A BENEFIT FOR BIG FRANK HARRISON
June 28th, 2016 by Larry

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Just added: Nemesis Records alumni A Chorus Of Disapproval.

Tickets for the Big Frank Harrison Benefit Show are on sale now! Get them HERE.

Tickets will also be available on Saturday, July 23rd for $18 (including all fees) at the following Southern California record stores:

Dr. Strange Records (Alta Loma)
Headline Records (Los Angeles)
TKO Records (Huntington Beach)

This is a benefit show for Big Frank Harrison. 100% of the profits from this show will be donated to the Big Frank Harrison Big Heart Fund. To find out more about Frank, or to donate to his fund, please click the following link:

http://www.gofundme.com/bigfrank

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2016
6 P.M. – ALL AGES

Youth Brigade
Ill Repute
Excel
Final Conflict
A Chorus Of Disapproval
Done Dying (featuring ex-members of No For An Answer, Outspoken, and Blackspot)

AT THE EL REY THEATRE
5515 WILSHIRE BL.
LOS ANGELES

TODD YOUTH PART II
June 13th, 2016 by Tim
RAYBEEZ, TODD YOUTH AND GOOBER IN FRONT OF CB'S, 1986 | PHOTO: KATHLEEN TOBIN

RAYBEEZ, TODD YOUTH AND MARK GOOBER IN FRONT OF CB’S, 1986 | PHOTO: KATHLEEN TOBIN

What is your current guitar set up? What do you always come back to?
My current live rig is the new EVH 5150III, not those crappy ones made by Peavey. Hands down the best production amp on the market, I a/b’d against a Soldano SLO 100 and one of Dave Friedman’s (boutique builder) and the EVH just shit all over both of them! I actually went out and bought the amp instead of getting a freebie if that says anything. My studio amp I’ve had since I was 16, I bought it from Jack of The Mob, it still says “The Mob” stencilled in huge letters on the back which I’ll never cover up out of respect for Jack and The Mob. As far as guitars I’m endorsing ESP guitars, I did a session a few weeks ago and I had an ESP 401and a 70’s Gibson Les Paul standard and the ESP just had a better tone.

Favorite punk/hardcore guitarists?
First, Dr. Know (there’s no one better than him as far as originality, he invented the genre as far as I’m concerned)…also, Bubba Dupree from Void was rad. I once saw him do a show thru a Pignose amp on a chair and kill it! There are so many I could list:  Parris and Doug in the Cro-Mags prime, Lyle from Minor Threat…but the most important of them all, VINNY STIGMA!!!

TODD YOUTH WITH AGNOSTIC FRONT AT A7, 1983

TODD YOUTH WITH AGNOSTIC FRONT AT A7, 1983

What do you wish you could do as a guitarist?  What makes it exciting to keep playing?
I wish I could take some time off and have the money to go to the Musician’s Institute. In terms of excitement…writing a new song, coming up with a new lick, and I’m still a fan boy, so tapping into that 12 year old kid that worshipped the Bad Brains, that’s what keeps me going.

Favorite people you played with over the years?
Playing in Motorhead was such an honor, playing with Ace Frehley (even though he’s not hardcore)…he was my hero growing up so playing with him was pretty cool. But to be perfectly honest, this is my dream band. John is my favorite frontman, Joey is my favorite drummer and nobody can touch Phil at the Motorhead style bass playing, it really is the dream team.

Favorite punk/HC recording?  Can anyone capture the sound of Roir or the Cro-Mags demo now?
Well unfortunatley the Roir and Cro-Mags demo were both recorded by Jerry Williams who passed away a few years ago, but listen to the first three Off! records, I think they captured that rawness! To me recording hardcore is about capturing the moment, that’s what is so great about those early HC records. They weren’t thinking about getting on the radio, they were capturing a moment in time and we are so fortunate to have these records.

TODD YOUTH WITH MURPHY'S LAW AT CITY GARDENS | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

TODD YOUTH WITH MURPHY’S LAW AT CITY GARDENS | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

BL’AST! – “Cut Your Teeth”
May 31st, 2016 by Tim

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HATE5SIX: BEHIND THE RAGE
May 11th, 2016 by Tim

YOUTH OF TODAY 04.28.16 SO36, BERLIN (FULL SET)
May 2nd, 2016 by Ed

TODD YOUTH
April 18th, 2016 by Tim
TODD YOUTH, JIMMY GESTAPO AND RAYBEEZ | PHOTO: BROOKE SMITH LUBENSKY

TODD YOUTH, JIMMY GESTAPO AND RAYBEEZ | PHOTO: BROOKE SMITH LUBENSKY

Todd Youth is a guy that we’ve been looking to add to the pages of Double Cross for quite some time now. If you’re a fan of New York Hardcore, chances are very high that you’re a fan of at least one of the bands (Agnostic Front, Warzone, Murphy’s Law) that he’s played in, if not all of them. Aside from the hardcore bands that Todd has been an integral part of, he’s also played in or had stints with bands like Danzig, Motörhead, Ace Frehley and a slew of others.

We caught up with Todd to not only breakdown his past, but his future as well. With a brand new Bloodclot album due out soon, we thought first and foremost we’d waste no time digging into the now.

First, tell us about this new band and give us all the background on how it came together and what we can expect.
 
The new band is called Bloodclot.  Almost two years ago John Joseph gave me a call on a Wednesday afternoon because current Cro-Mags guitarist AJ Novello had a death in his family and they had a show Friday in North Carolina. John asked if I would be able to pull it off. Now, I obviously knew the songs off of Age Of Quarrel having been a fan and friend since the early days. At one point around 1983/1984 we did some rehearsals with Harley on drums, Kevin on guitar, Eric Casanova singing and me on bass, so I already knew had to play some of the songs. I had to do a similar thing with Motorhead when guitarist Phil Campbell’s mother had passed away and only had two days to learn Motorhead’s set list and I pulled it off. So I sat all Thursday learning all the songs I didn’t know off AOQ, got on a plane Friday morning, landed in N.C. at 8pm and was onstage at 9:15, no soundcheck, no rehearsal, and it was a killer show! After the show me and John sat up all night, catching up, and at some point we discussed writing some songs, I live in LA and John is in NYC so I’d write something, demo it, email to john, and that’s how we started the writing process. As a far as what people could expect…it’s classic American hardcore punk, very influenced by the Bad Brains and the Cro Mags, but with our own spin on it. But like I said it’s straight up hardcore punk, no metal, that’s for sure.

TODD'S WARZONE AND MURPHY'S LAW TATTOOS

TODD’S WARZONE AND MURPHY’S LAW TATTOOS

What would you say the driving influences are for the band and what are you hoping to do in 2016?
 
Well we’ve all know each other 30+ years, I started out playing in bands in 1983, my first band I was in was playing bass for Agnostic Front when I was 12. I’m sure most Double Cross readers know John’s background, but for those who don’t he sang on the Cro Mags demo (my personal favorite) and one of the greatest hardcore records of all time, Age Of Quarrel. I met our drummer Joey Castillo in ‘84 or ‘85, he was the drummer in LA’s Wasted Youth. The singer of Wasted Youth, Danny is on the cover of the American Hardcore book, their first record, Reagan’s In, was a great record, so they played a Sunday matinee at CB’s and their van broke down and they ended up hanging out in NY for a few days and I got tight with Joey. I was in Warzone at the time.  Fast forward to ’87…I’m in Murphy’s Law on the Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill tour, we had a day off in LA so we did a show at Fenders Ballroom, and I think the bill was Murphy’s Law, Half Off, Wasted Youth and Youth Of Today. Two party bands and two straight edge bands!  Joey in my opinion is one of the top 3 hardcore drummers around. To me there’s Earl Hudson, Mackie and Joey! In ‘99 when I got asked to join Danzig, the main reason I joined was because Joey was the drummer. Joey ended up playing in Queens Of The Stone Age and most recently he had been playing in the reformed BL’AST!  Phil Caivano, our bass player is the most O.G. at of all of us.  He started out when he was 14 playing in a band called Shrapnel. They used to open for the Dead Boys, Ramones etc. and were managed by Legs McNeil, founder of Punk Magazine and author of Please Kill Me. Phil and I spent some time in Murphy’s Law together and most recently he’s been the guitar player in Monster Magnet. When we started talking about who to get on bass, we needed someone who was a cross between Darryl Jennifer from the Bad Brains, Harley, Lemmy and still have their own personality…Phil is the only player that fit the bill – and he’s one of my best friends!

What would you say the driving influences are for the band and what are you hoping to do in 2016?

The driving force for me personally is I feel there’s a giant void in what’s called hardcore these days. Most of the bands I’ve been seeing or hearing are more influenced by metal, metal core or whatever you want to call it, but when I first started coming up it was HARDCORE PUNK! It had nothing to do with hip hop or metal, and no disrespect to those kind of bands or fans of that stuff, it’s just not my thing. I came up worshipping the Bad Brains, Black Flag, Cro-Mags, Void and that’s the sound we are going for. We start recording our debut album in June and it’ll be out hopefully sometime September/October, and we plan on staying out on the road as long as we can, haha. We all have things going on music wise, but this isn’t a “project”…this is our band and one of our main priorities

What music do you find yourself listening to these days and as a guitarist, what do you always come back to?

As far as newer bands, I really like Trash Talk and World Be Free. And whenever I need inspiration I always go back to the Bad Brains. They were the band that from the first 30 seconds of seeing them live, looking back now my life was never the same again. I think we all have these life defining and life changing moments but being able to pin point that moment is pretty cool.

RAYBEEZ AND TODD YOUTH, 1986 | PHOTO: BRI HURLEY

RAYBEEZ AND TODD YOUTH, 1986 | PHOTO: BRI HURLEY

JUDGE – “THE STORM” AT SO36
April 17th, 2016 by Tim

BURN – “… FROM THE ASHES” EP
April 11th, 2016 by Tim
BURN AT UNDERGROUND ARTS, PHILADELPHIA PA, 3/4/2016 | PHOTO: JC CAREY

BURN AT UNDERGROUND ARTS, PHILADELPHIA PA, 3/4/2016 | PHOTO: JC CAREY

Back in January I had the privilege of popping into the studio while BURN was recording this new EP and laying down some back up vocals. It didn’t take long to get a grip of what exactly these guys were in the process of capturing here with this new recording. Being a long time fan of the BURN classics, “You Can’t Stop Me” and “We Don’t Stand A Chance”, I was beyond excited to hear these songs finally getting their due. I was also stoked to be hearing the brand new track, “Novelist (Drums Of War)”.

Finally, four months later, here they are and I’m honored to be able to share them here on DCXX. Check them out, soak them in and pick up the new EP when it’s released.

BURN AT UNDERGROUND ARTS, PHILADELPHIA PA, 3/4/2016 | PHOTO: JC CAREY

BURN AT UNDERGROUND ARTS, PHILADELPHIA PA, 3/4/2016 | PHOTO: JC CAREY

Also, check BURN out on the following tour dates:

April 13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile
April 15 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
April 16 Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
April 17 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
April 18 Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown
April 20 St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
April 27 – Lichtenstein, Germany @ Juz Riot
April 28 Saarlouis, Germany @ Jus Saarlouis
April 29 Schweinfurt, Germany @ Alter Stattbahnhof
April 30 Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock Fest
May 1 Berlin, Germany @ S036
May 2 London, UK @ The Old Blue Last
May 27-29 Seattle, WA @ Rain Fest
August 4-7 Philadelphia, PA @ This is Hardcore Fest
August 12-14 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (The Wrecking Ball)

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UNIFORM CHOICE – “SCREAMING FOR CHANGE” ORIGINAL REELS AND TRACKING SHEET
April 11th, 2016 by Tim

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THIS IS HARDCORE 2016
March 29th, 2016 by Tim

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