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Floorpunch-Shark Attack-Ekulu-Stag Party-Fence Cutter @ Asbury Park NJ 6-1-19

I missed the opener because I was outside catching up with a lot of friends. Stag Party not only has members I went to college with, but also to high school with! Neat. Ekulu is a band I just cannot get into at all. Every song feels like it is a minute too long and something is just….off. No one seems to agree with me about this though. Shark Attack, with some lineup changes, were really good and busted out a new cover of “Bloodstains” even. Floorpunch were solid as always. They are so tight these days. Porter alluded to…
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Ten Foot Pole-Vision-Digger @ Asbury Park NJ 6-29-99

My big memory of this show is Vision being really pissed at the venue for trying to cut their set short. Dave was pretty hot about it. This was a weird show too because a lot of the crowd didn’t really know Vision that well. I swear Full Speed Ahead opened this show maybe? I left after Vision and went to dinner with someone I’d taken a class with that spring. Ten Foot Pole has that band the guy from Scared Straight was in, but I am pretty sure he was out of the band by this time because he…
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Eyehategod-Negative Approach-Sheer Terror @ Philadelphia PA 5-10-19

Three absolute heavyweights coming together for a quick and really solid show. Sheer Terror were a little sloppy at times, but generally really good. They played a good mix of new and old. From the first note, Negative Approach were a fiery ball of rage. One of my friends told me I spent the first few songs just smiling and nodding along. John Brannon is still the best vocalist in hardcore. I had not seen Eyehategod in a very long time and they were great. A good mix of old and new. What I really liked about this show is…
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Bane-Daltonic-The Purpose @ New Brunswick NJ 6-26-99

I actually went to this show to see Daltonic, who were a good band from MA that got down here from time to time. I think this was the basement show where we really bummed out some emos during Purpose. I didn’t even watch Bane. I remember being outside with a few friends trying to make dinner plans for after the show. This was a little before they really blew up, so they didn’t really get a big reaction. Like 6-9 months later, they were one of the biggest bands in hardcore.

Shark Attack-Fast Times-Tear It Up-Down In Flames-Holding On-Plan Of Action @ Brick NJ 3-30-01

I mostly remember this show for some of the covers that happened at it. Down In Flames covered Full Speed Ahead, while Fast Times covered Life’s Blood. I think I took pictures of both bands at this show, but I don’t have them anymore.Maybe Tear It Up too? I might have taken them for someone zine, so I just passed them off. Not sure. Shark Attack played a rousing set that had the room moving. They were so good live and got such a great reaction every time.

Mainstrike-Committed @ Manahawkin NJ Summer 1999

There is a long story about this show being moved from Waretown to Manahawkin that has taken on a legend of its own over the years. I was at work the whole afternoon, so I totally missed it until a friend called my job to tell me to go to Stewarts instead of Waretown. We had befriended Committed (especially Casey, who I still talk to today) and a lot of people from Cleveland, so there was some excitement for them playing. They were really good, but it was weird to get a pit going on concrete.A bunch of people I…
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Kill Your Idols-The Movie Life-To Each His Own-From The Black-Down In Flames @ Brick NJ 9-1-99

I remember this show being fairly lowly attended for some reason. Down In Flames covered Full Speed Ahead (I think this was the show), which was really cool. Shore bands who want to get over with the locals should do that. Kill Your Idols covered Sheer Terror (but not Here To Stay). I think I went to dinner during a few of the other bands. I remember this was right before a new semester began, or maybe it had begun that previous week, and after one of the worst summers of my life I was ready to go back to…
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Alive & Well 8-29-98

These “Alive & Well” shows were a huge deal at the time. I did a three show weekend starting with the Ink & Dagger/Bluetip show the night before in Philadelphia. I was really running my car all around the tri-state area. I cannot believe it lasted almost all the way into 2004! Day two was better than day one for sure, but more on that in a minute… So two big rumors that summer: Judge was rumored to be playing this, but the story went that Mike eventually said no. That actually seems reasonable. The other big rumor was Rest…
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Alive & Well 8-30-98

Mercifully, this show got moved to Casino Skate Park. The openers were Full Speed Ahead, OS101, and Kid Dynamite, who were still fairly new and I had not yet heard before this show. I was not impressed. The bottomline is every band got their normal excellent reactions, but especially Vision and Floorpunch. Burn were really good. There were a couple of scuffles during their set because people were going off hard. I remember being told to avoid someone because “you don’t want to fuck with him.” Whatever.

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