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Just Short Of Living,
Rise Against,
and Reach The Sky
August 25, 2001
At Fitzgerald's
Houston, TX

by Samuel Barker
August 27, 2001

File Under: Hardcore/Punk
bands performing
1. Just Short Of Living 
2. Rise Against 
3. Reach The Sky 
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  • Fat Wreck Chords
  • Victory Records
  • Rise Against
  • Reach They Sky
  • When I first got to this show, I knew it the crowd was going to suck. The show wasn't promoted at all, and there were four kids there when I arrived. As it turned out, these four kids were the opening band. As the start of the show drew closer, the place filled up little bit. I was still disappointed by the the lack of promotion given to the show.

    The opening band that played wasn't too stellar. They had a lot of spirit, but they didn't really do anything for me. They were a typical teenage hardcore band, and need to mature a little to get it all together. They had a good basis for growth, but they weren't at the their peak level yet. Nonetheless, they got the audience (now about 15 kids) warmed up well.

    The next band of the night was Rise Against. I was stoked to see them, I really enjoyed their album and knew they were going to put on a great show.

    By the time they began the audience was about 25 kids deep and about as full as it got for the rest of the night. This didn't seem to bother any of the bands who played, they still went as hard as they could and got the house moving. I was impressed by their refusal to give up and they were all rewarded by a small group of kids who were complete fans.

    Rise Against began with "Alive and Well," the opener of their debut album, The Unraveling. Tim, the lead vocalist, went full blast the entirety of the set. The rest of the band followed. Joe, the bassist, was off the hook as well. He was constantly jumping, singing backups, and going full speed ahead. I thoroughly enjoyed Rise Against's set and look forward to seeing them play to a packed house in the future.

    The final band of the night was Boston's Reach The Sky. As history reoccurs you'd be forced to believe this band was cursed when it came to playing in Houston. Despite playing a sold out show with the Dropkick Murphys in March, a mistake at the door caused only a handful of people to make it up to see their set. Here we had a few more kids, but once again, not the crowd this band deserves.

    Reach The Sky proceeded to play to the kids as hard as they could and in return the kids sang along, danced, and got wild. It was a lot of fun to be in such a focused audience. There were no poser kids trying to look cool, or jocks trying to beat anyone up, it was just RTS fans singing and having the night of their life.

    I was disappointed at first, but at the end of the show it was a great scene to be a part of. I hope next time a few more kids will make it out to the show, but I also hope they're as enthusiastic and energetic as this small group of fans were. Till next time, take care and fight the good fight.

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