CHAIN OF STRENGTH AT RAINFEST
July 2nd, 2015 by Tim

In May, the DCXX Crew made the trek out to Seattle for the year’s Rain Fest. Among many of the weekend’s highlights, one that we were all looking forward to, was Chain’s set. As expected, they did not let us down. A wall of power and an energy that is unmistakably Chain was delivered at full throttle. Toss in a surprise cover of SSD’s – “Glue”, sung by Ron Brotherhood and Brotherhood’s – “Breaking The Ice”, sung by Undertow’s John Pettibone and we got one hell of a treat.

Aside from the crushing set, it’s always a good time seeing and hanging with the Chain Crew. These guys all have a deep rooted love of hardcore, that just bleeds out with nearly every conversation and only reinforces my respect and appreciation for the band. California has a lot of good eggs and these guys are right at the top. “What about those times we stayed up late to talk about everything we believed in, has that all changed man”?… no it really hasn’t. -Tim DCXX

PS: Big thanks to Sunny Singh over at Hate5Six.com for this video and all the other incredible video footage he archives.

CURTIS AND THE RAINFEST CROWD | PHOTO: KIABAD MEZA

CURTIS AND THE RAINFEST CROWD | PHOTO: KIABAD MEZA

CHAIN PILE ON MADNESS AT RAINFEST | PHOTO: KIABAD MEZA

CHAIN PILE ON MADNESS AT RAINFEST | PHOTO: KIABAD MEZA

GLENN DANZIG TALKS COVERS LP ‘SKELETONS’
June 25th, 2015 by Ed

THE ORAL HISTORY OF ‘THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION’
June 10th, 2015 by Tony
BLACK FLAG WITH RON REYES | PHOTO COURTESY OF SHOUT! FACTORY

BLACK FLAG BEING FILMED FOR ‘THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION’ | PHOTO COURTESY OF SHOUT! FACTORY

To celebrate the release of ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’ box set collection being released by Shout! Factory on June 30th, I am assembling a multi-part oral history on the initial film in the trilogy that was released in 1981. Please check out the fist installment over at Noisey.

Also, be sure to pre-order the box set from Shout! Factory. It is simply a mind blowing package complete with loads of extras and a booklet containing many unseen photos.Snag it here.

FOR PETE’S SAKE – DEEPER PRAISE
June 8th, 2015 by Tim

I’m always looking for opportunities to shed light on new and current bands that I feel deserve attention and For Pete’s Sake is definitely one of those bands. For Pete’s Sake is a crushing hardcore band out of Oslo, Norway consisting of members that have played in just about every prominent Straight Edge/Hardcore band in Oslo throughout the 1990’s. Bands like Gain, Onward, Rectify, Contention, Sportswear, Damage Control and The Team Spirit. For Pete’s Sake’s guitarist, Espen, had stints in both Hands Tied and Mouthpiece with me and Ed from Double Cross. In essence, For Pete’s Sake is the band Sportswear, with the addition of lead guitarist Øivind from the band The Team Spirit. Filling out the rest of For Pete’s Sake is: Peter – Vocals, Kim – Drums, Arne – Bass and the aforementioned, Espen and Øivind on guitar.

An LP was recorded at Welfare Studios in Gothenburg during the winter of 2014/2015 and For Pete’s Sake is currently looking for a label to release it. Here’s a few words from For Pete’s Sake vocalist, Peter Amdam:

I have written and recorded quite a chunk of music in my life and I have written and published huge amounts of words. But none of it can come close to what we have been doing with the For Pete’s Sake album. I can honestly tell you that I have never felt hardcore in a more intense, inconsolable, pulsatory and earth shattering way in my heart, soul and body. The songs and their contents are all of paramount urgency and intensity as they all come from extreme emotion, energy, anger, desperation, desolation, aspiration, faith, loyalty, sorrow, love and hopefulness. There are no words to express the gratitude felt through our hearts to everyone involved. As one of the songs says: SACRED FRIENDSHIP AND UNITY.

FOR PETE'S SAKE WITH SOME MAJOR CROWD PARTICIPATION | PHOTO COURTESY OF: FPS

FOR PETE’S SAKE WITH SOME MAJOR CROWD PARTICIPATION | PHOTO COURTESY OF: FPS

BURN LIVE AT CBGB, OCTOBER 1990
May 29th, 2015 by Ed

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

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MIKE WITH JUDGE AT RAIN FEST | PHOTO: FUTURE BREED

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PORCELL WITH JUDGE AT RAIN FEST | PHOTO: FUTURE BREED

JUDGE, GIJIS AND THE DCXX CREW POST JUDGE SET | PHOTO: KAREN FERRARO

JUDGE, GIJIS AND THE DCXX CREW POST JUDGE SET | PHOTO: KAREN FERRARO

BURN AT BNB BOWL, NYC 5/17/2015
May 27th, 2015 by Tim
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BURN AT BNB BOWL | ALL PHOTOS: ASHLEY GASPER

Here’s a collection of some great Burn photos from this year’s Black N Blue Bowl, all shot and contributed by Ashley Gasper.

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THE RETURN OF BURN AT BNB BOWL, 2015
May 18th, 2015 by Ed

Videos courtesy of Jamie York

THERE WILL BE QUIET: THE STORY OF JUDGE (PART 4)
April 29th, 2015 by Tim

THE GODFATHERS OF HARDCORE ON KICKSTARTER
April 27th, 2015 by Larry

Film and Music Video Director Ian McFarland (Rungs in a Ladder: Jacob Bannon, The Outlaw: Dan Hardy, The Problem Solver: Joe Lauzon, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory, Agnostic Front) is crafting an intimate portrait of the two industry leaders, two of the most respected individuals in the 35-year history of hardcore punk music. In addition to inspiring and nurturing multiple generations of bands that followed their lead, Miret and Stigma have remained close friends through great adversity that sometimes threatened their very existence.

As a part of a potent subculture, Agnostic Front probably will never sit beside Aerosmith and the Beatles in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Nor have they been showered with platinum records or the rock and roll riches reserved for acts that value popularity over integrity. Miret and Stigma are perfectly happy with the niche they’ve carved for themselves, and the effect they’ve had on an entire sub-genre that had infiltrated both the counter-culture and impacted the mainstream. A recent article in the New Yorker about hardcore music was named “United Blood,” after Agnostic Front’s first album. The band continues to play major slots on high-profile international festivals and their recently-released album, “The American Dream Died,” has earned the band some of its strongest reviews in years.

Agnostic Front’s past legacy is perhaps even more praiseworthy than their present accomplishments. The movement the band pioneered has had a profound effect on millions of fans and musicians, as well as skateboarders, bikers and other individualists who refuse to accept the status quo. In a landscape of increasing apathy and complacency, the messages Agnostic Front presents are as relevant today as they were in the ‘80s when the band members were impoverished, scrappy and ambitious, often fighting for their very survival as well as the perseverance of their volatile but highly inspirational band.

Back in the ‘80s, Miret and Stigma roamed the dangerous streets of NYC’s Lower East Side, fighting those who got in their way and laying down the gauntlet for the music they believed in and were willing to defend with their lives. At the time, they had no idea that the band that meant the world to them and the culture populated by runaways, street kids, punks, skinheads and other social misfits would also resonate with a generation of other music fans and musicians including Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, not to mention Cremaster’s Mathew Barney and electronic guru Moby. Roger Miret, 50 (vocalist), a Cuban-refugee from an abusive home and Vinnie Stigma, 59 (guitarist), a second-generation true-blue New York Italian, found each other on the rough streets of NYC in the early 1980s, becoming fast friends and developing an unbreakable bond. Together, over the next three decades, they became the “Godfathers of New York City Hardcore” – creating a vehicle through which three generations of fans could grow, scream and band together as one in the face of diversity, violence and discrimination. Through the strength and bonds of brotherhood, Roger and Vinnie birthed something larger than themselves – they birthed a revolution.

Along the way, they experienced some of the most harrowing blows a band can endure, including various line-up changes, Roger’s incarceration and the subsequent collapse of the band. After Roger was released in the late 1990’s from New York’s Wallkill Correctional Facility, Roger and Vinnie reunited, picking up right where they left off. Still touring and recording today, Agnostic Front is the very embodiment of hardcore: endurance, perseverance, brotherhood, strength against oppression and the will to keep going, obstacles be damned. Agnostic Front exists on a level all their own . . . a level of their own creation.

Today Roger and Vinnie are moving into their 50’s and 60’s, have jobs and families and are gearing up to begin a new touring schedule that will take them all over the world. This film will serve as an up-close-and-personal look into the lives of these different but inseperable musical icons, and in the process will illustrate the tenacity, optimism and enthusiasm with which they both approach their band. Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma have survived in an ever-changing music scene because they refuse to compromise. From day one, they took on the system with fists clenched, and while they’ve aged over the decades, they’ve maintained the power and youthful – if not as destructive – mindset they had in their youth. At the end of the day, they remain wholly united in blood.

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