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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JOHN COYLE – OUTSPOKEN PART II
March 22nd, 2016 by Tim
OUTSPOKEN AT MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLLEGE, EDISON, NJ, 4/17/1993 | PHOTO: JUSTINE DEMETRICK

OUTSPOKEN AT MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLLEGE, EDISON, NJ, 4/17/1993 | PHOTO: JUSTINE DEMETRICK

What were your first music projects/bands?

My first real band was Back To Back with my brother Walt, Regis, and Derrick. We played a bunch of house parties and did an awesome trip to Arizona to play with Youth Under Control. Chris Lohman used to have shows in his garage after school. They were awesome. And I must say we received a ton of support from the older bands. They snuck us on a bill with Youth Of Today at Fenders. Dan O’Mahony did our t-shirt design. Dan was the guy in Huntington Beach everyone looked up to.

When Back To Back broke up we hooked up with Jeff Boetto who recently left or was kicked out of Half-Off. Half Off were awesome. Boetto does not get the credit he deserves, that dude was solid and in my book an important member of the So-Cal scene back then. He was a little different but the guy was the best. Jeff, Walt and I started Straight Arm. Jeff literally sat me down, turned me on to a million bands and taught me how to write songs. He was in No For An Answer for a short time as well. After Straight Arm we started Stand Alone and then I started Yuckmouth. Yuckmouth was a really fun band. People aren’t into it and that’s fine but we had a great time. That was back when we were really doing everything ourselves. I remember recording the Yuckmouth 7″ and Dennis telling me I couldn’t record a second guitar track because we couldn’t afford it. While doing Stand Alone I wanted to be in another hardcore band and so I got together with Randy Johnson, Scott Snowden and Jeff Carlyle and we started Pushed Aside. The idea was I was going to sing, Randy originally played bass. I wrote a bunch of songs and then they kicked me out and Randy became the singer.

OUTSPOKEN AT THE ROXYM HOLLYWOOD, CA, 12/26/1991 | PHOTO: CHRIS TOLIVER

OUTSPOKEN AT THE ROXYM HOLLYWOOD, CA, 12/26/1991 | PHOTO: CHRIS TOLIVER

What were stand out shows you saw in the mid/late 80s?

Cro-Mags right after Age Of Quarrel came out at Fenders. I was in front and it was ridiculous. All of us Orange County dudes idolized them. I can remember picking up the record at Zed Records. Zed’s was the place and Big Frank held it down. At some point everyone was talking about his new band that was the heaviest and most powerful band ever. Of course they were talking about BL’AST! The rumor back then was the song I Don’t Need II was written so Dubar would think they were straight edge and put out the record on Wishingwell. BL’AST! were phenomenal and still are. Every Uniform Choice show was great. Verbal Assault was definitely a favorite. One band that always impressed me was 7 Seconds. Fenders ballroom was full of gangs. There were stabbings, a shooting, people would get dragged into the bathroom and just destroyed. It was the LADS, Skinheads, Suicidals, every horror story you hear about the place was true. When 7 Seconds hit the stage during their entire set it seemed like everyone was arm in arm singing along.  Kevin was the pied piper of hardcore, he brought everyone together, really impressive. I don’t recall anything ever happening during one of their sets. 

There was a show in LA right in the middle of the Blood and Crip era. It was Excel and Half Off and the show was in a city park that was the middle ground between the two gangs and they were always fighting over who owned it. We were escorted from our car to the parks rec center by gang members with guns strapped to their backs. They were really nice but told us to leave before it got dark. I think about the situations we put ourselves through to go see shows then and it is just crazy. And yes Excel killed it.

OUTSPOKEN AT CLUB 8 1/2, FULLERTON, CA, 12/10/1993 | PHOTO: DAVID SATTANNI

OUTSPOKEN AT CLUB 8 1/2, FULLERTON, CA, 12/10/1993 | PHOTO: DAVID “Igby” SATTANNI

And then Youth Of Today came to town. Up to that point there was maybe a few straight edge guys going to shows, but mostly punks. The first time I saw Youth Of Today at Fenders it was 90% punks but by the time they came back the second time a year or so later Fenders was 120% full of straight edge kids in cut off sweat pants and basketball shoes. YOT along with others changed everything. But I can clearly see their show as the moment the scene here changed. I may be wrong but that’s how I remember it.  I was really into the Underdog seven inch. It was my favorite record for a long time. And I remember being star struck when Richie came down with Youth Of Today. They were really cool and brought a ton of clothing over to my parents house so we could screen the Back To Back logo all over them. If you watch the Fenders footage from the early show I am running around with a red flannel with the sleeves cut off and the smirking face Underdog logo drawn on the back. During YOT’s second was one of the best shows ever – it was in Vadim from Half-Off’s garage. It was Uniform Choice, Youth Of Today, Half Off and Visual Discrimination(I think). There were about 30 people there, maybe, packed into this tiny garage. I saw a video of it one time on YouTube but have never been able to find it again.

I used to have a video of the Youth Of Today show at Fenders when Civ was the roadie. I was talking with Civ and he was telling me he just started a band called Gorilla Biscuits and I told him that is the worst band name ever. Good times. I loaned out the video and never got it back. What I wouldn’t do to see that again.

Who were your favorite touring bands that came through?

7 Seconds, Verbal Assault, Youth Of Today… and Bad Brains who were one of the best ever. Cro-Mags, Dag Nasty. I remember Agnostic Front rolled through and played a VFW hall in San Bernardino. They were the coolest guys. I was goofing around with their roadie that had ‘New York Streets’ tattooed on his arms and he was explaining all of his tattoos to me. I think I was about 15. We were really lucky because we had such a strong local scene with great bands that even when the touring bands weren’t coming through we still had amazing shows.

Run us through the origins of Outspoken?

Dennis and I came up with an idea to start a band that would release demos but no one would know who they were and we could have songs about issues in the scene that really bothered us. We started a band and called it Spotlight. My dad owned a machine shop where Yuckmouth used to practice and the other dudes in Yuckmouth were not into me being in another band. So I would have a two hour Yuckmouth practice and then we would pack up and leave and I would drive around the block and go back to the shop and meet Dennis and we would play until he couldn’t hold his sticks. We would literally play for hours until 2 am, he would get these huge blisters and bleed all over his drums. Those are some of the best times in my life just writing songs and talking about music with D. At some point Hartsfield called me and said “let’s start a band…you sing, I’ll play guitar and my friend Dan will play bass.” I remember getting off the phone, calling Dennis and saying “let’s make Spotlight a real band.” He was against it at first but then came around. Dennis and I had recorded a Spotlight Demo that later became the basis for the songs on the Outspoken Demo. We re-recorded them with Mike and Dan. Then we toured in a Ford Escort and the rest is history…


OUTSPOKEN AT MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLLEGE, EDISON, NJ, 4/17/1993 | PHOTO: JUSTINE DEMETRICK

OUTSPOKEN AT MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLLEGE, EDISON, NJ, 4/17/1993 | PHOTO: JUSTINE DEMETRICK

IGNITE ORIGINAL LINE UP – JON BUNCH MEMORIAL 3/20/2016
March 22nd, 2016 by Tim

Joe Foster – Guitar, Brett Rasmussen – Bass, Casey Jones – Drums, Gavin Oglesby – Guitar, Joe Nelson & Randy Johson – Vocals, playing together for the first time in 22 years to honor the life of Jon Bunch from Reason To Believe / Sensefield.

I remember picking up the first Ignite 7″ at Zed’s on one of my mid 90’s Cali trips. Hadn’t even heard of the band, but saw a sticker on the packaging that mentioned members of No For An Answer, Unity, Pushed Aside, etc, so I picked it up. What a great 7″, I was seriously blown away. No one was playing HC like that at that time. Still love that 7″ today. Ignite are one of those rare bands where I legitimately enjoy all eras, but considering the Joe and Randy material was my introduction, it’s always been my favorite. If you haven’t heard the “Scarred For Life” recordings, do yourself a favor and track them down, it’s all the Joe and Randy material on one CD, released by Lost and Found.

THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES – 10 QUESTIONS WITH RAY CAPPO
March 20th, 2016 by Tim

GORILLA BISCUITS VARSITY JACKET
March 18th, 2016 by Tim

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Been going back and forth with Brian over at Super 7 for the past couple days and we’re happy to help get the word out on these Gorilla Biscuits varsity jackets that are available for pre-order now. Pretty classic looking jacket, here’s more info…

These jackets are custom handmade by Golden Bear Sportswear in San Francisco! Golden Bear was founded in the City By The Bay in the 1920’s and began making their iconic varsity jackets in the 1950’s. Golden Bear only makes custom jackets ONCE A YEAR and for 2016 Gorilla Biscuits gets their turn.

Cotton Varsity – $295.00

Features a large embroidered Gorilla Head on the front, embroidered “87” on the left sleeve and large embroidered “Gorilla Biscuits” lettering on the back (the chenille patches are too heavy for this cotton jacket so direct embroidery is used instead). A contemporary fit banded collar cotton barracuda jacket. Scalloped back, knit cuff, waistband and collar trim. Handmade in San Francisco, USA. Available in Sizes S-XXL and in two color combinations: Navy body with grey sleeves or red body with black sleeves.

Check out Super7Store.com for ordering information

For reference a standard varsity jacket with no embellishments from Golden Bear is $495.00: GoldenBearSportsWear.com

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