In the late 1970s, there were a lot of people who hated disco.
Over the subsequent 30 years since the death of disco, there have been more sub-genres of rock 'n' roll created than the amount of sweet-sounding disco albums ever made.
Born out of the often reckless and subversive mentality of self-titled punks, hardcore punk music became the voice of generations of miscreants.
In an ironic linguistic twist, nine hardcore bands (the punk was dropped several years ago), including four based in Savannah, will descend upon Sweet Melissa's on Dec. 13.
That is right, you read it correctly: In an accidental or obvious and most certainly ominous tribute to the number of Dante's circles of hell, nine hardcore bands will begin playing at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
The price of admission to this loud variant of the Divine Comedy is $10 per patron.
Savannah's Nine Lives will be celebrating their second EP release, titled "Reality Check." Despite a last-minute snafu that will abate the band from releasing anything physical at the show, the music is already available online for download. Eventually, they will have a 7-inch vinyl that can be purchased at their shows.
"We ended up putting it online, available for download, to go ahead and get it out and get it in people's ears," Nine Lives guitarist Adam Wilson said. "We're not the type of dudes to hoard our music back. We'd much rather have it online for people to hear."
Joining in the fray are Savannah's Coastlines and Without, New Jersey-based Old Wounds, Boston-based Raindance (with members from Have Heart), Tampa rockers Strengthen What Remains and Reveal Renew. From across the pond, France's ULTIMHATE are slated to play and Broken Chains, the fourth Savannah-based band, will play their first show, ever.
Savannah's hardcore scene is small, according to Wilson, but for now it has created a different atmosphere for fans of the music. And different is a revolving motif of hardcore.
"It's always been a small scene," Wilson said. "Even now, as it's starting to grow, we're still very small. But, that's one of the things that makes Savannah special. It's a different show than you would get in Richmond, Boston or New York.
"It's nice to have a tight-knit community that's smaller. It kind of fits for the city. It works for how Savannah feels to anyone visiting, and just not someone coming here for a show."
Growing a music scene is embellished by how the music is shared. The internet has given birth to an era in which music is readily available. However, an experience that has some palpable activity is still an important part of making an impact on a person beyond the superficial. This idea is manifested through a physical medium in the hardcore scene, the 7-inch vinyl.
"Vinyl has always been pivotal in hardcore," Old Wounds Drummer Brandon Gallagher said. "Especially now with music being downloaded and not really bought as much as it used to be, vinyl is pretty key in that aspect.
"With a CD, all you're getting is MP3s. You're paying 10 bucks for something you'll use once. With a record, there's more of an experience with listening to it, and you get more of representation of the band. It becomes more of an activity."
Wilson and other ardent players of hardcore look to book as many shows of this caliber in Savannah in the future, giving rise to a hardcore scene that is attractive to locals and non-locals alike.
"Hopefully, us doing shows like this will not only pull kids from out of town, but people that have never seen Savannah," Wilson said. "And they can realize that we have the potential to do big things. This city has been set up a long time to do big things as far as the hardcore scene goes."