Integrity is one of the big 4 of hardcore in my humble opinion (along with Strife, Snapcase and Earth Crisis), but the one with the darkest edge. Cleveland, OH based originally and now founding singer Dwid and his co-conspirator are pretty much based overseas. They are totally independent now (no more Victory Records bullshit) and pretty much just put music out on their own terms and however the fuck they want, whenever they want. The way it should be. Total art.
The flier below was from a show I went to in 2003. The one and only time I saw Integrity live. It was at Xtreme Wheels in Buffalo, which is a former public school building turned into an indoor skate and BMX park. While the band was playing in one third of the venue, little punk kids that didn’t even seem to know a legendary band was playing were skating and biking on vert ramps and grinding on rails in the other part – with the lights fully on. Most bizarre venue set up I’ve ever seen. I wondered – what the hell was wrong with these kids??? In my day skate kids were into Suicidal and DRI, and Misfits, and punk and early thrash – and, well, anything loud. These kids were just oblivious. Oh well. Me and the other 30 dudes saw one hell of great Integrity show. And me and AW hit this old man bar before the show that gave us one of my best ever bar stories. “Keep moving” the old bag barked at us.
To the music. This MIXTAPE will get you up to speed. Cheers.
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