Posted in music | pictures on September 27, 2009

"Dear NYC - Rorschach owned you." - Dawn Geary

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chloe Rice

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As part of their short burst of reunion tour dates, Rorschach played TWO NYC shows on Friday night (9/25). The first was at Santos Party House with Celebrity Murders (their last show EVER) and The Degenerics.

It was an early show for a Friday. Santos was packed to the gills, which was amazing to see when I arrived at 9:15 - a testament to the legacy that Rorschach left. The openers had already played, and Rorschach were 15 minutes into their hour-or-so set. The water-tight NJ band were barreling through their classics with unmatched precision. They played like they'd been on the road for 16 years, not dormant as they actually have been. Precision start-stops, wild guitar/bass swings while delivering killer riffs, and tons of energy. This is how all reunions should be.

Not only was it a fantastic performance, the energy in the crowd was palpable. Even Ted Leo got into the proceedings. To kick off the encore, Ted joined the band for a cover of the Black Flag classic "My War" before diving into the crowd. (video below). They closed with "Recurring Nightmare 105".

In the course of an hour, Rorschach tore through nearly every single song they knew. "It's so awesome you're doing this!" screamed one of the faces in the crowd.

It was clear throughout the evening what a special occasion this was for a band whose name has been dropped countless times since their breakup but who received little fanfare during their brief existence.

"If I thanked everyone in this room for the support they've given us," said Maggio in a rare break between songs, "we'd have to cut the set off right now." [Grudge City Activities]

This show was one for the record books, and was only matched by what would happen later that night across the river at The Charleston (pics & review of that one coming soon).

The above-mentioned video, and pictures of Celebrity Murders and Rorschach (we completely missed The Degenerics), below...

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Check out our interview with Charles Maggio of Rorschach. And check out some more pics from Santos (taken from the stage). And here's that video...

Rorschach | NYC @ Santos | 25 Sep 2009 from UN:ART:IG on Vimeo.

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Comments (11)

Breakdown was better. Sorry, but it's true!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 11:59 AM

Breakdown and Rorschach are both great bands (Street Foght and All I Ask) make me want to murder people) so who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 12:04 PM

Uh , I meant to type "fight". haha

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 12:06 PM

Breakdown!!!!!!

Jeff Perlin

New Rochelle hardcore scene 4 eva

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 1:16 PM

Anyone have pix/video of CR last night? They killed it! Definitely one of the best NYC hc bands of all time.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 5:58 PM

no offense to rorschach, cuz i dig em, but where were all these rorschach "fans" like years ago? it's just funny because no one talked about them then and now, all of a sudden, they are like an internet phenomenon and they are packing clubs. it's cool but i'm just saying.

and yes...BREAKDOWN rules, ok?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 7:15 AM

the girl who was taking these photos was super hot.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 1:45 PM

September 28, 2009 7:15 AM : I had them recommended to me literally a month after they broke up. Which sucked mightily. Deadguy and Kiss It Goodbye helped dull the pain, though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 8:05 PM

you people are so fucking retarted

Posted by jasmine peagler | October 13, 2009 8:54 AM

Hey 2:14: That entire post is sarcasm. Are you the same stupid person from the first post or a different dimwit?

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:44 PM

rorschach #1

Posted by im right fuck you | December 30, 2009 11:43 PM

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