BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS: Spend your summer break with these bands

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First Posted: 6/10/2013

Summer 2013 is in full effect in the Wilkes-Barre area. The pools have been opened, the air conditioner units have been nestled into their window homes, and with that we have thrown away our dreams of snowplows and shovels and replaced them with sunglasses and swimming trunks.

Just like all of the school students who recently finished their school year, I am currently on summer vacation. This is the first summer that I have been able to spend at home since I graduated high school, and, oh boy, what a treat it is. We are not even halfway into June and there have already been great shows. Turnstile, Disengage, King Nine, Angel Du$t, and Blind Justice played to a packed house in Nanticoke, and just this past weekend, Stick Together, Intent, Demolition, Ancient Heads, and Big Contest put on a great show at the Glen Lyon American Legion. This Friday, there is a Title Fight show with Merchandise, Milk Music, and Destruction Unit at Underwood Skatepark in Taylor.

One of my favorite local establishments, Gallery of Sound (the Mundy Street location to be exact), is having a show for Scranton’s Captain, We’re Sinking on June 20 in honor of the release of their record “The Future Is Cancelled” on Run For Cover Records.

Also, a show on July 1 was just announced at the West Side Park in Nanticoke with Rude Awakening, Criminal Instinct, Not Til Death, Stag-Nation, and Life of Reilly. Criminal Instinct will be making their NEPA debut, while the rest of the show is filled with some of the area’s best bands. Not Til Death has new music, Stag-Nation is influenced by Discharge, and Life of Reilly will be making their real hometown debut. The summer is continuing to roll on with more and more great shows and summer activity.

Additionally, one of Wilkes-Barre’s biggest and best acts, Cold World, recently played Philly. For those who don’t know, Cold World has been talking about releasing the follow-up to their LP, “Babies Who Came Feet First,” for a couple of years now. However, the band has recently been posting pictures from their tour from the Chaos In Tejas festival of the band recording in various hotel rooms. These pictures were welcomed by fans who have been patiently waiting for new Cold World songs. We will still have some time to wait until we hear new music, but it’s finally clear that they are working on it. Not too much has been released other than that this is a new LP, and various slogans have been thrown around on shirts that were potential name candidates, such as “How the Gods Chill.” Will this be the title? We don’t know. But hopefully the news will be coming very soon to follow up the string of pictures.

It’s great to sit back and relax for once, but it’s even better to sit back and have things to anticipate like new shows and new music. All these things going on make my job of reporting on the local music scene very easy. Keep up the good work everyone, and enjoy your summer break. I know I will.