This past Thursday, I headed out to Philadelphia’s small bar Voltage Lounge to see one of my favorite hardcore bands of all time, Bane. The place was decently packed when I got there, and I got there in time to catch Long Island hardcore dudes Backtrack.
Backtrack is one of the bigger names in hardcore today, and it definitely showed once they took the stage. A pit immediately broke out with people raging throughout the entirety of their set and didn’t let up. 7 year running Backtrack play a style of hardcore that takes it’s roots from NYHC bands like Madball, yet blends it with a faster youth-crew era style at times.
Personally, not my type of hardcore (I’m not a fan of the more metal infused breakdown hardcore), but they put on a solid and enjoyable set regardless with tons of stage presence and energy. If you dig bands like Turnstile or Suburban Scum, you’d dig these guys.
I’ve seen Bane a shit load of times, and I’m always still insanely excited every time I see them. Worcester’s Bane is one of the few bands who seem to truly love what they do, and play every show with a lot of heart and passion. For a band that has been at it for 20 years now, this is beyond fucking impressive.
As Bane was setting up and mic checking, they started to sing along with the between sets music track “Lean On Me”, getting the entire crowd to sing along and having lighters thrown in the air waving back and forth: not your usual site at a Bane show. That didn’t last long though, once they opened their set with “My Therapy”, we erupted into a frenzy of two steps, stage dives, and sing alongs, which only intensified as they segued straight into “Ali Vs Frazier”.
Usually when bands play songs off later albums, they don’t often get a big reaction (especially if you’ve been cranking out songs as long as Bane has), but everything off Don’t Wait Up was met with enthusiasm. Of course, the song that got the biggest reaction was “Can We Start Again”, and people were jumping off speakers at this point.
Little side note: vocalist Aaron took some time to talk about how nothing on tour (and life) is certain, where they’ve played places they expected to be dead to be insane, and places the reaction are usually good to be low key, but that Philadelphia always goes off and is insane. Usually I would think a band says that at every show, but I’ve seen Bane elsewhere, and there always is a good reaction in Philly compared to other places I’ve seen them.
Ali Vs Frazier
All The Way Through
Count Me Out
Some Came Running
Can We Start Again
Final Backward Glance