New Jersey hardcore shows used to be extremely violent.
Growing up, Kevin experienced a level of extreme violence of NJHC that you just can’t find these days. Shows would frequently be shut down when brawls would break out, which were often started by local hardcore gangs.
“There was a lot of violence at shows for sure,” he says. “Certain individuals that wore letters and colors were always around. But growing up, I was fascinated by the violence. To me there was a romanticism about it and an excitement to not knowing what could happen at a show. I think that’s what drew me in. In this day in age it’s nowhere near as violent, but I thought it was fun. I still love going to hardcore shows, but it’s definitely not how it once was. But there’s always a good fight in me.”
Jersey Shore Medical Center inspired the writing of Glow.
The main cause of Kevin’s initial departure from Old Wounds in 2016 was the most severe Crohn’s disease flare up he had ever had in his life, which put him in agonizing pain and necessitated two surgeries. Kevin needed to write about his experiences under the knife and being plagued by an illness that will never leave him alone. “It was probably the most personal thing I’ve ever done lyrically,” he says of the record.
It was one specific moment at Jersey Shore Medical Center that inspired the album’s title and central themes.
“Right before my first surgery, there was a gentleman that was prepping me to go under anesthesia,” remembers Kevin. “He recognized me from Old Wounds. It’s a very weird time because I’m sitting on this cold metal slab in a hospital gown, my bare butt cheeks touching the metal slab. He [told my surgeon], ‘Hey! This guy sings in a really cool band! Make sure you take care of him!’ I remember laughing, and they started to put the anesthesia inside of me. I remember waking up and being on something called Dilaudid for pain – it’s basically heroin – feeling nothing, and everything was kind of hazy and melting.”