Bane engages sparse crowd

Bane vocalist Aaron Bedard performs at the Railyard in Billings July 29.
Bane, an east coast hardcore band, performs at the Railyard in Billings July 29.
Bane vocalist Aaron Bedard performs at the Railyard in Billings July 29.
Bane vocalist Aaron Bedard performs at the Railyard in Billings July 29.

Members of Bane, a hardcore band from Massachusetts, checked another state off their list of places to perform at Wednesday’s all-ages concert at the Railyard.

The band, formed in the mid-1990s, played to 30-odd people, but it didn’t matter. Lead singer Aaron Bedard was pleased to be on stage performing and dishing his distinctive take on society, a combination of lyrics fulminating against sexism, racism and inequality and anecdotes between songs.

As Bedard looked to the back of the bar, he asked patrons how many of them payed to get into the concert. After a show of hands, he said, “I will never pay $12 to look so bored.”
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Bane sticks underground

Bane (Photo by Future Breed)
East coast hardcore band Bane performs an all-ages show in Billings Wednesday, July 29 at the Railyard (Photo by Future Breed)

Bane (noun): That which causes ruin or woe. Also, an underground hardcore band based in Worcester, Mass. Created in 1995, Bane is a project of guitarist Aaron Dalbec (former member of Converge).

Bane has sporadically released albums, including 1999’s It All Comes Down to This and 2001’s Give Blood, an album touted for revitalizing the east coast’s stagnant hardcore scene. The band was quiet for several years until The Note, released in 2005.

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