Release Date: May 13, 2014
Record label: Equal Vision
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Hardcore Punk, Punk Revival, American Underground, Straight-Edge
Review Summary: An album for those who've never been much good at saying goodbye.I would be doing Bane a disservice if I were to begin with some hackneyed tripe about memories and how they can bridge the chasm between the past and future. For almost 20 years, the Worcester-based quintet (and its revolving-door rhythm section) have been distinctively no-nonsense, going about their business with honesty, integrity and a tireless, blue-collar work ethic. Don't Wait Up - the band's fourth and allegedly final record - is appropriately nostalgic without being cloying.The album roars from the onset with the jab/cross combo "Non-Negotiable" and "All the Way Through", immediately asserting that the band have no semblance of studio rust.
One of the leading bands of the Massachusetts punk scene, Bane was founded in 1995 by guitarist Aaron Dalbec and singer Aaron Bedard, two veterans of the local hardcore/straight edge scene who were looking to make a new and uncompromising musical statement. Bane's initial demo made it clear they were something outside the ordinary, and three powerful studio albums confirmed their status as one of New England's best and strongest acts. In 2013, eight years after 2005's The Note, Bane began work on their fifth full-length album; the band also announced that it would be their last recording project.