JUNE 26, 2020
BRAND NEW DON'T SLEEP "PANDEMIC EDITION" VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE ENTIRE BAND.
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In Effect Hardcore is pleased to bring you a new video interview with the band DON’T SLEEP who feature the man, the legend, Dave Smalley on vocals along with some pretty talented dudes from Central PA backing him up. The idea for this "pandemic edition" interview came about during the earlier stages of the Covid-19 crisis here in the United States where ZOOM video calls and other streaming video chats became more of a thing here on our end. Working with Don't Sleep guitarist Anthony Bavaria we had the band ask their fans for specific questions via social media. All of the members of Don't Sleep took part and some nifty editing was put together by Antony Von RatCorpse (on loan from Middle Earth) and Wedge Antilles down in our Wilmington offices. Don't Sleep's upcoming full length album "Turn The Tide" is due out later this summer on Mission Two Entertainment. Anddddddddddd don’t forget to check out the brand new Don’t Sleep music video “Refine Me” by clicking HERE. Click Dave's pic above to watch the interview.
DEAD BLOW HAMMER PREMIER "SHORTER CIRCUITS" OFF OF THEIR SOON TO BE RELEASED EP
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DEAD BLOW HAMMER will be releasing a 4 song EP titled “Mantis Lover/Shorter Circuits” this August with Patient Zero Records (MA). This release contains the songs “Shorter Circuits”, “Force To Reckon”, “Stand As One” (Cause For Alarm cover) and “Mantis Lover” and will be available on 12” vinyl as well as cassette with CD versions being handled by Catarina Records/ Tuskeny Recordings. In Effect Hardcore has the premier for the track “Shorter Circuits”, click HERE to check it out and keep an eye out for pre-orders which are not that far behind. Find out more about DBH by checking out our October 2019 interview with their singer AG by clicking HERE. Follow DBH on Instagram HERE.
BE WELL are set to release their debut full length titled “The Weight And The Cost” on August 21st via Equal Vision Records (US) and End Hits Records (EU/UK). The band is fronted by prolific record producer Brian McTernan (Turnstile, Thrice, Hot Water Music), and includes guitarists Mike Schleibaum (Darkest Hour) and Peter Tsouras (Fairweather), bassist Aaron Dalbec (Bane), and drummer Shane Johnson (Fairweather). “The Weight And The Cost” marks McTernan’s unexpected but welcomed return to the other side of the glass. “Confessional” is the first single released off of the new album and it comes with an accompanying music video which you can check out HERE. “Confessional” is the album’s final track, and serves as an emotional ode to McTernan’s hopes for his daughter's future as he works on pulling his own life together. Both optimism and pain are palpable in the song, which serves as an anthem for these isolated times. Be Well’s debut finds McTernan in his most honest and transparent moments. He chronicles his struggles with depression and fatherhood through lyrics that are equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful. Recorded at McTernan’s famed Salad Days Studio in Baltimore, this record is refreshingly real and at times emotionally raw. This is an album that pushes well outside of the confines of what you already know about its members’ previous bands. “The Weight And The Cost” has the urgency, energy, and vulnerability of something totally new.
Speaking on the album, guitarist Mike Schleibaum stated:
“It’s been amazing to do a band with people who I’ve known for more than half my life- I’ve played and toured with everyone, and Brian has produced records for all of our bands. Brian is one of the most private people I know and it’s crazy to see how much of himself he revealed on this record.” Pre-orders can be found HERE.
BE WELL PHOTO BY: TODD POLLOCK
SICK OF IT ALL just dropped a new music video for the track “Bull’s Anthem” which is off their “Wake The Sleeping Dragon” album from 2018. Fans submitted their own homemade videos singing along to the song as the bar for quarantine style hardcore music videos just got raised a notch. Check it out HERE.
ONE LIFE ALL IN are a 4 piece posi-hardcore band that feature Don Foose (Spudmonsters- Cleveland, OH on vocals) as well as French members who have played in Seekers Of The Truth and Benighted. The band formed in 2016 and put out their debut EP in 2017. This past April 24th saw them release the 6 song “Letter of Forgiveness” (check it HERE) which has two accompanying music videos for “Hey Man!” and “Letter of Forgiveness”.
On the heavier side of things THESE STREETS have just dropped the second single from their upcoming release “Expect The Worst” which will be out on August 21st via Blood Blast Distribution and Upstate Records. The track “Misery” features Paul William from the UK band Desolated. Check it out HERE.
JUNE 22, 2020
AN EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK AT THE NEW KOLLER BROTHERS BOOK TAKEN FROM THE "JUST SMACK THOSE KIDS ALREADY!" CHAPTER. BOOK OUT ON AUGUST 4TH, PRE-ORDER INFO BELOW!
“The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of It All's Koller Brothers” is due out August 4th with pre-orders available NOW through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Coretex (Germany) and Generation Records in NYC. Author Howie Abrams gives us a sneak peek at the chapter titled “Just Smack Those Kids Already!”
LOU: Our “We Stand Alone” EP was released in Europe by Sony with a bunch of live tracks added to it without us knowing about it in advance. We came home from our European tour and were like, “We need to do a New York show, and CBGB is gone, but everybody is playing ABC No Rio.” We approached them but were told, “We don’t like the kind of crowd you draw.” I sort of understood what they were saying, but they knew us. Many were fans of our band.
PETE: By that time, the scene had started getting pretty dumb.
LOU: We were totally against that shit that had gone on at CB’s. That was at the time when we started writing for “Just Look Around”, more social and political stuff. It wasn’t about fighting. We wrote a lot about the violence in the scene and also the violence in the city. The song “Just Look Around” was written about what happened in Brooklyn, in Crown Heights, what happened between the African-American community and the Hasidic community. People lived together there for decades and it started exploding into race riots. That’s when the AIDS crisis was really bad, and we wrote songs about that. But somehow, all these kids down there made us the poster children for everything they thought was wrong with New York hardcore. I don’t remember all of the specific zines, but I remember on the back of Smashin’ Through , they had taken Mötley Crüe’s promo shot and glued our faces onto Mötley Crüe’s bodies and wrote “Alleyway Crüe” in the Mötley Crüe logo. I wish we had a good image of that because if we made a shirt of it, we’d probably sell a ton of them!
BILL FLORIO (SMASHIN’ THROUGH FANZINE): I interviewed Sick of It All for issue number two, and I think it was the same week Adam from Born Against was passing out these “Sick of It All Built Missiles” flyers. Born Against seemed to be trying to make a name for themselves. Anyway, Pete and Lou and those guys were fired up about that and talked about it the entire interview. I really didn’t know what they were talking about, so for the next issue, I interviewed Born Against to find out what that was all about. I had all these questions about what Sick of It All had talked about in their interview. I was printing the issue with the Born Against interview and had the stupid idea to put the Sick of It All/Mötley Crüe thing on the back-cover. I was folding them, and I got a call from Pete. He was really angry and said, “I need this guy’s address; you know where they live,” all while I’m looking at the Mötley Crüe thing. I told him I’d only been to their house once and didn’t really know where it was. It was basically a case of the Born Against guys opening up their big mouths and me opening up my troublemaker senses.
PETE: None of those kids ever came directly to us. We were just being lumped in with the tough-guy aspect of hardcore, which sucked.
LOU: We never went out to start trouble. We’d always give people chances. As soon as somebody says something negative to you, you don’t just beat them up. We never did anything like that. But nobody would come and talk to us. We went there and people were shitting themselves. Sam McPheeters actually left that day; he left the building and ran away. We walk in and some guy from the band Our Gang says, “We just want to make sure you guys aren’t going to make any trouble.” “Do you ask everyone that?!” I said, “We’re not here to make trouble.”
When that stupid debate happened on WNYU, one of those kids commented, “You could have done your own thing with Sick of It All, but what do you have now? Just some fancy jackets.” We thought, your reason for hating us is because we got JACKETS from our record label??? That fucking debate…. It was the singer of Born Against and two kids from some fanzine; I can’t remember their names, but they were generally nice kids. I never really knew the guy from Born Against, but I knew the kids from that fanzine and the kid who ended up drumming for Born Against; he does sound all over New York now and works for the Bouncing Souls a lot. The thing that got me really mad was not that they hated us for “selling out”; it’s that they had been our friends and somehow couldn’t just come up and talk to us about this and have a normal discussion. They had to attack us with the “Alleyway Crüe” photo and all this stupid shit. The debate was just idiotic. I remember all the phone calls that were coming into the station while it was going on. People were saying, “Just shut up and play music! Who cares what label they’re on?!”
BILL FLORIO: When that debate was happening, I was at band practice and was basically told not to walk down University Place, where the radio station was. They told me that Lou and Pete were trying to find out who the Smashin’ Through guy was.
PETE: Nobody cared about it. Anthony Comunale called up and said, “Just smack those kids already,” and he was friends with them too. He almost formed a band with some of them. For us, it wasn’t super serious. I think we all just let it explode. I just wanted it to leave. We’re not tough guys, but if you keep messing with us, and we get pushed too much, you can’t be a sucker.
LOU: It kept going on and on and on. Towards the end, I remember someone going, “All right, it’s over,” and we all started screaming. As we were leaving, I turned to that kid John and said, “This is fucked up! You were my friend, man, what the fuck?” He just sat there with this weird smile on his face. I got mad and shoved him, and he fell over a chair. Everybody was like, “Oh man, Sick of It All just attacked the guy.” No, we didn’t, and I even apologized to him. It’s funny because he and I laugh about it now. Like with everything in life, later on you feel differently. When we left and got downstairs, the two kids from the fanzine were there, and I asked, “Hey, where’s that guy from Born Against?” They told us, “Oh, he ran away. He and his girl jumped in a cab because they thought you were gonna kick his ass.” I was like, “We’re not gonna beat anybody up,” and he said, “We know that.” That’s when they actually gave us their whole reasoning behind their bullshit: “You guys could have been the Minor Threat of New York hardcore. You could have started your own label. Just think what you could have done.” I replied to them, “Maybe we could have, but we WORK jobs to earn a living. We do this band, and then we come home after a weekend of shows early on a Monday morning, put our equipment away, and return the rental van at 4 a.m. Then we go home, most of the time not even going to sleep, and then at 6 a.m. we go right to fucking work!” That’s what we did for YEARS, and they’re gonna tell me I’m gonna run a record label in the middle of all that?! Then they had problems with how we handled the lyric sheet inside our first album because we wanted the album to be distributed everywhere.
PETE: We did what we did so we could reach as many people as possible. That was a big deal. Most places in the country didn’t have a store like Some Records, dedicated just to hardcore or anything like that.
LOU: Most kids didn’t know about magazines like Maximum Rock ‘N Roll, or where to get hardcore records, so they would go to their local mall or some chain store. Most of those places had policies against carrying records with curse words on a lyric sheet or lyrics they thought were “questionable.” Well, WE were “questionable!” So, WE decided not to put our full lyric sheet in the album. We only had “Injustice System” on there, but you could write away for the lyrics for FREE. Most of the time when people got the lyrics, they got a fuckin’ sticker too, so I still don’t see what the big deal is. There was still cursing, if that’s so important to everyone, all over the record. We snuck it past everyone.
PETE: This kid told us a story about going to a Sam Goody store. There was no “hardcore” section, so he’s looking through the “S” section and comes across “Blood, Sweat and No Tears”. He looks at THAT cover compared to all the rest, and he sees Jorge, total skinhead, flipping over the crowd, and Fern dancing to our band, and there’s Walter with his alternative haircut on top of the pile, and he’s like, “Wow, this is fucking cool,” and it made him buy the record. There were black skinheads on the cover of the record. Most hardcore people had never seen that on an album cover.
LOU: As curious as I am sometimes, I CAN’T listen to that debate. Somebody sent me a link once. I played it, and within five seconds of it, I thought, “This is so dumb.” I do remember thinking, “I understand their position to some degree, but they’re not presenting it correctly at all.” All they did was make fun of our In-Effect jackets, and we were like, “Fuck this!”
BILL FLORIO: Bottom line: Sam and those guys lost that debate. And what’s crazy is that everything Sam was complaining about, he did later with his own label. He mismanaged it into the ground. He did a distro deal with Dutch East on the suggestion of this guy Charles who was also in on the debate. They ran out of money and did a deal with the most expensive, shitty distributor. They had a falling-out over it, and I don’t think they ever spoke to one another again.
VIDEO PREMIER! KINGS NEVER DIE "NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND"
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About this new video their guitarist Dan Nastasi told us… “Let’s face it... life for all of us has been like nothing we’ve ever seen before. We wanted to do a couple things with the video. First, honestly we wanted to all see each other and filming an outdoor pick up video was as much about getting together as it was a good opportunity to film. We filmed the entire video with an iPhone... just the five of us and where we are from. A cool trip from Jersey to Queens NY”.
Delaware’s YEAR OF THE KNIFE have a new full length titled “Internal Incarceration” due out on August 7th via Pure Noise Records. YOTK have put out a video for the track “Virtual Narcotic” and are also streaming a new version of “Sick Statistic” which is a previously released compilation track that will appear on the new album. Pre-orders for “Internal Incarceration” can be found HERE.
Albany NY’s CONCRETE will be releasing a 7 song, 30 plus minute full length titled “Free Us From Existence” on August 7th through Irish Voodoo and Black Voodoo Records with distribution through Blood Blast Distribution, a new service powered by Nuclear Blast and Believe Music. “World Tomb” is one of the new tracks off the new album that you can already check out by clicking HERE. “Free Us from Existence” will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats. Keep an eye on Concrete’s social media pages for more info as the release date approaches.
D IS FOR DEAD may be a new name for many but their members and their previous bands should be familiar to many. The band consists of Rob Vitale who used to sing for Black Train Jack and 9 Lives, Chris Daley on guitar… previously with One Sided War & Endure, two bands that had Matt Warnke from Bold on vocals circa 1990’s, Eddie McNamara on bass who played in the early stages of Shutdown and Kevin Corcoran who drummed with Buried Alive. D Is For Dead recently released a 4 song EP that was recorded way back in 2009 with the legendary Don Fury. After the 2009 recording was completed the band went on a hiatus and have decided to finally unearth these songs. Check out this “new” EP HERE.
In October of last year CA’s TAKE OFFENSE put out their first full length in 6 years titled “Keep An Eye Out”. In late May the band released 3 additional songs from that recording session that didn’t make it onto the new album. “Cause & Effect”, “Dousing The Flames” and “Mind Your Own” are dubbed as “B-sides” and reflect a style that is more in line with the bands’ earlier work. Check out these new songs HERE.
Perth Amboy, NJ’s IGNORANT LIFE have recently announced that they are back together. The band put out an impressive 3 song demo back in April of 2019 and abruptly broke up a short time later. They return with a new track titled “Matricide” which is part of a 60 track hardcore sampler from Knockwood titled “Tracks To Change The World Vol 3”. Click HERE to check out “Matricide” and HERE for the free Knockwood sampler. Keep an eye on the Ignorant Life IG page for more updates.
KINGS BOUNTY and SERIAL POETS are two NY based bands with hardcore scene members playing music with more of a rock feel. Both bands also just dropped some brand new music. Kings Bounty (who have Crown Of Thornz’ guitarist Mike Dijan) just released the single “Made You King” and Serial Poets (who feature scene photographer Steven Messina on vocals) just put out a 4 song EP titled “Goat” which ends with an acoustic version of Minor Threat’s “Small Man, Big Mouth”. Check out “Goat” HERE.
VIDEOS PAGE UPDATED, SEE WHAT'S BEEN RECENTLY ADDED:
REBELMATIC "INSULT TO INJURY"
ACHE "MOMENT OF FEAR"
HIGHER POWER "REWIRE 101"
YEAR OF THE KNIFE "VIRTUAL NARCOTIC"
BRICK BY BRICK "SLAVE TO THE GRIND"
PURE HEEL "SOLITARY"
THESE STREETS "STAY AWAKE"
CRUX DECUSSATA "CLASS DISMISSED"
TOXIC YOUTH "REALIZE"
THE THIRD KIND "MAN VS EARTH"
JUNE 21, 2020
FATHER'S DAY FLASHBACK SUNDAY FROM 2017. 28 "HARDCORE DADS" GET ASKED ABOUT THIER KIDS AND THE CONNECTION THEY HAVE WITH THEM TO HARDCORE MUSIC
MAY 30, 2020
NEW YORK'S THE CAR BOMB PARADE HAVE A BRAND NEW EP OUT & IN EFFECT REELS THE ENTIRE CREW IN TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT. THEIR CLAN OF BRIGADIERS, THEIR POST QUARANTINE PLANS AS WELL AS THEIR CATS' SUPER POWERS. CLICK THAT PIC TO CHECK IT OUT!
"WHEN YOU'RE AT OUR SHOWS YOU'RE FAMILY. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. THERE'S NO BARRIER BETWEEN US. YOU ARE PART OF THE SHOW YOU ARE ATTENDING" - DRUMMER MIKE
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