BEYOND AT THE ANTHRAX 1988
June 1st, 2014 by Tim

Thanks to Jeff Terranova, Core Junkie and Tee Till Death TV for sharing this incredible Beyond video from the Anthrax, 1988. Up until today, I had only seen photos of Beyond from this show and never video, so stumbling upon this was a real treat. It’s from the same show that Youth Of Today shot the footage for the “No More” video, so it was a packed crowd and from seeing this video, the energy level was extremely high. This is one of those videos that I sit back and watch and stare in amazement at just how special hardcore was, is always will be. Do yourself a favor and take 14:22 out of your day to soak this one in. -Tim DCXX

BEYOND AT BLACK ‘N BLUE – THE WELL, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (05.18.2014)
May 19th, 2014 by Ed


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TOM AND KEVIN – BEYOND
May 14th, 2014 by Tim
BEYOND AT CBGB'S, NYC | PHOTO: BOILING POINT

BEYOND AT CBGB, NYC | PHOTO: BOILING POINT

I can still remember the first time I heard the Beyond demo, it sounded like no other hardcore demo that I had heard at the time. It was still clearly hardcore, but it was all somehow put together in a unique way. Maybe it was the musicianship, maybe it was the song writing, whatever it was, it stood out and I was an instant fan.

Twenty six years later and the Beyond demo is still one of my all time favorite hardcore demos. I love the “No Longer At Ease” LP as well and Beyond is just one of those bands that always sounds fresh every time I listen to them. I think the combination of all that talent and knowing what all the members went on to do (Kevin: 1.6 Band, Tom: BOLD, Quicksand, Handsome, Vic: Inside Out, Shelter, 108, Alan: Burn, Quicksand), is proof that Beyond was the early stages of something very special.

This Sunday, May 18th 2014, Beyond is reuniting to play the Black N Blue Bowl at The Well in Brooklyn. There’s also plans for a complete Beyond discography on Revelation for the near future. Make it out on Sunday if you can, keep an ear and eye out for the upcoming Beyond Discog and for now, dig into what Tom and Kevin had to say to us here at Double Cross. -Tim DCXX

KEVIN AND TOM WITH BEYOND AT THE ANTHRAX | PHOTO: DAVE RABENOLD

KEVIN AND TOM WITH BEYOND AT THE ANTHRAX | PHOTO: DAVE RABENOLD

What bands or artists do you cite as having an early heavy influence on your musical interest, before punk or hardcore?

Tom: Outside of hardcore punk, our influences before the band included metal. The crossover and thrash metal bands like Metallica, D.R.I. Slayer and C.O.C., and there’s even traditional metal like Iron Maiden that influenced our playing.
 
What was your first introduction to punk/hardcore and at that time what bands/artists were you most interested in?
 
Tom: First introduction to punk rock was buying records at 8 years old. I started buying stuff that looked punk in record stores. It was the classic punk stuff like Ramones and Sex Pistols. It influenced my taste in music and lead me into seeking for more subversive music like hardcore, post punk, thrash metal and industrial gothic. I found punk appealing at an early age because of the anti-social message as reflected in film and magazines in the 1980s. The music was futuristic, dangerous and its primal nihilistic attitude spoke to me. I didn’t feel like I fit in with society and found the subversive subculture of punk as my first musical community. Hence Beyond was a perfect vehicle for me at the time to express my individuality and rebellion.
 
Kevin: The first hardcore record I bought was 7-Seconds “The Crew”. The local record store had a little section in the back for punk and HC records. I was into metal at the time but was becoming interested in checking out HC. When I saw the name Kevin Seconds, I thought that was the coolest thing. Not only because it was a variation on the band’s name but because he also had the name Kevin. That was the connection for me. 

BEYOND AT THE PYRAMID CLUB, NYC | PHOTO: BOILING POINT

BEYOND AT THE PYRAMID CLUB, NYC | PHOTO: BOILING POINT

Prior to Beyond, what bands or attempts at bands had you done; where, when, with whom, etc.?
 
Kevin: For a split second I was in a metal cover band called Espionage with guys we went to high school with. We played Metallica and Megadeth covers. Tom was in a band called Third Planet with some of the guys from 1.6 Band, who also went to the same high school.
 
Tom: My first attempts were through bands like 1000 mph and Third Planet. 1000 mph made two demos in 1985 that had a NYC Mayhem and DRI sound with short fast songs. Then when Beyond became a band, Vic and Kevin got involved and we went into a more Misfits direction and occult influenced sound. The name changed to The Ghastly 1000 and we made a demo and live tapes with that. The Ghastly 1000 took place when Beyond was a band, but was kept as an inner circle kind of thing mostly within our high school in Long Island.
 
My first real performance in music was with the band Third Planet. I played guitar and sang. Third Planet had a crossover sound between hardcore and thrash, like The Crumbsuckers. It was a short lived project lasting a performance at school and a show at a local bar. The experience with Third Planet gave me a taste of being in a band and I wanted to continue that passion. The song “Vitality” was originally a song I wrote with Third Planet and kept as the first song and template for Beyond.   

What was the idea for Beyond and how did that differ from previous bands and attempts? What was the real DNA of the Beyond sound, lyrics, and presentation of the band?  Was it even a conscious thing as young kids playing hardcore?
 
Tom: Me and Kevin were very conscious about the idea of Beyond. We wanted to be positive hardcore band yet also be different. The name Beyond was chosen because it represented overcoming negativity and hinted at mysteriousness. The lyrics were hopeful and dealt with fear and anxieties about the world. Me and Kevin were also Straight Edge, at the same time we didn’t want to wear Xs in Beyond performances because we felt like it might exclude others. The lyrics were positive and dealt with fear and anxiety about the world. We drew influences mainly from Minor Threat, Youth Of Today and Cro-Mags. Consciously we wanted to be original and we tried to expand what hardcore was.
 
Kevin: Tom was in a band called Third Planet with some of the guys from 1.6 Band. There were a couple of Third Planet songs that would become Beyond songs (‘Vitality’ and ‘Effort’, though ‘Effort’ was called ‘Faith’ at the time). Tom and I were really into the DC bands at the time, especially Dag Nasty, so when we started writing songs, our love of that band was what inspired songs like “Seasons” and “What Awaits Us”. I think Minor Threat and Youth Of Today were the two bands that were the biggest inspiration on the other songs. I think the Crumbsuckers influenced us too, not so much on the kind of music we were playing, but just by the fact that they were skilled musicians who were still able to play hardcore and make it interesting for people who weren’t into complex music. Their musicianship and dedication to doing something unique left an impression on us…it was definitely a conscious thing.  We wanted to sound like the bands we liked (Minor Threat, YOT and Dag Nasty) but we knew we wanted our own sound too, which would be a blending of those bands plus what we brought to the table.  We wanted positive lyrics and lyrics that reflected an introspective perspective.  

TOM WITH BEYOND AT THE ANTHRAX | PHOTO: DAVE RABENOLD

TOM WITH BEYOND AT THE ANTHRAX | PHOTO: DAVE RABENOLD

How did the scene in Long Island influence what you wanted to do with Beyond, especially on the demo?  Was there an interest in being a Long Island band, or was the focus on being a part of the NYHC scene of the time in early 1988?
 
Kevin: We were proud to be from Long Island. At the beginning of some of our sets, we’d introduce ourselves as “Beyond. We’re from Long Island”. But the truth is, there wasn’t much of a scene at all on Long Island. There was really nothing, so we looked towards the city. We wanted to play CB’s and become part of the NYHC scene. It wasn’t until ’88, ’89 that Sundance started having HC shows but they were few and far between, so again, we looked to the city.
 
Tom: At the time I didn’t feel like there was much of a Long Island scene, so that’s why we are a New York Hardcore because that’s where we went. I never identified with Long Island and disliked living there. I was taking the train to The Village of NYC and hitting shows, mostly CBGB matinees when I was 15. There was of course The Right Track Inn and Sundance and a small handful of bands. Not much was going on and you had to go the city to find hardcore culture. Today Long Island is the mecca for other scenes and even hardcore. In 1988 in was very different.

You had been going to CB’s matinees and were fixtures of the NYHC scene leading up to the formation of Beyond; what were you experiencing at shows that you wanted to incorporate into Beyond?  What did you want to incorporate into Beyond that you weren’t seeing at a typical hardcore matinee of the time?
 
Tom: When I witnessed shows by Bold, Gorilla Biscuits, Straight Ahead and Youth Of Today I got inspired that I could do the same. To me it was the music and the straight edge lyrics that was radical to me. When Beyond was thought out as a band we didn’t want to imitate but do our own thing. Also we were gathering influences from DC stuff like Embrace and Dag Nasty. I just wanted to create something with the power of all these things.
 
Kevin: We wanted to be a positive band. We liked what we saw when we went to those kinds of shows. Unity, singing along, etc. We were completely anti-negativity. I think we wanted to bring a musicianship to Beyond. Tom is a great guitar player and songwriter and the guys who played on the demo were great musicians too, so we thought we could bring that to the scene. The Crumbsuckers had done it successfully, so we thought we could do it too.

A HEADLESS CAPONE WITH BEYOND AT CBGB'S, NYC | PHOTO: BOILING POINT

A HEADLESS CAPONE WITH BEYOND AT CBGB’S, NYC | PHOTO: BOILING POINT

BLACK N’ BLUE BOWL 2014
March 12th, 2014 by Larry

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The annual Black N’ Blue Bowl 2014 will be taking place Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th at The Well in Brooklyn, NY. Having outgrown the confines of its previous venues year after year, we will be holding this years Bowl at an indoor/outdoor venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York – where this event was first resurrected in 2005. Information is as follows;

Black N Blue Productions presents
BLACK N’ BLUE BOWL 2014

Sat, May 17th, 2014
HATEBREED
Agnostic Front (only appearance “Cause For Alarm” line-up)
Biohazard
Ludichrist
All Out War
Stigmata
Minus 1
Darkside NYC
Sworn Enemy
Brick By Brick
Brain Slug
Friend Or Foe
Numbskull

Sun, May 18th, 2014
DISCHARGE
Agnostic Front (only appearance “Cause For Alarm” line-up)
7 Seconds
Kraut
Take Offense
Beyond
Suburban Scum
Power Trip
Incendiary
Against The Grain
Criminal Instinct
Manipulate
Heavy Chains
Caught In A Trap

The Well
272 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
$36 ADV, $42 DOS, $65 2-Day Pass
Doors @ 1:00 PM (both days)
All Ages Hardcore

Tickets:
http://www.ticketfly.com
http://www.pitchforkny.com
Info:
http://www.blacknblueproductions.net

THE AUCTIONS OF GORILLA BISCUITS DRUMMER, LUKE ABBEY
February 4th, 2013 by Tim
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GB 7″ LABEL PHOTO OF LUKIE LUKE

Every once in awhile, we here at DCXX are given the opportunity to shed some extra light on situations that we consider worthy. When Gorilla Biscuits drummer, Luke Abbey, reached out to us looking for a little assistance on selling some records, we were more than happy to help. Aside from the fact that Luke’s been dealing with a pretty significant injury and could use the extra money, we knew some of our readers would be more than interested in what Luke has to offer.

In addition to helping Luke with his auctions, we also managed to coordinate an interview with him. Expect in the very near future, a major interview with the guy that delivered the beats for bands like Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits and a handful of other legendary New York City Hardcore bands. I think it’s safe to say, we have high hopes for this one.

Now check out what Luke has to say regarding his auctions. –Tim DCXX

Hi Folks,
My name is Luke Abbey and I’m the drummer for the band Gorilla Biscuits. Recently, while we were playing in Chicago at the Revelation Records 25th anniversary show, I tore my biceps tendon. I’d already had a number of shoulder and arm injuries I’d been trying to manage on my own, but during our second song it finally gave out and completely snapped, forcing me to go in for surgery the following week. I underwent several repairs and am now embarking on a lengthy rehabilitation process while also facing considerable expenses.

A few days ago, I contacted Tim from Double Cross to ask if he would mind allowing me to post a collection of my own personal records and a few t-shirts on the Livewire message board in order to deal with my current and ensuing medical costs. He not only agreed to that, but was gracious enough to offer to run a full post on Double Cross in order to bring increased attention to my sale.

I’ve included absolutely every record I hope to sell – if it’s not listed, I don’t have it. All are in good playing condition and contain whatever lyric sheets were originally included – except where noted. They are all 1st pressings with a few exceptions which I’ve noted as well. The only drawback to any of these as far as I can tell, is that many of the jackets are distressed to some degree. That being said, nothing is in terrible condition, torn, or severely flawed. They’ve just got a bit of character. As for the t-shirts, they’ve been worn before but are neither torn nor altered, and are in wearable condition. 

Here is the link to the ebay pages where the auctions can be found. If anyone has any additional questions or would like additional photos, I’ll do my best to oblige.

My seller name is yebba72.

Additionally, I will respond to as many questions or requests as possible at the following email:
elaytogo@gmail.com

However, as I mentioned above, please respect the fact that I’ve nothing further to sell than what’s listed, nor am I interested in any trades.

Auction Schedules and Photos
The shirt auctions will begin 7:00 – 7:30 PST on 2/5
The record auctions will begin 8:00 – 8:30 PST on 2/5
The shirt auctions will end between 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM PST on 2/13
The record auctions will end between 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM PST on 2/13 

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Here is the list, all first pressings except where noted:

7″ Records
Last Rights: Chunks / So Ends Our Night – Taang
Youth of Today: Can’t Close My Eyes – Positive Force – White Lettering – 2nd pressing
Judge: NY Crew – Schism 
Warzone: Lower East Side Crew – Revelation Records 
NYHC: “Together” Compilation – Revelation Records
Crippled Youth: Join the Fight – New Beginning
Underdog: S/T – New Beginning
Side By Side: You’re Only Young Once… – Revelation Records
Slapshot: Same Mistake / Might Makes Right – Taang – Blue Vinyl
Unity: You Are One – Wishingwell Records – not sure what pressing
Alone In A Crowd: S/T – Flux Records – *Vinyl edge has a very slight upturn but does not affect playing at all*
7 Seconds: Blasts from the Past – Positive Force – Green Vinyl – not sure what pressing
Justice League: Think or Sink – Just 4 Fun Records
The Abused: Loud and Clear – Abused Music – *Missing lyric sheet and the cover has come unglued*
Civ: Et Tu Brute / Can’t Wait One Minute More – Revelation Records – White Vinyl
Quicksand: Dine Alone / Can Opener – Polydor Records – Promotional 

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12″ Records
Judge: Bringing It Down – Revelation Records – Green Marble Vinyl
Stalag 13: In Control – Upstart Records
Straight Ahead: S/T – I Risk 
Rest In Pieces: My Rage – One Step Ahead
Youth of Today: BDTW – Wishingwell Records
Uniform Choice: Screaming For Change – Wishingwell Records – Yellow Lettering
Slap Shot: Back On the Map – Taang
Insted: Bonds of Friendship – Wishingwell Records 
No For An Answer: A Thought Crusade – Hawker Records
NYHC Where the Wild Things Are: compilation – Blackout Records
Agnostic Front: Cause For Alarm – Combat Core 
DYS: S/T – Modern Method Records – Promotional
Agression: Don’t Be Mistaken -BYO 
Verbal Assault: Learn – Positive Force – *Missing Poster*
Quicksand: Manic Compression – Rev/Island
Dag Nasty: Can I Say – Dischord
Fair Warning: You Are the Scene – Fair Warning Records
Into Another: S/T – Revelation Records
Mike Judge and Old Smoke: Sights – Revelation Records

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Shirts
Uniform Choice: “Straight and Alert” / 4-sided / Wishingwell / White T w/ Blue and Red Print / Size L – slightly worn condition
Judge: “New York Crew” / 2-sided /Blue T w/ Yellow Schism logo on front pocket / White “Hammers” on back / Size L – good condition
Insted: “Chet” design / 2-sided / Blue T w/ White Insted logo on front pocket / White “Chet” design on back / Size L – good condition
Bad Trip: ? design / 2 sided / White T with Black logo and guy with beer on front pocket / Black drawing of crowd on back / Size L – good condition w/ light stain on front

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So thanks to all of you who decide to bid on any of these records or t-shirts and lend some support in the process. And of course, my gratitude goes to Tim who has helped me out beyond measure.

Take care all, 
Luke

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GODHEAD
June 4th, 2012 by Gordo

BURN EP ORIGINAL MOCK-UPS | PHOTO: FRED HAMMER

I think my influences as a drummer really came for the most part before I was into any hardcore music. Mostly rock and roll stuff. John Bonham from Led Zeppelin was a big one for me. Stuart Copeland from the Police. Some Reggae as well, especially Sly Dunbar who is a really influential session guy from Jamaica and played on tons and tons of records from there. In terms of trying to play really technical or well I don’t think that ever really meant much to me. I think I just wanted to make the songs sound as good as I could.

-Alan Cage, BURN

CLEVO
May 30th, 2012 by Gordo

I’d have to say GORILLA BISCUITS, PROJECT X, BEYOND, JUDGE, LIFE’S BLOOD and CONFRONT @ Irv’s was certainly an all-time classic. $5. All those bands ON ONE BILL. No one had ever heard of Life’s Blood…but HOLY FUUUCCCKKK!!! Man they were fucking AMAZING!! PROJECT X were fucking HARD!!! Judge with Jimmy Yu on bass going berserk! What an unbelievable gig…everyone going insane and having a blast. Confront were at their peak and fucking absolutely destroyed. We all hung out all night, went to Kelly’s house, it seemed like summer would never end and the world was wide open and hardcore would always rule and we’d all be friends forever…I can’t tell you how much I miss it. Those were truly the best days of my life.

-Tony Erba, Face Value

TC3
May 16th, 2012 by Gordo

TOM CAPONE WITH BOLD AT SCOTT HALL 1988 | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

We whipped the Beyond demo out quick, doing it to cassette and making copies fast. Larry “Edge” Goreman, from the Orange 9mm EP and now with Head Automatica and Glassjaw, was a high school hardcore buddy and drew the cover up. After the demo I had a crew in my high school in Long Island that began to develop. We called ourselves the “KING TUT CREW” and in shop class I made a pyramid ring as a symbol. That’s why our first shirt had a triangle on it.

As far as those demo songs, “Hoax” was about a kid in our crew who faked his straight edge to be cool. “Sap” was a word I used a lot and it caught on with everyone in the Youth Crew too. We called this kid a sap in the song. It was like a straight edge revenge venting-out song. “What Awaits Us Now” I wrote about my grandparents, thinking of their death and my life, so it was deep to me. “Vitality” is about being strong…surviving. “Effort” was the theme for Beyond…a “posi” song to live life by. “Beyond” was the name I chose for the band because I wanted to have a message that went beyond drugs and negativity and also beyond the barriers of hardcore.

We were young…we wanted to unite and have a great scene. “Someday” was about all the racism going on at the time. “Feedback” I actually wrote about Alan Cage because he and I butted heads a lot, even before he was in the band. “Ancient Head” was about the kids in high school who just wanted normal boring lives and hung out in a parking lot doing drugs for fun. They were just a bunch of ancient heads. “Vampire Empire” was more about people who use others to gain what they want and suck their life force away. “Care” was a vegetarian song and about caring for others and animals. “Self Interest” was about politicians abusing their power. “One Kind Word” is about getting your say when others try and knock you down.

Also on the demo was “Seasons” which we did for the reunion because we didn’t put it on the album and the song is sick. That’s about growing up and the changes you go through in such a short time…it was pretty Verbal Assault-ish I guess. We eventually dropped a straight edge song on the demo called “Better Things To Do,” mostly so we weren’t locked into just the straight edge scene, plus I was never happy with the song itself.

The “dewwwwwit!” demo intro was us goofing around. I loved the WarZone “bugging out” intro and wanted something like that.

-Tom Capone, Beyond/BOLD/Quicksand