Descendents Rip Through Massive 21 Song Setlist Opening for Rise Against
“…This is probably the 4th or 5th time I’ve seen Descendents perform live, and I’m surprised that this was the first time I’ve been able to photograph them doing their thing.
Descendents are a staple of the punk rock genre. Formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, CA, and have been performing with singer Milo Aukerman, guitarist Stephen Egerton, bassist Karl Alvarez, and drummer Bill Stevenson since 1986. While Milo’s voice may not be as tenor as the Milo Goes To College days, they still deliver a live show that should make any teenage wannabe rocker green with envy.
Right from the jump, when Milo took the stage on what appeared to be a souped-up, red, lowriding bicycle, you could feel the youthful energy The Menzingers instilled reabsorb itself onto the stage. With his trademark glasses, Milo started to spit out the frenetic lyrics to a massive 21 song setlist [peep the photo gallery in Descendent’s photo gallery to check it out!]. Now, keep in mind that. a lot of Descendents repertoire clocks in at under two minutes per cut, but that’s still an impressive feat to float almost instantly from one song to another.
What’s even more impressive is how catchy all of Descendents’ songs still are. “I’m The One”, “Everything Sux”, Suburban Home’… I mean, those songs could easily be extended into 4-minute versions and we’d all still be singing along with the hooks. Descendents released a new album earlier this year, 9th & Walnut, but they only played 3 songs from that album, opening their set with the opening track of their new album (“Sailor’s Choice”) inserting “Night” and “Like The Way I Know” along the way…”
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