Bane, a hardcore punk band, began as a side project between Aaron Dalbec (then of Converge) and Damon Bellardo. Aaron approached Matt Firestone to sing and they played under the moniker of Gateway for a few shows, before Firestone departed ways to focus on other projects. Dalbec then approached Aaron Bedard (who had previously sang for the Worcester, Massachusetts hardcore band Backbone) about singing for Bane. They went into the studio in December 1995 with a few friends and released a 5 song demo. The next year saw the release of their first EP, and many shows throughout central Massachusetts. The home crowd reactions at local venues The Space, The Espresso Bar and The Palladium were positive. Spring of 1997 saw the release of the Free To Think, Free To Be EP, where 1998 saw the release of the Holding This Moment 7" and CD collection, plus their first US Tour. Bane can be classified as a hardcore punk band from the Worcester area that is known for its energy, anthems, honesty and promotion of tolerance and unity within the hardcore scene.
In earlier albums Bane claimed straight edge, however it was never their main lyrical focus. All members are currently drug free, minus the current drummer, Bob Mahoney. They still perform early songs with straight edge references, such as "Count Me Out" which includes the lyric "Just like this X on the back of my hand, I'm not going nowhere". However the lyrics to the song "Wasted On The Young", on Bane's latest album The Note can be interpreted as criticism of people who ignorantly claim straight edge too early in their life.
A portion of lyrics to 'Bang The Drum Slowly' from the album Give Blood are printed under the sole of Macbeth Footwear's Elliot shoes.
Zach Jordan and Pete Chilton also play in Silent Drive who are currently signed to Equal Vision.
Drummer Bob Mahoney played in the Boston hardcore band Reach the Sky.
The following lines quoted in the song 'Snakes Among Us' from the album Give Blood are from Nick Drake's song 'Road':
"You can take a road that takes you to the stars, I can take a road that will see me through"
Also in the same song is the following line quoted from the American Nightmare song 'There's A Black Hole in the Shadow of the Pru':
"I fall asleep with pen in hand there's something you should know"
The song "Fuck What You Heard" begins with a sound clip from Apocalypse Now
The song "What Makes Us Strong" begins with a clip from the movie Aliens
Aaron Bedard - Vocals
Aaron Dalbec - Guitar
Zach Jordan - Guitar
Brendan "Stu" Maguire - Bass
Bob Mahoney - Drums
Pete Chilton - Bass (First EP to The Note)
Nick Branigan - Drums (It All Comes Down To This LP, Bane/Adamantium Split 7", Give Blood LP)
Ben Chused - Drums (Holding This Moment 7")
Damon Bellardo - Drums (Demo, XXX 7", Free To Think 7")
Kurt Ballou - Guitar (first few shows)
Matthew Firestone - Vocals (Gateway)
Christopher Cardone - Bass (Gateway)
Joe "Lumpy" Lawrence -Vocals (Gateway)