Cro-Mags, The Last Gang, The Eulogy, Love Canal

Cro-Mags, The Last Gang, The Eulogy, Love Canal

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Wed., March 22, 8 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

Alex's Bar
2913 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA  90804
For West Coasters nostalgic for the golden age of NYC hardcore, this is about as close as you’ll get. While Cro-Mags’ bewildering lineup changes and public bickering for years overshadowed their actual music, the current (apparently stable) incarnation features 40 percent of the quintessential crew that recorded their genre-igniting 1986 debut, The Age of Quarrel. Though it was now-absent guitarist Parris Mayhew’s metal-edged riffs that set the album apart, returned Age of Quarrel alumni John Joseph (vocals) and Mackie (drums) also were a huge part of its gritty glory. The former’s versatile, confrontational ranting and the latter’s deceptively groovy battering were intrinsic to the deliciously visceral joys of battle-scarred assaults like “Street Justice” and “World Peace.” Thirty years later, Cro-Mags still all but define hardcore’s most adventurous era. Also at Union, Friday, March 24.


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