Great news for hardcore fans who plan to go to the Terror/Stick to Your Guns/Trapped Under Ice/Close Your Eyes/Your Demise show in Huntington at HYAMP. First, I want to clarify that, although I’m not a huge hardcore fan despite a 3.5 second phase in the early 2000s, I’m pumped for this show. HYAMP is an all-ages venue that used to get some of the best hardcore/metalcore and, yes, indie acts in the business. I saw quite a few really good shows there and, despite being constantly subjected to total fucking morons and a legion of ninja dancers, it was pretty awesome.
However, the extracurricular idiocy that accompanies pretending that interpretive, high octane Tourette’s is really dancing tends to fuck up the vibe of a show and really ruin the whole fucking thing for people that are actually there to hear music. Enter Justice Trip (hurr durr durr), singer for Trapped Under Ice. Apparently, at a show in Germany, he fucked some kid up because he claims he was “jumped on”. Awesome. Now, not only are the fans of this stuff so overzealous about being stupid, they’re being encouraged and validated by guys like Trip. Granted, shit can happen at a show. Especially when aggressive music like hardcore or metal is being played. I’m not singling out hardcore as some blight on human senses that causes violence like a zombie plague. It’s not that. But, I’ve been to a decent amount of hardcore shows and even more metal shows and the fight count is DEFINITELY heavier on the hardcore side. There are fights at metal shows, but it’s mostly because people are totally shitfaced, fat and sweaty and fight because that’s what drunk people do (especially when the fat/sweat level reaches its peak). At hardcore shows, it’s because you didn’t windmill your arms the right way or because you lit a cigarette around a squadron of ultra-violent, straight edge guys. Or maybe you chose to bring your McGriddles to a Cattle Decapitation show and Team Vegan lost what was left of their minds, forcing them to beat the shit out of you. I had a really good friend get jumped by a platoon of ninja homos at a Throwdown/Norma Jean show because he got in the pit and didn’t “dance” right. He got his ass kicked so hard and by so many people that Throwdown stopped the show. It was fucking ridiculous. And, guess who got kicked out of the venue? My buddy. Maybe he should’ve had an electrical taped “X” on his hand. Probably would’ve gotten him a few apologies and maybe a jumping high five.
I don’t want people to think I’m against hardcore shows coming to town. Especially with HYAMP reopening. I support them fully in their endeavor and, while I don’t know the owners extremely well, I trust that they’ll do all they can to prevent fighting and general stupidity at their shows. But, on May 25, when Trapped Under Ice takes the stage, HYAMP and its supporters should make sure that the shit he pulled in Germany doesn’t happen, whether Justice gets “jumped on” or not.