Few bands can lay claim to having toured with more veracity than Orange County, CA’s hardcore sons, Ignite. Having formed in 1993, the band built a sturdy foundation of loyal followers from around the globe by decimating stages in over 40 countries long before finding larger-scale commercial success with their latter releases. Never afraid to let their lyrics speak on many political focuses, last Thursday’s performance found the band supporting a cause all of us can get behind – a toy drive for children in need during the holidays. Philadelphia’s premiere hardcore show organizers, Joe Hardcore and Philly Hardcore Shows were on hand collecting goodies for the kiddos at this show as well as, follow-up performance by Sheer Terror (which we will have featured very soon).
With almost two decades of music history under their belts and several releases on various labels, Ignite still has not one iota of difficulty drawing a rapid fan base out of the woodwork and keeping a room fully energized from opening shot to closing bells. Show organizers did have to step in regulate as a barrage of over zealous crowd surfers nearly took out the house lighting and ceiling fans during this raucous performance at The Barbary. Regardless, it is safe to say all had an evening to remember.
Co-headliners, Mother Of Mercy gave a hometown performance that was more than befitting of the mood as they continue to support their latest recorded effort on Bridge Nine Records, Symptoms Of Existence, which was released earlier in 2011 and has seen the band featured on several top-notch tours with such hardcore legends as Sick of It All and Outbreak.
The bill was rounded out with a solid list of supporting acts that touched on many different niches of hardcore including Ensign, Rude Awakening, and One Win Choice who all stepped up to the plate with A-game performances.
The tremendously talented Anne Spina of Anne Spina Photogrpaghy was on hand to capture another stellar gallery for your viewing pleasure.
We know you are here for the picture, so without further ado..
All Pictures by Anne Spina.