YOUTH OF TODAY 04.28.16 SO36, BERLIN (FULL SET)
May 2nd, 2016 by Ed
UNIFORM CHOICE – “SCREAMING FOR CHANGE” ORIGINAL REELS AND TRACKING SHEET
April 11th, 2016 by Tim
JOHN COYLE – OUTSPOKEN PART II
March 22nd, 2016 by Tim
What were your first music projects/bands?
My first real band was Back To Back with my brother Walt, Regis, and Derrick. We played a bunch of house parties and did an awesome trip to Arizona to play with Youth Under Control. Chris Lohman used to have shows in his garage after school. They were awesome. And I must say we received a ton of support from the older bands. They snuck us on a bill with Youth Of Today at Fenders. Dan O’Mahony did our t-shirt design. Dan was the guy in Huntington Beach everyone looked up to.
When Back To Back broke up we hooked up with Jeff Boetto who recently left or was kicked out of Half-Off. Half Off were awesome. Boetto does not get the credit he deserves, that dude was solid and in my book an important member of the So-Cal scene back then. He was a little different but the guy was the best. Jeff, Walt and I started Straight Arm. Jeff literally sat me down, turned me on to a million bands and taught me how to write songs. He was in No For An Answer for a short time as well. After Straight Arm we started Stand Alone and then I started Yuckmouth. Yuckmouth was a really fun band. People aren’t into it and that’s fine but we had a great time. That was back when we were really doing everything ourselves. I remember recording the Yuckmouth 7″ and Dennis telling me I couldn’t record a second guitar track because we couldn’t afford it. While doing Stand Alone I wanted to be in another hardcore band and so I got together with Randy Johnson, Scott Snowden and Jeff Carlyle and we started Pushed Aside. The idea was I was going to sing, Randy originally played bass. I wrote a bunch of songs and then they kicked me out and Randy became the singer.
What were stand out shows you saw in the mid/late 80s?
Cro-Mags right after Age Of Quarrel came out at Fenders. I was in front and it was ridiculous. All of us Orange County dudes idolized them. I can remember picking up the record at Zed Records. Zed’s was the place and Big Frank held it down. At some point everyone was talking about his new band that was the heaviest and most powerful band ever. Of course they were talking about BL’AST! The rumor back then was the song I Don’t Need II was written so Dubar would think they were straight edge and put out the record on Wishingwell. BL’AST! were phenomenal and still are. Every Uniform Choice show was great. Verbal Assault was definitely a favorite. One band that always impressed me was 7 Seconds. Fenders ballroom was full of gangs. There were stabbings, a shooting, people would get dragged into the bathroom and just destroyed. It was the LADS, Skinheads, Suicidals, every horror story you hear about the place was true. When 7 Seconds hit the stage during their entire set it seemed like everyone was arm in arm singing along. Kevin was the pied piper of hardcore, he brought everyone together, really impressive. I don’t recall anything ever happening during one of their sets.
There was a show in LA right in the middle of the Blood and Crip era. It was Excel and Half Off and the show was in a city park that was the middle ground between the two gangs and they were always fighting over who owned it. We were escorted from our car to the parks rec center by gang members with guns strapped to their backs. They were really nice but told us to leave before it got dark. I think about the situations we put ourselves through to go see shows then and it is just crazy. And yes Excel killed it.
And then Youth Of Today came to town. Up to that point there was maybe a few straight edge guys going to shows, but mostly punks. The first time I saw Youth Of Today at Fenders it was 90% punks but by the time they came back the second time a year or so later Fenders was 120% full of straight edge kids in cut off sweat pants and basketball shoes. YOT along with others changed everything. But I can clearly see their show as the moment the scene here changed. I may be wrong but that’s how I remember it. I was really into the Underdog seven inch. It was my favorite record for a long time. And I remember being star struck when Richie came down with Youth Of Today. They were really cool and brought a ton of clothing over to my parents house so we could screen the Back To Back logo all over them. If you watch the Fenders footage from the early show I am running around with a red flannel with the sleeves cut off and the smirking face Underdog logo drawn on the back. During YOT’s second was one of the best shows ever – it was in Vadim from Half-Off’s garage. It was Uniform Choice, Youth Of Today, Half Off and Visual Discrimination(I think). There were about 30 people there, maybe, packed into this tiny garage. I saw a video of it one time on YouTube but have never been able to find it again.
I used to have a video of the Youth Of Today show at Fenders when Civ was the roadie. I was talking with Civ and he was telling me he just started a band called Gorilla Biscuits and I told him that is the worst band name ever. Good times. I loaned out the video and never got it back. What I wouldn’t do to see that again.
Who were your favorite touring bands that came through?
7 Seconds, Verbal Assault, Youth Of Today… and Bad Brains who were one of the best ever. Cro-Mags, Dag Nasty. I remember Agnostic Front rolled through and played a VFW hall in San Bernardino. They were the coolest guys. I was goofing around with their roadie that had ‘New York Streets’ tattooed on his arms and he was explaining all of his tattoos to me. I think I was about 15. We were really lucky because we had such a strong local scene with great bands that even when the touring bands weren’t coming through we still had amazing shows.
Run us through the origins of Outspoken?
Dennis and I came up with an idea to start a band that would release demos but no one would know who they were and we could have songs about issues in the scene that really bothered us. We started a band and called it Spotlight. My dad owned a machine shop where Yuckmouth used to practice and the other dudes in Yuckmouth were not into me being in another band. So I would have a two hour Yuckmouth practice and then we would pack up and leave and I would drive around the block and go back to the shop and meet Dennis and we would play until he couldn’t hold his sticks. We would literally play for hours until 2 am, he would get these huge blisters and bleed all over his drums. Those are some of the best times in my life just writing songs and talking about music with D. At some point Hartsfield called me and said “let’s start a band…you sing, I’ll play guitar and my friend Dan will play bass.” I remember getting off the phone, calling Dennis and saying “let’s make Spotlight a real band.” He was against it at first but then came around. Dennis and I had recorded a Spotlight Demo that later became the basis for the songs on the Outspoken Demo. We re-recorded them with Mike and Dan. Then we toured in a Ford Escort and the rest is history…
THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES – 10 QUESTIONS WITH RAY CAPPO
March 20th, 2016 by Tim
GORILLA BISCUITS VARSITY JACKET
March 18th, 2016 by Tim
Been going back and forth with Brian over at Super 7 for the past couple days and we’re happy to help get the word out on these Gorilla Biscuits varsity jackets that are available for pre-order now. Pretty classic looking jacket, here’s more info…
These jackets are custom handmade by Golden Bear Sportswear in San Francisco! Golden Bear was founded in the City By The Bay in the 1920’s and began making their iconic varsity jackets in the 1950’s. Golden Bear only makes custom jackets ONCE A YEAR and for 2016 Gorilla Biscuits gets their turn.
Cotton Varsity – $295.00
Features a large embroidered Gorilla Head on the front, embroidered “87” on the left sleeve and large embroidered “Gorilla Biscuits” lettering on the back (the chenille patches are too heavy for this cotton jacket so direct embroidery is used instead). A contemporary fit banded collar cotton barracuda jacket. Scalloped back, knit cuff, waistband and collar trim. Handmade in San Francisco, USA. Available in Sizes S-XXL and in two color combinations: Navy body with grey sleeves or red body with black sleeves.
Check out Super7Store.com for ordering information
For reference a standard varsity jacket with no embellishments from Golden Bear is $495.00: GoldenBearSportsWear.com
MOUTHPIECE LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA, 03.04.2016
March 14th, 2016 by Tim
I try to make it a point to not post too much on DCXX about my own personal bands, but every once in awhile I’ll make an exception. Last weekend’s show at the Underground Arts in Philadelphia was a special one. Having American Nightmare and Burn invite us to join them was quite an honor. It was also an honor to play with such great, up and coming bands like Freedom, Red Death and Free. Huge thanks goes out to Joe Hardcore and everything he does, not just for the Philadelphia hardcore scene, but the entire east coast hardcore scene. This guy really knows how to do things right for both the bands and the fans and it’s all very much appreciated. Having done this band for 26 years, on and off, I do not take for granted these opportunities to do what I love. I really thank each and everyone of you that have supported, come up front, watched from the back, sang along, bought a record, bought a t shirt, did a stage dive and gave this band any ounce of respect. Like I said, March 5, 2016 was a special night, I’m glad this video exists to document it. What it means, what it meant, nothing’s changed in me. – Tim DCXX
JUDGE LIVE AT VOLTAGE LOUNGE, PHILADELPHIA PA, 2/19/2016
February 24th, 2016 by Tim
CHARLIE GARRIGA INTERVIEW: PART 1
February 11th, 2016 by Larry
I’ve been working on this interview with Charlie for awhile now and I am happy to finally be able to present part one to you. Lots more to come! – Larry
Where exactly did you grow up and what music led you towards punk and hardcore? What early records had an impact on you and when did you first hear them?
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. My father was from East Cleveland and my mother came over as a nanny from England in the 1960s. My mom had a great record collection. All the Beatles records, Rolling Stones and other cool 60s and 70s records. My dad also had a pretty bad ass eight track tape collection. Some of my earliest memories were putting records on the record player. I remember going to visit my family in England when I was pretty young, maybe 10 years old and my cousin was a Mod. I remember her talking about how much she wanted a Vespa. I thought she was so cool. She turned me onto The Clash, The Jam and Public Image to name a few. She gave me a 7″ that had This Is Not A Love Song on one side and Public Image on the other side. I wish I still had that. I remember when we went to Piccadilly Circus and saw the punks hanging out and I thought they were cool. They yelled at you if you tried to take their picture. You had to give them a few pounds and pents and they still told you to piss off. It was great.
Right around that time MTV started and my sister and I got into Adam And The Ants and the other bands that we thought looked punk. So pretty much through the 1980s I was into new wave and The Clash. I was also into Hip Hop from its early stages. I had Kurtis Blow “The Breaks” on a 45 and got really into RUN DMC and LL Cool J. Of course I used to break dance with friends in my neighborhood but I was also into Van Halen. We had the first album on eight track and I listened to it all the time. I was really into everything.
Once I got into high school in 1985 I really was leaning towards alternative and punk music. I was into BMX racing and eventually got way more into skateboarding. I think that opened me up to what would eventually be hardcore music. I remember skating with the older guys and hearing Black Flag, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks and Suicidal Tendencies… I think that’s when I started considering myself punk. I went to an all boys catholic high school that was about a 45 minute bus ride there and back every day. I became friends with a kid named George Milton and he really got me more into punk music. He had a lot of vinyl. I remember listening to the Germs and seeing that first Suicidal album. I thought it was so crazy and cool. He was also friends with these older dudes that had a band called Civilian Terrorists. I heard their demo tape and they were awesome. I couldn’t believe George was friends with them. I am pretty sure they were one of the first shows I went to. I cant remember if was at The Cleveland Underground or a place called JBs in Kent Ohio. Either way I was really young and pretty scared when I saw the people hanging out and slam dancing but I couldn’t wait to do it again. I met the guys in Civilian Terrorists and saw them open for Suicidal Tendencies at the Variety Theater. I had my home made Suicidal white button down like the ones I saw on the sleeve of the album. It was mind blowing to see them play those songs and it sounded just like the record. That’s one of my earliest show memories.
I also saw Agnostic Front and Negative Approach play a Knights Of Columbus Hall in ’85-’86. There was bunch of skinheads and really punk people. There was probably 40 people there but it seemed so crazy and Agnostic Front was just scary to a 80 pound skate rat like myself. Haha. That was terrifying but once again I was drawn to it. After that I would pretty much go to every show I could. I would have to get a ride and pitch in for gas but where there was a will there was a way. Going to JBs in Kent was always a risk because it was far and the shows weren’t all ages so sometimes they were strict and you wouldn’t get in so we would just skate outside and listen to the bands.
When did you start playing guitar and what were your early influences?
I don’t remember really asking for a guitar. My dad had an old acoustic and we had a piano in my house but one year my parents got this cheap ass guitar and a cable that plugged into our stereo. The cool thing was I could play the eight track tapes on the stereo and play the guitar along with them. It sounded like shit but it was fun. I had a friend down the street that would tune the guitar and taught me a basic bar chord. I would sit in my basement and try to play along with Van Halen. That wasn’t good but I would play along to the first Cars album and that started to sound good because it was basic rock n roll. My buddy George had a guitar and an amp that sounded great because he had a distortion pedal so he would figure out some songs and show me how to play them. To this day I can’t read music. I never learned. I have always played by ear. I never took a proper guitar lesson. Early on I figured I wanted to play what I wanted to play and didn’t want to waste time learning Stairway To Heaven. Subliminal by Suicidal Tendencies was one of the first songs I remember being excited about playing. I could also could rip Just What I Needed by The Cars. Haha.
What was the hardcore punk scene like where you lived and what were some of your early encounters?
One day my buddy George got a hold of the Cro-Mags demo from Jim, the singer of Civilian Terrorists. He was like you have to come over and listen to this band. So I did. Annnnd. Wow. Mind was blown. He said they were going to open for G.B.H. at Peabodys Down Under. I can’t even tell you how many amazing shows I saw at Peabody’s. Honestly too many to name. Also I loved G.B.H. so I was psyched for the show. Let’s just say I felt bad for G.B.H. having to follow the hardcore onslaught that the Cro-Mags brought that night. Anyone that was there will tell you the same. They were on fire. So they became one of my favorite bands right then and there.
TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO – COMING SOON
Be sure to see Charlie playing with the almighty JUDGE this month…
February 18 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Waiting Room
SMORGASBORD 30TH ANNIVERSARY
February 3rd, 2016 by Tim
THE NEW YORK HARDCORE CHRONICLES WITH PORCELL
January 22nd, 2016 by Tim