Photos: Highlights from Raleigh's inaugural To Live A Lie Records Fest

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Fitting several grand punk traditions at once, the Raleigh-based label To Live A Lie Records organized its inaugural festival as an all-ages matinee at In The Groove Records, in the unfinished basement of The Carter Building. From the finicky, borrowed PA to the self-styled collages of patches covering audience members’ jackets and vests, To Live A Lie Records Fest was a decidedly DIY affair. That dovetails well with the label’s modest business model.

Four bands—D.C. punk-meets-metal hybrid Genocide Pact, Raleigh and D.C. grinders Abuse., Arizona powerviolence crushers Sex Prisoner, veteran Florida fastcore outfit Assholeparade—attracted a crowd of more than 50 to the cozy, ad hoc venue.

The mosh pit started almost immediately, as the Washington D.C. death squad Genocide Pact opened the show. - PHOTO BY ADAM KISSICK
  • Photo by Adam Kissick
  • The mosh pit started almost immediately, as the Washington D.C. death squad Genocide Pact opened the show.

 
Now spread between Raleigh and D.C., this served as something of a homecoming for Abuse. The dynamic and volatile grindcore band recently issued its debut LP through To Live A Lie. - PHOTO BY ADAM KISSICK
  • Photo by Adam Kissick
  • Now spread between Raleigh and D.C., this served as something of a homecoming for Abuse. The dynamic and volatile grindcore band recently issued its debut LP through To Live A Lie.


Sex Prisoner, seen here making the most out of the limited PA rig, brought their abrasive powerviolence all the way from Tuscon. - PHOTO BY ADAM KISSICK
  • Photo by Adam Kissick
  • Sex Prisoner, seen here making the most out of the limited PA rig, brought their abrasive powerviolence all the way from Tuscon.
Capping off the four-band bill, Florida’s Assholeparade proved more dynamic than merely fast. Their 20-minute set contrasted sudden lunges with tense slowdowns. - PHOTO BY ADAM KISSICK
  • Photo by Adam Kissick
  • Capping off the four-band bill, Florida’s Assholeparade proved more dynamic than merely fast. Their 20-minute set contrasted sudden lunges with tense slowdowns.




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