Damages was started by Andrew, Hieg, and Andy, all formerly in ATAL and Deadsure. The lineup was rounded out with Carl of Circles/KIC/Mouse Ear on vocals. Ryan took over the drum throne from Motor, who inherited it from Andy. Damages harks back to a time before the word “emo” became anathema in hardcore circles, and bands like Shotmaker, Policy of 3 and Four Hundred Years were producing passionate and creative hardcore records. Damages are neither a tribute band nor an anachronism though. They are a reminder that great music played with heart and conviction always has a place in the hardcore community.