However, most of what Maine is at the moment is pop punk. Personally, I really do not like pop punk. There are some great kids working really hard to build the scene and I respect that so I have been going to see pop punk bands and even setting pop punk bands up with shows. Personally, it is just not what I like. I like my punk to be more abrasive and angry.
Saturday, there were 3 bands playing in Portland that I had yet to hear. They were not pop punk so I jumped at the opportunity to go. Picking up a good friend, we hit the show and met up with a few other friends.
First up was a band called Force Control. They were awesome. Fast, angry, catchy, very early 80's US mid-west hardcore. It was just my style. It felt great to see a band play this style of music and they did it incredibly well. I am thrilled that a band like this is in Maine right now. I will go out of my way to see them when they play going forward. The rage was a breath of fresh air from the pop punk I have been seeing recently. Sheer brutality.
Next up was Gout which was billed as a D-Beat band. I thought they had some D-beat influences but I would not have called them D-Beat. They were quite good though. It is always fun to see a bassist doing vocals. Nice, angry, loud, yelling.
Bad Leg was up last. They were a mid tempo punk band with almost a SoCal feel to them. They were really good and a lot of fun to watch. The singer is really animated and interacts well with the crowd which is always a plus at a punk show.
I really had a great time. It was amazing to see a refreshing fury of bands in Maine and even better to see some old friends. I am really excited about the state of Maine punk and looking forward t working with all of these bands.