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Trial

Trial was an American political straight edge hardcore punk band based in Seattle, Washington. The band was active from 1995 until 2000. They reunited for three reunion shows in Seattle, London, and Budapest in the fall of 2005.

According to the band themselves, "We were after that one moment, that one intimate and intense exchange, that one flash of passion and agony colliding and intertwining that left us all reeling and realizing that we'd just experienced something very real. We were desperate for that, and we found it, and kept finding it wherever we played, regardless of t ...read more

Trial was an American political straight edge hardcore punk band based in Seattle, Washington. The band was active from 1995 until 2000. They reunited for three reunion shows in Seattle, London, and Budapest in the fall of 2005.

According to the band themselves, "We were after that one moment, that one intimate and intense exchange, that one flash of passion and agony colliding and intertwining that left us all reeling and realizing that we'd just experienced something very real. We were desperate for that, and we found it, and kept finding it wherever we played, regardless of the specific song or the topic. There was an experience people were having when they were given the opportunity to suffer and share what that suffering really felt like. The more we connected with that feeling and that experience, the more people understood what it was we were aiming to do, and the more they wanted to be a part of it. And that's what made Trial so meaningful: it wasn't about about us. It was about the people who came to the shows or listened to the songs and who connected in whatever way they could. They were the ones, who through their courage and willingness to share of themselves, who justified, invented, and kept recreating the band. Anyone can write songs and release records. But not anyone can come to a show or write a letter or email and desperately connect with the music they experience and then share their own suffering with such intensity that it alters the way the musicians see their art and themselves. Art, and life ultimately, are about transformation. Because of the people at the shows, being in Trial felt like transformation night after night, wherever in the world we went. We were being inspired and influenced by all the people who came to share or who shared after the fact through what they wrote to us or said in reaction to what they'd experienced." (From the Reunion/Retrospective DVD insert) « hide

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