Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—Nosebleed

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I once saw Nosebleed in a small club where everyone was tightly packed together on the floor. When Nosebleed started, the singer erupted into a frenzy—pacing, shoving, and creating her space. It was a lot of movement for a small room. I was intimidated. I quickly put my camera away and backed up a few steps so as to not get throttled.

That was the beginning of my obsession with this band. I don’t know them personally, but I’ve seen them a few times and I’m always impressed. Whether in a tiny, packed room, an outdoor parking lot, or on an epic, huge stage, the singer dominates and rules, pacing and punching, growling and yelling and shredding the place to pieces.

I was so happy that Nosebleed opened up the second night of the Avail reunion weekend at the National. It was awesome to have such great representation of yesterday and today, the old and the new, young and the old. Nosebleed is a perfect bridge between the Richmond hardcore scene we were remembering with the Avail reunion and the present-day Richmond hardcore scene that is thriving!

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