Slogans, t-shirts and references to family, community and PMA (positive mental attitude) abound in the world of hardcore. But how often does it amount to more than words? When Nate Gluck was diagnosed with stomach and esophagus cancer this past January, he witnessed first hand those words put into action. As the bassist for a number of hardcore bands including Ensign and Strength 691, Gluck had plenty of notoriety in the scene, despite being a pretty quiet, private person off stage. There's no way he'd ever expect that just days after his heartbreaking diagnosis that he'd be the recipient for hardcore help from friends and fans around the world.
Since his diagnosis, A Go Fund Me Page raising money for his sky high medical bills garnered over $120,000. Most amazing of all, a few of his friends and bandmates got together to produce Nate Fest in his native New Jersey last May, a two-day event full of some of the most preeminent hardcore acts in the country. This Saturday, Natefest is throwing a West Coast run together at Chain Reaction, packing the all-ages venue with a ridiculous lineup including Good Riddance, H20, Adamantium, Death By Stereo, Ensign and more. We recently got a chance to talk to Gluck about the surprising amount of support he's received in his fight against cancer.