Bad Religion bring punk to the dance hall

A review of Bad Religion at the Roxy on October 16, 2007

, Staff

It was quite an eclectic crowd waiting for Bad Religion at the Roxy on Tuesday night, all there to enjoy a night of damning authority and the establishment. With an energetic crowd on hand, Mohawks and all, not even the house music (Rolling Stones?& Really? Sir Mick?) could stand in their way from an enjoyable night.

With a slow rolling drumbeat and hushed lights, Bad Religion took stage. A short blast of guitars followed as they immediately hammered into their set. The band is touring in support of their new album, New Maps of Hell, which hit stores in July. Besides working out the new material, the band also varied their set with a combination of old and new songs alike. “Social Suicide” proved to be an early highlight, as the crowd shouted along in delight.

“Requiem For Dissent” off New Maps of Hell was a mix of a roaring chanting chorus while some nifty guitar playing backed the rapid-fire verses. “Dearly Beloved” was vintage Bad Religion with the vocals going up and down in waves, and the alternating backing and lead vocals.& With nearly every song rarely lasting longer than two minutes allowed the band for plenty of dialogue with the Boston crowd. Stage banter from frontman Greg Graffin included references to the length of their songs, past visits to Boston, and baseball – which of course prompted the audience to start a “Let’s Go Red Sox” chant. Graffin also announced his excitement over the band’s show at the Roxy being followed up by a “Chippendales” performance.&

The band humored the crowd with old favorites like “Skyscraper”, “Come Join Us”, “You”, all of which inspired some crowd surfing amongst the energetic crowd. The band was tight on stage and seemed genuinely happy to be performing their songs; punk attitude or not their big smiles gave them away. Bad Religion’s encore was topped by a rousing version of “Infected.” The spotlight turned on the crowd to highlight everyone singing along. Everything picked up speed and volume. The entire band joined in jumping and singing and just went out with a bang.

And as they bid their good-byes and turned the club over to the adult entertainment, there were more than a few fans in the audience that thought they’d probably provide a better, more charismatic show than the Chippendales ever could.

Openers, The Briggs, brought the usual response an opening band brings to an expectant crowd. Cheering, clapping, not very excited but polite enough. However, the California-based rockers were gracious enough to acknowledge that they were the opening band and elicited quite a response from the crowd. “This One’s For Us,” was the typical punk edged with pop, fast guitars and drumming, a lot of “whoooaaa’s” in the chorus.& Fronted by brothers Joey and Jason LaRocca, the band was more punk than pop, but still far enough from the new wave of pop-punk that’s been the fad lately.& The Briggs wrapped up with quite a respectable amount of cheering by the Roxy crowd.

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