Dirty Buttons, See It Through, In the Face of War, Flatfoot 56, American Waste, Blackcat Rebellion
Friday, Oct. 8
On Friday, Oct. 8, the Indiana Sk8 Company hosted their last show. All summer and into the fall, shows were held at this Westside indoor skate park, but by Friday, the shop was moved into a smaller building and the ramps were almost all gone. The park, though, was opened up for one final performance.
Dirty Buttons started off the show with the guitarist, Andrew Adams, dedicating songs to himself, after a joke band “warmed up” their guitars. Two hardcore bands played next, See It Through and In the Face of War (“I used to listen to this when I was straightedge,” a girl with a snake wrapped around her neck told me). Blackcat Rebellion followed, a psychobilly band featuring an ex-Cadaver and new drummer, Dustin Skirvin, Punk Rock Night promoter and former bassist of BYD.
In the corner during all this was a strange collection of guitars, bagpipes and kilts as the next band, Flatfoot 56 from Chicago, got ready to play their set. Skins from Indianapolis, Chicago and Bloomington took over to form an intense circle pit, a definite improvement from the two or three people trying before — it reached its strongest when Dustin got shoved face-first onto the tuning pegs of a guitar and nearly needed stitches. The set finished with “Amazing Grace” — everybody singing along — then American Waste (with two familiar faces from Broad Ripple) finished up the night.
Unfortunately, people were starting to leave by the time they played and they admitted that they hadn’t practiced for a while, but even without practice or a set list, they managed to somehow avoid disaster — as usual. It was a fitting farewell to the skate park … and now the search for a new venue begins.