11.10.13 | Less Than Jake & Anti-Flag | Highline Ballroom

Sunday night was a 90s punk rock double header with New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio playing Terminal 5 and Less Than Jake and Anti-Flag playing the Highline Ballroom. Though some may argue which of these bands may have been more successful, the intimacy of the Highline Ballroom show would not be possible to achieve in a behemoth of a venue like Terminal 5.

Promptly opening the night was Get Dead, a five-piece hailing from San Francisco. Described as an "electric/acoustic punk rock band", their set mostly consisted of rowdy electric numbers. Despite the sparse and somewhat nonchalant crowd, lead singer Sam King nevertheless brought the energy to warm up the audience for an increasingly energetic show.

Next up was Masked Intruder, the band whose identify remains a mystery and comes with their own security detail. Their set was nothing short of a good time. Whiny, pining pop-punk, mischievous hi-jinks from Intruder Green and Officer Bradley and the occasional drunk girl on stage proved to be quite entertaining.

By the time Anti-Flag came on, the crowd was thoroughly riled up and a small, but enthusiastic mosh pit had formed. As soon as Anti-Flag launched into the first song, "Turncoat" the pit was alive. Throughout their set, which included favorites like "Broken Bones", "Die for the Government" and "This is the End" a sense of intimacy and camaraderie persisted between the band and the audience. This was my first time seeing Anti-Flag despite their twenty year existence, and it was reassuring to see that their resilience and passion still remains as strong as at their nascence.

Headlining in support of their latest album, See the Light, released earlier this week, Less Than Jake took to the stage with their usual ska punk pizzazz. As you may recall, I saw Less than Jake last year at the Brooklyn Bowl for their 20 year anniversary show. Perhaps because this show wasn't as momentous, the show wasn't quite as awe inspiring, but it had a certain spirit that can only be attributed to the more selective venue. It felt like we were back in the nineties, listening to the band in someone's backyard, back when we were hearing those rusty trombone jokes for the first time. Times have certainly changed when those kids who were going to shows back then, were now showing up at this concert as 'rad dads' with kids in tow.

Sure it might not be the hey day of ska and punk. But for many, this music will never get old, and as long as these bands keep making music, we will keep coming out in full force, even if we're doing circles in our walkers.

Click here to listen to Anti-Flag set-list
Click here to listen to Less Than Jake set-list
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