Tuesday, August 7, 2012

December 28, 2000: Gamewinner, Standfast, The Disaster, The Gacy Project @ the Mosh Mansion, Laurel, MD

This will be the last flyer for the year 2000. Pat Martin booked this show at the Mosh Mansion, where he was living at the time. Not sure who made the flyer. Here's another show that I know I have pictures from that I'll have to dig up and post. I've mentioned all these bands on the blog before, so I won't go into any of that. I'll just say that this show was four bands that were great friends with each other, had a lot of fun playing together, and many of us are still friends to this day. That's what hardcore is all about. Playing some new town you've never been to and meeting people you instantly connect with and being able to call them friends 12 years later. Good stuff.

Here's a little where are they now...

Gamewinner: Pat (bartends at the Ottobar and Metro Gallery), Alex (runs Grave Mistake Records, played bass in Government Warning), Duff (is married and works for BGE), Nik (is a dad, an author and teaches English to college kids), Ryan (is a family man).

Standfast: Rory (sings for Soul Control), Brian VE (is a fancy chef), Licky (no idea), Nate (plays guitar in Polar Bear Club).

The Disaster: John (sings for Not Sorry), Pieces (moved to NYC to pursue acting), Brian VE (see above), Jeff (played in Bad Business, currently co-owns his own graphic design business).

The Gacy Project: John (does IT work for government contractors), Mike B (no idea), Mike R (writes this blog), Nik (see above), Duff (see above).

Monday, August 6, 2012

December 27, 2000: Hatebreed, Bane, One King Down, Stretch Armstrong, E-Town Concrete, Merauder, Voice of Reason, Age of Ruin @ St. Andrew's Church, College Park, MD

This show was, as the kids say, "off the chain". Hatebreed weren't playing Ozzfest yet, but they were headlining huge clubs at this time, so seeing them at a hall with a good sized stage and no barrier was pretty awesome. Speaker dives galore. Some would say the rest of the bill was pretty stacked but Bane was the only other band I cared about. Jamie Arthurs booked the show. Carl Caracia made the flyer.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

December 20th, 2000: Strike Anywhere, The Hope Conspiracy, Kill Your Idols, American Nightmare, Rebel Scum @ The Bug Jar, Rochester, NY

Gus Bowman and I were just talking about this show a few days ago. He and I took a roadtrip with Pat Martin and Nik Korpon to this show and the one the next day in Ithaca. For some reason I don't have much of a memory of this particular show but I remember the one in Ithaca being surprisingly poorly attended. As Gus has a much better memory than I do, I'll share his recollections of this trip...

- Raeph, who drummed for KYI at the time, rode with us from Rochester and Ithaca and told some of the sketchiest stories any of us have ever heard. No, I will not repeat them.

- Jesse Standhard was giving out CD-r copies of the not-yet-released Right Bridge LP coming out on Revelation Records. Probably out of spite for all the drama surrounding the record. Read about that here.

- Andy KYI getting back to John 25's house from the spank shack next door, proclaiming "I just spanked it. Gotta freshen up."

- My car got towed and Paul KYI took me to get it. I have no recollection of this.

- Nik Korpon's tics going apeshit on the drive home, late at night, on a snowy ride, and those of us that were awake fearing for our lives.

Great roadtrip! Great bands!

John 25 made the flyer and I'd assume that Josh Lyons booked the show.

Monday, July 16, 2012

December 16th, 2000: What Lies Ahead, Striking Distance, Gamewinner, Red Flower Society @ the Mosh Mansion, Laurel, MD

Here's another show that I know I have some pics from but have to dig up. Like the Longshot 7", which Trevor also sang on, this White Lies Ahead 7" is one of those under appreciated gems of MD hardcore. Their hoodies read "negative youth crew", which is a decent assessment of their sound. Stephen St. Germain released it on his Urgency Records label (not to be confused with the current Christian music label). I'm not even positive that he released anything else. Anyway, if you're a fan of late 80s NYC or SoCal HC, I recommend digging yourself up a copy. Red Flower Society were a fairly short-lived indie-rock/post-hardcore kinda band. My old friend Justin Kovalski ("Toypunks") played guitar in the band. They had a female singer, but I don't remember who else was in the band. I also like the fact that this mentions "DJ Dave Nada" on the flyer. That's gotta make it some Ebay gold in this era of Moombahton (the genre he created) blowing up clubs around the world. This show was at the Mosh Mansion, which was a house in Laurel that a bunch of hardcore kids (Gene M, Pat Martin, not sure who else) lived in for a while and hosted some pretty rad shows.

Monday, July 2, 2012

December 15th, 2000: Crispus Attucks, The Degenerics, Striking Distance, Looks Like Rain, Crestfallen @ the Crispus Attucks House, Hyattsville, MD

This was a cool show that Matt from Crispus Attucks (now owner of Smash! Records in Adams Morgan, DC) booked at the house he and some fellow punks lived in near College Park. One of the dudes from Crestfallen (a heavy, loud, screamy band, not unlike Page 99, Majority of Rule, City of Caterpillar, etc.) now plays in Mean Jeans (a Ramones-y punk band that sings mostly about partying). Not sure what the other dudes are doing. I'm sure I've mentioned this before but the Degenerics are one of the most underrated bands in recent memory. Totally unbelievably talented hc/punk (with dub interludes from time to time) from NJ. Seriously the closest thing I've ever heard to a reasonable Bad Brains comparison. You need to check out their "Generica" full-length if you've never done so.

Friday, June 29, 2012

December 14, 2000: The Hope Conspiracy, Commin' Correct, Gamewinner, Looks Like Rain, The Gacy Project @ The Sidebar, Baltimore, MD

Here's two versions of the same flyer for a fun show at The Sidebar. I got to play two sets here: one on bass with The Gacy Project and one on the mic for Looks Like Rain. Jamie Arthurs booked the show. I made the flyer on top. Not sure who made the other one. Maybe Alex D. I like how they both say "Fuck shit up." I have no idea what's up with that. The Hope Conspiracy were great at this time. "Cold Blue" and that next EP before "Endnote" are great. I can't say for sure that I watched Commin' Correct. Just not my thing. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

December 9, 2000: Mouthpiece, Count Me Out, Darkest Hour, No Justice, Shark Attack, Dead Serious @ St. Stephen's Church, Washington, DC

Here's a couple versions of the flyer for one of the greatest hardcore shows in DC history. Sounds like some hyperbole, but this show was legit. Tru and Eric booked the show. Linas made the flyer. The bottom one was the actual line-up. Not sure why Damage had to drop. I did sound for this show and took video from the back of the room. Gotta get that uploaded (Mark Anthony?). Every band was great but most people remember two insane quotes from this night, Gene M (No Justice drummer) being the target of both. To the best of my memory...

1) "If I don't get an apology, not only is it gonna be No Justice's last show, it's gonna be his, too." - Matt Summers, Shark Attack

2) "Fuck this motherfuckers drums up!" - Timmy, No Justice, during their set

There's a few videos of the No Justice set on YouTube. Here's the first one. I know everyone is gonna have a million memories from this show. Please share.