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with Ignite, Death By Stereo, School Drugs
Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
All Ages
Space Ballroom
Hamden, CT

General Admission Standing Room Only


SLAPSHOT is a band shrouded in history, rumors, and urban legend. Their damn-near twenty year existense has equally divided the hardcore community and united its adherents. Very few bands have left such a mark that generation after generation of hardcore kids find it incumbent upon themselves to discover SLAPSHOT fresh and new for themselves to give them a foundation for their listening development. In a scene that so often differentiates sub-genres of old school hardcore between youth crew and tough guy, SLAPSHOT clearly is neither, and decisively both at the same time. They are straight edge and they are tough. But they don't share enough with either Youth Of Today or Madball to really serve to further define either sub-genre.

Underneath all the rich history and all the chatter of their past is the most important element of SLAPSHOT - their music. Unapologetically straight forward, speed-reliant hardcore that won't give metal the time of day and leaves punk lying in the dust, SLAPSHOT continues to be nothing but the most pure version of hardcore there is. Their straight edge branding is also unwavering and consistent. Long after Ian Mackaye has dis-associated himself with the movement and Ray Cappo became more interested in playing with his pet rabbit, Choke and the boys in SLAPSHOT still remain undeniably edge.

Boston hardcore legends Slapshot return with their latest album Make America Hate Again. An institution in hardcore punk since 1985, Slapshot are still writing music as urgent and relevant as ever. This 11-track powerhouse was recorded at The Wild Arctic in Portsmouth, NH with Dean Baltulonis (Madball, American Nightmare, No Warning). 30+ years later, Choke and company are still pissed off and evoke the same aggression that gave Slapshot the notorious reputation they have today.

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In 2019, Orange County, California Punk and Hardcore institution, IGNITE were a band at a crossroads. Over 25 years, IGNITE had taken their hardcore foundations and not merely turned them into the sound of a band that has refused to be categorized but had become a worldwide force in their own right. With five albums behind them including 2006’s breakout, Our Darkest Days and 2016’s A War Against You (which entered the German album charts at #6) as well as countless tours through Europe, North America, Australia, South America and the Far East, the core of the band: bassist Brett Rasmussen, guitarists Nik Hill and Kevin Kilkenny and drummer Craig Anderson found themselves in search of a new voice. They found themselves without a singer.

“There was never any question about whether we would continue,” says Brett. “It was more a question of where do we go next. How does IGNITE continue to grow as a band?” Against a backdrop of a Covid-shuttered world and a nation embroiled in the fire of riots, apocryphal politics and cultural sea changes, the four members of IGNITE not merely looked for a new vocalist but also penned their most expansive set of songs to date. “We went back to our earliest days and pulled from our hardcore influences,” says Brett. “We also looked beyond where we left off on the last record and really worked to push ourselves musically, lyrically. We were inspired.”

Cut to almost two years later. IGNITE’s self-titled album is the moment where they reconcile themselves with their history. “It never felt like a struggle or an effort,” says guitarist Kevin Kilkenny “It felt like the five of us pulling in the same direction.” The album not only encapsulates their determination to redefine themselves but also stands as one of the strongest efforts to date. That sense of inspiration and abandon literally explodes from the speakers on opening track, “Anti-Complicity-Anthem”. It’s IGNITE firing on all cylinders. Melodic, political, poignant and most importantly - driven. “That track is a mantra for me,” says Nik. “It’s about having a voice in the face of the trials and tribulations we all face working through the shame, the indignity and the loss of life that have become part of our experience as individuals and as a country.” At the center of it all is the new vocalist Eli Santana, an unexpected choice for the band, but a perfect example of IGNITE’s willingness to step beyond expectations.

“Eli was a surprise, no question,” says Brett. In fact, IGNITE’s new vocalist is largely known as a guitarist in Los Angeles-based metal bands Holy Grail and Huntress. However, after culling through a number of potential frontmen, Santana proved himself the clear-cut choice. “He had the enthusiasm, the talent, the voice and the same sort of excitement for the band that we do,” says Brett. "My first or second Hardcore show ever was IGNITE at The Showcase Theater in Corona,” says Eli. “Growing up in Southern California, bands like Suicidal Tendencies or Bad Religion were just as much an influence for me as Metallica.”

Reconnecting with long-time producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Pennywise), who has worked with the band since 2000’s A Place Called Home, the sessions for the new album were, “Probably the easiest time we’ve ever had in the studio,” says Rasmussen. “Three weeks to record, another week to mix – normal and not over-thought.” The results are IGNITE, at one minute introspective and the next, their sing-along-galvanizing best.

Even though IGNITE hails from Southern California, they’ve spent most of their career distinguishing themselves as a band without borders or boundaries. Recent years have seen them co-headlining touring packages like Europe’s Persistence tour with the likes of Hatebreed or hitting festival stages with the likes of Motorhead or Rise Against. Each time, winning over the most varied of crowds. “We’ve always tried to play with the most diverse crowds we can,” says Brett. We’ve toured with Punk and Hardcore mainstays like Bad Religion, Misfits and Suicidal Tendencies, but we’ve also played with bands like The Used or Flogging Molly and of course, in Europe we play with tons of Metal bands like In Flames or Machine Head.” In fact, Machine Head has covered “Bleeding” to fan and critical acclaim.”

With a new vocalist up front and a new album in hand, IGNITE are ready to get back to work. Already, tours in Europe and the U.S. are on the books and the band couldn’t be happier about it. “It’s a new chapter for IGNITE,” reaffirms Brett. “But there’s a lot of looking back to some of our earliest records like Call on My Brothers and having the same feeling writing these songs with a new singer.” In fact, the band has re-recorded one of their earliest songs “Turn” as a B-side. In these Southern California stalwarts’ minds, the more things change, the more they stay the same. “This is what we love doing – as it was in 1993 and as it is now.

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Since their inception in 1998, DEATH BY STEREO has been balancing consciousness and chaos with their unique genre-bending amalgam of hardcore, metal and punk. Previously, the band released their last five studio records via Epitaph, Indecision and Serjical Strike Records.

DBS, as they are known by many of their loyal followers, have assembled a worldwide fan base built upon a seemingly endless international tour schedule, with enough passport stamps to make many of their contemporaries jealous. They have shared the stage many times over with the likes of Slipknot, AFI, Serj Tankian, Avenged Sevenfold, and Rise Against, just to name a few. They have headlined some of the biggest and best festivals around the world (Germany’s “With Full Force”, Belgium’s “Grozerock”, U.S.‘s “Warped Tour” and Colombia’s “Rock Al Parque”). Having toured in over 20 countries is an accomplishment few bands of any stature can lay claim to.

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