10 Car Pile Up – Towson, MD
September 27th, 2008
Celebrated Summer 2nd Anniversary Show
This was pretty incredible, and I didn’t even get to see the whole thing. I’ve been going to shows for around fifteen years and this is one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. Add to that this was an anniversary show for my favorite record store of all (Celebrated Summer Records) time AND the Ergs last Maryland show (they were breaking up and making their last rounds), there was a lot going on here. If you walked outside of the venue there was crowds of people lined up for blocks, if you saw the crowd and you were just passing by you had to be wondering what was going on, it looked more like Celebrated Summer fest! Now I mentioned that I left early, after the Ergs amazing fucking set we were wiped the fuck out, so much so that my buddy that I came with couldn’t go anymore so we had to roll out. I’m sure this show continued to be amazing (and was from what I heard) we missed Ruiner, Pulling Teeth, and Government Warning. That lineup alone would have made for an awesome hardcore show, so yeah, we fucked up. But even with that this was still incredible.
Brain Dead – These guys were pretty ok, I’d never seen them before or heard of them. Not the best band but they seemed like they were having fun.
Sick Fix – I’d heard a ton of good things about Sick Fix but had never heard them before. Unfortunately I wasn’t into them at all. Female fronted punk rock is normally up my alley but I actually think the vocals were a big part of why I wasn’t into this one. They band seemed like good people though.
Deep Sleep – I’d seen Deep Sleep a few times before; they had a really good set, the best I had seen of theirs up to this point. This was the show that actually put them on a higher expectation level as far as live performances for me, it ruled.
The Ergs – The Ergs! Holy…fucking…shit. The Ergs are one of my favorite bands of all time; I’ve seen them many times. This was their last Maryland show and I was bummed about it but excited to see them again. I was pretty sure I was going to their last show at this point but it wasn’t 100% so I needed this. (I did end up going to the last show…it wasn’t even as good as this one! That’s how great this was!). To sum it up simply this is THE best set I’ve ever seen in my entire life (Not counting Iron Maiden). As soon as the first song his it was like “Oh shit these people are nuts”. It was one of those fight for your life to stay up front sets. By the second song I was out of oxygen but still hanging in there. Someone would stage dive, you’d catch them but right after a second person would jump onto you both then before you could get up in would come a third to add to the pile. My shoes came untied, which happened to be a good thing because they acted as an anchor when people stepped on them. About half the crowd got up on stage, people were crowd surfing on stage, over top of the band. I was waiting for someone to fall and get impaled on the drum set. I wish I could relive this set once a month; it was the best thing to ever happen. After the set people just stood around sucking air trying to get a grip on life again, I talked to Mikey and thanked the Ergs for being great, then was talked into leaving early.