Posted in metal | music | pictures on January 18, 2010

words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble

Hope Conspiracy
Hope Conspiracy

Much like my experiences with Lightning Bolt, I spent a portion of The Hope Conspiracy show at Cake Shop on 1/15 testing out my quads. By pushing back on the crowd from the front, I did my personal best to pacify the onslaught of fans behind (and above!) so they didnt come crashing down on me AND the band. My best wasn't good enough.

Pointing in broad circles at the floor directly in front of their amps and the drum kit, HopeCon's vocalist Kevin Baker said, "I love that you guys are having fun, but we do need to be around HERE to actually play our instruments."

Of the times that I have seen a packed out Cake Shop, this was the most fierce crowd. Burnt By The Sun's tight front rows and rabid pit had nothing on the chaos of 1/15 that included people crowdsurfing underneath the low Cake Shop ceilings.

All opening acts impressed. Mother of Mercy's riffy hardcore comes off more metallic and muscular live even though their energetic and distinctly hardcore vocalist brings it back to their roots. As usual, Blacklisted>'s heartfelt, thundering hardcore was never better with George Hirsch's dynamic lyrical content matching his empassioned performance. Make sure and catch them again at Cake Shop on 3/8.

The real surprise for me was United Nations. Thursday has never been my bag, but this side project featuring Geoff Rickley in addition to Ben Koller of Converge (drums), Jim Carroll of HopeCon (bass!), Lukas Previn of Acid Tiger (guit), and Jonah Bayer of The Lovekill (guit), ripped through insanely great post-hardcore-y screamo powerviolence. They were tense, powerful and beyond awesome and I can't wait for their return at Union Pool on 2/12 with Unsane and MOoB.

More pictures from the show below...

Mother of Mercy...

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United Nations...

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Blacklisted...

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The Hope Conspiracy...

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Black Anvil ended up not playing this show.

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Comments (15)

I remember seeing The Hope Conspiracy w/ Converge at CBGB's. I almost lost an eye. Needless to say it was a great show hahaha

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 11:42 AM

bro fest

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 11:59 AM

real men don't wear earplugs

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 1:04 PM

one of the best hc shows ive been to lately, great show, great atmosphere

Posted by bartek | January 18, 2010 2:11 PM

Question: Do people know what a neo nazi rally looks like?

Answer: No, nobody saw Death to Smoochy, The Wave, or Magnolia.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 2:55 PM

Quad workout? Pacifying the onslaught? Don't stand in the front row with your DSLR next time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 8:55 PM

Hi there, 8:55. If you paid attention, then you would know that I didn't take these pictures.

Posted by BBG | January 19, 2010 11:11 AM

typical..words by BBG

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2010 1:51 PM

Macho, macho, man, 8:55 is a macho man.....
I think that the people up front with their cameras knew what they were in for. As for giving a review of the show, I thought BBG did a pretty great job of describing what it was like.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2010 7:45 PM

listen to understanding the occult on blog talk radio!

Posted by chris | January 22, 2010 11:03 AM

for the latest conspiracy talk visit the Dead Man Musings forum!

Posted by chris | January 29, 2010 1:42 PM

check out the dead man musings conspiracy forum!

Posted by chris | February 1, 2010 1:24 PM

Interesting post and thanks for sharing. Some things in here I have not thought about before.Thanks a lot for sharing.Keep blogging.

Posted by storesonline-87 | March 24, 2010 5:46 AM

I never knew that music is so popular in western countries. Its good in the way because it helps you in healing.

Posted by Finance | April 9, 2010 5:06 AM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 3:41 PM

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