It’s a special day: the punks and goths of Jersey City and surrounding areas -- whether it be New York, Pennsylvania, or...well, elsewhere in Jersey -- are out in the sun for once, enduring the heat in their all-black clothing. Whether prowling the streets or vaping on benches, they’ve gathered here since 11am this morning for one reason: to lose their shit at the final Back To School Jam.
Entering Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall is similar to being swallowed by a black vortex reverberating with disruptive rhythms and staticky roars. Once past security and through the doors, the sunny daytime world is gone: The ballroom is totally dark, save the colorful stage lights bathing the band -- right now, Abuse of Power -- in green and yellow light. The crowd stretches over the whole floor, 90% arm-crossers and observers, 10% pit, the Atlanta quintet's massive riffs shaking the room like a giant's heartbeat.