I was looking around YouTube and I thought I’d see if there was any of Analog’s music on there. They were a big player in the hardcore scene in Omaha when I was in high school, I probably went to their shows a few times a month on average. Amazing band.
I found this video from the Sam Herrington Memorial show at the Rock.. I don’t remember what year it was, but it was the most insane hardcore pit I had ever seen. Had to have been 30+ people dancing at once, it was crazy. Lots of headwalking at the end, around 3:15. Anyway, I thought I’d post it in memoriam of the more or less dead 402 scene.
I saw Ozma at Knickerbockers in Lincoln last right. Awesome show. They played for a long time, and we got them to play an encore of Battlescars and Rocks as well. Those guys are so awesome.
With them were “Everybody Else”, who I liked. They were, in Adam’s words, “Rooney meets the Beach Boys”. Good band, though it took forever to get them set up so they didn’t play as long (I think).
Also there was an amazing band from Lincoln that I have once again forgotten their name. Wilson, or something. Good bar band, the guitarist could really make his firebird scream.
The Lincoln band’s name is Willis and they are delicious.
Last night I was browsing through my music looking for something to go to sleep too. Eventually I found Analog’s “The Contention”, which, in high school, was a sure-fire sleep inducing album (If you ever heard Analog back in their 402 rocking heyday you might find that surprising). Somehow this time, it didn’t work. See, I hadn’t listened to that album in a long time, as in three-plus months. All I could think about was all the memories of high-school weekends spent at the Ranch Bowl or Ryans basement or wherever.
I think that everyone has songs or albums that defined their high school years, and maybe even helped shape who they are. So I wondered what mine are, and thus here is the list of the most influential albums from my glory days.
Action is an amazing album. I saw Punchline and Allister at the Ranch Bowl, they were amazing. Punchline was my favorite band for a good few years. Action is so poppy it’s unstoppable. I didn’t really get into their newer release, 37 Everywhere, but I saw them a few months ago and they still put on a great show. Another disc of theirs, Rewind, is really good too. This album most likely had the most play time, the only other contender is…
Take This To Your Grave
by Fall Out Boy
Now, before you get all excited (“Omigosh! FOB is the best evar!!”) or pretentious (“Ugh, FOB is soooo pedestrian.”) listen up. Adam Hike introduced me to Fall Out Boy back in ’03, right after TTTYG came out. Back then we could go to FOB shows at the Ranch Bowl for $7 and be one of thirty people there. Also Pete Wentz didn’t wear makeup at the time. Bleah. I’m not trying to “one up” anybody, I just get mad that I can’t wear my old school FOB shirts because I’ll look like a Hot Topic loser. And yes, Mr. Spiked Black Jeans, you are a loser. Anyway, I digress.
One of my youth pastors took me to my first hardcore show, I think it was Paria and some other locals. This was back when I wasn’t really into music, just listened to the radio and went with the Christian music standards like Newsboys and Jars Of Clay. Needless to say, I was shocked and amazed, this stuff was [u]awesome[/u]. The best local band was Analog. They were the perfect mix, they had great music and an awesome screamer. This cd is really good, and was the gateway album to my metal/hardcore addictions.
So Long Astoria
by The Ataris
There is no better album for the ride to and from the drive-in movie on a cool summer evening in Ryan’s convertible camaro. The Ataris really hit the nail on the head with this one. “Boys Of Summer” is the best cover of all time, no joke. My personal favorite song is “All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know”, powerful lyrical imagery. Second place goes to “Bonus Track One” for the lines: “The things you make me want to do. I’d rob a quickie mart for you. I’d go to the pound and let all the cats go free, as long as you’d be with me.” This is one of two CD’s that I’ve actually bought twice because I wore out the first copy.
I Don’t Know You
by Lola Ray
This is a band from New York, they were filling in some show dates for another band that couldn’t make it. I don’t remember what band or what tour, but I’m glad they did it. Crazy band to see live, the lead singer / guitarist had an interesting method of “rocking out”. He would go into spasms, it looked like he was having a seizure standing up. Crazy good band with some crazy good songs.
I told myself to make a list of the top five only, but here are the ones that fell a bit short. You could call them “Honorable Mentions”…
Fall Out Boy’s Evening Out With Your Girlfriend – Fall Out Boy
Anatomy Of The Tounge in cheek – Relient K
I Am The Movie – Motion City Soundtrack
So Long Suburbia – Allister
American Made – Wakefield
Went to the He Is Legend show at Sokol underground tonight. Crazy show, tow out of the three bands played with the house lights off and their own (spastic) lighting. The bands were, in order, In Reverent Fear, The Human Abstract, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and He Is Legend.
First of all, He Is Legend was really cool. They guitarists are a bit scary in real life though :) Anyway, they played a great set, though by then most of my hearing was gone. This was my first time seeing them live, and they are very good at what they do. The singer is a good frontman, very dynamic and, well, weird. Thats all part of a good frontman, right?
The other really great band was The Human Abstract. I had never heard of them, but they were awesome. They’re a five-piece out of L.A. and they do some crazy stuff. They have their own lighting kit which was run (I think) by some kind of sequencer, MIDI maybe. Anyway, very cool.
They had some great technical playing too. The guitarist over on my side was just sweeping through these scales and patterns at warp speed. All the while the lights are flashing from blinding bright to pitch black. Very talented players. They were also very nice. I went to buy their CD and a shirt, and I got to talk to that guitarist for a while. I hope they take over the market, but I think they might be a little too inaccessible, even for the hardcore kids.
I didn’t get to hear much of IRF, but it was good stuff. Adam said he’d listened to them before, so maybe I’ll get some of their music from him. Drop Dead Gorgeous was drop dead crappy. Awful, just awful. They were a wave of incoherent noise and thrashing in the light of some strobes. Their keyboardist played some nice intros, but overall it was a worn-out routine with sub-par music. Bleah.
Anyway, it’s 1AM and my ears are still ringing, but I’m going to try to sleep, Go listen to some Human Abstract.