How long can Teenage Bottlerocket keep playing three-chord verse-chorus-verse pop-punk year in and year out? Then again, how long can I keep seeing the band and buying its albums, year in and year out? I've seen Bottlerocket in a variety of settings, from sparsely attended Missoula shows to a packed Troubadour in Los Angeles to, most recently, a set at The Fest in Gainesville, Fla. Bottlerocket delivers a blast of sweet, pure Ramonescore every time, but with an enthusiasm level that highly depends on audience participation. A few hundred PBR-fueled people were thoroughly enjoying themselves at Bottlerocket's Fest set, and the band had a good time doing guitar tricks and telling gross sex stories.
No, maturity is not one of Bottlerocket's defining characteristics, and considering they are dudes from Wyoming who sing about how they'll be "Bigger than Kiss," neither is humility. Enjoying the band requires either being 15 years old or pretending that you are. I plan on listening to goofy bands and dancing like a teenager as long as I can get away with it, because it is fun as all hell. It looks like Teenage Bottlerocket is doing the same.
Teenage Bottlerocket opens for Dropkick Murphys at the Wilma Theatre Tue., Nov. 6, at 7 PM. $32.