The Sin In Grey: The Videos
First of all, thank you to everyone who has checked out this page, shared it with friends, and left comments. It really has meant a lot and I’m glad to see it has resonated with so many people.
As mentioned, I took videos of at least parts of most of the bands’ sets at these shows. My good friend Brian Pauze is helping me transfer these old tapes online, for your collective enjoyment.
The Vimeo site is continuously being developed, and we are limited to putting up a limited number of videos each week. But please keep checking in and I hope you enjoy!
Hello, my name is Brian and this page has been created to display some relics of the not-too-distant-past; in remembrance of times & events just about or not even a decade old. As we perpetually focus on the present, even the recent past can seem like forever ago. It’s with that in mind I have constructed this page. Additionally, a majority of the buildings that hosted these shows don’t even exist anymore and/or haven’t hosted a show in years. So perhaps now is the time to construct this bit of public history.
Between 2001 and 2004 I booked a series of DIY punk and hardcore shows. While these predominantly took place at the University of Connecticut, where I was a student at the time, other venues, most notably Brass City Records in Waterbury, CT, also provided a space to gather and perform.
These flyers have been posted in reverse chronological order. I’ve added brief commentary where relevant.
None of these shows would have been possible without the help and support of the following:
-Josh Carlson of Redscroll Records (who helped set up and promote alot of the shows in 2001-03 as well as the Friendlyfest events)
-Russ Passig (who also helped out with the Friendlyfest events, helped book/promote alot of the shows in 2003/04 and made the securing of every room at UConn feasable)
-Haley for helping scan all of these flyers!
-Walt & Brass City Records (who provided a stage & PA system countless times)
-various friends who helped in just about every way possible
A few other points of note:
-I was horrible at making flyers, never learned how to use Photoshop, and my sense of humor could have been a bit sharper at the time. Apologies.
-Video of nearly every show exists. I’m working on trying to figure out how to convert this efficiently and properly. As that happens, I’ll keep you informed.
The name for this page was lifted by the Majority Rule song of the same name. “Take it for what it is, before the unmoving depression that a stagnant life assures begins to take form” was a line that provided my motivation during this entire timeframe and stays with me today. Get out, book shows, start bands, make art, love life.
Friendlyfest 4. Majority Rule would break up only weeks later. Light The Fuse And Run canceled and possibly never played another show again. The Set Up played in their place. This was Malady’s second show.
This was the last show I ever booked at UConn, as I would be graduating later that Spring.
UConn was becoming increasingly difficult to find available spaces to set up shows. This might have been the first show I set up at my friend Josh’s parents’ house in Cromwell.
The story goes that City Of Caterpillar broke up on the drive home from this show.
I honestly don’t think I realized we ever booked 16 until years later.