No security, no sanitation, no backstage services (no backstage), this small, cramped, decrepit shack at the end of a dirt road in Lawrence, Kansas was an essential stopover for the offbeat underground music scene.
Having acquired an abundance of experience and wisdom through their 30-year existence, post-hardcore legends Converge return with their ninth album in The Dusk in Us, crafting a record that balances between youthful angst and calmed maturity.
From mariachi side projects to questioning whether or not to sell out on a regular basis, the fascinating contradictions that make up the Bronx's aesthetic are as compelling as their music is headbanging.
From pivotal, iconic venues in New York and California and the ubiquity of the house show, to the dramatic, intentional divorce from the highly lucrative hardcore/metal crossover scene, 1991 saw numerous DIY punk rock groups reinterpret a 14-year-old subculture with new and urgent relevance.
Replete with the murky, layered, and twin-powered hypnotic guitar crunch of Michael Hampton and Eddie Janney, the Faith's remastered Subject to Change tracks amount to high-marks in East Coast underground music history.
Hardcore punk has sought to reject inevitable impact of influence, regarding it as sellout conformity. But anxiety over influence conforms with a longstanding poetic tradition of rejecting artistic heritage.