Let me start this review off with a confession - The Replacements are my favorite band of all time. The second I saw this show posted, I blindly bought tickets so I could see Tommy Stinson in a small room and had never listened to Bash & Pop’s sole 1993 album - Friday Night Is Killing Me. So, time to do some homework. Upon spending some time with Friday Night Is Killing Me, as well as some VERY good new singles for the upcoming 2nd Bash & Pop album - I was hooked & excited… was a perfect fix for my Replacements need - great American bar rock, with a legend at the helm and a killer backing band, featuring Steve “The Sleeve” Selvidge of the Hold Steady on guitar, Joe “The Kid” Sirois of the Mighty Mighty Bostone’s on drums, and Justin “Carl” Perkins of Screeching Weasel on bass. Also, as an added bonus Mikey Erg (of classic New Jersey power pop/punk greats The Ergs!) was opening with his new project.
Overall, the show was a blast. Bash & Pop were loose and vibing, Tommy was dropping some Tommy-isms and the crowd was feeling it. Despite all this, it’s hard to watch Tommy Stinson and not wish you were seeing The Replacements instead. Bonus points for covering the Stones & Big Star as well!
Go see Bash & Pop if you’re into fun bar rock and they’re coming through your town.
Not This Time
Fast & Hard
Rip This Joint (The Rolling Stones cover)
On the Rocks
Never Wanted to Know
Come To Hide (Tommy Stinson song)
He Means It
Not A Moment Too Soon (Tommy Stinson song)
Anything Could Happen
It's A Drag (Tommy Stinson song)
Destroy Me (Tommy Stinson song)
Nighttime (Big Star cover)
Never Aim To Please