One of my favorite sets at the Warped Tour this year had to be The Briggs. I first saw them open for Anti-Flag back in April and had bought the most recent album, at that time (Back to Higher Ground) that week. They’ve got a reminiscent of some of the bands they more recently toured with – specifically the Dropkick Murphys and The Living End – but once you listen through the catalog it is still distinctly The Briggs. Personally, it’s the grovelly/gritty vocals that drew me into the band in the first place. The trade-off in vocals between brothers Jason and Joey LaRocca is a good blend although sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart. I picked up the latest album at the show, Come All You Madmen, and was not disappointed. Compared to Back to Higher Ground, I think it provides a little more variety from track to track. Each one is a little different and there isn’t one that I would want to skip – from the constant bass drum kick of Madmen to the closing melody of Molly.
Reading their bio, they’re called “perennial road warriors”. I hope that holds true after this Warped Tour stint because I am looking forward to seeing a full set from them – hopefully in the near future.