A host of influential Midwestern hardcore bands will return to the stage next spring in Chicago in celebration of the scene-chronicling book “Burning Fight: The Nineties Hardcore Revolution in Ethics, Politics, Spirit and Sound.”
Tickets for the May 2-3 event at the Metro go on sale Nov. 6 via IndieTickets.com. Proceeds will benefit Rock for Reading and PAWS Chicago.
Written by Brian Peterson, “Burning Fight” aims to pick up where Steven Blush’s ‘American Harcdcore” left off, chronicling the bands that carried the torch from the mid-1980s into the present day. The book will be published by Revelation Records.
The lineup for the show includes Split Lip, Unbroken, Disembodied, Trial, Mouthpiece, 108, Underdog, Guilt, Killingtime, Damnation AD, Ringworm, Threadbare, Reach The Sky, Bane, Betrayed, Blacklisted, Have Heart, Soul Control, the Killer, Convicted, Harms Way and Thought Crusade.
Split Lip, which changed its name to Chamberlain in 1995 and recorded under that name until 2000, will be playing with guitarist Clay Snyder for the first time in 11 years. The other members of the group (vocalist David Moore, guitarist Adam Rubenstein, bassist Curtis Mead and drummer Charlie Walker) reunited for a brief set in March during the Doghouse Records showcase at South by Southwest.
Rubenstein tells Billboard.com he felt Split Lip, which moved toward a more classic rock sound with Chamberlain, went against the grain of the harder-edged bands sharing this bill.
“But I’m flattered we were asked to play,” he says. “I think deep down all the guys in the band have always wanted the chance to play a proper show together. We’ve all secretly been searching for an excuse to do it, and this is as good of an excuse as any.” In conjunction, Doghouse will release the Chamberlain version of 1995’s “Fate’s Got a Driver” on vinyl next spring.
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