Somewhere in the past decade the punk movement realised that it had a lot in common with the folk movement, in its DIY aesthetic and the anti-establishment sentiment.
And in a certain strain of the former, it has become de rigeur to express a love for the latter.
This tour is the ultimate expression of that, with several American punk acts’ lead singers paring their acts down to the bare acoustics.
Styled as a revue rather than a straightforward tour, the four names dip in and out of each other’s sets, resulting in three solid hours of music.
The camaraderie between the acts is clear. On this last night of the tour, The Loved Ones’ Dave Hause takes the first set, followed by tour instigator Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan’s popular countrified stint.
Alkaline Trio mainman Dan Andriano provokes mass singalongs, but when asked to play something he likes, he whips out a surprising cover of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here,
Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon is clearly the night’s biggest draw. With an amazing cover of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold that melds into Rocking in the Free World, before going back into the original song, it’s the night’s high point. When he launches into his band’s American Slang, joined by the rest of the guys, the crowd goes wild.
Anger is an energy, but this is proof that it doesn’t need to be electrified.