Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage

Hope you don't mind being repeatedly punched in the face. Pics by Daniel.
Hope you don't mind being repeatedly punched in the face. Pics by Daniel.

Phobia The Charleston Thursday, March 10

Last night 21-year Orange County grindcore veterans Phobia turned their 90-second blasts of anger, hate, and bloody-mouthed frustration into goddamn national anthems, tapping into the boiling vein that fuels crust punks and metalheads alike via their common bond: rage. For a full hour, the Charleston's basement became a kind of community center for all fans of extreme music: Everyone was an equal-opportunity punching bag.

Given that few grindcore songs exceed a minute and a half, a good set isn't so much about individual numbers, but rather how effectively the band can create and sustain the violence of the pit. Never one to break the mood, stout-jawed Phobia vocalist Shane McLachlan returned none of the crowd's love throughout the barrage of blast beats and proto-grind riffs, choosing instead to bait the crowd into moshing harder. At one point he stopped and told us, "You guys are fucking seriously irritating," an insult that doubled as a great motivator. You probably don't want to know how it all felt, but here's what it looked like:

Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage
Live: Phobia Turn The Charleston Into A Seething Pit Of Grindcore Rage

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