NOFX at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/7/12
Eric Gruneisen Elway last night at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.
Fort Collins' Elway opened the show with some pretty straight ahead pop punk. The way these guys played, it gave some dignity and strength to the usual subjects of the lyrics. That, and the guitar harmonics were a nice touch and gave detail in the mix. You could tell these guys were excited to be playing this show. Tim Browne noted that this was the biggest crowd for which the band had played. For the second to last song, the band asked for audience participation and actually got it. As part of his entreaty, Browne said that after the third time the band sang the chorus, the crowd should yell the lyrics and dance around "Like it's Pearl Harbor" (kudos to Mr Browne for the historical reference).
Teenage Bottlerocket from Laramie, Wyoming played the middle slot. During different parts of the set, a guy wearing what looked like a monkey mask came out on stage and held up a sign with words or the band's symbol, Ramones style, and danced. While it, too, was another variety of poppy punk, in the vocals you could hear a bit of the Misfits, and in the more intense sections of music it was reminiscent of early Circle Jerks. One song sounded like it had the same riff and rhythmic progression as "Blitzkrieg Bop" with different lyrics and later on, as though reading people's minds, the band did a bit of that Ramones original.
Eric Gruneisen Teenage Bottlerocket last night at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.
One of the guys brought his kid up to play ukulele for a thirty-second song, and he really went for it. We'll probably hear about this a lot from bands coming through for a while because of marijuana being made legal for recreational use in Colorado, but the band told us they had a new song they called, "I'm the One Smoking Marijuana, Motherfucker." The set ended with "Head Banger," and the band said its thank yous before leaving the stage and even had a "Thank you" sign.
Personal Bias: NOFX has written some of my favorite silly but smart punk songs of the last few decades.
Random Detail: Ran into Aaron Saye at the show.
By the Way: Fat Mike joked about the band's new album, Self Entitled, but it's actually pretty decent with some of the more reflective lyrics of the band's career.