Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Anberlin, Alkaline Trio, the Kooks, Flogging Molly at Bank Of America Pavilion, September 14, 2008
Gustav or Ike it wasn’t. Yeah, it’s hard to complain about the weather when Texas is getting shmeared by a hurricane. Still, a boisterous, oddly diverse crowd of young and old, nerd and chic, shit-faced and sober alike braved the rain at Bank of America Pavilion Saturday night for WFNX Disorientation 2008, the Phoenix’s corporate cousin’s annual first-semester extravaganza. The five-act line-up kicked off with Brit-rock intercontinental darlings of the moment, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and emergency fill-in Anberlin, who stepped in after Rogue Wave pulled out when guitarist Zack Rogue threw out his back.
As is typical at the Pavilion, as the sky got darker, the crowd got thicker and feistier. Alkaline Trio blended punk, pop, and spunky harmonies on “Mercy Me” and “Warbrain,” off the 2004 compilation album Rock Against Bush — which, as guitarist Matt Skiba pointed out to the Obama-friendly crowd, “is now ‘Rock Against McCain.’ ”
The Kooks surprised by opening with their smash-single “Always Where I Need To Be,” a move that proved wise and teen-girl friendly. One mumble of frontman Luke Pritchard’s unintelligible cockneyisms was enough to make the XX chromosomes drop their figurative panties. Pritchard (who looks like an even further disheveled Andy Samberg) and company knocked out an electrified set, his voice soaring to what you could argue is the least creepy falsetto in modern rock on “One Last Time,” then seducing everyone with a participatory take on “Do You Wanna.”
By the time headliners Flogging Molly took the stage, the crowd was ready for pennywhistle punk. Molly punctuated their set with “Requiem for a Dying Song,” evoking a hardcore St. Patrick’s Day. And what better Boston venue for that than just up the street from Southie?
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