Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 p.m., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!
[Disclosure: The author of this article is in bands, some of which will be playing some the following shows. But the author of this article is in five local punk bands, so that is kind of an inevitability. It does not influence the choosing of these shows.]
Ringworm, Everything Went Black, Resolute, Cathedral Fever @ The Demo March 16 7 p.m. / $10-$13
Cleveland, Ohio's angriest hardcore veterans are finally making a return stop to St. Louis. Fun facts: The singer of this band's name is Human Furnace, which, if you didn't know, is the best name, period. Also 3/16, the date of the show, is the almighty number of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Everyone should probably act like Stone Cold at this show (e.g. jorts, cussing, dumping beers mainly on your chest/only getting foam in your mouth, and STUNNERS!). This show is sure to be one of the more blasphemous shows in town on the Lord's day, if blasphemy is your thing.
American Hate, Shaved Women, Wild Hex @ The Livery Co. March 17 9 p.m. / $5
American Hate played its first show at one of Shaved Women's tour stops in Oklahoma City last year. Now the band has finally taken off the training wheels and is bringing its brand of slam to Cherokee street on St. Patrick's Day. This evening has the potential to become the good kind of dumb insanely fast. Will the bands be too drunk to talk/move limbs? Will the crowd turn into a sweaty pile of hamsters falling onto one another? Will Johnny B pinch you if you aren't wearing green? Yes, duh! Don't fuck around and show up two hours late because it was time to drink in the car and listen to old Journey tapes. Don't text/snapchat through this show. Sex/dogpile your way through it instead.
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