Photos and text by Nate Watters
Last week, Against Me! brought a sold out (and then some, I’m pretty sure) crowd to Neumos supported by Canadian metal geniuses, Cancer Bats as well as local Seattle favorites, Jaguar Love. I was on hand to experience this amazing event and snap a few photos of the action!
Cancer Bats were a hell of a way to start the show and played a truly impressive set of metal tunes, including a gnarly cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabatoge”. They immediately had the crowd worked in to a frenzy that lasted the entire length of their set and had them shouting for more afterward.
I’m not sure what the crowd thought of Jaguar Love at first. I’d heard they were a great band, but I wasn’t sure what to expect, either. By the second song, it seemed like everyone in the place was pleased with what they were hearing from the former members of Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves. Johnny Whitney’s truly unique vocals are still resonating in my brain.
By the time the all-grown-up punks Against Me! took to the stage and started playing, Neumos was so packed that I’d been pushed from my original spot near the front of the stage by a long-haired, sweaty, shirtless Dude who insisted on rocking as hard as possible and swinging his hair in circles. He seemed to be having fun (I guess) and I wasn’t going to stop him; I was actually happy to move to the side of the stage where I still managed to snap a few decent shots of the band without sweat-soaked hair smearing my lens. The band played enough old material to keep the die-hards happy and rocked plenty of their newer stuff as well, which I still find to be really good despite what all the O.G.s say. Aside from the two girls who got in to a shouting match over who was standing in which spot, everyone seemed to have a blast watching the show and singing along. Definitely a show worth seeing when these guys come back through town!