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[all photos taken on my 6 year old, taped-together 2.0 megapixel digital camera]
what a completely fun show. i'm really into three-band shows. anything more these days it seems, exceeds my hardcore attention span. bill bondsmen opened up with some gritty, raging hc, but these guys seemed maybe a little too light-hearted coming from blown-out detroit, perhaps they're not from detroit proper. regardless, they put down some solid riffage that set the tone for the remainder of the evening. dean dirg, all the way from germany, followed up with theirshort blasts of intense and catchy hardcore punk, complete with chanty choruses. their live performance did not disappoint in the least. they sounded pretty amazing, super tight, and somehow very close to their records. maybe they recorded them live in a basement?! their setlist resembled a groceries receipt, some 25-30 songs long, and they just plowed right on through it flawlessly. heath deadger capped off the night with an unexpected tremendous debut. born out of the bandluck band lottery earlier this year, they were pretty much the only ones to persevere the consequences. not sure what happened to any of the other bands from the bandluck lottery, but HD certainly nailed it for what it's worth. mickey pulls of growling vox, fronting this skate-thrash hc unit with ease. also to their credit, starting a band in this style of music without all of the flip-cap-bandanna posturings is a very welcome gesture in my book. kudos to a new band for columbus that seems quite promising. let's hear a demo soon, heath deadger!