The Promise / Bane / Freya / Final Word

The Promise / Bane / Freya / Final Word: live in Syracuselive in Syracuse (2005)
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Every so often, a band comes around that actually believes in the shit they say on stage between songs. A band comes along that actually believes in the convictions they preach, as they become more than words coming through speakers, but rites to live by, and in some cases, rites to die by. Syracus.

Every so often, a band comes around that actually believes in the shit they say on stage between songs. A band comes along that actually believes in the convictions they preach, as they become more than words coming through speakers, but rites to live by, and in some cases, rites to die by. Syracuse's own the Promise is one such band. Straight Edge is something those five guys have invested everything in, yet, at no point in the evening did they feel the need to preach their beliefs, instead opting to give Club Tundra one of the best performances it's held in years.

Enough Is Enough led the way, and managed to entertain the crowd pretty well with their brand of straightforward, no frills hardcore. The only really noteworthy thing about these guys is how much the lead singer sounded like Justin Timberlake when he talked. It was a solid bunch of songs though, and kids responded pretty well for it.

Final Word was up next, and really got the floor opened up and kids into things. Their sound wasn't all that different from Enough Is Enough, but the members of the band put on a good show, and everyone responded pretty well to it.

Freya was put on the bill on Friday, as Charge had to drop from the bill for what are at least to me, undisclosed reasons. Freya as usual played a very solid set, but I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about it, as it's the same set they played on Friday in Fulton. Solid nonetheless.

Next up was the spectacle that is Bane. Now, for whatever reason, I'd never seen Bane previous to this night, but had always heard about how ridiculous the shows they put on were. And after watching their set, that claim could not possibly ring more true. As soon as the first chord was struck, bodies in the lower level of Tundra were flying from every direction possible. Singer Aaron Bedard commanded the crowd like it was so evident he was born to do. It seems almost impossible in the hardcore scene, but almost 10 years after they began, Bane are just as relevant as ever. From the frantic pit in front of the stage to the band members thrashing behind him, Bedard held every member of that audience in the palm of his hand, while they screamed his every word right along with him. I've heard complaints from people that he preaches too long between songs, but it couldn't have been more poignant than on this night. He had some really kind words to say of the Promise, and about the scene in Syracuse because of their existence, and it couldn't have been more right on. Bane tore threw their set in about 35 minutes with an intensity the likes of which is barely seen in hardcore anymore, but was it ever present here. They ended with "Can We Start Again," as seemingly every kid on the floor bum rushed the stage to scream the words around Bedard. Truly a great performance.

Much to everyone's dismay, after Bane's set, it became a reality that this was the last time anyone was going to be seeing the Promise play a show. So as we were told, Syracuse sent them out the only way we know how, on top. Bane's performance was intense, but on this night, the Promise held every person in that venue on the tips of their feet. Short of Hellfest, I've never seen so many bodies flying, so many kids in the pit, screaming along every single word; it really was a sight to behold. Vocalist Anderson Bradshaw was pulled into the crowd in a frenzy of bodies flying on stage, and it was obvious he was loving the energy. The guitars splashed in the background, the drums resonated throughout the room, and Bradshaw screamed every single word like he would never have his voice again. He talked to the crowd a lot between songs, and it was really a great thing to see somebody that obviously cared so much about this scene. A lot of bands do talk about this and that, and what they believe, but when it comes down to it, it's pretty easy to see through the fa├žade. And it's just as easy to see how genuine these five guys are, and how much love they have for the roots that they came from, and the scene they made a home in. These guys put their hearts out there for the hour they played, and I'm sure the rest of the hundreds of people there were just as appreciative as I was. They played the majority of the songs off Believer, bittersweetly ending with "The Kiss Off." During that last song, kids piled on to the stage to scream the words along, and afterwards, the guys stayed on stage to talk to every single kid that came up to them, going out on top, just like we all wanted.

I've seen a lot of shows, including a decent amount of final shows. I've seen the sendoffs that Skycamefalling, This Day Forward, and others got, but nothing compared to this. It was everything a final show for such a vital band to a scene should be. I know they thanked the crowd numerous times for being there, but I think it's really us that owe the thank you: For making music, being a part of our scene, and being genuine where so many other bands aren't. I was trying to think of a really classy way to end this, and I think the best way to do that is use some of their own words. You'll be missed.

This is our time to carve better ways, with our blood, flesh and thoughts, we will fight the tide and bite the hand that chokes with lies, this is our time to live better days, with our blood, flesh and thoughts. We will fight the tide. Turn this around, it is our past defeats that lead us to our destinies from tragic stories to high glories, uphill all the way.


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Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

did anyone else click on this thinking the promise ring had a reunion show?

Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

To the review writer:
Dude, his last name is Dalbec, not Bedard. Other than that, a very solid review!


Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

Marshall Street.


Anonymous (June 7, 2005)

This might be the best review I've ever read on this site. Bane are the most sincere band in hardcore, and the Promise were at nearly the same level. Sounds like it was a truly great show, I wish I had been there! Keep writing reviews this good.

Anonymous (June 6, 2005)

bane are the best band in hardcore and punk right now.

LMChc (June 6, 2005)

"Bane's set too short? It felt like it was 2 hours long. It just kept going and going and going."

It seemed like all the songs I wanted to hear didn't get played. Besides, that pit was insanely fucking hot, heat-wise.

The Promise seemed like it took forever (though forgiveness is given due to the fact it was their night); maybe that's just because I was playing darts instead.

Anonymous (June 5, 2005)

This review makes other reviews look like shit. Bravo, bravo.

jamespastepunk (June 5, 2005)

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Don't get so melodramatic. This straight edge bullshit is not a cause for martyrdom.

I know where you're coming from with "straight edge bullshit", but straight edge is not bullshit. The people that turn it into a fashion statement or, on the other end of the spectrum, a reason to beat other people, that's bullshit, but the idea itself is anything but.

Archangel (June 5, 2005)

"as they become more than words coming through speakers, but rites to live by, and in some cases, rites to die by."

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Don't get so melodramatic. This straight edge bullshit is not a cause for martyrdom.

Anchors (June 5, 2005)

Well put.

Anonymous (June 4, 2005)

Anchors this is teh fuckin worst review iv ever red you fuckin suck dick. If u went in the pit id fuckin kill you you fucking fucker. Lern how 2 fuckin write how did u get to be staff you fuckin suck. u even suck worse than chinatown. fuck you

jamespastepunk (June 4, 2005)

Tim from Avail did an amazing show really, really sick. So sick, in fact, he nearly had to be carried out to the van after the show.

Anchors (June 3, 2005)

When people ask me what I see in hardcore, that's always the first thing I tell them, is the bands actually have passion for what they're doing. Is it cliche? Yeah. Is it true? Absolutely.

I forget who I saw a few years back, Death Cab maybe? Somebody along those lines. Anyway, they came out and said the singer was kind of sick, and they played two songs and then stopped early. Out of an hour set, they didn't fill 10 minutes. Yet Aaron from Bane can do something like that. Same situation when I saw Scraps And Heart Attacks last summer, Travis was obviously extremely sick, but they played their entire set, and they played it well. You just don't get that from other genres.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

I just saw bane like a year ago at bloodfest vii. They were playing with fisticuff, loose cannons, the philibusters, skapegoats, and no parity. Awesome hardcore show.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

Bane's set too short? It felt like it was 2 hours long. It just kept going and going and going.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

I did an interiew with Bane a few years back, it was with the former drummer but he mentioned to me that Aaron was super sick and he really didn't think they would be able to play that night, but at that point they were still on. Aaron sucked it up and played, and let me tell you, it was one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. He was obviously drained, but poured all he had on stage. Ya that sounds cliche, he left it all out there and whatever, but he really did. I have boundless respect for Bane since that day.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

I love Bane, but I can actually admit to seeing a shitty set of their's. Hellfest 2004.


johnnydanger (June 3, 2005)

Why the Bridge Nine logo? None of these bands are on B9.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

"Every so often, a band comes around that actually believes in the shit they say on stage between songs."

Yea, Anti Flag!!

What's so funny?

Anchors (June 3, 2005)

The new songs sounded great, just as much energy as everything else. They played "My Therapy" and a few others, and I thought it translated great live.

theundergroundscene (June 3, 2005)

are bane's new songs played live better than on record?

i hope

moneenerd (June 3, 2005)

Also, dont listen to "Texas Teddy"

I love all of your reviews

moneenerd (June 3, 2005)

it's too bad that The Promise turned out to be a bunch of cry babies.

Fucking awesome music though.

LMChc (June 3, 2005)

bane's set was much to short

and freddie, when he reviews the blindside show coming up, then you can make that coment, but until then shaddup.

teddytexas (June 3, 2005)

anchors - quit submitting reviews, you have horrible taste
i live in this area too and you're giving us a bad wrap.

jamespastepunk (June 3, 2005)

By the way, that set sounds like business as usual for Bane. They're ALWAYS that good.

bizzlebrizzle (June 3, 2005)

The Promise is awesome!

And yeah, they are definitely a very sincere band.

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

oh i shall see bane real soon oh ya .....first .... ya im the new guy

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