MAJORITY RULE: Reunited Band Prepares For Local Arts, Refugee, And LGBT Benefit Tour With Pageninetynine, European Tour, The Fest, And More

Majority Rule 1©MichelleDosson[photo by Michelle Dosson]

Newly reactivated Washington, DC-based outfit MAJORITY RULE is preparing to embark on a massive run of tour dates in the late summer/early fall months.

Thirteen years after calling it a day, conditions locally, nationally, and globally have exposed a fertile patch toward the resurrection of MAJORITY RULE, if for nothing else but to return to many of the stages and spaces they’ve performed in prior, and under the same exact ethics they held then and now, to raise awareness, funding, and goodwill toward individualized, local causes in each and every town they are set to perform in.

In celebration of the return, Magic Bullet Records is issuing MAJORITY RULE‘s Interviews With David Frost, the band’s split with Pageninetynine, and Emergency Numbers, on limited edition vinyl for all of the shows the band plays from here out.

The Dixie On The Road reunion tour will see MAJORITY RULE out with their close friends in Pageninetynine for seven shows, benefiting local arts, refugee, and LGBT causes. Running from September 21st through September 27th, with shows in Richmond, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, two shows in New York, and a closing show in Boston, the proceeds from the shows will benefit the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, Casa Ruby, 901 Arts, Juntos, New Sanctuary Movement NYC, New York Legal Assistance Group, and Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Action Coalition.

9/20/2017 The Pinch – Washington, DC w/ The Rememberables, Future Terror, Rashōmon [SOLD OUT]
9/21/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Pageninetynine [SOLD OUT]
9/22/2017 St. Stephen’s – Washington, DC w/ Pageninetynine, Multicult, Homosuperior [SOLD OUT]
9/23/2017 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Pageninetynine, Wildhoney, Post Pink [info]
9/24/2017 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA w/ Pageninetynine, Solarized, Callowhill [SOLD OUT]
9/25/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn NY w/ Pageninetynine. Slow Mass, BigNo [SOLD OUT]
9/26/2017 Goldsounds – Brooklyn, NY w/ Pageninetynine, Portrayal Of Guilt, Hand Grenade Job [SOLD OUT]
9/27/2017 Great Scott – Boston, MA [SOLD OUT] w/ Pageninetynine, Kindling, Hand Grenade Job
9/28/2017 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY w/ Druse, Innerout, Space Grazer [info]
9/29/2017 Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Multicult, Soul Glo, LIFES, Mere Phantoms [info]
9/30/2017 TBA
10/03/2017 Oetinger Villa – Darmstadt, DE
10/04/2017 Kavka – Antwerp, BE
10/05/2017 Le 3 Pactu – Rouen, FR
10/06/2017 TBA
10/07/2017 De Onderbroek – Nijmegen, NL
10/08/2017 Privat – Cologne, DE
10/09/2017 Ex Haus – Trier, DE
10/10/2017 TBA
10/11/2017 TBA
10/12/2017 KB 18 – Copenhage, DK
10/13/2017 Zukunft Am Ostkreuz – Berlin, DE
10/14/2017 G16 – Leipzig, DE
10/15/2017 Carpe Diem – Wroclaw, PL
10/16/2017 007 – Prague, CZ
10/17/2017 Kabinet Muz – Brno, CZ
10/18/2017 Robot – Budapest, HU
10/19/2017 PMK – Innsbruck, AU
10/20/2017 KTS – Freiburg, DE
10/21/2017 Immerhin – Wuerzburg, DE
10/28/2017 The Fest – Gainesville, FL w/ City Of Caterpillar [info]
10/29/2017 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ City of Caterpillar, Deep State [info]
10/30/2017 Zeitgeist – New Orleans, LA w/ City Of Caterpillar, Thou
11/01/2017 The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL w/ Yautja, Portrayal Of Guilt, Black Hole Kids [info]
11/02/2017 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC w/ Portrayal Of Guilt, Abacus [info]

MAJORITY RULE initially got their start in 1996 as a four-piece out of Northern Virginia. The earliest incarnation of the band cranked out various 7″s and splits while dialing in a particular sound and sonic approach that would come into full manifestation later.

In fact, it wasn’t until the year 2000 (and trimming down to a three-piece) where the band came into their own with a 4-song demo that exemplified a unique sound that truly hadn’t been done before. Three of the songs from the 2000 demo were re-recorded for Interviews With David Frost, the band’s first proper full-length and debut album for Magic Bullet Records. Songs like “At 3 AM,” “XOXO,” and “The Sin In Grey” immediately captured the fascination of Washington DC’s local punk, hardcore, and metal community and word began to spread nationally immediately upon the album’s release in 2001.

2002 marked one of the busiest years in MAJORITY RULE‘s history. Not only had they already been traveling to play their music farther, wider, and more frequently, but they reentered the studio to record a split album with fellow DC/VA area stalwarts Pageninetynine. The two bands had done countless shows on the road together at this point, guested on each other’s tracks, and had formally established the moniker “Dixie On The Road” for anytime the bands would head out on the road to perform around the country (and eventually out of the country) together.

The following year caught the band in full-swing, absolutely perfecting their brand of hardcore on 2003’s Emergency Numbers LP. The album captured the rarified air of being ungodly heavy while retaining peak urgency from song to song. Loops and delays were incorporated much more into the compositions while the almost black-metal-like vocals found a visceral level that’s just not often heard before, then, and now. Most impressively, the band had mastered tone at this point, be it in the studio, on a stage in front of three-thousand people, or in a cramped basement full of thirty people.

After many hundreds of shows around the world and three studio recordings that changed how people listen to and approach hardcore since, the band laid it to rest in the summer months of 2004.

Majority Rule by Aaron Bushman[photo by Aaron Bushman]

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