Pure Disgust, a blistering punk outfit that came to represent the urgency and promise of the District’s resurgent hardcore scene, will disband Saturday at Washington’s Rock & Roll Hotel. The quintet’s drummer, Robin Zeijlon, confirmed the breakup, citing a collective sense of fulfillment as the cause of disbandment. “We didn’t really want to become stale,” Zeijlon said. Pure Disgust was 4 years old.
From the start, the band’s sound felt every bit as volatile as the scene that birthed it — a musical community where, despite all the warm intentions and positive energy, most young groups stick together only long enough to record a demo and play a handful of shows. Pure Disgust outlived most of its peers by a long shot, touring the country multiple times and dropping an eponymous full-length last year that felt nearly as seething as the band’s live shows.
The group was preceded in disbandment by a patchwork of related hardcore acts, including Kombat, Stuck Pigs, Zipper and Stand Off — all of which shared members with Pure Disgust. The band is survived by guitarist Brendan Reichhardt, who performs in Closet Christ and Witchtrial; guitarist Ace Mendoza, who plays in Red Death and Diaspora; and Zeijlon, who remains in Line of Sight, Protester, Red Death and Guilt Parade. (Pure Disgust vocalist Rob Watson is moving to California, while bassist Daniel “DP” Peña will be focusing on his education.)
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Pure Disgust’s memory should show up to the band’s farewell show and mosh.
Show: With Blazing Eye, Exit Order, Protester and Rashomon on Saturday at Rock & Roll Hotel,1353 H St. NE. Show starts at 8 p.m. 202- 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com . $12.