Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Bronx vs. Bad Religion

Tuesday night there was a legendary line-up at St. Andrew's Hall. Punk rockers Bad Religion headed to town with support from The Bronx and Polar Bear Club. Despite the somewhat hefty ticket price after taxes and fees, the place was packed.

The Bronx added on to this tour after the fact replacing Against Me!, who was originally set to play. That was a pleasant surprise for me,  about half the crowd at St. Andrew's were also mainly there for The Bronx. No discredit to Bad Religion, but The Bronx stole the show. Bad Religion pleased the crowd with their high energy, fan favorites and new tunes. The Bronx were equally as energetic and have gained quite the following since their last visit to Metro-Detroit a few years ago. There were a lot of long time fans in the crowd, but I talked to a lot of people that were also seeing them for the first time.Whether you were around since the beginning or just got into them, you probably had the same opinion. The Bronx fucking ruled. 
Both Bad Religion and The Bronx recently released new full length albums. It had been a while since fans heard new songs from either of the two, but it was worth the wait. If you haven't checked out The Bronx (IV) or Bad Religion's True North make sure you add both to the list of albums to pick up. If you missed out on Tuesday's show, you will have a chance to catch The Bronx again at Orion Music and More this summer, but that one will also come with a hefty price tag. For more info on that, visit the website here. Keep an eye out on Bad Religion's Facebook for updates on when they'll be coming to town again. Or you can hop in the car to catch them in Columbus on Thursday night or Chicago on Friday. The band will be heading over seas for most of the summer. So, if you're a big fan, it's probably worth the drive.


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