Slapstick, Slim's, San Francisco, CA, 6/15/2011
Photo by Jason Duarte
So Slapstick played with The Chinkees, who haven't played since 1999, and MU330 last night. It was amazing. Brendan Kelly's voice has changed, but not for the worse. Dan Andriano fucking nailed it, and played fast and awesomely. It was cool to see Matt Stamps play live as well as Rob Kellenberger, Dan Hanaway and Pete Anna.
Mike Park came out and introduced himself, and the festival, and danced his ass off in a suit the entire time. It looked as if he didn't even break a sweat. It was awesome. He introduced his band, and the crowd was going nuts and skanking. During one of the songs, Mike Park called Matt Skiba up to the stage and made him skank during the length of one of their songs. It was pretty funny and great.
MU330 was up next, and they killed it. They played an amazing set, and again, the crowd was going nuts and it was obvious that it was all building for Slapstick. At this point, I hadn't slept in nearly two days, so when Slapstick took the stage around 11 p.m., it was like my mana had been recharged.
It was awesome. I mean, everyone knows Slapstick, but not everyone realizes how many amazing bands came from Slapstick. And to see Slapstick - the band that started off so many great things - live, was so surreal. I found a handy little family tree diagram on the Internet. It should get bigger if you click on it.
Brendan Kelly, Dan Andriano and the gang came out and opened with "Colorado," to which everyone just started going nuts, singing along, skanking and moshing. The set was incredible, but then it got a little awkward when Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio made his way very drunkenly to the stage, and started talking about Asian Man fest, and somehow got into throwing a jab at Asian drivers. I don't think he meant anything by it, but it was admittedly a bit awkward to witness. the best part was when Brendan said, "Now I know how Chris McCaughan feels." The show was amazing. I recommend you all YouTube it and see for yourselves.
And for everyone who couldn't make it (suckers!), and want to live vicariously through all of those who went, make an iTunes playlist of the songs below! Enjoy!
Slapstick Set List:
She Doesn't Love Me
There's a Metal Head In the Parking Lot
What I Learned
Good Times Gone
Almost Punk Enough
Cheat To Win
Sick of This Place
My photos of MU330 all came out blurry. Apologies.