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Bane Show Report From The Knitting Factory In New York

Ah, Bane in New York City’s Knitting Factory: non-stop straight-edge hardcore at its finest. Boston’s Bane plugged their gear in, and from the first force of front man Aaron Bedard’s strong vocals and heavy and energetic 3-chord and punch-packed drum backing from the band, fans were singing along in unison while moshers threw themselves across the floor. Bane made it clear they were excited to play New York City.
Bane’s merchandise booth was jam-packed with fans waiving their money and pointing to shirts. Personally, I fell in love with their black shirt with gold glittered ‘BANE.’ Inevitably, Bedard gifted me with a shirt and a hoodie. I can’t express enough how much this band RULES in every way!

As for their performance, spectacular is an understatement. When Bane came on stage, the crowd did not let up. Non-stop chaos ensured, as everyone cleared the merchandise area and packed in around the stage—the pit turned into a whirlwind of bodies kicking around, while crowd surfers toiled to get on stage with the Band. Bedard was moving like he had caught fire, despite the kids jumping on stage and grabbing the microphone to scream along with him. If there was a lack of snarling from the band, judging from the smiles on the faces, it was because they're having too much fun to break their stride.

An interview with Bedard proved him to be engaging, witty, charismatic, and incredibly enigmatic. He spoke much of their travels through Europe and Japan, and articulated his love for other cultures as well as for mother America; he determined, though, that nothing beats American Hardcore. He further expressed his strive for forever one-uping each album they create. "The Note," out on Equal Vision, 2006, is explosively fierce and should not be missed. Bedard expressed that with the arrival of the drummer’s new baby, the band was only doing a month long tour, which included Boston, New York, California, and Japan.

Being at the Knitting Factory made me realize how much I missed hardcore shows tremendously, and the best compliment I can give to this tour is that, despite the fact that they only played a few cities, they played my favorite one, New York. The energy and love from the fans and band reminded me why these concerts are still worth pining for.

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