NOVEMBER 2, 2017
NEW BOOK: “STRAIGHT EDGE: A CLEAR-HEADED HARDCORE PUNK HISTORY”
SHARES EXCERPTS FROM THE CHAPTER "MORE THAN FASHION"
This month, Bazillion Points Publishing will be releasing Tony Rettman’s third book, “Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History”. The book traces the history of the sober lifestyle throughout its entire time in the hardcore scene from the early 1980’s to the present day. Much like his previous books “Why Be Something You’re Not - Detroit Hardcore 1979-85” and “NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980 – 1990”, it is in the oral history format. In Effect HC is proud to show off a sneak peek from the book from the chapter entitled “More Than Fashion”. Read on as everyone from Ian MacKaye from Minor Threat to Pat Flynn from Have Heart dissect the style of dress adorned by Straight Edge kids worldwide. Ordering info for Tony’s new book can be found HERE. A NYC book launch is planned on November 9th in lower Manhattan at Sonos Store. Info on that event can be found by clciking HERE.
Ian MacKaye (Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Skewbald, Embrace, Fugazi, The Evens): While it might be true straight edge as a brand or a look or aesthetic or philosophy was taken from the Boston model, I also think it’s true that the idea I had to sing about my own life and the right to make my own decisions resonated with far more people. Some may call what we did straight edge and some may not. But it’s not something you can get out of a box. You gotta make it yourself.
Ray Cappo (Violent Children, Youth of Today, Shelter, Better Than A Thousand): When you think about it, we were figuring out the concept of branding before we even knew what it was. I remember being in a club in East Germany, and seeing all these kids wearing Revelation Records T-shirts. They looked they could have been from New York City circa 1986, but this was in 1995! That’s when I realized, “Oh my god! We created a whole fashion and culture.” We never thought it was going to become that. It wasn’t that sophisticated. It was very grassroots and homegrown. We did it because it was a cool time with cool music and cool people.
Arthur Smilios (Gorilla Biscuits, Underdog, CIV, World Be Free): Fashion played a huge role, which is funny for a scene so vocally anti-fashion. For better or worse, my friends and I created the “Youth Crew” look. I remember going down to Orchard Street on the Lower East Side with Walter Schreifels and Porcell, because we had found a wholesaler who sold letterman jackets with fake leather sleeves; we were all vegetarian and trying not to wear leather.
Tim McMahon (Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, Face The Enemy, Triple Threat, Search): Personally, I could never relate to the punk aesthetic. Combat boots, ripped-up bleached jeans, leather studded jackets, Mohawks...that kind of look was not something that spoke to me or that I felt comfortable wearing. It looked more like a costume than a practical way of dress.
Dave Smalley (DYS, Dag Nasty, ALL, Down By Law, Don’t Sleep): One thing definitely characterized the Boston Crew; we didn’t feel we had to dress like Sid Vicious to be who we were. We wore leather jackets, but they look badass, and it was fucking cold in the winter in Boston. It wasn’t a fashion thing. But I would wear a hoodie with shorts because it fit for skateboarding; a look came from that.
Jack “Choke” Kelly (Negative FX, Last Rights, Slapshot, Stars & Stripes): I credit DYS for the whole Youth Crew look—that uniform with the hoodies and the skater shorts. Look at the back cover of Brotherhood, that’s what they’re all wearing. There’s no question.
Jeff Terranova (Up Front): If you look at any subgenre of music, there’s always a look. If you look at footage from a Blue Oyster Cult concert from 1977, everybody looks the same. The same goes for any music genre, either underground or mainstream. Madonna made that really apparent in the ‘80s. Every girl in high school dressed like Madonna. I think people just take to what makes them feel comfortable. And if you’re buying all these straight edge records, you’re going to start looking like a straight edge kid. That just comes with the territory; it’s nonconformity through conformity.
Pat Flynn (Have Heart, Clear, Sweet Jesus, Free): When I rocked that look in the early 2000s, I wanted to represent my affinity for the late ‘80s hardcore scene. I’m sure people thought I was like some weird Back to the Future case when I’d roll off to shows wearing a Crippled Youth shirt or something. Invariably, fashion does play its role in everything. So I’m sure the ever-changing understanding of what it means to look straight edge has played its role in its continued existence. But I hope to hell that straight edge has not continued to exist because of its look. That’d be just about the saddest reality for something that I personally perceived had virtually nothing to do with aesthetics at all.
QUICK HITS ON SOME NEW RELEASES:
"THE CRACKSON HEIGHTS PROJECT"
Many of you out there within the hardcore scene already know CROWN OF THORNZ and SKARHEAD frontman “Ezec” from his efforts over the years with those 2 bands. In addition to fronting hardcore bands Ezec aka DANNY DIABLO has been putting out hip-hop albums since the early 2000’s. The latest is titled “The Crackson Heights Project” which came out on October 13th on Force 5 Records and includes 13 tracks. A music video for “Hit Em Up”off of the new album was released in July with “Pass The Coca” recently making its debut as well. Listen to "The Crackson Heights Project" on Spotify by clicking the album cover image to the left. Click on blue hyperlinks to watch the videos.
STRIFE: "LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR"
STRIFE have put out a short trailer promoting their next release which is titled “Live At The Troubadour” due out on November 24th (to coincide with Record Store Day) on WAR Records which is run by their guitarist Andrew Kline. The Record Store Day-exclusive version comes in a run of 500 copies on red LP+DVD, and the label will issue a CD+DVD version as well. The recording for this new release took place in Los Angeles back in 2005, includes an 11 song set and features Strife’s original lineup with 5 camera angles capturing the video portion of their set. To view the trailer for “Live At The Troubadour” click HERE.
URBAN STYLES CASSETTE COMPILATION
The highly anticipated “Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore” book by Freddy Alva via DiWulf Publishing is out now and along with it comes a limited edition cassette compilation. The 25 track compilation features mostly previously released tracks from hardcore bands who feature members who are/were part of the NYC graffiti scene which this new book focuses on. Included within this compilation is the debut from Crazy Eddie who make their first recorded appearance with the tracks “Fucked Up” and “Out Of Luck” The cassette compilation is FREE by buying a copy of the Urban Styles book at one of their upcoming book signings and is also available via “name your price” on the Urban Styles Bandcamp page. Click HERE to order the new book.
Click HERE to listen to Side A of the compilation.
Click HERE to listen to Side B of the compilation.
OCTOBER 27, 2017
IN EFFECT HARDCORE CATCHES UP WITH KEVIN NORTON OF THE EULOGY IN THIS NEW INTERVIEW
NEW EP "LAST DAYS" OUT NOW ON BRIDGE 9 RECORDS
"If we have tried to do one thing with our band it is to have that kind of tension in our songwriting. Always trying to get heavier, harder, meaner and push ourselves to be better".
OCTOBER 21, 2017
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD PAGE IS UPDATED WITH A JOINT INTERVIEW WITH TWO UP AND COMING BANDS OUT OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS... KIND CREW & PUMMEL
MADBALL GUITARIST BRIAN "MITTS" DANIELS LEAVES BAND AFTER 16 YEAR RUN
MADBALL guitarist Brian “Mitts” Daniels announced earlier this week that after a 16 year run with the band that he would be leaving Madball. No word as of yet on a possible replacement or how this effects their new album which is currently in full swing in the writing process. European dates in November are still on as well. Below is what Mitts had to say.
“It is with very heavy emotion that I would like to announce that my time with Madball has come to an end. Over the past 16+ years with this band, I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill almost every dream that a musician could ever have. I’ve gotten to travel the globe, made 4 LP’s, 3 EP’s, shared stages with heroes of my childhood. The friendships I’ve made with all of you, from here and around the world, are priceless. Most importantly, I would like to thank my bandmates, Freddy, Hoya, Mike, as well as past members Matt, Rigg, Ben, Mackie, Raj. It’s truly been an honor to share the stage with you all.
With regards to reasons why, I ask that you respect our privacy. The only thing anyone needs to know is that we all still remain on great terms. I have always, and will forever consider these guys my brothers, and I wish them all the best going forward from here. I have no doubt that they will continue to crush it for many years to come. Look out for “For The Cause” in 2018!!
As for my future, I am by NO means retiring, or hanging up my guitar. I’ve been playing music since I was 10 years old, and I have no intentions on stopping. As well as playing, I will continue to produce bands, something that I’m very passionate about. For every bit of sadness I have from closing the Madball chapter of my life, I am also very excited and looking forward to new ventures and opportunities in music. See you all soon!!” -Brian "Mitts" Daniels
SLAPSHOT have unveiled the artwork to their new album “Make America Hate Again” which should be out by years end on Bridge 9 Records. On October 26th Slapshot kicks off an 11 date European tour starting in Essen, Germany and wraps up on November 10th in Orebro, Sweden.
AMERICAN WAR MACHINE is a “new” band that is 5 years in the making and features members of Blood For Blood, Agnostic Front, Slapshot, Intent To Injure, and Only Living Witness. Their brand spanking new 3 song EP is called “Prey Drive” and is out now on Bridge 9 Records. Stream all 3 songs by clicking HERE. Since recording for the new EP American War Machine has recorded a cover version of “Rock ‘N Roll” for an upcoming Motorhead tribute record. Plans are also underway for an American War Machine full length with the band targeting a Spring 2018 release. .
TWO MAN ADVANTAGE who are celebrating their 20 year anniversary as a band have put out a new 6 song CD titled “Bar Down” to coincide with a weekend of shows they are playing to commemorate their milestone (October 20th, NYC and October 21st, Long Island, NY). The track listing for “Bar Down” is “Winter Classic”, “Empty Netter”, “Here Come The Dinosaurs”, “We Are The 22”, “Crushface” and “Stickboy”. This will be re-released on vinyl as a split release with The Daycare Swindlers and will feature an additional track (a cover of the Daycare Swindlers’ song "Long Hard Road" and the Daycare Swindlers side will feature a cover of TMA's "Lockout", sometime in 2018).
OCTOBER 15, 2017
"JAMES BROWN IN A MOSH PIT" IS HOW NYC BASED REBELMATIC DESCRIBE THEIR MULTI-LAYERED SOUND WHICH HAS BEEN ON DISPLAY NOW GOING ON 10 YEARS. IN EFFECT HARDCORE CAUGHT UP WITH MEMBERS CREATURE AND KARNAGE TO TRY AND BRING MORE EYES AND EARS TO THIS UNIQUE ACT WHO JUST RELEASED THEIR NEW EP "EAT THE MONSTER" THIS PAST AUGUST
NEW! VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH NJ/PA HARDCORE BAND DISSENT. CLICK BELOW TO WATCH
OCTOBER 8, 2017
IN EFFECT BRINGS YOU COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE RAYBEEZ TRIBUTE SHOW
WHICH WAS HELD IN NYC'S TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK ON OCTOBER 1ST, 2017.
PERFORMING BANDS WERE: REGULATE, SHUTDOWN, FIREBURN, KILL YOUR IDOLS & WARZONE. PHOTOS BY: JC PHOTO MEDIA, RICH ZOELLER, KEN BUGLIONE. CLICK PHOTO FOR MORE
NEW! VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH BRAND NEW NYHC BAND CRAZY EDDIE
CLICK PHOTO TO WATCH
In Effect Hardcore headed over to the Queens rehearsal spot of brand new NYHC band CRAZY EDDIE on September 30th to get the lowdown on this brand new project which includes members who have played major roles in bands like Fahrenheit 451, Abject!, and Down Low among many others. Video interview run time is 11:58. Crazy Eddie also performed the tracks “Running” and “Best I Can” which are still unreleased. Rehearsal tracks can be watched by clicking HERE.
OCTOBER 2, 2017
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH THE MEMBERS OF SHUTDOWN JUST BEFORE THEIR REUNION AT TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK IN NYC WHICH WAS PART OF THE WARZONE/RAYBEEZ TRIBUTE SHOW HELD ON OCTOBER 1, 2017. VIDEO INTERVIEW, RUN TIME 5:08 CLICK TO WATCH.
BOTTOM PHOTO BY: JC PHOTO MEDIA
SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
IN EFFECT HARDCORE'S JOSH DERR TAKES TO THE PARKING LOTS OF THE THIS IS HARDCORE FEST IN PHILADELPHIA TO GET THE "WORD ON THE STREET"... VIDEO RUN TIME 17:17. CLICK PHOTO TO WATCH
For 10 plus years now, Philadelphia has played home to the hardcore music scene's annual summer camp – This Is Hardcore Fest. With 60+ bands on the bill, dozens of vendors, food trucks, and a tent housing brutish dudes in armor smashing each other with actual battle axes, TIHC really is in a league all of its own.
Amidst the chaos there were a few sets I saw that stood out; Jukai, Clearview, Code Orange, Dissent – but for me, Risk It! from Germany really put it down. Although I had minimal exposure to them previously, the energy they brought on stage coupled with their rolling, punched up style made me an instant fan. For me, it's being able to check out so many bands from all over in such a compacted time and space that really sets TIHC apart. Sure the sno-cones and vegan Korean sandwiches are nice, but the single thing that each of the thousands of fest goers have in common is the music – so we gather to see our favorite bands and hopefully find some new ones.
TIHC is something that needs to be experienced in order to understand the scope of the whole thing. I mean, where the hell else can you see armor clad warriors beat each other with maces, watch Martyr AD play a killer set then get legit BBQ brisket from a truck? Nowhere. –Josh Derr; Sept, 2017.
REST IN PEACE MAX MOYA:
GUITARIST FOR PHILADELPHIA’S EATEN ALIVE
EATEN ALIVE had this to say about their friend:
“Most of you have probably heard that our guitar player Max Moya died suddenly and randomly on September 15th. We have been at a loss for words.
Max was our friend and brother. We have each played music with Max for years. Frontline (’96), Heidnik (’99), The Revenge (’05), he even did gang vocals on the Kingdom demo (’06). Eaten Alive didn’t form in hopes of becoming a successful band, Eaten Alive formed as group of old friends who wanted to write and play hardcore together. Every week we laughed. We wrote songs that no one will ever love more than we do. We wrote this album and put everything we had into it. Every great riff. Every dumb idea. Our friends Joe McKay and Chris Striegel laid guest vocals, and Jotham Oliver of Wisdom in Chains did a guest track as well. We fucking love it. Max loved it. We named it “Masterpiece of Ignorance”.
Eaten Alive will not continue as a band. Despite this, the amazing people at Fast Break! Records are releasing “Masterpiece Of Ignorance” in Max's memory. We offer the Masterpiece so you can hear what 5 friends created together in a practice space in the Harrowgate/Port Richmond section of Philly, laughing, joking, bickering, sweating. The profits from the album and pre-orders will go directly to Max’s family. All merch sales will go directly to them as well.
We will miss Max Moya for the rest of our lives, and feel very lucky to have been able to spend the last two years doing this band with him. We all feel that a piece of us is gone and will never be replaced. We are grateful to everyone who supported us, and also to everyone who has donated to Max’s GoFundMe, or raised money for his family”. Click the “Masterpiece Of Ignorance” cover art to order and scroll down within that page to hear two new tracks as well. In addition a Go Fund Me page which was initially set up for medical expenses and now being used for funeral expenses is still up and taking donations. Click HERE for more info.
Eaten Alive photo of Max taken at This Is Hardcore 2017. Photo by: Anne Spina
TONY RETTMAN who authored the great 2014 book “NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990” is back this November with his latest offering which is titled “Straight Edge: A Clear Headed Hardcore Punk History”. This soft cover book features 384 “heavily illustrated” pages with a forward written by Gorilla Biscuits frontman Civ. Pre-orders are up now. Click HERE to get the lowdown.
MATINEE: ALL AGES ON THE BOWERY 1983-1985 is a new photo book that is due out in October through Radio Raheem. The book will feature the photographs of Drew Carolan who took photos of CBGB matinee show goers in the early to mid-1980’s in NYC. The 10” x 10” hard cover book features nearly 150 images in all. More info about this book and ordering info can be found HERE.
In our September 4th update we brought you some news of an upcoming book titled “URBAN STYLES; GRAFFITI IN NEW YORK HARDCORE” which is due out on October 31st. Along with the release of the book by Freddy Alva there will be a series of book promotions and now word that there will be a limited edition cassette compilation tape available at these events. The “Urban Styles Mix Tape” will feature: Chaka Malik, Frontline, Adam 12, Terminal Confusion, Loud And Boisterous, DIE 116, Second 2 None, Crazy Eddie, Scoundrel and Last Cause. All NYHC bands with graffiti writers amongst their ranks with recordings that go as far back as 1981 to ones recorded in 2017. 200 copies made, only available with purchase of the book at one of the signings in the Tri-state area and beyond. Artwork by STAK TFP & JERE DMS. Mixed by Andy Giuda at Six III studios. Look for this compilation to be available as a free download soon as well. In addition Urban Styles has recently released a video trailer which can be seen HERE.
Former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY singer Eric Eycke has recently passed away. Eric was in the band from 1983-1984 and sang on their debut “Eye For An Eye”.
Info about a new film titled “CROWN AND ANCHOR” has just been passed on to us by film director Drew Stone (The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film). Drew passed along this message: "Friends. please check out the 1st teaser for my friend Matt Wells' new film “Crown and Anchor”. It features music by Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Side By Side, Project X and many others. Michael Rowe, best known for playing DC’s Comics Deadshot, plays one of the leads in the film. This banging film is about to hit the festival circuit so watch out for it. Support independent filmmaking or be beaten!" Let me know what you think and thanx!”… Drew Stone. Click HERE to check out the teaser video.
On September 28th FAST BREAK! RECORDS will release the new 2 song split 7” featuring MADBALL and WISDOM IN CHAINS. You can now stream these new tracks by clicking HERE. Madball’s track “For The Cause” will be a part of their new full length which is still be worked on and the Wisdom In Chains song “Someday” features guest vocals from Freddy Cricien of Madball. “The Family Biz” is the title of this 7” and is a fitting title for two bands who have become very tight over the last couple of years.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
NEW!! 20 QUESTIONS WITH NEW YORK HARDCORE GREAT TODD YOUTH
Congratulations to INDECISION guitarist Justin Brannan who just became the Democratic nominee to be the next City Council Member for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and the Bensonhurst sections of Brooklyn, NY. Next up for Justin is Election Day on November 7th. Check out his website and follow his run by going HERE.
SPILL YOUR GUTS out of Shanghai, China have just released their latest effort titled “Hungry Crows” which is 9 songs blending a shit load of influences from straight up hardcore to black metal, grindcore and crust. A crazy mix but somehow it works! This is their 4th release and follow up to their “Full Blast” EP from 2016. “Hungry Crows” is available now on Bandcamp for a “Name Your Price”. Click HERE to get it.
NEW VIDEOS that we’ve posted since our last update include: Comeback Kid’s “Hell Of A Scene” and
Peace Of Mind’s “Twist Of Fate”. Visit our VIDEOS page for hundreds of hardcore and punk music videos.
BRIDGE NINE RECORDS and H2O have been working together for quite some time and the latest offering from the duo turns back the clock as for the first time ever H2O's full Don Fury session from 1994 is available on vinyl. Originally put out as a self-released four song demo tape and a two song EP on Equal Vision Records, this collection compiles all six songs on a one-sided 12"EP complete with a screen printed B-side illustrated by tattoo artist Dan Smith. All six songs have also been re-mastered by Don Fury himself. Also available is a brand new special 20th Anniversary pressing of “Thicker Than Water”. Two new color-ways and an expanded gatefold jacket limited to a one-time edition of 1,000 copies. Click HERE for ordering info.
Southern California based THE EULOGY will have their new 5 song EP titled “Last Days” out on September 22nd via Bridge Nine. This is the follow up to their self-titled debut that came out on Flatspot Records back in January of 2015. The Eulogy features ex-Madball/Agnostic Front guitarist Matt Henderson as well as members who have been in such bands as Eye For An Eye, Straight Faced and Mouthpiece. “Pete’s Song” is one of the new tracks and it can be heard now by clicking HERE.
BACKTRACK have revealed the cover artwork to their new album “Bad To My World” due out Nov.17th on Bridge 9.
WIDE EYED NOISE has a new 21 song cassette out now titled “Ending Silence” which was put out to help benefit The Trevor Project which was founded in 1998 and provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth. The comp contains all new punk and hardcore music from bands everywhere from Oakland to Ukraine, Boston to Indonesia. $10 gets you a cassette version or download it from their Bandcamp page via “Name Your Price”. Click HERE to find out more.
QUICKSAND guitarist Tom Capone has left the current tour that the band is on that started on September 5th in Seattle and runs through October 1st in Brooklyn, NY. There are a bunch of online articles stating that he was arrested for shoplifting and resisting arrest at a Phoenix CVS drug store this past week. Quicksand put out a post that stated that Tom was “headed home to work on his health”. Hope all turns out well here for all parties. In the meantime Quicksand has new music on the way on November 10th in the form of a new album titled “Interiors” on Epitaph Records. Check out the new song “Illuminant” by clicking HERE.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
RICHMOND VIRGINIA'S BREAK AWAY ARE UP NEXT IN THIS NEW INTERVIEW WITH THEIR FRONTMAN ACE STALLINGS. NEW ALBUM "CROSS MY HEART" OUT NOW ON REACT! RECORDS
Be on the lookout for the new “Urban Styles; Graffiti In New York Hardcore” book due out October 31st from author Freddy Alva. The same Freddy Alva that co-released the “New Breed Cassette Compilation” back in 1989. “Urban Styles deftly straddles the seemingly in congruent worlds of graffiti culture and the hardcore punk scene of the 1980’s to tell the story of a unique moment in time when crossover between the two outlaw cultures was a common, if not heralded, occurrence. Urban Styles chronicles a gritty New York City and its boroughs while telling the stories of forgotten revolutionaries who were as familiar with stealth runs through train yards as they were slamming on the CBGB dance floor.”
There are scheduled book launches currently set up within NYC with more to be announced in the upcoming weeks before the books release. As we post this update the current launch dates and sites include: October 20th at Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY. Sacha Jenkins will moderate a Q&A with EZEC, KR.ONE, SMOG RIS & JERE DMS scheduled to answer questions. On October 24th Generation Records located at 210 Thompson St in Manhattan will have Howie Abrams moderating with EZEC, SMOG RIS and Chucky Brown scheduled to answer questions. Crown Of Thornz will also play a live set at this launch. On November 5th things move to Queens to Smoke Bomb which is located at 200-19 32nd Avenue in Bayside. Chris Wynne from In Effect will moderate a Q&A w/KR. ONE, SMOG RIS & BUNK TMR scheduled to answer questions. Pre-orders for “Urban Styles” are available HERE through DiWulf.com. The Brooklyn Blast Furnace Podcast recently invited Freddy Alva and interviewees from the Urban Style book (Chaka Malik, Gavin Van Vlack, SMOG RIS and JERE DMS) on to their show for an almost 2 hour sit down talking about the book. Check that out by going HERE.
NEW VIDEOS that have dropped over the last week and change include “Never Give Up” by HAPPY FIST out of France, “Bad Choices” by FOR THE GLORY from Portugal, and “Riot In My Head” by DONE DEAL out of Philly. CLICK them blue hyperlinks to watch each video or head on over to the In Effect VIDEOS page.
NONE ABOVE ALL are self-releasing a new 9 song EP titled “Climate Of Hostility” on September 8th which will be available digitally as well as on CD. A little over a year ago None Above All released their debut EP which was titled “Beyond The Frame” and contained 7 songs. The new track “Deep” can be heard by clicking on the cover to the left.
New York’s BACKTRACK are gearing up for their new album which is due out later this year on Bridge 9 Records and is also the follow up to their 2014 full length “Lost In Life”. The first peek at the new stuff comes in the form of the new track “Bad To My World” which can be heard HERE. “Bad To My World” is also available as a 2 song flexi-7” which also comes with a 32 page full color magazine that contains exclusive photos, art, illustrations, stories, and lyrics from the band. Track 2 on the 7” is titled “Breaking Loose” and is an exclusive track to this release and will not be on the new album. Click HERE to find out more about ordering. Backtrack will be playing in support of No Warning on the 2017 “Life & Death Tour” which starts on September 8th in Los Angeles and runs through October 1st in Tampa, FL. Twitching Tongues, Higher Power and Vein will also be on this tour with regional appearances from Terror, Down To Nothing, Bitter End and Brace War. Click HERE for more info on Life & Death 2017.
The new BURN album “Do Or Die” hits the streets on September 8th on Deathwish Inc. The title track to the new album is the 3rd and latest track to be previewed ahead of the release date and can now be heard by clicking HERE.
ROGER MIRET of Agnostic Front has released his new book titled “My Riot” and held a book signing with a Q&A on August 28th at Generation Records in NYC. You Tube page “Psycho TV Videos” has a really cool video of the event which you can check out HERE. The following night the book signing moved south to Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, NJ. Check out Scott Geminn’s review of this book by heading over to the In Effect “Reviews” page.
AUGUST 29, 2017
VIDEO ALERT: IN EFFECT'S JOSH DERR INTERVIEWS TERROR FRONTMAN SCOTT VOGEL OUTSIDE OF THE THIS IS HARDCORE FESTIVAL IN PHILADELPHIA THIS PAST JULY. RUN TIME 2:28.
VIDEO ALERT: IN EFFECT'S JOSH DERR INTERVIEWS MEMBERS OF THE BAD LUCK 13 RIOT EXTRAVAGANZA OUTSIDE OF THE THIS IS HARDCORE FESTIVAL THIS PAST JULY. RUN TIME 3:44
Bad Luck 13 shows are nothing short of a riotous spectacle - leaving some to criticize their musical integrity. According to the band, their next release aims to shut those people up with a rejuvenated focus on the music, while they chase their new goal of becoming the most violent band in America! If you want to find out how they're doing with their new quest, you'll have the chance on September 24th when they play day 2 of East Coast Tsunami Fest at Club Reverb in Reading PA.
AUGUST 18, 2017
A NEW INTERVIEW WITH ALL OUT WAR'S LEAD SINGER MIKE SCORE
"I wrote most of the lyrics during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign and it was such a joke watching it all go down. From the candidates, to their supporters, to the elite who came out and voiced their opinions...it was just a sad joke. The entire time I was thinking, this is the best the country has to offer?"
VIDEO ALERT: IN EFFECT'S JOSH DERR INTERVIEWS MITTS FROM MADBALL BEFORE THEIR SET AT THE THIS IS HARDCORE FESTIVAL IN PHILLY ON JULY 27TH.
VIDEO ALERT: IN EFFECT INTERVIEWS PHILADELPHIA'S DONE DEAL BEFORE THEIR SET AT THE LUCKY 13 SALOON IN BROOKLYN, NY ON AUGUST 6TH
FIREBURN TO RELEASE DEBUT EP "DON'T STOP THE YOUTH" THIS SEPTEMBER ON CLOSED CASKET ACTIVITIES. FEATURING MEMBERS FROM: BAD BRAINS, WARZONE, TERROR, BLOODCLOT & MORE
FIREBURN are a new name to look out for with an upcoming 5 track 12” EP titled “Don’t Stop The Youth” due out on Closed Casket Activities this September. The band features: Israel Joseph I (Formerly of Bad Brains), Nick Townsend (Currently/Formerly of Deadbeat, Knife Fight), Todd Jones (Currently/Formerly of Nails,Terror), and Todd Youth (Currently/Formerly of Bloodclot, Warzone, Danzig, Murphys Law). Check the In Effect reviews section to read the review and in the meantime you can stream the entire EP by going HERE.
Fireburn has shows lined up for August 18th at Vacation Vinyl in Silver Lake, CA, Programme Skate & Sound in Fullerton, CA on August 25th and at All Star Lanes in L.A. on August 26th. If you like what ‘ya heard you can pre-order “Don’t Stop The Youth” HERE.
BURN have recently released a second preview track off of their upcoming debut full length titled “Do Or Die” which is due out on September 8th via Deathwish. The second track to be unveiled is “Dead Identity” which you can listen to HERE.
AUGUST 5, 2017
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD SECTION UPDATED WITH A LOOK AT MINDFORCE
FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY OF NEW YORK
AGNOSTIC FRONT frontman Roger Miret will be releasing his new book titled “My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory” later this month and will be appearing at Generation Records located at 210 Thompson Street in NYC on Monday, August 28th at 7pm for a reading and to also sign copies. Also scheduled is a live performance by Stigma, who is fronted by Agnostic Front guitarist Vinnie Stigma.
BLACK ‘N BLUE PRODUCTIONS has announced that on Sunday, October 1st in Tompkins Square Park in NYC there will be a 20th Anniversary Raybeez Tribute Show with former members of Warzone and friends. Look for a Shutdown reunion as well and following announcements with more bands to be added to this show. Ray “Raybeez” Barbieri was the frontman for NYHC legends Warzone. Ray passed on September 11th, 1997. In Effect Fanzine ran an article in early 1998 and interviewed his Warzone bandmates and various members of the hardcore scene and got a more in depth look at Ray and what he did for the scene. Check that article out HERE.
In our last update we told you about a new 2 song split 7” featuring both MADBALL and WISDOM IN CHAINS due out this fall on Fast Break! Records and here is the first look at the cover.
Richmond, VA’s BREAK AWAY have just released their brand new album titled “Cross My Heart’ on React! Records. The 11 song album can now be streamed on the React! Bandcamp page by going HERE. This past week the band also released a new music video for the title track which can be seen HERE.
OUT LIVE DEATH have released a new song titled “Buried Alive” off of their new album titled “Has The Past Taught Us Nothing” which is due out this September. Click HERE to listen. Out Live Death is also looking for a new guitar player to replace long time bandmate Lenny Leonardi who is relocating outside of the NY area.
Over the last few weeks COMEBACK KID has given us a bunch of teasers and inside looks at their upcoming new album “Outsider’ due out September 8th. The latest comes in the form of a new music video for the track “Surrender Control” which can be seen HERE.
DISCHORD RECORDS has recently added a ton of music to their Bandcamp page allowing people to stream music for free or download at various prices. Some of the things you can find within this page are the 1981 Minor Threat demo, as well as various releases from days gone by from bands like Dag Nasty, Youth Brigade, Void, Government Issue, Scream, and tons more. Click the Minor Threat cover for more info!
Ahead of their new full length titled “Give Us Extinction” ALL OUT WAR have given us a 2nd teaser track titled “Circling Vultures” which can be heard HERE. Organized Crime Records will be handling the new release which is due out August 11th.
Another year of the THIS IS HARDCORE FESTIVAL is in the books and Rachel Wass of Wass Photography has created a “TIHC 2017 Recap” video for the 3rd year in a row melding live video and candid shots taken at the fest set to the music of “Let It Ride” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive and “Free Ride” by Edgar Winter. The video which runs just under 9 minutes can be seen HERE.
STEREO KILLER and the THIS IS HARDCORE crew have teamed up to create a 2018 This Is Hardcore Wishlist Poll where you can send in band names that you would like to see perform at next year’s festival. Go HERE to check it!
JULY 28, 2017
IN EFFECT HARDCORE INTERVIEWS SCOTT EARTH OF NEW JERSEY'S SILENCE EQUALS DEATH
"I don't want anyone looking up to me, I want them standing side by side with me ready to take on the world. I want people to read my lyrics and listen to me talk between songs and to think about what I say and form their own opinions."
NY’s ALL OUT WAR return with new music on August 11th with the release of their new 12 song, 42 minute album titled “Give Us Extinction”. Organized Crime Records will handle the release which will be available on LP, CD and digital and is the follow up to All Out War’s “Dying Gods” EP from 2015. “Burn These Enemies” is the 2nd track off the new album and you can listen to it now by going HERE.
DISTRICT 9 from The Bronx have announced that they will be reforming once again with their first show slated for September 30th as part of “Binghamton Style, 2017” at the HCS Skatepark in Vestal, NY. Also performing are Harley Flanagan, Dead End Path, Line Of Scrimmage, Mindforce and a bunch more. Get more info on this show HERE.
After approximately 8 years of countless weekends on the road NJ’s NIGHT BIRDS have announced that starting in November they will be taking a break from playing live shows to “focus on families and that domesticated suburbia life”. The band says they will be back soon with some tricks up their sleeves and are also cramming in a bunch of shows before their hibernation. Check out the video for “Mutiny At Muscle Beach” off of their Fat Wreck LP of the same name by clicking HERE.
Hats off to PISSED OFF RADIO who after almost 4 years of service to the underground punk/hardcore scene is pulling the plug on their show. For those not aware of Ken Kelleher’s hard work with this program you can check out archives from old episodes by going HERE. In addition to the radio show Ken also put out multiple compilations that raised money for various cancer charities. The comps are still available and ALL proceeds are still being donated. Check in to the Pissed Off Radio BANDCAMP page as more of the older comps are added to the page.
MADBALL and WISDOM IN CHAINS are teaming up for a 2 song split 7” on Fast Break! Records which is due out this fall. The new Madball song is titled “For The Cause” which will also be the title of the new Madball album which is slated for an early 2018 release with recording starting in late November. The new Wisdom In Chains song is titled “Someday” and features Madball’s Freddy Cricien on guest vocals. Fastbreak! plans on pressing only 1500 copies of the 7” when it hits store shelves this fall so be on the lookout for pre-order info when it becomes available.
COMEBACK KID are in full swing with promotion for their new (and 6th) studio album due out on September 8th. The latest peak at their new album “Outsider” is a 2 minute video interview with the band discussing the composing of the new material. Check it out HERE.
NY’s THE CASULATIES and longtime frontman Jorge Herrera have parted ways after 27 years together citing that “the touring life is no longer for him”. Dave Tejas (Krum Bums & Starving Wolves) will be handling the vocal duties when The Casualties start a 13 date European tour kicking off on August 6th and running through the 24th. August 26th sees the band return to the US to start a month long run starting in San Bernadino, CA and ending on September 26th in Seattle, WA.
EDGEWISE and ALL ELSE FAILED have teamed up for a new 2 song split 7” out now on Harvcore Records with all proceeds going to Safe Harbor of West Chester who assist the homeless in Chester County, PA. Edgewise’s track is “March To The Apocalypse” and All Else Failed’s track is “Repeat The Cycle”. A limited run of 75 copies were made available at a This Is Hardcore pre-show on July 26th featuring the “Nintendo” cover with copies with the “official” cover due out the first week of August from Harvcore. Click HERE for more info.
Long Island’s OUT LIVE DEATH will have new music on the way this September when they self-release their new 12 song CD to be titled “Has The Past Taught us Nothing” which is the follow up to their 2015 debut demo/EP.
NY’s INHUMAN and Dead City Records have teamed up to release the first two Inhuman full lengths (“Evolver” 1997) and (“Rebellion” 1999) digitally for the first time ever. Inhuman got their start in 1995 and have put out 2 other full lengths including the bands most recent release, 2007's "Last Rites" on I Scream Records. The band has recently hinted at writing and recording new music as well. The new downloads are available worldwide on most download and streaming services.
NY’s BURN recently unveiled a new track titled “Ill Together” off of their upcoming debut full length titled “Do Or Die” out September 8th on Deathwish. “Ill Together” can be heard now by clicking HERE.
JULY 14, 2017
TIMMY CHUNKS (TOKEN ENTRY, REDEMPTION 87, FELIX & MORE) HAS A NEW BAND & EP OUT NOW UNDER THE NAME LET RAGE! IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH THE WHOLE BAND TO FIND OUT MORE!
JULY 1, 2017
THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF A NEW FEATURE THAT SALUTES THE BEHIND THE SCENES PEOPLE
THAT MAKE THE DIY PUNK AND HARDCORE UNDERGROUND THRIVE!
MARC LOPEZ- SBC BOOKINGS, HOLLY BERCHIELLI- OUTSIDER ZINE
PONGSAKORN "NUT" NETON- PHOTOGRAPHER
QUICK HITS... NEWS AND SUCH...
After reforming back in 2015 NY’s BURN have been busy writing and recording new music and on September 8th they will release their latest titled “Do Or Die” which will be released via Deathwish. Check out a quick 30 second teaser HERE. Track listing for “Do Or Die” is as follows:
2. Ill Together
5. Dead Identity
6. Do or Die
7. Last Great Sea
8. New Morality
9. Unf*ck Yourself
10. Climb Out
Also out on September 8th is the new COMEBACK KID album titled “Outsider”. A few weeks back (see June 18th update below) the band previewed the new track “Absolute” and now bring us a short video interview talking about the new album. Click HERE to watch.
The new 12 track BLOODCLOT album titled “Up In Arms” is less than 2 weeks away with some samples of it available now via the track “Manic” as well as the video for the track titled “Kali”. Metal Blade Records will be releasing this highly anticipated release which features Cro-Mag John Joseph on vocals, Todd Youth (Murphy’s Law, Danzig, Warzone, Youth of Today and more) on guitars, Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age) on bass, and Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig) on drums. A little over a year ago our homie Lewis Dimmick brought us an insightful piece on the band after sitting down with Todd Youth. Check out that article by clicking HERE.
QUICKSAND are back with a 24 date cross country US tour starting on September 5th at Neumos in Seattle and will wind up at Warsaw in Brooklyn on October 1st. Could new music be in the works as well? Time will tell. Their last album “Manic Compression” was released way back in 1995. “Thorn In My Side” was one of the tracks off of that album and you can check out the video for it by clicking HERE.
Music videos released this past week include new ones from: MIRACLE DRUG with “War Within”, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES with “Living For Life”, and Honk Kong’s DAGGER with “All Hope Is Gone”. Click on the blue hyperlinks to watch each.
One of the best releases we have come across so far in 2017 is the new MINDFORCE 7” titled “The Future Of…”. The band features former members of the now defunct Living Laser from Pougkeepsie, NY. You can stream or buy the digital version by clicking HERE or order the vinyl direct from Trip Machine Labs by going HERE. Look for an In Effect Fresh Blood feature with these guys in the upcoming weeks as well.
JUNE 23, 2017
NEW INTERVIEW WITH HIGHER POWER FRONTMAN JIMMY WIZARD.
NEW ALBUM "SOUL STRUCTURE" OUT NOW ON FLATSPOT & VENN RECORDS
"With the vocals I take a lot of influence from bands like Janes Addiction and Alice In Chains… all those grunge/alt rock bands… I love that sound."
REVELATION RECORDS is now on Bandcamp where you can now stream or buy Rev releases. The first wave has over 40 releases to check out and includes releases by Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, Ignite, Into Another, Inside Out and many more. Click on the Rev logo to check it out.
In our last update we told you about HATEBREED being announced as the headliner for the 2018 PERSISTENCE TOUR which runs through Europe each January. Just a week later Madball, Terror, Power Trip, Broken Teeth and Insanity Alert have been added to this ongoing tour package which will run from January 18th in Berlin, Germany and finish up in London on the 28th. Hatebreed has also released a brand new music video for the track “Seven Enemies” which you can check out HERE.
Also in our last update we told you about the upcoming CD compilation on the newly formed TRIPSQUAD RECORDS titled “Just For Us Hardcore Kids” due out July 21st. The first sneak peek at the tracks on that comp is now up with the Truth & Rights track “Chopped Up”. Click HERE to check it out.
JUNE 18, 2017
IN EFFECT'S FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL 2017... FEATURING 28 MINI-INTERVIEWS CELEBRATING "HARDCORE DADS" INCLUDING MEMBERS OF ALL OUT WAR, SICK OF IT ALL, MAXIMUM PENALTY, MADBALL, BOY SETS FIRE, KNUCKLEDUST, AGNOSTIC FRONT, BILLY CLUB SANDWICH & MORE!!!
IN EFFECT QUICK HITS... NEWS AND SUCH...
Canada's COMEBACK KID have moved on from Victory Records and have signed on with Nuclear Blast. Their new 13 song album (which will be their 6th studio album) will be titled "Outsider" and will be released on September 8th. The single titled "Absolute" can be heard by clicking the new album’s artwork to the left. CBK is currently on a 3 week tour in Europe which runs through July 8th.
TRAPPED UNDER ICE return with new music ahead of their upcoming 11 song album “Heatwave” due out on Pop Wig Records on July 21st. “No Relief” can be heard by clicking HERE. TUI start a short 10 date run along the East Coast starting on August 25th at the Middle East in Boston and wind up in Washington DC on September 3rd with additional Texas dates set for late September. “Big Kiss Goodnight” which was TUI’s last album was released way back in 2011.
Current day Leeway guitarist MARK THOUSANDS will be self-releasing his own 7 song solo album titled "A Love Talismanic" this summer on CD as well as on iTunes. You can listen to a sampling of the title track which features guest vocals by Life Of Agony's Mina Caputo by clicking HERE.
Richmond VA's FRIEND OR FOE announced their breakup earlier in the week. Their 2016 EP titled “Foe” was straight up a 9 minute fierce piece of hardcore. Pay your respects by checking it out HERE.
Because we missed it, and because we think it is important we wanted to pass on the news that Hong Kong’s KING LY CHEE announced an indefinite hiatus back in early May. Click HERE to check out one amazing ass video for the song “Lost In A World” which was the introduction to this band for many. King Ly Chee singer Riz has gone on to form DAGGER where he now plays guitar. Dagger's debut which came out in May can be heard by clicking HERE.
INTEGRITY have dropped another new video off of their new album due out on July 14th on Relapse Records. Check out “Hymn For The Children Of The Black Flame” by clicking HERE.
SURFACE REPORT are a new 4 piece punk band out of Southern California who grew out of the band Castoff who were previously featured here on In Effect’s Fresh Blood page, and who are now on an indefinite hiatus. Surface Report already have a 9 song full length titled “Stand By…” on the way and set for release on CD and digital on July 28th. “Things We Tell Ourselves” is a new track that they are pushing ahead of the new release and you can check it out HERE. Look for a West Coast tour in mid-August to support “Stand By…”.
Newly founded TRIPSQUAD RECORDS presents their debut release called “Just For Us Hardcore Kids” which is a collection of exclusive hardcore and punk tracks from a wide range of bands. Due out on July 21st on CD and all digital platforms this collection includes tracks from Eddie Sutton of Leeway NYC and his new band Truth & Rights, Rob Kabula; formerly of Agnostic Front and his new band Dead Blow Hammer, Russell Iglay of Underdog and his new band Huge, Tim McMurtrie of M.O.D. and his new band Full Scale Riot, as well as tracks from Crime Scene, Strong, Silence Equals Death, Despairadisio, Onpoint, Choke Artist, Strike Against All, Decimate The Living, Crossface, The Carbomb Parade, Sardonica, and Pave The Way. Look out for a release show for this compilation which will take place on August 13th at the Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ. Click on the "Just For Us" logo to the right to get more info on Tripsquad.
Southern California's DEAR FURIOUS have released their first music video for their new track "Corruptdead". The band features ex-members of Throwdown, Strife, A Chorus Of Disapproval, Adamantium, and Outspoken. Dear Furious' first show will be on July 2nd as part of Rev Fest being held at Auriel Vista in Riverside, California from June 29th through July 2nd. The band which formed earlier this year has been busy writing and recording. Watch the video for "Corruptedead" by clicking HERE.
HATEBREED have been announced as the 2018 headliners of the annual Persistence Tour which runs each January throughout Europe. June 22nd sees the next announcements to this tour with pre-sale tickets going on sale on that date. The 2018 edition will run from January 18th through the 28th. Hatebreed’s last run on the Persistence Tour was back in 2013. Stay in touch by following the Persistence page HERE.
NY's BACKTRACK are currently working on the follow up to their 2014 "Lost In Life" full length by recently putting in over 2 weeks of work in at Portsmouth, NH's Wild Artic Studios with engineer Dean Baltulonis. Add in Terror drummer Nick Jett handling the production to this still untitled full length and you have a combo that has worked very well in recent history. More details to follow but be sure to look out for a fall 2017 release on Bridge Nine Records.
This fall BRIDGE NINE RECORDS will be releasing an 11x11, 288 page hardcover book featuring “the best’ of xXx Fanzine which is being touted as “the most comprehensive documentation of the hardcore scene circa 1983-1988”. Follow xXxFanzine for more updates as they become available.
Look out for a preview of the new DECLINE track “Deteriorate” due out this coming Thursday, June 22nd via NoEcho.net. In case ya missed it their new 6 song 7” titled “Own Your Words” will be out in September on New Age Records with a 2 week West Coast tour in the works for October.
JUNE 9, 2017
AN INCOMPLETE LOOK AT THE 2017 BNB BOWL HELD AT NYC'S WEBSTER HALL ON MAY 21ST WITH:
GORILLA BISCUITS, REST IN PIECES, TERROR, TOKEN ENTRY, TERROR, MAXIMUM PENALTY & MORE
JUNE 2, 2017
ITALY'S RAW POWER RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM "INFERNO" DUE OUT JUNE 9TH ON DEMONS RUN AMOK
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MAY 18, 2017
25 TA LIFE TO REUNITE WITHOUT SINGER RICK HEALY, FIRST SHOW AT THIS IS HARDCORE FEST JULY 29TH IN PHILADELPHIA. IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH FRED MESK & SETH MEYER TO GET DA LOWDOWN
MAY 13, 2017
20 QUESTIONS WITH... TONY FORESTA OF IRON REAGAN & MUNICIPAL WASTE
"My wrestling name would be Calypso and my move would be the Calypso Splash.
My entrance song would be "Rebel" by Accept."
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD PAGE UPDATED WITH BUDAPEST HUNGARY'S TOUCH
"We are trying to emulate some of our favorite bands and you will find our sound is influenced by bands like NYHC staples, Bad Brains, Burn and Absolution and the whole Washington, DC hardcore vibe. "
NEW ROGER MIRET BOOK OUT THIS AUGUST
Coming this August is a new book by Jon Wiederhorn titled “My Riot, Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory” telling the story of AF’s ROGER MIRET. Below is the description…
Gangs of New York meets Mean Streets in this brutally honest memoir about surviving the treacherous 1980s Lower East Side and finding refuge and a voice in music.
Filled with danger, drugs, and abrasive music, “My Riot” is the definitive insider account of the volatile New York hardcore scene of the early 1980s. With Roger Miret as front man, legendary band Agnostic Front’s focused fury and aggression defined the times and continue to resonate today.
Born in Cuba, Roger Miret fled with his family to the US to escape the Castro regime. Through vivid language and graphic details, Miret recounts growing up in a strange new land with a tyrannical, abusive stepfather and the roles that poverty and violence played in shaping the toughness that became critical to his survival. In his teen years, he finds himself squatting in abandoned buildings with other runaways and victims of similar childhood trauma. Soon he becomes a respected and feared kingpin of the scene, and a protector of its misfits and outcasts.
Miret’s gripping memoir is a testament to the perils of growing up too young too fast and finding redemption through sheer strength, perseverance, and courage. Pre-orders can be found by visiting Amazon.com.
KNUCKLEDUST are the focal point of a new short 3 minute film by “The New British” featuring the band and fellow members of the London Hardcore scene. Click HERE to see it for yourself.
Kansas City’s SPINE and BRIDGE NINE RECORDS have teamed up and announced that Spine will finish writing their second full length this summer with plans for it to hit store shelves by years end.
Dan O’Mahony (No For An Answer) and DONE DYING have some new (sorta) music out there in the form of the track “Through You” which you can check out HERE. Carlos Ramirez and NoEcho.net have a cool accompanying article telling more about the new track and plans for a new full length by years end. Click the NoEcho link above for more.
NYC'S BLACK 'N BLUE BOWL 2017 JUST 8 DAYS AWAY!
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