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Agnostic Front, Coldside, My City Burning - NYHC legends in Rotterdam
Recently, one of the founders of the New York City hardcore scene played in the Baroeg in Rotterdam. Not only Agnostic Front, but also Coldside came all the way from America. They were supported by the Amsterdam hardcore act My City Burning and it was a very nice evening.

Some people, including myself, were very surprised when My City Burning appeared on the stage. This wasn’t the lead vocalist of the band we used to know, but the lead vocalist of another great band called So Called Celeste. Even though it was a little confusing, they did seem to fit together. Later on I heard that Joel was the official replacement of Igor, who had left the band due to a very busy schedule. Joel hadn’t been on stage for a year now, which was slightly visible as well. Of course the band didn’t have much time to get used to their new vocalist, but the energy of the band was good enough to compromise for this fact. They performed differently than with Igor, which makes sense. Nevertheless, MCB is a very good live act and when Joel has had some more time with the band, they will destroy the scene again! And today? The band was good, but it was a little awkward to see this combination without knowing about it before the show. But once again, it was a good performance and it was nice to see that the band was supported by their good friends from All For Nothing in the venue as well.

Up next was the first American act of the evening, Coldside. When this band moved to the stage it seemed that the stage shrunk a little, because of the massive impact the two lead vocalists made! This band is heavily influenced by the NYHC scene and you can see and hear that in everything. Seeing two lead vocalists on stage usually doesn’t get me excited, but this band really did. Mainly because of the energy both vocalists had, but also because they fit together really well. There were some sing-a-longs and the movement became a little bigger. Although it was quite crowded during MCB, it seemed like there were even more people in the venue during this performance. When seeing them during a show, you wouldn’t think that this band has only existed since 2010. Their performance had a lot of energy, which got the crowd really pumped up. Keep an eye out for this band if they ever come to a city near you!

What needs to be said about the headliner of this evening? Everybody who knows the NYHC scene is familiar with this band, and many other people also know them. Why? Not only because they were one of the founders of NYHC, but also because the band exists since 1980. Everybody who has seen them live knows that the band usually isn’t one of the greatest live bands. But you know what? That doesn’t even matter, because this band is big enough to create a party anyway! With songs like “Gotta Go”, “Victim In Pain”, “Riot, Riot Upstart” and “For My Family” the band has many sing-a-longs and well-known songs. Today wasn’t very different from another Agnostic Front show: the band was quite good, the lead vocalist Roger Miret wasn’t at his best and the movement kept going. Switching between their old school hardcore songs and melodic punk songs, the band played very rapidly. One of the biggest sing-a-longs was of course their hit “Gotta Go”. The band seemed quite relaxed and even guitarist Vinnie Stigma is usually much wilder than he was today, although this doesn’t mean he stood still for longer than five seconds. After this fast and lovely set the band closed down with a cover of The Ramones: “Blitzkrieg Bop”. As stated before, this isn’t one of the best live bands, but if you dig these songs you have to go to one of their shows, because the band does rock!

It was nice to experience with some surprises: seeing the new vocalist of MCB and adding Coldside to my list of favourite bands. You know what to expect from an Agnostic Front show and of course the show met the expectations! Next week I’ll be at Summer Breeze where AF will play again, can’t wait!