Bane (band)

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Background information
Also known as Gateway
Origin Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Hardcore punk
Years active 1995 (1995)–present
Labels Equal Vision
Associated acts Backbone, Converge, Only Crime
Members Aaron Bedard
Aaron Dalbec
Zach Jordan
Brendan Maguire
Bob Mahoney

Bane is an American hardcore punk band that began as a side project between Aaron Dalbec (then of Converge) and Damon Bellardo. Dalbec approached Matt Firestone to sing and they played under the moniker of Gateway for a few shows, before Firestone parted ways to focus on other projects. Dalbec then approached Aaron Bedard (who had previously sung for the Worcester, Massachusetts hardcore band Backbone) about singing for Bane. They went into the studio in December 1995 with a few friends and released a five-song demo. The next year saw the release of their first EP, and many shows throughout central Massachusetts. In early 1997, Bane released Free to Think, Free to Be EP, and in 1998 the band released the Holding This Moment 7" and CD collection, and embarked upon their first US tour. Like many other hardcore bands, Bane are known for their promotion of tolerance and unity within the scene.

In 2014, Bane released their final album, Don't Wait Up, though the band has said they still plan to tour.[1]


The band was founded in 1994 under the name Gateway. It was supposed to be intended only as a side project to Aaron Dalbec’s actual band Converge. In 1995 came singer Aaron Bedard to fill in and they recorded a first demo, which contained five songs. Pete Chilton was added as bassist while Zach Jordan joined the band as second guitarist. Damnon Bellorado, also a member of Converge took drumming duties.

In May 1996, Bane released EP Forked Tongue and in 1997 Free to Think, Free to Be joined. Both EPs appeared on Life Records. Then drummer Bellorado left the band in order to concentrate fully on Converge. Bellorado was briefly replaced by Ten Yard Fight drummer Ben Chused before he was replaced in mid-1998 by the 19-year-old Nick Branigan (Close Call). A tour followed the release of Holding This Moment, which was actually a compilation of previously released EPs. In addition, the band held a US tour starting with Saves the Day.

The album It All Comes Down to This was recorded in June 1999 in Austin Enterprises in Clinton, Massachusetts. The album was released on Equal Vision Records. In 2000, a tour followed by North America with Death by Stereo and Adamantium, as well as performances in Europe. In early September 2000, the band went into the studio again, where Converge Member Kurt Ballou worked as a producer to record two songs for a split release with Adamantium, which appeared on Indecision Records. Their second album Give Blood, which was released in 2001 was, in recorded and produced by Brian McTernan in Beltsville, Maryland. The release was followed with a tour of the USA along with Agnostic. In 2003, drummer Branigan left the band and was replaced by Bob Mahoney. Bane \ followed with another tour of the USA, as well as a two-week tour of Japan in April 2004.

In 2005 the band then went into the Salad Days Studios to record their next album titled The Note with producer McTernan, which appeared on Equal Vision Records. In March 2005, the band held a US tour with Comeback Kid and With Honour. In 2014, Bane released their final album, Don't Wait Up, though the band has said they still plan to tour.

Straight edge[edit]

In an early album Bane claimed straight edge, however it was never their main lyrical focus. The current original members are straight edge; Bob Mahoney and Stu are not. They still perform early songs with straight edge references, such as "Count Me Out" which includes the lyric "Just like this X on the back of my hand, I'm not going nowhere". However the lyrics to the song "Wasted On The Young", on Bane's album The Note can be interpreted as criticism of people who ignorantly claim straight edge too early in their life.

The unreleased single "Big Guy" is an anti-drug ballad about a man who spirals into addiction. The lyric "what's my master plan?/can't take off this mask/I can only crash/I can't be a big guy for you anymore" refers to a man who can't keep hiding his addiction but can't reveal it either - the only way out is to hope the pain goes away. Dalbec says this song is dedicated to a friend, and the band does not plan to release the song for fear of commercializing his death.




  • Brendan "Stu" Maguire – bass (From when Pete left the band, til 2012. Also played in Reach The Sky.)
  • Pete Chilton – bass (First EP to The Note)
  • Nick Branigan – drums (It All Comes Down To This LP, Bane/Adamantium Split 7", Give Blood LP)
  • Ben Chused – drums (Holding This Moment 7")
  • Damon Bellardo – drums (Demo, XXX 7", Free To Think 7")
  • Kurt Ballou – guitar (first few shows, Converge)
  • Matthew Firestone – vocals (Gateway)
  • Christopher Cardone – bass (Gateway)
  • Joe "Lumpy" Lawrence – vocals (Gateway)
  • Tim Cabana – bass (Gateway)
  • Brian Hull – drums (Gateway)
  • Chris Linkovich – bass


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • They Came From Massachusetts (1996, Big Wheel Recreation) - Both Guns Blazing
  • All Systems Go! (2000, Opened Handed Records/UnderEstimated Records) - Just How Much (Chain of Strength cover)
  • Atticus: Dragging the Lake II (2003) - Some Came Running
  • Our Impact Will Be Felt: A Tribute To Sick of It All (2007, Abacus Recordings) - We Stand Alone
  • At Both Ends (2009, At Both Ends Hardcore Magazine)[3] - 1. Non-Negotiated 2. Struck Down By Me (re-recording)
  • America's Hardcore Volume 2 (2013, Triple-B Records) - Satan's Son


  1. ^ Tokyo 7:58am was also released as Perth 7:58am and Curitiba 7:58pm, and compiles the tracks found on Boston 6:58pm and Los Angeles 3:58pm.
  2. ^ Boston 6:58pm was released internationally as Dublin 11:58pm.
  3. ^ Los Angeles 3:58pm was released internationally as Rome 12:58am.


External links[edit]

  1. ^ Whitt, Cassie (8 May 2014). "Bane - ‘Don’t Wait Up’ album premiere". Alternative Press. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Crane, Matt (December 21, 2013). "Bane begin recording final album". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ At Both Ends Hardcore Magazine official website