When: Sun., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. 2011
I've seen 7 Seconds twice in my life—once at a Warped Tour stop in Cleveland in 1999 and once at the rebirth of Krazy Fest in Louisville this past May. Sure, the decade-plus between those two shows weathered a few bodies and added a pound or 15, but the band is a brick in the foundation of hardcore punk and continues to wholeheartedly rep the youth-crew movement that 1984's classic The Crew helped inspire. Kevin Seconds, who recently turned freakin' 50, can still miraculously cram all the lyrics into the verses of "Not Just Boys Fun" and effortlessly carry the signature "woah-oh" group chorus of "New Wind" like a wide-eyed 20-year-old. Though 7 Seconds haven't released an album since '05 and tend to reserve live performances for one-off blowouts like Riot Fest, they've got no real reason to call it quits. Having ushered in hardcore punk in the early 80s (along with Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and the Circle Jerks), experimented with poppier elements later that decade (see Ourselves and Soulforce Revolution) while newer bands like Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today ran with the torch they'd passed, and then hit full stride again during late-90s/early-00s resurgence of straightedge hardcore, brothers and founding members Seconds and Steve Youth have been a part of the genre for 30-plus years—they'll always be too young to die. (Yeah, I just did that.) —Kevin Warwick This show is part of Riot Fest; see our sidebar. Dan Vapid & the Cheats open.