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By: Antti V almost 3 years ago

Fugazi in Columbia, South Carolina to test-drive new tracks and just to have good old fun. This is the band's third visit to the city, and they would return once more on the tumultuous tour of 1996. This show takes place at National Guard Armory of Columbia, which is located adjacent to South Carolina University in the city. The armory was established in 1905, so this is another historic locale for the band to tick off the list. Closed from official use in 1964 as a modern facility took over the duties, the armory remained a place to host events.

Ian opens the evening with a long disclosure about the band's day. The venue had a few surprises for them upon arrival, and they were forced to improvise some security measures. As in flipped tables forming a makeshift barricade. Both Ian and Guy speak up in a serious tone to make the audience understand the unstable situation. Let's see how the events unfold.

The recording sounds quite good, and its best feature is how well it emphasizes the band's power and the feel of the room. No element drowns out and the mix balance is okay. Joe's bass has a nice, dirty clang and ring to it. Brendan's snare cuts through, and the interplay between the kick drum and bass is prominent. At first the overall sound feels muddy and a tad distant. This is possibly because of the room's character, not being built for rock concerts. In the end the sound turns out quite pleasing as the recording draws you in with its energy.

By: Antti V almost 3 years ago

First part of the show finds the band taking pauses between songs to warn the crowd about the awkward barricade. The performances are good, but feel separated and a bit careful occasionally. The security issue must have been a major disruption at first. Still, we get a magnificent rendition of Joe #1 as the opener, and an atmospheric flow to Exit Only. The bass rumbles in a beautiful way and both guitars hit some nice variations.

Stacks is an interesting listen not only because of the song's fantastic angularity, and how it always sounds so inspired. This time Joe steps in to do the backing vocal for the chorus. Guy mentions earlier that he has "a little voice" so Joe gives him a breather. Very convincing performance by him and the whole group.

Burning is a great addition to this entry's tracklist. The atmosphere is sparkling, and Guy performs his vocals with a peculiar feeling. It seems he's under the weather, but it gives his voice an interesting edge and he goes all out regardless. Burning was a bit of a rarity on the winter 93 tour with only four performances, so it's always a delight.

By: Antti V almost 3 years ago

The whole mid-set row of oldies is a show highlight, as the energy is high and atmosphere through the roof. Guy's nasty grit in his voice makes Margin Walker rock that much harder. And check out the screaming singalong from a thrilled patron on Bad Mouth. Exhilarating!

The final trio of tunes is a splendid bunch of anthems. Requests for Long Division can be heard during the show and the song gets an ecstatic response when Ian finally starts the riff. Guy then leads a stirring Rend It to close the show. He may have some troubles this evening, but it doesn't affect the powerful performance at all.

The show pretty much flies by, clocking in just over an hour. There's a hard curfew approaching and the band hits a "fucking bullmarch" as Guy puts it. Consequently the banter is scarce but good-humoured throughout. The audience is ardent, and rather cooperative about the barricade situation, at least after a few grave warnings. Even the crowd surfing seems to keep at bay. And once the sound draws the listener in, this turns into a very interesting and an easily recommendable entry.

By: Kipp Shives about 8 years ago

Thanks so much for uploading the flyer Crusty Mike. I wish I still had a copy of it. For a long time I held onto the metal plate The Point and the South Carolina Progressive Network used to make the prints. If anybody has one of these, I'd love to buy it. Contact me at [email protected]

By: Ken Avin over 11 years ago

This was a GREAT show!!! one3four and L.Q.A. also rocked!!!! It did RAIN LIKE HELL, but Fugazi kept us all happy and DEAF for weeks!!! Great to see it here!!!!

By: vincent Whitehurst over 12 years ago

I remember Kipp Shives working the door at this show... collecting the $5. Great show, traveled from Clemson with friends to see it. One3four rocked it also.

By: ryan mcinturff over 12 years ago

I was the 20 year old punk kid that promoted this show into Columbia. I recall it rained like hell that night but that didn't stop the rabid Columbia area Fugazi fans away. Great to see it offered here.

By: ryan mcinturff over 12 years ago

I was the 20 year old punk kid that promoted this show into the National Guard Armory. It rained like hell that night but didn't keep the Columbia area fans away. Pleasure to see it offered here. Reminds me of why I've had trouble hearing as I rapidly approach 40. :)

By: ryan mcinturff over 12 years ago

I proudly promoted this show into the National Guard Armory as a 20 year old punk kid. It rained like crazy that night and didn't keep the rabid Columbia area fans away. Amazing to see it offered here.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0494 Fugazi Columbia, SC USA 2/7/1993

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Show Date:
 National Guard Armory
Door Price:
Played with:
 Slant 6, Lay Quiet Awhile, 134
Recorded by
 Joey Picuri
Mastered by
 Jerry Busher
Original Source:
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Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Joe #1
3. Exit Only
4. Greed
5. Interlude 1
6. Blueprint
7. Interlude 2
8. Stacks
9. Public Witness Program
10. Interlude 3
11. Instrument
12. Sieve-Fisted Find
13. Reclamation
14. Interlude 4
15. Smallpox Champion
16. Returning the Screw
17. Burning
18. Interlude 5
19. Waiting Room
20. Margin Walker
21. Bad Mouth
22. Interlude 6
23. Turnover
24. Long Division
25. Rend It
26. Outro

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