Grand Romance Riverboat
May 1, 2011
Old-school punk rock as a genre has a tendency to sound the same song after song–especially to those unfamiliar with the genre. Luckily for T.S.O.L., they rely on a unique combination of sonic wizardry (think keyboards and chorus-y guitars), as well as the benefit of a front man with a larger-than-life stage presence.
Before getting into the specifics of the performance, let it be said, Grisham may just be the hardest working punker on the planet. He spent nearly four hours meeting with fans and autographing copies of his book. Each time I walked to the third level of where he was set up for most of the day, he was chatting with people, having his picture snapped with his arms draped over the shoulders of adoring fans clutching copies of his book. Then he played a full set in on poorly air-conditioned boat that was packed to the rafters with drunken punkers. At no point did he appear deflated. In fact, the whole thing seemed to have an energizing effect on him.