The Casualties and Negative Approach Are Vintage Hardcore That's Still Vital
By Tom Reardon
What would the Valley do without Tyler King and Kim Larowe? For those of you who aren't in the know, the two of them have been bringing excellent punk and metal shows to the Phoenix area since the '90s and on Thursday, November 7, not only have they teamed up, but they've gone and outdone themselves.
Tempe's Club Red is the venue in question and the lineup is pure hardcore punk rock bliss. NYC's The Casualties co-headline with Detroit's Negative Approach on what they are deeming their "Destruction Campaign Tour."
Regardless of which "hardcore" school you belong, there is something for everyone on this show. Formed in 1990, The Casualties were direct descendants of first wave British street punk bands like the Exploited and GBH, bringing the "Leather, Bristles, and (perhaps in the early years) Acne" back to not only the New York scene, but the international scene as well. Tyler King's ties to the band go all the way back to booking them in the "CBGB matinee days," and now, nine albums and three EPs later, they are still going strong.
The Casualties have been through the Valley quite a few times over the years and are known for an energetic, if not frenetic live show. They will have their hands full following Negative Approach, though, but are definitely up for the challenge.
Pre-dating their tour mates by almost a decade, Negative Approach lasted only for about three years before initially imploding, but luckily for us, they decided to give it another go in 2006. OG Negative Approach alums John Brannon (vocals) and Opie Moore (drums) got together with Brannon's Easy Action bandmates Harold Richardson (guitar) and Ron Sakowski (bass) to do a number of interesting gigs between 2006 and 2009 before cranking things up on a regular basis.
Though they have only released one studio album, 1983's highly influential Tied Down, their impact on American punk and hardcore music has not waned to this day.