OCTOBER COMING FIRE
July 16th, 2014 by Ed

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PURE FUN SKATE ZINE RELEASE PARTY
July 14th, 2014 by Larry

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The day has finally arrived. The brand new issue of Pure Fun Skate Zine will be released on August 31st. Come celebrate with us at the release party.

Johnny Rad and the Eggplants will be playing all their hits from the classic Bones Brigade videos and a ton of other original tunes.

There will be a rare live appearance from Noise For The Needy featuring Hagop Najarian, Lance Mountain and Neil Blender.

Skatemaster Tate will be DJ’ing the party and he’ll be spinning everything from Sinatra to the Sex Pistols.

There will be one other band to be announced and we’ll be posting any other details on this event as they become available.

The event is all ages. Skateboarding and music is for everyone so come one, come all. It’s all happening on August 31st at Dipiazzas in Long Beach, CA. Be there or be square.

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – TARQINIUS SUPERBUS
July 1st, 2014 by Tim

INFEST AT THE WICK – BROOKLYN, NY JUNE 28TH, 2014
June 29th, 2014 by Ed

INTERVIEW WITH RICHIE BIRKENHEAD
June 19th, 2014 by Larry

From Shed My Skin TV.

TURNING POINT AND CHAIN OF STRENGTH – LIVE AT THE BBQ IGUANA – WASHINGTON DC, 1989
June 19th, 2014 by Ed

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
June 11th, 2014 by Ed
MINOR THREAT | PHOTO: BILL DANIEL

MINOR THREAT | PHOTO: BILL DANIEL

CALL ON MY BROTHERS
June 9th, 2014 by Ed

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By now you’ve probably heard about Come Join Friends, the California underground music video archive effort manned by So Cal Hardcore scene veterans Joe Nelson (Triggerman/Ignite) and Brian Balchack (1134/Ignite). Already the pair have digitized and made available (via Youtube) a mind-blowing catalog of classic and previously-thought lost live videos from heavy-hitters like Inside Out, Carry Nation, Bold and Pushed Aside (among many others!)

I asked the boys of CJF how this massive undertaking came about and if we could be of any assistance. Here’s what Joe had to say:

A few months ago Brian Balchack of 1134/Ignite fame started a YouTube channel called “Come Join Friends” along with a slew of accompanying social media channels, his only goal being to archive and showcase as many Hardcore/Punk/Metal shows that took place in California as possible. So many of these shows are lost due to the disintegrating properties that are VHS tapes or the fact that nobody has a VCR anymore to watch them. These shows are important, even if only to our little Hardcore world. This is our history, and we MUST preserve it.

Ballmetal (as he is known in certain circles) has already spent a ton of hours digitizing old shows and throwing them up for the world to enjoy. He’s already found a few gems such as Inside Out shows nobody had ever really seen before or the Agnostic Front show at the Reseda Country Club. However there is still a long way to go.

We are not done. We need everyone’s help with this. Even if you don’t possess any shows you may know somebody who does. If you are thinking to yourself, “I wonder if they would be interested in this VHS tape I have at my mom’s house of (insert band name here)” the answer is YES! Even if it’s some lame band nobody ever heard of playing a backyard party (in California) we want to not only see it but digitally preserve it so that other people can make fun of it or perhaps even enjoy it. Who knows? The sky’s the limit.

The dream of Come Join Friends, the mission statement if you will, is to become the one-stop digital library for everything and anything that happened in the California Punk/Hardcore/Metal scene between the years of 1690 to present day.

However, it really won’t happen without your help. We haven’t even scratched the surface of what Come Join Friends is going to become. There’s shows such as Fugazi at the Country Club in Reseda that I personally shot but then, somewhere down the line, the tape was lent out and lost forever. We need that show back! Do you have it? What about Gorilla Biscuits at the Country Club with Porcell on bass during their “We wear all white phase”? They played a song that night called “The Machine” that they never played again. Where is that show? Do you have a copy? There’s also 4 or 5 Uniform Choice shows that I once had but no longer can find. They were not original copies so somewhere out there they must still exist. Maybe your friend has them? See what I am getting at? This is a group effort brothers (and sisters.) This is our history and we all must join together as friends and preserve it. Please COME JOIN FRIENDS!

Please contact Joe and Brian at Come Join Friends at comejoinfriends[at]gmail[dot]com or through their Come Join Friends Facebook Page.

PAUL HERTZ – CHAIN OF STRENGTH
June 9th, 2014 by Tim
FROSTY WITH CHAIN OF STRENGTH AT FENDERS | PHOTO: DAVID "IGBY" SATTANNI

FROSTY WITH CHAIN OF STRENGTH AT FENDERS | PHOTO: DAVID “IGBY” SATTANNI

Frosty answers five quick questions for us while getting geared up for Chain Of Strength’s east coast run June 14, 15 and 18. Be there.
 
Top 5 hardcore/punk records of all time?
1. Negative Approach – Tied Down
2. SS Decontrol – Get It Away
3. Minor Threat – Out of Step
4. Misfits – Walk Among Us
5. Bad Brains – Tie between Rock For Light & ROIR Sessions Tape

Top 5 non-hardcore/punk records of all time?
1. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
2. Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
3. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
4. The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow
5. Slayer – Reign In Blood

FROSTY WITH CHAIN AT REV 25 NYC | PHOTO: JOSEPH W CAREY

FROSTY WITH CHAIN AT REV 25 NYC | PHOTO: JOSEPH W CAREY

Best live show you have ever seen?
Impossible to choose just one, but Agnostic Front at ‘club’ 12XU in Pomona, CA was definitely one of them. They had just arrived from NYC and we were so psyched that they were playing our local scene in Pomona where we all hung out and played at. I was 16 I think. Rad line up with Kabula on bass. Anyone that might have been there, or attended shows there, knows the place was tiny. Maybe 75 person capacity. They ripped through their set and were absolutely amazing!! The room was one giant pit. If you watch the footage from the old Flipside video, you can see Curt a lot. I was standing just off to the side out of the camera’s lens. I remember A LOT of skinheads showed up for the show. There were no problems what so ever and everyone had a blast.

Other runners up: Fugazi at the Anti-Club in L.A. on their second time out to the West, Bad Brains at Fender’s Ballroom in Long Beach (I Against I tour hearing those songs for the first time. I’m not sure if the record was even out yet), Cro-Mags OG line up at Fenders opening for GBH, Uniform Choice opening up for Government Issue at Oscars Cornhusker in Azusa, CA (the front cover of Screaming for Change is from a photo of that show), Youth Of Today at Fairmont Park, Riverside, CA. etc., etc.

First punk/HC show ever attended?
G.B.H., Effigies, SSD August 6, 1983 at The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. So…SSD was the very first HC Punk band that I witnessed live. I had just turned 14. My parents dropped me and two of my friends, Shawn and Joel Connell, off by the venue. As we walked up, I quickly noticed we stood out from all of the punks there. Everyone was wearing studs, spikes, boots, leather jackets and had mohawks and spiked hair. We had shaved heads, wore levis, flannel shirts and had Vans. There were others like us mixed in and we identified with them. The house lights went out and we made our way down to the front as the band came on. Within minutes, two L.A. style circle pits erupted across the floor. I was blown away and mesmorized by the sheer power and energy in the place. The band was incredible!! Both The Effigies and GBH were great that night, but SSD killed it and confirmed why I was, and still am, heavily into the Boston bands of that time. I have since read that Al Barile was really disappointed with that particular show and felt like he had let a lot of people down. One thing I will always visually remember: after their set, as stage crews were getting ready for Effigies, Al lifted two Marshall speaker cabs still stacked on each other and walked them off to the side of the stage like it was nothing!

Favorite recording you have ever played on?
Chain Of Strength – True Till Death sessions – Those songs were so fresh and new. We had just finished arranging them and we were starting to gel as a band and a unit. I remember we were all super excited to record. It was so low budget. Just in and out, first takes on just about all of the tracks. No time was spent on getting good tones and sounds. Just load in, set up, press the record button and go. The recording sounds horrible but that’s part of it’s character. That recording was supposed to just be a demo but once it was completed, Ray, Porcell, and Jordan felt it should be released. It’s probably my favorite recording just because we were still so young and energized on the concept of the band and that we had no idea it would even be released. It was an exciting time.

FROSTY AND BRATTON PUTTING TOGETHER THE CHAIN SET LIST, BACK STAGE AT REV 25 NYC | PHOTO: JAMMI SLOANE YORK

FROSTY AND BRATTON PUTTING TOGETHER THE CHAIN SET LIST, BACK STAGE AT REV 25 NYC | PHOTO: JAMMI SLOANE YORK

CHOKE SLAPSHOT IN STUFF MAGAZINE
June 4th, 2014 by Ed

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