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Greensboro welcomes back Every Time I Die

20 Years of Bullsh*t, Community, and Stage Dives

The world of music has seen lots of anniversary tours lately, and the genre of hardcore punk is no exception. Announced earlier in the year, Every Time I Die decided to hit the road in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. Fans of the band and of the scene were likely very excited to celebrate such a milestone but the band did not stop there. For the “20 Years of Bullsh*t Tour”, Every Time I Die grabbed some help from some heavy hitters of the scene; current and new; to join them on the road.

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This stop of the “20 Years of Bullsh*t Tour” in Greensboro, North Carolina unfortunately landed on the cusp of an incoming winter weather storm to the area. With foresight the show was bumped up to start 30 minutes early and it seemed most everyone got the message as there was a good crowd at the venue to catch the openers Vein.

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Dropping one of the best heavy albums of the year, Errorzone, Vein blistered through a 20 minute set, with no barricade, allowing for one of the best parts of hard core shows with crowd interactions through stage dives and sing alongs.

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Fans of Vein immediately began to surround the stage clamoring to share in the high energy set, setting the tone for the energy to follow for the rest of the night.

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The second act of the night was Angeldu$t, comprised of members from acts like Trapped Under Ice and tour mates Turnstile; they were able to showcase their experience not just with their music but also with their ability to engage the crowd.

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The crowd fully participated and the onslaught of stage diving ramped up with a sea of crowd surfing and the mosh pit taking full shape. Lead singer Justice Tripp clearly knows how to engage a crowd and gave their fans ample opportunity to participate throughout the whole set.

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Turnstile was the next band to take the stage and out now in support of their 2018 album Time and Space were clearly a band that many in attendance were excited to catch.

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Blasting out the gates Turnstile like each band on the bill puts on a high intensity energy packed set with plenty of jumps, kicks, and of course audience participation in the pit, stage dives, and sing alongs. Much like Vein, and Angeldu$t before them, Turnstile’s sound is one that has evolved and while many people talk of their influences each have crafted a unique take on their own hardcore punk sound.

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The headliners of the night were up next. A band who is known to have evolved their sound through 20 years of touring and albums – Every Time I Die.

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They have established themselves as a band which many in today’s hard core scene have grown up with, and the die hards recognize the consistency and intensity that they still present on a nightly basis.

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With a packed house and a crowd ready for more, Every Time I Die was well prepared to deliver. Encouraging the audience, frontman Keith Buckley set the tone as much more of a celebration and encouraged the crowd to join them on stage as much as they would like and the crowd in turn obliged.

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A constant barrage of smiling stage divers crashed the stage, grabbed the mics, and  one young fan even donning guitarist Jordan Buckley’s guitar. Every Time I Die put on a wild set, one in which everyone from the crowd to the band knew what the deal was and revelled in the community of hard core and in the celebration of the career of Every Time I Die.

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Photographer Josh Gooch is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State, Josh Gooch works in education, teaching graphic design at the community college level. Photography became a passion during his college career, and remained a constant addition to the ever-present soundtrack of life. Privileged to have turned an ear to hip-hop at a young age, after developing a love of music from ‘80s radio, Josh found that the revelation of rock music in high school was what led him to really devote serious amounts of attention to music. From there it was that first club show that sparked an addiction to live music and the exposure to various forms of it during the college years, cementing a love of passion and truth in music. Now, with the ability to combine the passions of photography and music, he hopes to continue to develop a creative voice that others appreciate.

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