Philadelphia, PA – The Interrupters landed in the City of Brotherly Love on their Fight the Good Fight Tour at the Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA on November 6, 2019. This band brings an abundance of firepower, energy and enthusiasm to every show they play and it was clear that the audience appreciated every drop.
Sharp/Shock, a band hailing from sunny California, kicked off the night with a heavy and polished style of punk rock reminiscent of the 90’s Fall-Out Boy and Green Day. This trio packed in a lot of energy combined with creative song-writing and heart pounding percussion.
Singer/guitarist J. Davey Warsop, bassist/vocalist Dan Smith, and Jared Shavelson, a jazz-trained drummer from New Jersey, shared their love of Philly and boasted a 17-minute run up the Art Museum stairs to the Rocky statue. Check out their video for “Away From the Man” HERE.
Next up was Skinny Lister, by way of London. Six band members, a melodeon and a double bass were paraded to the stage to stomp out a 40-minute fist-pumping set. This was a fun band to watch and it was exciting to see such a wide range of skills assembled! With four albums under their belt and over a decade of touring in Europe and America, the talent was well-appreciated.
Dan Heptinstall (lead vocals, guitar and stomp box), Max Thomas (melodeon, mandolin and vocals), Lorna Thomas (vocals), Thom Mills (drums), Sam “Mule” Brace (guitar, concertina, vocals, mandolin) and Scott Milsom (double bass, bass guitar and vocals) delivered an amazing set! Watch their new video for “Second Amendment” HERE.
As the lights dimmed under the blue haze of LED’s, the vast stage was quickly cleared leaving only the drum kit and keyboards. There was going to be some action about to erupt and the band needed plenty of room!
The Interrupters opened with “A Friend Like Me”, as the Bivona brothers – Justin (bass), Kevin (guitar) and Jesse (drums) – raced to the stage, clearing a path for Aimee Interrupter (lead vocals). With a voice that gut-punched the audience to say “We Are Here!”, the band was complete and they were not about to let up as they made their way into the night.
The audience was a mix of young, enthusiastic kids, as well as us older kids, some millennials, and I swear I even spotted my parents. Aimee played the audience like Billy Joel plays piano, touching so many hearts and hands. There was a mutual respect between fans and artist that existed. With a 20+ song setlist, the band concluded with their smash hit “Kerosene” and took us almost to midnight.
A Friend Like Me
By My Side
Take Back the Power
Haven’t Seen the Last of Me
Bad Guy (Billie Eilish cover)
Easy on You
Got Each Other
Rumors and Gossip
A Message To You Rudy (The Specials cover)
On a Turntable
She Got Arrested
Gave You Everything
Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams cover)
A Friend Like Me (reprise)
Be sure to check out The Interrupters as they make their way around on the “Fight the Good Fight” tour. The band who also just made me dust off my Clash and Ramones records!
Show Date: November 6, 2019