Slapshot – Olde Time Hardcore – Part I


w/ Dark Blue, Never Sober, and Sacred Owls

Saturday, October 14

Control Tattoo/Cosmic Vinyl, Titusville, FL

SLAPSHOT (333) VGSlapshot are hardcore legends. And tonight, in Titusville for Control Tattoo’s 5 year anniversary blowout, they did not disappoint. Taking the stage inside of Cosmic Vinyl, the band delivered an uncompromising hour of insistent, hard-nosed punk.

The Boston quartet blasted through “Hang Up Your Boots,” “Watch Me Bleed,” and topped off with a solid reading of “Step On It.” With over three decades of shows under their belts, the band shows no signs of mellowing or slowing down, which they proved by packing up, driving 40 minutes south and performing a second set with NYHC stalwarts, Agnostic Front. (More on this later.)Dark Blue (44) VG

From Philadelphia came Dark Blue, a post punk, post alt band with a murky vision of the world. Hauntingly bleak and cacophonous by turns, Dark Blue performed a memorable set of ragged pop tinged music. The band’s world view seems to be one of “A glass half full of some murky crud I don’t like.” All delivered in a compelling fashion, begging to be heard.