On the second night of the House of Vans Tour, a diverse mix of ages and races took over the Middle East Club in Cambridge MA for live snowboarding, music and art.
With the ongoing wall of negativity in the press aimed at the youth of today, it’s refreshing to be reassured that the 90s babies have come of age and are shaping the landscape by defying the present culture of conformity.
After a free outdoor viewing of the Vans’ documentary, “20 Years Off The Wall On The Snow” and a live snowboarding demo, XXYYXX, Earl Sweatshirt and Cities Aviv took to a sold out venue.
Echoing the voices of the disaffected, millennial generation, perhaps one that has been whitewashed by pop idolatry, Sweatshirt (who has more in common with 90s anti-heroes like Tupac and Cobain than one might imagine) fed off the raw energy of the crowd who were chanting his name, crowd surfing, moshing, and of course…tweeting. Themes of familial dysfunction and poverty come across through Sweatshirt’s intense an often brutal language, but luckily there’s a difference between being real versus courting controversies for money.
Every generation needs an anti-hero. And with righteous anti-heroes being hard to come by these days, it was inspiring to see that the kids are alright.
The Middle East continues tonight (Feb. 20) with a team of on-site custom tee-shirt printers and more bands including Anamanaguchi, Baths and Special Guests.