BOLD AT SAINT VITUS, BROOKLYN NY
June 29th, 2014 by Tim
SHOW MEMORIES WITH KEVIN SECONDS
June 26th, 2014 by Tim
Sparks, Nevada. In 1984, I rented a space with a big roll-up door for $300 a month. I told the landlord that I needed it for screen-printing. I lied. There wasn’t even any running water but he rented the space to me any way.
I decided to call it The Crib. I don’t remember why.
In the short amount of time I had the space,I did about 10 shows and a shitload of punk rock parties. I miss being able to rent out spots like this, relatively cheaply.
At the time, this was the biggest punk rock show to happen in Reno. Definitely one of the biggest shows Positive Force ever did. It was an amazing gig. I almost went to jail that night because I booked it without a dance permit.
1983. I have very vague memories of this gig. I believe it was our first ever Santa Cruz show. Actually, scratch that. We played a party gig there the year before. Double Cross were our buddies from Grass Valley. A great, young HC band. Tales Of Terror and Verbal Abuse need no introduction.
1983. Boise, Idaho. A legendary show that almost didn’t happen. World-renowned punk rock artist Pushead – living in Boise at the time – called and asked us to come open for The Misfits and Poison Idea and we jumped at the chance to. Unfortunately, The Misfits canceled a week or so before the show. Pushead asked us if we still wanted to come play and we said yes. We brought our fellow Skeeno hardcore buddies Jackshit up with us and I’m glad we did because it was one of the funnest shows we had done, up to that point.
Fucked up part of the story. On the way back to Reno, Steve Youth’s Rickenbacker bass – which, along with a bunch of other stuff, was strapped to the roof of one of the cars we drove up in – feel off somewhere between Boise and Reno. We drove almost 200 miles back towards Boise to find it before turning back, no Rick and our tails between our legs. So sad.
1983. Reno, Nevada. Reno was fortunate to have Minor Threat come through town not once but twice in their short life. Ian and the boys were always extremely gracious and support of me, 7Secs and the Reno punk/hardcore community.
This show was a rager and featured 2 of the best hardcore bands Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe had to offer – Jackshit and Urban Assault.
DEDICATED TO THE EMOTION
June 23rd, 2014 by Tim
This photo was taken by Thrasher/Transworld staff and Chain of Strength back cover photographer, Chris Ortiz. It was an extremely bustable pool in Pomona named the Egg Bowl. It was the last run of the session and, as you can see, it was very dark.
This session featured, among others, Micke Alba, Steve Alba, Chris Robison and if I remember correctly, Alan Losi. I sat out most of the session for obvious reasons (I could not hang with them) but when the last of that crew was out, I got in and took one last run. Mr. Ortiz shot this and I am glad he did.
Chris Miller board, Independent 169s and Bullet 66s.
KEVIN SECONDS PART IV – THE FINAL ENTRY
June 20th, 2014 by Tony
You recorded the ‘Walk Together, Rock Together’ 12” on the ’84 tour with Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studios. Any memories of that recording? What motivated the writing of the title track?
Our experience with Ian and Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios was pretty incredible. Ian seemed to get what we were going for. It was funny because he was our age and yet seemed to have his shit really together, unlike us (haha). He really knew his way around the studio and he and Don had a great rapport and made it a really fun experience.
A year or so later, you started to write the material for the ‘New Wind’; kind of the ultimate ‘departure’ record. What was the motivation?
I’ve said this many times but I just don’t recall us ever having some focused idea or us being so driven by a particular idea that we looked at doing different things musically as some sort of way to gain a wider audience. We just wanted to feel like we could control our own creative destiny and at the same time, we had all this activism running through our veins that we wanted to maintain.
Was there backlash from anyone in regards to the ‘new sound’
INTERVIEW WITH RICHIE BIRKENHEAD
June 19th, 2014 by Larry
From Shed My Skin TV.
TURNING POINT AND CHAIN OF STRENGTH – LIVE AT THE BBQ IGUANA – WASHINGTON DC, 1989
June 19th, 2014 by Ed
SURF PUNKS WE’RE NOT – SKATEBOARDS WE DO
June 17th, 2014 by Tim
CHAIN OF STRENGTH – “IMPACT / JUST HOW MUCH?”
June 16th, 2014 by Larry
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LANCE MOUNTAIN
June 13th, 2014 by Larry
June 13th is Lance Mountain’s 50th birthday. Throughout all the eras of skateboarding no one has brought the fun, creativity and progression quite like Lance Mountain. Happy birthday Lance! Here’s to 50 more!
10 QUESTIONS WITH ARMAND MAJIDI
June 12th, 2014 by Larry
While shooting “The Journeyman” segment for the The New York Hardcore Chronicles film, Drew Stone managed to slip in 10 quick questions with Armand “The Machine” Majidi (Sick Of It All, Rest In Pieces, Straight Ahead).