Its been a week since last Saturday's show and my blood is still pumping from it. It was, to simply put, AMAZING! I couldn't have asked for a better hardcore show. The show was completely sold out so Chain Reaction was packed to brim of mostly high school and college kids and a few old men like Mike and myself. We got there early so we decided to grab some grub as we both had not eaten yet. We started walking down the block and found what we were both longing for; a hole in the wall Mexican joint that made some bomb burritos. It hit the spot. After I stuffed my face with what was sure to be an intestinal disaster hours later, we headed back to Chain Reaction. As we were walking up to the place we passed a guy unloading equipment from a van. The guy caught eyes with Mike and said,"Hey man, hows it going? How've you been?" Mike responded that he was good and we kept walking. I said,"Do you know that guy?" Yes. "Who is he?" The guitar player for Bane. He didn't say anything but I saw a slight glint in his eye that spoke volumes. So proud. haha. Mike is 34 I think and has been in the hardcore scene for a long time and has subsequently met a lot of people. Even in my 28 years, I was kind of impressed that he knew the guy. Bane is from Boston and is pretty legendary in the hardcore circles.
The opening bands were actually pretty good. There was a band named Miles Away, from miles away in Australia, that rocked it pretty hard. The frontman was pretty insane though. I leaned over to Mike and commented that he looked like he survived Auschwitz. Kinda tall and super skinny. He looked like he might have MS or something. No pictures sorry. The band directly before Defeater was Rotting Out and they were from San Pedro I believe. Everyone in the band was Mexican which is odd for a hardcore band. They are kind of up and coming and the kids went insane for them. We were both kind of surprised. Not really my type of hardcore though. To groove oriented for me.
Defeater was on next. Their new album has been in heavy rotation on my iPod for the last 6 months and to say I had high expectations would not be an understatement. I was not let down. They played a good amount of songs from each of their 3 releases, and played a good number of my favorites. My only complaint would be that since they weren't the headliner they only played for about 30 or 40 minutes. I was good to hear about twice as much from them.
The kids went crazy for them, as you can see in a lot of these pictures.
After Defeater finished, Bane took the stage and tore shiz up! There is a reason this band has rocking stages around the world for the last 15 years. I was really impressed with their entire stage presence. The crowd went insane for them which made it even more fun to watch. All in all it was a great time and a show I won't forget for a while. Next up is Thrice and La Dispute this coming week. Stay tuned for that.