Cities #13 – Aaron Bedard (Bane) über Worcester

Au revoir! Mit „Don’t Wait Up!“ erschien in diesem Jahr nach fast 20 Jahren Bandgeschichte das Abschiedsalbum der Hardcore-Legenden Bane. Live ist die Band aber noch lange nicht tot und tourt derzeit durch Europa (Daten siehe unten).
Für unsere Rubrik „Cities“ hat sich Sänger Aaron Bedard Gedanken zu dem Ort gemacht, in dem er aufgewachsen ist: Worcester im US-Bundesstaat Massachusetts. Voller Nostalgie an diese Stadt schreibt er über die Straßen und Häuser, die ihn von seiner Kindheit an bis ins Erwachsenenalter hinein geprägt haben.

The city I come from is called Worcester, Massachusetts. I was born there and raised there until I was in my early 30’s, when i moved away to Baltimore, Maryland, and then back north when I finally moved to Boston.

Worcester is the second largest city in all of New England, but to me it still feels small. You could ride your bicycle or skateboard from one side of the city to the other with little trouble. It was a real city though and has many of the things that a real city would. Many colleges, a few ghetto’s, record stores and places to do shows and punk and metal bands. A cool radio station. We never had a skate park so we had to be more creative when it came to that. A lot of my teenage years were spend downtown dodging cops and mall security guards so we could skate the good spots.

Worcester also has never had a real professional sports team.

The thing that seemed difficult for Worcester was gaining traction and seeing things grow. Not in the sense of a hardcore scene but in the bigger picture. There are so many people there, so many colleges and great ideas, and young energy and creative minds but so few of them ever seemed to turn into very much. Businesses close down all the time there, old movie theaters still stand empty and out of business for years and years. Sometimes the whole place feels like a graveyard for failed ideas. I don’t quite understand why it’s always been so hard for Worcester to keep things moving forward and to finally feel like a real city. A place that had it’s own identity that it could be proud of. Worcester never was able to become a destination for the people who didn’t already live there.

If you walk down main street these days and through the area we know as „downtown“ it looks like a ghost town. More than half of the store-fronts are empty, For Sale signs in so many windows. The same two sky scrapers are there that were there when I was in elementary school. I don’t even know what goes on inside them, who works there or what they really do.

But it’s a place that has a look and a style and an attitude all it’s own. My buddy Greg from Lockin‘ Out Records went to a show there not too long ago and came back laughing and saying that now he understands better the way that I dress, that it was a, Worcester thing.

One very special thing about Worcester is that it has what I believe to be the greatest comic book shop in the entire world. I haven’t been to all of them but I have been to many, many comic book shops while on tour and i have never EVER been inside one that can compare to, That’s Entertainment on Park Avenue in Worcester. If you are ever there and have any interest in comics or games or role playing or sports memorabilia or nerdy things of any kind, definitely try to check it out. Your jaw will hit the floor.

Most of my best memories live in that city, and some of my saddest. My first love, my first job, running away from home to live with punk kids in a squat when I was 16, seeing Uniform Choice that same year, seeing my mother get remarried to a man who she loved so much, endless all-night skate sessions. All of my bands started there. Bane’s first show was in Worcester. There is hardly a street that I can pass-by that doesn’t hold some memory for me.. take me back like a time-machine to being young and wild and wondering if I would ever, ever get out of that place.

But it is where I will always call home. It has defined me in so many ways. I will always route for it and will always be so psyched when i hear of young hardcore bands who come from there.


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