This flyer has me mostly at a loss for descriptions. I know of all these bands, but I don’t know anything about the venue or the scene surrounding it.
Chum was a band formed by former members of XShallowbreathX, and went in the complete opposite direction with its sound. The lyrics, to my knowledge, were similar, but it’s hard to tell, since the music was so fast and therefore the words were mostly indiscernible.
Xtra Vomit was a band with a guy who only goes by the name Sock as the drummer, the rest of the band members are a mystery to me. They played very fast music and shared records with Positive Noise and Cloud Rat, I believe.
Renegade Assault Tank and Execution Techniques are a blank for me- I don’t remember anything about them.
The Muskegon scene has always been its own, connected to Grand Rapids, but not a full part of it at all. And while Grand Rapids has a slight connection to Detroit, Muskegon has absolutely no connection to Detroit at all- at least, none that I’m aware of.
RAT is consist of Chris who was in Slam Wedghouse and ran The Sacrosanct Opuscule records. Matt from Letters In Binary, Touch Of North America, Spitting Cobra, The Summer Pledge and a ton of others.
TONIGHT. @ PJs Lagerhouse
w/ Child Bite, Failed, Size Queen
This year marks Failed’s 10th anniversary as well. So come rage with us while we celebrate the fact that we didn’t lose all of our gear in the flood.
this is fucked up. this fucked me up. the teachers fucked up by not showing us this fuck up. fuck.
Unfortunately the new core curriculum for K-12 arithmetic is resembling something like this.
The teachers fucked up because getting right answer for an A+ is all that matters.
Understanding the concept is totally useless.
Getting dumber by the second around here.
Andy Dempz was the man in charge of notable 90s hardcore label Plus Minus Records, a guitarist in the band Earthmover and Bloodpact, and still plays in Nightbringer from time to time. His words here ring truer than ever even almost twenty years later.
If there are hardcore records where the the ideas and music should never be separated As Good As Dead is one of them.
XBraniax was the brainchild of former members of Knee Deep In Shit, namely guitarist Zach Howard. They released a fair amount of records and blasted their own version of powerviolence, songs often running together seamlessly and homogeneously. Though they made quite a name for themselves in the rest of the United States and did quite a good job getting their name out there, the name being quite funny and memorable (note: most of the members were straight edge, but this came about more as an accident that their name had two X’s in it). They were (and probably still are) smart guys, braniacs, if you will. They have moved on to different projects since breaking up in 2011/2012. Zach is in a band called Marrow with members from other defunct bands such as Taisto and Live to Kill.
Serpent Men is a funny name just to say- it was started by my friend Louie in 2006 with a guitarist whose name I can’t remember and a drummer who had just moved up from New Orleans by the name of Daniel. This line-up was the only line-up that the band was able to record under in any successful manner due to the tumultuous lives of the two main members of the band, Louie and second-then-only guitarist Brian (I believe they had two other drummers in this time between 2006 and 2008- one being Zak Warmen, the “classic era” Serpent Men, and the Pope Jean-Paul, the “later era”). Some of the stories I have featuring one or both of these two musicians in this band during this time are ones that are almost unbelievable, some of them I will never repeat to anyone but them. However, despite this personal instability, the music was quite good- stenchcore as it always was, downtuned, mid-tempo, the sound of a punk/metal band who smoked a lot of weed, leaving quite the craving for more songs, more shows. However, disagreements led to a break-up that lasted for four years, until the band played a few reunion shows in the area for bands that the members had been friends with while they were originally around. The band is now no longer broken up, but they are relatively inactive, leaving behind a five-song EP that is listenable (they recorded songs in the later era of the band, but mixing/mastering problems led to them being nigh-unlistenable).
As for Disnihil, I have no immediate information about them- I was not at this show, as I was not yet involved enough in the scene to know about this show or these bands. The venue is a house in Grosse Pointe just off the border from Detroit, and to my knowledge, no other shows took place there.
This show was a catastrophe. XbrainiaxX and Serpent Men cancelled, both pretty last minute. I was able to get Ghetto Warfare to play just so something almost resembling a show would happen. Maybe 5 people showed up. I bought Disnihil a 30 rail of High Life and whatever money I had on me.
Disnihil was from NY. They did one album released on Chainsaw Safety / Chronic Death. They were in the realm of “dark hardcore” bands. I think it was a pretty short lived deal. Last I had heard of them they were on the Systematic Death east coast gig with Dropdead and Inmates.