This past Monday, I headed to Philadelphia’s infamous First Unitarian Church basement to catch recently reunited Chicago latino hardcore legends Los Crudos. Los Crudos was donating all of the proceeds of the show to The Attic, a Philadelphia LGBT youth center.
I missed openers Latex, but got there in time for Philly’s own The Stasi.
I’ve seen The Stasi a few times, but it’s always been in smaller house shows. The band took the stage with their banners hanging from the wall, and immediately blasted into a no frills, no bullshit hardcore set. Playing incredibly fast and aggressive punk rock with lyrics alluding to the oppressive East Germany secret police force of the same name, The Stasi put on an insanely energetic set.
The singer was all over the place, rolling on the ground, jumping into the crowd and generally making good use of the stage. If you dig hardcore such as Government Warning, definitely give The Stasi a listen.
I’ve never heard of DC’s Pure Disgust before, but they had a solid following opening up a pretty big pit and singing along throughout their set. Pure Disgust played oi influenced hardcore, almost sounding like if Coke Bust and Blitz had a child together and played a pretty tight set. I’m going to have to give their recorded work a listen.
A Los Crudos show these days are rare and the crowd energy was high as the Chicago punks took the stage. For those who don’t know, all of Los Crudos songs (minus one) are written in Spanish, and deal with racism, immigration, gay rights, and other political/humanitarian issues.
Once the band broke into their first song the church immediately erupted with punks from all backgrounds stage diving and piling on. Dedicating songs to women in punk, the nameless immigrants who make this country run, and the LGBT crowd, it was interesting to hear singer Martin go into detail about the backgrounds of the songs and the struggles of growing up in a predominately white straight subculture (Martin is also the singer of queercore Limp Wrist).
Loud, fast, and energetic, Los Crudos is one of those historic bands that completely changed the face of hardcore, and influenced countless of people who were otherwise feeling marginalized. It was awesome to be able to see them live.