Dillinger Four, October 14, 2008

Brooklyn, NY

There were a lot of kids outside, and they had a lot of beer.

The place was Todd P’s impressive new Danbro Studios Warehouse in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg Industrial Park, and the kids were there to celebrate Civil War, Dillinger Four’s first new record since 2002’s Situationist Comedy. This was to be the final New York appearance by the Ergs, who were joined by the Measure and Carnal Knowledge to round out the bill.

Before we get into it, I’ll say that this place is one of the best venues I’ve seen. Formerly used by a Prohibition-era brewery, the warehouse offers vaulted ceilings, a huge outdoor patio with bathrooms and a city view, and a makeshift bar presided over by insufferably hip bartenders serving beers and vodka. It’s a striking place to be, no less see a show. I half-expected a mustachioed Daniel Day Lewis to stumble out of some back room carrying a musket and a flask.

Sorry to say that my cohorts and I missed the first two bands, arriving only after the back of the stage collapsed while the Ergs played. Even with the technical problems, the fans went off for the pop-punk band, especially for a slightly sped up version of “Everything Falls Apart (and More)” from 2005’s already classic Dorkrockcorkrod.

Dillinger Four was next. I’ve heard rumors about the Midwestern foursome’s live show since the beginning of the century, from message board mutterings about the time both Paddy and Eric were sick from drink and spilling vomit into buckets to ravings from various acquaintances that detailed their ferocity and stage talent. The first story remains unconfirmed, but the second comes from a place of pure truth.

They played only a few songs off of Civil War, instead focusing on songs from Midwestern Songs of the Americas, Versus God, and Situationist Comedy. The floor was a pendulum, falling left, falling right, kids bouncing off one another, some threatening to leap from staircase adjacent to the stage, others diving from the speakers onto the throng of weirdos beneath. Fan favorites included “Doublewhiskeycokenoice” (D! 4!), “D4: Putting the ‘F’ back in Art”, and “Gainesville”, with its chorus, a pledge of allegiance to a late-fall Indian summer, uniting the crowd under the leafy banner of a punk rock October.

-Joe Allocco

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