Catharsis are one of my all-time favorite bands. They made a huge imprint on me in the late ‘90s. Our paths crossed often. We exchanged letters, packages, and stuff to review. We collaborated on many shows, zines, and projects. Catharsis are a band that marks this era for me; a time of travel, ideology, activism, action, inspiration, and an absolute passion for the DIY hardcore punk scene.
This particular show was a garage house show in Richmond, Virginia that had a good seasonal run of rad shows. I think that this picture captures two of my favorite aspects of Catharsis—the intensity and passion of Brian and the power of Alexei’s drums. Oh, what I would do to be able to see them again live.