The Templars Returned With Battle Ruins, Shipwrecked and More
Long Island Oi! favorites the Templars returned to play Boston on Saturday with a massive supporting lineup, including a reported one-time-only domestic Battle Ruins set, the return of Fit for Abuse, the first-ever U.S. gig for Norway's Shipwrecked, Boston Strangler and Aggression Pact. For many of the bands on the bill, their appearance was a rarity, and the long-sold-out gig was a clear indication of the insanity of the well-curated hardcore/Oi!-centered lineup at the Middle East. Gigs of this magnitude tend to have throngs of people swarming the merch booths, and as such, there were some interesting releases for the gig, including a three-song cassette by Battle Ruins (hear it below) and a new 7" by Shipwrecked. Photos from the gig by Angela Owens are above, and there are even more at our Facebook page.