Baltimore’s leading sons of hardcore, Trapped Under Ice, recently tore through Philly’s Barbary venue for a ruckus show as part of the United Forces Tour 2012 with Wisdom in Chains, Backtrack, Naysayer, and Born Low. This Philly edition was brought to you by way of Joe Hardcore, R5, and his Philly Hardcore Shows booking group, who we had a blast with during our recent This Is Hardcore Fest 2012 invasion.
Trapped Under Ice continue to support their 2011 full-length, Big Kiss Goodnight, which hit streets via Reaper Records and Goodfight Entertainment, solidifying the band’s prominence within the NYC hardcore style resurgence of recent years. If you missed it, we were on hand to capture an exclusive photo review of TUI’s record release show in Baltimore! The album was an underground success amongst most critics and fans with Punknews.org stating, “Simply put, Big Kiss Goodnight is an excellent record that firmly establishes Trapped Under Ice in the upper echelon of hardcore.” The band is rumored to be working on new material with an unspecified release date. We’ll keep you posted.
PA’s own hardcore mainstays, Wisdom In Chains, made a select appearance on this bill, always drawing a hearty gathering of supporters to fill out the mammoth oi-inspired, working-class gang vocals that have become a staple of the band’s live performances. Long Island’s Backtrack combine grooves with old-school, nyc-style hardcore that has seen the band share the stage with like of Cro-Mags, Madball, and Sick Of It All, to name just a few as the band continues to support their Reaper Records debut, Darker Half, which was hit streets in 2011.
Richmond smashers, Naysayer broke off a thunderous set as they also continue to support their Reaper Records debut, Laid To Rest, which Imp Magazine commented on, “Every song on Laid To rest is a high point, there isn’t a single track that doesn’t satisfy the listener. It is one of those albums you listen to a track and hope the next one is just as good, and in this case, it holds to be true.”
Albany’s Born Low rounded out the bill as they too are supporting a new release on Reaper Records entitled, The Hunger Within. GlueHC.com commented on the record by saying, “Much like the aforementioned horde of bands jocking NYHC roots, Born Low can’t do anything but admit to be on the same path, yet they’re among the minority who offer a unique twist on the sound, injecting plenty of their own personality. While it’s clear they’ve been spinning a lot of the same records as bands they’re now labelmates with on Reaper Records (who will be handling the band’s next release), Born Low have also found a thread of darker tendencies not really present with those other bands, manifested in thicker vocals and a harder crunch in the riffs.”
We know you are here for the pictures, so without further ado..
All pictures by Blow The Scene Staff Photographer Anne Spina (Anne Spina Photography)