CHARLIE GARRIGA INTERVIEW: PART 1
February 11th, 2016 by Larry
CHARLIE WITH JUDGE AT IEPERFEST IN IEPER, BELGIUM | PHOTO: AGA HAIRESIS

CHARLIE WITH JUDGE AT IEPERFEST IN IEPER, BELGIUM | PHOTO: AGA HAIRESIS

I’ve been working on this interview with Charlie for awhile now and I am happy to finally be able to present part one to you. Lots more to come! – Larry

Where exactly did you grow up and what music led you towards punk and hardcore? What early records had an impact on you and when did you first hear them?

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. My father was from East Cleveland and my mother came over as a nanny from England in the 1960s. My mom had a great record collection. All the Beatles records, Rolling Stones and other cool 60s and 70s records. My dad also had a pretty bad ass eight track tape collection. Some of my earliest memories were putting records on the record player. I remember going to visit my family in England when I was pretty young, maybe 10 years old and my cousin was a Mod. I remember her talking about how much she wanted a Vespa. I thought she was so cool. She turned me onto The Clash, The Jam and Public Image to name a few. She gave me a 7″ that had This Is Not A Love Song on one side and Public Image on the other side. I wish I still had that. I remember when we went to Piccadilly Circus and saw the punks hanging out and I thought they were cool. They yelled at you if you tried to take their picture. You had to give them a few pounds and pents and they still told you to piss off. It was great.

Right around that time MTV started and my sister and I got into Adam And The Ants and the other bands that we thought looked punk. So pretty much through the 1980s I was into new wave and The Clash. I was also into Hip Hop from its early stages. I had Kurtis Blow “The Breaks” on a 45 and got really into RUN DMC and LL Cool J. Of course I used to break dance with friends in my neighborhood but I was also into Van Halen. We had the first album on eight track and I listened to it all the time. I was really into everything.

Once I got into high school in 1985 I really was leaning towards alternative and punk music. I was into BMX racing and eventually got way more into skateboarding. I think that opened me up to what would eventually be hardcore music. I remember skating with the older guys and hearing Black Flag, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks and Suicidal Tendencies… I think that’s when I started considering myself punk. I went to an all boys catholic high school that was about a 45 minute bus ride there and back every day. I became friends with a kid named George Milton and he really got me more into punk music. He had a lot of vinyl. I remember listening to the Germs and seeing that first Suicidal album. I thought it was so crazy and cool. He was also friends with these older dudes that had a band called Civilian Terrorists. I heard their demo tape and they were awesome. I couldn’t believe George was friends with them. I am pretty sure they were one of the first shows I went to. I cant remember if was at The Cleveland Underground or a place called JBs in Kent Ohio. Either way I was really young and pretty scared when I saw the people hanging out and slam dancing but I couldn’t wait to do it again. I met the guys in Civilian Terrorists and saw them open for Suicidal Tendencies at the Variety Theater. I had my home made Suicidal white button down like the ones I saw on the sleeve of the album. It was mind blowing to see them play those songs and it sounded just like the record. That’s one of my earliest show memories.

I also saw Agnostic Front and Negative Approach play a Knights Of Columbus Hall in ’85-’86. There was bunch of skinheads and really punk people. There was probably 40 people there but it seemed so crazy and Agnostic Front was just scary to a 80 pound skate rat like myself. Haha. That was terrifying but once again I was drawn to it. After that I would pretty much go to every show I could. I would have to get a ride and pitch in for gas but where there was a will there was a way. Going to JBs in Kent was always a risk because it was far and the shows weren’t all ages so sometimes they were strict and you wouldn’t get in so we would just skate outside and listen to the bands.

CHARLIE AND FRIEND, MARK KONOPKA, DOUBLES IN A BACKYARD POOL IN OHIO | PHOTO: ANN WARMUTH

CHARLIE AND FRIEND AND OUTFACE DRUMMER, MARK KONOPKA; DOUBLES IN A BACKYARD POOL IN OHIO | PHOTO: ANN WARMUTH

When did you start playing guitar and what were your early influences?

I don’t remember really asking for a guitar. My dad had an old acoustic and we had a piano in my house but one year my parents got this cheap ass guitar and a cable that plugged into our stereo. The cool thing was I could play the eight track tapes on the stereo and play the guitar along with them. It sounded like shit but it was fun. I had a friend down the street that would tune the guitar and taught me a basic bar chord. I would sit in my basement and try to play along with Van Halen. That wasn’t good but I would play along to the first Cars album and that started to sound good because it was basic rock n roll. My buddy George had a guitar and an amp that sounded great because he had a distortion pedal so he would figure out some songs and show me how to play them. To this day I can’t read music. I never learned. I have always played by ear. I never took a proper guitar lesson. Early on I figured I wanted to play what I wanted to play and didn’t want to waste time learning Stairway To Heaven. Subliminal by Suicidal Tendencies was one of the first songs I remember being excited about playing. I could also could rip Just What I Needed by The Cars. Haha.

CHARLIE AT AN EARLY OUTFACE PRACTICE | PHOTO: ????

CHARLIE AT AN EARLY OUTFACE PRACTICE | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

What was the hardcore punk scene like where you lived and what were some of your early encounters?

One day my buddy George got a hold of the Cro-Mags demo from Jim, the singer of Civilian Terrorists. He was like you have to come over and listen to this band. So I did. Annnnd. Wow. Mind was blown. He said they were going to open for G.B.H. at Peabodys Down Under. I can’t even tell you how many amazing shows I saw at Peabody’s. Honestly too many to name. Also I loved G.B.H. so I was psyched for the show. Let’s just say I felt bad for G.B.H. having to follow the hardcore onslaught that the Cro-Mags brought that night. Anyone that was there will tell you the same. They were on fire. So they became one of my favorite bands right then and there.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO – COMING SOON

Be sure to see Charlie playing with the almighty JUDGE this month…

February 18 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Waiting Room
February 19 – Philadelphia, PA. @ Voltage Lounge
February 20 – Boston, MA. @ Hardcore Stadium

WORLD BE FREE “THE ANTI-CIRCLE” LP OUT NOW
February 11th, 2016 by Larry

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World Be Free‘s 14 song debut album, The Anti-Circle is out now on Revelation Records. Available on LP/CS/CD. Order direct from Revelation HERE.

Available from iTunes HERE

Missed our interview with Scott Vogel on the origins of the band? Click HERE.

1. World Be Free
2. Shake The Ghost
3. All These Colors
4. Empty Things
5. Never Slip
6. Breakout Or Busted
7. The Anti-Circle
8. I’m Done
9. What I See
10. Sammy’s Mirror
11. I Erase You
12. Of My World
13. Promises Made
14. Counting Vices

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SMORGASBORD 30TH ANNIVERSARY
February 3rd, 2016 by Tim

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RED HARE – SILVERFISH
January 30th, 2016 by Tim

February 1th, 2016, Dischord and Hellfire records will release Lexicon Mist, a new 3-song 7″ by Red Hare. This is the band’s first release since its debut full-length, Nites of Midnite, and it arrives as the group is completing work on its second album. The record contains two original songs and a cover of Lungfish’s “Sphere of Influence.”

Red Hare is Shawn Brown (Swiz, Fury, and the original-and-current singer of Dag Nasty), Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip), Dave Eight (Swiz, Bluetip), and Joe Gorelick (Garden Variety, Retisonic).

Pre-order the new EP here… DISCHORD.COM

NEW BREED TAPE COMPILATION 2016 OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY TRAILER
January 23rd, 2016 by Tim

THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES WITH PORCELL
January 22nd, 2016 by Tim

SCOTT VOGEL TALKS WORLD BE FREE
January 8th, 2016 by Larry
WORLD BE FREE - LEFT TO RIGHT: ANDREW KLINE, JOE GARLIPP, ARTHUR SMILIOS, SCOTT VOGEL & SAMMY SEIGLER | PHOTO: LARRY RANSOM

WORLD BE FREE – LEFT TO RIGHT: ANDREW KLINE, JOE GARLIPP, ARTHUR SMILIOS, SCOTT VOGEL & SAMMY SIEGLER | PHOTO: LARRY RANSOM

World Be Free, the new Hardcore band spearheaded by Terror frontman, Scott Vogel, is set to release their debut album, The Anti-Circle, on Revelation Records next month. I reached out to Scott to fill us in the the new record and their upcoming shows.

What was the inspiration to start a new band when you’re already in a hugely successful hardcore band who tours ten months a year? How does one handle the workload?

I guess the inspiration would be change. To do something fresh. To step outside of my comfort zone and do a band that I have always thought about but never had enough motivation to make happen. I think the timing was right also. Terror is in a good place, and at the same time wants to slow down a touch so we don’t burn ourselves out. Every band I have been in since I was 15 has been metallic hardcore with a focus on the breakdown. And of course I love that stuff. But I am also a huge fan of Lifetime and Hot Water Music and Youth Of Today and Dag Nasty so it’s very refreshing to me, to be doing World Be Free. It puts a smile on my face. I handle the work load like a wacko who can’t slow down. That’s just the way I am.

What was the original idea when starting up? We’re you thinking “project band?” Things seem to have already progressed past “project.”

Yes, for sure. I thought this would be a 7 inch and maybe a show or two if the record turned out well. When Sammy got involved he said something along the line of “If we are going to do this, I want it to be as good as possible.” Basically, not having the band put out something half hearted. He said if he was getting involved, he wanted this thing to reach its full potential. And I’m glad he said that because now, looking back, what’s really the point of making music and energy if you don’t go all in and give it everything you have.

PHOTO: DAN RAWE

PHOTO: DAN RAWE

World Be Free has a pretty impressive resume of members. How did you get everyone together?

The first thing I did was contact Joe. I knew he would be great at writing this stuff and he hadn’t been making music in a long time. I hoped he was hungry to write some songs. Joe’s kinda strange but within days he sent a song or two and they were exactly what I had in mind. Next came Andrew. Him and I go hiking all the time and I played him the songs and he wanted in. I then had the idea to try to get Sammy. I didn’t know Sammy so well. We would just exchange “hellos” at shows and I think he knew I was a Rival Schools super fan, but I thought if we could get him, his drumming would add a lot to the songs. Little did I know he would be bringing an acoustic guitar to practice and be writing songs for this thing. Lastly, the bass player took a little longer. I was really set in getting a younger kid on bass to offset all our oldness, but in the end, Sammy really knew more then anyone what bringing Arthur into the fold would add to these songs. Arthur has an amazing bass style and he really was the final piece to this puzzle. I am also learning he is semi-crazy like the rest of us, so there is also bonus insanity.

The Anti-Circle, your debut album with World Be Free is releasing next month on Revelation Records. Give us all the details. What can the kids expect?

The Anti-Circle is a 14 song LP. We’re excited to be doing the record on Revelation. I don’t know too much about recording info to be honest. Hurley Recording Studio was nice enough to let us use their studio to record the music and I did the vocals later with Nick Jett at his studio in the Valley. Walter Schreifels does a guest vocal spot on the song “I’m Done” which is really fucking cool. Hmmm… What else? I don’t know? If you love hardcore check it out, it might be something you feel and get a rush from.

PHOTO: DAN RAWE

PHOTO: DAN RAWE

With one live show under your belt so far, World Be Free is gearing up for some record release shows on both coasts. Fill us in.

Yeah, I think with World Be Free we wanna play. We are all in other bands and some have jobs and all that stuff but we’re going do as much as we can. So in February we are doing 4 shows in Southern California with Give from D.C. I’m glad they are coming out to play these shows with us and it will be cool to play some more shows. Directly after that we fly east to play Buffalo, Boston and Philadelphia with Judge. Can’t ask for better first shows then that. Many thanks to Judge for having us and finally we close that trip out with a show in New York City at St Vitus. I’m not sure who’s on the bill yet, but we are trying to put together a cool mix of bands and friends. After February, nothing is booked but I’m sure there will be more shows to come.

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What else can we look forward to from World Be Free down the road? More shows coming this summer?

We already have a few new songs in the works. All these guys love to write. We have a song called “Touchy” that will be on the next Triple B Records American Hardcore compilation. More shows I’m sure are to come. We would love to hit up Europe at some point in 2016 if that can come together. But for now we are just excited for the LP to come out and for people to hear it. Thanks for talking to us DoubleCrossXX. We appreciate it.

Pre-order the new World Be Free album, shirts and more from RevHQ HERE.
Pre-order on iTunes HERE.

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WHILE WE WAIT
January 7th, 2016 by Tim

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Check out While We Wait, the latest project from Matt Warnke (BOLD) and Andy Guida (Supertouch, Altercation), available now from http://wardance.bigcartel.com.

HARDCORE VHS VOLUME ONE AT NITEHAWK CINEMA JANUARY 19TH
January 6th, 2016 by Tony

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On January 19th, step back into the 80’s as Nitehawk Cinema’s MUSIC DRIVEN series presents HARDCORE VHS with NYHC book author Tony Rettman.

We’ll be screening clips of 1980’s punk and hardcore live shows shot on VHS by the fans themselves region by region. In this first edition, we focus on the late 80’s explosion of New York Hardcore with two people who helped define it in the house: Walter Schreifels (Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits) and Drew Thomas (Bold, Youth of Today) Join Tony, Walter & Drew for a post-screening Q&A and be a part of this truly unique screening event.

The first twenty people through the door for the event will get an 11 x 17 poster of the image above drawn by Chris Wilson.

Tickets are available here

BURN AT SANTOS PARTY HOUSE, NYC 12/20/2015
December 25th, 2015 by Tim

BURN at Santos Party House, NYC
December 20, 2015

Black n’ Blue Productions
Directed and edited by Jammi York
Audio by Sunny Singh

Cameras:
Ted Eohlsen
Travis Wallace
Samuel Diaz
Jammi York