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

SHOW MEMORIES WITH KEVIN SECONDS
June 26th, 2014 by Tim

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Sparks, Nevada. In 1984, I rented a space with a big roll-up door for $300 a month. I told the landlord that I needed it for screen-printing. I lied. There wasn’t even any running water but he rented the space to me any way.

I decided to call it The Crib. I don’t remember why.

In the short amount of time I had the space,I did about 10 shows and a shitload of punk rock parties. I miss being able to rent out spots like this, relatively cheaply.

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At the time, this was the biggest punk rock show to happen in Reno. Definitely one of the biggest shows Positive Force ever did. It was an amazing gig. I almost went to jail that night because I booked it without a dance permit.

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1983. I have very vague memories of this gig. I believe it was our first ever Santa Cruz show. Actually, scratch that. We played a party gig there the year before. Double Cross were our buddies from Grass Valley. A great, young HC band. Tales Of Terror and Verbal Abuse need no introduction.

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1983. Boise, Idaho. A legendary show that almost didn’t happen. World-renowned punk rock artist Pushead – living in Boise at the time – called and asked us to come open for The Misfits and Poison Idea and we jumped at the chance to. Unfortunately, The Misfits canceled a week or so before the show. Pushead asked us if we still wanted to come play and we said yes. We brought our fellow Skeeno hardcore buddies Jackshit up with us and I’m glad we did because it was one of the funnest shows we had done, up to that point.

Fucked up part of the story. On the way back to Reno, Steve Youth’s Rickenbacker bass – which, along with a bunch of other stuff, was strapped to the roof of one of the cars we drove up in – feel off somewhere between Boise and Reno. We drove almost 200 miles back towards Boise to find it before turning back, no Rick and our tails between our legs. So sad.

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1983. Reno, Nevada. Reno was fortunate to have Minor Threat come through town not once but twice in their short life. Ian and the boys were always extremely gracious and support of me, 7Secs and the Reno punk/hardcore community.

This show was a rager and featured 2 of the best hardcore bands Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe had to offer – Jackshit and Urban Assault.

KEVIN SECONDS PART IV – THE FINAL ENTRY
June 20th, 2014 by Tony
7 SECONDS AT THE INFAMOUS ABE'S STEAKHOUSE GIG IN PHILLY '84| PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

7 SECONDS AT THE INFAMOUS ABE’S STEAKHOUSE GIG IN PHILLY ’84 | PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

You recorded the ‘Walk Together, Rock Together’ 12” on the ’84 tour with Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studios. Any memories of that recording? What motivated the writing of the title track?
The writing was going on during the tour. I was way into keeping a journal back in those days – still am but just not as consistently – and I was always jotting down thoughts and lyrical ideas. The song ‘Walk Together, Rock Together’ was loosely inspired by a really fucked up incident that happened at a show in Green Bay on the tour. Or I should say, it happened at what would have been a show in Green Bay. Some local metal heads decided that punk rockers were an easy target and came to the venue – a pizza joint – to bust heads. A small riot ensued and the show was shut down before we got a chance to play. But it struck me how insane and stupid it was that young rocker kids, who were basically fuck-ups and misfits, looked at young punk kids, who were fuck-ups and misfits, as some sort of threat or enemy. In my mind, it just didn’t add up so I used that particular incident as the basis for the song.

Our experience with Ian and Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios was pretty incredible. Ian seemed to get what we were going for. It was funny because he was our age and yet seemed to have his shit really together, unlike us (haha). He really knew his way around the studio and he and Don had a great rapport and made it a really fun experience.

7 SECONDS IN THE FALL OF 1985 AT THE C.E. CENTER IN PHILLY| PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

7 SECONDS IN THE FALL OF 1985 AT THE C.E. CENTER IN PHILLY| PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

A year or so later, you started to write the material for the ‘New Wind’; kind of the ultimate ‘departure’ record. What was the motivation?
I’m not sure that we saw it as a departure. We weren’t attempting to bail on hardcore or punk rock. We just got caught up on our many influences and were pretty shell-shocked by the amount of violence we were seeing at punk rock and hardcore shows, especially in Southern California. I had written a lot of the New Wind material at home and had pondered starting a whole new side project that would be more of a melodic, mid-tempo type of thing but I played the songs for the guys and they seemed to love them and we decided to record them as 7 Seconds. It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, after the success and popularity of both The Crew and Walk Together, Rock Together but we weren’t thinking about being smart at the time (haha).

I’ve said this many times but I just don’t recall us ever having some focused idea or us being so driven by a particular idea that we looked at doing different things musically as some sort of way to gain a wider audience. We just wanted to feel like we could control our own creative destiny and at the same time, we had all this activism running through our veins that we wanted to maintain.

Was there backlash from anyone in regards to the ‘new sound’
Absolutely, there was. No one took the amount of shit from the hardcore scene as we did. People were pissed, sending us death threats. I remember several shows where kids would stand up front and were just visibly bawling their eyes out, they were so disappointed and disenchanted by us. It was really frustrating and depressing and it did get under our skin. Ultimately though, it helped us grow a thicker skin.

7 SECONDS AT THE DISCHORD HOUSE AND ON THE ROAD DURING THE 1985 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | PHOTOS: GALEN YOUNG

7 SECONDS AT THE DISCHORD HOUSE AND ON THE ROAD DURING THE 1985 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | PHOTOS: GALEN YOUNG

SURF PUNKS WE’RE NOT – SKATEBOARDS WE DO
June 17th, 2014 by Tim
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BRIAN BRANNON OF JFA WITH A BACKSIDE POOL GRIND | PHOTO: PING!

10 QUESTIONS WITH ARMAND MAJIDI
June 12th, 2014 by Larry

While shooting “The Journeyman” segment for the The New York Hardcore Chronicles film, Drew Stone managed to slip in 10 quick questions with Armand “The Machine” Majidi (Sick Of It All, Rest In Pieces, Straight Ahead).

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