UK hardcore talents Violent Reaction, Arms Race, and Perspex Flesh ripped through Philly’s DIY show space, Second Empire along with regional smashers Razorheads, Dopestroke, and Latex.
Violent Reaction are currently supporting a new 7″, Marching On, released via LA’s famed hardcore label, Revelation Records in March that we had the pleasure of premiering in full. Straightedge and full of oi!, Violent Reaction was spearheaded by Tom Pimlott in Liverpool as a one-man project in 2011. The band has remained prolific seeing a self-titled EP (Quality Control & 6131 Records), plus the Painkiller Records released 2013 debut LP, City Streets, in addition to the 2014 Dead-End EP, also through Painkiller.
Arms Race are currently supporting a series of releases including 2014’s debut 7″ Gotta Get Out, on Quality Control HQ and stateside via Painkiller Records. The band released its latest work, New Nonsense via Quality Control HQ also in March. Perpex Flesh are supporting a new release on Static Shock Records, Ordered Image, that CvltNation described in a recent review stating, “The band perfectly blends together elements of hardcore, punk and rainbow sprinkles of death rock to produce a sound that will make you get rowdy while simultaneously altering your entire wardrobe to mimic that of Robert Smith’s.”
The bill was rounded out by a rash of some of Philly’s finest hardcore punk talents including BTS favorites, the always raw- Dopestroke who were accompanied by newer additions Latex and Razorheads. Per usual- listening samples of all the guilty parties are included below, so be sure to check em’ an support the bands of you like what you hear.
All photos by Blow The Scene Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)