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 DIY 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 pm., 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.]
March 8 @ the Demo. 8 p.m. $10: The Copyrights, the Haddonfields, the Mondales and Better Days
One of the best acts out of our drunken-little-sister-at-her-first-college-party city, Carbondale, Illinois -- the Copyrights -- is stopping by on its latest tour. This show is also at the newly reopened/christened venue attached to Atomic Cowboy, the Demo (formerly the Fox Hole). This overload of pop-punk is sure to either get you laid or get you drunk after sweating your dignity away to some of the catchiest bands within a 200-mile radius.
March 11 @ FUBAR. 8 p.m. $10: Bent Life, Discourse, Out Of Time, & Resolute
Demonstrate your style at this mean-ass show on a Monday night. Some of the toughest hardcore bands in St. Louis and the country will be shaking the foundation of the FUBAR lounge. Bent Life's going to make you want to jump off of your friend's heads. Also, I'm pretty sure the band does an Outburst cover. Columbia's Discourse does the noisy, rock-based heavy hardcore we've gotten from the south in a catchy fashion. Out of Time's attempt to breathe life into No Warning's pre-nu metal corpse will be moshed at/to. Resolute is a damn-near brand-new act made up of former Out of Time members bringing a similar style to the table.