This past Friday night, I made the trek from Philadelphia down to Wilmington, Delaware’s Harmony Grange to catch one of my favorite hardcore bands around, Bane. I’ve never been to the Harmony Grange before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I walked in, it reminded me a lot of Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church… a much colder church hall. I got there right in time as Bottom Feeder was setting up, and there was plenty of room.
It seemed like most people didn’t really know how Bottom Feeder was, myself included. Regardless, I went right up front the second these dudes started playing their style of hardcore, which reminded me a lot of one of the bands that got me into modern hardcore nearly 13 years ago: The Hope Conspiracy. These guys completely killed it, and they played a bunch of new songs that were thrashy as all fuck. Definitely need to check their recorded stuff out, and if they come around, go check them if you’re into hardcore.
I’m going to be completely honest, I fucking hate beatdown/breakdown/tough guy/whatever the fuck you want to call it hardcore for the most part, minus a very few select bands. However, they easily had the biggest pit and reaction of the night, with the younger kids completely losing their shit, and props to the band for keep yelling at the crowd “Stay the fuck away from the walls and just punch each other in the face” referring to the select few who think it’s tough to punch unsuspecting people off to the side watching the show. I’m all about pits, shit I start most… but Jesus Christ hitting a girl in the face who is just trying to watch the band doesn’t make you tough. It sort of makes you pretty fucking pathetic. OK, rant over.
Anyways, not my cup of tea, and I actually dug them more than most bands that play a similar style (and I give them respect for putting their music online for free). If you’re a shirtless dude who likes windmilling and punching the floor, you’ll probably like Lifeless.
The reason I fucking came to the show. I’ve seen Bane plenty of times over the years, and yet they continue to blow my mind every time I see them. Their show this past December at the Kung Fu Necktie was easily one of my favorite sets of 2013, and it saddens me that they are only going to be a band for another a year or so. At this point most of the younger kids left, leaving us old heads more than enough room to dance, pile on, and stage dive (or as much as our near 30 arthritic bones could possibly take).
These Boston hardcore legends took the stage, and blasted straight into “Some Came Running” and into “My Therapy”, which caused a frenzy of pile-ons and two stepping (or maybe it was just me, I was sort of in my own world at this point). They then stated they were going to play a few off their upcoming, and their final album with the caveat “We know it’s hard to sit through music you don’t know, but you don’t know what it’s like to play the same songs over and over the past 9 songs”. The new songs were actually really tight, and have me stoked for the latest album.
I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but if they come around you, go see them… It’s fucking Bane.
Setlist: (might be missing one)
Some Came Running
Ali Vs Frazier
What Hold’s Us Down
The Young and The Restless
Can We Start Again
Bane – Speechless
I’d Rather Be Stage Diving:
Bane – Holding This Moment
American Nightmare – Year One
Chain Of Strength – The One Thing That Still Holds True Today
Dangers – Five O Clock Shadows At The Edge Of The Western World