WAY USA: BALTIMORE, 1988 (NSFW)
March 7th, 2014 by Ed
Tesco Vee of the Meatmen and Touch & Go infamy sells his soul to the devil for a chance to visit Baltimore. Insane but 100% accurate travelogue captures Baltimore’s sweaty charms, starting with a debriefing with dangerous young John Waters in his office, and swerving through a lascivious pre-Internet underbelly of strip clubs, wig stores, beer bars, thrift stores, massage parlors, and other sleazy spots. Tesco Vee is at his silver-tongued apex as counter-cultural pied piper and agent of sin.
Enjoy this lurid 8mm time machine to a land of moxie, verve, and chutzpah!
THE FIX – DOUBLE 7″ PACK
March 5th, 2014 by Larry
Exact repress of the “Vengeance” 7″ single and the Jan’s Rooms 7″ EP
1st pressing since 1981
Numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies worldwide
Signed by Craig Calvert (guitar) and Steve Miller (vocals)
Both singles housed in a vinyl gatefold wallet
Reissue printing exactly as per the 1981 originals (no art or text has been altered) Including:
• Jan’s Rooms sleeve silkscreened on red paper
• Vengeance sleeve offset printed on red paper with half-flap back cover
• Jan’s Rooms yellow insert offset printed on yellow paper with green ink
• Jan’s Rooms yellow insert hand spray-painted by Steve Miller of The Fix, and Tesco Vee of The Meatmen as they originally did in 1981
• Jan’s Rooms white insert xeroxed
• Record labels are exact reproductions of the originals
Touch and Go Records has repressed “Vengeance / In This Town” and “Jan’s Rooms” – the debut releases by essential Midwest punk pioneers The Fix (long out of print since the initial 1981 pressings sold out shortly after release). Only 200 copies of their first 7” “Vengeance / In This Town” were ever issued (in early 1981), and only 1000 copies of their “Jan’s Rooms” 7” were ever issued (in late 1981). Original copies of “Jan’s Rooms” received one of 2 different inserts, but never both inserts together. Today, the original 7″s sell for thousands of $$ online. Packaged together in a 2-pocket vinyl gatefold wallet, both 7″ reissues are printed exactly as per the 1981 originals – no art, text, or obsolete contact information on the sleeves, inserts or labels has been added, changed, or removed (see contents video below). The “Vengeance / In This Town” 7″ sleeve is offset printed with a half-flap back cover as per the 1981 original. “Jan’s Rooms consists of a silk-screened sleeve and exact reprints of both the inserts as was done in 1981, including custom spray paint by Steve Miller (vocals, The Fix) and Tesco Vee (vocals, The Meatmen). This double 7″ package is limited to 1000 copies worldwide and is signed by both Steve Miller (vocals) and Craig Calvert (guitarist).
But who the hell are The Fix and why should you care? Quite possibly the best hardcore band you never heard of. The Fix was one of the very earliest Midwest punk/hardcore bands and the second band to be released by Touch and Go Records (in 1981). Blazing away along with the Necros and The Meatmen, The Fix were part of the beginning foundation of Touch and Go Records. Vocalist Steve Miller, guitarist Craig Calvert, bassist Mike Achtenberg, and drummer Jeff Wellman created super fast and ferocious music that never failed to blow away those who were lucky enough to witness one of their live shows or buy one of their 7”s. After only 22 months, The Fix broke up on News Years Day 1982 in San Francisco after a final unscheduled show with the Effigies, Dead Kennedys, Flipper, and Anti-Pasti. Steve and Mike went on to form another essential Michigan band Blight with Tesco Vee of The Meatmen.
R.I.P. BOB 2
February 19th, 2014 by Larry
BL’AST! – “THE EXPRESSION OF POWER”
February 17th, 2014 by Tim
Following announcements over recent months proclaiming the release of Blood! - the newly-released but vintage recordings from iconic ’80s Santa Cruz surf/skate/hardcore act, BL’AST! - the band then confirmed their current live lineup which took over stages in the US last year for the first time in over a decade and a half. Original BL’AST! alumni, vocalist Clifford Dinsmore (also of Dusted Angel, Gargantula) and guitarist Mike Neider recruited Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) on bass and drummer Hoss Wright (The Exies, Mondo Generator) to flesh out the brand new live lineup.
Now, Southern Lord will continue the new saga of BL’AST! with the mid-March release of The Expression Of Power. Flashing back to the mid-’80s, the band recorded their debut several times before finally emerging from the studio with their cult masterpiece The Power of Expression. The new issue of the LP will feature, for the first time ever, an alternate version (the Track Sessions) of the album, all fully remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. On March 18th Southern Lord will make The Expression Of Power available on CD and 3xLP including a twenty-eight page booklet with tons of BL’AST! photos from the mid-’80s. BL’AST!’s boundary-pushing form of hardcore, advanced musicianship, unstoppable energy and intense perseverance is as prominent now as it ever was.
BL’AST! has confirmed several new stateside live actions, including a show tomorrow, Tuesday, February 18th in San Francisco, followed by a hometown rager in Santa Cruz in mid-April. In June they’ll cross the Atlantic to perform at the infamous Hellfest, in Clisson, France. Additional BL’AST! live actions will be announced in the coming weeks.
2/18/2014 The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
4/18/2014 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/21/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, France
The Expression Of Power Track Listing:
01. Time To Think
02. Surf And Destroy
03. Fuckin’ With My Head
05. Our Explanation
06. The Future
07. Something Beyond
08. Break It Down
09. Time Waits (For No One)
10. I Don’t Need II
11. It’s Alive
12. Look Into Myself
14. Time To Think
15. Surf & Destroy
16. Fuckin’ With My Head
18. Our Explanation
19. The Future
20. Break It Down
21. Time Waits (For No One)
22. I Dont Need II
23. It’s Alive
24. Scream For Tomorrow
SLAPSHOT “CHIP ON MY SHOULDER” DOCUMENTARY – OUT NOW
February 13th, 2014 by Larry
Boston, Massachusetts 1985: The first great wave of hardcore-punk bands like SSD, DYS, and Jerry’s Kids were breaking up or moving on, leaving a generation of kids and adults inspired and in search of someone, something, or some band to light the powder keg once more.
Enter Slapshot; a viciously unapologetic new take on hardcore-punk that stemmed from the seemingly polar opposite personalities of singer Jack “Choke” Kelley, guitarist Steve Risteen, and drummer Mark McKay and put the Boston scene back on the map.
“Chip on My Shoulder” follows the members of Slapshot through their turbulent twenty-year history, documenting every up and down along the way. It is an unflinching look into the life of a band that was seemingly destined to implode from its very inception. “Chip on My Shoulder” is a story of friendship and betrayal, loss and redemption, self-destruction and sacrifice. Born in the streets and underground music halls of Boston, Slapshot went on to inspire millions worldwide while simultaneously tearing a group of friends apart.
Through hundreds of hours of the band’s own archival footage, rare images, and revealing present day interviews comes the true story of one of the most influential hardcore bands of all time. It is a unique look at the ugly side of music– a side that few people have a chance to see. It is what happens when sanity and stability are thrown to the wind in pursuit of passion, regardless of how destructive that passion may be and regardless of how it will forever change the trajectory of people’s lives.
THE UNDERGROUND FACTION
February 13th, 2014 by Tim
THE UNDERGROUND FACTION’S – OUT OF STEP DESIGN
Insted bassist, Rich Labbate has been hard at work with his company, The Underground Faction, for three years now. Rich is constantly adding new shirt designs to The Underground Faction catalog and just added this brand new “Out Of Step”, Dischord/DCHC/Minor Threat inspired design recently. Take a minute to check out the site and see below for The Underground Faction’s story. -Tim DCXX
“The Underground Faction was founded in 2011 and is 100% DIY. It is fueled by musicians, artists, and animal rights advocates with a vision to create, inspire, and bring awareness to the things we find important to us.
This clothing and life-style company caters to all walks of life while pulling from underground subcultures – punk rock, skateboarding, hip-hop, underground art, indie-rock, vegetarian/vegan, compassionate living, free thinking, misfits, to name a few.
Through collaboration with like-minded artists we create t-shirts, hats, bags, stickers, and other cool stuff.
The future is (y)ours, let’s keep it that way…”
ADULT CRASH, “UNFINISHED BUSINESS”
February 12th, 2014 by Ed
Colin from Standards Records recently brought Adult Crash to our attention and we’re really psyched he did. Comparisons to bands like SSD and Septic Death (among others) are not without merit. Wall of sound riffage, shredded throat vocals and blasts of thrash make Adult Crash stand out in a sea of all too often generic hardcore. Here’s what Colin has to say about “Unfinished Business,” the band’s first record.
On Unfinished Business, their debut 12” EP, Adult Crash plays a powerful brand of hardcore, with the dramatic, rhythmic build-ups of Bl’ast!, the concrete-thick guitar work of SS Decontrol, the blunt vocal delivery of early Agnostic Front, and some left-of-center thrash flourishes a’la Septic Death. Far more than just a Frankenstein monster of well-tread influences, Adult Crash has a seamless, naturally flowing sound that can only come from veterans who have truly internalized the craft of hardcore songwriting.
Featuring a cadre of San Diego/Chula Vista HC veterans, including Tim Gonzalez of Amenity and House of Suffering, Adult Crash has the credentials and musicianship to convincingly deliver their unique sonic onslaught in spades. Mandatory listening for all true believers in the HC arts.
XXX FANZINE COMPREHENSIVE BOOK RELEASE COMING IN LATE 2014
February 7th, 2014 by Larry
Over the course of five years (1983-1987), Boston’s xXx Fanzine chronicled the rise and rebirth of Hardcore America. The Salad Days. The Death of Hardcore. The Revolution Summer. The Punk-Metal Crossover. Straight-Edge Revivals. Skate-Rock. The Rock Against Reagan. Emo-Core. Brian Walsby Cartoons. Pushead Ads. Com- bat-Core. It’s all here and it all figured into the 20 issues that charted the course of Hardcore’s rise from pure DIY ethic to its impact on something larger – the shockwaves of which are still being felt today.
Slated for publication through Bridge Nine in late 2014, xXx Fanzine 1983-1987, will encompass over 60 interviews done in parking lots and backstages at (mostly) Boston area venues including the Channel, The Rat and countless VFW Halls and Church basements. From Minor Threat and The Misfits to The Cro-Mags and Motorhead to Descendents to Dag Nasty to 7 Seconds and Youth of Today to rare, seldom-granted interviews with the likes of SSD and DYS, this 180 page-plus volume is a vibrant cross-section of the 80’s underground charted by future rock writer and record exec, Mike Gitter. Regarding his newfound partnership with Bridge Nine, Gitter commented, “Working with Chris and B9 came very naturally. They’ve always shown complete attention to quality and substance: Bridge Nine is one of the reasons that hardcore has remained a vital force to this day.”
xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 not merely revisits a crucial juncture in the underground but updates it with current quotes and interviews not merely from the artists featured in the book. The likes of Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Smalley, Vic Bondi, John Brannon, Keith Morris, Roger Miret and members of SS Decontrol, Youth of Today, Bl’ast!, Corrosion of Conformity, Samhain, Void, The Accused and Die Kreuzen are just a few of the bands and personalities who have lent their voices to this book. Through a combination of oral history, written commentary and a lavish trove of photos, reviews, advertisements and flyers, not merely is xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 a document of hardcore’s history but just as importantly shows the head-flexing importance of fanzines to DIY America.
“Without fanzines, the story of American Hardcore would have been very different,” states Down By Law frontman, Dave Smalley, who is featured in the book during his tenures with DYS, Dag Nasty and ALL. “All of us contributed in different ways. Fanzines like xXx were crucial to not merely communication between scenes but also strengthening our inner resolve as we read about and were inspired by the scene that was happening all around us.”
While more information on this release will be coming soon, fans of Hardcore’s many generations can expect more than a few surprises surrounding the release of one of the East Coast’s premier Hardcore zines. In the meantime keep up with xXx Fanzine on Facebook.
February 1st, 2014 by Tim
REVELATION RECORDS CATALOG 1-25, 1987-1992.
January 29th, 2014 by Larry
Minor Threat, 1983. Wilson Center, Washington D.C.