I don’t know how it happened. Being a Jersey kid, there are two bands that I’m completely embarrassed that I’ve never seen live: Bigwig and Ensign. Hell, even my girlfriend who completely hates hardcore and shows has seen both of these bands live.
For those who don’t know, Ensign is an old school hardcore band that is pretty big in NJ’s hardcore scene. Playing good ole’ fashioned hardcore in the veins of Youth of Today, Ensign actually has a bit more punk elements than most old school hardcore bands.
Direction of Things to Come were their first full length album, released back in 1997. If you dig gang vocals, mic grabs, and stage dives… this is a pretty essential album.