Our motto for the night was to “Party Like it was 1997” again, and on July 13th, 2012, that we did thanks to Screeching Weasel, The Queers & the Nobodys. The Gothic is always a great venue for seeing shows, and there isn’t a bad spot in the entire place. The Nobodys kicked off the show with the lineup of JJ Nobody, Randy the Kid and Justin Disease. The majority of the crowd that was there at the time knew the majority of the songs, and they sang along and of course a nice little circle pit grew during most of their set. The Nobodys rocked in the 90’s and they rock equally as hard now. They even had some new shirt designs at their merch table that I bet you could buy if you contact the band.
The Queers, oh the Queers! They are still a pop punk force to be reckoned with to this day. Joe Queer kicked right into the first song upon coming on stage, sneering with his unique snotty voice that everybody knows and loves. The Queers seemed to have played a lot of their older songs, which the crowd seemed to be completely pleased with, as everyone was yelling out the lyrics, especially during “You’re Tripping”. There were lots of smiles, lots of pogoing, a perfect circle pit and all in all the perfect pop punk set.
Last but not least it was Screeching Weasel’s turn to show The Gothic how pop punk is done. The lights went out, pitch-black darkness, and the intro music came blasting through the speakers. It was time. The band came out (I still don’t know who the band was for this show), and then Ben Weasel took the stage and went right into “Strangle You”. The crowd went wild! Screeching Weasel may have had a rocky past year, but there was a large crowd that was very happy to see them. They played a perfectly tight set with as much energy as any band half their age. People may not “like” Ben Weasel, but he has perfected his band, sound and stage presence to a science.
This was the perfect pop punk show, and local fans should be quite stoked to live in such a great city with such a great venue to see these types of shows. Our only complaint for the evening was that security informed us that per Ben Weasel’s request there was no “photo pit” for the show and everyone had to stay on the audience side of the barrier, even with a photo pass. That said, we got the best pictures we could while taking elbows, drinks, and hands to the head. Enjoy and check out upcoming shows at the Gothic in Englewood.