We missed most of the first band, Most Precious Blood. That wasn't such a big deal since we have seen MPB many times. One thing that stuck out from their set was when a friend of ours was crowd surfing and singing into the microphone and he accidentally kicked the singer of MPB in the mouth. He ended up cracking his tooth! It was pretty funny when he announced to the crowd that it was "Paul from Staten Island" who was to blame for cracking his tooth.
Bane came next. The lead singer apolagized for them getting to the club late and announced that the set was going to be shortened greatly due to the fact that they had to make room for SOIA and SAS. Bane got the crowd going right away. They tore through an energy-packed set, which consisted of lots of sing-a-longs, pile-ups, dancing, and just general hardcore rowdiness. The singer kept on saying how great it was to finally get a chance to play with Sick Of It All. They closed with "Can we start again" from their album It All Comes Down To This.
Stretch Arm Strong came next. The crowd came alive as SAS opened up with "For The Record". The place was just going insane as the band and the crowd were way into it. The singer was constantly in the crowd, with his microphone shoved in people's faces. The two guitarists and the bass player were jumping around like madmen, bumping into everyone and everything around them. A majority of the songs they played were off of their new record, A Revolution Transmission. Some of those songs were, "When Worlds escape" and "The Truth About Iowa". It was extremely cool when they dedicated the song "For Now" from their album Rituals of Life to all of the girls in the crowd. During that song, all of the guys let the girls get closer to the stage and sing in the microphone. It was cool that the girls were given the opportunity to go as crazy as guys do at hardcore shows .
Sick Of It All kicked things off with "Clubbering Time," and the crowd went absolutely insane. There was stage diving, crowdsurfing, and everything else imaginable going on in a very limited space. SOIA's set consisted of tunes, such as: "Scratch The Surface,"(which was dedicated to all of the girls in the audience!) "Injustice System," "Disco Sucks, Fuck Everything," "Call To Arms," "Us Vs. Them," "B.S. Justice," and many other great songs. In the middle of their set, one guy decided to take all of his clothes off, run through the crowd, jump on stage and then crowd surf. That was both the scariest and funniest moment of the show!
SOIA always gives it all they got and they never disapoint the crowd. I guess that's why they are one of the greatest hardcore bands on the face of this earth!
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