DECEMBER 2, 2018
20 QUESTIONS WITH... ADAM BLAKE.
LONG TIME BASSIST OF HARDCORE PUNK LEGENDS H20 AND ALL AROUND COOL DUDE
NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE MIGHTY BILLY CLUB SANDWICH!
BECKY & MIKE MCAULEY HIT UP BINGHAMTON STYLE 2018 ON OCTOBER 6TH AND CAME AWAY WITH A PRETTY FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE BCS BOYS AND SPECIAL GUEST SAL FROM SWORN ENEMY... PHOTO BY: RICH ZOELLER. CLICK PHOTO TO WATCH! RUN TIME: 10:06
NOVEMBER 18, 2018
NEW INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN CARTER FROM SAINT LOUIS' BETTER DAYS
"Probably the coolest out of town show Better Days has played was on the side of a levy in New Orleans. It literally was on the banks of a levy that broke during Hurricane Katrina so everything was desolate and trashed. It was insane, we played with a couple of crust-punk bands so a lot of that type of crowd was there and we got a good reception from them because we play fast and they were into it. My favorite things about that show was that there were dogs wearing bandanas running between us while we were playing and because there were all these crust punk and squatter kids we got partially paid in loose change."
IN EFFECT'S JOSH DERR CATCHES UP WITH ZACH & AARON FROM BANE TO FIND OUT HOW "LIFE AFTER BANE" IS GOING IN THIS NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO INTERVIEW FROM JULY. RUN TIME: 11:55.
RICHMOND'S BREAK AWAY BREAKING UP WITH LAST SHOW IN FEBRUARY 2019
Richmond, VA’s BREAK AWAY will be breaking up with their last show being February 23rd, 2019 at the Warehouse in RVA. Lineup for this last show to be announced December 3rd. We got in touch with Ace Stallings (singer for Break Away) to get some more info on why this breakup is happening and here is what he had to say…
“In regards to Break Away retiring… Break Away has been a band for 8 years. We have put out 2 LP’s, 2 7”s, played almost every hardcore festival, have toured most of America many times over and toured Europe twice. It’s time for us to make some room for some other bands to rise up and fill our spot. Bands do the scene a disservice when they occupy a space just to occupy it. We have said everything we need to say in regards to our content. We successfully continued the legacy of Richmond straight edge, helped usher in a new wave of bands here and experienced things that some people merely dream about. We are all still best friends and will all be continuing to play in other bands together. Our retirement is a positive one.” Check out our August 2017 interview with Break Away by clicking HERE.
While still on the topic of Break Away, THE VERDICT are a new Richmond, VA band that have 4 out of the 5 members of Break Away as well as 8 other people involved from bands like Red Vision, Downfall, Neuromancer, Shattered Xistence and Watchdogs. On Halloween they put out a 6 song release titled “Hostis Humani Generis” on Bandcamp with Edgewood Records to follow up shortly with cassette versions of this release. Click on their photo to the left to listen to it now.
Maine’s COMBATANT just put out a new one in “Witness To Destruction” which is 9 new songs available now on their Bandcamp page. Not Like You Records/Fanzine out of ABQ, New Mexico will be releasing “Witness…” this January on 12” blue vinyl limited to just 100 copies. Check these guys out! As for the fanzine side of Not Like You they are currently working on two new issues… the first being an all photo issue followed by issue #8 which will have an old unpublished Circle Jerks interview from the 1980’s that was never published, NJ’s Search and Bobby Draws Skullz who is this sick artist based on the East Coast. Follow Not Like You HERE.
New Jersey’s SILENCE EQUALS DEATH are back with a new song and video for the track “Plague” which is part of a 4 song/band 7” compilation on Patient Zero Records going under the title of “Spreading The Infection” due out November 30th. The Broken (Albany, NY), Panzram (Upstate NY) and One Less Scumbag (NH) round out the 4 band lineup for Patient Zero’s debut release. A compilation release show will be held on November 30th in Pittsfield, MA that both Panzram and Silence Equals Death will both be performing at. As for the “Plague” video, check that out HERE. With well over 50 cameos you are bound to see a familiar face or two from the world of hardcore music.
In our October 20th update we mentioned that the “URBAN STYLES, GRAFFITI IN NEW YORK HARDCORE” book was headed for a second expanded edition that will include a limited edition flexi-7” with 1 song each from both Crazy Eddie and Johatsu. The Crazy Eddie track titled “Urban Styles” can now be heard by clicking HERE. The books author Freddy Alva wrote the graffiti inspired lyrics to this song and approached the band about performing the song using his lyrics. Artwork by Orlando Arce, intro by Lord Ezec from Crown Of Thornz/Skarhead with the video montage produced by Adobo Productions. While on the topic of Crazy Eddie, their guitarist Lenny B runs a pretty cool vlog called “Cocktails And Conversations with Lenny B” which was just updated with its first new episode in a while titled “British Invasion”. Check it out HERE.
NOWHERE ROADS are a new band out of NJ/PA who have that familiar “current and former members of” label attached to them with the names Wisdom In Chains, Floorpunch and Edgewise being the names that jump out at you. Formed in late 2017 they are now ready to strike with their debut 4 song EP titled “Toil Every Second” due out on December 14th on Coin Toss Records. “Uncivilized” is one of the new tracks off the new EP and you can check it out now by clicking HERE. Their first show will be on December 16th in Scranton, PA with fellow CoinTosser’s Sunstroke and they are also slated to play the Alone In A Crowd reunion/benefit show in Philadelphia on February 16th along with Terror, Pagan Babies, Maximum Penalty, Break Away (last Philly show), Search and Let Down
NYC punk/hardcore/thrash 3 piece FRAGMENTED will release their new 8 song effort titled “Thrashblast” on November 30th, a date that will also see them play a free show in Queens, NY dubbed “Queens Vs The World”. This release show will also feature Scarboro, The Third Kind, Ruin By Design, Skum City, and Crisis King. Details on this show can be found HERE. “Thrashblast” is tabbed as a digital release to be found on their Bandcamp page but limited CD copies will be available at the November 30th show. Four additional NYC/Long Island shows are booked after this show throughout the end of January and they are looking for more. Their bassist/singer Tom Reardon books shows in Queens and is looking for people to book Fragmented and for “show trades” with other bands. “In The Presence Of” is the new tune that they are pushing ahead of the release date and you can hear that track by clicking on the "Thrashblast" cover.
Back in December 2016 we did a Fresh Blood feature on these Belgium dudes called “SUNDAYS”. At the time we called them “the best Bridge 9 band not on Bridge 9 Records”. Word comes now that they are working on a new 4 song EP that will start recording in mid-December at Shellshock Studio with mixing and mastering being handled by Jay Maas who used to play guitar in Defeater (another Bridge 9 tie in!) The 4 song EP will be released digitally in early 2019 and later on in the year there are plans for a vinyl version as well. Check out their “Words” 7 song EP from 2015 HERE.
Germany’s RYKERS recently announced they are working on new material. We hit up their bass player Chris Luft to get some info and this is what he had to say…“Besides numerous EP’s/Mini LP’s and 7”s this will be our full length album number 6. It will be titled: “The Beginning…” and right now we plan to have 14 songs on it, totally mixing up old-school hardcore, punk rock, metal and our well known NYHC edge. We are going to record at Andy Classen’s (ex-Holy Moses) Stage One Studio and will release the album (April/May 2019) on Beatdown Hardware Records (BDHW). I`m pretty much looking forward to record the new tunes and I am sure a lot of people will be surprised. With our newly added guitar player Steve (who formerly played in the German thrash outfit EROSION) we definitely added some more brutal riffing to the band… stay tuned!”
DON’T SLEEP have a new video out now in “Lazarus”, SLASHERS are a NYC skate band we recently found out about. They have a pretty cool video in “Skatecation” that came out back in February. Their debut full length will be out in early 2019 as well. “MORE STAGE DIVES” is a new podcast out of NYC with hosts Ryan (singer of Ache) and Hil (singer of None Above All). 4 episodes to date. Check ‘em out! ANGEL DU$T dive deeper into their unique vibe with two new songs in “Big Ass Love” and “Take Away The Pain”. Our next update will have H2O’s Adam Blake with a “20 Questions With” interview, working on another one with Chicago’s LA ARMADA and In Effect’s year end wrap up is in the works as well.
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