Last week, there were several things going on that I was unable to forecast in my article. First, I spent two days with Intent and Demolition on the road before they arrived in Wilkes-Barre to finish their week-long tour and celebrate the releases of the “All or Nothing” demo and “World Gone Mad,” respectively.
Not only was it fun to spend time with my friends, but their set at West Side Park in Nanticoke was a great example of current hardcore’s finest offerings. Also on the show were DC’s Stand Clear and Zoom. Stand Clear remind me of United Youth of yesteryear, which is obviously a great thing. And Zoom’s debut W-B performance showcased their intricate musical style mixed with well-written lyrics going above and beyond typical hardcore. The show was a beacon of hope for new bands and new kids alike.
Second, this weekend saw the second show at Wilkes-Barre’s new performance center, the lamp post chapter one. Musicians at Home, Evan Evans, and Petal all played, and I also debuted a new project, Youngest Russin. The space, if you haven’t been there yet, is located in the Downtown Arts building on S. Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre and features music, poetry, art, and more. This weekend’s show not only featured the aforementioned musicians, but also artwork by Amanda Walton and Hannah Roman and poetry readings by featured poets Miranda Baur and Bianca Roman, the lamp post’s creative director. The lamp post also hosted an open mic night with poems, short stories, and music. The event was an impressive array of local artists with original work, which makes me very excited to see the next month’s event at the lamp post.
And finally, the only Halloween activity I took part in was a show in a basement in Scranton featuring Shorthand and others. It’s been a long time since I have seen a basement show in our area, and it was a nice change of pace to see such an event locally. The notion that the homeowners took matters into their own hands and gave bands a place to play is exciting and refreshing. Shorthand was as energetic and catchy as ever.
As we enter the winter season, it seems that once again things are slowing down. This year so far has seen many great shows and the emergence of many great bands, but that doesn’t mean that we should be content with just that. As winter’s cold hand looms around the corner, it should only be more incentive to stay inside and write some songs or record some music or even book shows for when it gets warmer. As we are forced to go inside for another cold winter, now is the perfect time to prepare.
Sooner than you know, people will start compiling “best of” lists and talking about this year in music, and we will realize how quickly this year has flown by. If you don’t act quick, things will just go on and pass you by. Start a band, book a show, or do a zine because before you know it, it will be winter again.