Thursday, August 26, 2010

H2O on a mothaf*ckin' Boat!

Yeah I know this show happened on Sunday, and yeah I know that today is Thursday. I've been debating with myself on what exactly to write about this show. H2O has been around for years, and to simply talk about how good the show was wouldn't do them justice. Obviously they put on a good show, or they wouldn't still be around. It was a good show -- no, fuck that, it was a GREAT show. Now that that's out of the way, lets get into some of my observations.

Overall, it was one of the greatest trips to a show out of the area that I've ever been to. Kate came with me, and it was a different experience going into the city with her than when I've gone with my other friends. I didn't drink at all, which I'm not saying to get a pat on the back or anything, but I think it made it more enjoyable not being bombed for H2O's set.

The boat was like nothing I've ever seen before. I mean I've been on boat tours around NYC before, so I had an idea of what to expect, but this boat was sick. It was a party boat, so it was basically a floating reception hall, but it was as large as I expected it to be. The area that H2O played was small, and kept it (for lack of a better term) intimate.

H2O played for almost an hour and a half which was amazing. They played just about everything I was in the mood to hear, and even though I was disappointed that Freddy Madball wasn't going to be there (Madball is touring Europe with Agnostic Front currently) to sing his part in "Guilty By Association", it was more than made up for when Scott Vogel from Terror filled in. To top it off, John Joseph and Mackie from Cro-Mags came out and did a couple of Cro-Mags songs.

Since the boat was small (relatively speaking), there wasn't a designated pit area. It was basically just a ton of people, crammed into a small area trying to do their thing. Usually this kind of stuff pisses me off because there's always some meathead pushing and being an asshole, but it didn't bother me so much this time. There was pushing, and occasionally someone would try and shove me out of the way to get closer, but I was so focused on what was going on in front of me that I didn't let it bother me.

Overall, this is definitely in my top 3 shows without a doubt. This was H2O's last U.S. show for the remainder of 2010, and I am stoked that I won tickets to it from the Black and Blue Takeover on East Village Radio.

One last thing that I want to mention is that Toby Morse is not only doing his thing with H2O, but he's also going around to schools talking to students about the things he strongly believes in. While I'm not straight edge by any stretch of the imagination, I am a father, and I believe that it's important that kids know that they don't have to drink or smoke pot (or other drugs for that matter) just to fit in. The man sings about living with a PMA, and he lives it. Go check out One Life One Chance


  1. I couldn't agree with you more! Definitely toward the top of my list of favorite shows. Takes the prize for the most unique venue! Hardcore has taken me to shows in parks, on boats, backyards, basements, and in local VFW style halls with BINGO boards on the walls. I'm almost weirded out when I go to a an actual club for a show. I must say that I have more fun at shows that are not at a club, though. Don't get me started on DIY again...

  2. Haha, I didn't realize you won the tickets off of the BNB Takeover. That's cool. Good thing you two got to go because there's a good chance that there won't be anymore boat shows thanks to some idiots at a hip hop show stabbing someone and another show someone getting drunk and jumping off the boat. Sucks because once again a fun time gets nipped in the bud for the future.

    Still, this is an experience that anyone who got to go can take with them for the rest of their lives. This is something that will go far beyond any "concert" where you have to sit 200 yards away from the band and barely see anything, that's for sure.

  3. That show was a lot of fun. Walt, I'm sorry you couldn't make it, although I did see someone in the crowd that slightly resembled you, then realized that it wasn't. haha.

    I will say that little Maximus, stole the frickin' show. He was all over the place on "stage", grabbing the mic., and I've got some video footage of him playing TF's drums after the set was over. The little booger can play pretty well.

    That show was definitely one of the best I've been too. Glad I made the long haul from WV, again.