Photo Essay

the house that hardcore built

The house show has been a long standing tradition in the hardcore punk rock community since the early 1980's. Traditional musical venues, such as clubs or concert halls rarely booked bands in the genre due to a combination of factors, most notably the lack of a monetary return and the chaos that often erupted at shows. Consequently, hardcore punks took matters into their own hands and alternately held their shows at rented halls, community centers, and private residences. Bands like Black Flag, Bad Brains, and Raleigh, North Carolina's own, Corrosion of Conformity (COC) paved the way, providing a blueprint for countless other DIY (do-it-yourself) minded bands to tour the United States and abroad. Hardcore punk, now in its silver anniversary, still has its practitioners and continues to be performed in venues off the beaten path. The GSS House in Raleigh, North Carolina has been a popular stop for many local, national, and international touring hardcore bands over the past couple of years. The house, named for the now defunct, but frequently reunited band, Gorman Street Sluts recently hosted its last show on Saturday, September 8, 2007, thus marking the end of an era in southern punk rock history. GSS was the last of several punk rock group houses that hosted shows in the area. What follows are pictures from a couple of GSS House shows.

These pictures were taken using a Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Elph camera. For more information about the GSS House in Raleigh, NC go to:

If you want to hear the bands go to:

Double Negative:

Annihilation Time:

Government Warning:


Cola Freaks:


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