GORILLA BISCUITS LIVE AT THE HOUSE OF VANS
July 11th, 2014 by Larry

Gorilla Biscuits
New Direction
Live at the House Of Vans
Brooklyn, NY
July 10, 2014
Video by: Jammi York

HAVING MY SAY
July 8th, 2014 by Tim
BOLD SING ALONG AT THE ANTHRAX WITH RAY CAPPO (XXX SHAVED IN BACK OF HEAD), ALEX BROWN, LUKIE LUKE, WALTER AND THE REST OF THE CT CROWD | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

BOLD SING ALONG AT THE ANTHRAX WITH RAY CAPPO (XXX SHAVED IN BACK OF HEAD), ALEX BROWN, LUKIE LUKE, WALTER AND THE REST OF THE CT CROWD | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

CHAIN OF STRENGTH – FULL SET FROM HAVERHILL, MA
July 2nd, 2014 by Larry

Chain of Strength
June 18, 2014
Anchors Up
Haverhill, MA

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – TARQINIUS SUPERBUS
July 1st, 2014 by Tim

INFEST AT THE WICK – BROOKLYN, NY JUNE 28TH, 2014
June 29th, 2014 by Ed

BOLD AT SAINT VITUS, BROOKLYN NY
June 29th, 2014 by Tim

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SHOW MEMORIES WITH KEVIN SECONDS
June 26th, 2014 by Tim

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
JON ROA SLASHES THE EGG BOWL IN 1987 | PHOTO: CHRIS ORTIZ

JON ROA SLASHES THE EGG BOWL IN 1987 | PHOTO: CHRIS ORTIZ

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.
-ROA

KEVIN SECONDS PART IV – THE FINAL ENTRY
June 20th, 2014 by Tony
7 SECONDS AT THE INFAMOUS ABE'S STEAKHOUSE GIG IN PHILLY '84| PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

7 SECONDS AT THE INFAMOUS ABE’S STEAKHOUSE GIG IN PHILLY ’84 | PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

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?
The writing was going on during the tour. I was way into keeping a journal back in those days – still am but just not as consistently – and I was always jotting down thoughts and lyrical ideas. The song ‘Walk Together, Rock Together’ was loosely inspired by a really fucked up incident that happened at a show in Green Bay on the tour. Or I should say, it happened at what would have been a show in Green Bay. Some local metal heads decided that punk rockers were an easy target and came to the venue – a pizza joint – to bust heads. A small riot ensued and the show was shut down before we got a chance to play. But it struck me how insane and stupid it was that young rocker kids, who were basically fuck-ups and misfits, looked at young punk kids, who were fuck-ups and misfits, as some sort of threat or enemy. In my mind, it just didn’t add up so I used that particular incident as the basis for the song.

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.

7 SECONDS IN THE FALL OF 1985 AT THE C.E. CENTER IN PHILLY| PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

7 SECONDS IN THE FALL OF 1985 AT THE C.E. CENTER IN PHILLY| PHOTO: MARK PINGATORE

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’m not sure that we saw it as a departure. We weren’t attempting to bail on hardcore or punk rock. We just got caught up on our many influences and were pretty shell-shocked by the amount of violence we were seeing at punk rock and hardcore shows, especially in Southern California. I had written a lot of the New Wind material at home and had pondered starting a whole new side project that would be more of a melodic, mid-tempo type of thing but I played the songs for the guys and they seemed to love them and we decided to record them as 7 Seconds. It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, after the success and popularity of both The Crew and Walk Together, Rock Together but we weren’t thinking about being smart at the time (haha).

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’
Absolutely, there was. No one took the amount of shit from the hardcore scene as we did. People were pissed, sending us death threats. I remember several shows where kids would stand up front and were just visibly bawling their eyes out, they were so disappointed and disenchanted by us. It was really frustrating and depressing and it did get under our skin. Ultimately though, it helped us grow a thicker skin.

7 SECONDS AT THE DISCHORD HOUSE AND ON THE ROAD DURING THE 1985 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | PHOTOS: GALEN YOUNG

7 SECONDS AT THE DISCHORD HOUSE AND ON THE ROAD DURING THE 1985 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR | PHOTOS: GALEN YOUNG

INTERVIEW WITH RICHIE BIRKENHEAD
June 19th, 2014 by Larry

From Shed My Skin TV.