Unfortunately, I had to leave early. However, I do want to share a little about the two bands who closed out the night. Wolfsblood’s band, The Weight We Carry, is self-dubbed as working-class hardcore. The band’s music is a physical and emotional outlet for the pressures of the daily grind, for both the band members and fans. Their third release, Hard to Exist, came out just weeks before this show.
The finale for the evening was a reunion of the Rochester hardcore band Sideline. The short-lived project produced the album Struggling to Adjust in 2015, and performed at 2015’s Hardcore for the Homeless. However, life got in the way and they dissolved. Some of the members are in other bands now (for example, the lead vocalist, Damon Rotoli, is now the frontman for Tiredeyes). Their announcement about the reunion on Facebook read:
Almost two years ago now we stopped being a band. Since then we’ve talked about doing a final show. We heard they were going to do this awesome show again, so we had to jump on it. Let’s set it off one last time…”
Wolfsblood was grateful that they agreed to be part of Hardcore for the Homeless again. “On top of them donating all of their merch sales to the charity, they played one of their best sets ever,” he said. “Sideline will be missed, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to close out such a special night.”
Donations from the event went directly to Pillar’s drop-in center for people who are homeless. The program helps by distributing necessities and providing a safe, warm place during the hours when shelters are closed. The generosity of the bands and all of the attendees made a big impact for individuals in need in our community. Hardcore for the Homeless is a testament to the power of the music community to rally for a cause.
Music from the bands is available to stream or purchase on bandcamp:
The Weight We Carry