Former member of Tuesday, bassist of The Falcon, bassist and co-singer of Alkaline Trio, and one talented solo singer-songwriter, Dan Andriano is a complete badass and my personal favorite musician since I was an angsty punky preteen.
Underneath the million dollar houses, luxury condominiums, and the ever-blowing hot air that is Capitol Hill, there lies a thriving sub (or counter) culture of punks. Home to famous acts like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and Fugazi (Ian MacKaye is pretty much the DC punk scene of the 80s), DC has produced some kick-ass punk and hardcore bands.
And for the past half-decade, Damaged City Fest has been a showcase of the best local hardcore and punk bands that our city has to offer. This year, for four nights on April 6-9, across 3 venues, 40 bands came together to display what DIY hardcore punk has grown to be.
At the Drive-In, the high-energy abstract punk band from Texas, arrived to play a show at 9:30 Club back in June, but Cedric Bixler fell ill and the band canceled the show. Last week, they finally made it back to DC on their reunion tour, and they came not only with a great show but also a make-up prize.
With a crowd thrusting their fists in the air, Davey Havok led a chant every young AFI fan of the past 20 years wanted to hear: “Through our bleeding, we are one.”