News From The Pit

News From The Pit
By Laura Karnes

Incursion, Encrypted Flesh and Mindstorm got together for a night of death metal one Thursday night in September at The Flashback. The show was 18 and over and there was a pretty good crowd in attendance until the Alcohol Beverage Control officers came in and removed everyone under 21 years of age. Bummer for the under-age fans, but the bands still played as scheduled, hence the saying "The show must go on."

 Speaking of under-age fans, another incident of this sort happened the following week. Shapeless Matrix, Choad and Blacklisted were scheduled to play an all-ages show on a Sunday in September, also at The Flashback. When the bands showed up to set up their equipment, there was a sign on the door stating that the show had been canceled. The bands found another location to play at, so I'm assuming that the show still happened, but I don't know how the crowd turnout was.

This kind of thing really sucks for younger music fans. There will probably be no more all-ages shows at The Flashback, and with the closing of The Cherokee; that leaves hardly any other places for under-21 fans to go and see bands play. Also, that means less support for the bands; and I know they need and appreciate all the support that they can get.

I'm not blaming the club owners for this. I can understand the risk of having all-ages shows where alcohol is served. I just wish that there could be some sort of solution for this problem. I think it's better for kids to get out their aggressions while moshing to some heavy music rather than getting into trouble because they've got too much time on their hands. I would like to hear other people's views on this subject. If you have something to say about it, write to the address at the front of this paper and put it to the "Pit Girl's" attention. I'll let you know what kind of responses that I get.

 Went to the 1996 Bud Bash, sponsored by Showcase Music. This outdoor event was held on September 28 in Greenville, Indiana. This party featured food, horseshoes and volleyball, but most importantly, music. Point of Anger played first with somewhat of a rough sound at the beginning of their set, which greatly improved after a few songs. Creed came on next, playing songs from their 1995 tape as well as some new stuff. Things were going good and everyone seemed to be having a good time (even though we were freezing our butts off!), but then some problems arose. First of all, the police came, which is not a good thing for a party, but they left when they saw that things weren't out of hand. Then the power went out several times during Creed's set, which was also not a good thing since everyone was there mainly for the music.

Faceplant was supposed to play next but I don't think the power problem ever got straightened out. Stoneflesh was also scheduled to play, but I don't think they go to, either. I believe I left at the right time because on the way home, many paddy wagons and police cars passed me, going in the direction of the party.

Oh well, still had a pretty good time and heard some heavy music; so I'm not complaining!

Well, that's about all I've got for this issue. Stay tuned for more news next month. Until next time . . . see ya in the pit! Don't forget . . . support local metal! Later...