Slapshot Finally Brought Boston Hardcore to Miami at Churchill's Pub, January 5

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Better Than: Karaoke night with your co-workers.

Retribution is a beautiful thing. And after nearly 28 years of pumping out tough riffs and churning circle pits, punk legends Slapshot finally brought Boston hardcore to Miami. The show (which many in the scene considered a gift after so many years of being left out) came courtesy of South Florida's fly-date king, Roger Forbes of Speedfreek, and featured a stacked lineup of the local scene's brightest lights.

The vibe was all about communal pride, and it has since been conjectured that the positive energy produced via the hockey-themed hardcore heroes' marathon set is what, in fact, finally ended the NHL lockout.

See also:
-Slapshot Coming to Miami, Courtesy of Speedfreek!
-Concert Review: Pig Destroyer Laid Siege to Churchill's Pub, December 15
-Capitalist Casualties Headlining Speedfreek's Completely Insane 20-Band Moshpocalypse


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Homestretch.

Things got started (on time!) with some straight-ahead punk rock, provided by Miami's Die Trying. The group played a fun set to an understandably thin crowd as many undoubtedly assumed the show would be running on Miami standard time.

The new guard of Miami hardcore was represented by Homestretch, a quintet that continues to impress us with its sheer aggression. Recently, the band has been playing a bunch of freshly penned tracks and every riff of the new material seems darker and heavier than the last. The band's cover of "It's the Limit" by the Cro-Mags proved a highlight of the set, despite frontman George Geanuracos onstage acknowledgement of how it might be a construed as a little inappropriate to cover such an important NYC hardcore band while opening for what is essentially the Boston hardcore band.

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On Our Own.

Following Homestretch, it was time for recently rebooted and sorely missed On Our Own. This Broward-based outfit has been making random appearances here and there for a while now. However, Saturday's set proved this band's totally returned to form. Frontman Carlos Fournier stalked the stage, spitting rage-driven lyrics about the nihilistic side of life over chugging riffs.

After On Our Own, there was another blast from the past, Trust No One. This band performs only on special occasions at this point. So the crowd made the set count in terms of movement. Yes, the mosh was hectic, violent, and everything that makes for a proper Trust No One show.

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Trust No One.

TNO's frontman, who must be referred as "Coach," provided plenty of colorful stage banter while trying to catch a rise from the straight-edge crowd members that were there to see one of the most outspoken straight-edge bands of all time. The band featured Alex Marquez (of bands Anger and Solstice) filling in on drums, and the sound was perhaps even heavier than normal thanks to Marquez's metallic attack.

To peer out at the crowd during the break of "Sometimes" was to see a scene from Miami hardcore's past. And it will no doubt be a moment spoken of among the Churchill's crowd for years to come.

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Churchill's Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

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