Originally Posted by NoGimmicksNeeded
Yeah man, I mean I've been going to hardcore and punk gigs for well over 10 years, played in various bands locally, had bands sleep on my floor so its a total sense of community, like going to the pub with 50 friends. I'm lucky enough to be from an area that's got bands like Vales, Crocus, Gnarwolves, Bangers, etc, local dudes and in bands like Bastions, We Came Out Like Tigers, Goodtime Boys, I know the guys who run labels, promote gigs, do artwork, print shirts, work at the venues.. there's no genre of music I've experienced that has a complete family feel from top to bottom, as opposed to just people that like the same music.
Id be similar backround to this, played and put on gigs and had bands on my couch for years (inc Converge and Frank Turner when nobody knew them), will check out a few of those bands listed.
I do find though that the older im getting the less hardcore I listen to which seems to becoming a common thing around here (dublin), we had a great scene for a few years (roughly 02-08) when various elements of the HC, Crust and Metal scenes merged together for a magic few years of mixed bills and lots of fun, the few years since most of the venues have closed, promoters grew tired of the constant hassles and majority of the bands moved onto full on rock or metal or noise, those fun little community gigs are few and far between nowadays
Still do listen to tons of old-school Black Flag, Misfits, Void and early Husker Du though.