Also I helped Ira Rogers put together from my video camera set up taped to a column in this place, linked up with his Tascam recorder:
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6/22/16 - Triangle Chance For All Benefit - Lightning Born, Skemata, Salmonella @ The Pinhook (Durham, NC)
In my time volunteering its been more than obvious that Justin (who runs the place with his partner Rosemary) is into extreme music based on his t-shirt collection, usually pretty straight forward metal shirts. To rewind a bit, I did a benefit show in my hometown when I was sixteen or seventeen and got a charity on board. I made fliers and posted about the benefit online. I got a phonecall from the charity who said I couldn't use their name on any advertising for the show but I could put "Benefit for (I'm going to change the cause too keep them out of it) the homeless". Justin has a wonderful DIY focus on things and I assume its common knowledge for me to say, a narrow interest in fundraising which is obviously important to a charity. The idea of a show that Justin would enjoy and to raise some awareness for the cause with like-minded individuals, or maybe even not like-minded, would be a great thing to put together. Justin reached out to a few of the volunteers who have music interest and we (aka mainly they did the work, I tried to put together a failed raffle) put together a show. We (aka they) actually put together a show with a really good line up!
Showday! This one started a bit early. I myself had to rush through some dinner and head to Durham. Voidward killed it. Their recordings are much darker and on the black metal side but live they seemed to put forth a more Isis/Pelican sound, well if Pelican had vocals. There's some classic rock riffs mixed in there but mainly sludgy stoner metal that is upbeat at times and the guitarist shreaded through some killer long solos. Kind of a pity they put forth such a killer set along with the guitar solos with no dead or off-notes (aka how I'd play them) because at 7ish The Pinhook was a bit sparsely populated. I didn't film because in my peripheral there were people standing on either side of me and didn't want my glowing LCD screen to bother anyone. Next up was a brilliant surprise. Bandages couldn't play so last minute Salmonella jumped on and were super excited to play their first show (a month before their actual first show was going to happen). I don't know their rhythm section but Ryan who has been in various bands on guitar, and both Nick from Drugcharge and young Ava on vocals. I can't help but cite Nausea (not the grind band from LA but the classic punk band) as an influence because of the dueling vocals. For it being a first show, they didn't mess up once that I could tell. I later learned the drum threw up in the middle of playing but I honestly could not tell because he kept playing without missing a beat. After that was Lightning Born, which is a new local area super group comprised of the bass player from Corrosion of Conformity, the drummer from Colossus, and the singer from The Hell No. I'm not sure if the guitar player is from another band but he was shredding on a bright white SG so that ruled. Everything was on point, Mike Dean of course was killing it on bass, and Brenna's vocals were pretty flawless. Its not the type of music I would seek out but what they were playing was on point! Last was local Sorry State Records crust/d-beat legends Skemata. Alex left the band recently to attend father duties as he is a new father, so Kyle from Drugcharge took over and learned their entire set in a few weeks.. he definitely delivered which I'm glad of because Alex's shoes are a lot to fill.
Overall it was a good night for music, had friends drive from Greensboro and from elsewhere. I know it was hard for a lot of people to get out on a Wednesday to an earlier show, but I heard people showed up late and donated anyway for the cause. I bought some killer cookies at the end of the show, I assume Irena made them so hats off to you. Thanks again to Sorry State for donating LPs to the cause and sorry that was a bit of a flop on the raffle side but look for those same LPs on eBay because I'm going to sell those LPs to benefit TCA despite the shortcoming at the show.
In the end it was all about helping spread the word about the important work TCA does. From being a volunteer, I've seen that 100% of donations go into the charity. Justin and Rosemary work jobs outside of the charity to sustain themselves and to filter into the sanctuary. If you enjoy the content below and want to help, here is a link to their donation page. I also tried livestreaming to YouTube from my phone for the first time during Skemata's set: