Before Rancid finished their headlining set on the main stage at Punk Rock Bowling, I was already on my way to refresh and re-hydrate before running off to catch one of the best club shows of the weekend – Booze & Glory, Bishops Green, The Beltones, and The Templars. While fellow Dying Scenester HopelessRomantic headed to the Bunkhouse for a night of Turner and Grace, I was in for a night of beautiful streetpunk and Oi! with a house full of Canadians. Unfortunately I missed opening band Straight Outta Luck, but from the glistening of the crowd, I imagine it was a great set.
London-based streetpunks Booze & Glory mix classic pub and football themes with a modern touch. The band keeps fans involved with lots of gang vocal sing alongs, Oi!s, and plenty of opportunity to jump around. I have been a fan for awhile and some stand-out tracks were their ‘anthem’ of sorts “London Skinhead Crew” and a more reflective “Only Fools Get Caught”.
Up next is one of my absolute favorite bands right now (and perhaps of all time), Bishops Green. The Vancouver-based quartet pretty much filled the entire venue with eager fellow Canadians, who loyally sing along and view the band as local heroes. Frontman Greg Huff embraced the energy and the band played probably one of the best sets I’ve seen (he ended his set by jumping into awaiting fans who helped him crowd surf to safety). The band just recently released their new album “A Chance To Change” and I was finally able to see “Resistance” performed live.
This was my first Beltones show and I think it was pretty much everything I imagined. Hard, yet whimsical…fast, yet lightweight. Members of the band also perform in Pink Panzer, which they sampled from as well. Great show with a comical edge.
Headliners for the night were New York legends The Templars. I’ve always loved seeing the band perform, however they leave a bit to be desired in terms of stage presence. The fans pay no attention, and march around as usual to the classic, ripping guitar, powerful lyrics, and driving bass.
Have a look at all photos from the bands’ sets below.
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