WALK TALL, WALK STRAIGHT
July 6th, 2015 by Tim
JUDGE LIVE AT RAIN FEST, SEATTLE WA. – 5/24/2015
May 27th, 2015 by Tim
The DCXX crew took a trip to Seattle for this year’s Rain Fest and a great time was had by all. Here’s a video shot by Mike Medina of Judge’s set, which was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend. Mike Medina missed a chunk of Judge’s opening song, “Fed Up”, but the rest is here in all it’s glory. My apologies to Mike Judge for the swift kick to the back of his head during “New York Crew”. Mike told me after the set that he hadn’t taken a hit like that since the A7 days. Once again, sorry Mike! Also included here are a few great shots courtesy of Future Breed. -Tim DCXX
THERE WILL BE QUIET: THE STORY OF JUDGE (PART 4)
April 29th, 2015 by Tim
UNDER THE INFLUENCE: NEW YORK HARDCORE
April 24th, 2015 by Larry
In the first episode of their series Under the Influence, Noisey goes from the streets of the Lower East Side all the way to South Korea to examine one of the most distinctive genres to sprout from the concrete of New York City: hardcore. Along the way, we’ll meet with everyone from tattoo shop owners to chefs to government workers—all of whom have been inspired by the teachings at musical meccas like CBGB and A7 and found ways to apply the lessons learned from the scene to their own lives. Join us—as well as members of Agnostic Front, Title Fight, Youth of Today, Incendiary, and more—as they explore a world living under the influence of New York Hardcore.
THERE WILL BE QUIET: THE STORY OF JUDGE (PART 3)
April 22nd, 2015 by Tim
THERE WILL BE QUIET: THE STORY OF JUDGE (PART 2)
April 15th, 2015 by Ed
THERE WILL BE QUIET: THE STORY OF JUDGE (PART 1)
April 8th, 2015 by Ed
In the first of Noisey’s multi-part series There Will Be Quiet: The Story of Judge, Noisey talks with mythical NYHC vocalist Mike Ferraro, better known as Mike Judge. Ferraro recounts his early days and unforgiving upbringing, his road toward straight-edge, and how an introverted kid found his way to punk rock.
REVELATION SET TO REISSUE WARZONE MATERIAL
April 8th, 2015 by Larry
This week Revelation Records had some big news: With the help of the members of the early lineups of Warzone, along with members of Raybeez’ family, Revelation is reissuing some long-out-of-print material, along with extensive liner notes and unreleased photographs and more. Expect more updates soon! If you have any pictures, flyers or other artwork from the ’86-’88 era of Warzone, and would like to be a part of this amazing project, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH CREW ACROSS EUROPE 89
March 31st, 2015 by Tim
NYHC 1980 – 1990 THE RAW INTERVIEWS – RAY CAPPO PART IV
March 12th, 2015 by Tony
When Break down the Walls came out, we became a national band pretty quick. We did a tour around America and instead of getting a heroes’ welcome when we came home to New York, we found out there was envy. As much as I was upset about it, you come to realize that exists everywhere. In the corporate world, there’s always some new guy who is better at what the old guy there has been doing for years and it causes a rift.
We sold maybe six thousand record and toured America in a crappy van while constantly being broke. No one ever left New York pretty much, so maybe there was an issue with that. Whatever it was, that was the first time I felt a backlash. Straight Edge got so many people excited, that there was a natural backlash where people said ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to be Straight Edge’.
I didn’t grow up in the Straight Edge scene. If anything, we created that scene. But at a point, I could see where some people were coming from. The Straight Edge scene seemed kind of dumbed down. It bummed me out. Straight Edge created a bubble that was a scene within a scene that wasn’t really interested in anything that wasn’t Straight Edge. That made me sad because I loved the Buzzcocks, P.I.L and other things. It was sort of sad that newer kids who were just getting into Youth of Today or Uniform Choice didn’t care about anything else. They would buy any record that was Straight Edge by these bands like Wide Awake and Aware, but if some other punk band would put out a record, they would be like ‘They’re not Straight Edge, who cares?’ It narrowed their whole view of the Hardcore scope.
I always had this pull towards spirituality and a truth quest. I got a calling to be a vegetarian. I always want to improve what I can do in this world. I want to be very careful about what I put in my mouth and be concerned if it harms other beings. I made the public statement that I was a vegetarian and decided Youth of Today were going to preach that as a part of being Straight Edge. I remember telling Porcell that and he was like ‘Oh man! We’ve already stirred up so much stuff with Straight Edge, now we’re really going to piss people off!’ And it did!
After that, I read books about yogis and Buddhists and Christian mystics. I would get inspiration from them and write lyrics. Look at the lyrics of Youth of Today. They are influenced by words of literature. I got inspired by this literature. All the things about the material world that all these great yogis and mystics would write about, I felt like ‘I’m over that shit. I’m not greedy. I’m not envious. I’m not competitive. I know the material world is temporary’. But I was immersed in the success of this micro-world where it was all there. Greed, envy, lust, ignorance: it was all there. I thought I was above it, but I was immersed in it. My success had made me suffer even more. I was really burnt out on it and then I had my father die unexpectedly. That’s when I understood the temporality of the material world. In the Straight Edge scene, everybody was looking up to me and truthfully, I didn’t know what I was talking about. There were tenets of the Straight Edge thing like you should strive to be a better person and be forgiving and not kill animals. But, you know, my mom could tell you that! It’s not like I was some Dali Lama for saying something as simple as that. The Straight Edge scene became too much of this thing where kids just thought they were perfect. They didn’t realize it was a stepping stone to do greater things with your life. I felt that the Straight Edge scene was limiting itself. There was an arrogance in it that you find in religion or anything where you do something for your self-betterment. But instead of doing it for yourself, you do it to lord over other people. In the name of doing something better for yourself, you end up hating other people. It defeats the whole idea of self-betterment. This was what I was watching happen and it was super bumming me out.
I thought it was crazy. It got me to thinking ‘What do I want? Do I want to get ten times bigger in Hardcore? Will that make me happier?’ I wanted to know what would make me a happier person. I thought nothing would make me happy except for some sort of God quest. So, I quit music.
When I came up with the idea of Shelter I thought ‘How can I refine what I’m doing?’ I wanted to tweak the basic message I’ve had all along, but make it more spiritual.
The first Shelter record was supposed to me my final record ever. It was a project I did with Tom Capone from Beyond and Quicksand and some older guys I knew from Connecticut. They helped me record this music that I wrote and that was supposed to be my ‘Goodbye’ to Hardcore so I could go away and become a monk. Later, the more I studied Indian philosophy, I learned a big part of that philosophy is you don’t quit what you were born to do. You take what you do and do it in a spiritual way instead of the material way and that’s how Shelter was born as full-fledged band. It took me to give it up to get me to refine it.