Posted in metal | music | pictures on May 30, 2012

words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Shaun Regan

Rorschach at LPR - 5/26/12
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After a killer set at Maryland Deathfest, Rorschach performed three times in one day this past Saturday (5/26) -- first at ABC No Rio, then in the early evening at Le Poisson Rouge and, finally, at a late night surprise show at Brooklyn's Acheron.

Both later shows were brimming over with enthusiastic fans of Rorschach as well as the supporting bands, especially at Le Poisson Rouge. Much like the venue itself -- polished, cool, even a bit too cool -- so too was the show. Decidedly more star-studded than its later counterpart, the penultimate line-up included noisy newcomers Xaddax (mem Dazzling Killmen), local heroes Indecision and the ever-popular Converge, who played alongside Rorschach to a predictably sold out LPR.

Those in attendance were a curious mix of young and old (see: potbellied old schoolers surrounding a pit of fresh-faced and angsty teenagers). Most of the former faction left before Rorschach took to the stage, obviously drawn to the show less by the legends of both the headliner and Indecision and more by the celebrity of Converge.

Converge acted as a peculiar, if not entirely misplaced, bridge between Rorschach and Indecision. Their younger fan base and undeniably "edgier" aesthetic (frontman Jake Bannon sported a t-shirt for the band Master's Hammer, an obscure and experimental Czech black metal band) added a singular and ever-so-slightly awkward segue between bands. Their performance, however, was as brutal as fans have come to expect of Bannon and company.

In similar fashion, Rorschach delivered the night's crowning performance, bringing the show at LPR to a shrill crescendo. Though one might expect their final performance of the night to be more subdued than the two prior, their set at the Acheron was perhaps more uproarious than at LPR.

The show at the Acheron was significantly more intimate--and more raucous--than the two that came before... and not only because both frontmen of Concrete Cross and Psychic Limb ended up in various states of undress during the night. The true, dedicated, and bedraggled few trekked to Rorschach's final performance of the night, bringing with them an air of camaraderie and familiarity that Le Poisson Rouge lacked.

Characterized by sweat, laughter and grown men in underwear, Rorschach's last hurrah on Saturday was definitely the one everyone should have attended... if not for the striptease, then definitely for the fraternal atmosphere that shows these days too often lack.

More pics from LPR and a video from ABC No Rio are below...


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Rorschach at ABC No Rio 5/26/12

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Comments (41)

True story: Indecision got their name from the guitarist's inability to choose between the ham sandwich or the patty melt. When he simply ordered, and ate, both, a band was born.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 2:46 PM

:) No Xaddax pics.

Posted by Nick | May 30, 2012 2:48 PM

This sounds Off"all"

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 2:51 PM

Nice Pics! Was LPR crazy that night?

Posted by deacon | May 30, 2012 3:02 PM

3 shows in one day ... than that should be all we need to hear form them for at least a year..

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 3:04 PM

2:46 PM: True story- Only gay men care about other men's weight.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 3:05 PM

in the early nineties these guys did some serious time up Sam Macpheeters butt...

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 3:06 PM

Charles looked slim and good. Dude looks hotter than in '93. Very handsome.

Posted by Nick | May 30, 2012 3:14 PM

Somebody tell me why Converge were on BEFORE this Rorschach thing?

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 3:16 PM

I think it was out of respect.

Posted by Nick | May 30, 2012 3:18 PM

3:05 - Or those who are just trying to bait morons like yourself. I actually have a lot of respect for MPB. People joke here.

Posted by 2:46 | May 30, 2012 3:40 PM

So Rorschach is playing terrible music for kid's half their age? That video from ABC No Rio is embarrassing. These dudes have to be 40+ by now. They really, really...REALLY...need to move on with their lives.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 3:56 PM

"epic fail, facepalm of the day" award goes to 3:16

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 4:02 PM

why is it that the older vegan bands look so shitty ..

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 4:03 PM

^because they can't let go of a style of music and scene meant for teenagers?

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 4:06 PM

ha, is artie phillie still in indecision???

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 4:07 PM

4:03 because their lives obviously peaked in their early 20's?

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 4:16 PM

4:02: "Generic pre-pubescent teenage boy trying to be clever and cool on the internet" medal goes to 4:02, who also doesn't know how to answer questions.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 4:36 PM

What's with all the hate? You people who are posting shit about Rorschach, being too old, playing for kids half their age, ect.. are sounding very moronic. It just so happens that everyone in Rorschach has family's now. wives and kids, full time jobs. Hell, the drummer is a software engineer for computers out in WA. They're doing it for fun and their love of hardcore. So you better shut the fuck up and think before you spew out garbage.

Posted by Frank | May 30, 2012 6:54 PM

Also, there would be no Converge if it weren't for Rorschach. Trust me, Converge was just happy to be in the same room with them being that those guys are their idols. Rorschach was on the bill first and THEN asked Converge if they wanted to play. That's why they headlined. Three shows in one day is goddamn brutal and they pulled it off extremely well.

Posted by Frank | May 30, 2012 7:04 PM

oldcore

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 7:16 PM

I drove through the deserts of Arizona and pulled over to play mini-golf at this fuckin' joint that had big plastic dinosaurs and shit. It was a blast.

Posted by goAt | May 30, 2012 7:35 PM

Frank is right converge drove down excited just
To be in the same room with Rorschach. The guys
Moved on but do it for fun. Show some respect

Posted by Youlookgood | May 30, 2012 8:01 PM

You guys are a bunch of meanies.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 11:27 PM

All the idiot commenters above Franks comment are the same stupid trolling hipsters who sit with their laptops in Williamsburg cafes making played out sausage comments on every brooklynvegan post. Anonymous of course. They don't have a fucking clue about Rorschach, Converge, or ABC NO RIO. All they care about is Bjork and their idols, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 1:14 AM

7:16pm Oh shut the fuck up with bringing up age. You missed out on the '80s-early '90s hardcore scene, probably the rest of the '90s and maybe even 2000-04, too, deal with it. And realize if you are in your twenties, you are an old fuck and would've been considered one in 1980-93.

Posted by D | May 31, 2012 1:36 AM

LOL Rorschach gets together once in awhile for fun.They arent trying be hold on to shit and they dont take themselves seriously.Heavy music is for any age anyway,who fucking cares.What,when you hit your 30's your not going to enjoy yourself anymore?Listen to fucking Yanni?DICKSMOKERS

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 9:04 AM

A lot of angry middle aged hardcore 'kids' in this thread. Oldcore...lulz.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 9:46 AM

how many of you would go to a beastie boys show and say the same agist shit (and the beastie boys were all in their very late 40's). its so lame to think that 42 is OLD or whatever. I'm pretty sure last time i checked, no one has issue with Motorheard, Iggy and The Stooges or 10,000 other bands with guys in their 50s or even 60's playing punk, metal...shut the fuck up already.

Posted by age matters not. | May 31, 2012 10:28 AM

^yeah 40+ year old white guys rapping. pass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 10:38 AM

its not how old I am its how old I feel

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 10:42 AM

10:28 age doesn't matter if you are a real artist. If you're Miles Davis, or Scott Walker or Neil Young et al. and your art keeps growing and evolving then that's cool, and age doesn't matter. If you are a 40+ year old guy, playing a markedly juvenile style of music, to an audience of well juveniles, without any attempt at growth or maturity....well that's sad. Maybe it's a hobby, but it is a sad hobby.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 10:51 AM

If you're Miles Davis, you might actually not be alive.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 2:18 PM

10:51 Get a clue. Black Flag were in their late twenties when they started. Greg Ginn was 30 when My War came out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 2:20 PM

Black Flag's "My War" wasn't 'juvenile' music. 10:51's point still stands.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 3:12 PM


5/30 3:30PM- I will laugh at jokes when they are told. I haven't seen any yet. And the band that played was Indecision, not Most Precious Blood. Similar members, completely different songs. I would think that if you respected the band so much you would have known that, genius.

5/31 3:12PM- There is nothing juvenile about the subject matter of the songs of Rorschach, Converge or Indecision. The point does not stand.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 3:37 PM

I do know that. I like MPB more than Indecision and was telling you I understand the relation. BTW, you're a homophobe (see your original comment to my joke) and I'm guessing the band wouldn't approve, shit head.

Posted by The genius | May 31, 2012 3:47 PM

haha age crew is mad!

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 4:10 PM

"There is nothing juvenile about the subject matter of the songs of Rorschach."

bwhahah...yeah the ABC No Rio school of hardcore had some some mature broadminded politics of experience. not first year undergrad stuff at all.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2012 4:19 PM

I do say I like this.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 1:45 PM

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