This NJ Photo Review showcases the second day of a great weekend for East Coast hardcore in February as Six Feet Under Records label-mates The Mongoloids and Agitator celebrated record release shows in Philadelphia and New Jersey with stacked rosters of hardcore cohorts. You can scope the Philly edition for all the festivities during the prior evening at O’Reiley’s, but today we focus on the Brick Township VFW as Title Fight, Turnstile, Beware, Cruel Hand, Stick Together, and Blind Justice would join the aforementioned for a raucous night of hardcore.
Cruel Hand, The Mongoloids, and Agitator had a strong showing the prior evening and are all supporting new material that we touched on in the first half of our special feature. Our comrades an hour Northeast in NJ showed no lack of enthusiasm as they continued the collective downpour of support. (The Mongoloids new LP, Mongo Life, officially dropped as digital release today.)
The evening’s festivities were punctuated by headliners Title Fight, who continue to celebrate 2012’s Floral Green LP on Side One Dummy Records that simply dominated year-end lists and recently saw the band sell-out Philly’s Union Transfer where we caught up with the band for an exclusive video interview. The Wilkes-Barre quartet looks just as comfortable in the VFW hall mixing it up with the crowd as on a 12-foot-high stage. It had been sometime since we caught up with Baltimore’s Turnstile who feature Trapped Under Ice drummer Brendan Yates on vocals. The Reaper Records recording artists laid down a powerhouse of set with selections from 2011’s Pressure to Succeed EP.
Stick Together, who never skimp on the craziness, and as you’ll see in photos, brought the thunder. The Triple B/Back To Back Records recording artists are definitely a band to keep an eye on in 2013. And if that wasn’t enough bang for your buck, the bill also featured rising PA hardcore troupe Beware (featuring members of Mother of Mercy) who continue to support EP, Won’t Get The Best Of Me, (Back to Back Records) that can be streamed via bandcamp. Blind Justice had the honors of kicking off the evening for what proved to be non-stop ride of frenetic energy, heavy mosh, and more gang vocals and crowd-a-longs than you could shake a stick at.
Blow The Scene‘s tireless photographer Anne Spina of Anne Spina Photography was there to capture all of the guilty parties for your viewing pleasure.