For those of us whose musical interests lean a bit more towards the hardcore side of punk, Tuesday night’s lineup at Hang Fire was not to be missed. The show was packed with four local bands along with one out of town act who’re all known for putting on raucous shows.
First up was Cretin Girls out of Gainesville, FL. The three piece act delivered a somewhat fuzzed out, garage punk kind of feel that was perfect for starting the night out. While they were certainly the tamest band of the bunch, they brought their own distinct energy to the night, which definitely pleased the crowd.
Next up were local hardcore outfit Forced Entry. I’d heard a lot about this band beforehand and they certainly lived up to the hype. They offered up a more classic take on hardcore that drew distinct influences from some of the big innovators of the genre like Rollins era Black Flag as well as Minor Threat. Following Forced Entry was Sins of Godless Men. I was pretty excited to finally catch Sins of Godless Men since I hadn’t seen them in about a year (they also happened to be one of the first shows I caught down here in Savannah). While they seemed to have a much more punk and raw edge than I remembered, the rock influences still present themselves pretty heavily.
After Sins of Godless Men came Crazy Bag Lady. Crazy Bag Lady delivered a punk feel much like Forced Entry, but they gave off more of a Dead Kennedys vibe as opposed to the classic hardcore feel given off by Forced Entry. Closing out the night was Hot Plate who finished up with a unique mix of garage rock with a bit of punk and metal thrown in. Overall, I’d say that the night was a huge success for every band involved.
Check out some shots from the night below and hit the jump for the full gallery from the night.