Blind Society

New Jersey, a mythical wasteland of shopping malls and toll booths, would seem to be the perfect breeding ground for hardcore punk. Indeed, many an act has claimed the state’s desolate backdrop as an inspirational source of angst, but not Blind Society. It’s fitting, really, that the group shuns that cliché, because it has a long history of contrarian behavior, starting with its decision to avoid the pop-punk sound championed by many of its Garden State peers. Blind Society offers a pure, aggressive interpretation of what punk should be — a scene in which fans and band are on equal ground. That ideal has translated into a loyal following and some of the most raucous shows around, where it seems everyone in attendance shouts along with every song.

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