A Weekend of Shows Part III: 108
Sunday July 1, 2007 by Rajon
Often times I wonder how a New York Hardcore band back from the dead surpasses its legacy and becomes entirely relevant in today’s scene. The New York Hardcore scene has changed tremendously within the past few years due to bands breaking up, venues closing down, and disinterest. Although none of the current members of 108currently reside in New York City, I still think of this band as one of the important NY Hardcore bands. But one thing is certain in my mind. This band surpassed being just a NY Hardcore band and, like peers such as Gorilla Biscuits, Madball, and Quicksand accomplished in the 80s and 90s, became an American Hardcore band.
108reformed in the summer of 2005, and played a handful of shows since then. It was announced in 2006 that the band would record a new record for Deathwish Inc. Much of the band’s aesthetics still relied heavily on Hare Krishna. I’m uncertain of Rob’s status, but I know that Vic is no longer a disciple. Still, the Krishna-based lyrical content written over ten years ago transcended religious beliefs and spoke to the hearts and minds of often troubled young adults.
July 1, 2007 marked the record release party for 108’s new album, A New Beat From A Dead Heart. Supporting the band were Hellhole, Mother Night, Forced Forward, and Look Back and Laugh, all playing superb and loud Hardcore Punk. A very noticeable thing about the sold out crowd was the diversity in attendance. Teenagers, the middle-aged, men and women all of different ethnicities assembled for this show. Vic Dicara sported a white button up shirt, thin black and red striped tie, slacks, and black nail polish…a look not very standard in today’s New York scene.
As the band took the stage an burst of energy overwhelmed the crowd. Only a half inch tall stage, the crowd rushed and climbed it as if it were five feet tall. Vic thrashed the guitar around while whipping his hair. At times Rob would jump into the dance floor while pumping his fist to the ground in agony. Throughout the band’s set, Vic would eventually strip down to nothing but boxer-briefs and knee-high socks. The comradery of the audience permitted everyone to do what they want without the risks of getting hurt or hurting others. This show signified a brand new chapter in the history of 108 of what seems to be a pretty successful career.