Riot Fest 2007 Day One

After sleeping in as late as possible and then cleaning my lenses and packing gear, it was time to head back to the city for day one of Riot Fest 2007. I had planned on being there in time to catch The Methadones but after being a taxi to four people and sitting in the worst traffic possible, we all got there a lot later than intended. I missed The Methadones and Lower Class Brats as well.


The Queers


The Queers


The Queers


The Queers

When we walked in, The Queers were just about to start playing. I quickly got up inside the barricade and unpacked my camera. They played a very similar set as the night before, except they also decided to soil a Ramones song along with the Angry Samoans tune. They once again played full blast and rarely stopped between songs. It’s a shame they wasted those two songs on lame covers when they have like 100 records of their own material that they could have played better instead. I did like their own material for the most part, even though it tended to all sound the same from song to song.


Nekromantix


Nekromantix


Nekromantix


Nekromantix

Next up were Nekromantix. They were a three-piece psychobilly type band. The bass player/singer had a stand-up bass shaped like a coffin! It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. They were super entertaining both musically and in their stage presence. The singer/bass man moved a lot around the stage and was full of energy. While I’m not sure how often I’d listen to their records, I’d absolutely go see them play live again. I’m normally not much into that style of music but it always seems to come across way better live to me. They pretty much stole the show, they were that entertaining!


7 Seconds


7 Seconds


7 Seconds


7 Seconds

7 Seconds soon followed and Kevin Seconds told the crowd that this was the first show they played since last year’s Riot Fest! They immediately kicked into high gear playing mostly their classic hardcore tunes and a couple of newer ones sprinkled in there for good measure. The year off didn’t seem to do them any harm and I saw no evidence of rust in their performance. Kevin Seconds was all over the stage, which made for some difficult shooting as he never held still for very long at all!


Stiff Little Fingers


Stiff Little Fingers


Stiff Little Fingers


Stiff Little Fingers


Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers were next and the crowd was really excited about them. I heard lots of people talking about them in the bathroom and throughout the club. I was really looking forward to them because I had never seen them play before. They were on my list of bands I wanted to see and now I finally got to scratch them off that list. They played a lot of the early material as well as some new songs. They played them to perfection and they sounded great. When they played “Suspect Device” the crowd really went nuts. They closed with some Bob Marley cover that felt like it was about 20 minutes long which was kind of a drag just because it was too long of a song, but aside from that, they were great and I was really glad that when I finally did get to see them, they delivered the goods musically.


Naked Raygun


Naked Raygun


Naked Raygun


Naked Raygun

This just left Naked Raygun. There was what felt like a very long time between SLF and Naked Raygun as they set up all their equipment. The crowd started getting a little impatient there towards the end but they finally came out and played. They started off their set in the usual fashion but about half way through they started playing songs they haven’t played since reuniting, including one of my all time favorites, “Potential Rapist”! That alone made them awesome and it was cool to see them busting out some different material instead of taking the easy way out and recycling the same exact set list from the previous two shows here.


Naked Raygun


Naked Raygun


Naked Raygun

They stopped about half way through the set to dispense some “free shit”. This time it was just some stickers and a few t-shirts. It seemed rather uninspiring and that was the only break they took to give the stuff out whereas last year they gave out stuff at three different occasions during their set. Free Shit aside, they still kicked a whole lot of ass and put on a very solid show and it was a good way to end the day.

At the conclusion of my Riot Fest stories there will be plenty more photos on MXV’s flickr stream.