I caught the last end of Bryan McPherson‘s set because I was interviewing Blood or Whiskey, but what I was able to catch was amazing. Even though it was only one man, one guitar, and one voice, there might as well have been an orchestra behind him with the power he was belting out. Political, heartfelt, gritty, he had it all, or at least whatever we all look to in a punk singer-songwriter. He rips it. Classic Americana sound with his harmonica and acoustic guitar. It kind of seemed like Bryan McPherson was a weird choice to start the night, but when you actually sit back and think about it, it was a perfect fit. He’s got that same ‘thing’ that all the other bands have. This kind of working class, stick to your roots mentality. Maybe because it was election day I don’t know, but there was something that got the crowd hootin and hollerin and ready for the next band to take the stage, Syndey Ducks.
I had just seen Sydney Ducks a couple weeks before at the Pirates Press ‘Rock The Ship’ party, and it was awesome. I always get excited to see my local bands play locally. They always rock. They have that traditional, street sound that I really love. Front man puts on a great show, the bass lines are driving, it’s just good fuckin’ punk with amazing energy.
Blood or Whiskey was next to the stage, and despite the lack of familiarity with the group, fans got pretty damn rowdy and even made one of the largest circle pits I had seen at the Warfield. They killed it in my opinion. They mix a little bit more ska in their latest album, and they’re doing it good. The band ended with “Poxy Pub”, one of my favorites. I hadn’t seen these guys since 2009 at Rebellion (where they are an annual staple), and hearing “Poxy Pub” again live brought all the memories coming back. Expect to see more from these guys as they have been approved for a lengthy band visa, and on the heels of this Dropkick Murphys tour, I believe they will become a household name.
Have a look at all the shots from the night’s events below.