Rain On The Parade did not play this show. They had played their “final” show, before getting back together the next summer, a few weeks before.
This was the record release show for the Floorpunch LP. The record had come out maybe a month before and we had been listening to it non-stop. I went on a date the night before (with someone who ended up being best friends with the sister of a friend of ours) and could not sit still during the date because I was so excited for the gig. I worked all morning and when I got home a bunch of people were already at my parents house playing football. We ended up going in a few cars, which included my younger brother and some of his friends. I think a few of us went and got subs beforehand…at the time there was this great shop by the Shop Rite in Manahawkin, but it only lasted a few years.
Fast Times and Full Speed Ahead opened up this show. Locals in my town loved FSA. I think Fast Times still only had a demo at this point? I am pretty sure they covered Life’s Blood at this show? That sounds familiar.
The time line in my head is a little screwy, but I am pretty sure this is the first time we saw Reach The Sky. I would see Ian at shows a lot. He was tight with Floorpunch. Dana from the NJ band Bound was playing drums for them at the time. I interviewed Ian a few months after this. I don’t remember a lot of specifics about Fastbreak or In My Eyes, but I am sure they were good. Fastbreak had just been down to NJ a few weeks before. During this era, before they got shitty, people in NJ absolutely loved Fastbreak. Not even a year later I would see them and they were horrible.
We packed it up front for Floorpunch. I got hit in the face really hard by a friend during the first song and was pretty woozy for awhile. I slid up to the right corner of the stage and sang along there for most of the set. My brother moshed during their Cro-Mags cover. This was also the show they had the Raw Deal ripoff shirts in grey for the first (?) time. I loved that color scheme the most out of the ones they did in that design over the years.