JUDGE AT THE DOME, LONDON
August 3rd, 2014 by Tim
GORILLA BISCUITS LIVE AT CITY GARDENS, 11.10.1991
July 27th, 2014 by Ed
NYHC 1980 – 1990 BY DCXX’S TONY RETTMAN DUE OUT IN NOVEMBER
July 24th, 2014 by Tony
“New York City has an energy that you’re not going to find anywhere else. People who have that passionate, driven mindset; they gravitate to New York City. You couldn’t match it anywhere else. Even being in that intense environment—you had to come into your own to survive that area.”—John Porcelly, Youth of Today/Shelter
Known for its glamorous 1970s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, and Youth of Today confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.
Tony Rettman’s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggling, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.
NYHC slams the sidewalk with savage tales of larger-than-life characters and unlikely feats of willpower. The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of Absolution, Adrenalin O.D., Agnostic Front, Antidote, Bad Brains, Bloodclot, Bold, Born Against, Breakdown, Cause for Alarm, Citizen Arrest, Cro-Mags, Crumbsuckers, Death Before Dishonor, Even Worse, False Prophets, Gorilla Biscuits, H20, Heart Attack, Inhuman, Into Another, Irate, Judge, Kraut, Leeway, Life’s Blood, Major Conflict, Murphy’s Law, Nausea, Nihilistics, Nuclear Assault, Numskulls, Outburst, Pro-Pain, Quicksand, Raw Deal, Reagan Youth, Rorschach, S.O.D., Sacrilege, Savage Circle, Sheer Terror, Shelter, Shok, Sick of it All, Side by Side, Skinhead Youth, Straight Ahead, the Abused, the Cryptcrashers, the Mad, the Misfits, the Misguided, the Mob, the Psychos, the Ritz, the Stimulators, the Undead, Token Entry, Underdog, Urban Waste, Virus, Warzone, Youth of Today, and many, many more.
MOSH IT UP!
“In other parts of our neighborhood, guys were breakdancing against each other; we were moshing against each other. It was all about who had the most style, as opposed to today where it’s just picking up change and karate kicking. It was all about trying to keep dancing, while still blasting into someone from D.C. or Boston, and all about who had the hardest pit for their town’s band. It was like supporting your city’s hockey team or something.”—Jimmy G, Murphy’s Law
“At that time, the Lower East Side was a warzone. It wasn’t the gentrified neighborhood that it’s been for the last twenty years. It was a fucking warzone, without question. It was worse than the worse neighborhoods you know in New York City today. It was a trip to be down there and go to those bars and A7 and shit like that. I wasn’t even eighteen yet, and I was getting a peek into a world that most people will never see.”—Eddie Sutton, Leeway
“I had my personal experiences from life; being on the streets, being locked up, and being in abusive foster homes. I was fighting. I was shot and stabbed, and that’s what came out. We sang about street justice and survival on the streets because that shit was for real. That shit was a way to express ourselves and get out that angst. It was real. It wasn’t some hypothetical bullshit.”—John Joseph, Cro-Mags
DOUBLE CROSS will be the exclusive source for info on ‘NYHC 1980 – 1990′ leading up to the books’ release. Expect chapter excerpts, uncut interviews, photos, flyers and much, much more!
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
BEYOND AT BLACK ‘N BLUE – THE WELL, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (05.18.2014)
May 19th, 2014 by Ed
TOM AND KEVIN – BEYOND
May 14th, 2014 by Tim
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
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.
Prior to Beyond, what bands or attempts at bands had you done; where, when, with whom, etc.?
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?
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?
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?
ALONE IN A CROWD PRE-ORDERS
May 13th, 2014 by Larry
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.
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.
JUICING WITH JJ
April 7th, 2014 by Tim
April 6th, 2014 by Tim
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
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.