“Final Backward Glance”
That is the last song I will ever see Bane play live.
Bane is one of the most fundamental bands in the hardcore scene. Their influence stretches into all kinds of music and many of the bands I listen to today. I am more than thankful to have had the chance to see such a legendary band live more than once. Last night was bittersweet. I got to see Bane live in concert again but it was the last time I will ever see them live. The show was part of their farewell tour. They are done. How sad to see such a legendary band hang it up but I am more than grateful that I got to see them one last time.
Bane’s shows are known for their intensity. I always come home from their shows with bumps and bruises. The crowds get rowdy but for good reason. The intensity of the fans matches the intensity of the music that Bane is putting out there. So maybe their music isn’t as extreme as some of the music I listen to. There are no pig squeals and no hitch pitched screams, but the amount of energy and emotion that this band emits at a live show is immeasurable.
The crowd was even more intense last night than some of the past Bane shows I have been to. I’m sure it had to do with the fact that we would never be able to experience this again or may be it was due to the fact that there really just haven’t been any huge hardcore shows like this in awhile. Regardless, the crowd was on fire and couldn’t contain their excitement through the opening local bands and the sole other touring group, Axis.
The crowd started moving around for some of the locals. It wasn’t anything too intense, but it is rare that pits open up during opening local acts. This was the first sign that the night was about to get insane. People were respectful as they stomped from one side of the crowd to the other. People went to the spots where they felt comfortable. Some people moved to the upstairs of the venue (okay, upstairs is a bit of a stretch to say, there’s literally just three steps that lead to the “upstairs” but it’s elevated and away from the pit). Some brave souls stayed down and became the barriers of the pit and the bravest of souls stayed right in the middle of said pit. I claimed my spot on the outskirts of the pit. I used to be one of those bravest of souls n the thick of it, but after one too many injuries and having to get a big girl job that I can’t miss due to a concussion or a broken nose, I stick to the outside. There’s still that rush of adrenaline when a body comes flying at you, but you have a better chance of protecting yourself from the blow.
This whole “diagram” of where to stand a show has never failed me. It’s almost like one of the many unspoken rules of concert going (at least the concerts I go to). If you don’t want to get hurt, stay away from the pit. Go upstairs or in the back or far to the sides. If you like a feeling of danger but still have to wake up in the morning and get crap done, stay to the edges of the pit. If you have nothing holding you back, get your ass in that pit and flail like a wildman. Unspoken rule. If you break said rule, you will be called out by a band like Bane and all eyes will be on you. You will be a target. No, we won’t retaliate, but it will be obvious that we want nothing to do to you.
This is exactly what happened last night. I was chilling on the outskirts of the pit during Axis’ set. The music was heavy and extreme just like the rest of the night. The crowd was getting anxious for Bane to come on so they were getting more and more intense with each note. Then this guy came flying to the side where I was standing. We braced for impact but he didn’t stop like he was supposed to and in a split second his elbow had hit the nose of this young girl who was standing maybe ten feet away. Bam. Her nose was obviously broken and blood was streaming down her face. The look of horror on her face was devastating and I couldn’t help but to feel sorry for her as she bolted for the bathroom.
That could have been me. That could have been any of us standing on the outskirts of the pit. That should not have happened. That girl was in a spot that was supposed to be safe. She was a couple people deep from the pit and that should have acted as a barrier but this guy came barrelling through and didn’t respect the pit. Now, I’m not saying that injuries should not happen at shows. They happen all the time and they are to be expected. But when you chose to stand behind a bunch of people that means you are trying to protect yourself, much like this young girl was doing. The fact that this stupid and selfish kid didn’t stop when he was supposed to is what gives shows like this a bad reputation and it makes me sick to my stomach.
I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. The singer of Bane took a few minutes after their first song to call out the kid that did this. He pleaded that the kid that did this go find the girl and apologize. I watched as the guy tried to blend into the audience but he had been spotted. I wasn’t the only one who knew exactly who broke the rules. The girl was long gone after being escorted out of the venue by her friends. Bane offered anyone who knew her to come to the merch table and grab a free shirt. The boy just stood there clapping along with the rest of the crowd. As soon as the music started again, the pit started back up. It was a bit calmer but still more than your average show. The guy that hit the girl tried his best to join in but nobody wanted to interact with him and eventually he gave up and fell to the side of the pit.
All of the bands last night were great. Household really impressed me with their almost pop-punk/ hardcore tunes. These guys had this female guitarist that was incredible. She was the tiniest thing to hit the stage last night but had the biggest voice out of anyone. Triple Crossed was great and Axis completely destroyed the place. Unfortunately, I didn’t get there in time to see much of Treasons but the two songs I did catch seemed great.
Even with that little bit of drama, last night was as good as it could get for a bittersweet night. You could feel the emotion in the room as Bane played their last few songs. They thanked us for the support through the years but really it should have been the other way around. We should have been thanking them for all of the music. Not every band is as influential as Bane. Bane will always be known for their great music and intense live shows. They have been in the scene for so long and it truly is hard to see them go but they will not be forgotten.
Venue: Triple Rock Social Club
Sausage Fest Meter- 9.7 out of 10
Crowd Surfers- 1
Stage Divers- I couldn’t really tell the difference between who was diving and who had gotten pushed onto the stage and was just trying to get down
Broken Bones- 1 Nose
Ball Kicks- 1– Literally one guy on the edge of the pit took a kick right to the balls. It looked more than painful and he was down for the count for a solid minute or two.
Found in the Pit- Hats
Average Age- 23
Moshing Level- Somewhat Brutal
Drink of Choice Throughout the Crowd- Orange Soda– They weren’t serving alcohol because it was an all ages show
Spotted Flying Through the Air-Bodies
Celebrity Sightings- Adam DeGross- Photographer; Ross Landis- One of the best sound guys in the cities
Overall Score- 8 out of 10
Show on Deck— Intervals/ Skyhaven and more