Dedicated to the lovely Ian Mackaye, the man who brought us Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord Records and many more. An inspirational man in hardcore.
The third show at the Wilson Center. Note that Fugazi played at this venue exactly 6 (first show) and 3 months earlier. The band plays a short set of nine songs as part of a benefit for the Christic Institute, and does not headline as both False Prophets and Kingface followed suit on this particular occasion.
However, what this recording lacks in length and sound quality (I’d rate this show as “good” personally), the band definitely makes up in terms of performance. Basically, this is a no-nonsense, straight-up gig that hardly features any stage banter (aside from a tongue-in-cheek sneer at Fidelity Jones for “cashing in on punk rock”), yet includes an overall great and vigorous performance by all.
As was the case at the St. Stephen’s Church Cafeteria a couple of months prior (see FLS0002, September 26, 1987), the Intro to this gig features the outlines of a song that doesn’t seem to have left the drawing board; whereas Ian also added some lyrics to the song at St. Stephen’s Church, we now just get a short instrumental as people gather inside to attend the rest of the concert.
All in all, the somewhat jumbled ending to Bad Mouth and sloppy guitar breakdown at the end of Suggestion are the only (minor) blots on an otherwise very convincing and ardent performance in my book. If pressed to pick a favorite, I’d probably go with And the Same or especially Burning, as Joe prolongs the bass intro to accentuate the mood and Guy literally growls and snarls his way through the lyrics.