Feb 20, 2013
Door Time: 6:30 PM
Presented By: Illegal Petes

Day: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Door Time: 6:30 PM
Age: All Ages
Advance Ticket Price: $13
Day Of Show Price: $15
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The Life & Death Tour 2015 feat. Terror
Terror, a metallic hardcore band from Los Angeles, California. The band formed in early 2002.
Though the group consider themselves a “hardcore” band, guitarist Doug Weber says Terror, “sounds like all of the old metal bands I used to listen to. It’s just not crazy Swedish metal or something, it sounds like old thrash.”

Terror has been very successful in their time as a band. Their album One with the Underdogs sold over 40,000 copies. They have also been on tours throughout Europe, Australia, Brazil and Japan. Their newest album, Always the Hard Way reached #10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers and #19 on Top Independent Records.

Before Terror, vocalist Scott Vogel was known for singing for mid-90s Buffalo bands Slugfest, Despair and Buried Alive. Vogel is widely known in the scene not just for his tireless efforts to keep hardcore pure and fun, but also for his tendency for bizarre or hilarious on-stage banter, known colloquially as “Vogel-isms”. Examples include “We need to elevate the maximum stagedive potential”, and “Maximum Ouput…activate the pit!”.

BaneFounded on beliefs that are in short supply within the current underground music scene, Bane has established themselves as one of the most influential and relevant bands in hardcore today. Since their inception, they’ve become one of the scene’s hardest working bands touring the world over and releasing the full lengths, It All Comes Down To This and 2001’s critically acclaimed Give Blood, an album that breathed life into the then-stagnant hardcore scene. Returning with their first album in three years, Bane offer up The Note - an album that embodies the spirit, the community, and the love of traditional hardcore that Bane has become synonymous with. In stark contrast with many of its contemporaries The Note is not laden with trends but with powerful, energetic and passionate performances that serve as a wake up call for modern day hardcore.

Produced and recorded by Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Thrice, Cave In) The Note is a ten-track, super charged, much needed shot of hardcore. Fans of Bane will recognize the high-octane vocals of Aaron Bedard, which are complemented by a frenzy of raucous riffs furious enough to ignite circle pits. This is an album of anthems that’ll inspire hardcore kids to rise above, to crawl over each other’s heads, reaching, grabbing and clawing to share the mic with Bedard, to sing lyrics like "These are the only crowded rooms / I don’t feel alone in” (from "My Therapy") and to feel connected to the band and to this scene. About The Note, bassist Pete Chilton says, “We wanted to be true to what Bane has always been. We didn’t want The Note to sound like anything in particular, other than Bane. We didn’t sit down and think, ‘Oh, we want this song to sound like Gorilla Biscuits or Youth Of Today, or where hardcore separated from punk.’ We write songs that we like. It’s what we think hardcore is.”

The album’s second track, “Pot Committed” is classic Bane and even has a piano interlude. While it doesn’t brim with mosh parts, it’s a clear-cut symbol of Bane doing what Bane wants to do. “Lyrically, it’s about being a band for so long, asking for a non-violent scene to play our music in, because that is something we believe in, even if kids give us shit about it on the Internet or whatever, because we don’t want people getting hurt when dancing at shows,” Chilton reveals. “That has always been our view. We’re too committed to that ethos that we can’t back down now. That’s what we’re all about.”

Chilton projects that “My Therapy” will be a fan favorite, especially live. The song is about how the hardcore scene keeps the people within it stay sane. Chilton says, “This is all we know. We don’t know what else to do other than this. We’ve been doing it so long, so this scene is what’s in us now. We’re a part of it. It’s where we relate, it’s a community, and it’s where people understand us.”

While hardcore has never left the public eye or consciousness, the traditional hardcore genre has come and gone in waves and cycles. “Metal-sounding hardcore is huge and is on the verge of being mainstream, with bands like Bleeding Through and Killswitch Engage and Throwdown, who came from the hardcore scene, playing metal,” Chilton says. “They are nearing the mainstream, where more fast paced, punk sounding hardcore was in submission, but it’s growing back. We’ve been around so long, and we’ve seen the waves of styles. We never intended to be anything else. There are a lot of mid-tempo songs on the new record, and some faster ones. We’re not trying to be anything.”

After all these years, Bane still identify with the concept of a unified hardcore scene, and the power of three surging chords. The Note can help resurrect the golden days of sweaty, hardcore matinees, with lyrics that meant something, and shows that were the highlight of a working class kid’s week. Bane have stayed true to a singular sound, ignoring trends, and continuing to make the same music they started out making over a decade ago. But consistency did not give way to same-ness or predictability. In a genre that’s full of soundalikes and copycats, Bane are the standouts, playing raw, surging hardcore not unlike forefathers Judge and Burn. The proverbial ‘they’ say that you have to evolve in order to prosper, and Bane evolves and prospers without ever changing their focus or aesthetic goal. All you need is one listen to The Note for proof of that.

BacktrackDPN USA. Bridge Nine Records. New York Style.

Code Orange Kids
Punk / Hardcore from Pittsburgh

Cruel Hand
Cruel HandSpawned in the lethargic backwoods of the pine tree state, Portland, Maine’s Cruel Hand play an eclectic blend of styles that embodies anything but the serenity of their surroundings. Formed in 2006, Cruel Hand’s sound is equal parts New York hardcore and west coast thrash, all with a twist of their own. With five years of heavy touring and three LPs under their belt, the new decade will see Cruel Hand continue to mature and live up to their hard earned road reputation. Their latest release, 2010’s “Lock and Key”, was their most refined to date and a sure sign that the 5-piece is only continuing to rise. With a freshly solidified lineup and undisputable live show, expect to see them in your corner of the world soon