Battle of bands literally breaks out on Carson Street
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The battle started on East Carson Street and now it's spread to the Internet.
Cory Muro, the 23-year-old drummer for the Pittsburgh rock band Punchline, filed a report Tuesday with Pittsburgh police alleging that members of the Albuquerque, N.M., band Brokencyde assaulted him and a friend on the South Side Monday night, police said.
Mr. Muro, of Irwin, said that after having drinks with 22-year-old Johnny Grushecky at Dee's Cafe, they walked outside and encountered two members of Brokencyde, who had just finished performing a show at the nearby Smiling Moose.
"Brokencyde sing about drugs and violence toward women. We walked out and I let them know that 'I don't like your band and what you stand for, and you give music a bad name,' " Mr. Muro said.
One of the Brokencyde members then charged at and "sucker punched" Mr. Grushecky, son of Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky, said Mr. Muro. He said he grabbed the Brokencyde member and had him in a headlock when security and crew came off the Brokencyde bus and attacked him, punching and kicking him. A gash on his head required medical treatment.
Mr. Muro said that employees at the Smiling Moose helped break up the fight and that the Brokencyde bus left before the police arrived.
The post-fight discussion moved to the Internet when Mr. Muro posted a photo of his bloodied face on Facebook and Punchline singer Steven Mark Soboslai posted, "Apparently Brokencyde (worst band of all-time) just jumped Cory. Their music was bad enough, but now they have to team up on my incredible drummer? What are they jealous?!"
Calls to Brokencyde's label were not returned. But the self-described "crunkcore" band took to Twitter, posting, "Literally 2 people were fighting and the rest of our crew was holding them back. The guy was talking a mass of [stuff] before anything happened."
Brokencyde also posted on its Facebook page: "We didn't jump anyone and also it wasn't over our music! It was the guys from that band bashing us as individuals."
First Published April 26, 2011 3:37 pm