Dillinger 4th of July at the Triple Rock, 7/5/13

Dillinger 4th of July at the Triple Rock, 7/5/13
Photo by Erik Hess

Dillinger 4th of July
With Dillinger 4, Riverboat Gamblers, Toys That Kill, Tenement, the Treasure Fleet, and Bitch City
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
Friday, July 5, 2013

On Friday night, Minneapolis punk vets Dillinger Four headlined the second show of what turned out to be a four-night stand to celebrate the annual Dillinger 4th of July. The show featured D4's newest dad Paddy Costello would be sharing the bill with a crew of lively rockers marking a hot night at Triple Rock.

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As Toys That Kill took the stage, the crowd had already seen a full night and a half of the hand-picked favorites of Dillinger Four and the Triple Rock scene. With their crunching guitars and style of punk that verges more on a progressive indie-punk sound the band railed through their own style of driving shout-along anthems that inspired much stage diving from the already well wound up packed house.

Dillinger 4th of July at the Triple Rock, 7/5/13
Photo by Erik Hess

With a full-throttle sound of their own, Austin's Riverboat Gamblers were no strangers to the Triple Rock and have long been associated with Dillinger Four. As purveyors of their own sound that veers to a more hardcore flavor, they had the audience singing along to their intricately composed melodies and inspired verses. Lead singer Mike Wiebe commanded the stage and took several dives from atop the guitar amplifiers.

"I don't like it, I won't fight!" he sang with his passionate vocals and intense delivery he channeled the energy whilst crowd-surfing and managing to play the tambourine. It was a real treat for the crowd to have Riverboat Gamblers come all the way from Texas for the occasion.

Finally after much more drinking in the crowd Dillinger Four were up next "This first song is about puppets! Happy D4th of July!" Paddy Costello proclaimed from the stage.


Though this was their first show in a while, things progressed as they tend to do at Dillinger Four shows. The band and audience truly became one. At times the band weren't exactly a well-polished machine, but more people on stage and in the crowd singing the songs more than made up for it. With a constant rush of stage divers and body surfers, there was so much debris flying about the Triple Rock floor. Complete chaos at times made the special occasion all the more the spectacle.

Dillinger 4th of July at the Triple Rock, 7/5/13
Dillinger 4th of July at the Triple Rock, 7/5/13
Photos by Erik Hess

In what they aren't totally sure is the 13th or 14th D4th of July, the now festival-sized occasion felt like a real triumph with so many friends and long loyal fans made sure to represent, "Well, I guess we've made it this far? How many came from out of Minnesota?" asked Eric Funk. As the mass of audience members raised their drinks to Dillinger Four and the major accomplishment of the weekend the band tore into another series of fan favorites.

With the sea of fists pounding along to each drunken anthem the band had nothing but shit-eating grins on their face the whole time, reveling in the delight of the long road they've forged as a band, perhaps the longest-running band from the Twin Cities. While their individual lives have changed with assorted responsibilities they've maintained a spirit and energy in creating a scene of their own in a place that has truly defined a part of the Twin Cities music community.

"We're going to take a break to do a shot!" Costello commanded. As a Triple Rock waitress brought them a round, everyone in the crowd continued along with a toast of their as Dillinger Four celebrated the weekend with several of their friends all on stage.

"On a scale from one to ten, how out of tune are we?" Funk confessed. "I think we better take a minute to tune. This might be a first for Dillinger Four."

As the show would progress there was more revelery and excitement for the D4th of July weekend stand. Ultimately the band added a fourth night playing with Pink Mink, Koo Koo Kangaroo and The 4onthefloor Sunday night. Needless to say after the long extended holiday weekend, things were a tad more tame Sunday night.

Critic's Bias: Not being a huge follower of most of the current crop of the punk scene, I find the phenomena of Dillinger Four to truly represent the dedication and hard working nature of the music for all this time to be inspiring.

The Crowd: Lots of tattoos, lots of empty tall boys.

Overheard in the Crowd: About every other minute.."Whiskey!!"

Random Notebook Dump: A word from guitarist Billy Morrissette about the weekend..
Dillinger 4th of July is one of my favorite times of the year. Summer is here, there are toobin' trips abound, and we get to play a rock show with our friends' bands every year. This year we made D4th into a multi-day event, and I have to say, this has been an absolute blast! Getting to hang out for four days in a row with some of our favorite bands and best friends both locally and from all over the Country (and Canada!) has been not only amazing fun, but really inspiring -- to feel such a sense of community and camaraderie has been really great -- I mean, after something really special like Pegboy playing in Minneapolis for the first time in 15 years, you could not only see, but FEEL the smiles on everyone's faces- incredible. I want to thank everyone that came out and helped us party, had a great time, and made this first multi-day D4th a success, lets do it again!

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