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
YOUTH OF TODAY AT THE RAT, BOSTON, 1986 | PHOTO: BRUCE RHODES

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.

BL’AST! – “THE EXPRESSION OF POWER”
February 17th, 2014 by Tim

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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.

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BL’AST! Live:
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
04. E.I.B.
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
13. Nightmare

Track Sessions
14. Time To Think
15. Surf & Destroy
16. Fuckin’ With My Head
17. E.I.B.
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
25. Nightmare

PRAISE DEBUTS NEW SONG
January 22nd, 2014 by Larry

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Having made a name for themselves over the last few years as one of hardcore’s most honest and sincere bands, PRAISE now prepares to deliver one of the most anticipated records of the year. “Lights Went Out” builds upon the foundation of the band’s two previous EPs (“Growing. Changing. Healing.” and “Two Songs”) and exceeds the standards set with their earlier work. Strong references to the evolving mid-80′s Dischord Records catalog (Minor Threat, Embrace, Dag Nasty) meld effortlessly with the urgency of melodic straightedge bands like Verbal Assault and Turning Point in a way that only PRAISE can. Recorded with Will Yip (Title Fight, Blacklisted) Lights Went Out sounds… well, perfect; the product of years of painstaking development and evolution, crafted with precision and care, fine tuned to the highest standards, and delivered with confidence. Lyrically, Andy Norton offers himself to you unprotected by pretense and unfiltered by ego and confronts his insecurities with an honesty and vulnerability that few people can. This is the kind of record that helps others by sharing the burden. Reach deep.

Pre-orders will kick off on Tuesday, February 4th at shop.react-records.com

SLAPSHOT DEBUTS NEW MATERIAL
January 20th, 2014 by Ed

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Check out Slapshot’s brand new “Everything Wants To Kill You” Australian Tour 7″. These tracks have been recorded for the band’s first ever Australian tour.

DISCHORD TO RELEASE ORIGINAL S.O.A. DEMO
January 20th, 2014 by Larry

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This single collects the eight songs that S.O.A. recorded with Skip Groff at Inner Ear Studio in December of 1980 during their first-ever recording session. Two of the songs (“Disease” and “Stepping Stone Party”) were originally released on the Flex Your Head sampler and “Gonna Have to Fight” was included on the band’s No Policy EP. The rest are unreleased versions. This single will be released in March of 2014.

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REVELATION RECORDS ADS
January 8th, 2014 by Larry

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ALONE IN A CROWD 25TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE
January 7th, 2014 by Larry

From the original recording, from the 1989 release on Flux Records, Atomic Action will be remastering the songs for the upcoming 25th anniversary release, due out in March 2014. T-shirts out now.

BREAKDOWN “RUNNING SCARED” LP AVAILABLE FROM PAINKILLER RECORDS
December 17th, 2013 by Larry

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PKR-049: BREAKDOWN- Runnin’ Scared LP (split release with 540 Records)

Painkiller and 540 Records present one of the most important and, yep, best, New York Hardcore recordings on vinyl for the first time EVER, with Runnin’ Scared, the second demo in Breakdown’s Both Demos set. This is music to wear a Mr. Peanut t-shirt to, to lace up your Spot-Bilt sneakers and stagedive into a pile of Daisy Dukes and Village Voice back-issues. On this 540 and Painkiller split release you will find: The Runnin’ Scared demo, from 1988, recorded in The Loft studios in Bronxville, near the parkway, and previously unreleased versions of All I Ask and Hold Me Back — the latter basically a new Breakdown song that you can’t get anywhere else except for this thing — and their second WNYU session from 1989. The demo is as good as any hardcore record ever, and the band is as good as any band. It’s on vinyl now, finally, so buy this thing, put on a ringer tee, spill spaghetti sauce on it and start spreading the credit around.

18 tracks total. Includes a 12″x24″ poster insert with rare photos and flyers as well as new liner notes by Jeff Perlin himself. First pressing of 1,000 black vinyl.

ORDER HERE.

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