MIRACLE DRUG – DEMO 2015 7″ OUT NOW!
August 16th, 2016 by Ed

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Miracle Drug’s “Demo 2015” is out now on Trip Machine Labs (All Out War, Atlas Shrugged.) Check out the tunes below and CLICK HERE TO BUY MIRACLE DRUG – DEMO 2015 7″ HERE!

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CHARLIE GARRIGA PART III
August 11th, 2016 by Tim
CHARLIE WITH JUDGE AT GROEZROCK 2014 | PHOTO: AGA HAIRESIS

CHARLIE WITH JUDGE AT GROEZROCK 2014 | PHOTO: AGA HAIRESIS

Charlie Garriga part three, it took awhile, but it’s here. Charlie will be playing with CIV this weekend at Wrecking Ball Fest in Atlanta with friends Quicksand, Gorillia Biscuits and Burn. Pop in, check em’ out, say hi and get down to a little Et Tu Brute.

Can you run down the OUTFACE discography? Can you talk a bit about the songs, recording of each release, progression of sound over time etc. It’s just the two demos and the album on Crisis, right?

There are actually three outface demos. Two of them were released. We just sold them at shows and some local record stores in Cleveland and the last one was never released but there is a song from the last one that is on the Dark Empire records compilation that Dwid put out. The song is called “Bullit”t and is pretty bad ass. 

The first demo we definitely had a very DC sound, we basically wanted to sound like Dag Nasty and other DC bands. The songs were actually really good but the recording is horrible I think we did the whole thing in one or two days for $50 or $75, also Derrick had just joined the band and hadn’t had a lot of time to work out the vocals so they are a bit weak but he got much better after that. The second demo definitely had more of a Bad Brains and Verbal Assault influence on the sound and the recording was much better. We sold a few hundred of those. We printed the labels and inserts ourselves in Kinkos. Lyric sheet included! That was how you made your gas money to play out of town shows. A majority of those songs basically became the EP that was released on Crisis Records. Walter approached me about wanting to produce Outface to release on his imprint label through Revelation, that was Crisis. So we got to come to New York and record with the infamous Don Fury. That was very fun and interesting. The way the studio was set below street level, you always had “street people” trying to come down into the studio or standing outside rocking out to your tunes. You also had to pretty much wake Don up every day to start your sessions. We had a blast with him, I love that guy. Also it was one of Walter’s first projects as a producer. He did a great job. We were a pretty strange band as far as sound and influences at that point and he was a great conductor.  It was the 90s! We were all over the place.

WALTER AND CHARLIE WITH QUICKSAND, 1990 | PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLIE

WALTER AND CHARLIE WITH QUICKSAND, 1990 | PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLIE

How did you become tight with Walter and what was it like getting the call to join QUICKSAND? Also, the summer tour with QUICKSAND, SHELTER and INSIDE OUT must have been insane. Almost a “changing time” for the hardcore scene. What are your memories?

While I was playing in Outface I was lucky enough to get a call from Walter on a land line telephone and he asked me to play in his new band that had a 7″ coming out on Revelation. That band was Quicksand. We did a tour with Shelter and Inside Out. That was one of the strangest and most fun tours I have ever done. We definitely broke down two or three times and missed at least one or two of the shows. There was a lot of pasta and Ramen noodle dinners. We would have barely enough money to get to the next show. It was the days of crashing at peoples houses or possibly sleeping in the van in the heat of summer. It was very DIY and most of the shows were pretty small but I remember City Gardens in Trenton and Chicago being great shows. There was also an impromptu Youth Of Today reunion in Detroit that was pretty amazing. I think they did three or four songs. There was also a separate bus of Hare Krishnas around for most of the tour that were singing, dancing and chanting at the shows. We were truly a traveling circus with a freak show. Ray had a serious Krishna posse and Shelter was awesome. Also getting to see Inside Out every night was pretty inspiring. Zach was on fire. It didn’t matter if there were 10 or 100 people there. It was definitely a time of change in the hardcore scene. It was the first time kids were seeing members of their favorite bands branching out into new directions. I was still also playing in Outface at the time. It was really just one tour and a couple of east coast shows with Quicksand. We also got to open for Danzig in Buffalo at some point later so that was pretty cool. 

How did OUTFACE fit into all this? A temporary hiatas or were you going back and forth from Cleveland and NYC to do both bands?

I ended up staying in Cleveland still, playing in Outface instead of moving to NYC at that point to be in Quicksand. They continued on as a four piece but when they got signed to Island Records, Walter asked me to be their guitar tech / roadie so I got to travel the world with those guys for a few years. Walter and I moved in together after the touring cycle of SLIP ended. At that point I knew I couldn’t go back to Cleveland. Derrick also moved to NYC so that was the end of OUTFACE. Frank the bass player and Mark the drummer went on to tour with INTEGRITY and eventually Frank ended up playing in FILTER. Derrick and I started a new band called OVERFIEND. Sammy played drums and this woman Sarah played bass. She was a bad ass. She was down with the whole LES scene and White Zombie type of crew. She was super cool and totally rocked.  It was really heavy brutal music. Nothing like any other band I had done before. We had a lot of fun doing it. We played one show with Sick Of It All in Staten Island. We did record a demo that eventually helped get Derrick the gig singing for SEPULTURA. While we were working on OVERFIEND, Walter said he had an idea of getting Civ to do music again so he recruited Sammy and I to work on some songs. That set the wheels in motion for what became the band CIV. To this day I have no idea how Civ agreed to name the band after him. He fought it for a while but we were like “it’s like Morrissey after the Smiths.” Everyone will know what the band is like when they see your name. Also, the SSD logo rip off was too good to pass up. It was just going to be a 7″ on Rev. To this day Civ doesn’t feel comfortable with it and still hates seeing his name on the merch. Haha. He is definitely not that kind of guy that wanted that attention. We had a lot of fun touring on the first few Warped Tours and Japan and Europe. We were definitely one of the few positive bands at that time. The mid 90s were an interesting time in hardcore and once karate moves and basketball jerseys got in the pit I wasn’t sure what to think. 

CHARLIE WITH QUICKSAND AT THE UNSOUND CLUB, READING PA, 1990 | PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIS

CHARLIE WITH QUICKSAND AT THE UNSOUND CLUB, READING PA, 1990 | PHOTO: JAMIE DAVIS

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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