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Stiff Little Fingers and New Rivals
Highline Ballroom
November 11, 2007

Written by Josh Williams
Photographed by Amy Davidson

Opposite Photo: Stiff Little Fingers


I found myself down in the bowels of the meatpacking district on a Sunday night. No, I wasn’t hanging out with old trannies. I was at the Highline Ballroom, the newest corporate music death-star in town. Who needs independently owned venues and a decent pint with your punk rock when you can have a handsomely prepared salad with your $12 dollar cocktails? Well, the salad was a bit of a joke. Apparently you can slap half a head of romaine on a plate, squirt it with some mustard, and voila, fancy meal. The staff on the other hand, was pleasant and professional. And I might add, the Highline cocktail was almost worth $12. But this is not a food review, so…


New Rivals


New Rivals


New Rivals

Opening was the New Rivals, a poppy quintet with a dash of feel good punk. They reminded me of a lot of the corporate sanctioned “melodic punk” you’ve heard on Clear Channel stations the past few years, kind of like a harder edged Blink 182, or Sum 41. The distorted guitars brought out the bands desire to bring on a hard sound. However, that sound was quite muddled and non-distinctive. The guitarists did have chops, but they may want to work on tone a bit. The rhythm section was tight, bass player did a good job in the pocket, and the singer did have a bit of charisma in an asshole kind of way. You know the type, the grinning bully. The guitar player even told him he was sick of his bullying halfway through the set. It seemed to be in jest, but maybe something lurks below the surface. Oddly enough, at the beginning of the set, the singer made mention of the 15 lbs he had recently put on. But then he mentioned they were from long island, so it made sense. Surely he’ll be back in shape by beach season. Other than attitude, the voice was so-so. Good handle on melody, though no memorable lyrics other than “I want to die face down in your vagina”. And well, let’s face it—there is absolutely nothing wrong with that in the slightest. Sometimes all you need is a sneer, a swagger, and a song about p*$$y.

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Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers were next. They were of course, the act the crowd had come to see, and they delivered. Even though Jake Burns has put on some weight and age, he made no mention of it, and the band played the set like a bunch of upstarts. It was advertised beforehand that they were going to perform the 1979 breakout album “Inflammable Material”, in its entirety. They performed a good half hour to 45 minute set before even launching into “Suspect Device.” By the time “Alternative Ulster” entered the set, this writer was a tad drunk, and entirely satisfied, and glad to say he’d been there.

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Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers

 



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