Rampart Skatepark & RexEverything Presents:
A benefit for Centro Del Pueblo (https://www.facebook.com/centrodelpueblo/):
PAGENINETYNINE – Hardcore / screamo from Sterling, Virginia
Began in earnest out of Sterling, Virginia in 1997. Over the course of the following six years, the band would go on to issue thirteen recordings with friends’ record labels and tour numerous times around North America and Europe with friends’ bands in tow for each journey. The band practiced a staunch, DIY-based, punk rock ethic that eschewed any and all traditional music industry practices and tactics. The band’s mantra of “Love your friends… die laughing” indeed marked the ethos by which they carried out every facet.
After breaking up in May 2003, there was a brief weekend in 2011 where the band decided to perform at Best Friends Day in Richmond, Virginia on August 26 and at Black Cat in Washington, DC the following day. Outside of that, it was largely assumed that the band was completely finished.
…and then the 2016 Presidential election happened. Rather than hashtag their feelings on it, talks began to center around doing something active and in the exact spirit of the Virginia/Washington DC punk and hardcore scene that the members of PAGENINETYNINE originally found their own voices in. 2017 saw the band once again take it out on the road with friends and labelmates MAJORITY RULE for one week of shows wherein the proceeds from each performance will be entirely donated to a local charity in the very town where the show occurred. Over $36,000 were raised and donated accordingly.
MAJORITY RULE – screamo / hardcore from DC area, Virginia
The band initially got their start in 1996 as a four-piece out of Northern Virginia. The earliest incarnation of the band cranked out various 7”s and splits while dialing in a particular sound and sonic approach that would come into full manifestation later. In fact, it wasn’t until the year 2000 (and trimming down to a three-piece) where the band truly came into their own with a 4-song demo that exemplified a unique sound that truly hadn’t been done before.Three of the songs from the 2000 demo were re-recorded for Interviews With David Frost, the band’s first proper full length and debut album for Magic Bullet Records. Songs like “At 3 AM,” “XOXO,” and “The Sin in Grey” immediately captured the fascination of Washington DC’s local punk, hardcore, and metal community and word began to spread nationally immediately upon the album’s release in 2001. The next year marked one of the busiest years in MAJORITY RULE’s history. They reentered the studio to record a split album with fellow DC/VA area stalwarts PAGENINETYNINE. The two bands had did countless shows on the road together at this point, guested on each others’ track. The following year caught the band in full-swing, absolutely perfecting their brand of hardcore on 2003’s Emergency Numbers LP. The album captured the rarified air of being ungodly heavy while retaining peak urgency from song to song. Loops and delays were incorporated much more into the compositions while the almost black-metal-like vocals found a visceral level that’s just not often heard before, then, and now. Most impressively, the band had mastered tone at this point, be it in the studio, on a stage in front of 3000 people, or in a cramped basement full of 30 people. Thirteen years later, conditions locally, nationally, and globally have exposed a fertile patch toward the resurrection of MAJORITY RULE, if for nothing else but to return to many of the stages and spaces they’ve performed in prior, and under the same exact ethics they held then and now, to raise awareness, funding, and goodwill toward individualized, local causes in each and every town they are set to perform in.
PORTRAYAL OF GUILT – Hardcore from Austin, Texas
“Portrayal of Guilt exists in the extremes of hardcore, noise, grindcore, death metal, powerviolence and turn-of-the-century screamo — subgenres of heavy music that typically scream through the pain. On its debut album, the Austin band doesn’t just want you to scream, but also to Let Pain Be Your Guide.” -NPR
Local Support From:
KLOD – 2 Piece Crust Grinders from Manila
DOORS @ 7:30PM
MUSIC @ 8:00PM
TICKET INFO: $12
BEER BAR WITH ID