Straight-edge hardcore reunion act Judge come to Backbooth to get in your face


Straight-edge hardcore has never lent itself to half-measures or ironic stances, and New Yorkers Judge were about as hardline as you could get in the late ’80s. Formed by Mike Judge and Porcell after leaving Youth of Today in 1987, Judge was a far heavier, blunter and more confrontational proposition. Arguably, Judge was the most for-real and in-your-face about the straight-edge lifestyle of any of their peers. Despite the fuck-you antagonism dripping from every word out of vocalist Mike Judge’s mouth, the band’s music was an almost unfairly catchy blend of hardcore’s velocity and the added girth of metallic undercurrents, and they were loved and lionized for this by their devoted fans. In an interview years later, Judge recalled how he received a phone call from a fan about a Klan rally in his town and asking if Judge would come beat them all up! The band splintered and moved on to other things in 1991, burnt out by the constant fights and violence at their shows (their final show was in Tampa), but reunited in 2013 against all odds to play some triumphant comeback shows. And word is that they still deliver the brawny goods. The band has continued doing sporadic shows since then and this Orlando show is part of a brief, three-city Florida swing to settle unfinished business. An unlikely reunion if there ever was one; don't miss out on the chance to hear “New York Crew” live. Pregame with the There Will Be Quiet documentary online.

with Kids Like Us, Coldside | 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30 | Backbooth, 37 W. Pine St. | 407-999-2570 | | $20


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