Hardcore is a strange animal. The overall quality of a proper hardcore show is less contingent on whether the band is particularly good or talented than on how willing the crowd is to get caught up in the moment. The show is better when the crowd is out in full rage, and lackluster when the audience is less enthused. More than anything, it’s about positive aggression, and few understand this better than local hardcore outfit Results. Results, being the only legitimate hardcore act on the bill, opened for San Antonio’s prodigious Upon a Burning Body. They were a stand-out on the White Rabbit’s main stage, playing for a crowd of mostly 16-year-olds with big hair and ultra tight pants.
Results opened with the Strife-influenced “Valley of Demise.” The crushing, danceable opening riffs ignite the first circle pit of the evening. Unfortunately, the crowd appeared oblivious to this longstanding hardcore tradition. Vocalist James Nevaira screamed “shepherd the weak through the valley of demise,” accompanied on vocals by Daniel Rosen of local hardcore stalwarts Bitter End. Overwhelmed by the sheer weight of positive aggression, I forgot I’m no longer 16, and leapt from the stage onto the unsuspecting audience pressed toward the front. Without the assistance of the onlookers, I was left to slide down their backs, plummeting headfirst into the concrete. I did manage to turn my head and tangle myself in the audience, absorbing the brunt of the impact on my right shoulder.
Now unable to lift my right arm, I made my way back to the stage as Results began their second song, “Night of the Hunter,” a particularly straightforward number with innumerable nods to old-school Metallica. Guitarists Patrick Flanigan and Jeremy Pacheco ripped simultaneously through heavy, muted “juds,” while bassist Jay Sandoval stomped and rampaged in place. Nevaira’s vocal pattern was perhaps mirrored a bit too closely by the riffs themselves, but it was ultimately effective. I noticed between the fits of blinding pain the true breadth of drummer Lorenzo Sixto’s talent as the band shifted into the sludgier “Diamond Cutter” and “No Justice.”
With their time running short, Results closed their set with an incredible cover of No Warning’s “Short Fuse.” The song seemed lost on most of the crowd, but a few of the older kids kept up the effort to rush the stage and steal the mic. However, none were as successful as I was in getting to the mic with one remaining arm and screaming through the final breakdown, “everybody knows and everybody talks.” Results may have ended their set around 9:30 p.m., but I didn’t leave the emergency room till after midnight. This is hardcore, folks. — Steven Gilmore