In the '80s and '90s, Cleveland had a thriving underground hardcore scene. Director Matthew Greenfield documents the scene in his new film, Destroy Cleveland
. The film, as he puts it in his synopsis, "covers the anti establishment do-it-yourself hardcore scene that has been burgeoning in the Cleveland underground since the '80s." The movie starts in 1987 as the singer of Confront goes on to form the controversial One Life Crew while members of the hardcore act Outface join bands such as Sepultura, Filter and Civ.
Acts such as Ringworm [pictured] and Integrity then adopt "apocalyptic lyrics" and a more metallic sound. "People from all over the world dedicated themselves to these bands and the music, thus creating a cult following," says Greenfield. The local hardcore scene naturally had its share of infighting. "Throughout the whole time there was always friction and animosity," says Integrity singer Dwid in one segment in the film. The movie makes its premiere at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at the Masonic Auditorium. Tickets are $10. Find more info here