The reunited AVAIL returned to NYC for two shows at Irving Plaza over the weekend and both had amazing bills all around: Friday (10/21) had the back-in-action Paint It Black, LIHC vets Kill Your Idols, and NJHC band School Drugs; and Saturday (10/22) had reunited Michigan ska-punk greats The Suicide Machines, reunited NJ metalcore legends Deadguy, and NJ's Fuck It... I Quit!.
We caught the Friday show, and we unfortunately missed School Drugs, but there was already a big crowd in the venue when Kill Your Idols took the stage, and people were immediately into them, but they really started to shine after vocalist Andy West disappeared from the stage and reappeared to play the rest of the set on the floor up against the barricade where a cluster of hardcore KYI fans then spent the rest of the set crowding toward the mic to sing along to every word, mosh, crowd surf, and just otherwise make it feel like a small club show inside of a big club. Repping the Long Island scene even further, Andy was also wearing a Deathcycle t-shirt. Towards the end of the set a major highlight came when Deathcycle frontman (and LIHC/NYHC staple and ex-KYI drummer) Ron Grimaldi himself appeared to do some vocals -- first from the stage and then also from against the barricade.