Starting this summer, it seems like there aren’t as many shows happening in the sweaty and infamous First Unitarian Church basement due to the sweltering heat. Except for shows you KNOW are going to get way too hot. This past Thursday I headed to the basement to catch hardcore dudes Bane who were on tour with one of my teenager favorites Ignite, making a rare east coast appearance.
The show was completely sold out, and fucking hot as all balls. People were drenched in sweat when I got there, and that was before Bane played (who would easily get the biggest reaction of the night). I missed most of the bands but caught part of Give’s set, who were pretty tight and reminded me a bit of Cloak/Dagger. I’ll try to check out their recorded stuff sometime soon.
Even though I’ve seen Bane plenty of times, and caught them twice over the past few months, I was still beyond stoked to see them. Touring for their new album Don’t Wait Up, it’s currently my favorite album of the year by far and so I was pumped to hear the new songs live. It did not disappoint. Bane took the stage and immediately broke into “Ali Vs Frazier”, and the rest was sort of a blur as yours truly raged in the pit (just turned 29, this shit hurts a LOT more than it did when I was 18). Once the chorus came up shouting “Give Blood, Give Everything!” the place truly erupted, heat be damned.
Aaron talked a bit about how people keep mistaking this as their last tour, which isn’t the case at all. Don’t Wait Up is their last recorded work (well full length at least, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them release a 7 inch here and there) so no final goodbyes yet.
Always a fun, positive set with Bane.
Ali vs Frazier I
All The Way Through
Count Me Out
Some Came Running
Can We Start Again
It’s been almost 4 years since I last saw Ignite (mostly because it was the last time they came to Philly) and they were one of my staple hardcore bands in my oh so turbulent teenage years. Sort of a black sheep of hardcore, mostly because vocalist Zoli can actually sing, and sing pretty damn well.
It was clear a lot of the people in the crowd didn’t really have any idea who they were even though they randomly gained some popularity after Zoli joined Pennywise, but those of us who waited around were treated to an energetic, sing along set.
Opening up with Veteran, Ignite played a slightly shortened set due to the curfew and show running a bit late, but still managed to play a shit ton off of most of their releases, even reaching deep in their catalogs to play both Embrace and In Defense.
Zoli announced some exciting news, stating that Ignite was back in the studio working on a new album for the first time in 8 years (and he kept referring to the Our Darkest Days songs as “new ones”…) Definitely a solid show, I almost even came out of stage dive retirement for Embrace and Run.
Poverty For All
Fear Is Our Tradition
Are You Listening
Let It Burn
A Place Home
By My Side
Know Your History