Joe Hardcore

Apr 18 2014

KSE and Unearth

Before tumblr and your ability to be all knowing punk geniuses because of the Internet , KSE and Unearth came up in the hardcore scene. Stayed on floors , played DIY punk shows in punk venues and made their way . They weren’t instantly accepted by metal people and in a very punk way carved their own niche in the American metal scene.
Despite their ascension their friendships and ties to hardcore were lifelong and forged before these bands were founded.
I’m proud to have them play This Is Hardcore - if you’re too cool stay home.
But don’t tell me what is hardcore when you’re opinion is based in horseshit you read online, where as I’ve been supporting these guys since their first shows.

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Anonymous asked: did you know that Killswitch Engage is a metalcore band? and not, they're not a DIY band neither.

fairweatherfiend:

thisishardcorefest:

To anyone complaining about Killswitch (or Unearth for that matter) not being hardcore…the irony here is that you obviously were not around 10+ years ago when they came up in hardcore(we were booking those bands back then all the time), and bands of their ilk were the norm in the scene. They transcended it, got some success, but never changed. Good for them. We’re beyond stoked to have them. Don’t care? Neither do we. Leave early or stand outside and post on instagram like a “real” hardcore kid.

Hahaha. STFU and get stoked for KSE. I know I’ll be.

Did you know they played DIY punk venues before you were cool and punk on tumblr

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Apr 01 2014
thisishardcorefest:

THIS IS HARDCORE 2014 JULY 24-27, 2014 PHILADELPHIA, PA ELECTRIC FACTORY TICKETS ON SALE 12 APRIL 2014 ON THISISHARDCOREFEST.COM **AFTER SHOWS: TBA** LISTEN HERE: THISISHARDCOREFESTIVAL.BANDCAMP.COM 100 DEMONS ALL ELSE FAILED ALPHA & OMEGA ANGEL DUST BACKTRACK BAD LUCK 13 RIOT EXTRAVAGANZA BL’AST! BLACKLISTED BOLD CIV CODE ORANGE KIDS COKE BUST COLD WORLD CONVERGE CROWBAR CRUEL HAND CULTURE DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR DEATH THREAT DIE YOUNG DOWNSET. DROPDEAD E. TOWN CONCRETE EXPIRE FREEDOM FULL OF HELL FURY OF FIVE GREG BENNICK (TRIAL) SPOKEN WORD HARMS WAY HOUNDS OF HATE INCENDIARY KILLSWITCH ENGAGE KNUCKLEDUST LIFELESS MADBALL (SET IT OFF 20TH ANNIVERSARY SET) MINDSET MUSHMOUTH NAILS NOISEM OLD HABITS POWER TRIP RELENTLESS RINGWORM ROTTING OUT RUDE AWAKENING SLAPSHOT SLUMLORDS STIGMATA SUBURBAN SCUM TEST OF TIME THE EXPLOSION TIMEBOMB TITLE FIGHT TURMOIL TURNSTILE TWITCHING TONGUES UNEARTH WISDOM IN CHAINS WORLD WAR 4 WRONG ANSWER XIBALBA

2014 - this is hardcoreIt took hard work, good friends and a year but we are back !

thisishardcorefest:

THIS IS HARDCORE 2014
JULY 24-27, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, PA
ELECTRIC FACTORY

TICKETS ON SALE 12 APRIL 2014 ON THISISHARDCOREFEST.COM
**AFTER SHOWS: TBA**
LISTEN HERE: THISISHARDCOREFESTIVAL.BANDCAMP.COM

100 DEMONS
ALL ELSE FAILED
ALPHA & OMEGA
ANGEL DUST
BACKTRACK
BAD LUCK 13 RIOT EXTRAVAGANZA
BL’AST!
BLACKLISTED
BOLD
CIV
CODE ORANGE KIDS
COKE BUST
COLD WORLD
CONVERGE
CROWBAR
CRUEL HAND
CULTURE
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
DEATH THREAT
DIE YOUNG
DOWNSET.
DROPDEAD
E. TOWN CONCRETE
EXPIRE
FREEDOM
FULL OF HELL
FURY OF FIVE
GREG BENNICK (TRIAL) SPOKEN WORD
HARMS WAY
HOUNDS OF HATE
INCENDIARY
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KNUCKLEDUST
LIFELESS
MADBALL (SET IT OFF 20TH ANNIVERSARY SET)
MINDSET
MUSHMOUTH
NAILS
NOISEM
OLD HABITS
POWER TRIP
RELENTLESS
RINGWORM
ROTTING OUT
RUDE AWAKENING
SLAPSHOT
SLUMLORDS
STIGMATA
SUBURBAN SCUM
TEST OF TIME
THE EXPLOSION
TIMEBOMB
TITLE FIGHT
TURMOIL
TURNSTILE
TWITCHING TONGUES
UNEARTH
WISDOM IN CHAINS
WORLD WAR 4
WRONG ANSWER
XIBALBA

2014 - this is hardcore
It took hard work, good friends and a year but we are back !

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Anonymous asked: did you know that Killswitch Engage is a metalcore band? and not, they're not a DIY band neither.

thisishardcorefest:

To anyone complaining about Killswitch (or Unearth for that matter) not being hardcore…the irony here is that you obviously were not around 10+ years ago when they came up in hardcore(we were booking those bands back then all the time), and bands of their ilk were the norm in the scene. They transcended it, got some success, but never changed. Good for them. We’re beyond stoked to have them. Don’t care? Neither do we. Leave early or stand outside and post on instagram like a “real” hardcore kid.

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Mar 25 2014
Mar 20 2014
Mar 11 2014

I’m still learning things about hardcore in 2014

Starting off with Cadet (a link for their bandcamp is on a post earlier)
my first church show of 2014 began.
I didn’t see as many of our usual younger philadelphia hardcore scene kids.
Much younger, more scraggly crowd. Some semi-familiar faces from south jersey and elsewhere but missing many of the people who have made the shows here what they are over the past few years.
It reminds me that its been about 4 years and things change. 
the kids who found the shows in their late teens are out of college or just about to be. 
Jobs, girlfriends/boyfriends and other interests are keeping them from going to every show like they used to.
Its a hard thing to make every show here. I definitely don’t come to everything so its not a requirement or expectation.

Cadet really brings out the real power in the post hardcore sound from the 90s. Incredible band, awesome sound with a great potential. 

Heart to Heart is the kind of band that I don’t seek to book. I have no interest or working knowledge of the who’s who of the pop punk with breakdowns bands and its never been a sub genre that I’ve been interested in booking. Most of the people who book these bands aren’t into the bands, they just wish to make a name and money for themselves. 
Having said that, the band did what all bands like them do- they played, they had screamy parts, weird singy parts and kids liked it.

At this point, I started to wonder if the local philly crowd were not coming and wondering if rotting out would get the reaction they usually would without the presence of the locals.

the beautiful ones- first time they’ve played here but the crowd was into it. Alot going on with the music from this band. heavy parts, fast parts. A bit out of sync with what alot of bands are doing today but collectively pulling it together and doing it well.
I was impressed at the reaction they got. Despite being a younger crowd, these kids were going all out already. It was time for me to tell kids to move up front and not mosh into the PA or in the back of the room.
Still no philly locals for the most part.

no bragging rights- this band dropped off a show I did a few years back, so this is the first I’ve seen them. again, not a band I would have sought out to book, but the crowd was really into them. I think they are better at being a fast older CBK sounding band so I don’t get the need for the mosh breakdowns but the kiddies were really into it.
I was convinced by the end of their set that kids were going to leave for rotting out.

rotting out- some friend of theirs did some weird whitekid beat poet spoken word thing before they got to play. I was worried that this would turn away people but no one moved. in fact they pushed up front.
From the first note to the last I was amazed.
Having booked Rotting Out a few times in different venues and at TIHC - I saw how a full room of hc kids reacted but didn’t expect this crowd to go off and sing along but they certainly did.

Its 2014 and these younger kids are coming to the shows and they are bringing an energy that is needed. It is a bumout to see the current crop of philly people not show for this bill but the church was alive, it was something to behold and it was awesome to see kids not exactly looking the part, not exactly doing all the cool moves but being so earnestly into the show. I miss doing shows where every band gets a solid reaction.
I look forward to more kids like this coming to the shows we have in the coming months. Hopefully they wont get too cool too quick.

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Mar 05 2014
#promotermonth2014
 day 5The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, its the rise and fall that makes a man humble and wise. Right around 2007 Terror hadn’t played any hc shows and were on alot of the mixed bill packages that didn’t make for an all hc crowd etc.I wanted to change that and had got Terror to come out for a show. Then they decided to come out for a short run.
Maximum Penalty had just the new demo and I was hoping them on a Terror show would boost their name with the younger kids. Add Ringworm and War Hungry and I thought- boom - slam dunk…Well that was until weather projected snow which jammed up a few of their other dates. Ringworm was snowed out and not making the show and although we didn’t get hit with the snow, we got hit with a nasty cold sunday where them fuckin’ eagles were in the playoffs..All of which spelled disaster for the turnout.You’d look at this bill, the cool flyer and think- its a great show in the making and honestly thats where it was left.There was about 200 persons total. At the end of the night, I had to sit down with the man himself, Tim Borror and work out a payment plan as I only had $600 in backup money. Tim being like an older brother/mentor to me, gave me a pass that I don’t think many would receive from him.It was really hard to swallow the end of that show. Alot of things sucked at that time for me and that show bombing and owing money really just added to the suck ass ness of the whole thing. It was a hard financial loss deeper then what my pockets could allow and that makes it the worse loss I’ve had up to that time. Better then some promoters but my first big loss was a motherfucker to my confidence and what I was doing.A couple cool things came from the show.Terror having Patrick Kitzel on the run with them, and with him running Reaper records got the Maximum Penalty the life of times CD in the works.From meeting up with Tim and hanging out when I was paying off the debt, I’d mentioned that 4 band tour packages were no longer interesting and that hardcore needed something bigger to get people talking. A few months later he’d CC’d on an email with Paul Conroy about their plan to make that idea a reality with 10 for 10 tour. Although I was a bit down and feeling out, a month later we started doing barbary shows (day #3) and an era of packed small club shows in Philly came back into the fold.As this was 6 years ago, I’ve learned alot and have only had a handful of losses and taught myself to roll with the punches through the good and the bad. I’m lucky that I’ve worked hard on my end to gain a reputation that allows people to accept things when they don’t work out. I’ve had some shows that just didn’t make breakeven and 2 bombs since Terror, but the bands that have been a part of those shows never took it personally and remained loyal friends who came back to Philly and worked with me again.As with all promoter stories, what is promoter month if we just talk about shows where everything went perfect and life was easy??We know thats never the case, and even the best shows with a packed house are more hectic then the slow nights…big shoutouts to Juicy Joel for the flyer - juicyjoel@gmail.com

#promotermonth2014

day 5

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, its the rise and fall that makes a man humble and wise. 
Right around 2007 Terror hadn’t played any hc shows and were on alot of the mixed bill packages that didn’t make for an all hc crowd etc.
I wanted to change that and had got Terror to come out for a show. 
Then they decided to come out for a short run.

Maximum Penalty had just the new demo and I was hoping them on a Terror show would boost their name with the younger kids. Add Ringworm and War Hungry and I thought- boom - slam dunk…

Well that was until weather projected snow which jammed up a few of their other dates. Ringworm was snowed out and not making the show and although we didn’t get hit with the snow, we got hit with a nasty cold sunday where them fuckin’ eagles were in the playoffs..
All of which spelled disaster for the turnout.

You’d look at this bill, the cool flyer and think- its a great show in the making and honestly thats where it was left.
There was about 200 persons total. 
At the end of the night, I had to sit down with the man himself, Tim Borror and work out a payment plan as I only had $600 in backup money. 
Tim being like an older brother/mentor to me, gave me a pass that I don’t think many would receive from him.

It was really hard to swallow the end of that show. Alot of things sucked at that time for me and that show bombing and owing money really just added to the suck ass ness of the whole thing. It was a hard financial loss deeper then what my pockets could allow and that makes it the worse loss I’ve had up to that time. Better then some promoters but my first big loss was a motherfucker to my confidence and what I was doing.

A couple cool things came from the show.
Terror having Patrick Kitzel on the run with them, and with him running Reaper records got the Maximum Penalty the life of times CD in the works.
From meeting up with Tim and hanging out when I was paying off the debt, I’d mentioned that 4 band tour packages were no longer interesting and that hardcore needed something bigger to get people talking. A few months later he’d CC’d on an email with Paul Conroy about their plan to make that idea a reality with 10 for 10 tour. 
Although I was a bit down and feeling out, a month later we started doing barbary shows (day #3) and an era of packed small club shows in Philly came back into the fold.

As this was 6 years ago, I’ve learned alot and have only had a handful of losses and taught myself to roll with the punches through the good and the bad. I’m lucky that I’ve worked hard on my end to gain a reputation that allows people to accept things when they don’t work out. I’ve had some shows that just didn’t make breakeven and 2 bombs since Terror, but the bands that have been a part of those shows never took it personally and remained loyal friends who came back to Philly and worked with me again.

As with all promoter stories, what is promoter month if we just talk about shows where everything went perfect and life was easy??
We know thats never the case, and even the best shows with a packed house are more hectic then the slow nights…

big shoutouts to Juicy Joel for the flyer - juicyjoel@gmail.com

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