Scan through the annals of Buffalo-born bands and it’s hard to find one that’s generated more fervor, loyalty and fury than '90s hardcore heroes, Snapcase.
Conceived in a West Seneca basement, galvanized by wild gigs inside now defunct clubs like Mercury and Showplace theaters, and popularized by seemingly omnipresent skateboard and window decals scooped inside Home of the Hits, Snapcase became one of the most influential acts of its explosive genre. And with its prominent touring profile, the band provided a prominent face to the searing sound indicative of a bloody-knuckled, Rust Belt-era Buffalo.
But over the course of six studio albums (like the heralded “Progression Through Unlearning”) and lineup shifts, the act disbanded in the mid-aughts. New careers and family life followed, but versions of the band have appeared in various iterations since—including homecoming gigs inside Mohawk Place and on the Outer Harbor with Boston’s Dropkick Murphys in 2012.
This weekend, the band reunites for a one-off gig at Town Ballroom, all to remind the hometown masses that its brand of amplified rage doesn’t age.
Snapcase: 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). With Counterparts, Pentimento and Kite Fight. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26-$30 (box office, Ticketfly).