Philly House Shows
Pt 1 – The Shore House
Show: Feb 15.2011 – Fatal, Population Zero, Common Alliance, Metal Jacket
All Photos by James Seibert
We gave you a teaser last week as we posted some fun cell-phone footage of an underground Philly House Show in South Philly at The Bordello with Washington DC-straightedge-powerhouse, Coke Bust. We explained then;
We are launching a new column entitled Philly House Shows! And it’s pretty simple. We’ll be covering a couple wild underground spots in Philly each month to showcase the area’s happening music scene, where thousands of deranged peeps pour into dozens of house shows happening throughout South and West Philadelphia…
We’ll be providing pictorial coverage and occasional videos for your viewing pleasure. It’s time for some serious Philly love on Blow The Scene.
Last Friday, BTS photographer James and I made the trek out to one of West Philadelphia’s leading punk staples, The Shore House. I’ve seen several shows here over the years and these guys run a legit East Coast-DIY-Institution. Several bands, including West Philadelphia’s Bucket Flush use this graffiti-stained cellar as a practice space. The Shore House has seen hundreds of bands pass through and was nearly shutdown after “Pointless Fest” in 2009 when neighbors signed a petition to have the tenants evicted for the overwhelming turnout. Since then, the tenants have streamlined the show process and organize the chaos with a steady crew of musicians and friends.
The Shore House has been active for over 5 years now and has seen dozens of tenants come and go and was named after the original group of tenants who moved from the shores of the East Coast. We agreed not to publish the address, location, or last names to help the house remain underground. Original Shore House founder John was there to help with set up (which consisted of picking up some beer cans, moving a few tables and chairs, and directing bands through the handcrafted stage and blanket-style soundproofing system). John also provide James and I with this back-story before leaving the dank basement to the bands.
*note: Ashers never made it to Philadelphia due to van trouble but are fine and have resumed tour.
Without further ado, here is the show in pictures:
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Metal Jacket – Philly Area D-beat/Punk – New band! 4-Piece
Common Alliance – Philadelphia Street Punk 4-Piece
Population Zero – Philadelphia Hardcore Punk Titans – 5-Piece
Fatal – Crushing Crusty Thrash Metal From Florida