United Blood Festival XIII - Friday Only
Comprised of former members of Malfunction, Lost Souls, and current members of Backtrack, this band came out with a 3-song demo this year that audibly knocked me out. Taking influence from the likes of Integrity and Burning Spirit-era Japanese hardcore, Candy creates a sound that is a combination not often heard or even attempted to be emulated in 2017. They’ve only played two shows at this point and have already announced a debut 7” coming out on Triple-B entitled Candy Says. I truly cannot even fathom how cool this band is sometimes and am honestly in awe at their momentum and trajectory.
COMBUST, formed in late 2017, break into the scene with 5 intense tracks of straight up New York Hardcore. Featuring members of NYHC bands Vice and Impact, it’s not hard to see the heavy influence from bands such as Killing Time, Raw Deal, Outburst, Breakdown and Cro-Mags. This is a band that you’ll want to keep your eye on as we head into the new year.
Andrew : Vocals
Peter : Guitar
Manny : Bass
Dave : Drums
Hardcore band from Connecticut, USA
Division of Mind
UK Hip Hop act.
Downfall was a ska and punk band from the Bay Area formed by Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman (2), Dave Mello, Pat Mello, and Jason Hammon following the break-up of Operation Ivy in 1989 and pre-dating Armstrong's and Freeman's wider recognition in Rancid. They performed at least seven shows over a period of three months; playing at Robert Eggplant's house, the Dementia Hauz, Berkeley Square, and 924 Gilman Street.
Downfall's debut album, Get Ready For Action, was originally going to be released on Very Small Records in 1989 before being postponed. In 1994, Tim and Matt were planning to release it as a 10" on Zafio records and as CD and cassette on Lookout, with Tim going so far as to re-record alternate vocals for lines that he had since re-used in Rancid songs. However, Tim found himself too busy with Rancid and could no longer spend any more time working on the Downfall release.
New Jersey's last youth crew band (well youth crew rivival band). 90s hardcore that has often been compared to Judge, which is arguably the highest compliment. Playing all of their songs.
One Step Closer
Year Of The Knife
Hardcore band from Newark, Delaware