(hed)p.e. Sock it to Amerika
Sam Gordon
2/21/2005 8:46:29 AM

Call it a dichotomy: The (hed)p.e.s hardcore crowd was acting like gangsters during the intermission between the openers and their set, mainly because the new Lil' Jon album was on, and half the crowd was singing along. Then (hed)p.e. took the stage and launched into their new intro song "Foreplay." With only a couple weeks before release, (hed)p.e. came through St. Louis promoting their upcoming album, Only In Amerika [Koch Records].

The crowd loved it and (hed)p.e. proceeded to play 3 or 4 more new songs, turning Pops nightclub into one giant mosh pit that lasted pretty much the whole show, and got even crazier than usual when they played "Killing Time." Fans got to hear lots of new songs, with only two songs played off their last album, Blackout [Volcano/Jive], and just a handful off of the album before that, Broke [Volcano/Jive]. (hed)p.e. did disappoint the die-hard, longtime fans by not playing any old stuff off of the very first album, but that was pretty much expected as they rarely play anything off of that album.

Getting political (and taking the opposite stance from so many bands weve seen lately), singer Jahred gave speeches about how great this country is and how much of a supporter of our troops he is. The band mixed up a few of their songs during the show and conveniently threw in the ever popular Lil' Jon lyrics, sure to be approved by GW Bush himself:

To the window, to the wall, (to dat wall) To the sweat drip down my balls (MY BALLS) To all these bitches crawl (crawl) To all skit skit motherfucker (motherfucker!) all skit skit got dam (Got dam) To all skit skit motherfucker (motherfucker!) all skit skit got dam (Got dam)

(hed)p.e. ended their set fairly quickly, after just 8 or 9 songs, but it was a really solid show, and was especially nice to hear the new stuff. The new album Only In Amerika will be in stores on February 22.

Opening bands were Disober and Index Case. The energetic band, Disober, had somewhat of a mosh pit going, but their music struck as done before. Their singer also looked like he wished he was Fred Durst, half-turned sideways cap and all. Index Case proved far superior, with an original style and, from the crowds reaction, a better set.


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