SHOWS I SEEN: Insubordination Fest 2013 – June 27th-29th 2013 – The Ottobar

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
June 27th-29th 2013
Insub Fest 2013
I saw most of the bands, if they’re not listed I either missed them or just drank too much to remember.


Steinways – A super fun set by the Steinways as always. I’m glad they did a reunion for Insub fest this year. This was my favorite set of the night.

Mikey Erg! – Not quite as good as some of the other Mikey Erg sets I’ve seen, not as many Ergs songs as normal and no Psyched to Die ones, but it was still really good. He covered ‘Sweet Iron Lady’, it was pretty fucking great.

Houseboat – It’s a bit unfair to compare Houseboat’s set this year to their one last year but for some reason I have to. This year’s set wasn’t as good but 2012’s would have been hard to top anyway. That’s alright though Houseboat still brought a great set that was pretty fun.

Team Stray – I don’t really remember much of this set, I blame the alcohol.

Slow Death – I also don’t remember much of this set for the same reason.

Rational Anthem – Rational Anthem was fucking awesome as always, they were just about the best set of the night (Steinways beat them by just a hair). Everyone should see this band a million times.

Young Rochelles and the Quarantines I missed despite wanting to see them again.

Trashkanistan – Trash was awesome as always, I wish there were more people drunkenly singing along but there were a few up there. Shit was fun.

Flamingo Nosebleed and the Meeps I also missed despite really wanting to see Flamingo Nosebleed.

Hellstroms – I came in a little late but I think I only missed like two songs. Hellstroms were awesome, I’d say they were a great opener to Insub but there really should have been more people watching. They covered ‘Fist Fight in the Parking Lot’; it was one of the highlights of the weekend.


Dog Party – Dog Party was pretty decent, though I was unaware of how young they were so I’ll upgrade it to they’re really good.

Dead North – First time I’ve Seen Dead North and they were pretty great. They played all the songs I was hoping for too.

Paper Dragons – I’m so glad this band decided to get back together. Their set was fucking great and I think they impressed a lot of people there.

Direct Hit – I only caught part of their set but what I saw was pretty fun.

Sick Sick Birds – My favorite Baltimore band, they had a great set as always, I think a lot of people took notice to them as well.

Dead Mechanical – Dead Mechanical is a band that out of town folks seem to love. There was a decent amount of people for this one and they played a quality set like they always do.

Night Birds – Night Birds are one of those bands that you can’t resist partying when they play. They’re always incredible and just destroy whatever is in front of them. This set was no exception, and then they went and closed it with a Ramones cover for good measure.

Kepi Ghoulie – There’s always one set that I expect to just be alright and they totally just blow me away, this year Kepi was that set. I’ve seen Kepi play every year and it’s always alright but this was so much fun. There were balloons, a sharkcam and a big ol party, but it wasn’t too much over the top which had been a problem in the past. This was my favorite set of the weekend.

Copyrights – As always the Copyrights were fun. I was so beat by the time they played I was just going to stand on the sidelines and observe. That only lasted about 1/3 of the set or so then I had to get in and go up front.


Danny Vapid & The Cheats – I wasn’t super excited for this set just because they were such a disappointment last year. Luckily I guess they were aware of that fact and fixed things this year. They totally brought it and I couldn’t have been happier, finally a really good Danny Vapid & The Cheats set!

Beatnik Termites – Not a big crowd to watch the Termites, but that’s nothing new (for some reason). The people that were up there were enjoying it though. They had what I’d call and average Beatnik Termites set. Personally I was hoping for more Bubblecore songs.

Candy Hearts – A solid set by the Candy Hearts, no one got hurt this time that I’m aware of so that’s a plus.

Lipstick Homicide – Personally Lipstick Homicide was the real headliner of Saturday. They killed it as always and there were plenty of people partying when they played. This is also a band you need to see a billion times. I think it goes without saying they were the best set of the night.

City Mouse – I was pretty pissed that I missed City Mouse last year so I made sure I caught them this year. They had a pretty solid set, not a ton of people were at the Ottobar yet but the ones that were seemed pretty stoked.

Marshmallows – Even though they weren’t actually the opener for Saturday (I missed Schroeder & The Brillo-Pod) I’m going to say they were a great opener for Saturday. They played a good set; I think they were even better than last time.

Weekly Label Profile: Insubordination Records

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Name: Insubordination Records
Lifespan: 1996-Current
Web Site:
Notable Releases/Bands: Apers, Backseat Virgins, Be My Doppleganger, Beatnik Termites, Copyrights, For Science, Hard-Ons, Proteens, Radio With Guts, Unlovables
Started by Reggie Silvestri and Pat Kim in 1996 for Beatnik Termites albums, the label quickly grew from there and Chris Thacker was welcomed on board. In 2004 Mark Enoch brought Knock Knock Records into Insubordination Records and things continued to grow from there. Even today Insubordination records is well known for putting out quality pop punk for many years now, not to mention the now yearly Insubordination Fest in Baltimore, 3 days of pop punk that everybody loves

Insubordination Fest Line-up

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Insubordination Fest Pre-Show
June 24th

The Ottobar
2549 N. Howard Street
Baltimore MD 21218

MC Chris
Automatics, The
Charlie Brown
Dirt Bike Annie

Insubordination Fest 2010
June 25th and 26th

407 E Saratoga St
Baltimore, MD 21202

American Steel
Baracuda McMurder
Be My Doppelganger
Beatnik Termites
Blacklist Royals
Black Wine
Chinese Telephones
Dead Mechanical
Dear Landlord
Flamingo Nosebleed
Impulse International
Jetty Boys
Kepi Ghoulie and Friends
Less Than Jake
Max Levine Ensemble
Methadones (Playing “21st Century Power Pop Riot” in it’s entirety)
Night Birds
Noise By Numbers
Off With Their Heads
Smoking Popes
Teenage Bottlerocket
Varsity Weirdos

Canada Invasion at the Insubordination Fest 2010
Presented by Merman Records
Friday June 25th

Sonar, Second Stage

Old Wives
Roman Line

There are still a few bands TBA, I will update this list as they are confirmed.

REVIEW: Short Attention: Insubordination Fest 2007 CD/DVD

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shortinsubEverybody’s favorite thirty second song pop punk band, Short Attention, played Insubordination Fest 2007 (along with a lot of other great bands). If you weren’t able to make it out or simply want to relive they’re killer thirty seven song set all you’ve got to do is go on over to Insubordination Records site and pick up this CD/DVD set. You get, as you may have guessed, a CD and a DVD of the set they played. They throw a lot of their jams in here as well as some quick cover songs. As with the other Insubordination Fest 2007 both video and sound quality are pretty good for this live recording. If you’re down for some quick catchy songs about everything from Toilet Paper to Asian Girls you’ll like Short Attention. And sense this super group rarely tours or plays shows this CD/DVD is a rare treat to see them live.

1. Quit Your Job
2. Numbers
3. Another Girl
4. Double Duce
5. John Locke
6. Freakshow
7. Pointless Breakup Song
8. Cabbage
9. The Moon
10. Suburban Grit
11. You Suck
12. Kill the DJ
13. Dentonator
14. Bitch
15. Lunch Break
16. Co-Ed Kelly #12
17. Slept the Night Alone
18. On the Last
19. Friday Night
20. Cellphone
21. Dislikes: Anyone Who Drinks Pepsi
22. You’re Going to the Storm
23. We Just Go On
24. That Prozac Instant
25. Cabin Fever
26. Pat
27. Tortoise and Hare
28. Revolving Door
29. Sister Ray (Abridged)
30. Raptor Island
31. Quiz
32. Out of Toilet Paper
33. Pop Ice
34. I Have an Unhealthy Thing With Asian Girls
35. Tom’s Afraid of Clowns
36. Don’t Start a Band
37. Grape Crush

Get it from Insubordination Records HERE

Get Insubordination Fest 2007 from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Steinways: Insubordination Fest 2007 CD/DVD

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4pnl_folderThe Steinways played Insubordination Fest 2007, Insubordination was kind enough to release CD/DVD sets of a fair amount of the band that played the fest that year, The Steinways were one. This was great not only do you get a live Steinways CD you get a Steinways DVD too! The price was right as well. We’ve got a thirteen song set including some great pop punk material here. If you’re a fan of the Steinways you should have this, you can still get it pretty cheap off the Insubordination Records site last time I checked, the sound quality is great and video quality is pretty good. With the Steinways broken up it looks like we’re not getting anything else out of them this is a welcome addition to their catalog seeing as they only had a hand full of releases before their split. If you missed Insubordination Fest 2007 you can now at least catch their set on DVD.

1. Die Today
2. Missed the Boat
3. Milk Was A Bad Choice
4. Good Morning Sunshine
5. Oh My Fucking Gosh
6. Fruitmarket Fantasy
7. Dead Boyfriend
8. Dear Girl
9. Are You Fucking Kidding Me
10. Holy Shit
11. Chopsticks McVilla
12. Carrie Goldberg
13. How To End A Steinways Set

Get it from Insubordination Records HERE

Get The Steinways Insubordination Fest 2007 from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: The Ergs! Insubordination Fest 2007 CD/DVD

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4pnl_folderMy favorite new school pop punk bands played Insubordination Fest 2007, I missed the fest. Insubordination Records released a CD/DVD set of The Ergs! set, I bought it. This is the only official live Ergs! release and it’s quite a treat. Audio and video are quite good, the set list is a little short only including eleven songs, but they squeeze some classics in here. The live version of “Jazz Is Like The New Coke” is a must to hear and it’s quite a treat to hear other great Ergs! tunes live for anyone who hasn’t gotten the honor of seeing them. Opening the set as (almost) always “Things I Could Never Find a Way to Say” to the close “Books About Miles Davis”; it just makes me so much angrier that I missed being here. This captures about 20% of the fun of seeing the Ergs! live, but 20% is a lot better than 0%. This is a must for any Ergs! fan.

1. Things I Could Never Find A Way To Say
2. Kind Of Like Smitten
3. Jazz Is Like The New Coke
4. Bike Shoppe
5. First Song, Side One
6. A Very Pretty Song For A Very
7. Special Young Lady Part 2
8. Most Violent Rap Group
9. Pray For Rain
10. Saturday Nite Crap-O-Rama
11. Books About Miles Davis

Get it from Insubordination Records HERE

Get it from Amazon HERE


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