Monday, March 7, 2011

Divide

Divide, a local band, headlined the show at The Parlor this past Saturday in North Austin. They label themselves as a proud local Austin shitrock/hardcore band.  The show drew crowds for three reasons. One, for the new Divide CD. Two, was that this show was the very last For Glory Show before the band breaks up. And thirdly because it was FREE.

The Parlor is a family owned and operated pizza place that likes to host live music and local art for free in the evenings while selling the occasional slice of pie. Size-wise it is a very small venue but it is perfect for local shows and creates a very intimate atmosphere between the band and the audience. There is no stage so many bands get up close and personal with the crowd. Though this is the idea around not having the band separated from the crowd its often hard for the shorter members of the audience to see over the front row that usually circles the mosh pit. Many times it becomes a search for the vertically challenged members of the audience to find benches, tables, and chairs to stand on to see the music. Divide has a close following and have some Christian and straight edge undertones in many of their songs though they don’t let them hold them back in the dog eat dog entertainment industry. They band members consist of Andy and Bryan on guitar, Jad on bass, Landon on vocals and Kalen on drums.

The line up for the night was as followed:
Gospel and the Wolf (indie/acoustic) played around 7 followed by Dead Times (Austin melodic hardcore), Illustrations (San Antonio anger jamz), Divide (Austin shitrock) and last but not least For Glory (impressively un-technical chugdown).
Bands from as far away as Rhode Island made it down to spread their t-shirts, cds, and sound to the Austin scene. The show drew some heavy hands and a wide range of people.

Unfortunately, the Parlor is rethinking throwing hardcore shows in the future due to the amount of fights at the last show. With the hardcore music scene comes a pit to match. Some people do not see that the aggressive nature of a mosh pit is not to be taken personally. Though Divide supports a friendly display of violence many of the audience members let their emotions have the best of them. When divide was in full swing the audience was consumed in fight after fight. The show was periodically stopped in order to pull apart and kick out members of the audience. It was all instigated by a few of the moshers in the pit started taking more and more violent blows to one up the last guy until the entire pit was much more than a release for aggressive behaviour. There were not enough mediators to go around and many of the audience left with bloody noses. By the end everyone had was on edge but no one could say it wasn’t a show they would forget.

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