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: email@example.com.
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.
THERE WILL BE QUIET: THE STORY OF JUDGE – TRAILER
March 9th, 2015 by Larry
In 1991, at the height of its popularity, the New York hardcore band Judge broke up, leaving a long and storied career of incredible music and hyper-violent gigs for the history books. In the decades that followed, Judge’s meager output became hardcore punk 101 for much of the growing scene who built upon their metal-tinged riffs and attitude. While the legend grew, lead singer Mike Ferraro virtually disappeared, only to reemerge in 2013 at Webster Hall to headline one of the most respected hardcore punk festivals in the country, Black N’ Blue Bowl. Noisey caught up with the revered frontman during, before and after his triumphant return to the stage.
IVAN WHITE – POWERHOUSE
February 25th, 2015 by Ed
Huge thanks to Burst Of Rage vocalist, Jack Doubt for the contribution of this interview with Powerhouse vocalist, Ivan White. – Tim DCXX
What got you into punk or hardcore?
We are live with Ivan White of Powerhouse, it is March 31st in Doughnut Plant of New York City
Can you tell me about your first hardcore show and some early south Florida punk or hardcore?
Fuck, that’s sick.
[Clerk calls Ivan’s order]
That’s my order, I’ll be right back.
Ooooh, what donut is that? It’s a square one.
Can you tell me about meeting Tim?
What inspired you to start Powerhouse?
Remember any favorite shows you played?
Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Powerhouse play a show with Up Front and Release? Isn’t that were the picture came from?
I always liked how he is smiling in this picture, you always see these pictures with people angry but he’s having a lot of fun.
You’ve seen it before?!
Was it crazy? One of the craziest shows?
Favorite hardcore shirt?
Just tossed it in the trash?
Back to this, favorite hardcore shirt?
[I show him my OG longsleeve]
You couldn’t choose just one shirt? Or is it just too hard?
Definitive hardcore releases?
Definitive non-hardcore releases?
Was there any other Powerhouse recordings besides the 7″ and the tape?
I like how you aren’t wearing shoes in that one.
You talked about the breakup, what caused it?
Remember any stories about playing with bands that came down from New York? Youth of Today, Judge; they all came down for a show at the Cameo Theater.
The Crew, Walk Together/Rock Together or New Wind?
Can’t Close My Eyes, Break Down The Walls or We’re Not In This Alone?
Do you have a personal favorite from the Powerhouse 7″?
I didn’t even think you guys were a Straight Edge band, just a hard posi band.
Thank you for your time, people I encourage you to listen to the Powerhouse 7″, New Age Records #3, if you haven’t heard it. Thank you Ivan.