STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
June 11th, 2014 by Ed
KEVIN SECONDS – PART III
June 5th, 2014 by Tony
What was it about what you were hearing coming from the Washington D.C. area at the time that attracted you?
I know you’ve been asked this a million times, but just for good measure, how did the ‘black eyes’ thing come about?
You did a fanzine titled ‘Skinhead’ back then. How many issues of the mag came out?
Since we’re kind of on that subject, what was your perception of what a skinhead was in 1981?
My problem was, at that time anyway, I hadn’t heard of any punk/hardcore-related anti-fascist bands claiming ‘skinhead’. I knew of the original skinhead scene’s love of soul and reggae but I was mostly hearing about the far right skins who aligned themselves with the NF and it bothered me. We decided that we would show the world that there were anti-racist skinheads coming out of Ronald Reagan’s then-America and that’s when we put out the ‘Skins, Brains & Guts’ 7 inch.
And since you mentioned the ‘Skins, Brains & Guts’ 7 inch, I just want to say how much I love the recording of that record, as well as the ‘Committed for Life’ ep and the demos. It’s so raw.
The ‘Skins Brains & Guts’ and ‘Committed for Life’ records were recorded at Jon Bell house. He was the drummer of a local punk band, Belvue. He had a four-track studio setup and we recorded everything in one of his spare bedrooms, bouncing tracks and what-not.
Sometime after that you recorded a whole LP, ‘United We Stand’, but shelved it. What happened there?
(Editor’s note: The ‘United We Stand’ sessions were later released in 1991 as the ‘Old School’ CD on Headhunter Records
‘The Crew’ came out in 1984 and soon after that, you did your first US tour. What are your memories of that?
But I’ll tell you this. It was one of the most incredible and thrilling times of my life. We met some of the greatest people on the planet, saw the best bands, stayed at the coolest houses and even managed to get laid every once in a while. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
KEVIN SECONDS – PART I
May 21st, 2014 by Tony
I have been sitting here staring at the screen of this laptop for the better portion of an afternoon trying to come up with an introduction to this interview with Kevin Seconds.
Why is that? I don’t know. It could be writer’s block. It could be my constant lack of concentration. Or it could be I am just a lousy writer.
Or it could be I know deep down there in my gut, an introduction to an interview with him on a site like this is almost pointless.
Their impact on Hardcore is something so massive you’d expect it to be known almost telepathically; especially among the like who read DCXX. So let’s skip the grand introduction and get down to what we really want to do: Read about the past, present and future of one of the pioneering bands of this music we all love so much.
7-Seconds… Take One
How and when did 7 Seconds come together in Nevada?
Once we heard those bands, we knew immediately that we wanted to do what they were doing. And Reno was pretty much a perfect place for rebellion to flourish because, as a kid, there was nothing for you to do unless you were a jock or a stoner and you had parties and did shit like cruise the main drag every Friday and Saturday night. None of that appealed to us and we were looking for something more. Punk was that something.
As far as 7 Seconds goes, the seeds were actually planted in the early part of 1979 when Steve and I got turned on to bands like the Dils and D.O.A. Those bands had a harder, faster, more intense edge to them than the British and New York wave of bands and we related to it even more so. We immediately knew that we wanted to play fast and we decided to start a band called X-Banned but we couldn’t find a drummer in Reno who could play that fast. That is, not until this guy I worked with at a Montgomery Ward, a kid named Bob Seeds, told me he was a drummer and wanted to join a band. We’d sit up all night playing records for him and he liked the bands we liked and before long, we started practicing at a friend’s basement. We never really played gigs but we got to the point that we started to sound pretty good. Everything was moving along until Bob joined the Navy and by the end of ’79, he was gone. Not long after, Steve and I were in a record store in Sparks and we noticed this long-haired guy in a big parka covered in punk rock band buttons and we were so excited that there was yet another punk fan in our town, we went up and started talking to him and we hit it off instantly. His name was Tommy Borghino and he invited us to come listen to records at this friend of his’ house and we were blown away because between Tom and his friend, they had the biggest punk rock and new wave record collection we had ever seen. Eventually, Tom decided to buy a drum kit and start drumming and by January, he was our new drummer. At the time, I didn’t want to sing, I wanted to be the guitar player so Tom’s younger brother Jimmy tried out with us and we liked his style and spirit. We played our first show at a biker/redneck/Top 40 bar on March 2, 1980 and within a year, I was singing and playing guitar for the band.
Can you remember when you started to hear word of this ‘Hardcore’ thing starting to bubble?
How did the Hardcore scene in Reno start to develop? Who were some of the first bands to start around 7 Seconds?
I love The Wrecks. Your sister was in this band, right?
When did you guys start pulling road trips to California?
Do you remember how the correspondence with Ian MacKaye started?
PUNK THE CAPITAL
May 9th, 2014 by Larry
Salad Days: The DC Punk Revolution has yet to see the light of day and now another Washington D.C. hardcore punk documentary is in the works. Punk The Capital has just launched a Kickstarter page to help finance the rest of the production of the film. Check out the video above and be sure to click on over to their Kickstarter page to see all of the cool rewards they are offering for your donations.
When punk swept into Washington D.C. in the late 1970s, an explosive scene emerged with uncompromising attitudes and powerful new sounds. The ideas and music which grew out of that time continue to have a profound impact, resonating around the world. More than 10 years in the making, filmmakers Paul Bishow and James Schneider are completing a long-awaited documentary about that seminal moment: Punk the Capital, Straight from Washington D.C.
Punk the Capital takes us to the heart of why D.C. Punk has such staying power. For those who are already aware of this inspiring and influential story, Punk the Capital provides a fresh perspective and in-depth portrait of how D.C. Punk began, full of newly discovered footage and personal accounts, directed by two of D.C.’s veteran filmmakers. For those who do not know much about Washington D.C. culture or why D.C. Punk matters, this film will be a must-see.
Focusing on the period between 1976 and 1985, this documentary explores how D.C. Punk gained momentum and an affirmative, creative and constructive community emerged. At the core of the film is an artist’s co-op called Madams Organ. It was a space of possibility, like punk itself, where the foundations of a remarkable scene took form. The Organ was a place where generations and musical genres mixed and it became the launching pad for the D.C. harDCore movement.
STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
February 23rd, 2014 by Tim
July 30th, 2013 by Larry
MacKaye, Rollins and others wax poetic on the cassette tape…
Cassette is a feature-length documentary about the history and continued use of the audiotape. Coming in early 2014. Directed by Zack Taylor, created by Zack Taylor and Seth Smoot.
Feeling nostalgic for other analog formats? Check out the trailer for Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector!
IAN MACKAYE AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
July 2nd, 2013 by Larry
Get settled in for this one. Back in May 2013, Ian Mackaye spoke at the Library Of Congress on the subject of digital archiving and other topics. Grab some popcorn, your favorite beverage and enjoy this full 90 minute video.
FULL FACE BACKSLIDE
May 28th, 2013 by Tim
This photo by Al Flipside was shot the first time Minor Threat came to Los Angeles in 1982. It originally ran in Flipside no. 47 (1987). The original image was shot outdoors in pitch black night with just a flash. Merrill Ward of SWA is also in this photo. Note the cigarette in his hand in the lower left hand corner of the photo which merited Ian’s “full face backslide.” – Joe Henderson
IAN MACKAYE ON SKATEBOARDING
May 8th, 2013 by Larry
“Skateboarding is not a hobby. And it is not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. For most people, when they saw a swimming pool, they thought, ‘Let’s take a swim.’ But I thought, ‘Let’s ride it.’ When they saw the curb or a street, they would think about driving on it. I would think about the texture. I slowly developed the ability to look at the world through totally different means.” – Ian MacKaye
OUT OF STEP – CERTIFICATE OF PATIENCE
April 26th, 2013 by Tim
Sometimes a quick, google search will produce gems, today was exactly one of those days. While checking out random Minor Threat images online, I came across this here certificate of patience, which brought me to Jason Traeger’s Tumblr page and the full story on this certificate. I had never seen or heard about this until today and thought it was pretty damn cool. Check out the full article here: jasonotraeger.tumblr.com. -Tim DCXX