Punknews.org
Inquisition - live in Richmond, Fri. and Sat. (Cover Artwork)

Inquisition

Inquisition: live in Richmond, Fri. and Sat.live in Richmond, Fri. and Sat. (2007)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 5
User Rating:


Contributed by: sickboiChris
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Any frequent reader of our site has heard the talk and anticipation of the reunion shows for influential melodic hardcore group Inquisition. For me, upon first hearing of the reunion back in September of 2006, I was excited yet hesitant to believe it would actually happen. When the band broke up in .


Any frequent reader of our site has heard the talk and anticipation of the reunion shows for influential melodic hardcore group Inquisition. For me, upon first hearing of the reunion back in September of 2006, I was excited yet hesitant to believe it would actually happen. When the band broke up in 1996, members went on to form some of punk rock and hardcore's more notable and recognizable bands; such vocalist Thomas Barnett grouped together Strike Anywhere, and both Ann Beretta and Foundation feature Rob Huddleston and Russ Jones. Finally, a date was set, which quickly sold out, and another was added, turning a reunion show into a reunion weekend that would never be forgotten.

I was fortunate enough to be asked by the band to assist with the filming of an upcoming live DVD (and live CD) of the show, allowing me to see much of the effort, planning and hard work that went into making the event happen. Considering two members of the four-piece live on opposite sides of the word (guitarist Mark Avery in the UK, and Thomas on the U.S. west coast), practices were difficult to arrange. Rob and Russ are the only members based out of Richmond, VA, the band's hometown and site of the shows, so they coordinated practices, which did not include all four members until the day before the first show (and was also the first time the four had been in the same room together since the band's break-up).

The first night featured local act Channel 43 and New Jersey hardcore favorites Ensign. Channel 43 received a lukewarm response, obviously attributed to the anticipation for the main event, and the crowd's overall disinterest in the brand of Hot Water Music-influenced post-hardcore. However, Ensign exploded on stage, playing a very memorable and inspired set, which managed to awaken the somewhat lethargic crowd. Vocalist Tim Shaw made sure to inform everyone of the influence Inquisition's music has shadowed on him, even pointing out his tattoo of the band's trademark heart emblem on the back of his leg.

With the Beatles' "Revolution 9" playing over the speakers, the four members of Inquisition hit the stage. The music cut and suddenly there was a familiar female voice echoing out the line "Revolution, I think it's called inspiration." Filming next to Russ on drums, I was witness to the energy that finally escaped in full from the crowd...and the band, as they launched into "Mute." Kids were flying all over the stage, and into the crowd, as a seemingly never-ending chain of people climbed onto the side of the stage and hurled themselves into the crowd with a variety of acrobatic dives. For over an hour, the band played an extremely tight set; consisting of the entire Revolution...I Think It's Called Inspiration LP, and a few select tracks from Broken Songs. Highlights included "Greta Brinkman vs. The City," "Fuse," "Idle Kids," "Hotel X," "Strike Anywhere" (yes, that's where the band name came from), and crowd favorites to scream along to: "Warning" and "Uproar."

Shortly after an amazing set on the first night, a slight damper was put on the anticipation of the following evening as it was learned that openers New Mexican Disaster Squad had encountered vehicle break-down and would not be attending. After some discussion it was determined that local friends Heroes Die would replace them on the bill.

With the inclusion of the Draft, old touring buddies of Inquisition from the early days of Hot Water Music, and the excitement of concluding a memorable weekend in music history of Richmond, Day 2 was hyped to be the better show of the weekend. Heroes Die started the evening off, playing a brand of heavy, metal-influenced hardcore akin to Terror or Hatebreed, and received a mixed reaction. Local friends were present to support the band for making it on the lineup of such an important event, while others stood around waiting for the night's other featured performers. The band played well, however, taking the place of another group that many were disappointed could not make it; it obviously took its toll on how Heroes Die were received.

The Draft came on to yet another mixed reaction. However, many, including yours truly, were singing along to every word from a set list comprised of mostly tracks from the debut LP, In a Million Pieces, especially the set (and album) opener "New Eyes Open," "Not What I Want to Do" and "Lo Zee Rose." Guitarist/vocalist Chris Wollard attempted to awaken the partially stagnant crowd by inquiring about the lack of energy and encouraging more movement, and overall fun. This was my fifth time experiencing the Gainesville, FL quartet, and easily the best set I've seen from them yet.

As they did for the first evening, Inquisition entered with the same musical/vocal recording introduction as the first night, and again launched into "Mute," again receiving a raucous response for a crowd ready to move. I've heard some refer to Night 2 as a little more violent as far as the atmosphere in the crowd, but the amount of smiles, voices singing along and overall enthusiasm easily matched, if not surpassed Friday's event. The set list was almost identical, which was expected as the band promised the LP in full both nights, but a few more surprises from the past were tossed in. The highlight of the night, and possibly the weekend, was the inclusion of the song "Day by Day." The track holds personal meaning to my friend Dave, who runs a production company appropriately titled daybyday (who happens to be responsible for the upcoming Avail documentary). He was filming on the opposite side of the stage from me, and halfway into the song, he dropped his camera and ran to the front of the stage, doing a full flip into the crowd. Stories such as this are probably common for many in attendance, as Inquisition's music holds a lot of meaning and inspired great music from others later on in life. Despite some technical problems with equipment (I was told an amp actually caught on fire -- oddly appropriate), nothing could detract from the emotional, yet extremely fun and invigorating effect of the set that night. Afterwards, the band packed up and played a small acoustic set of roughly six songs at a small bar on the other side of town. Though it was limited to acoustic guitars and Russ equipped with a snare and a cymbal, Thomas turned the bar into a massive experience for all in the room, standing in the middle of a small crowd, screaming some old songs along with some old and new friends.

The weekend itself was simply amazing. I met some new friends, and hung out with some old pals, including your favorite Punknewsers Brian and Kirby. For anyone else I met, hung out with, shared a beer or a laugh with, thanks for making these two shows some of the greatest experiences I've had.

inquisition night 2
Inquisition night 1
inquisition night 1
Inquisition night 2

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
The Swellers - My EverestBigwig - An Invitation to TragedyShook Ones - Facetious Folly FeatTim Barry - ManchesterBouncing Souls - The Gold RecordBig D and the Kids Table - Strictly RudeThrice - The Illusion of SafetyThe Suicide Machines - Destruction By DefinitionBigwig - Stay AsleepTim Barry - Rivanna Junction

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (May 27, 2007)

"the photos actually kinda suck, you should try to not get the mic stand (or any stand) in the shot unless it's to help with the shot. in your shots this isn't done and its annoying, from an artistic point."

The guy writes a great review, posts some pics that capture the beauty of a punk rock show, and gets a comment like that?
You're probably the same type of asshole who gets bent out of shape at a great show because the guitar player fucks up one note out of thousand.
This is a great site. Been a fan for years. It would be even better if negative, non contributing motherfuckers like yourself would leave.
Mr. Kenzington

sickboi (May 27, 2007)

Yeah, that was me. What's your email address? I'll send you the pictures of you and your friends. Man, that shiner you had on Sunday was brutal.

Zackrocksteady (May 27, 2007)

haha really? were you the guy who gave us buttons? I would love to see the pictures or whatever. Thanks! and in continuation with the post....still a great couple of shows

HumbertHumbert (May 27, 2007)

Wish I coulda been there.

And about the critical comment on the pictures: fuck your "art" point of view. An accurate depiction of the show is more important than circle-jerk photographical standards.

sickboi (May 27, 2007)

I have pictures of you. I was the one interviewing you guys outside...

Zackrocksteady (May 27, 2007)

I was there both nights I was dubbed part of the "new york kids" it was a great couple of shows, even if I did leave with a black eye

eyeslikebombs (May 26, 2007)

BTW, that Draft set was incredible. I wasn't familiar with them before that show, but now I really wanna see them live again.

Anonymous (May 26, 2007)

NMDS.......van break down really means we are more than likely breaking up but can't pull the plug on this thing just yet.

eyeslikebombs (May 26, 2007)

The pictures were great. If you want perfect artistry then go to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert, that's not really what this sort of show is about.

sickboi (May 26, 2007)

Considering I was filming and need to concentrate on that, and use one free hand to take misc. pics, I don't think they came out too bad. Not to mention, if you take a look at the crowd, it's not exactly like I was able to shoot from wherever I wanted.

-chris

Anonymous (May 26, 2007)

the photos actually kinda suck, you should try to not get the mic stand (or any stand) in the shot unless it's to help with the shot. in your shots this isn't done and its annoying, from an artistic point.

niveK82 (May 26, 2007)

I am kicking myself for not making the trip to this. I love inquisition way more than any of the parts. Hopefully this won't be their last time together.

Anonymous (May 26, 2007)

I made it to both shows, too, and I won't soon forget them.

I had actually resigned to only seeing them Friday night, but read online Saturday afternoon that they'd have more tickets at the door. Turns out the 2nd night never sold out at the door, I got there over half-way into Inquisition's set and they actually let me in for free.

One of the previous posts mentioned that the reviewer should have said more about the crowd, but really, it's hard to put into words, hopefully the DVD will show just how incredible these shows were.

skolarx (May 25, 2007)

so what happened to the fanboy rule for reviews? i kid, i kid. i imagine anyone lucky enough to have gotten to see the shows would have probably gushed about it the same way

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

I wish you had've said more about the exuberant crowd. "The Punks who used to Sing Along" came out of the woodwork for this one. I was totally cheezing during the entire set, as were many of my friends. During Uproar on the second night, I was watching in awe from above as the entire building went crazy and people dove from the stage in an endless fury like I've never seen before.
I was at their breakup show in 96 and this night totally made up for the fact that that was one of the worst days of my youth.
BTW, the "small bar on the other side of town" is the hallowed ground where the Richmond music mecca, the Metro, was until 94......and right around the corner from where Inquisition played that fateful show 10 years ago.

SumWon (May 25, 2007)

So is Richmond the new hotbed of punk or something? I hope so because I grew up there and am trying to get back there soon. What's next, a Wardance Orange reunion? Oh wait, that already happened. They should do it again though, that show slayed. Oh yeah, Inquisition rocked/rocks too! yay. Good review.

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

Mr. Belding

dougkatz (May 25, 2007)

Neither of the nights were violent at all.

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

i hung out with thomas for a bit when they played with the souls in hamilton last month. he's one of the most genuine and nicest dudes in punk/hardcore. i cant wait to see this dvd. will both shows be on it?

baseball (May 25, 2007)

awesome pictures Chris

damn, wish i didn't have to move that weekend...had to miss this and i didn't get to see the Copyrights in Baltimore

red_eye_inc (May 25, 2007)

Those pictures make this look like so much fun. Way to tease us.

donfeo (May 25, 2007)

I was at both shows.

It'd be awesome if they could make this into some sort of semi-annual benefit.

ozmanx (May 25, 2007)

Sickboi, what kind of camera do you have? Those photos came out pretty good.

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

Nice pics

Anonymous (May 25, 2007)

there's a hole in the bucket, dear liza.

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go