Majority Rule and pageninetynine back in the day.
Majority Rule and pageninetynine back in the day. Credit: Exotic Fever Records

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While D.C. has its rightful place in shaping the sound of hardcore punk as we know it, I’d argue that the Northern Virginia post-hardcore scene of the late ’90s and early ’00s is as important a musical period as any. And at the forefront of that scene were the bands Majority Rule and pageninetynine, who blasted their way to the top before their respective members—all longtime friends—split off to form other bands, like City of Caterpillar, Pygmy Lush, Malady, Ghastly City Sleeps, Big Hush, and scores more.

Reunions might seem a little overplayed these days, but the just-announced Majority Rule/pageninetynine reunion feels special. Whereas most ’90s and early ’00s punk and emo reunions of the past few years have happened at expensive, high-profile music festivals (lookin’ at you, Riot Fest and Coachella), revenues from this joint reunion tour will go entirely to support progressive groups and charities.

“[These bands] decided to reform (in Majority Rule’s case, after 13 years) for a special and urgent reason—to mobilize concert goers concerned about the political climate in this country,” a press release says. “Each show will benefit a local grassroots organization on the frontlines fighting for civil rights, LGBT rights, youth rights, immigrant and refugee rights, and reproductive rights and justice.”

In a time where bands can—and often—do reunions like this to make a quick buck, it’s nice to see Majority Rule and pageninetynine do it in true punk fashion: To stand up and raise awareness and funds for the issues they believe in. 

Full list of Majority Rule/pageninetynine reunion dates below:

Sept. 21: Broadberry, Richmond, VA to benefit Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project

Sept. 22: St. Stephen’s, Washington, DC to benefit Casa Ruby

Sept. 23: Baltimore, MD to benefit 901 Arts

Sept. 24: First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA to benefit Juntos

Sept. 25: St. Vitus, New York City, NY to benefit New Sanctuary Movement NYC

Sept. 26: Goldsounds, New York City, NY to benefit New York Legal Assistance Group

Sept. 27: Great Scott, Boston, MA to benefit the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Action Coalition