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Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped

Live In Vancouver (04/04/15)

Rickshaw Theatre
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Saturday night’s show at The Rickshaw Theatre was, as a friend so eloquently put it, a stacked line up. All four bands on the bill where bands that would get me out to their show if they came by themselves – smash them all together and you’re in for one entertaining evening.

Serving as essentially a SideOneDummy Records showcase, the tour featured Andrew Jackson Jihad in the headlining spot with Australia’s Smith Street Band in direct support. Before them was the multi-instrumentalist Jeff Rosenstock and the sole non-SideOne band, the loveable pop-punk act Chumped (appearing courtesy of Anchorless Records).  It’s a line-up for the books, akin to those glorious Fat Wreck packages that happened every year back in the mid 2000s and the evening did not disappoint.

Despite a surprisingly early start for a Saturday night, New York’s Chumped played to a slowly growing crowd at 7PM. Playing mostly from their critically acclaimed Teenage Retirement, the band bounced along with their bubbly pop-punk meets indie rock music. They laughed and were in good spirits, mocking themselves and the “Woos” from the crowd and thanked the talented John DeDomenici (from Jess Rosenstock‘s band and Bomb The Music Industry) for filling in on bass. The crowd occasionally gave lukewarm reaction to them, but songs like Hot 97 Summer Jam and Name That Thing were all I needed to be pleased I got there in time to see them.

Now Jeff Rosenstock came next, with his greasy porn stache and messy hair. He introduced the band as Death Rosenstock to coincide with the new logo he had drawn for the backdrop, immediately requested that his friend bring him his long-promised pot brownie and then began the set.  And the set went exactly the way you’d expect someone who asked for a pot brownie to be delivered to go. They were sloppy, they were wild and there were moments where they messed up – but man were they fun.

Never truly understanding the cult following behind Bomb The Music Industry!, Rosenstock‘s recently released solo album, We Cool?, was really my first immersion in the song writer’s catalogue and after Saturday’s show, I can comprehend the hype. Rosenstock controls the room, he is his own man and is wild and free. A joke about going to Rock and Roll High School turned into a running gag as the band randomly would jump into the song whenever there was a moment’s silence. For the second band on a four band bill, the sheer energy the crowd gave back to him was astounding.

Australia’s Smith Street Band picked up on that energy and pumped it through the roof.  Despite never having played in Vancouver before, the Australian four piece had a rambunctious crowd waiting for them. They’re steady growth of internet fandom has done well for the anthem-rousing punk band and you could tell they were sincere in their surprise of how many people knew every word of their songs. The epicenter of the excitement came three songs in with Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams, but the energy carried through The Arrogance of Drunk Pedestrians, Something I Can Hold In My Hands, Throw Me In The River, Sigourney Weaver, Young Drunk and more. The band rarely did anything over the top or unreal, but they were solid, sweaty and delivered the stirring sing-along anthems they’ve become known for.

Finally, after an already successful night of music, the headliners hit the stage with Arizona’s folk-punk duet turned five-piece Andrew Jackson Jihad. With a full band in hand, the band began with The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving and Gift of the Magi 2: Return of the Magi, the opening two songs from 2011’s Knife Man. Having just played in support of Christmas Island here a few months ago, AJJ, mixed things up and played a much high selection of back catalog that one would expect. Yes, there was still Temple Grandin and Children Of God, Kokopelli Face Tattoo and Linda Ronstadt, but out of nowhere came Hate Rain On Me, Sense and Sensibility People II: The Reckoning, Free Bird and Big Bird and the surprise rendition of Inner City Basehead History Teacher. Through the set, the band alternated from full five piece, to the duo and sometimes just Sean Bonnet on acoustic guitar.  The energy ebbed and flowed depending on the intensity of the song – I mean, Survival Song to I Wanna Rock Out In My Dreams call for drastically different reactions.

No matter the reaction or the tempo, I couldn’t have asked for a better show to kick off the spring touring season in Vancouver.

Win Tickets To Andrew Jackson Jihad/Smith Street Band In Chicago

Andrew Jackson JihadEveryone’s favourite Arizona punks Andrew Jackson Jihad are in the middle of a very impressive North American tour. Joining them on this tour is Australia’s Smith Street Band, the always charismatic Jeff Rosenstock and up and coming pop-punkers Chumped.

The tour, which began on the 18th and runs until April 11th, will be stopping by the famed Metro in Chicago, IL this Friday, March 27th.

Doors for the All Ages show are at 5:30PM and the show begins at 6PM.

The Metro was kind enough to give us two pairs of tickets to the show. Fill out the form below to enter to win!

Andrew Jackson Jihad are supporting Chrismas IslandThe Smith Street Band Throw Me In The RiverJeff Rosenstock just released his solo debut We Cool? and Chumped are promoting last year’s Teenage Retirement.

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Chumped

Teenage Retirement

Anchorless Records
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Imagine if Milo from the Descendants married Sheena from Lemuria and then decided to form a polyarmorus think tank with The Menzingers and Japanese noise act Polysics…and you would probably end up with Chumped as the offspring.

Anika, Dan, Doug and Drew recently put our their first LP–Teenage Retirement –and it is as fresh as…okay, well, it came out around Thanksgiving 2014 and has been lauded around the internet as far as I can tell since its release. Rightly so! This album is awesome in all the right ways. Its poppy, funny, abrasive and just a tinge dark in the right ways.

Chumped is good–Anika and the three D’s (Dan, Doug and Drew) are the kind of punk band you grew up with. It reminds me of the first time I heard How I Spent My Summer Vacation by The Bouncing Souls or Chamberlain Waits by The Menzingers. Apt it should be called Teenage Retirement because it makes me feel like I am 19 again. The songs hit me right in the head, instead of the heart, when it recalls feelings I had for classmates and crushes long gone. Teenage Retirement is about thinking, and living and with some regrets within the blank spaces.

“And we drank, and talked shit and I was happy/Tried so desperately to hold onto the feeling/of being young, of being sure, of being lucky,”–Anika gets it. Christ, there are so many people in my life that need “Name That Thing” in their lives right now. I am always relieved when I hear punk bands from the east coast that are so fucking real about their feelings. “Hot 97 Summer Jam” is so true for the nerdy and geeky of us. That feeling of isolation, of being overlooked, that isn’t particularly bleak or dark but among the shadows of youthful summers. “I would wait for you all summer long/ and you would turn me away.” It’s weirdly comforting  to hear Anika belt this one out. It says “hey, we’ve all been there, maybe rockers more than anyone. It’s okay.” 

I like Chumped. Teenage Retirement is an album to put next to On The Impossible Past, Masked Intruder, or Get Better. It’s fun, and its what punk is supposed to be: about the weird ones among us speaking up for themselves. Making us all dance in the process.

Video: Chumped – December Is The Longest Month

ChumpedAnchorless Records’ Brooklyn-based Chumped has released a new music video.  The video features the song “December Is The Longest Month” from their new full-length, Teenage Retirement.

Watch the music video here.

Teenage Retirement was released on Nov. 18, 2014 and follows the band’s 2013 self-titled EP also released by Anchorless Records.

Stream: Chumped – Teenage Retirement

ChumpedAnchorless Records’ Brooklyn-based Chumped are currently streaming their new full-length Teenage Retirement over at Wondering Sound. Listen to the album and read an exclusive interview here.

The band also premiered a music video to the track titled Hot 97. View it here.

Teenage Retirement was released on Nov. 18, 2014 and follows the band’s 2013 self-titled EP also released by Anchorless Records.

Chumped Streams New Full Length

ChumpedBrooklyn’s Chumped is streaming their debut LP.  the disc is titled Teenage Retirement and will be officially released next Tuesday, November 18, 2014 via Anchorless Records.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy Wondering Sound.

Chumped Announce LP; Debut New Song

ChumpedSelf-described Brooklyn bummer punk act Chumped has announced details for their new full length.  The album will be titled Teenage Retirement and is due out on November 28, 2014 via Anchorless Records.  The LP will follow their freshly released new EP, That’s The Thing Is Like.  

Be sure to listen to the brand new song, “Songs About Boats,” here.