Heeeey! Remember that time that Dying Scene crashed and was out of commission for two and a half years? Yea….that sucked. So, in an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen again, we threw a bunch of punk rock shows across the country to raise some cash for ongoing operational expenses and future site upgrades! Smart! […]
Heeeey! Remember that time that Dying Scene crashed and was out of commission for two and a half years? Yea….that sucked. So, in an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen again, we threw a bunch of punk rock shows across the country to raise some cash for ongoing operational expenses and future site upgrades! Smart! Huh?? The first of these Dying Scene ‘Resurrection’ shows took place in Denver at Ratio Beeroworks (Overland) on June 6th (beer and punk, a classic combination) and raised about $200! WHOA!!! That’s almost enough to pay for basic website hosting for a whole year! Way to represent Mile High!
*If you’re interested in donating to our cause but couldn’t make it out to one of our shows, you can send your extra dollars and cents to paypal.me/dyingscene!
One of the members of local favorites, All Waffle Trick tested positive for Covid the morning of the show, so the rest of the band couldn’t show up. But, lead man Jeff Giles tested negative and treated us to a solo acoustic set which definitely primed the swelling crowd. After the blistering opening set, an older gentleman came up to us at the merch table and remarked that Mr. Giles reminded him of “Bob Dylan but louder” which is a pretty fucking rad compliment if you ask me!
Next up was one of the newer pop punk acts here in The Mile High, Gunpoint Alibi. This quartet hits the mark on all 3 P’s (precision, poise and power) with an incredible stage performance and an exceptionally high level of musical talent (even if the bass player had to lie about his bass playing acumen to get the gig #fakeituntilyoumakeit). If clean, catchy pop punk is your thaang, you’re gonna love this lot!
By the time fan favorite pop punks The Loser’s Club hit the stage, the crowd had reached it’s zenith. This tremendous trio is a ton of fun to watch live, with plenty of on stage banter and crowd participation. They’re so fun in fact, that I didn’t get many pics of their set because the music was so good that I felt compelled to drag my mid 40’s aged ass into the pit for a few trips around! While it was fun at the time, my body wasn’t very ‘poppy’ the next morning. You boys owe me an Advil!!
Rounding things out for the night was ska veterans, Younger Than Neil who, as one would expect of a ska outfit, always brings a full and boisterous crew! I’ve had the pleasure of catching this band perform live on numerous occasions and I have never seen a set that lacks maximum effort across the board. No one ever takes a night off and no one ever rests during the performance. It’s quite a spectacle to behold!
Check out the rest of the night’s action in the gallery below!
Punk Rock Saves Lives has been doing some incredible shit in our beloved community for a few years now and during that time, they’ve come to be one of the largest non-profit scene related charity organizations, focusing on Health Concerns (both physical and mental), Equal Rights, Human Rights, and so much more. If you’re not […]
Punk Rock Saves Lives has been doing some incredible shit in our beloved community for a few years now and during that time, they’ve come to be one of the largest non-profit scene related charity organizations, focusing on Health Concerns (both physical and mental), Equal Rights, Human Rights, and so much more. If you’re not familiar with them, check them out, give them a follow and stop by their tent at pretty much any large punk fest in North America and say ‘Howdy’!
This year the ever growing charity decided to throw their first ever Punk Rock Saves Lives Festival in Denver, CO. The terrific, two day event (not counting the pre-party show at EastFax Tap on Friday night) was held at Ratio Beerworks (Overland) to help raise awareness and funding to allow them to continue providing vital resources to our comrades in punk (anyone really, they just lean towards us filthy lowlifes for some reason 😛). Since The Masked Moron, Anarchopunk lives in the Mile High now, we dispatched him to take some pics, drink some locally brewed beer, eat some great food truck grub (those CFH Sliders from Brutal Poodle truck slapped), party with a whole slew of awesome people…..and get Covid. We hear that he successfully accomplished his mission (especially the getting Covid part), so check out his report below!
Local solo act, Sputnik Slovenia started things off, promising to be the tamest act of the night and even though I think he was right, we were still treated to some pretty raucous tunes including a rousing cover of the theme to “Gilligan’s Island” which scored major fan participation points, because who doesn’t sing along to that one, even if it’s just the “…threeeee hour toooouuuur” part?
Next to hit the stage was Adams County’s premiere appliance repairmen/punk rock band, Dryer Fire. Some bands have political messages, others may speak on cultural/social issues, some just sing about having fun. But for this group, appliance safety is paramount, taking ample time between songs to remind everyone to clean their lint traps and check their dryer exhausts on a regular basis. Sooooo……go clean your lint trap and check your dryer exhaust.
Tacoma, WA based pop punks, Let Me Downs flew in on short notice to cover for a band that had to fall out and I think the crowd appreciated them a little extra for that because the energy level spiked significantly during their thirty minute set, which was supposed to be the last indoor set of the night (that’s called foreshadowing, kids).
Time for some fresh Rocky Mountain air! Local favorites, Discomfort Creature (fresh off of a Euro Tour) kicked things off on the outdoor stage. The extra space on the lawn was quickly filled with a humble yet aggressive circle pit and the band fed off of the power that was generated by the constant swirl of the denim and leather clad cyclone.
Denver based super-group, Record Thieves were up next and the crowd definitely knew it as they started slowly creeping towards the stage area, in small waves prior to the band taking the stage. Musically speaking, these guys probably hit the highest mark on the ‘Talent Meter’ for Day One and always bring a pretty high level of intensity. But the highlight for me was hearing the first live performance of their new single “Fault Lines”. Stellar work as always, comrades!
Thousand Island Records representing hard at PRSL Fest! Chicagoland residents, Counterpunch took the stage next. The Windy City punks played through some songs from their most recent LP (and AoTY Contender?) Rewire. But they also tipped their hat to the local scene by inviting The Gamits‘ ex-frontman Chris Fogal to provide vocals for their cover of the defunct band’s most popular tune, “Dotted Lines”. Side Note: I think I have a new favorite basser. That cat fucking briiiings it!
Yes, everybody enjoyed all of the other bands. Yes, everyone had a fabulous day, all around. But let’s be real, everyone was ultimately here to see Chicago hardcore stalwarts, The Bollweevils. Before the set even started, the pit was starting to form and it got more fervid as the band took the stage. After the first song, the weather started to shift and Dr. Daryl, as expected, took his secondary position down in the middle of the ever swelling pit, thrashing around with the fans. The weather continued to deteriorate and as the winds picked up to 25+ MPH 98Gotta love Denver weather), a large tent that was affixed the pergola caught air and nearly flew away. At that point, it was determined that for eh safety of everyone involved, the show had to move back indoors. The sound crew did an amazing job and had the show back in operation inside in about twenty mins. As the set recommenced, The Good Doctor asked the crowd if they could remember where they had left off before Mother Nature interrupted, to which the reply was a hearty “Start Over!”. The band complied and we were treated to a bonus ‘extended set’! It’s been four years since I’ve been tossed that badly down in the pit. Damn, it felt good!
*Check out the rest of the day’s action in the below slideshow! Keep an eye out for Day Two coverage, coming soon!
Anarchopunk has recovered from the Covid he picked up at this awesome inaugural Fest and finally got around to posting his Day Two coverage, which saw a return to Ratio Beerworks. But, with the prospects of more inclement weather, the show which was previously slated to take place mostly outdoors, moved indoors for everyone’s safety. […]
Anarchopunk has recovered from the Covid he picked up at this awesome inaugural Fest and finally got around to posting his Day Two coverage, which saw a return to Ratio Beerworks. But, with the prospects of more inclement weather, the show which was previously slated to take place mostly outdoors, moved indoors for everyone’s safety.
First up, Jukebox Hardknocks who are a little bit country a little bit….actually…no…these guys are a lot country and not much else and unapologetically so. Their short but entertaining set was filled with covers of country classics from legends like George Jones. Hell, even their TSOL cover had plenty of twang to it!
System Restore ventured all the way down from Wyoming to play a set and they brought their A-game with them! The only thing better than the performance itself was their Merch Game. Top fucking notch. Well done! My bank account is now a bit lighter, gents!
Local lads, The Frickashinas were the third act of the day and were a perfect mid day, pick-me-up! These guys are talented, fun, full of energy and all around, good dudes. It was awesome to see guitarist, Jeramiah’s kids jamming out to the set from up in the balcony. I’ve never seen such cute lil devil horns! 🤘🤘
Egoista has quickly become one of the more ubiquitous punk bands in The Mile High, playing shows almost on a weekly basis, if not more. So, there was no way this terrific trio was gonna pass up an opportunity to play this Fest! No diggity!
By the time Tsunami Bomb hit the stage for their fist live set in about four or five years, the crowd had filled out the room to near capacity and it seemed they were all there to see the pop punks from Petaluma (only the finest things come from Sonoma County). Of all of the sets, this one was definitely the most tangibly intense. You could tell that the band had been chompin’ at the bit for the past few years. It probably felt nice to unload!
Sure, I love all of the bands and I I was so extremely happy to hang out with all of them, but just like our Lord and Savior, Jeebus H. Christ, I have favorites and Makewar is one of them. I’ve been a fan since the old acoustic, Sad & French days and it has been so much fun watching them get more and more recognition. There’s everything to love in this act. The writing is next level, the musicality is near perfection, the guys themselves are genuine, caring individuals and…..they smell nice….wait…that one slipped…If you haven’t seen them live, please do so, STAT!
Here’s where astute readers will realize that there’s no coverage of Rocky Mountain alt-rockers, Inthewhale. That, dear comrades, is because I’m a loser. And even worse, I’m an old loser. Because the weekend was starting to take it’s toll, I split a little early. Luckily, this dynamic duo plays Denver pretty often so I’ll have ample opportunity to make it up to them. The rest of the day’s action however, is captured in the slideshow below!
Be sure to check out the galleries from the Pre-Party Show and Day 1, too!