The Morning Benders were the opening band for The Kooks at Terminal 5 last night in New York City. They are an indie/pop rock from Berkley, California and really warmed up the young crowd. I wasn’t familiar with the band beforehand but was impressed with their music. I’ll probably check out Morning Benders now that I saw them live. They played for at least a half hour and I shot the first third songs.
Drunk In Public is an acoustic side band featuring members of the Levellers, and they play smaller venues & pubs. Usually the band consists of Mark, Simon and Jon of the Levellers and Rev Hammer. Mark Chadwick and Jon Sevink of the Levellers came over to the United States last weekend to go to Irish musician Dan Donnelly’s wedding. The next night, they decided to play a small, drunken show at the Red Lion in New York City. They played with Dan Donnelly, Roy Harter of Sonovagun and 2 other unknown gents. It was an amusing, chaotic show but I had blast watching it unfold before my eyes.
I’ve shot Pennywise a few times on the Warped Tour but I never got the chance to shoot photos of them in a venue. While I like shooting outside in the daytime; the photos can be boring after awhile. But I had feeling I was going to prefer going back to shooting punk bands during the day because this set was hard! Members of the band were moving around the stage a lot, wearing hats, mics in their faces, and it was just hard to get some crisp photos of Pennywise. But I did get an awesome & hilarious photo of Jim Lindberg, which you can see above. But I’ll talk to you about that photo in a bit.
Strung Out have been around since 1992 but I haven’t really listened to their music all that much. Not for any reason except I just never got any of their albums. Usually when I got Fat Wreck music, I’d hand it off to my friend Paul to review. I saw Strung Out last year at the Warped Tour and thought they were good. On the Pennywise tour, they were awesome and got the crowd in a near riot frenzy.
Authority Zero were up next and I was really looking forward to their set. I’ve been a fan of AZ for a few years now but only saw them last year for the first time. It was at the Knitting Factory, and now they were playing at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza with Pennywise. They brought their energetic ska punk to a sold out crowd that I’m sure guaranteed them more fans. They played some of my favorites like “One More Minute,” “Find Your Way,” “Revolution” and the amazing rendition of “Rattlin’ Bog.”