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VIOLENT FEMMES: Live in San Francisco

violent-femmes10.05.16 THE FILLMORE, SAN FRANCISCO

Do you like American Music?

As the splendid and resurgent Violent Femmes closed out the first of two sell out gigs at the legendary Fillmore, San Francisco, the massively appreciative crowd sang along whether encouraged to do so or not.

About an hour and 45 minutes earlier, the very same crowd was belting out Blister in the Sun along with the band on stage. There had been a great deal of murmuring about the enormous saxophone looking instrument on the left of the stage (a quick web search tells me it was a ‘sub-contra bass sax’) and when it was put to use, it made an unearthly bass growl…more of that later!

violent-femmesThe 22 song set was full of crowd favourites with Kiss Off, Prove my Love and Gone Daddy Gone all shaking the venue to its rafters. For me Country Death Song made the hairs stand on the back of my neck whilst new songs from the recently released album We Can Do Anything, including Issues and I Could Be Anything, which were just as good as the old stuff.

The saxophone and second guitarist really added depth to the set with Breakin’ Up almost veering into free jazz experimentation – it was one of the highlights of a night filled with peaks. The set ended with Add It Up before the two song encore sending the crowd wild with American Music.

Do you like American music? Well, when it is played with this much passion, skill and genuine enjoyment, I love American Music…The Violent Femmes delivered the best performance of the year for me so far…I’m still smiling…it was that good…

Stumpy – Punk Online

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