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Massachusetts jam band gets Flyered Up at Electric Factory

In 2001, a popular independent band called Dispatch came to Philadelphia to play a show at the Electric Factory. During this show, and during shows all up and down the East Coast that year, they were recording a live album titled Gut the Van. It was released the same year.

About four years later, I first heard of Dispatch, and they quickly became one of my favorite bands. I've had just about every one of the bands albums in my iTunes for about a year now, but I hadn't gotten around to listening to every song. Today, I had the entire library on shuffle, when track number 10 of Gut the Van popped on. I was in that state where I busy working on something and the music kind of just flows through without you realizing exactly what you're hearing, but something caught my ear.

let's go flyers *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*
let's go flyers *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*

I did a double take, replayed the song, just to be sure. The crowd was definitely chanting something, but I couldn't be sure. The band started chiming in, playing along with the crowd's chant. Dispatch is from Massachusetts, and earlier in the same album they dedicated a song to long-time Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque. Why would they partake in a let's go Flyers chant?

Because they're awesome, that's why. Once the chant died down, they made a comment about Rocky before getting into the song, and that's when I knew it was a Flyer chant.

I've uploaded the audio -- edited for relevance because I can't put the entire song -- because the clip does it justice much better than my words do.


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I think the coolest part about this is that a random Electric Factory crowd just started chanting let's go Flyers, no?

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