What city has the hardest moshers? The answer is Philadelphia.
By - Negative_Trend
This is a cop question.
That is a cop response.
Hardest people… or Detroit.
OP unless you've been to shows in every city, how can you make this call?
Obviously Jacksonville, Florida. Not even a question
Florida in general has some hard fucking moshers.
I didn't expect to see anyone actually say the correct answer but here we are
I grew up on Long Island and the NY scene in the mid 00s used to at times be fucking terrifying
Because people from Philly were coming to shows in NY and commuting atrocities.
idk about city but I always associated Connecticut to have some of the hardest moshers. prolly because when i was coming up in the scene 100 demons was always a guarantee of pain in the pit. something about the whole state gave me the impression of hard knuckled ex cons and working class hoodlumism, existing within and without the NYHC and Boston/WesternMA scene with equal claim in any pit
As someone who grew up in CT, now lives in the Philly area, this is the correct answer.
There's a reason i drive 3.5h north for a lot of shows
That’s a whole state, and believe me, there is no way that whole state is getting up to mosh. I’ve been there, I’ve seen it, and if anything New Haven has a couple bruisers but the rest of that state is not the birthplace of the worlds hardest Moshers.
Do you ?
Believe me I have. Sounds like you’ve only watched the videos and never moshed.
Went to my first show in the 90s at age 13 in CT at an up front show. I was clotheslined in a wall of fat guy death and tossed across the merch table. I was hooked ever since. CT/Boston/jersey/NH were very violent in the 90s/00s. I got hurt a lot - got punched in the face once so bad my jaw clicked for a year.
Shows I went to in CA and the PNW in the 2000s and beyond have been pretty weak by comparison. I'm old now, so that is ok. I think part of it is no FSU aligned bouncers and general liability fear out here. Still weak ass shit.
I had a ton of fun when the scene was violent, I'm sure it was a lot less accessible too for many. Change is good.
I lived in Philly in like 2005-2008 and went to a lot of shows at the church and around town. Not as violent as CT/MA scene at the palladium, Hanover house, and various dumpy vet halls. Still fantastic shows and bands seemed to be psyched to play Philly.
Never went to a show in the south, but I heard Florida was pretty vibrant back then too.