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See Botch Play First Show in 20 Years

Mathcore pioneers took the stage for surprise performance at a birthday party

For many, many years, the possibility of a Botch reunion was total a pipe dream. But then it happened. A couple months back, the mathcore pioneers — comprised of Minus the Bear's David Knudson, Russian Circles' Brian Cook, Narrows' Dave Verellen and drummer Tim Latona — suddenly released their first song in 20 years, "One Twenty Two," and announced a reissue of their iconic 1999 album, We Are the Romans.

Usually, a reunion of that nature comes paired with an announcement of major return shows, but Botch didn't go that route. They left the possibility of future gigs up in the air, and then suddenly, they surprise-reformed onstage over the weekend (October 15th) and played one song together, marking what's technically their first show in 20 years. 

The impromptu gig happened during a birthday party show for Botch producer Matt Bayles in Seattle. The set began as a 10-minute performance by Cook's post-Botch mathcore band, These Arms Are Snakes, and then morphed into a one-song Botch reunion that nobody in that room was expecting. 

Watch footage above and below via YouTube. Maybe there'll be another Botch show, or maybe there won't. Maybe you should have a birthday party and make sure all four members are invited. Seems promising.