GORILLA BISCUITS START TODAY – SILVER ANNIVERSARY
October 28th, 2014 by Larry
Gorilla Biscuits Start Today is one of the most influential records in hardcore. Hailing from New York City, Gorilla Biscuits carved a niche within the New York Hardcore Scene. Blending the aggression and energy of bands like Agnostic Front with a sense of melody likened to Dag Nasty, Gorilla Biscuits still stands as a unique reference point for many hardcore bands that have come after them. This is an essential part of any record collection. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of Start Today in 1989, the record has been re-pressed and packaged on black and glow-in-the-dark vinyl in embossed jackets with printing on the inside of the jacket sleeve.
Purple Shell Cassette
PAUL HERTZ – CHAIN OF STRENGTH
June 9th, 2014 by Tim
FROSTY WITH CHAIN OF STRENGTH AT FENDER’S, LONGBEACH, CA, AUGUST 4TH, 1989 | 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
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
NEW RECORDS FROM GIVE
June 6th, 2014 by Larry
PHOTO BY ANGELA OWENS
GIVE have just dropped the news that they will be releasing three new records this summer. Here’s the news straight from the band…
“We are self-releasing the ELECTRIC FLOWER CIRCUS LP on our own label, Moonflower Records and in addition to this we are also releasing two 12″ maxi-singles. One with Revelation Records and one with Lockin’ Out Records. The 12″s on Rev and Lockin Out will include one A-side from the LP with an alternate mix and 3-4 B-sides exclusive to each 12″. More details soon.”
Give Tour – June 2014
June 7: Le Poisson Rouge, NY, NY, w/ The Rival Mob
June 9: Club Dada : Dallas, TX w/ Bane
June 10: Red 7 : Austin, TX w/ Bane
June 11: Walter’s Downtown : Houston, TX w/ Bane
June 13: Backbooth : Orlando, FL w/ Bane
June 14: Propaganda : Lake Worth, FL w/ Bane
June 15: Underbelly : Jacksonville, FL w/ Bane
June 16: Mammal Gallery : Atlanta, GA w/ Bane
June 17: Orton’s : Wilmington, NC w/ Bane
June 18: DC9 Nightclub : Washington DC w/ Bane
June 19: First Unitarian Church : Philadelphia, PA w/ Bane
KEVIN SECONDS – PART II
May 28th, 2014 by Tony
KEVIN SECONDS AT THE BLACK AND BLUE BOWL 2014 | PHOTO: JAMMI SLOANE YORK
For the second installment of our massive Kevin Seconds interview, we let the Hardcore nostalgia take a backseat as we speak to Kevin about the bands’ new LP ‘Leave a Light on’ (which was released on Rise Records this week) the tour they have lined up, the present state of Hardcore today and the infamous and short-lived 7 Seconds tribute band Society Ills fronted by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
‘Leave the Light On’ sounds great. The signature sound of the band totally shines through on here. You’re a band that might not shoot out a record every two or three years, but when you do get one out there, its’ exactly what people are looking for. What’s the secret to this? A special concoction you received from a witch doctor? What is it?
There’s no secret. No witch doctor. I’m pretty much always writing songs, be it for my solo stuff or for 7 Seconds and sometime last year, I had three or four songs that I really liked and really thought would be fun to make into 7 Seconds songs. I sent the guys MP3s of the demos I made and they liked them and that sort of inspired to write four more and I just kept repeating that all of last year until we had fifteen or sixteen songs that we could realistically consider for a new album.
It’s been awhile since the last full length. What was it that made you finally come together and get ‘Leave a Light On’ together?
Once Steve, Bobby and Troy really started to sink their teeth into the songs and we started rehearsing them, I knew we had something. We weren’t even sure that we wanted to make another full-length album just because these days, I have no idea whether people want to hear new 7 Seconds songs. But the rehearsals were going really well and when Craig at Rise hit us up to make a record, it all just rolled forward from there.
What was the inspiration behind the song ‘Slogan on a Shirt’?
Empty messages used to make a buck. I’ve also seen pop stars and celebrities with PMA shirts and hats and meanwhile, they’re getting arrested for DUI’s and statutory rape. I’m all for carrying around the concept of PMA and I admire anyone who works at making the world just a little nicer and better but seeing assholes wearing PMA shirts and then going out and beating on people or whatever is just a fucking joke.
KEVIN AT BLACK AND BLUE BOWL | PHOTO: JAMMI SLOAN YORK
The band is gearing up to go on a large U.S. tour to promote the album. What do you still look forward to prior to going on a huge tour like this one?
Getting out of my comfort zone. The sweat and workout each night. And of course, rocking with my boys like I have for the last 34 years. We still really enjoy playing onstage together and now that we have a new album out and haven’t really done any extensive touring in the last 8-9 years, we have a hunger amongst us again. Maybe even something to prove to other people.
This is a random one… Have you ever heard the Society Ills 7”? The one where Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Dez Cadena and Dave Markey cover the 1st 7 Seconds 7” in its entirety? Any thoughts on it?
It was silly but fun. I have no idea if they were taking the piss or just really loved our first 7 inches but I think it’s cool, anyway.
In the past few years, there’s a renewed interest in the Hardcore scene in the early 80’s; both by people who were there and kids too young to witness it. How do you feel about this?
Honestly, I don’t pay that much attention to what people are interested in these days, early hardcore or otherwise. I talk with a lot of people when I’m on the road and I read shit on the Internet but I think I’m just old enough now to not have any real direct or meaningful connection with the hardcore scene these days. Let the youngsters figure it out. If it’s good and legit and honorable, people will gravitate towards it, myself included. If not, it’s just more crappy soulless music to ignore.
PHOTO: JAMMI SLOANE YORK
Would you have ever thought 7 Seconds would still be going after all this time?
I never imagined we’d last five years let alone almost thirty-five. I suppose back when I was 21 or 22, I didn’t think that bands were supposed to stick around for long periods. That was something the Rolling Stones or the Grateful Dead did; not hardcore bands. I’m glad we did stick it out though.
I think we make great fast punk rock music and we still have some interesting opinions worth sharing. I don’t think the majority of kids buying into rebellious sub-culture knows or cares about who we are but there will always be people into what we do. We’ll just keep playing for us and them.
What do you think it is about the band that still resonates with people? Both the people who have followed you the whole time as well as kids who weren’t even born in 1981?
Do people born after ’81 like us? I don’t know. There’s melody and catchy choruses and a nice mixture of tough and thoughtful. What’s not to like? How can that not resonate?
ALONE IN A CROWD PRE-ORDERS
May 13th, 2014 by Larry
Atomic Action! has announced they are now taking pre-orders for their Alone In A Crowd reissue 7″. From the original recording from the 1989 release on Flux Records, remastered at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket RI for the upcoming 25th anniversary release due out June 2014.
25 Year Re-issue from this NYC classic.
Members of Side By Side, Raw Deal, Uppercut & Judge.
Limited Edition Vinyl
300-Yellow (RevHQ.com only)
Includes immediate download of 5-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
Shipping out on or around June 10 2014.
LL COOL J / SIDE BY SIDE
April 28th, 2014 by Larry
LL COOL J “RADIO” LP – DEF JAM RECORDINGS 1985
SIDE BY SIDE “YOU’RE ONLY YOUNG ONCE…” 7″ – Revelation Records 1988
The graphical influence of the back cover of LL Cool J’s first album on the Side By Side 7″.
LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG WAS JUST A FAD
April 1st, 2014 by Tim
YOUTH OF TODAY AT THE RAT, BOSTON, 1986 | PHOTO: BRUCE RHODES
In 1986, when I was first discovering punk and hardcore, I got my hands on a cassette of Youth Of Today’s -“Break Down The Walls”. As a 12 year old kid, up until that point, everything punk to me seemed to be about chaos, anarchy, violence, destroying the government, getting wasted, self destruction, looking as outlandish as you possibly could, etc., none of which appealed to me much. Sure I liked the music, but I couldn’t really gel all that much with the message and the image. When that tape of “Break Down The Walls” crossed my path, I suddenly found something that I identified with. The message was positive, rational, inspiring and simply made sense in every way. I remember looking at the cover photo and the lyric sheet photos and thinking to myself, unlike a lot of the bands that I liked at the time, “these guys don’t look like freaks”. Not that I was a jock at all in 1986/1987, quite the contrary actually, I was 100% skateboarder, but Youth Of Today’s image seemed like a legit light in the dark at that time, an image I could see in myself, they were almost the outcast’s of the outcasts. Still to this day, I look at them as the perfect hardcore band, the band that changed and defined my life and millions of others, whether they realize it or not. Say what you want about them, but you can’t deny the massive impact they’ve left on the hardcore scene and people in general.
And by the way, if you’re Straight Edge, vegetarian, like any of the bands on Revelations Records or pretty much any Straight Edge Hardcore band of the late 80’s, chances are that you’ve been affected by Youth Of Today’s influence. I honestly don’t think people understand just how massive of an impression this band left. When Youth Of Today came through the bigger cities in America, most of those scenes were never the same. Youth Of Today weren’t just another hardcore band or just another Straight Edge band, they’re impact was next level and chances are, a lot of the bands you like, would have never existed without Youth Of Today.
“And this flame will keep on burning strong” – Tim DCXX
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.