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MAJORITY RULE (US) + VVOVNDS (BE)
Wednesday 4 October at 19:30 - 23:00
JC Kavka, Oudaan 14, Antwerpen
MAJORITY RULE (USA – Magic Bullet Records)
MAJORITY RULE initially got their start in 1996 as a four-piece out of Northern Virginia. The earliest incarnation of the band cranked out various 7”s and splits while dialing in a particular sound and sonic approach that would come into full manifestation later. In fact, it wasn’t until the year 2000 (and trimming down to a three-piece) where the band truly came into their own with a 4-song demo that exemplified a unique sound that truly hadn’t been done before.Three of the songs from the 2000 demo were re-recorded for Interviews With David Frost, the band’s first proper full length and debut album for Magic Bullet Records. Songs like “At 3 AM,” “XOXO,” and “The Sin in Grey” immediately captured the fascination of Washington DC’s local punk, hardcore, and metal community and word began to spread nationally immediately upon the album’s release in 2001. The next year marked one of the busiest years in MAJORITY RULE’s history. They reentered the studio to record a split album with fellow DC/VA area stalwarts PAGENINETYNINE. The two bands had did countless shows on the road together at this point, guested on each others’ track. The following year caught the band in full-swing, absolutely perfecting their brand of hardcore on 2003’s Emergency Numbers LP. The album captured the rarified air of being ungodly heavy while retaining peak urgency from song to song. Loops and delays were incorporated much more into the compositions while the almost black-metal-like vocals found a visceral level that’s just not often heard before, then, and now. Most impressively, the band had mastered tone at this point, be it in the studio, on a stage in front of 3000 people, or in a cramped basement full of 30 people. Thirteen years later, conditions locally, nationally, and globally have exposed a fertile patch toward the resurrection of MAJORITY RULE, if for nothing else but to return to many of the stages and spaces they’ve performed in prior, and under the same exact ethics they held then and now, to raise awareness, funding, and goodwill toward individualized, local causes in each and every town they are set to perform in.
VVovnds (BE – Hypertension Records)
Since erupting on the scene a few years ago, the Belgian four-piece seem to live and die within the short minute-and-a-bit, at most, that their song-bombs last. They are flashwounds, opening, exploding, closing, almost before you can realise what’s going on, leaving only deep scars to remember them by afterwards. And yet, here they are, “swallowing nails // spitting riffs”, as they put it themselves, or dreaming really fast, as Bill Murray would, for almost half an hour. We don’t know how they take it, we don’t know how we will, but everyone will just have to run for cover and try to survive. The punk of VVOVNDS is immediate, it hits hard and deep, but yet it still defies easy descriptions. Like their name, they leave things simple, their boots firmly planted in the roots of the hardcore punk genre, but at the same time it’s impossible to find an easy reference point, the traditional sounds-just-like-x, because for them x doesn’t mark just one spot spot. They have a lot of xs, scratched in blood throughout the walls of genres like powerviolence, sludge and who knows what else, as long as it’s covered in bile, blood and tears.
Presale 10€ (excl. service fee) / At The Doors: 13€