Nobodys Hero, To Be Hated, Enough!, M66, and a Dog's Fourth Birthday

Nobodys Hero, To Be Hated, Enough!, and M66

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Churchill's Pub

Better Than: Ben Weasel's punk rock mess at SXSW the night before.

According to Nobodys Hero's Joe Koontz, "Someone stole one of the urinals from the men's bathroom." He also politely asked, "If you have that, please return it."

Had someone actually returned the missing urinal, we wouldn't have been surprised if they and twelve other show attendees reconected it to the house waterline and got it working smoothly.

Last night's show was a beautiful display of Miami's punk rock scene at its finest. Aside from the hell-raising local music, there was a spirit of community and comradery that makes us really happy to have a place like Churchill's. It's a special place where kids can breakdance as a circle pit thrashes around them. It's a glorious place where anyone can come onstage and be part of the band, even if for just a few seconds.

For a bunch of bands singing about isolation, anger, and getting stepped on by the man, the feeling in the air was a joyful one. The punk rock show is a safehouse from the battlefield that is daily life, and the crowd loves and needs this music to survive. Without it, they're fucked. Because of it, they're alive.

"Wait a minute, are we tuned?" asked Enough! bassist Mikey Steel. And frontman Fabio Destroyio said, "I think so." The drummer, Homer, forced them into their first song and they were flung into a set of fast punk blasters.

This band has no time for fucking around. OK, maybe a little time for tasty guitar solos with some synchronized crazy facial expressions by Destroyio. But other than that ... No fucking around! Just brutally speedy songs powered by Homer's spot-on drumming, Steel's pulsating bass, and Destroyio's pitch-perfect vocals. 

Destroyio was extremely happy up there. His band was celebrating the release of their CD, his friends in Nobodys Hero and To Be Hated had new discs too, and his best friend, Doggio, turned four years old. As Doggio, in a bowtie watched from the side of the stage, Destroyio wished him a happy birthday, and told the crowd, "Anyone who loves their dog can relate to me. Everyone else can think I'm crazy!"

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: When it comes to local shows, especially punk shows at Churchill's, I'm always focusing on the good things. It just so happens that last night was full of good things.

Random Detail: An angry guy that looked like Pauly D -- blowout, muscle shirt, muscles. he got dragged into the pit by a girl half his size.

Nobodys Hero's Setlist:

-"Effective Aggression"

-"Keep Up The Fight"

-"Wrong Way"

-"La Reformacion Final"

-"Can't Take This"

-"By Your Side"

-"Worldwide Fratricide"

-"Stand United"

-"The Creeps" (Social Distortion Cover)

-"All Fall Down" (AAA Cover)

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Jose Flores