The Proletariat

The Proletariat

Siege

Thu, November 9, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 18 and over

The Proletariat

Boston, MA

 

Siege

The Proletariat
The Proletariat
After a 33 year hiatus, legendary Boston punk rock band The Proletariat has decided to reunite for a few select shows . Original members Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Tom McKnight will be joined by guitarist Dan Sanders(from the Providence band Idle Rich) and will reunite for a series of shows in Fall 16. The reunion comes on the heels of the vinyl rerelease of the bands groundbreaking debut “Soma Holiday” on SS Records.

The band played together almost five years. From 2/14/81- 7/1/85 they played 115 shows with 124 different bands. During that time they played with many of the best punk bands of this era (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, Misfits, Flipper, Crucifix, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedy's, Gang Green, Mission Of Burma, The Effigies, Stiff Little Fingers, Angry Samoans, Husker Du, Jerry's Kids, Channel 3, SSD, Jody Fosters Army, Negative Approach, The Freeze, The F.U.'s, Volcano Suns, Etc.), young upcoming punk bands (Deep Wound, Sorry & Neutral Nation), punk pioneers (Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys & G.G. Allin) and other distinguished bands (Native Tongue, Dangerous Birds, Del Fuegos, 007, Plan 9, The Lyres, Boys Life, Prime Movers, Alien Sex Fiend, The Neats & Wild Kingdom). While not a hardcore band they often played on the same bills..........admiring their youthful energy & bonded in their rebelliousness. They made their mark by combining various styles into a unique sound while floating their political ideals above the din. Not wanting to preach they rarely forced these beliefs on people & kept the lyrics fairly cryptic and sparse to leave the thoughts open for some interpretation. Since their demise other bands have tried to emulate their sound but they still remain highly original and difficult to duplicate.
Siege
Siege
Kurt Habelt, Henry McNamee, and Rob Williams formed what was to become Siege around 1981. The three youngsters from Weymouth, Massachusetts had been playing music together since 7th grade or so. The band didn't really solidify until they recruited ska band saxophonist Kevin Mahoney on vocals in 1983. Although Mahoney was from Braintree, Massachusetts (near Boston and home also to Jerry's Kids and Gang Green), the band was never fully accepted by the XClaim-dominated Boston hardcore scene. They were definitely not lacking sonically, however, playing furious music at breakneck speed and pioneering a new style of brutal and nihilistic hardcore. In 1984, Siege went into Radiobeat studios to record a demo with Lou Giordano. The tape made its way through the hardcore punk underground, and clearly made an impression on Pushead for one, who included Siege on his seminal 1985 compilation Cleanse the Bacteria. The three songs on this record were to be the only "official" release by the band until Relapse put out their demo in 1993. Siege called it quits a year or so later. Afterwards, Rob Williams played drums in Nightstick, a Sabbath-influenced band from Massachusetts. In the early 90's, Siege reformed with Seth Putnam (of Anal Cunt) replacing Mahoney on vocals, although the band dissolved again fairly soon after. At the moment, Williams and Putnam are collaborating with saxophonist Jim Hobbs and guitarist Chris Joyce, performing and recording improv noise material under the name The Death's Head Quartet. Kevin Mahoney was last seen doing theatre in Cambridge, MA", Taken from the "Kill From The Heart" webpage. In addition, Siege had an impact on Uk bands like Ripcord, Heresy, and Napalm Death. Besides playing Boston-area shows, Siege would also play shows in the Western Mass area with bands like Deep Wound and The Outpatients. Siege has left a impact on the hardcore scene, with their intense style of hardcore influencing many with their sound. Highly recommended for someone looking to listen to some chaotic hardcore.
Venue Information:
ONCE Ballroom
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143