Okay so finding a cool title for this show review was easier than I thought, and fricken clever if I do say so myself (a You Blew It song with Modern Baseball hidden in there hehe). But enough of the jokes, time to do a quick blog entry/show review of last night [July 1] in Cambridge, MA at The Middle East Upstairs which featured Mixtapes, You Blew It, Light Years, Modern Baseball, and a local opener called Agree to Disagree.
First of all, let's talk about the venue; it has a small basement show feel to it while housing 194 occupants, a mini bar area, and merch tables. For those who don't know of/have never been to The Middle East, I will be the one to inform you that they have a strict no stage diving/crowd surfing policy despite the fact the stage is 2 feet tall and has no barrier. As a result of this, any punk/hardcore shows that have potential to be intense rompits of fun become lame push pits with amounts of head bobbing (I would say head banging but it doesn't quite reach that level). Luckily for this particular show, it was just shy of being punk with a nice 90s emo flair which always produces a special, intimate crowd and this evening was no different.
I'm going to say this now, if you live in the greater Boston metropolitan area and did not go to this show, you severely missed out. In fact, you blew it by not going (see what I did there?!). For $10, about $13 with surcharges, it was more than worth it to see Modern Baseball alone. Throw in 4 other awesome bands as well? Geeze, talk about a steal. Speaking of the Philly locals, those dang college kids (one of whom recently graduated) put on an amazing set of 9 songs in a mere 30 minutes. And my gosh was it the best set of the night, they deserved to headline with those performances. The throwback of "My Best Friend" in the middle of it all made the crowd go nuts and I was especially excited when things slowed down for "I Think You Were In My Profile Picture Once" as Cambridge sang along. You could immediately tell that the band (Jake first and foremost) were super stoked to be playing Boston for the first time, they were so into it and enjoying themselves, to which the crowd responded positively. Upon the ending of "Re-done", a pool of sweat engulfed the venue and it was apparent that Modern Baseball absolutely stole the show, an impressive feat considering they were the first band to play.
After seeing a pop-punk 46yr old lead Light Years (he's only 30 don't worry), I was more than impressed by their performance. At first it seemed pretty cookie cutter but there were a few hooks that helped them stand out, especially on the heels of a debut LP. Don't forget the pick up the super rare limited tour press, you can get like $45 for it in ten years!! But the only thing on my mind was seeing You Blew It so I could get my 90s emo fix, and they did not disappoint. In a similar fashion and length of MB's set, the crowd really got into it for these Floridian "twinkle-daddies" from a simple notice of their first song being about Christmas, and "Medal of Honor" began with the entire crowd yelling I'm not a fucking trophy/but to you I might as well've been. The stage presence and intensity of the members was glaring, they were having just as an amazing time as we were and this kept well throughout the set. YBI had a special surprise near the end as well, throwing in a track from their recent 7" split with Fake Problems (which I picked up at the show) as well as a brand new song they just finished recording in Chicago for their next full length. Things slowed down a bit with Tanner doing his thang on "The Fifties", with the crowd swaying and singing along. At this point, you could feel things starting to get rowdy, as with the end of a You Blew It performance comes their swan-song, and it was given perfectly, with a burst of stage dives and a guest appearance at its culmination. If there were any complaints to be had, it was purely because they didn't play "Good for Bond, Bad for You", a song I was hoping for.
My favorite thing about this show was that every single band was hilarious, they were all full of jokes. Brendan's little comments against YBI served as a great prelude to the ending of "Terry v. Tori", which he provided guest vocals and spent some time amongst the crowd (and I got a video of it). You Blew It accidentally mentioned Chicago to a venue full of Bostonians still pissed off at the result of the Stanley Cup Finals which was hilarious to me (sorry for your loss). And Light Years kept a running gag about being 16yrs older than they really were, only to be noticed by the crowd listening intently to the lyrics. Mixtapes delivered a solid set (cut short by some string cutting and lack of a backup guitar in standard tuning) that was mostly by request of the fans, something you don't normally see in today's scene. It's a true homage to punk and how everyone is involved, not just the bands, but all of the supporting kids who go out to shows and buy merch. All around awesome show, it was great to see friends and see two amazing bands for the first time.
Modern Baseball's set:
Tears Over Beers
Hours Alone In the Snow
My Best Friend
See Ya, Sucker
I Think You Were In My Profile Picture Once
You Blew It's set:
Medal of Honor
Grow Up Dude/Pinball House
The One With David
The One With Marc
Terry v. Tori
Fake Problems//You Blew It Split 7" - Coke Bottle Green (out of 300)
Modern Baseball "Mom, I Swear This Is Soda" Beer Coozie
Sports 12" - Translucent Blue (out of 300)