Last Wednesday, Bracewar returned to Long Island. They are currently on tour with Bent Life and Lost Souls. It has been a few years since they played Long Island. Personally I was really excited for this show since I saw Bracewar played their set at Back to School Jam in September. The show was at Amityville Music Hall. There three local openers which were High Card, Limit, and Warehouse.
Opening band of the night was Warehouse. Warehouse are an up and coming Long Island Hardcore band. The last time I saw them was back last month when they opened for Whittled Down and Table Talk at the same venue. This was my fourth time seeing them play. Warehouse started to play and there somewhat of a reaction. It was not like the last time I saw play but the band themselves sounded really tight. First song the guitarist broke a string but otherwise the sound was great. Warehouse can be close to bands like Madball and Backtrack. They have these short two minute songs that are straight forward and have a short breakdown. They played their new song they released a few days before the show. They made announcement saying Black Friday they will release their upcoming EP. Be out on the lookout for that.
Up next was Limit. This was my third time seeing this LIHC band. I have not seen this band since July at Shakers Pub. Limit is more a Punk influenced Hardcore band. They have that 1980’s sound but it is not generic. Limit just recently released a Demo/EP. The started to play and right off the bat they got a reaction. This was my first time seeing people going off for them. Their set were all of the songs off of the demo. Since the last time I saw them this performance was great and enjoyed this set a lot. I think the crowd that was there enjoyed them the most part. Limit next Long Island show will be a big one. They are playing the annual LIHC Holiday annual show with Incendiary, Somerset Thrower and Sanction. Please attend that show because it is going towards a great cause.
High Card took the stage. This was my eighth time seeing this Long Island Hardcore band. The last time I saw them was when they opened for Ramallah back in August. Just like Limit they take a 1980’s Hardcore Punk approach to their material. Once they started to play they had people go off for them. Ever since they released their debut LP Y Generation, High Card has been gaining a following every time they played. High Card played a pretty a good set. They did an Outburst cover which was sick. They got a great reaction from the crowd with that cover. Overall High Card is worth checking out. If you like 1980’s Hardcore then this band is for you.
Lost Souls was up next. This was my fourth time seeing this Richmond band. The last time I saw them was back in August in their hometown at the Canal Club. Lost Souls started to play and no one went off. Maybe just a song in there was only one person going off. This was like the first time I saw them back in May when they played Shakers Pub and barely anyone moved for them. For me this set made me actually like this band a lot. It took me awhile to get into this band but just listening to them they were very sick. I loved how the guitarist use of pedals mixed with the aggressive sound. The sound is heavy and their songs are short. I was just surprise how no one was going off for them. I think Lost Souls is a criminal underrated band. They are my current favorite band from the Richmond scene. I recommend checking this band out. Earlier in the year they released an EP titled I Don’t Need You on Mass Move Records. Overall Lost Souls is great and I slept on this band for so long.
Up next was Bent Life. Bent Life was the only band on the lineup that I have never seen before. They are from Nebraska. Around this time last year they were suppose to play in Long Island with Regulate and The Beautiful Ones but they had to drop the tour due to their van breaking down. Once they started to play they got a reaction right off the bat. They had people singing along to them. Bent Life have more of this Crossover sound they were probably the more unique on the lineup. Most of the bands that were playing this show were geared to having a heavy Punk influence. These guys had more of a Metal influence. Overall they were cool I was not too into them. I am glad that this band is not being over shadowed by a lot of bands coming from that area that sound like Knocked Loose. Bent Life has been around for awhile and I am glad to see they are sticking to their roots.
Finally Bracewar took the stage. As I mention before i saw this band perform at Back to School Jam and thought they were so sick. That set was violent and very chaotic. I was excited for this because of well they played at that fest. Bracewar are from Richmond. They started to play the reaction was okay at first then got laid back. I was really surprised by this. I could not believe Long Island was not going off for this band. Towards the end of the set the reaction got better. The lead singer kept trying to get the crowd going but nothing work. Besides that Bracewar was sick. They even played some new material that sounded really sick. I am pretty sure 2017 they will be releasing new songs. What I love about this band is that they play these short face songs that almost sound like Powerviolence. A song can be under a minute with a fast part and leads into a intense breakdown. I really love Bracewar I really want to see this band again. Hopefully the next time I see them they have a better reaction from the crowd. If you have not see this band go see them they are well worth it.