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This summer, UOA – a seminal Baltimore band comprised of members of many other seminal bands such as Born Against – played a reunion show as part of Whartscape, Wham City’s music festival. This was a band I had literally wanted to see for 12, 13 years but never had the chance to. I managed to sneak my way into to RSVP-only room where their performance was and they blew me away.

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Baltimore promoter Unregistered Nurse was blown away too, and managed to convince the band to play again, this time, as a stand-alone show, and got together a pretty great line-up of complimentary bands: Regents, who are members of Sleepytime Trio, Frodus, and Sick Weapons. The Gift, a noisy/dark DC band, and Oak, a scathing Baltimore doom metal band.

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The show was great, and went off with nary a hitch, even with the snow/freezing rain looming in the background. The opening bands were all excellent, the standout for me being Regents, whose sound really evokes late 90s/early 00s emotional hardcore… UOA were tight, they played like they never stopped being a band, whipping through a longer set than their show earlier in the year. The crowd yelled for an encore, but I think they decided that would be too flashy, sending a friend back out on stage to inform everyone that the show was over and to drive safe.

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From interviews with the UOA, it seems as though they will be playing a few more shows, including a set at this summers’ Chaos In Tejas festival, so seek them out. The Gift just released a record on DC’s Amor y Lucha Records, and Regents recorded songs for their first ep last week.

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+ more from the Integrity/Haymaker show:

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See more photos at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshsisk/sets/72157625775446971/
Follow Josh on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/joshsisk

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