Concert Review: NOFX (2016)

NOFX haven’t been in town for years. Some bands are always on tour and will reliably be in town every year at around the same time. (Metal band Korpiklaani even performed on the same date for two consecutive years.) Not being able to see a band for years can lead to a certain sense of longing and inflating anticipation, especially after hearing their live material. Do they suck live?

Useless ID
Good background music for standing in line to get swag. Not interesting enough to leave and get a better view. More dynamic songwriting and catchier lyrics could help them improve.
Swag? No
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

PEARS
Good imitators of more famous bands like the Dead Kennedys. Their narrow focus on fast hardcore punk leave some to be desired, since there isn’t enough variety for staying power.
Swag? No
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

NOFX
Good and worth the wait! Unlike the aforementioned bands, and most other punk bands, that perform music in a very narrow musical scope, “I Don’t Like Me Anymore,” my favorite song from their latest album First Ditch Effort, sounds completely different than “I Believe in Goddess” from maybe my favorite album of theirs, Self/Entitled.
Swag? “DARE: To Keep Kids On Punk” shirt. No CDs available.
Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]

Concluding with a concern I’d had when I first started listening to rock music, I thought concerts were dangerous. Standing much closer to the stage and moshpit than I normally do, I did see someone get punched in the face after acting disrespectfully with their cell phone, and I split up two guys before they started a fight. You don’t normally see or deal with that if you stand toward the back and, like life, you’re fine if you’re not rude toward others. I’d still say that concerts being dangerous is more sensationalist than reality.

My big goal is to write. My important goal is to write "The Story." My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame a fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. Let's strive to be better everyday. (Avatar)