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Pop-Punk Southpaw Rocks The House At THON

Popular local band Southpaw brought the energy during the 7 a.m. hour at THON this past weekend. This is Southpaw’s fifth time performing at THON.

The band came right out of the gate with the popular Bowling For Soup song “1985”. After playing the song about an older woman looking at her life in regret, Southpaw swung right into a song by a 17-year-old — “Good 4 U” by Olivia Rodrigo.

The band kept the pop-punk theme of its set going with “Check Yes, Juliet” by We The Kings. The band was bringing a lot of energy at the time of playing this song but slowed it down a bit with its next tune for a second.

The next song on the setlist? “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver…but with a pop punk twist. The band was encouraging the crowd to sing along, and the crowd happily complied. Southpaw closed out this portion of its show with a nice guitar solo — something no pop-punk song is complete without.

The next song up was 2014’s “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney.

The band brought the energy back up with heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne’s stadium staple, “Crazy Train”. This performance definitely got the crowd moving. Major props to the band for nailing Zakk Wilde’s guitar solo.

From heavy metal to a rap-metal hybrid, the next song up was Bulls On Parade by Rage Against The Machine, though the singer of the band comically stopped the song short saying he’d get in trouble if he played the whole song.

The band quickly transitioned to the next song up, which was 99 Red Balloons by Goldfinger. The song was popularized by them here in the United States, as the original song is in German.

Southpaw slowed it down a bit with its next song on the list, which was Kings of Leon’s popular rock ballad “Use Somebody”. This proved to be a nice change of pace throughout the band’s more high-energy song performance.

For its next song, the band took a request from a THON child, a practice they have done for the past couple of years. This year’s request was “The Impression That I Get” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The band did a great cover despite not having the horns found in the original recording.

The next song on the list was dedicated to everyone in the building that was graduating this semester (myself included), so naturally, Southpaw went with “Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)” by Green Day. What graduation ceremony is complete without this 90s rock staple?

The band kept moving along with “7 Things” by Miley Cyrus, off her 2008 album “Breakout.”

The band continued its show with two pop hits from two female pop sensations. Southpaw started with Perry’s 2010 hit “Teenage Dream” and seamlessly blended into Rihanna’s 2008 hit “Umbrella”.

Not wasting any time at all, the band moved to its next song, which was the 2010s staple “Airplanes” by B.o.B, and quickly moved into the next song, which was the karaoke favorite “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys.

For its final song of the set, Southpaw played Sum 41’s “Fat Lip”. The band said for the past five years they want to perform a song that would get the people moving, and this is the song they chose. Southpaw brought the energy needed in the early morning hours to get people moving again.

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Charles Reinert

Charles Reinert is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. He hails from Norristown, Pennsylvania and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He loves playing his guitar, the color blue, and Tetris. If you feel the need to give him any positive or negative feedback, you can follow him on Twitter @charles_rein10 or email him at [email protected]

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