This past Saturday I took a trip down to one of my favorite punk rock dive bars Connie’s Ric Rac which resides in one of my favorite party cities Philadelphia Pennsylvania to catch one of my favorite newer bands The Split Seconds who I had missed at their New Jersey date on Thursday due to work and wasn’t up for the trip to Brooklyn the next night so we hoped in the car and headed down to Philly for a cheesesteak at Pat’s, some beers and some killer punk rock.
I am sorry and a bit ashamed to say I missed the opening act because I hate to be that girl who only shows up for the headliner, and I am also sorry to say the second band on the bill was so weak and unforgettable that I won’t tarnish their name in this review in case they’re still new, and turn out to be great in a year or two. But I will rave, yes rave about the direct support for this show. A new band (For me anyway) who call themselves Riverside Odds.
Riverside Odds killed it, they absolutely killed it with a nonstop barrage of fast aggressive punk tinged rock and roll that would have made Lemmy Kilmister jump to his feet and yell for more. Riverside Odds do Rock & Roll fast and hard with lots of back up whoa oh’s and fist pumping singalongs about drinking, and brawling in their great hometown of Philadelphia. I can’t wait to see these guys again and if you get the chance I say don’t miss it.
Next up was the band we had come for. Washington D.C.s The Split Seconds who I am also happy to say absolutely killed it, which is good because they had a tough act to follow, but follow them they did with an amazing 40 plus minute set of 70’s style raw power, the only glitch was getting the vocals right during the first song but Connie’s sound man was on point and had them sounding sweet before the start of the rest of the set where they played most of our favorites off of last year’s release “Center Of Attention” plus several new songs off this Summers upcoming release, “Counterfeit Reality” and as usual front man Drew Champion looked almost as good as they sounded in his polished boots and button down shirt.
Yes the Split Seconds brought the noise and made the hour plus long drive well worth the trip, and hearing their new songs being previewed at this show was a real treat for us and left me dying to get my hands on the new album out sometime this Summer I believe.
The Split Seconds will be touring with the final cross country Warped Tour this Summer.
New full length Counterfeit Reality will be released on June 8th.