Charge @ Old Bridge NJ November 2002

I wish I could remember who else played this show? Charge absolutely exploded on the NJHC scene in the fall of 2002. Their first few shows brought out a lot of people who loved their demo. Things took a different turn after awhile, but those first couple of shows were great. I recorded the audio of this show too.

Bouncing Souls @ Asbury Park NJ December 1997

I am pretty sure this show happened during finals week, but I cannot find a date for it online. I do remember a few friends and I guested on our college’s radio show that afternoon, but got pulled off after we played a song with some naughty words. Wah-wah. I have no idea why I even went to this considering I do not like Bouncing Souls at all. All the preppie ska-punk people in my high school loved them. I do remember they covered “Pay To Cum,” which was pretty cool.

Tear It Up-From The Black-A New Enemy @ Old Bridge NJ 9-23-00

I got in a big argument with a professor earlier in the day before going to this show. He said something really sexist about my lab partner and I called him out on it. He got ANGRY and we had it out. My partner was pretty upset, but also kind of mad I made such a big deal out of it. After class I wandered around the mall for a few hours and then drove up to the show. I mostly sulked in the back at this show and pretty much regretted going when I was such a shitty mood.…
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Cro Mags-Vision-Most Precious Blood @ Sayerville NJ 4-28-02

I got to this show really late, but cannot remember why. When I got there, Vision’s set was almost done so I packed it in up front for the Cro-Mags. As you can see in the video, people were going off hard at this show. A lot of young and old dancing and diving. The Cro-Mags were on fire too and sounded so tight. This was the height of us going to see them every single time they played a gig. Love seeing Zusi, Swank, Brett Hardware, Joe Oz, etc packed in up front. It was so sick how they…
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Harley’s War @ Manahawkin NJ Summer 2005 (?)

I THINK this one was 2005. This show was at Froggers, which was a roller rink that did shows for a few years on and off. My big memory of this show is hanging out outside of it for a really long time. We actually left and got dinner somewhere and then came back again at one point. Harley’s War played a mix of their own songs and some Cro-Mags stuff too. It was disgustingly hot in Froggers that day. I remember bailing out about 3/4 of the way through the set to go cool off outside.

Vision-Insted-Kill Your Idols @ New York City NY 6-27-04

I was never a huge Insted fan, but we still headed up to CBGB to see Vision and Kill Your Idols. Vision were really good at this show. They came out firing hard and played a great set. As you can see in the video I sat down on the stage for Insted’s set, but was then pretty surprised by how good they were. I don’t like any of their records really besides What We Believe, but they were good and I got into it after awhile. I still have an Insted sticker from this show on the desk in…
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97a-Full Speed Ahead-SOV-To Each His Own-Lost Cause-Forthright @ Asbury Park NJ 9-25-98

This was the record release show for 97a’s “It’s In Our Power” record. Rain On The Parade are on some flyers for this show, but they canceled. I don’t remember a lot about the openers and honestly Full Speed Ahead either. One of my big memories from this show is a few of my friends from college coming out and wrecking people during FSA and 97a. I interviewed 97a at this show along with my friend Carson. I had been wanting to sit down with them for a few years and it was cool to finally do so. I had…
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Ensign-Rain On The Parade-Degenerics-Worthless-Reach The Sky-Purpose-Tears Of Frustration @ Manville NJ 9-20-98

This was yet another one of those shows where I worked all day and then raced to the show…I got there an hour late and it still had not even started! Tears Of Frustration got added to this show and opened it. I remember they covered a YDL song and the crowd was pretty awkward about it. The Degenerics, after a few seven inches, were starting to get really hot around this time. People were into them and they would always bust out a couple Bad Brains covers. No specific memories of Purpose, Worthless (another band that played a lot…
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Breakdown-Out Cold-One Sided War-Fanshen-No Contest @ New Brunswick NJ 10-25-98

Wide Awake did not play this show, but No Contest got added as they had two new records coming out. They were a great band from here in NJ. I do not remember anything particular about their set or Fanshen, although I swear I took pictures of them? I loaned out a lot of pictures back then and most never got back to me. One Sided War was a new band with Matt Warnke from Bold and Pat from Citizens Arrest. They sounded like later Bold, sort of, but I also thought they had a lot of influence from later…
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Ensign-Fastbreak-Rain On The Parade-Purpose-Fit For Abuse @ Manville NJ 6-13-98

This show was mostly an average 1998 NJHC show except for the opener…who absolutely blew our minds… After a long day at work some friends met up with me at my house. I took a quick shower and we got on the road to Manville, which was like 80 minutes away or so. The night before I had a conversation with a friend who said to make we got to the show on time because the opener was incredible. Fit For Abuse absolutely blew our minds. Not too many bands were more influenced by the 82 style, yet, at the…
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