New Brunswick ska punks, Streetlight Manifesto recently cruised through Philly’s TLA venue with friends and Maryland reggae rockers, Lionize, as part of the bands’ national US tour. Per usual, Blow The Scene was on hand to capture an exclusive set of photos for your viewing pleasure that can be viewed below.
Streetlight Manifesto are currently gearing up to release their fifth studio album, The Hands That Thieve, in conjunction with singer/guitarist Toh Kay‘s The Hand That Thieves, both available for pre-order now. Streetlight Manifesto’s installment was originally slated for a Nov 6, 2012 release, but has been pushed back to “mid-January” due to “rewrites.”
Confused? Don’t be. The Toh Kay album The Hand That Thieves is a companion piece to Streetlight Manifesto‘s The Hands That Thieve, with each song performed by Toh Kay and his acoustic trio. The album has a slower, laid back and late night feel.
The mood was anything but laid back as Streetlight Manifesto took the stage to the thunderous applause of a packed house at the TLA. The band proceeded to wail through an adrenaline-fueled barrage of tracks with more brass action than you can shake a stick at. Since the days of Catch 22 in the early 90s, the members of Streetlight Manifesto have harnessed and fine-tuned a ska sound that is nothing short of an institution in 2013. Offering one of the last great ska experiences of the East Coast, Streetlight Manifesto are showing no signs of slowing down.
Rounding out this two-band rager, were our friends in Lionize. This band has kept up a incredible touring pace for the last several years and in 2011 became the first band to tour Warped Tour and Bonnaroo in the same year. The band is currently gearing up to begin recording a new album as a follow-up to the underground hit, Superczar and the Vulture, produced by the famed J. Robbins. The performance proved to be one of best we’ve seen from Lionize who commanded the packed audience with an infectious blend of meaty rock riffs and thick reggae.
Photos by BTS’s Joshua T. Cohen.