This is the kind of gallery you get when bands, crowd, and photographer, all show up to a show with the same kind of enthusiasm and drive that just explodes at the opening bell. Philly’s now legendary First Unitarian Church played host to a powerhouse bill that featured Lifetime, Title Fight, and Iron Chic on January 8, 2012, for a show that all but blew the roof off.
This is the second time we’ve featured Long Island’s Iron Chic in the past year and their crowd grows more energetic with each performance. Last Spring the band posted some new songs for pay-what-you-want download on their Bandcamp page. Two songs were taken from Iron Chic‘s split with Pacer while remaining tracks were released on the B-side of the Cosmic Future tour single. Today the band is playing a benefit show for LI promoter Mitch Kraeling, who is a 20 year old who has been active in the local scene for years. Mitch was recently diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma that effects only 200 people a year all whom are 20 and under. Currently, Mitch is going through chemotherapy at Stony Brook University Medical and the band is donating their time to help out this great cause today called Mitch-a-Palooza in Amityville, NY. Check it out if you are from the area!
Next up was Title Fight, who had quite the whirlwind year in 2011. After years of putting out teaser EPs, this Kingston, PA band dropped their debut full-length, Shed on Side One Dummy records to rave reviews from fans, critics and bands alike. They were mentioned several times throughout our Top Lists of 2011 by many renowned figures in the hardcore scene. The band was featured on numerous tours, including Alternative Press’s Fall Tour 2011 where our resident loveable giant, Andy McNeil caught up with band for a feature interview. 2012 is shaping up to be another stellar year for these up-and-comers.
New Jersey’s practitioners of progressive hardcore, Lifetime brought the thunder. No two ways about it. The band the been continually refining their emotional blend of melodic hardcore since the early 90s and it shows. With a live show that instigates one of the most passionate crowd responses of their time, Lifetime have outlived the vast majority of their musical peers. If you are new to this band, by all means, go do some homework- Chances are most of the modern melodic hardcore bands you’ve come to love were influenced by this band, or share one, if not more of their members. Lifetime also recently announced they will be playing the now legendary Groezrock Festival in Belgium in 2012. Get ready.
We know you are here for the pictures, so without further ado..
[wp_bandcamp_player type=”album” id=”3877937961″ size=”venti” bg_color=”#FFFFFF” link_color=”#4285BB”]