STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For 21st Century Media
Expect all out insanity this weekend in Reading as the annual East Coast Tsunami Fest takes over Reverb Friday, Saturday and Sunday Sept. 26-28. It’s going to be an explosion of punk, hardcore, metal and death metal with dozens bands spread out over the three days.
Friday night will have hardcode/thrash stalwarts Agnostic Front headlining the bill. Long outliving their now-legendary contemporaries like Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, Agnostic Front have been anything content. There are definite leftovers of the past affecting them and they manage to continue and expose the conflicts they had to undergo in a compelling approach to their views of the world today.
The night will also feature Wisdom in Chains doing a full set of Ramones music, Death Threat, Coldside, Punk Truck and a tribute to Bulldog Courage, the Albany, N.Y. street punk outfit who tragically lost guitarist Justin King in February to cancer, and singer Shane Williams just a few short months later.
Death metal staples Obituary will take the headlining reins over Saturday — perhaps the strongest night — as New York City’s Cro-Mags, Sick of It All, Fury of Five and Suburban Scum will serve as the lead-in acts. Wisdom in Chains will be doing another set, this time of original material, while local tribute band Penntera keep the legend of Pantera alive.
The final evening of ECT has punkers Ignite topping the bill. The Orange County, Calif. band has long been breathing new life into a sometimes-stale scene. Ignite are a band whose music isn’t just a vehicle to enact change and to educate; their music is catchy, well-written and timeless enough to seep into your consciousness.
Bane, Strength for a Reason, Stick Together and Homewrecker will round out the weekend. And with a bill this strong, there’s little doubt fans will be left looking forward to what the festival organizers have in store for next year’s installment.