course, Kill Lincoln’s second song was when someone in the pit hit me in the back of my head for the first time all night.) Every so often the “Fuck you, Alan” chanting would come up and then booing at Canada became a minor theme. My personal favorite songs from this set would be “Dad Fight” and “Pralines.” Towards the end, Marty’s bass cab killed itself, appearing to be from a drink, and resulted in quite a bit of stalling by the rest of the band who tried to fill it with talking and brief moments of instrumentals. They managed to recover and ended their set with a well-known song (at least if you’ve heard of Kill Lincoln before), “Clark Gables.”