Live at the House Of Vans
July 10, 2014
Video by: Jammi York
GORILLA BISCUITS LIVE AT THE HOUSE OF VANS
July 11th, 2014 by Larry
WALTER SCHREIFELS ON THE INDEPENDENTS ON FOX NEWS
June 6th, 2014 by Larry
April 10, 2014
BISCUIT POWER IN BRAZIL
June 4th, 2014 by Tim
THIS WEEKEND IN ORANGE COUNTY
March 19th, 2014 by Larry
February 1st, 2014 by Tim
REVELATION RECORDS ADS
January 8th, 2014 by Larry
CASSETTE LOVE PART 3
January 7th, 2014 by Larry
GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE SAFARI CLUB, WASHINGTON DC 1989
September 3rd, 2013 by Tim
1989 was one hell of a year for GB, they did their first US tour, released “Start Today” on Revelation Records, really fine tuned their live shows and established themselves as a unique and important New York City Hardcore band. To me at least, it just seemed that they had really caught their stride and although I wasn’t at this Safari Club show in DC, I did see them at City Gardens in Trenton, NJ, around this era. I still look back at that City Gardens GB show in 1989 as one of my favorite hardcore shows and sets ever. Gorilla Biscuits and BOLD were one hell of a combination punch that night in Trenton, glad I got to witness it.
Again, this video here is from the Safari Club in Washington, DC, 1989. Anyone around and going to shows in 1989, undoubtedly heard about all the killer shows that were happening at the Safari Club. This video and this set certainly serve as a reminder to a special time, for a very special band. Hardcore Pride in ’89… -Tim DCXX
GORILLA BISCUITS FAN ART
August 28th, 2013 by Larry
Hawk Krall’s artistic take on the classic Gorilla Biscuits Start Today cover. As part of the Covers Covered art show in Philadelphia, PA.
LUKIE LUKE PART IV – THE FINAL ENTRY
August 19th, 2013 by Tim
Here it is, the fourth and final entry of the Lukie Luke interview. Luke was in the process of moving from Texas to Vermont, so we put this on pause for a little bit, but now that he’s settled in, he wrapped it up as promised. Thanks to Luke for keeping in touch and making this happen, this has definitely been a good one and he’s been a pleasure to communicate with. Now dig in, Bidip Bo! -Tim DCXX
How, in your mind, had GB changed or developed by the time the LP came out? Did it feel like a more developed band? What was the reaction, as you recall, to Start Today as an album?
Civ also stepped it up during that period and assumed a lot more control on stage. A lot of our earlier shows were sort of like practices with an audience. I remember playing a benefit in Albany when Wally stopped in the middle of “Big Mouth” to tune his guitar – by ear mind you – while everybody else just waited around. Then when he was ready we just picked up in the middle of the song and finished it out as if that was a perfectly reasonable thing to do. There was a unique lack of professionalism that was endearing, but was also somewhat limiting. By “Start Today” though, our sound and performances had gotten more refined, yet not at the expense of our decidedly casual attitude.
For some reason, the release of the record had gotten delayed and wasn’t out by the time we’d left for tour in the summer of ’89. Everyone around NY and California seemed to know a lot of the newer stuff, but for the most part there were a lot more kids singing along to the 7” wherever we went. Then with just about a week of shows left the record came out the day we played Chicago. The show was at some run-down club called Dreamerz, which was a second floor venue in what was likely a condemned building. I’m pretty sure that every single person who showed up that night must have bought the record that morning and spent the whole day memorizing the lyrics. It was absolutely insane. The entire building was shaking and I remember thinking that if the floor gave way I could probably make it to a concrete sill behind the stage and not get killed. The reception of “Start Today” was overwhelming from day one and has been ever since.
By 1989 you were solely focused on GB despite having juggled a few bands at once previously. Was this intended? Was there anything you were trying to do that never got off the ground?
Despite all my musical activity in 1989 my interests had begun shifting away from hardcore pretty radically. I’d gone skiing earlier that year, became instantly hooked, and maintaining even one band grew increasingly difficult for me. I also finished high school that spring and for the first time in my life considered what it’d be like to leave New York.
How did playing bass in Moondog come to be and how do you recall that experience?
I really dug playing bass, and after filling in for Wally after he broke his ankle on the YOT tour I just wanted to give it a shot. Armand agreed to play drums for our first and only show. That show was in the late summer of ’89 – I think just a little bit before GB left for Europe. I was gone from New York basically from the fall of ’89 until the spring of 1990, and by the time I’d returned, Moondog had essentially transitioned into Quicksand.
By 1990 there was a whole new world of sorts that had formed out of the early Revelation camp. Many describe this as a “weird” time. How did the hardcore scene in 1990 compare to that of, say, 1987?
When I got back to New York right before Christmas the city just seemed boring to me and I pretty much split for Utah immediately. I stayed with guys in Salt Lake who’d I’d met there on tour, and just skied all day and washed dishes all night. My involvement with hardcore took a back seat to other interests. I still loved the music and playing shows, but I wasn’t really hanging out anymore. Things moved pretty quickly back then and it didn’t take long before I was out of the loop.
What was the reason you stopped playing with GB?
After GB, what type of connections did you keep with the hardcore scene? Were you drumming or playing with any bands?
One day in Berkeley I randomly bumped into Zowie from Leeway who’d landed out there too and we began jamming. My confidence in my musical abilities had taken a bit of a beating after getting kicked out of GB and he really helped restore it. I began going to shows again and hanging out some, but still had every intention of returning to skiing full-time. It was the winter of ’96 and I was about to move out to Tahoe when I blew out my second knee and had to return to New York to get surgery. I ended up staying in the city for almost two years and played around a bit, mostly with a band called Alpha Jerk, but all I really wanted to do was get back out west and ski again. Eventually, Alpha Jerk broke up when Derek left to join Sepultura and I moved to Austin, Texas.
Austin was only supposed to be a temporary stop. I’d gotten into some unhealthy shit being in New York, needed to get away, and I had a good friend living in Texas who’d said I could move in. I thought it would be a great place to go and take some time to get my head straight before going back to the mountains. But I really dug Austin and got caught up in playing music there and the whole environment in general. My pit stop ended up lasting over 15 years though, and I got married along the way and had three children. In fact it was only weeks ago that we all finally split and moved back east to Vermont.
Having been the predominant GB drummer, what did you think of CIV (the band)? Was it a bummer to see something that connected to GB without your involvement, or was it cool? Did you dig the songs/see them live/etc.?
Any closing comments regarding GB’s current and or future status? Any closing comments in general that you’d like to sign off with?
Despite the fact that we’ve been playing the same tunes now for eight years they always seems fresh to me. I feel the sentiments and attitude of the band are about as relevant now as they were 25 years ago. Civ has made sure that we’ve only played venues where kids have been allowed to stage dive – with maybe one or two exceptions – and it has been a huge factor in making our shows as much fun as they have been. And despite the changes in scenery and our relatively ancient ages, I think we’re playing better than we ever have before. As far as the future goes, I imagine we’ll play again next year. I had a pretty severe surgery on my shoulder and biceps in January and the rehabilitation has been a slow process. I’ve been able to start playing drums again just this past month. I still have a ways to go but I’m feeling good about regaining full strength and mobility again.
And a word of thanks to you guys at DCXX for giving me this opportunity – and apologies for taking so long to get this last section to you. It’s been cool digging out a lot of memories and having a chance to add my perspective. In some ways it blows me away how influential hardcore has become, but it also makes sense. It just took the rest of the world a bit longer to catch on to what we were doing.