Thursday I headed down to the water basin known as New Orleans to catch the 10 for $10 Tour. Honestly, I was there for one reason, my interview with Poison the Well about Tear From the Red for my book.
Well, how shitty would it be to pay $10 and see one band for one interview. So I packed my camera, grabbed ten bucks and headed to The Hanger. What follows is an account of preexisting notions reversed in one day, over ten bands.
As I suspected, the show was filled with your typical hardcore kids. Part time workers between 13-21 with a few older guys in their 30's. (You know, the guys that have been listening to hardcore since the 80's and early 90's.)
Crowd aside, the show slammed through some of hardcore's up and coming stars. Now, this type of music is not my thing. But I will say, the stand outs of the evening were The Ghost Inside and This is Hell. Their take on hardcore is a progress forward. Trapped Under Ice had an Anthrax feel which was cool to see the kids get into and I've never seen such insanity at a show as I did when Terror went on.
That brings me to my point. Yes, I was one of those guys who thought hardcore is just some tough guy, brodown-a-thon. Honestly, it was still a bit tough, but in th end, everyone respected everyone's personal space. There wasn't one fight (that I saw, or heard about). The bands allowed kids to take the microphone for their favorite songs. And if any of the frontmen got it right, it was a way that each band got about 30 minutes, no rockstars and everyone had a positive time.
Yes, I still think the majority of hardcore sounds a bit the same. But then again, I'm a jazz guy, and I think classical all sounds the same, and only pick out parts here and there. Thursday, I listened and I picked out parts of every band on stage. But it was their energy and vibe that I picked up on the most.
***Also, Bane fans, they announced that they've just finished recording six songs (one of which they played), and will be releasing them on some 7 inches this fall I believe.***
Sure, what happened days before in Tennessee was an incident. Sure, I've been to "hardcore" shows where there has been fights, or someone insiting fights. You know what, those assholes exist everywhere, at every show, in any genre or venue.
That all being said, the 10 for $10 Tour was a great time, and for the price and bands (and their merch which was all quite reasonable), I'd say take the day off and go see some rock and roll. Who knows, you may be seeing one band you've always loved, and getting into nine discoveries.