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March 9, 2001
At The Wetlands
New York City, NY

by Alex Rud
March 16, 2001

I got to the show 2 hours early because I anticipated a huge crowd turn out for both late and early shows, and why not, the show has been sold out for weeks now. I guess that is why they had 2 shows, so a lot of people could see them. Thanks to Sam, I was on the guest list, so I wasn't worried about if I would get in or not.

I was only planning to attend the early show. Thanks to the huge line I got inside half-way through the Fabulous Disasters' set. Fabulous Disaster is an all-female band. FD play yer typical punk, nothing special, just guitars, bass, drums, and the lead singer screaming. Although the crowd wasn't doing anything to them, it was still pretty good , I guess that is the curse of being the opening band.

Shortly after, Avail took stage. I think they were the best band there by far, they had a kind of melodic-hardcore sound going. They sounded like a mix of 7 Seconds and Sick Of It All, from what I remember.

Avail had 4 people in a band, one of them was a dancer. The dancer looked like a redneck, with his missing front tooth, a mullet, a big beard, and lots of tattoos. I think his purpose was to get the crowd hyped up, and he did just that. The crowd came alive, fueled by the energy the band gave off, and the band, in return, got energy from the crowd; a recipe for a good set. People were stage diving and singing along to the lyrics. If they are as good on CD as they are live, then they definitely got themselves one more fan.

Next came the band that everyone was there to see, Propagandhi. The place got packed tighter than a can of sardines. I was bracing myself for an awesome punk set, instead people were not really reacting much, they were only singing along. It was just not what I had expected from their set at all. I don't know why noone was doing anything, was it the lack of room, or maybe people were tired from Avail, but whatever the reason was, it made the set less enjoyable.

Propagandhi played most of the songs that I like, including: "Anti-Menefesto, " Stick that flag up Your Goddamned Ass, You Sonofabitch," " "Who Will Help Me Bake This Bread," and the crowd favorite "Ska Sux," which pissed me off because I love ska, and I don't agree with them, but I guess they are entitled to their own opinion. Near the end the lead singer announced that it was their 10th year anniversary, congratulations guys!

The show was decent and I had fun. I am sorry to everyone who missed the show because it was sold out. Hopefully you will all see Propagandhi next time they come down from Canada. Hopefully the crowd will be more alive. Peace!

Alex Rud is a Staff Writer. Contact him at arud@rockzone.com.

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