The First Step’s Last Show

I do my best to keep the content on this set reserved for that which is, to a degree, locally related. However, this time I must make an exception. On Saturday, a few friends and I made the trip down to Lemoyne, PA to see THE FIRST STEP’s last show. It was an incredibly worthwhile trip. That band was easily one of my favourite contemporary hardcore bands and it is really sad to see them go. I don’t think the show could have been any better, unless the venue was maybe a bit smaller. That way, it would’ve felt really packed.

The band’s set-list was great. I guess you can’t expect less from a band that has never phoned in a song. It was as follows:

The performance was off the charts as usual. Part of what made the band great was their live performances. Always furious and always with purpose. Stephen made some phenomenal speeches. I’ve never understood the viewpoint that singers of hardcore bands shouldn’t talk between songs. It’s fine if you don’t, but if you care about what you’re singing about, it always comes off as more sincere when you do talk. In the category of sincerity, this band takes the cake. They will be sorely missed. I will keep my fingers crossed that, when Aaron returns from his retreat, they will play once again. Also, kudos to Greg Bacon, TFS’ bass player, who reportedly put the end of show CD together. As soon as the set finished, Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” started playing. A stroke of genius, it was.

Almost all of the band’s set has been posted on Youtube. It’s worth watching if you were a fan.

Tim McMahon and DOUBLE CROSS have done an interview with Stephen and it is going up in installments over the next while. If you’re not reading Double Cross yet, you really should be. We will have our Aram interview up soon.

Oh, and the other bands, especially Mindset and Get the Most, were great as well, but, by the end of TFS’s set, I had almost forgotten who they were. Seriously though, check out the new Mindset record when it drops on React! I’ve heard it, and it’s really, really good. Hopefully we’ll see them here soon.

Also worth noting was the personal tour we got from Hoibak of Buffalo’s finer neighborhoods, both on the way there and on the way back. If you’re ever looking to kill 2 hours in Buffalo, get in a car with Erik Hoibak. He’ll try and convince you to eat at Great Wall (Vogel endorsed) at least 3 times.

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