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August 11, 2001
At Fitzgerald's
Houston, TX

by Samuel Barker
August 27, 2001

Talk about getting stoked for a show, three great hardcore bands coming to town for a show, and a local upstart getting the opening nod. Fun was to be had by all who attended this show, and lots attended.

The first band of the night was local up and comers, Game Over. This was definitely a good chance for them to get a larger audience around Houston, and they made the most of it. They had a lot of energy and they kept the crowd into it. I was really impressed with a young band that was able to get everyone there trying to save energy for the big guns up and running. At times I got bored with the set due to the repetitive sound, but for the most part, it was a lot of fun.

The next band up was Kill Your Idols. This band put on a good show. First off, the entire band was bouncing off the walls, they had an incredible energy level. Lead vocalist, Andy, was able to let everyone sing along and have a good time. They played songs off their new album as well as older cuts. The opening chords of "Funeral For A Feeling" opened the flood gate and people didn't stop dancing and screaming the words until the set was done. It was definitely a fun set. I also liked how Andy tried to inform kids that there are great local bands everywhere, so support your scene!

The third band of the night was Death By Stereo. DBS is insane. Their lead vocalist didn't stop jumping around the entire set. He was in the crowd, out of the crowd. He was singing, letting others sing. The guitarists were running all over, as was the bassist. It was pure energy the entire set, I have never seen a band that went off and had as much fun as these guys. I wish every band played this hard.

The final band of the night was Good Riddance. As always, Good Riddance put on a great show. They played songs from all their albums and everyone had a good time with the set. I was impressed with the energy Luke Pabish(guitar) had. Last time I saw them he didn't move much, but on this night he was moving a lot. Vocalist, Russ Rankin, had a lot of energy as well. The only thing I didn't like was that he stood right on the edge of the stage and never let anyone sing along in the mic.

A humorous moment of the night was when a crowd surfer got caught on stage as a song ended and Chuck Platt(Bassist) grabbed him a proclaimed him to be his new "bitch." However, he didn't violate the poor boy, he allowed him to escape the stage with nothing hurt but his pride.

The entire show was full of energetic bands and hard punk music. It was really a fun time for everyone who showed up. As always, we met a lot of cool people, saw a lot of cool bands, and had a great time. Hope to see you in the crowd!

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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