10 Questions with guitarist, Gavin Van Vlack.
10 QUESTIONS WITH GAVIN VAN VLACK
September 19th, 2014 by Larry
10 Questions with guitarist, Gavin Van Vlack.
THIS IS HARDCORE 2013 LATEST LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT
May 20th, 2013 by Ed
I’m sure the copy quoted below was prepared before the addition of The Almighty JUDGE to the bill. It looks like Joe has put together another incredible weekend of Hardcore revelry. —Ed DCXX
Lets get excited about Sick Of It All finally playing TIH!!! Returning to TIH after a few years off is our friends in Ceremony. We will also have annual fan favorites Cold World and Wisdom In Chains keeping the PAHC scene on top at TIH. H20, Bane, Ringworm and Rival Mob can’t seem to say no TIH after the last 3 years have been great sets for those bands.
Defeater is making their TIH Debut while No Redeeming Social Value is performing a 25th anniversary set with the return of Mike Dixon, original part of the vocal duo. This is not a reunion but the band hasn’t performed with Mike since ’97. NYHC legends Absolution are set to show the new generation what the Old School has to offer. This year’s fest has plenty of other planned activities that will be disclosed in early June. In the meantime – get your tickets now. —TIHC Crew
February 24th, 2013 by Tim
I’ve been a fan of the music that both Matt Warnke and Andy Guida have been making for well over 25 years and The Mistaken is definitely no exception. Although it sounds nothing like either have done in the past, I can still clearly see their finger prints all over it.
Personally, when I hear The Mistaken, I hear dark, driving music that sounds like a mash up of late era Johnny Cash meets Joy Division, done by the guys that played on songs like “You’re The Friend I Don’t Need” and “Climbing Aboard”, in the not too distant past. Lyrically I find it all pretty fascinating, almost as if I’m taking a walk in their shoes and witnessing some deep, heavy, disturbing realities that most people choose to look away from and try to forget. The Mistaken clearly don’t forget though and they’re documenting every last bit of it.
Without further ado, check out what Matt and Andy have to say and and most importantly, check out The Mistaken. -Tim DCXX
First off, who makes up The Mistaken and when/how did this all come together?
We started working in earnest Spring/Summer of 2010, but weren’t getting much traction. The first song that we felt was worth expanding on was “Starry Hope”, which we began exactly two years ago…February 2011. Once we hit upon the right formula, we really gained momentum, and started laying down songs – basically once we started one, we wouldn’t move on until it was finished.
How would you describe the band both musically and in a general sense? The one word that comes to mind for me is “dark”.
Compared to your other bands (BOLD, Absolution, Altercation, etc.), how does The Mistaken fit into everything and what kind of goals/plans do you have for this band?
The Mistaken is the band I wish we could do full time. I have so much invested artistically, emotionally in this music. Also for me I’ll be out from behind the drums for The Mistaken. I’ll be on guitar and backup vocals. That is something I am looking forward to doing. There really aren’t plans beyond wanting to get the group on some stages and see how it goes live.
DEAD AND GONE
July 9th, 2012 by Ed
May 14th, 2012 by Gordo
When I met Gavin, man, he was a terror. That scene was a safe haven for kids who didn’t just go there for fun, but instead because they lost very important things in their lives. Like love. There was a lot of kids who didn’t have families, had abusive families, learning disabilities. Some of us made it out, and survived those problems. Some didn’t and passed away, and rest in peace to the ones who didn’t make it. There was some deep shit. To see John Bloodclot at 45, doing what he is doing, knowing the shit he made it through, that is a testament to the fact that there is a spiritual life out there that anybody can find. And to know what Gavin had been through, you can apply that story to so many other kids in the city and the world.
And to think of it as just a part of humanitarianism, those kids needed a vessel. And that’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to be able to touch those kids, to get on stage at CBGB and be part of that vessel and touch people. I could touch them, and they could touch me. I could jump, and they would catch me. And that went for everyone. How fucking incredible is that? That trust… you are so safe that you can jump and people will catch you, they won’t let you fall. We didn’t have that fear of people not catching you in the hardcore scene, even if nobody else anywhere in your world would catch you. We could close our eyes, and fall blindly, and be caught. How fucking beautiful is that?
You can’t even do that shit in hip hop. I’m gonna keep it really real. But in hardcore, you could close your eyes, do a front flip off the fucking stage, and you could get caught. A few kids got hurt, and paralyzed, and fucked up. But most all of us were ok, and we kept doing it. Because we trusted each other. That’s something that most people on the outside looking in didn’t see. They saw crazy and violence. They didn’t see the honor amongst us. They didn’t see the battle, and how we didn’t let our men get hurt. We all had that shit for each other. I couldn’t articulate it then, but I can now.