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Louder than a bomb: Boston hardcore scene unites for massive concert to benefit the One Fund

Posted by Carly Carioli  April 24, 2013 02:00 PM

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Boston's legendary hardcore scene has pooled its resources and gone all-in for a May 6 concert that will benefit the One Fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims. The multigenerational show, dubbed "THIS IS BOSTON," features sets by Converge, Slapshot, Dropdead, Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, and more.

"For me the punk and hardcore world has always been a caring world despite the volume of things," said Converge frontman Jake Bannon on Wednesday. "It's time to show the city that."

Hardcore and civic pride have gone hand-in-hand since at least 1982's infamous compilation album This Is Boston . . . Not L.A. introduced the world to the likes of Gang Green and the F.U.'s.

Now that same sense of unity and do-it-yourself pride is surfacing to help the city in its time of need.

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"The idea for the show came about the day after the attack," said Mike Eleftheratos of Lykaion Productions, who co-hosts the monthly metal DJ night "Agonizing the Dead" at O'Briens in Allston. He initially envisioned the benefit as a small show at the club, which seats less than 100. But after he mentioned the gig to local punk-scene legend Keith Bennett (of the bands Wrecking Crew and PanzerBastard), the idea quickly snowballed. Bennett "started to reach out to his massive network friends and the bands just started piling in," Eleftheratos said. "Within hours the show had gone from an event that would bring out 70 people to something that would draw more than 700."

That meant securing a much bigger venue on very short notice -- often an impossibility given that major music venues are usually booked months in advance. For that, he turned to Ammonia Booking's Robin Goodhue, who secured Quincy's South Shore Music Hall to house "the best show in history," as Goodhue hails it.

Converge's Bannon, who has been following the Marathon bombing developments from the headquarters of his Salem-based indie label Deathwish, said the show has a purpose beyond fundraising. "Not only will it raise money and awareness, but it is a showing of solidarity and compassion from the hardcore community to those affected," he said. "Many don't realize that many affected were not insured," and that "if they were insured many insurance companies only offer limited coverage in cases of 'terrorist attacks. Anything we can do to help those struggle a little less, we will."

"This Is Boston" featuring Converge, Slapshot, Dropdead, Wrecking Crew, Doomriders, New Lows, the Revilers, For the Worse, Insult, and Sexcrement // May 6, 5 pm // South Shore Music Hall, 58 Ross Way, Quincy // 21+, $20 // To benefit

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