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

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.

YOUTH OF TODAY 2016
December 16th, 2015 by Tim

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BURN AT SANTOS, NYC
December 14th, 2015 by Tim

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This upcoming weekend, Sunday December 20, 2015, BURN makes their return to NYC at Santos. Along with Burn, comes Mindset (their final NYC show), Wisdom In Chains, King Nine, The Wilding Incident, Regulate, Activator and Impact. Should be one hell of a show, so don’t miss this one. Tickets are still available at: www.eventbrite.com

BURN AT THE ROXY, HOLLYWOOD CA | PHOTO: JULES JORDAN

BURN AT THE ROXY, HOLLYWOOD CA | PHOTO: JULES JORDAN

AMENITY
December 1st, 2015 by Tim

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Friday, November 30th, 1990. Amenity with Trigger Man, Forced Down, Infest, and Headfirst. San Diego State University Backdoor. Drawn with a fine tip felt pen and newspaper clippings. This is a scan of the original art. The flyer was very obviously drawn by Tony Savala, because as you can see – that’s his signature in the bottom corner. Right? This was the flyer for our “last show ever”. 4 years is a long time for someone in their 20’s, and drawing this involved a lot more reflection and time than it might seem.

We loved Amenity. Each of us started with little to no knowledge of our instruments. We played in Chula Vista garages to our friends. Now we knew what we were doing and had developed our sound. We loved our scene, and went from playing to a small group of people who may not have even seen a live band before, to a much larger crowd across the country. Many of them we didn’t know, and many of them were completely on the opposite side of the tracks when we first started. Bands were either changing their sounds, signing to larger labels, or breaking up. What was once a secret between a close-knit group was now becoming de rigueur*.

“If Amenity ever had a mascot…”. Tony started going to our shows when he was 11? 12? It was common to be at a show in the Vinyl Communications Studio when the backdoor would pop open. His dad would stick his head through the doorway and into the ultra-humid, stinky, 100+ degree air, looking for Tony. Tony would groan, but follow his dad out the door. Good night. As the straight edge scene grew, Tony grew with it. We all loved the straight edge hardcore out there, but Tony was, uh, maybe a little more vocal about it. No, not as much as the character in the flyer, but close. Besides that, Tony was a good sport. He had a good sense of humor and did his best to take shots at us, too. The other character in the flyer is a pretty real composite of the average Chula Vista adolescent/young adult about town. The idea of the changing t-shirt came from a Baboon Dooley comic I saw in some zine.

This was the second of two shows that Dan Dagan put on at the Backdoor. Not a usual spot, it was cool to be playing on the same stage that 7 Seconds (‘The Crew’ tour), and Metallica (Ride The Lightning’ tour) had played. The place sells out at 400. Because there were still people wanting in, they added 50 more tickets. The venue kept it all.

Not a coincidence that is says “THE END?” in the bottom corner.

The "last show". SDSU Backdoor. There's a similar shot on the lyric sheet of 7 Seconds 'Walk Together, Rock Together', taken there on 'The Crew' tour.

The “last show”. SDSU Backdoor. There’s a similar shot on the lyric sheet of 7 Seconds ‘Walk Together, Rock Together’, taken there on ‘The Crew’ tour.

JUDGE – “BRINGIN’ IT DOWN” 25TH ANNIVERSARY
November 12th, 2015 by Tim

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RIOT ON THE DANCE FLOOR – 2 DISC DVD COMING SOON
November 12th, 2015 by Tim

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BL’AST! AT THE BALBOA THEATER, 1985
October 31st, 2015 by Tim
PAT DUBAR OF UNIFORM CHOICE, GETTING IN THE WAY WHILE BL'AST! RIP A NEW ONE AT THE BALBOA THEATER, 1985 | PHOTO: KRK DOMINGUEZ

PAT DUBAR OF UNIFORM CHOICE, GETTING IN THE WAY WHILE BL’AST! RIP A NEW ONE AT THE BALBOA THEATER, 1985 | PHOTO: KRK DOMINGUEZ

BURN INVADE LONDON
September 30th, 2015 by Tim

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If you’re anywhere near London this weekend, Sunday, October 4th, make it a point to hit up this show. The Essence Crew has put together one hell of a welcoming party for Burn’s first European appearance and it’s sure to be one that shouldn’t be missed.