• Cro-Mags, 12/27/08 - Fantastic

    20 jan. 2009, 5h35m

    This was genius--after spending the late 80s listening to a trashed cassette copy of "Age of Quarrel," I feel REALLY fortunate to have caught John Joseph in one of his rare Cro-Mags incarnations--with original drummer Mackie Jayson and a couple other NYHC vets--a guy from Leeway and somebody else, I forget who. They were fantastic though, and they KNOW what they did that was good--they played practically that whole first album (as opposed to the goofy metal stuff that came after), plus a cover of "Right Brigade" by Bad Brains, which fucking kicked ass, as well as a half-assed cover of "Teenage Wasteland" by The Who, which I got a kick out of anyway. God it was great.

    The opening bands were great too--Cruel Hand, Colin Of Arabia, and Death Before Dishonor. Another brilliant show at Anchor's Up in Haverhill, MA. The proprietor, Josh, does a fantastic job.
  • Slapshot, 11/08/08 - Kick-ass!

    9 nov. 2008, 6h08m

    Sat 8 Nov – Return of Slapshot
    Unfortunately I missed the opening bands, and got there just after Slapshot got started. They fucking tore it up though! Anchors Up is this small space in the basement of Welfare Records in Haverhill, Mass.--couldn't have been a lot more than 100 people there. It was so crowded (except for the wide-open pit in front of the stage) and hot and humid that water was dripping off the I-beams across the ceiling. Anybody who wanted a shot at the mike just had to get up near the stage--Choke handed it off repeatedly. It was totally old-school--Choke shooting the shit with the crowd in between songs, and the pit loose, violent at times, and totally positive. I haven't been to a show like this in at least 15 years--"Old Tyme Hardcore"! "Crossover Sucks"!! (They played both.)

    People can say hardcore is dead all they want--Slapshot themselves say it regularly--but I'm taking my old bones to bed tonight happy knowing it's still out there.

    Hey, news flash: Last thing Choke said is that they'll be at the Middle East in Boston on Dec. 28 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. HELL YEAH!
  • Rise Against, 10/11/08 - Okay

    13 oct. 2008, 17h41m

    Sat 11 Oct – Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, The Gaslight Anthem
    The crowd was really into this show, but I basically thought it was so-so. I don't know if it was where I was standing, but during RA, the sound was kind of muffled/distorted. Ton of college kids there too. Thrice was probably the most interesting band, with a set that included a cover of "Helter Skelter."