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Sunday, April 25, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Bane

Posted By on Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Flyin the flannel
  • Flyin' the flannel

The Youth Crew revival of the late ’90s was far from innovative. New hardcore bands sprung up to fill the void left by the originators, but all they brought was more breakdowns and hackneyed lyrical themes. Then there was Bane. Born out of the same movement, Bane have outlasted most of their peers thanks to genre rule-bending and a sense of homage, rather than emulation. You can hear bits of Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today in Bane’s sound, but you can also hear experiments with texture, restraint and melody. Even the distribution of Bane’s latest recordings shows a band with a truly creative spirit. Rather than drop another full-length, the group has released six seven-inches on six different labels in six different countries. And all are adorned with photographs taken at the exact same moment in each of the six countries. Call it adaptation, or simply restlessness, but it’s not difficult to see why Bane have lasted so long. They play Now That’s Class. Alpha Omega, Above This Fire, Homewrecker, Heads Held High and Toon Squad open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $5. —Matt Whelihan

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