A BENEFIT FOR BIG FRANK HARRISON
June 28th, 2016 by Larry
Just added: Nemesis Records alumni A Chorus Of Disapproval.
Tickets for the Big Frank Harrison Benefit Show are on sale now! Get them HERE.
Tickets will also be available on Saturday, July 23rd for $18 (including all fees) at the following Southern California record stores:
Dr. Strange Records (Alta Loma)
Headline Records (Los Angeles)
TKO Records (Huntington Beach)
This is a benefit show for Big Frank Harrison. 100% of the profits from this show will be donated to the Big Frank Harrison Big Heart Fund. To find out more about Frank, or to donate to his fund, please click the following link:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2016
6 P.M. – ALL AGES
A Chorus Of Disapproval
Done Dying (featuring ex-members of No For An Answer, Outspoken, and Blackspot)
AT THE EL REY THEATRE
5515 WILSHIRE BL.
TODD YOUTH PART II
June 13th, 2016 by Tim
RAYBEEZ, TODD YOUTH AND MARK GOOBER IN FRONT OF CB’S, 1986 | PHOTO: KATHLEEN TOBIN
What is your current guitar set up? What do you always come back to?
My current live rig is the new EVH 5150III, not those crappy ones made by Peavey. Hands down the best production amp on the market, I a/b’d against a Soldano SLO 100 and one of Dave Friedman’s (boutique builder) and the EVH just shit all over both of them! I actually went out and bought the amp instead of getting a freebie if that says anything. My studio amp I’ve had since I was 16, I bought it from Jack of The Mob, it still says “The Mob” stencilled in huge letters on the back which I’ll never cover up out of respect for Jack and The Mob. As far as guitars I’m endorsing ESP guitars, I did a session a few weeks ago and I had an ESP 401and a 70’s Gibson Les Paul standard and the ESP just had a better tone.
Favorite punk/hardcore guitarists?
First, Dr. Know (there’s no one better than him as far as originality, he invented the genre as far as I’m concerned)…also, Bubba Dupree from Void was rad. I once saw him do a show thru a Pignose amp on a chair and kill it! There are so many I could list: Parris and Doug in the Cro-Mags prime, Lyle from Minor Threat…but the most important of them all, VINNY STIGMA!!!
TODD YOUTH WITH AGNOSTIC FRONT AT A7, 1983
What do you wish you could do as a guitarist? What makes it exciting to keep playing?
I wish I could take some time off and have the money to go to the Musician’s Institute. In terms of excitement…writing a new song, coming up with a new lick, and I’m still a fan boy, so tapping into that 12 year old kid that worshipped the Bad Brains, that’s what keeps me going.
Favorite people you played with over the years?
Playing in Motorhead was such an honor, playing with Ace Frehley (even though he’s not hardcore)…he was my hero growing up so playing with him was pretty cool. But to be perfectly honest, this is my dream band. John is my favorite frontman, Joey is my favorite drummer and nobody can touch Phil at the Motorhead style bass playing, it really is the dream team.
Favorite punk/HC recording? Can anyone capture the sound of Roir or the Cro-Mags demo now?
Well unfortunatley the Roir and Cro-Mags demo were both recorded by Jerry Williams who passed away a few years ago, but listen to the first three Off! records, I think they captured that rawness! To me recording hardcore is about capturing the moment, that’s what is so great about those early HC records. They weren’t thinking about getting on the radio, they were capturing a moment in time and we are so fortunate to have these records.
TODD YOUTH WITH MURPHY’S LAW AT CITY GARDENS | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO
April 18th, 2016 by Tim
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
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
BURN LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA, 03.04.2016
March 8th, 2016 by Ed
Burn (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.
March 4, 2016
CHARLIE GARRIGA INTERVIEW: PART 2
March 3rd, 2016 by Larry
CHARLIE, MICHELE GARRIGA, ROB GILMORE (RIP), MARK KONOPKA, MIKE JONES – POST SKATE SESSION HANG OUTS | PHOTO: UNKNOWN
Here’s part 2 of our interview with Charlie. Take it away…
What were the first punk/HC records you heard and what can you recall about those experiences?
I remember listening to Minor Threat and just being blown away by the intensity that was communicated through the music. At the time I just wasn’t into drinking and didn’t think much of it. I just thought it was a waste of time and money. I didn’t really realize I was being straight edge. I drank a couple beers in seventh and eighth grade in friends basements that had older brothers that got the beers and smoked a couple of cigarettes to act cool but was always afraid to try drugs. So I guess that was a good thing. I experimented young and got it out of my system. Once I realized that Ian was singing about straight edge, I thought that’s pretty cool. That’s like me. When I heard Uniform Choice, I was like wow they sound like Minor Threat and they are really pushing this whole no drugs and booze message. Also, they were a new band and I could actually see them play. I got my black Uniform Choice shirt and wore it out. Then it seemed like other people were gravitating towards straight edge. I heard about Youth Of Today and finally heard Break Down The Walls and I thought “Wow, this is some positive shit!” I was totally into 7 Seconds by then and Bad Brains so I was already into positivity and unity.
No one I had heard yet had lyrics like that so I was all in. We drove to Toledo, Ohio to see Youth Of Today. The line up was Ray, Porcell, Richie, Mike Judge on drums and Walter had just joined the band. It might have been his first show. They were amazing. We went to Detroit the next night and it was even better. Civ was was of the roadies on that tour. It’s a long story but basically there were a lot of white power skins in Detroit back then. I am talking big ass scary swastika tattooed white power skins. So of course they were talking their shit and Ray got right in their faces. Pretty sure there was a scuffle that night and we hung out with the Youth Of Today guys after the melee. So now they knew us as the Cleveland crew.
WALTER, PORCELL & RAY WITH YOUTH OF TODAY IN TOLEDO, OHIO – SUMMER 1987 | PHOTO: CHARLIE GARRIGA
How did Outface form? How did everyone come together?
Around that time we were like, “We should start a band.” We basically told our friend Mark Konopka he was going to play drums so he should go get some drums. I met Frank Cavanaugh in high school because he was one of the misfits that rode the bus with me. He looked kind of goth but was into punk and eventually hardcore bands. He did have Bauhaus on his jean jacket. Haha. He had a bass guitar so it was on. At the time Dag Nasty Can I Say was my favorite record. I basically wanted to sound like that. We got our equipment set up in my basement and we were ready to rock. We were pretty bad for a while. Our girlfriends would come over after school and watch us practice so that was cool. We were called OUTFACE. We did sound like a D.C. band. Not a good one but we were feeling that sound. The more we played the better we got. We had two singers before we asked Derrick Green to be the guy. He was totally into it and brought a different style to the songs we had. It was like a whole new band. Also, our drummer who had the least amount of experience was probably the best musician of the band.
Over time we would see Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits and other New York City bands and once they knew we had a band, they would put us on shows. I would say Verbal Assault was also a huge influence on the early OUTFACE sound. Trial is one of my all time favorites. Pete Chramiec was a big influence on my guitar playing at the time. My biggest influence on guitar was Brian Baker. I saw Dag Nasty on the Wig Out tour and his sound and style blew me away. I met him through a friend in Detroit and he was really cool. He also put OUTFACE on as an opener for a Dag Nasty show in Columbus, Ohio. That was a big deal for me and the band. I wish I could have seen them with Dave Smalley but I would take what I could get. It was so cool to have a band and be able to play with your favorite bands. We didn’t make any money and we blew two engines in my Dad’s vans but it was worth it. We were playing with Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Judge, Verbal Assault, Underdog, S.N.F.U., Murphy’s Law, Warzone and headlining shows in Cleveland, Buffalo, Syracuse, Erie and did a small headline tour in Florida around 1990.
VERY EARLY OUTFACE PRACTICE IN CHARLIE’S BASEMENT | PHOTO: ANN WARMUTH
Cleveland was one of the first ‘militant’ straight edge scenes of the late 1980s. What did you make of that?
The straight edge movement became really big in Cleveland as well as Buffalo and Syracuse. I think the fact that all the Revelation bands like Youth Of Today, Judge and Chain Of Strength always played there when they toured had a huge impact. I guess it did become somewhat militant for a while in Cleveland. I guess Dwid from Integrity had a lot to do with that. He actually did carry a bag with baseball bats in it to beat down people. He actually lived in my house for a little while. That was when he started Die Hard which eventually led to Integrity. The band Confront was also a legendary straight edge band. They were great and very much influenced by Youth Of Today. There were times where I was caught in the middle of the scene. I was straight edge but never wore an X on my hand. I didn’t feel like I had to announce it or make it a big deal. It seemed too easy for kids to X up at a show to fit in and then a month later they weren’t into it and getting wasted.
There were times when Dwid wanted to beat up some punks or older guys at shows for drinking and no other reason. The problem was at that point I was friends with a lot of the older guys and skated with the drunk punks and they were cool guys. There was a group of guys from the west side called The GGs. They basically worshiped GG Allin. The funny thing was they were sick skaters so I used to go skate with them all. Here’s the funny thing… Once Dwid beat a few of them up, they still came to shows and hung out. He eventually became friends with them and started acting like them. Doing gross GG like stuff and getting fucked up so all the Dwid followers didn’t know what to do. Some followed and some didn’t. I remained my positive self. Haha.
OUTFACE OPENING FOR SNFU | PHOTO: STEVE WAINSTEAD
PART 3 with Charlie – coming soon.
Missed part 1? Click HERE to get caught up.
March 1st, 2016 by Ed
MATT LAYS DOWN THE HEAVY RIFFAGE | PHOTO: ERRICK EASTERDAILY
Right here. Right now. Louisville, KY’s Miracle Drug prefer to live in the present, existing in the moment, channeling the experiences of the past through the energy and excitement of the future. It should come as no surprise that there is an odd familiarity in Miracle Drug’s sound. The band is made up of current and former members of notable hardcore acts Mouthpiece, Supertouch, By The Grace of God, and C.R. The band’s demo, recorded at Treehouse audio by Trip Barringer (White Reaper, Black God), is a 12 minute blast of blistering, metallic tinged hardcore that would be right at home blasting through the PA of any sweaty DIY venue in the country.
Miracle Drug’s demo is coming out on Vinyl this year on Trip Machine Labs (All Out War, Atlas Shrugged.) Check it out below:
MIRACLE DRUG TAKES A SEAT | PHOTO: ROXY PHILLIPS
MIRACLE DRUG’S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK
CHARLIE GARRIGA INTERVIEW: PART 1
February 11th, 2016 by Larry
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 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: 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