I’m proud to be a Marylander tonight. I just got home from an awesome house show in College Park with Ante Up headlining. It was my first time seeing them and I had such a good time. not only did they cover Affront and Bad Brains (at my request after a conversation with the guitarist about their cover songs), but they had great music of their own!
They’ve obviously taken lessons from The Scare as far as the style of their “Whoa-ohs” and slower parts requiring melodic vocals. While it does seem a little cheesy and/or sappy at times, the gang vocals, fast metal riffs, and persistent drums compensate. It’s a fun listen. These guys took a Bane song title and produced good, not -over-the-top-tough-guy melodic hardcore. In short, Ante Up > Bane.
Crime in Stereo + The Scare + good times (i.e., covering Blink 182’s “Dammit” as their last song)= Ante Up.
Thank you Silver Spring, MD for giving me something to be proud of.