Hardcore legends Fang and Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) shared the stage with Portland based Oi! band, Chartbusters, with special guests playing to a raucous crowd at a near capacity Tonic Lounge.
Resident Portland hardcore enthusiasts seemed to be waiting in excited anticipation for legendary hardcore acts Fang, Millions of Dead Cops (MDC), and Chartbusters to take to the stage at the Tonic Lounge on January 2, where it was nearly filled to capacity, as the doors opened that evening. A line-up like this was a great start to the new year.
Kicking off the night with their high-energy, hardcore performance, Portland locals Chartbusters played as working class heroes do. Brilliantly. Enthusiastic fans seemingly piled in front of (and sometimes on to) the stage as they sang along thrusting fists, making their way to the mic through the pit. Portland’s Chartbusters really know how to put on a show and prepared the crowd for what was yet to come. Be sure to check out their next show at the Branx (an all ages show for $6.) on January 15 along with Rum Rebellion, SKOI!, Hammered Grunts, and Unstable Youth.
Also calling Portland home, Millionâ€™s of Dead Cops, otherwise known as MDC, has a rich history of playing jam-packed venues and writing songs engaging sociopolitical issues such as corporate greed, police brutality, anti-capitalism, and animal rights. With a career spanning over 33 years, MDC front man, David Dictor, continues to perform with all the power and intensity that embodies hardcore music.
With song titles such as, â€œI Remember,â€ â€œDead Cops/America Is So Straight,â€ â€œMulti Death Corporation,â€ and â€œBorn To Die,â€ off of the bands 1981 release of â€œMillions of Dead Cops,â€ MDC and fans acknowledged the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, as well asÂ others lost to police brutality. Many in attendance sang along to songs, with some pumping their fists in the air shouting, â€œKill all the cops!” I don’t believe in MDCs history has their message been any more relevant than now.
Closing the show, the California based, legendary hardcore band, Fang hit the stage running with front man Sam â€œSammytownâ€ McBride, whipping an already enthusiastic audience into a frenzy. Generously sharing the mic with those front and center, singing songs from the compilation album Land shark/Where The Wild Things Are together with the fans.
Having a successful career spanning 35 years, with a brief hiatus in the 1990’s, Fang continues to deliver their original style and sound. Having stood the test of time, Fang put on a phenomenal performance which left concert reviewer Jessa Perrin, alongside fans new and old, highly impressed. When youâ€™re able to catch Fang performing live, it is obvious that all of the members really enjoy doing what they do; delivering their style and brand of hardcore to their fans. From the first song to the last, FANG put on an unbelievable show.