Monday, October 17, 2011

Edge Day 2000 : The Last Show Of In My Eyes

EDGE DAY 2000: The Last Show Of In My Eyes from Revelation Records on Vimeo.

This is what we could salvage of the documentary "EDGE DAY 2000: The Last Show Of In My Eyes." Hope you enjoy it! Here are some words from In My Eyes' guitarist, Anthony Pappalardo:

For the entire existence of In My Eyes there were always three words used to describe us that made us cringe: Youth Crew Revival. Most 'zines that were covering Snapcase and Chamberlain would mention we were "great at being a Youth Crew Revival band" and it drove me fucking insane. The Youth Crew was Youth of Today's crew, not a style of music and certainly not relevant to a band formed in 1997. We all loved Youth of Today but we weren't setting out to revive anything. That phrase always made me think of a bunch of kids in varsity jackets standing over a drawing of the Step Forwards record dude with wires hooked up to him like Weird Science. Suddenly he rises out of the pages of Boiling Point and He's Alive... the Youth Crew had been revived! Let's all pose in the street a la We're Not In This Alone and bleach our hair!

In My Eyes accomplished infinitely less than many of the bands that were our peers in Boston. From Bane and American Nightmare to Converge, Isis, Jejune and Piebald; we'd toured less, played less and never committed to the band full time but it didn't mean it wasn't our lives or that we weren't happy with what we had left behind. We weren't able to be a "full time band" and that made things fun. We had an outlet to pour ourselves into every weekend and it made even the smallest show special.

We didn't revive the Youth Crew, we lived our crew. Some of us listened to Juvenile, while some listened to Stereolab. We could be found wasting our money on sneakers, jackets, unhealthy vegetarian food, gambling or video games. We combed the streets of Boston looking for fun, records and girls… girls were the hardest to come by. In My Eyes was our way of avoiding the September to June College Malaise that defines Boston.

Initially we were a handful of kids crammed into the first floor of a poorly insulated Mission Hill apartment with a Subway table in the vinyl floored kitchen. By the end of the band our friends inhabited about 43% of the neighborhood, formed twenty thousand bands and record labels and we all found time to hang out on each other's porches and stoops no matter what was going on.

In My Eyes was convinced to play a final show, as the band had run it's course. We were exhausted, broke, and all facing different directions while still being best friends. Matt Galle, Tim Mailloux and Ray Lemonie aka DHU were responsible for most of the all ages punk and hardcore shows in Boston at the time and they wouldn't let us go out with a whimper. They booked an all ages, $5.00 show in Haverhill, MA, where Ten Yard Fight had once played as well as 108, about 7 years prior. Haverhill was about ten miles from where I grew up. I spent my teen years there in coffee shops, grinding and sliding the curbs in the town's parking garage. It was part of the Merrimack Valley, an area responsible for Cave-In, Piebald, Converge, Ten Yard Fight and other notable bands. It was nice to end where I started.

The show wasn't going to take place in Boston so we could have an all ages show with no barriers, without giving a cent to club owners that hated us the other 364 days of the calendar year.

DHU asked me who I'd wanted on the bill; I remember asking if American Nightmare could play... they didn't and I'm not sure why but Wes sang the ending of Through The Motions which is part of this documentary. In viewing the video again I realized how much this song aspired to be a Moondog song though it's mid-paced tempo was modeled after Inside Out.


I'm not sure why my memory is so sharp for some things and so vague for others but I'll run down the last time In My Eyes played together:

• A few weeks prior we played a last show in Riverside County in California at the Showcase Theater. I liberated a pair of gold Air Max 97s from Niketown as an homage to Civ's obnoxious creepers at the last GB shows.

• As In My Eyes was fading out, a lot of us noticed the focus on NYHC folk-lore and generally being "hard" in hardcore 2000. We purposely chose to cover A Time We'll Remember and Bottled Violence, two songs without mosh parts that are as energetic as any songs recorded to keep an emphasis on stage dives and sing-alongs... things we saw as the core of the band.

• Friends from all over the world came, a lot of our friends hadn't been to a show in years or ever, some of them liked Limp Bizkit and others, House music. It was rad to have such a mix of personalities and backgrounds there in one place.

• The show was $5.00; I'm not sure how many people paid but I know for a fact that no one I knew was asked for even a dollar. Clevo mentions there being 500+ kids there, I'm sure at least 200 were on the "guest list." I have no idea how many kids were actually there but it felt like at least 501.

• The palm tree background was pretty calming, and later, Jeff and I joked about starting a new band, "Veggie Burger in Paradise", a Leisure Core band inspired by the backdrop.

• We all knew Sweet Pete was tight with Porcell but didn't believe he'd really show up to sing Straight Edge Revenge. It kind of blew me away how kids didn't give him a little room to do his thing, I always thought he was pretty incredible on stage and would have liked to see him have a little more space.

• There was one In My Eyes song we all thought sucked so we didn't play it but I'm not sure 11 years later what it was, maybe it was Overlooked.

• Dudes ripping down the ceiling cost us $400.00, which is 80 paid customers. I might start a Kickstarter to recoup the costs retroactively.

• There were a lot of humans there not wearing shirts... I'm pretty sure 11 years later they'd keep their "Hanes Beefy Tees" on.

• None of us could even get near our amps to look at our tuners due to the amount of Edgemin on stage, we gave up and tuned by ear. Al Quint once complained that we were always out of tune because we "jumped around so much", I'm surprised how in-tune we actually sounded.

As for the actual documentary you're viewing now, it was supposed to be this multi-angle, multi-camera, semi-mega production packed with ephemera, interviews and insight. Instead, it sat somewhere for years until a short sample tape and an invoice arrived in my mail box years later. There was a lot of confusion about what really happened with the movie, I wanted to work with the editor and really make this different but instead the film crew disappeared and we all forgot about this until Larry Ransom found this 30 minute cut.

I wish I didn't swing my arms around as much when I talked but I'm happy with this slice of In My Eyes and I hope everyone enjoys it.

Thank you to DHU for booking the show, everyone who came out as well as Shark Attack, The Killing Flame, Mouthpiece, Fastbreak, Bane and Ten Yard Fight who played for next to nothing to be a part of the day.

I never went to my senior prom and spent 15 minutes at my college graduation because In My Eyes had a show booked at a shed in a New Jersey backyard with Ensign which I played with a 100+ degree fever but I had this day no matter how bad my memories of it actually is.

Despite this show being an endpoint for In My Eyes, I see many of the people on that stage weekly, monthly and at weddings and other celebrations to this day. We share tweets, texts, emails, Facebook wars and other social media connections and we all agree it was a great time that continues into our (gasp) adult lives.

Thank you.
-Anthony Pappalardo 10.17.2011



Anonymous said...

@AP: I´ve always loved the song "overlooked".

Brett Hardware said...

I remember that shed.

Andy McKay said...

Haha, that poster is hanging on my wall. Not one like it, that's the one on my wall. Odd how photos make their way around the web.

Anonymous said...

is it true that sweet pete left the band in the middle of your european tour with the fake-mags?

Pedro Carvalho said...
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Pedro Carvalho said...

Is that "NO GCF SHIRTS"?

Anonymous said...

Any females within 100 miles of this show?

AP said...

Here's all the anonymous people need to know :

1. Pete Left the European Tour, it's well documented.

2. No GCF Shirts allowed, the promoters made the rules, no one was bummed.

3. Yes there are females on stage so I guess you didn't watch the video and there are several who are in the back, on the sides and everywhere males are just not moshing shirtless.

Does it really matter anyway? Do you watch HC videos to get glimpse of women ? There's a thing called Porn they invented that is full of men and women depending on your preference for your viewing pleasure.

IME had a lot of female fans actually and still does but what does that really matter.....especially 11 years later?

Here are better topics :

Shirtless boys
Overuse of curse words
Questionable fashion
IME being a rip off of better bands.
Stories about rad things you've done that are way cooler than this video.

Take care

Sweet Hank said...

Here's all the anonymous people need to know: 1. Pete Left the European Tour, it's well documented.

But WHY did he leave? I think that our music deserves more respect than an Jerry Falwell cover up type answer. I think that you, Anthony could even find a way to answer telling the truth without being an asshole.

ShayKM said...

Funny post and funnier comments...
One question... Why the 'NO GCF Shirts' rule? I get the Yankees issue, and the standing still point is funny... but NO GCF?

Ben Edge said...

Cool video, or what remains of it. That era marked the end of my total immersion in the straight edge hardcore scene, as I saw all of those bands dozens and dozens of times on the west coast. I really like how some of the members of In My Eyes talk about how the scene was shifting gears into the macho tough guy vibe around that time, and how lame it was. That's definitely the main reason why I lost interest in that scene as a whole. Between that and the return of the fashionistas, I was bitterly disappointed in the way things got, albeit there have still been a good amount of incredible sxe bands that have popped up since then.

Why no Fastbreak footage?

Anonymous said...

always thought dudes in IME were cool. It seems that it isn't. DOUCHES.

Anonymous said...

Anthony writes "Sweet Pete of In My Eyes left their European tour early, aparently due to an illness. Ray Lemoine (roadie) will be filling in for Sweet Pete for the rest of this tour. "

AP said...

Sweet Hank - the question was asked if Pete left, I answered that he did. If you want to know why you could ask Pete, he's fairly visible. Regardless, a google search as posted below shows that he left the tour due to being sick, no big controversy.

Shay - I didn't make the "rules" for the show the promoters did, must have been an inside joke about GCF

Ben - In addition to the live footage there were interviews at the show, after the show, at 38 Calumet and around Boston. I also gave the filmers tons of tour footage etc and what you see is what they sent to Rev. I would have loved to see all the bands but it didn't happen..oh well...lost forever

SALAS said...

Massive band, In My Eyes played such a huge role in my life acting out as positive, uplifting background music during my rather obscure years as a teenage straight edge kid.
I'm in my mid-twenties right now and definitely out of the straight edge/hardcore scene, but just couldn't help but raise a big smile while watching this footage. It brought back emotions quite not felt for a while, memories of sunny, warm days being a kid whose only worries in life were what pair of Vans should be bought or attending the upcoming saturday hardcore matinee.
Thank you for the music.

And "Overlooked" might just be the best song on the whole IME catalog.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Fastbreak didn't end up playing this show

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