JUDGE: NIGHT ONE AT BLACK ‘N BLUE 2013
May 20th, 2013 by Ed

NO IS YOUR ANSWER
June 5th, 2012 by Ed

DAN 'O PREACHIN' LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER AT CBGB, 1988 | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

Strangely enough the term “straight edge” was explained to me to describe my own behavior. As in here I was a young punk rocker constantly confronted with the pressure to get loaded (especially from my punk rock girlfriend Maya and her friends), and always refusing but completely unaware of the sub-sub-subculture that was straight edge. In ’83 or ’84 I heard someone explain my lifestyle that way, did my research, and found new kinship in all things Minor Threat, Dischord, SSD, DYS, etc.

—NFAA Vocalist Dan O’Mahoney on discovering The Straight Edge

GAVIN BRINGING THE CRUNCH WITH NO FOR ANSWER

It was the summer Dag Nasty’s “Can I Say” was finally released. Dan had also been in a real band at that time while John and I had only pretended. Eventually John and I bought instruments and pretended a little bit more convincingly. He was always suggesting Dan should be our singer, but I was reluctant. I had only been around Dan once at the time and while I liked him, it was exhausting. Eventually I relented and we practiced in John’s garage with some guy from my high school (playing drums) who had absolutely no idea why we were into what we were into. Dan had bought what we considered the legendary PA and tall speaker cabinets Pat Dubar had used in early Uniform Choice, and we were off. Unfortunately, the PA cut in and out while we practiced but you could still hear Dan. That still impresses me.

—Guitarist, Gavin Oglesby on the formation of No For An Answer

MOTORCYCLES ARE COOL
May 31st, 2012 by Gordo

MAX SCHAAF | PHOTO: SCOTT POMMIER

MOTORCYCLES ARE COOL
May 24th, 2012 by Gordo

CLAYTON STORMS BERMSHOT | PHOTO: LEE BENDER

STAY OFF THE TRACKS
May 17th, 2012 by Gordo

JUDGE | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

When the seven inch came out, and everyone got to see the lyrics, Mike’s lyrics, that was the Mike that I knew. We were always angry. We grew up getting picked on, getting in fights. We saw a lot of shit. Our introduction to the New York hardcore scene was seeing Harley carrying around an eight ball in a sock. Those were the surroundings, you know? We saw him use that. That can really do some serious damage…like, hospital damage. So we had that bottled up. Porcell…he was a peaceful guy. Straight edge, vegetarian. He was a different kind of straight edge in how he grew up. So naturally, I think Mike wrote the lyrics like he did. It wasn’t forced. It wasn’t an act.

-Jimmy Yu, Judge

MOTORCYCLES ARE COOL
May 16th, 2012 by Gordo

WALLRIDE | PHOTO: SCOTT POMMIER

MOTORCYCLES ARE COOL
May 11th, 2012 by Gordo

JASON JESSEE
March 29th, 2012 by Gordo