Tag Archive: American Nightmare

American Nightmare-Death Threat-Striking Distance-Champion-A New Enemy-Outbreak @ Bound Brook NJ 5-31-02

Looking back, this was a really big show putting together some of the biggest bands of the time period. There have been so many bands called Outbreak over the years that I don’t even remember which one this was, nor do I really care probably. A New Enemy covered a Bad Brains song I think? Striking Distance were really good. I liked them live a lot more than I did on record. This how was really, really, packed, so I slipped onto the side of the stage to watch American Nightmare. Not my thing at all, but they always got…
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Good Clean Fun-The Hope Conspiracy-A Death In The Family-American Nightmare-Spark Lights The Friction @ New Brunswick NJ 4-23-00

I only went to this show to see A Death In The Family, which my friend Chris played in along with former members of 97a and some others. They did a demo that is pretty good. I don’t remember any of the other bands. This might have been American Nightmare’s first show in New Jersey. Like Bane, it took awhile for people to get into them, but once they did the band absolutely took off. I saw them 3-4 to minimal crowds, but then they got so big. My biggest memory from this show was hanging out with a friend…
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Bane-Daltonic-The Purpose at New Brunswick NJ Summer 1998

This was at a house but I cannot remember which one. I could never keep any of that straight. When Purpose played a few of us went off, which bummed out emos and I think a member or two of the band. That band blurred the lines between the hardcore and emo parts of NJHC a lot. Daltonic were a melodic band from Boston, I think, right, and played occasionally in the area. They were okay but not really my thing. I went outside to hang out with some people when Bane played, which is so weird because six months later…
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American Nightmare-Striking Distance-The Final Plan at The Kill Time Early 2002

the final plan from timefallsnear on Vimeo. I am pretty sure the date on that video is wrong. I think it is early 2002 because I am pretty sure this was the first show I went to after 9-11. I kind of ducked out for a bit after that because of some other shit that happened. Not going to shows for awhile, and dealing with other things in my life, made hardcore shows seem oddly detached. I felt this weird distance between me and everyone who was there. This was right about the time that I really began checking out…
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The Nerve Agents-No Justice-American Nightmare-Damage-The Scarlett Letter @ The Melody Bar New Brunswick NJ 7-27-00

For some reason, I went to this show alone and the rest of the Manahawkin crew went in a different car. All the Wilkes Barre crew rode in with American Nightmare and I went to dinner with Erin Kyle at Southwest Burrito and then headed over to the show to meet up with my friends (and keep hanging out with Erin because, uh, I had it baaaaaad for her. You may need to add a few As there). I remember watching Damage for a few songs. That was Robby Redcheeks band. The Scarlett Letter had members of 97a, right? American…
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Cro Mags-Burn-Breakdown-Skarhead-Frontline-American Nightmare-Crusade at CBGB in New York City, NY May 2001

I am going to take on both of the shows because it is just easier… So suddenly the Cro-Mags were playing shows again, but this time it was with John, Doug, Mackie, and even Harley (and also Rocky George, ex of Suicidal Tendencies, although I don’t think he played on the good record). They played these two shows at CBGB in May of 2001, but I swear they also played the Continental before this. I need to check up on that. Either way, you bet we were going to be there. I love that when I was in college all…
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Smash & Grab

Pictures courtesy of Start Today Fanzine (Nice Hardware Fanzine shirt on me) This show was hyped up for awhile as I recall. Smash & Grab was the new band for three members of Floorpunch together with members of Shark Attack and American Nightmare. Yeah, we were pretty curious. Bane and No Warning also played along with a couple others. I think I headed to this show with Jay Fisher and maybe Jim Lundy and a few other friends of ours. Smash & Grab had shirts for sale before they played and I got a chance to catch up with a…
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Cloak/Dagger-Pinata 7″

Cloak/Dagger Pinata 7″ Grave Mistake Records This one was a pleasant surprise. Members of Count Me Out and American Nightmare playing indie rock flavored early eighties hardcore. Pinata is equal parts Hot Snakes and Circle Jerks. One of my friends mentioned The Buzzcocks when listening to this band. This record is pretty catchy and interesting; I am sure I will listen to it again. They recently signed to Jade Tree Records.

Carry On-It’s All Our Blood

Carry On It’s All Our Blood CD Youngblood Records This is the remastered version of this band’s CD which combines some of their early input. I still don’t see what the big deal is about this band. John used to tell me how crazy the mosh part in Off My Chest was but after listening to it three times just now I am still sitting here thinking “…”. Some of the songs on this CD are pretty good modern styled hardcore. I see why a lot of people really like this band. Honestly it just doesn’t move me though. I…
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The Holy Mountain-Entrails

The Holy Mountain Entrails LP No Idea Records I have heard a lot of hype for this band lately. Some people say they sound like Tragedy, others say they are pretty cheesy. While the influence of bands like Tragedy is apparent, Entrails really fails to catch my interest. The attempt at what Tragedy is doing is apparent: this is crusty sounding hardcore but it is so catchy and poppy that any rage it has is totally deflated. There are even segway tracks like Tragedy has. Entrails is too poppy and instead of reminding me of bands like Born Against or…
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