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The Format, Limbeck @ The Avalon, 08/01/07

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I called my friend today to tell him that I attended The Format's show last night at the Avalon and he promptly responded with, "Wow, so you went to a real pop-punk show last night?"

Yes, I did and I survived.

Although I wouldn't place The Format and Limbeck in the pop-punk genre, their fan base and roots are set firmly in those pre-pubescent yesteryears. Both of these bands have been sitting on a pile of stale material and thus they have been forced to revitalize older songs for perpetual touring, which explains why I haven't seen either of them in years.

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I was not overcome with acute nostalgia for my days spent listening to them. However, I experienced an enormous sense of pride. I've watched both acts develop their youthful pop sound into a much more mature monster. They're both set to devour the teen demographic everywhere.