CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – TARQINIUS SUPERBUS
July 1st, 2014 by Tim
PAUL HERTZ – CHAIN OF STRENGTH
June 9th, 2014 by Tim
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 non-hardcore/punk records of all time?
Best live show you have ever seen?
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?
Favorite recording you have ever played on?
NEW RECORDS FROM GIVE
June 6th, 2014 by Larry
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
KEVIN SECONDS – PART II
May 28th, 2014 by Tony
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?
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?
What was the inspiration behind the song ‘Slogan on a Shirt’?
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?
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?
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?
Would you have ever thought 7 Seconds would still be going after all this time?
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?
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.
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
The graphical influence of the back cover of LL Cool J’s first album on the Side By Side 7″.
7 SECONDS – I HAVE FAITH IN YOU
April 4th, 2014 by Tim
LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG WAS JUST A FAD
April 1st, 2014 by Tim
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:
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.
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.
The Expression Of Power Track Listing: