The days of the Bone Thugs, Hot Boys, and Triple Six Mafias are long gone, and it’s left a gaping hole in our culture. Today, the search for individual success too often trumps the all-important gang. When did we forget about “all for one and one for all!?” And can we even find our way back? As I reflect on the legacies of these crews, I find hope in three letters: GBC. GothBoiClique gave me that hope in their sold-out show at Milkboy ArtHouse recently.
GothBoiClique, a supergroup whose origin story can be found scattered among multiple universes, has never seen a day when the team wasn’t the most important part of what they create. GBC’s commitment to the cause has brought great success at home and worldwide. They’ve also seen some dark days. Through it all, they’ve persevered and continue to nurture a movement of positivity, love, and reflection with their melodic vocals and guitar riffs, they’ve forged from hurt and hope all in one.
On Aug. 31, GBC brought their Love Gang Tour to College Park, Maryland’s premiere live music venue, MilkBoy ArtHouse. A red and black flag reading “LOVE GANG” in Old English lettering adorned the back wall of the stage. A sold-out crowd packed the space, faithfully singing along to all their favorite songs. Fantasy Camp & Zubin, special guests on the nationwide tour, helped crank up the highly anticipated set, with Clique-faithful Yawns joining in on the wheels of steel and guitar. Chants of “bitch I feel like Fish Narc” echoed throughout the venue, as an original member and frequent Peep collaborator Fish Narc closed the show with Drowning and brought the energy up and the house down.
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There are still a few shows left on their summer long Love Gang Tour. Visit LoveGangForever.com for all the upcoming dates. Images below are from a beautiful night with GBC at the MilkBoy ArtHouse on Aug. 31, 2019. All images and words copyright and courtesy of Shedrick Pelt.