10 QUESTIONS WITH ARMAND MAJIDI
June 12th, 2014 by Larry

While shooting “The Journeyman” segment for the The New York Hardcore Chronicles film, Drew Stone managed to slip in 10 quick questions with Armand “The Machine” Majidi (Sick Of It All, Rest In Pieces, Straight Ahead).

TOOLS FOR WAR
June 11th, 2014 by Tim
LEEWAY | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

LEEWAY | PHOTO: UNKNOWN

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


VIDEOS BY JAMMI SLOANE YORK

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

ALONE IN A CROWD PRE-ORDERS
May 13th, 2014 by Larry

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Atomic Action! has announced they are now taking pre-orders for their Alone In A Crowd reissue 7″. From the original recording from the 1989 release on Flux Records, remastered at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket RI for the upcoming 25th anniversary release due out June 2014.

25 Year Re-issue from this NYC classic.
Members of Side By Side, Raw Deal, Uppercut & Judge.
Limited Edition Vinyl
100-White
200-Green
300-Yellow (RevHQ.com only)
400-Black

Includes immediate download of 5-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.

Shipping out on or around June 10 2014.

ORDER HERE

JUICING WITH JJ
April 7th, 2014 by Tim

UNDER 18
April 6th, 2014 by Tim
TODD YOUTH, JIMMY GESTAPO AND RAYBEEZ | PHOTO: BRI HURLEY

TODD YOUTH, JIMMY GESTAPO AND RAYBEEZ | PHOTO: BROOKE SMITH

I met Todd Youth not long ago and gave him a copy of my book (This Music) and told him about an idea I had of doing a book on his life, growing up in the hardcore scene. He seemed to like the idea. The first interview we did resulted in this piece, “Under 18.” I’m hoping to do more, but we’ll see what happens. Todd Youth is one helluva busy guy. — Lewis Dimmick

Under 18

It was Skinhead Youth’s first show. My father walked into CB’s with two cops. I was thirteen. I hadn’t been going to school. I’d been running away. After hanging out at A7 until five or six in the morning, going to school didn’t seem that interesting.

I was into music, this kind of music that people didn’t understand. People walked across the street. They were scared of you. Or they wanted to kill you because you were a freak.

Bad Brains was my first show. I remember walking into CB’s and seeing a room full of people who looked as fucked up as I felt inside. For the first song I was standing up front. By the second song I had been pushed all the way back to the pool tables.

When my father walked in with the cops I ran out the back doors and down into a basement and hid. I saw a pair of boots walk by and knew they were looking for me. It was Raybeez. He put a ski mask over my head and walked me in through the back door and onto the stage. I played the whole set like that.

After the show I got in a car with some girl and went to her house in Philly and stayed there a few days. When her parents went to work I would come out and shower. When they came home I had to hide under the bed.

Then I was staying on 6th Street between Avenues B and C. It was me, Roger, Amy and Raybeez. One day there was a knock on the door. It was my father and two detectives. I had been staying out late, drinking, getting high, having sex with girls, but now it was time to go home.

todd

OUTBURST IN DALE CITY, VA (1989)
March 22nd, 2014 by Ed

BREAKDOWN “RUNNING SCARED” LP AVAILABLE FROM PAINKILLER RECORDS
December 17th, 2013 by Larry

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PKR-049: BREAKDOWN- Runnin’ Scared LP (split release with 540 Records)

Painkiller and 540 Records present one of the most important and, yep, best, New York Hardcore recordings on vinyl for the first time EVER, with Runnin’ Scared, the second demo in Breakdown’s Both Demos set. This is music to wear a Mr. Peanut t-shirt to, to lace up your Spot-Bilt sneakers and stagedive into a pile of Daisy Dukes and Village Voice back-issues. On this 540 and Painkiller split release you will find: The Runnin’ Scared demo, from 1988, recorded in The Loft studios in Bronxville, near the parkway, and previously unreleased versions of All I Ask and Hold Me Back — the latter basically a new Breakdown song that you can’t get anywhere else except for this thing — and their second WNYU session from 1989. The demo is as good as any hardcore record ever, and the band is as good as any band. It’s on vinyl now, finally, so buy this thing, put on a ringer tee, spill spaghetti sauce on it and start spreading the credit around.

18 tracks total. Includes a 12″x24″ poster insert with rare photos and flyers as well as new liner notes by Jeff Perlin himself. First pressing of 1,000 black vinyl.

ORDER HERE.

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MIKE JUDGE – PART X
December 3rd, 2013 by Tim
MATT AND MIKE WITH JUDGE AT CITY GARDENS | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

MATT AND MIKE WITH JUDGE AT CITY GARDENS | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

You get tired of being in the van on the road. Being broke, not having food. Seven guys in the van, with equipment, you’re never alone with some of your own space. I remember one time driving in the desert and just bugging out. I said you guys have to pull over. They pulled over and I got out and just started walking away from the van into the desert. My mind was so scrambled. I wanted it all to be over. I couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t even stretch out my arm without hitting somebody next to me, and I’d been in there for a month.

I remember this show we played and this kid was like, “hey you guys can come back and stay at my house and sleep, my parents aren’t home.” So I told the dudes in the band, “look we’ll stay at this kid’s house. I’m taking a bed.” We get there and the kid had a really nice house and I get to this room and it’s dark but I see the bed and I seriously just walk in and lay down, close the door and get into this bed. It was awesome because I hadn’t been in a bed at all to sleep for weeks. But as I’m in there sleeping, kids start to come to the house from the show and they start to come into the room to sleep on the floor. There’s like five kids in the room and they are all talking about the show and about Judge’s set. They are talking about what songs we played and when they were stage diving and shit. I’m thinking “how do I tell these dudes to stop talking so I can sleep, but not be a dick to them?” So finally I say, “hey guys, if you wanna talk about the show, I’ll talk about the show all day tomorrow, but for now I gotta sleep, is that cool?” The one kid was like “oh yeah, I’m sorry.” But somebody had to get up and turn a light on and when the light goes on I realize that the entire room is filled with tanks of snakes, EVERYWHERE. Everywhere, covering the room, there were snakes in all these tanks. I got the fuck out of there and slept in the van.

The craziest tour story was with Luke in Lititz, Pennsylvania when YOT and GB played out there. At the show, this kid says we can stay at his house. He was a little nerdy and telling us he had no friends and his parents were so stoked to have us over to the house to hang out with him. We were cool with it. By the time we get there it’s like 2am. The lights are on and the parents are up. They are all excited, the mom is cooking pasta for all of us, the dad is super friendly and the house is really nice.  Off of the kitchen was this big living room that had this real high ceiling with rafters, and the second floor was a walk around with a balcony that looked over out onto the living room, and the bed rooms were off of it on that floor.

JUDGE IN FLORIDA | PHOTO COURTESY OF REV

JUDGE IN FLORIDA | PHOTO COURTESY OF REV

So finally after we eat and everything we all lay down on the living room floor to go to sleep. I’m next to Luke and I’m like, “man isn’t it weird how nice these people are?” Luke is like, “yeah, they are almost too nice man, it’s weird.” It was a little over the top. We’re laying there, other guys have fallen asleep, some are talking, and Luke and I are staring at the rafters. There’s a ceiling fan up in the rafters. Luke says, “I get a weird feeling from that ceiling fan.” I said, “man I’ve been looking at it and I have the same feeling. It’s weird.” Luke says, “there’s something just not right about this place.” Then I feel something like fly across my face, super fast. It brushes my face, and it’s bright red. I said to myself, “what the fuck was that!?” I figure I must have dozed off and been dreaming. But then it happens again. Luke goes, “dude what the fuck was that!?” I said, “Luke did you feel something?” He says, “yeah some red thing just touched my face!” We’re both like, “what the fuck was that?” Luke was like a little dude, and he got scared. He was freaked out.

We’re still laying there and we hear this crazy super loud shriek from a girl. Luke and I both heard it and start talking about it. Everybody else down there is like, “what are you guys talking about?” They didn’t hear anything. Luke is super freaked out now and wanted to go to the van. I said, “no man stay here, let’s stick together.” So now everyone is like totally quiet, just a little whispering. Then out of nowhere the father yells from his room upstairs, “YOU FUCKING KIDS SHUT THE FUCK UP DOWN THERE OR I WILL COME DOWN THERE AND YOU WILL ALL FUCKING PAY!!!” Luke is like, “dude we need to get the fuck out of here, seriously.” I tell him, “no just wait dude, stay here, don’t go out there.” Everyone is like, “what the fuck? Oh my God.” We didn’t know what to do. So we keep laying there and a little time goes by and Luke and I are still staring at this ceiling fan, and this thing comes down from the fan right at us. It turns at the last second and skims my face and then skims Luke’s face. Dude…we were petrified. We just laid there frozen. We didn’t say a word until morning. I don’t know if we slept or not.

That morning Cappo was gone. The mom came downstairs and starts cooking breakfast, and the dad comes down and they are both super nice and friendly. I’m like “uhh, this is weird…because that dad wanted to kill us a few hours ago and that shit was weird.” Cappo comes in. He had gone with the son somewhere in the van.  Cappo comes in and is like, “ok guys, time to go, gotta get on the road.” We’re like, “nah dude we’re gonna have breakfast.” He says, “nope, gotta go, gotta get to the next stop, right now. Seriously, right now, everybody out.” It was super weird. We all grab our shit as Cappo hurries us out, we get in the van and the family comes out to say goodbye. Cappo floors it out of there, and we go ripping down the street. As soon as we get out of the community, he pulls into this parking lot and turns around.  Everyone is wondering what he is doing. Cappo says, “that fucking place is haunted. You don’t know how lucky we are to have gotten the hell out of there. That dad is psychotic, he’s beating the kid. The kid told me. The kid’s older brother hung himself from those rafters. The parents are crazy. The kid is all fucked up. We are fucking lucky.” I was like sick to my stomach. I think Luke may have been crying. We got the hell out of there. Seriously man… craziest shit ever. Craziest and scariest shit I’ve ever seen. Luke knows what I am talking about. That was a fucking ghost.

MIKE AND THE CITY GARDENS CROWD | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO

MIKE AND THE CITY GARDENS CROWD | PHOTO: KEN SALERNO