Reverb Reading PA
January 16, 2012
As Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton would say, "It was a dark and stormy night..." The perfect setting for my first show of 2012. The sleet and freezing rain that was in the forecast was not going to keep me away from my first show at the Reading club, Reverb. I found out about the club from someone I met at the Murder Junkies show at Jimmy's Place in Allentown. I believe Reverb is run by Chris from Mushmouth and Frank Phobia. Nice to see a venue of this status run by members of the music scene. Reverb is awesome. Great free parking, an amazing sound system, smartly divided over and under 21 areas, affordable food and drink, clean bathrooms, and bouncers who are cordial, yet act fast and decisive to squash what needs squashing, while letting the pit action work out its own issues when it can. Great venue.
Only saw one song by Bottomfeeder, who are based out of Delaware, but I got to speak to one of the members of the band, after their set, who is from Trenton NJ. We talked briefly about their 7", awesome t-shirt designs (see one of them above) and City Gardens. Bottomfeeder's one track was good enough for me to search out their metallic hardcore on stereokiller. Real driving and punishing music.
Lifeless from New Jersey, slug it out with their instruments with quick paced powerful head bashing tunes that are offset by completely down shifted tempos. They create some scary sounds. I really started to notice how under tattooed I was at this show! Especially on the neck, hands and face! I gotta get with the program!
Strength For A Reason killed. They seemed to have the largest and most energetic fan-base judging by the pit activity. Lots of karate dancers for most of the night (for all the bands), even though just about every band tried to coerce the crowd to start an old school circle pit.