ION INDIE MAGAZINE June 2017, Volume 37 - Page 40

place…Texas, hometown boys, post hardcore punk, Cedric and company back in the saddle. Add to that equation a ten thousand seat venue, and you have all the makings of one epic event! They ambushed the stage at 9:00 p.m.—with CEDRIC BIXLER launching as if he had been released from a cage. He ran straight out to the edge of the stage, flew over the top of me and into the crowd, and they were only half way through the first song! Cedric is one of the best front men I've seen--you just cannot take your eyes off of him, never knowing what stunt he's going to do next. As part of the working media here in El Paso, we are granted 3 songs in the pit, then escorted out of the venue. But those three songs being performed just a few feet away, packed a punch. The band served up “Incurably Innocent”, “Invalid Litter Dept.” and “One Armed Scissor”. As far as I could see, the crowd (including more than a couple of shooters in the pit), was singing every song, word for word. I knew I was witnessing a “moment”. Remember, these guys are from here; their roots are here. And half of the people in attendance were personal friends. The Coliseum holds 10K, although not a sell-out show, but at best guess, 6 to 7K people were there to catch this “Home Town Boys Make Good” performance. But personal acquaintance or not…on this particular night, EVERYONE was “family”.