Good Riddance / Bane / Strike Anywhere / Panic

Good Riddance/Bane/Strike Anywhere/Panic: live in Cambridge, MAlive in Cambridge, MA (2002)
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It was a beautiful Summer day in the city of Boston, and as temperatures soared into the high 80's most of the humanity in the area retreated to local beaches to cool of. A small portion of the population descended upon The Hideaway in Cambridge, Ma to pay homage to hardcore punk rock. Cooling dow.

It was a beautiful Summer day in the city of Boston, and as temperatures soared into the high 80's most of the humanity in the area retreated to local beaches to cool of. A small portion of the population descended upon The Hideaway in Cambridge, Ma to pay homage to hardcore punk rock. Cooling down just wasn't going to happen.

Panic kicked off the all ages afternoon with a rousing set to celebrate their latest release. Panic is comprised of members from local hardcore bands like American Nightmare, the Explosion, etc. Their set was pure hardcore at it's best, the crowd immediately got into it and soon was shouting along, pumping fist and pointing fingers and generally just flying around the room. I didn't know any songs but the band sounded tight and I picked up their disc. Good stuff for sure but it was nothing compared to what followed.

Strike Anywhere came up next and as soon as the singer grabbed the mic and screamed "Release us now!!" ripping into "You're fired" from Change is a Sound the crowd went absolutely nuts. From start to finish this band blew the joint up! Kids were hanging off the pipes on the low ceiling and whipping up a massive pit. The band launched into "Refusal", "Chalkline", "Riot of Words", "Laughter in a Police State" and just about the whole album along with some older tunes off Chorus of One. It was crazy. Soon the room temperature was like a fucking oven and the place could care less. Strike Anywhere are all they were hyped up to be live, go see them If you can, go now!

After seeing the crowd reaction to Strike Anywhere I thought there would be a slight lull, people were hot and beaten up. But then again, this was Boston, this was Bane country. Holy fuck. Words can not describe their set propery. The singer of Bane warned the crowd not to keep hanging off the pipes and air conditioners or there would be no more all ages show in Boston. That got the crowd off the ceiling so that was cool. After a long openeing speech about Life and the game of Poker they ripped into "Ante Up" off of Give blood. The crowd exploded in a sea of swinging fists and feet, it was chaos. They played lots of stuff off Give Blood including "Some Come Running", "Bang the Drum Slowly" and many more. They played "Count Me Out" and that was it, the crowd went crazy, leaping into giant pigpiles trying to get at the microphone.

Just an insane set and then something funny happened, as soon as Bane was done the crowd basically left. It was wierd to see in the spot where the crowd was slamming furiously just moment before, only a small handfull stayed for Good Riddance. Good Riddance is one of the best fucking bands out there and everytime they play Boston the crowd gives them NO props whatsoever. A handful of people stood in front of the stage as they did their best to play to them...what can you do though. After Strike Anywhere and Bane the crowd must have had enough of the 150 degree heat inside. All in all it was a memorable show, I'll never forget it, my legs will never forgive me and my ears have permanently rebelled against my head...they fucking up and left a while ago.


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Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

i cannot believe you just said 'most hardest'...

Vien (July 13, 2002)

Ya know, i kinda do agree that good riddance has been sucking lately. Operation phenix is one of my personal favorites and their most hardest album in my opinion, but the last 2 albums they released seemed kinda boring and wasen't as energetic as I thought it would be. I hope they write better shit in the future.

waste_elite (July 12, 2002)

dammit, SA at the ottobar must've kicked ass...

Anonymous (July 12, 2002)

They played ottobar-oldpunker-

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

its cuz good riddance dont have a lot of palm mute break downs :D

JayDebauchery (July 11, 2002)

I think the reason that "hardcore kids" shy away from Good Riddance is because lately they've sucked. The band can't decide what it wants to be: hardcore, melodic, pop? I've seen the band lose more and more fans over the years and it only hurts the band more to always bring great opening acts with them. They just don't have the live intensity they used to and when you put that with a setlist that gets more disappointing each time....you can understand why people in general just stopped caring.

waste_elite (July 11, 2002)

when did strike anywhere play in maryland? i must have missed out on that one. i know they played DC but i missed out due to work. i hate work.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

I've seen Good Riddance about 5 times and they were only even remotely bad once. I never understood why the newer hardcore kids don't get into them, or even really give them a chance when they come around. I hear their influence in just about every hardcore band around now (ESPECIALLY american nightmare), yet the get no credit. strange?

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

I have seen Strike Anywhere a bunch of times and they have never let me down, one of the best bands around. Always an excellent show. I saw BANE at a show in Syracuse, NY and they were also amazing the place went completely insane and they played with a bunch of great bands.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

Great review, ive seen strike anywhere down here in maryland and they were killer,definetly one of the top punk bands out there,although the whole good riddance thing puzzles me as they are quite good-oldpunker-

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

the same thing happened in philly, after bane everyone left. i think it had something to do with te fact that good riddance sucks, not the heat. there were very few fans there for good riddance, but the hardcore heads were in full attendance. chaos for strike anywhere and bane. plus bane is coming back in august and playing a smaller venue.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

Bane is amazing, pretty much the best hardcore band right now. Get "Give Blood" i fucking love it.


emptycauses (July 9, 2002)

...Give Blood is their best, and I've heard things about Good Riddance live, like their horrible or something, I hope its not true cuz their other wise an amazing band

SOYBOMB (July 9, 2002)

Bane played a show in NJ recently I believe and I missed it.. I've never heard them before, but this review is motivating me to check them out..
I'll mail order a CD.. Which is the best in you peoples opinion?



Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

Great review...

_911 (July 9, 2002)

i saw this tour 4 nights in a row.. all the canadian dates.. all 4 nights it was fucking amazing.. good riddance were soo good.. strike anywhere wow.. cant wait for those bands to come back here

Vien (July 8, 2002)

yeah, I saw one of the shows with good riddance in hollywood with strike and grade. It was funny, because only 100-175 people showed up, so there wasen't enough energy from the crowd. The 2 bands before good riddance were just awesome and gave thier all despite of low attendance in the audience. Good riddance is like one of my favorite bands, but they seemed kind of tired that night, and weren't as energetic as the openers.

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