Just shy of two years years since their last live appearance, Philadelphia’s evolving sons of hardcore, Blacklisted, played a standing-room-only show at The Barbary that all but knocked the venue off its foundation. Blacklisted have become a Philly institution, releasing a number of influential works through renowned indie label Deathwish Inc throughout the 2000s before recently signing to Six Feet Under Records. The band continues to develop a style that has transgressed from punishing, straight-forward hardcore blasts, into an indefinable amalgamation of grunge-induced post-hardcore.
Few bands have managed to traverse into new territories of musical composition while maintaining a solid fan base as Blacklisted has done in recent years. This was none more apparent than with the band’s latest release, No One Deserves This More Than Me, which hit streets via Deathwish Inc in December of 2009. At first, the distinct shift in musical style presented on this record created a groundswell of buzz from both sides of the spectrum. Some fans were ecstatic over the progression, while others felt abandoned by one of hardcore’s most notorious sounding bands. With over two years of time to marinate on the release, it’s safe to say most fans have accepted and embraced this change in trajectory. And on that same note, the Internet was a buzz with the news that Blacklisted have just announced an Australian tour with Defeater for what is being hailed as yet another triumphant return for the band.
This recent show at The Barbary found the Blacklisted members at the top of their game, blasting through a barrage of material that saw explosive responses from the crowd throughout the performance. True to form, Joe Hardcore and his Philly Hardcore Shows promotion group kept a six band bill on point, moving musicians in and off the stage with the quickness, as Current, Praise, Beware, Stick Together, and Verse, had the honors of ripping opening ceremonies for this matinée showcase that was over and out by 7pm.
Got to love Philly Hardcore.
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All photos by our Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging.
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