I guess I have Schenectady Syndrome- that positive feeling you still get when being captivated and devoured by your odd hometown. If we invented the light bulb, we better have good music. Which is true- just as long as you don’t base us off the Fountains of Wayne song “Someone to Love.” Nope, it’s a city of a beautiful better tradition of metal and hardcore. After all, who else could get Corrosion of Conformity to play last week? Who else is bad enough to be featured in the History Channel’s “Gangland” episode, “Rage Against Society?” Actually, scratch that last part. For this week’s 3 Of The Week, I’ll quit my whining and tell you about our scene while showcasing one piece of history and two unsigned bands.
1. “Absolve” – One King Down
One King Down was a straightedge band from Albany, New York that would eventually tour nationally with Madball and Hatebreed (they disbanded in 2002). They were signed to a little label you may have heard of based in Albany: Equal Vision Records. Legend has it that in the early 90s, Youth of Today singer Ray Cappo decided this would be the place to start a hardcore label just outside of the begrudging NYHC scene. Equal Vision’s roster would be insanely impressive over the years with Converge, Circa Survive, and Refused. On the lighter side there is Say Anything, Saves the Day, and Eisley. So, you’re welcome.
2. “I Love NY” by Black Tie Operation
The Black Tie Operation is also from Albany. Recently I saw them open for Leftover Crack and was completely blown away by their rawness and aggressive playing (wait until you hear their Gorilla Biscuits cover). Unfortunately this live video doesn’t really do them the same justice. If you pay any attention at all to this, check out their record Carpe Diem!, which you can hear for free here (come on, there’s a song called “Support Your Local Nihilist Bakesale”).
3. “Statuettes” by Curse the Mariner
Lastly is Curse the Mariner from Queensbury. Okay, so they are a little out of the Tri-City area of Albany-Schenectady-Troy, but these guys are phenomenal. This is a song off their recently self-released record, Moderna. The reason why they aren’t signed escapes me. Curse the Mariner is completely on par with any other bands in the genre like August Burns Red and Every Time I Die.
And we wore our leather jackets, stopped getting sXe tattoos, and lived happily ever after.