The Harrington Saints stomp their way into Boston at the Midway Cafe supported by Taxi Driver and Barfight Champs.
Barfight Champs played their first show, opening for Menace UK at Firehouse 13, which was recently covered by Â National Rock Review. They follow up with their second show, opening for another national touring act, The Harrigton Saints. They are finishing up their first EP.
BCÂ opened with â€œG.L.C. Anthem,â€ â€œTold Them So,â€ and â€œWorking Class Poor.â€ Â Singer Frankie Chairs started â€œOld School Mentalityâ€ with his open thoughts on society today being too soft and having no accountability. Frankie wished things were more like they were in the times of our parents and grandparents. The Barfight Champs closed with â€œKing Of Foolsâ€ and â€œBarfight Champs.â€
Taxi Driver was on point, Â proving once again, why they are one of the go to local bands to support touring national acts in Boston. Their Are you looking at me? attitude comes out in their aggressive set blending metal, hardcore, punk, and Oi! covers and originals.
Their set included: â€œTroop,â€ â€œNot Safe,â€ â€œPoi,â€ â€œLeft For Dead,â€ â€œTrench,â€ â€œSouth Of Heaven (Slayer),â€ â€œPride,â€ â€œHell Ride,â€ and â€œTill The End (The Bruisers).â€
The Harrington Saints (The Saints) are from the East San Francisco Bay area of California and formed in 2005. Their style is a combination of blue collar pub rock and streetpunk Oi! The songs are all about the working class struggle, politics, and raising pints.
This was the first time in their nine years together that The Saints played Boston. It seemed like they were making up for lost time, playing dozens of shows across the eastern US.
The Saints released their first EP, Sounds Of The Street, in 2007 followed by their first full length album, Dead Broke In The USA, which was released in 2009. They are currently supporting their latest, Pride And Tradition, released in 2012.
Singer Darrel Wojick jumped off the stage for a non-stop high energy set, complete with crowd participation moshing, through group singalongs. Drummer Forrest Marstretti and Bassist Mike â€œDeuceâ€ Miller held a tight bottom end while gutiarists Mike C. and Jayson Shepard chugged and growled through one punk rock anthemÂ after another.
Their set included: â€œJerry Was A Skin,â€ â€œRevolution,â€ â€œWorking Class Friday Night,â€ â€œKids Want More,â€ â€œPut Your Boots Back On,â€ â€œFactories,â€ â€œRob A Bank,â€ â€œSlogans On The Wall,â€ â€œBootstraps,â€ â€œSaturdays In The Sun,â€ â€œRazors In The Night,â€ â€œSounds Of The Street,â€ â€œNation Divided,â€ â€œUpright Citizen,â€ and â€œWorking.â€
There were whispersÂ that night of Harrington Saints and Taxi Driver doing a 7-inch split. Let’s hope those rumors are true so we can get a great two for one release.