JANUARY 15, 2022
IN EFFECT CHAMPIONS FANZINE CULTURE WITH THIS NEW ARTICLE COVERING SOME OF THE BEST READS WE HAVE COME ACROSS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS
WRECK-AGE RECORDS which was a force in the 1990’s NYHC scene is making a comeback with owner/founder Pavlos Ioanidis recently handing over the reins to Chris Enriquez and Artie Shepherd… Enriquez with deep ties within the heavy music community in NY with handling marketing/sales at various media outlets while also playing guitar in Total Meltdown and drums in Spotlights. Sheppard owns the famed Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn while also being able to claim Wreck-Age lineage having been in Bad Trip and Mind Over Matter. The first release/re-issue will be Silent Majority’s “Life Of A Spectator” which was originally released in 1997. When asked for some more info on the rebirth of Wreck-Age Chris Enriquez had this to say…
“Our combined efforts in merchandising, which ended up being insanely successful during a very traumatic year for most businesses got us thinking about rare hardcore/punk records that were out of print, more specifically, Silent Majority's "Life Of A Spectator" which Artie actually produced in the late 90's. It came out on the Wreck-Age imprint, EXIT around that time period and is worth somewhere between $150-$200 on Discogs. It hasn't been in print for 20 plus years and subsequently nothing from the Wreck-Age/EXIT catalog is in print. Not to mention, most of it isn't even available via streaming. Silent Majority's "Life Of A Spectator" is a legendary album that is the epitome of Long Island Hardcore and helped influence so many bands that went on to become insanely popular like Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw, Brand New and Movielife to name a few.
I personally felt that it was such a shame that Long Island Hardcore and specifically the 90's NYHC scene that lived at ABC No Rio which many people referred to as post hardcore or artsy hardcore, which Wreck-Age was a HUGE proponent of was also incredibly under-documented compared to other parts of the NYHC scene and other hardcore punk scenes in general. Bands like Mind Over Matter, Neglect, Stillsuit, Die116, Bad Trip, Silent Majority, Tripface, Motive, Indecision, Sons Of Abraham and so many more were such incredible bands that we felt should have bigger legacies to be remembered and honored by. We reached out to the original owner, Pavlos Ioanidis and he was flattered by our interest and gave us his blessing to carry on the legacy of what he had started so we could bring it into modern times. With the help of artist, Andrew Kassl (of Perfect World and Total Meltdown) who is also part of Wreck-Age, we did a soft launch in 2021 by relaunching the label's website, Facebook and Instagram, where people can buy Wreck-Age merch and we are also starting to roll out some band merch as well. During this time, we decided that Silent Majority "Life Of A Spectator" will be our first release and the decision to do this actually happens to coincidentally take place as the album is turning 25 this year. This re-issue has been re-mastered by Mario Quintero (of Spotlights) and Silent Majority vocalist, Tommy Corrigan is working on re-designing the packaging as well as working on new merchandise. We don't have a street date yet but it will definitely be coming out this year and everyone can follow us for updates on all things Wreck-Age/EXIT”.
WTF RECORDS from The Netherlands and NY’s POINT BLANK are teaming up to release “(We Will) Rise Again” which is due out on January 21st. The 17 song album was recorded in two days back in November of 2020 at Serious Music Business in Brooklyn. The album will be available digitally through Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and You Tube with a CD digipack available as well. A vinyl version will be available this spring and come in three different color variants. Artwork by: BobbyDrawsSkullz. Check out the lyric video for the track “Make A Difference” by clicking HERE. To pre-order the CD you can visit the WTF Records website HERE.
WTF RECORDS will return with more NYHC just one week later as they team up with THE CAR BOMB PARADE on January 28th for the release of “New World Hardcore”; a 4 song EP that will be available on 7” vinyl as well as CD digipack. You can check out the new lyric video for “Trash Life” HERE.
When asked about the new record Car Bomb guitarist Will Ramone told us: “New World Hardcore is not just the title of the release but the band’s mission statement and mindset. We take the ideals of NYHC and expand them outwards and globally. Everyone is included, and everyone is encouraged to participate no matter where they reside. We feel it’s important to honor and respect those who carried the flag paving the way for all hardcore and punk bands to exist today, but it’s equally as important to pick up that flag and encourage everyone to fly it with us. Thus, New World Hardcore is born. Fans can expect our signature blend of hardcore and punk with some surprises and new flavors tossed in. A lot is packed into 4 songs”.
This will be The Car Bomb Parade’s last record featuring their singer the Rev. Nicky Bullets who cited family life and the distance between his home in Massachusetts and NY as his reason for his leaving. The Car Bomb Parade still plan on doing a farewell show with Bullets in the upcoming months with vocal auditions getting underway soon as well. Contact the band through their social media if you want to try out! US fans can order the new 7” through Car Bomb's Big Cartel page, with Euro orders being taken by both WTF Records as well as Berlin’s Coretex Records.
NY’s REBELMATIC will be releasing a new single titled “Walk On Water” in late February/early March. This new track will be part of an upcoming 4 song EP titled “Mourning Dove” due out in April with plans for a new full length to drop this fall. The “Mourning Dove” EP due this spring will also feature a track with Fishbone’s Angelo Moore on guest vocals. In the meantime make sure to check out Rebelmatic’s “Ghost In The Shadows” album which was released in August of 2020.
Brooklyn NY’s ROTTEN BASTARD RECORDS have a pair of new releases starting first with Flatbush’s own MAD MULLIGANS with the 6 song EP titled “Action Men”. This release came out on January 1st and is the follow up to their “Who Are The Mad Mulligans” debut that came out in December of 2020. Mad Mulligans’ members are veterans of the NYC punk and hardcore scene playing traditional punk/Oi! in the style of Blitz, The Business and Sham 69. You can find their latest online through You Tube or Spotify with CD versions available through the Rotten Bastard website.
Rotten Bastard is also releasing the latest from Brooklyn’s SKISM titled “Capitol Lies”. This release is due out on CD on January 28th but you can already stream or download it via the Skism Bandcamp page. Although Skism plays old-school punk with hardcore and Oi! influences this release does have some surprises with a punked up cover of “Runaround Sue” by Dion And The Belmonts as well as the track “You” which shows a more rockabilly feel. Keep an eye on the Rotten Bastard Records pages for ordering info. Back in November Rotten Bastard also released the latest from NYC punk veterans SPIKE POLITE AND SEWAGE titled “Pandemonium” which is their latest 6 song EP.
Former Awkward Thought and Shell Shock guitarist SCOOT HORTON has been playing his own brand of “Alt-Country/Americana” for a few years now and has a brand new album titled “Empty Bottles” due out on February 11th. You can check out a video for the song “Old Punks” off that new album by clicking HERE. Scoot has an IndieGoGo campaign attached to this release as well and you can find out more about it by clicking HERE.
IGNITE will be releasing their new 10 song self-titled full length on March 25th through Century Media Records, their first new album in nearly 6 years and the first with new vocalist Eli Santana. “On The Ropes” is the third preview track being released ahead of the new albums release date and comes with an accompanyin music video that is dedicated to Jon Bunch who sang for Ignite on a month long European tour in the summer of 2012. Jon sang for a few bands including Reason To Believe and Sense Field before his death in 2016. Ignite will be releasing info on a US tour in the next week or so with plans for Canada, Australia, Europe and South America also in the works. CD and 12” vinyl pre-orders for the new Ignite are available now through the Century Media Records website.
The WAR BABIES “SHAMELESS IMBALANCE” LP which has seemingly been in the works for well over a year is nearing completion with their label HELLMINDED RECORDS recently announcing that the 23 song album will be coming out this March. The latest blip on this albums radar came when the test pressings of the new album were mistakenly mailed to a wrong address in another state and the person refused to send them back to the plant. It took a full extra month to wait for the replacement copies. What started as a “pass the time’ during quarantine project with scene vets Darren Nanos and Mike DeLorenzo has been pushed closer to the front burner with the duo now becoming a 4 piece with the addition of Cory from Total Meltdown on drums and Anna from Outskirts on bass. The most recent sample of War Babies material can be found via their “Body For Christ” track which came out as part of a 2 song 6” that came out last June.
BERTHOLD CITY will be releasing their 12 track debut full length titled “When Worlds Are Not Enough” on March 18th through WAR RECORDS. “With This Regret” is the first single to be made public through a recent NO ECHO article. For the uninitiated Berthold City was formed in 2017 and have two EP’s under their belts… they are fronted by Strife guitarist Andrew Kline who also happens to run their label, War Records. The new album was produced by Terror drummer Nick Jett and will be available on CD and vinyl. Click HERE to pre-order a copy as they seem to be moving fast.
New Jersey’s CHEMICAL X have a new song out titled “R.A.I.D.” which is off their upcoming EP titled “Highly Volatile” due out in mid-February which should also come with the release of a new music video as well. Check out the new track HERE. Fast? Melodic? Heavy? Check, check and check! You can also go down the Chemical X rabbit hole by clicking this ultra-convenient Link Tree.
DRUG CHURCH (who have members from Albany, NY and Los Angeles) will be releasing their fourth full length album titled “Hygiene” on March 11th through PURE NOISE RECORDS. The latest sneak peek comes via a new music video for the song “World Impact”. A massive (by current US standards) US tour is set to kick off on March 6th and runs through April 17th with a total of 36 dates and support from One Step Closer, Soul Blind and Lurk.
PA’s GLOVES OFF recently released the second single from their upcoming “Life… And Everything After” album due out on January 28th through UPSTATE RECORDS. “My Death Was A Banquet” can be heard HERE with CD, vinyl and merch pre-orders available HERE.
BRICK BY BRICK recently gave us their third sneak peek at their upcoming “Dismal Existence” album which is due out on February 18th through UPSTATE RECORDS. Click HERE to watch the music video for the track “The Hunted” which features the members of Brick By Brick as puppets in this Paul Sharkey produced video that sees their members meet unfortunate fates at the hands of their singer. Click HERE to pre-order “Dismal Existence”.
DECEMBER 22, 2021
From Madball playing a controversial show in NYC's Tompkins Square Park in April to Dead City playing under a Los Angeles freeway in May hardcore punk surely made its presence known in 2021 both within our sometimes perceived small circle and beyond. 2021 was the year of the Covid born band and "remote" bands, vinyl delays, and new music from the mighty Kill Your Idols. An influx of fresh thinking and song writing helped produce breakout music from bands like Stand Still, Method Of Doubt, Pacifist, Koyo, and One Step Closer while others like Dead Heat, Ekulu, Borstal, Countime, Broken Vow and literally tons of others kept the hard in hardcore going strong. This past year saw In Effect feature bands from not only the USA but also the UK, Canada, India, Sweden and Belgium... we had a book covering our existence as a fanzine from 1988 to 1999 published and in February of next year we will celebrate our 10th anniversary as a website... all while we creep closer to having 3 million visits to our little corner of the world wide web. We look forward to 2022 with anticipation as bands like Ignite, Regulate, Praise, Rejection Pact, Madball, Be Well, The Car Bomb Parade and more gear up for their next releases. Each person reading this had their own journey throughout 2021... the music they found, the music they loved... above is a collection of some of the images from the things In Effect came across this past year. Your 2021 musical experiences may have been similar or they could have been completely different. Check in with our social media pages to chime in on what you were feeling this past year and make sure to check out the In Effect Hardcore 2021 Spotify Playlist as well! Collage by: Paul Turano.
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FEATURING 30 SONGS AND 70 MINUTES OF 2021's BEST HARDCORE PUNK SONGS!
ARTWORK BY: SVEN GJURCEK & SHAWN DICKINSON
DECEMBER 12, 2021
OUR FRESH BLOOD SECTION GETS ANOTHER NEW ENTRY WITH NYC'S GOING POSTAL WHO HAVE THEIR DEBUT EP OUT NOW WITH WTF RECORDS. CLICK BELOW TOI CHECK IT OUT!
QUICK HITS... KILL YOUR IDOLS RETURN WITH "SIMPLE, SHORT & FAST"
KILL YOUR IDOLS have released their first new original music since 2006 with the single “Simple, Short & Fast” which will be a part of a four song split EP with fellow Long Islander’s RULE THEM ALL. The split will be available digitally on February 4th through FLATSPOT RECORDS with vinyl due out in mid-2022. Click HERE to check out the new track. Pre-orders for the vinyl version have not yet been announced. Photo by: Matt Viel.
Earlier this week we got a pair of sneak peeks from upcoming UPSTATE RECORDS releases with new tracks from NY’s Brick By Brick and PA’s Gloves Off.
The new BRICK BY BRICK track titled “Evil Remains” is off of their “Dismal Existence” album that is due out on February 18th featuring guest vocals by Chuck Billy from Testament. Click HERE to give it a listen.
GLOVES OFF offer up the new track “Conqueror Worm” which is off of their “Life… And Everything After” album due out on January 28th. Click HERE to give it a listen. Both Upstate Records releases are available now for pre-order by clicking HERE.
Another sneak peek we got recently is from DEVIL IN ME with “D.L.T.” which has guest vocals from Terror’s Scott Vogel. This is the second single off of the “On The Grind” album which is due out in January on DEAD SERIOUS RECORDINGS. Click HERE to listen to “D.L.T.”.
Finland’s ONE HIDDEN FRAME dropped a second single off of their upcoming “I Am Not Here” album which will be coming out with Canada’s THOUSAND ISLANDS RECORDS. “Information Blackout” is the newest preview that joins the previously released “Run To The Rescue With Love”. You can stream both tracks on various platforms by clicking HERE. For fans of Ignite and melodic hardcore.
THE CAR BOMB PARADE and their singer the Rev. Nicky Bullets (shown to the left) are parting ways citing family life and living too far away from the rest of the band (Bullets lives in Massachusetts and the rest of the band in NY). All of Car Bomb’s upcoming shows are still scheduled to go as planned and if you are up for the frontman gig the band asks that you message them through their social media which you can access by clicking their blue highlighted name at the start of this quick hit.
In our last update we told you about a new ANTIDOTE album that was in the works as well as a Midwest tour that started on December 1st. Half way through the tour the band made an announcement that the rest of the tour was cancelled and that singer Louie Rivera was no longer in the band. Incidents from a show in Milwaukee that were documented on the bands Instagram page were the cause of the cancellation and split with Rivera with a since deleted Instagram post containing much of the back and forth between Antidote and the people who took issue with the lyrics to Antidote’s “Foreign Job Lot” song. No word on the status of that upcoming Antidote album which they hoped to have out this spring. Stay tuned.
NOVEMBER 28, 2021
LIVE FAST DIE FAST SINGER PAUL TURANO BREAKS DOWN THE BAND'S RECENT 3 DAY RUN THROUGH LONG ISLAND, BURLINGTON, VT & BACK THROUGH QUEENS. CLICK BLOW TO CHECK IT OUT!
The Louie Rivera/Rob Nunzio led version of NYHC greats ANTIDOTE are currently working on a brand new 12 song album tentatively titled “Back To The Business That Was Never Finished". Rivera and Nunzio have not appeared together on record since Antidote's classic 7" "Thou Shalt Not Kill” which came out in 1983. Joining this duo are new members Tino Valpa on drums and Laz Canny on bass. Recording has taken place in Connecticut and New Hampshire over the course of the last two months with things expected to wrap up in the next couple of weeks. Rivera recently told us that the new album will feature two recently written tracks along with many older ones written by Nunzio that were never finalized and have now been brought back to life. The band hopes to have this new material out by the spring of 2022 with New Hampshire based Pine Hill Records which is run by Antidote’s drummer Tino Valpa. Handling the art for the cover of the upcoming album will be George Sewell aka FAME in NYC graffiti circles. Antidote will take their show on the road starting on December 1st as they kick off a 17 date tour starting in Buffalo, NY before hitting various Midwest cities before wrapping things up on December 18th in Coplay, PA.
Vermont’s THE PATH have a new 5 song promo cassette out now with a clever title that takes a shot at the current slow turnaround times from the companies that produce vinyl records. “With Vinyl Turnaround Times Like These, Who Needs Enemies… “ is a 5 song cassette that contains songs from 4 upcoming releases The Path have scheduled with State Of Mind Recordings, Blind Rage Records, 625 Thrash, and Crew Cuts Records. The band picked a few songs from each release and are putting them out on this limited edition cassette to hold us all over. Click HERE to stream/download it or to pick up a cassette.
S.O.A.W.’s (Staring Out A Window) “Venting” is the second solo track from ex-Dead Blow Hammer guitarist Gary Yosco who recently relocated from New Jersey to Florida. The music was written in conjunction with his former DBH bandmate Carlos Diaz, with the drums performed and produced by Ben DeGennaro back at MacArthur Soundworks in New Jersey (where the last 3 Dead Blow Hammer records were recorded). If you like what you hear and live in the Tampa area and are looking to join a project like this please contact Gary through his Instagram page. Click HERE to check out the new track “Venting”.
SPACED out of Buffalo, NY (and pictured to the left) just teamed up with New Morality Zine to release “Two New Joints” which is the follow up to their four song demo that came out this past August. “Two New Joints” was available as a limited edition cassette and sold out the small run of just 50 copies that were made. In addition Spaced will be playing some Midwest dates with Broken Vow from January 19th through January 25th with a new EP currently being written and due out this spring. Stream or download “Two New Joints” by clicking HERE.
“Spaced is a 5 piece hardcore band from Buffalo, NY built to destroy stale genre conventions. With a unique perspective, Spaced delivers anthemic songs about individuality and summoning the strength to endure the trials of the modern world. “Two New Joints” demonstrates that the band has perfected the balance of both speed and stomp musically, while offering a sure-fire “fuck you” lyrically. “We don’t like to fit into the mold. We try to be as organically us as possible and that’s what we want to convey with our music. Our music is for the people who like standing out in a crowd and want to be true to themselves as much as possible. Embodying the notion of unconventional soundscapes and the intensity of hardcore, Spaced is far-out hardcore. We’re really proud of these tunes and are excited for everyone to hear them! Spaced is a middle finger to gatekeepers, sexists, and elitists. This is the new wave of hardcore. Get with it or get out of the way.”
Two new releases that just hit as we were going to update that you should keep an eye on. First up is a 3 song promo by Australia’s NO PEACE titled “Promo 2021”. These 3 tracks will be on an upcoming full length on Safe Inside Records. Check out these new tracks on Bandcamp or Spotify.
The second being from the UK’s THE CHISEL titled “Retaliation”, their 14 song debut full length on London’s La Vida Es Un Mus Discos. Listen to “Retaliation” now through Bandcamp or Spotify with vinyl, cassette and CD versions available through La Vida Es Un Mus.
“Having formed in early 2020 and featuring a crew of members with long-term associations to the London punk scene, The Chisel quickly secured a reputation as one of the most exciting bands from a pool of contemporaries that includes Chubby & The Gang, Stingray and Big Cheese. Their sound is rooted firmly in punk but with influences that run across the board to create a distinctive blend of Oi!, anarcho, UK-82 and hardcore. “Retaliation” is an unmistakably British record that draws a line from 1982 up to the present day, pushing its way into your collection and torching your stereo”.
NOVEMBER 20, 2021
OUR FRESH BLOOD SECTION IS UPDATED NOW WITH A NEW INTERVIEW WITH DERRICK FROM NY'S GORDITA BEACH. ALTHOUGH A BRAND NEW BAND THEIR MUSICAL RESUME'S HAVE PLENTY TO OFFER WITH THREE MEMBERS OF KILLING TIME AMONGST THEM. CLICK BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE!
PARRIS MAYHEW RETURNS WITH THE SECOND AGGROS INSTALLMENT IN "CITY KIDS"
AGGROS, the latest effort from ex-Cro-Mag guitarist Parris Mayhew is back after a little over a year since the release of their debut track “Chaos Magic”. The latest is the 9 plus minute track “City Kids” which comes with an accompanying music video shot on the streets of NYC by Parris himself who has directed a number of music videos in the past. When asked about the new track and the making of this video Parris told us that some of the riffs used on “City Kids” were actually part of a “Revenge” era Cro-Mags song called “Pull Me, Push Me” which was abandoned and did not make it on to that album. Parris also explained that he and his wife Barblin shot the initial performance at the LES Skatepark in Lower Manhattan one night before taking on jobs that included working on a movie in Atlanta as well as the television show “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in Hawaii. Upon completion of his other work Parris estimated that he put in about 6 total nights of shooting for “City Kids” over a 6 month period of time including one afternoon where they used a drone… all of this ending with 28 straight hours of editing to make the deadline they had agreed upon with Metal Injection who ran the premiere of the video. Parris’ 21 year old nephew John who is featured in the video makes custom art rugs, give him a follow at JuicyRugs. When asked what is the next track up for Aggros, Parris mentioned “SK8Bored Fight” which is currently only 3:22 long and will also be released when the video is completed… something he also mentioned will not take as long as the gap between the first two Aggros songs. As for what’s next we are told that the third song should complete the plan for a three song Aggros 12” EP but Parris did leave the door open for a possible fourth song to jump into the mix. Other interesting tidbits from the making of this video is the German company NFTY Skateboards made three custom Aggros skateboards for the making of this video as well as teaming up with NYC based advertising agency Scenester Projects who project images on to buildings as part of marketing campaigns. In this instance Scenester projected the NFT Skateboard images on to a building for about an hour while Parris shot the footage making for more layers to an already amazing effort. Make sure to check out the new video by clicking HERE and following future Aggros happenings and events by following their Instagram account. For a more in depth look at Aggros check out our interview with Parris from last December.
CHECKING IN WITH REGULATE...
New York’s REGULATE have been working on their new 10 song album which should be out by the spring of next year. Recording wrapped up last week with Jon Markson on a farm in Flemington, New Jersey… you read that correctly… a farm! The unnamed farm has built a studio that they rent out to engineers and that is where Regulate recorded their new one. On December 10th Regulate will be headed to Colombia for a six date tour with Chicago’s Life’s Question and hometown crew Raw Brigade. Regulate’s frontman Sebastian Paba was born in Colombia and has not returned in over 20 years since he was a young kid. More upcoming Regulate gigs include November 28th at Copa De Oro in Perth Amboy, NJ, with Downfall and Cutdown, the Syracuse Hardcore New Year’s Day Matinee with Terror, Death Threat, One Step Closer (and a million others), and Disturbin’ The Peace in Baltimore on January 29th with Sick Of It All, Brace War, End it, Next Step Up and many more. Photo by: Matt Viel.
Chicago’s NEW MORALITY ZINE which is just as much (or more) of a record label these days will be releasing the new BROKEN VOW 12” titled “Sane Minds End” on December 3rd. The 4 song EP will be released in conjunction with Sunday Drive Records (the two labels also did a joint release of Broken Vow’s “Promo 2021” on cassette earlier this year). "Sane Minds End" demonstrates that Broken Vow continues to cut their teeth on traditional hardcore of the 90’s, while simultaneously drawing in more metallic elements. The new EP builds upon the band's sense of urgency initiated on the demo. Lyrically the band continues to create a re-vitalizing social commentary for a new generation of hardcore kids. Combined with building guitar riffs, sharp bass lines, and galloping drums "Sane Minds End" is a new chapter for such a young, promising band”. You can check out one of the new tracks titled “Poison Peddling” by clicking HERE. Find pre-orders through New Morality and Sunday Drive by clicking on the blue hyperlinks.
Portugal’s DEVIL IN ME return with new music on January 14th of 2022 with a new album titled “On The Grind”. This is their first new album since 2015’s “Soul Rebel” and will be released on Dead Serious Recordings. Terror’s Scott Vogel makes a guest appearance of the new album and there is also a music video already out for the new track “War”. Click HERE to check it out. Shortly after the release of their new album Devil In Me will be going on a 17 date tour with Comeback Kid, Be Well and Scowl that starts on January 19th in Berlin and makes stops in The Netherlands, the UK, Italy, France, and the Czech Republic before wrapping up at the famed Conne Island in Leipzig, Germany on February 4th.
Back in September IGNITE returned with their first new music since 2016 with the single (and music video) "Anti-Complicity Anthem". The track featured new frontman Eli Santana who replaces long time Ignite frontman Zoli Teglas. Now, just two months later Ignite have returned with more new music in "The River". “The River takes a look at the dark and murky immigration issues that our country is facing at this very moment and the toll it is taking on children and their families.” You can check out the music video for this new one by clicking HERE. The first single along with the flipside track ("Turn XXI") will be released and distributed by Revelation Records while Ignite works towards their goal of bringing fans their newest full length album.
REVELATION RECORDS recently announced that they will be putting out the next PRAISE album this coming spring. The nine song release will be titled “All In A Dream” and was recorded throughout the pandemic in Baltimore with Kevin Bernsten and Brian McTernan. Praise’s lineup consists of: Andy Norton, Anthony Dye, Austin Stemper, Chris Bavaria and Daniel Fang (who many may know from Turnstile). Praise has a few releases dating back to 2010 with their 2016 “Leave It All Behind” album being their last album. Click HERE to give it a listen and keep up to date with the new album by following Praise’s socials on Instagram and Twitter.
Upstate NY’s BRICK BY BRICK will be releasing a new 11 track album titled “Dismal Existence” on February 18th on UPSTATE RECORDS. With Testament’s Chuck Billy offering up guest vocals on opening track “Evil Remains”, two European tours and a US run in the works Brick By Brick hope to pick back up the momentum they were building when the pandemic hit. The closing track on “Dismal Existence” is a cover of Sick Of It All’s “Just Look Around” which also includes a special remixed outro by Grammy Award winning producer Stress The White Boy with vocals by Lord Willin’. Click HERE to check it out. "Dismal Existence" was the title chosen because it seems that everything gets worse as we get older. Politics, social media, and all other propaganda are consuming the sheep of this world and they are taking things literally and leading this world to its fate."- Mike Valente, Brick By Brick. Pre-orders and merch are available now through the Upstate Records website shop.
Earlier this year Long Island’s TENSION* announced that they were getting back together and dropped a new single for the track “11:34” which was their first new music since their 2014 “The End Of All We Knew” album. After a hiatus that started shortly after that spring announcement Tension* are now back as a four piece and are finishing up work on a seven song record titled “You Can’t Kill What Never Dies”. Look for another new track titled “Enemy Of The People” to be leaked out within the next couple of weeks via the Tension* official website which also has links to all of their social media pages. In the meantime check out “11:34” from earlier this year by clicking HERE.
Back in July of 2016 Hong Kong’s KING LY CHEE made a really good impression on myself and many others along the US East Coast as they flew in to open four dates in NYC, Boston, Philly and DC for Sick Of It All and Street Dogs. Within a year of those shows the band which got its start in 1999 had broken up with new bands being formed in the process. On December 27th King Ly Chee will play their first show in quite some time as they will be playing at Cult Key in HKG with openers Parallel Horizon and Sexy Hammer. King Ly Chee’s “classic” lineup that was together between 2001 through 2005 with Riz on vocals, Kevin on guitar, Andy on drums and Alex vocals/bass will all be on board with the band performing songs off of their “Stand Strong” album. No new music has been talked about or planned at this time but as with most things… time will tell. Make sure to also check out their 2014 music video for “Lost In A World” which is a great video that brought many of their old band members back to show that “once you were a member, you are always a member”.
BEYOND THE STYX from France released a new single titled “New World Disorder” which will be on their upcoming “Sentence” album due out on February 4th through WTF Records, Season Of Mist and Diorama Records. Click HERE to check out the new track which features Luis Ifer from Teething. “Sentence” will be Beyond The Styx’s third album.
NOVEMBER 11, 2021
SLAYING PUNK ROCK WITH ROCK N ROLL ROOTS ARE LONG ISLAND'S THE ICE COLD KILLERS WHO DROPPED THEIR SECOND FULL LENGTH ALBUM THIS PAST AUGUST. IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR BASSIST/SINGER JOE RUBINO & DRUMMER JOE "THE MOUTH" GARCES FOR THIS INSIGHTFUL INTERVIEW THAT COVERS THE LATEST HAPPENINGS IN "TICK" LAND. CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT!
OCTOBER 17, 2021
MELODIC HARDCORE IS MAKING A COMEBACK OUT ON LONG ISLAND WITH STAND STILL LEADING THE CHARGE. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS REFRESHING NEW BAND IN THIS BRAND NEW INTERVIEW
OCTOBER 4, 2021
BORSTAL COME AT US WITH A UK STREET PUNK MEETS NYHC STYLE THAT TAKES NO PRISONERS ON THEIR DEBUT EP "AT HER MAJESTY'S PLEASURE" OUT NOW ON 4 FAMILY RECORDS. GUITARIST LEE KITCHENER WAS RECENTLY INTERVIEWED TO GIVE US MORE ON THIS HOT NEW BAND FROM THE UK
SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
INTRODUCING Z9! NEW BAND FEATURING WISDOM IN CHAINS MEMBERS DEBUT "THE DEAD MAN"
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO "THE DEAD MAN" BY Z9!
Z9! Is a new project featuring three of the members of Wisdom In Chains with Richie Mancuso on guitar and vocals, Evan Ivkovich on bass and Luke Rota on drums. Their 6 song debut titled “We Don’t Come In Peace” drops October 29th on Fastbreak! Records. In Effect Hardcore caught up with Richie to get some details about the band and he was kind enough to also let us premiere one of their new songs titled “The Dead Man”. Find pre-order info and other merch for this release HERE. Follow the band on Instagram HERE.
“In the echo of a prophetic joke about a coming plague… in the sinister whispers of a passing fortune teller… in the shadows we catch moving in the corner of our eyes… to the ghosts haunting us from the cob webs of our minds. Z9! has come to represent a perfect circle, of a midnight black ballad, sung from the darkness of the cold streets in our hearts. After spending more than two decades in the trenches of hardcore, grinding his way to top billing on the worldwide stage - Richie “Krutch” Mancuso and backing members of Wisdom In Chains make no peace with their demons, but rather embrace their nightmares, and give those demons a voice. “We Don’t Come In Peace” represents the debut EP of a concept project which was written, produced and recorded by Richie Krutch - on his own terms and without compromise. With influences from some of the greatest 70’s and 80’s hard rock and street rock bands - Z9! has distinct East Coast grit that has been ground to a dangerously fine point, that represents an oath that was kept by an artist, to never be the victim… All while exploring an unknown chapter in the burned pages of their past”.
IE: Hey Richie. When did you start writing these Z9! songs and when did your Wisdom In Chains bandmates Evan and Luke come aboard?
Richie: Well, I’d say I started officially writing for this project in October of 2020. Halloween in Pennsylvania is a sacred time. The pandemic was in full effect and work with Wisdom In Chains was at a complete stand still. So I purchased some gear, started to figure out the recording and mixing side of things. I picked a style I wanted to go in, something I was interested in doing vocals over, because in the beginning of this project it was just me. I was showing Luke and Evan the stuff I was working on and they were like me in the sense that they have to write music… they need to play. They expressed that they really liked the stuff so I told them “If you guys want, jump in”. I could never do it like they do it on their instruments. They both listened to the songs, learned them, and then added their own elements. I love what they did with the bass and drums on these tracks.
IE: Your band description (that we included above) tells us about the 70’s and 80’s rock and street rock bands that influence Z9's sound. Can you put some names to that description?
Richie: So many influences, from Billy Idol, to Type-O-Negative, to Cocksparrer, Blood for Blood, Motley Crue. Melody is what brings it all together.
IE: With all three members of this band also playing in Wisdom In Chains it should be asked why these songs weren't written with that band in mind?
Richie: We, us 3, and Wisdom’s lead guitarist Mavvy The Baboon actually were in a writing zone! No lie, musically we had over 100 songs, but vocally, it was just not happening. Frustration was really building, so in September of 2020 we decided to halt it all and restart in 2021. By October I was bored as fuck… I need to write songs, so I started this project by myself, kind of just to scratch the itch. These songs probably could have went to Wisdom. Wisdom is all over the place musically… hardcore, Oi, metal, punk… we do whatever we want. But for Z9! I decided to have a more focused musical sound. I had about 12 songs for this project musically, but only 6 had lyrics. I scrapped the other 6 to just focus on these. I just wanted a finished product that I was happy with. The frustration from Wisdom was killing me as it’s been years since we wrote a song. I didn’t want that to happen again.
Z9! (From L-R; Evan, Luke, Richie)
IE: The band description also paints a dark picture to what you guys are calling a concept project with the album’s title and artwork helping build that feeling even more. It's not often that you see bands associated with the hardcore scene doing full on concepts. Can you talk more about the vibe going on here?
Richie: Well, like I said, this project started in October, and it will be released in October. The constant vibe was death, revenge, and conquest. The opening track is about winning, not surviving… fuck surviving, I’ll take what I want. The song “The Dead Man” is a unique perspective about being haunted by the ghost of the man you killed, and still not letting that dead man get one over on you. “A Million Years” is about taking advantage and figuring out how to make the hardest times work in your favor, inspired by the pandemic really. “The Lord Of Death” is just about me thinking about all the times I have escaped death so far in my life. I know it will get me eventually, but I cheated that fool a few times now. The last song “Gone” is just simply about death. We all deal with the loss of loved ones, and its finality is sickening, but so real. It’s like nothing else. Even the cover song I chose (“The One I Love” by R.E.M.)… it’s like this mainstream radio rock song, but lyrically, I liked how the lyrics were kind of selfish and fucked up. This is the theme for Z9!, other bands can sing about feeling depressed, and feeling sorry for themselves, or sing about being losers or whatever is going on. This shit is about the darkness, the cockiness, of the side of reality that isn’t very popular to mention in the current times we live in.
IE: What's the meaning behind the name Z9?
Richie: There are a few meanings, one meaning is for the band members personally and only they know. Another meaning comes from an old secret society I read about. They had code words and terms so they could speak freely to one another without outsiders knowing the details of what they said. They used the term Z9 to describe what they considered the most dangerous of people, someone who had nothing to lose.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2021
AFTER A TWO YEAR GAP BETWEEN RELEASES EKULU ARE BACK WITH THEIR FIRST FULL LENGTH TITLED "UNSCREW MY HEAD". IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR SINGER CHRIS & DRUMMER MIKE TO GET ALL THE DETAILS BEHIND IT AS WELL AS ASKING ABOUT WHAT'S ON TAP FOR THE REST OF 2021.
“UNSCREWING YOUR HEAD COULD BE BLOWING OFF STEAM DOING WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS LOVED TO DO… WHETHER IT’S WRITING, SKATEBOARDING, MOSHING, MAKING ART, DRAWING, PLAYING SHOWS… IT’S THE WHOLE IDEA OF LETTING STRESS GO AND FINDING YOUR BLISS”.
LONG RUNNING DIY VENUE "SKIDROW GARAGE" IN YORK, PA FORCED TO CLOSE AMID LEGAL ISSUES
Long running DIY venue SKIDROW GARAGE located in York, PA is NO MORE! This spot had been hosting shows for the past 12 years and was recently forced to close due to legal issues. MC Hyser who ran the spot out of his own garage also sings for the band Olde Tigers and in our 2018 interview had this to say about Skidrow Garage… “It started out as one show in our practice space to help our friends on tour and it’s become one of the best DIY venues on the East Coast. I emphasize: it is literally my garage. When shows aren’t happening, my car/motorcycle is parked there. But it’s a phenomenal venue if I do say so myself. PA’s liquor laws make it very hard for bars/venues to do all ages shows in this state, but I can offer that at the garage. We have had bands from all over the country and world (5 continents!) play shows here. Typing those words still blows my mind”.
Not accepting “defeat” MC has pledged to open a new Skidrow Garage as a legitimate venue in the York area and is asking the help of the South Central, PA punk scene and beyond to help him achieve that goal. A Go Fund Me page has been created to help offset the costs involved with putting together a new Skidrow Garage. “Any building that I find will need to be built to suit our needs. We will need to build a stage, storage rooms, update the wiring and plumbing, install fire suppression, and, of course, build a suitable sound system. This is on top of the rental costs of the building itself, utilities, legal fees, and insurance costs, as well as all the unforeseen expenses that are sure to arise”.
Find out more info about MC’s band Olde Tigers (as well as Skidrow Garage) by reading our July 2018 interview. For more info on Skidrow Garage’s current situation and how to donate to their cause visit their Go Fund Me page.
ABOVE PHOTO: OLDE TIGERS PERFORMING AT THE SKIDROW GARAGE. PHOTO BY: STUDIO 11 WEST
POISON IDEA'S JERRY A. RELEASES NEW MUSIC WITH VETERAN BELGIAN MUSICIANS TO FORM NEW BAND "CRIME SCENE". LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF "CAMELLO" BELOW
One thing we have seen a rise in over the past year is “remote” bands. CRIME SCENE from Portland, Oregon and Antwerp, Belgium is the latest we have come across. Crime Scene features legendary Poison Idea frontman Jerry A. on vocals along with members of the long running Belgian hardcore band Toxic Shock, Carnation (Belgium death metal) and Crayon Sun. A limited edition three song demo will be released in the late summer on cassette and will be followed up by a five song EP that will also contain the demo tracks. The tracks were recorded in October 2020 at project Zero Studios in Belgium with Jerry A. doing his vocals at Dig Recording in Portland between March and July of this year. Today we bring you the premier of “Camello”; a new Crime Scene song that will be part of the upcoming demo. Click HERE to give it a listen. When asked about the lyrics for these new songs Jerry A. had this to say… “There is one theme throughout this whole thing, depression and death. I hope it doesn't rub off on anyone and works as therapy instead”. A previously released track "Crime Scene" is also available to listen to now at the above link.
ABOVE PHOTO SHOWS THE NEW CRIME SCENE CASSETTE AND THE BELGIAN FACTION OF THE BAND IN THE STUDIO RECORDING THEIR LATEST TRACKS. BELOW ARE THE LYRICS FOR "CAMELLO"
LAWMAKER (SAN FRANCISCO, CA & STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN) RELEASE NEW
"PLUGGED & "UNPLUGGED" EP TITLED "LAW OF THE LAND"
Hey, weren’t we just talking about remote bands? Back in February LAWMAKER dropped their debut four song EP titled “All Work, No Class” which came in both “plugged” and “unplugged” (acoustic) versions. This unique release had an interesting backstory with members of this band coming together from already established punk bands based in San Francisco and Stockholm. Fast forward a few months and Lawmaker returns with another four song EP; “Law of The Land” which once again comes with plugged and unplugged versions. Check out all of their songs via Spotify by clicking HERE. A 10 song vinyl LP is currently in the works and will contain all 8 “plugged” version tracks plus two new songs that have not been released as of yet. Look for this new vinyl release in the next couple of months.
CHECKING IN WITH... NYC'S ENZIGURI
We want to take a moment to shine some light on NY’s ENZIGURI who have been a pretty active squad over the past year despite recent world events. Right now, they are writing new material, and working on a four song split 7” with Crippled Earn which will be out in the spring of next year. They also recently contributed the song “Stone Caster” to the “A7 Back To The New York Hardcore Roots” compilation which also comes with an accompanying music video through Stone Films. They also put out a music video for their track “Rat Race” last October. New merch including Enziguri snapback hats, t-shirts, shorts and pullover hoodies will go up for pre-order the week of September 6th. When we recently caught up with their fromtman Davey Hooligan he had this to say…“Even though the world is still being ravaged by COVID and though we are in the midst of the writing process, it's important for us to continue entertaining and looking forward to the future; whether it’s Europe or hopping on bigger shows in NYC”. Recent gigs have seen Enziguri play pop up shows on the streets of Brooklyn (see above photo), as well as the famed Niagra (A7 club) in Manhattan, with other stops in Westchester and most recently Long Island. Next up is an opening slot on October 22nd at The Kingsland in Brooklyn, NY where they will open for Sheer Terror and Slapshot.
THE SLIME RELEASE TWO SONG SINGLE AHEAD OF NEW EP DUE OUT THIS FALL
Toronto’s THE SLIME are back with a new 2 song single titled “Death Champs” which is a precursor to their upcoming “Living On Borrowed Slime” EP which will be out this fall through Cursed Blessings Records. Check it out the two new ones on Bandcamp or Spotify. About these new songs The Slime Crew had this to say… “This is our most integrated recording yet, and gels our B-movie, apocalyptic worldview with our confrontational and aggressive sound, without forgetting about the party”. The Toronto punk scene has been making some waves recently with bands like Dragged In and Choices Made also catching our attention in recent months. Learn more about this Noise From The North in a recent joint interview we did with all three of these bands.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
THE ICE COLD KILLERS DEBUT THEIR BRAND NEW "YOU'RE DEAD TO ME" MUSIC VIDEO
New York’s THE ICE COLD KILLERS are back with a new music video for their track “You’re Dead To Me” which is making its debut today here on In Effect Hardcore. The track is off their “Stories From The Grave” 10 song self-released album which came out on August 27th. This is the band’s third release following up 2015’s “Live And Let Down” and 2018’s “Laughin’ With Sinners, Cryin’ With Saints”. Check out the new video by clicking the above image; you can also check out the rest of the new album by clicking HERE. Upcoming shows for the band include September 11th in Wallingford, CT, September 17h on Long Island and September 18th in Brooklyn, NY. Make sure to check in with The Ice Cold Killer's website for all their latest info.
AUGUST 6, 2021
IN EFFECT'S NEW HARDCORE EXPLORER SERIES LOOKS AT BANDS & PEOPLE FROM THE FAR REACHES OF THE HARDCORE UNIVERSE. UP FIRST IS REJECTION PACT FROM BOISE, ID, PACIFIST FROM BOMBAY, INDIA, AND NOWHERES FROM LINKOPING, SWEDEN. CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT!
GORDITA BEACH PREMIER "DROWN" OFF OF THEIR SELF-TITLED EP DUE OUT AUGUST 17TH
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Back in February we told you about GORDITA BEACH; a new band led by singer/song writer Derrick Karg-Zamudio of Savage Youth. In April of 2020, Derrick started writing and recording 7 songs on his own to “get out all the anger, sorrow and frustration I felt about what was going on in our shit show of a country”. Derrick was already friends with Breakdown/Killing Time guitarist Carl Porcaro and was showing him the progress as each song was completed. To make a long story short… Gordita Beach now consists of Derrick on vocals, Carl Porcaro on guitar, and Killing Time’s Chris Skowronski and Anthony Drago on bass and drums respectively. Now comes word that their debut EP will be released digitally on August 17th. It will contain seven songs that were recorded, mixed and mastered for digital by Brian DiMeglio in November/December of 2020 with the above mentioned lineup at Brooklyn Recording Paradise (formerly Cannon Sound Foundation). A special run of 200 pink vinyl 7”s have also been ordered mastered for vinyl by Jesse Cannon and are expected to be available in early 2022 with artwork done by Andrew Notsch. September 10th will be Gordita Beach’s first ever show opening for Total Meltdown, Loss Becomes and Husbandry at The Nest in Brooklyn, NY. “Drown” is one of the brand new tracks on the Gordita Beach EP and the band has been kind enough to offer this song a few days before its release. Click the EP's cover above to give it a liisten!
INTRODUCING "LIVE FROM THE CRIME SCENE"
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LIVE FROM THE CRIME SCENE is a new video-centric vlog modeled after the old MTV show "Headbangers Ball" that got its start in the late 80's and flourished into the mid-90's. Hosted by Scott Earth, lead singer of NJ band Silence Equals Death the show has three current episodes out and also features short segments and interviews covering the world of hardcore punk. In Effect was a guest on episode 3 which you can check out HERE. Bands get in touch with Scott to have your video considered for future episodes which have been coming out every couple of weeks.
Scott's band SILENCE EQUALS DEATH will have new music out on September 10th with the 12 song "I'll See You On The Other Side" to be released digitally and on compact disc through Upstate Records. “I’ll See You On The Other Side” contains six fresh new tracks combined with a re-mixed/re-mastered version of their 2020 release, “Revolution Rising”. A music video for the new track “Signals” was released earlier this week. Click HERE to check it out. Pre-order info for the new Silence Equals Death can be found HERE.
DEAD HEAT who we recently interviewed on this site (Click HERE to read that interview) continue to stay busy after the release of their brand new full length album "World At War" with the release of a music video for the title track off of that new album... click HERE to check it out. In addition they have a brand new previously unreleased track titled "Light Me Up" on the "One Scene Unity: A Hardcore Compilation Volume 2" which is streaming now on Bandcamp. This comp features all new tracks from 17 bands and will be available on 12" vinyl later this year. Click HERE to stream this comp and HERE to pre-order the 12” vinyl version which is due out in December via From Within Records. As if all this wasn’t enough Dead Heat’s new track “The Hard Reset” is online now as part of the just released “America’s Hardcore Volume 5” compilation put out by Triple B Records featuring 39 tracks from 38 bands. Click HERE to stream this compilation and HERE to pre-order the double 12” vinyl version which comes with a 40 page 12x12 insert booklet that features artwork for all the bands. Dead Heat hit the road for a 10 date Midwest/Northeast tour with Municipal Waste and Crowbar starting on November 13th in Indianapolis and finishing up on November 23rd in Grand Rapids, MI.
IN EFFECT A RECENT GUEST ON THE LOOSE MEAT PODCAST
We recently had the pleasure of being invited on to the LOOSE MEAT PODCAST to talk about our very own In Effect website as well as the recently released In Effect Anthology. We thank the Loose Meat duo for the publicity they gave us and to return the favor we asked them to give us a little background info for those of you out there just finding out about their show... we were provided with the following info as well as some killer Loose Meat/In Effect mashup artwork! Click HERE for an Apple Podcast link to the interview with In Effect's Chris Wynne.
"LOOSE MEAT is the world’s foremost podcast related to extreme music. That means hardcore, crust punk, power-violence, grindcore, garlic toast, harsh noise, and any other genre or subgenre of music that might get you kicked out of an Outback Steakhouse if you start playing it on your bluetooth speaker in the bathroom and asking the patrons if they “like to party”. The two hosts share their honest opinions on new releases which are either submitted by listeners or selected at random from a number of affiliated You Tube channels. They rave about the releases they like, and they exquisitely rip apart the ones that they don't.
Maybe you’re a die-hard fan of all the genres mentioned above, or maybe you hate them and want to understand how anyone could possibly enjoy listening to them, OR you are just a fan of fringe culture in general. Any way you shake it; Loose Meat is a top tier podcast for anyone who wants more weird, more noise, or more counter culture in their life. The hosts, Horrible Noise and Baby Chico have never met, and have been brought together entirely by a shared lust for extreme music that invariably and equally frightens parents, parrots, and potential lovers. Be sure to check out this hot mess of a podcast about hot messes of music. You won’t regret it. Actually you might regret it… some of this shit is weird as fuck!"
On August 26th HELLMINDED RECORDS will be releasing a complete discography from early 2000's Philly straight edge band ONE UP. Titled "Many Miles Long 2002-2005" this release will contain 22 songs and includes the bands entire recorded output as well as two unreleased tracks from their final recording session in 2004. The limited edition 12" vinyl comes in various color variants along with new t-shirt designs. Click HERE for pre-order info. One Up singer Greg Polard is still busy within the world of hardcore these days as a co-host of the "Where It Went" podcast that focuses on the Revelation Records catalog as well as the fun "Hardcore Suitman" Instagram account. One Up have also announced they will be playing two upcoming shows in October (their first in 11 years) with the first as an opener for Field Day on October 15th in Philadelphia with the second coming just 8 days later in Pittston, PA as part of the two day "Still Won't Break Volume 2" shows that include Mindforce and Ekulu as each days headliners.
LA ARMADA continue to drop a new song every month and have now put out half of their upcoming 6 song "Anti-Colonial Vol 2" which will come out in physical form later this year. On July 13th La Armada released "White Jesus"; their latest new track that comes with an accompanying lyric video that you can check out HERE.
IN EFFECT HARDCORE FANZINE ANTHOLOGY AVAILABLE NOW!
“IN EFFECT HARDCORE FANZINE ANTHOLOGY” has been out for a few weeks now and is still available through SHINING LIFE PRESS. This book includes every page from every issue of In Effect Fanzine which was the precursor to the In Effect Hardcore website you are currently on. The fanzine came out in 1988 and ran through 1999 and produced 12 print issues. With all of the old issues out of print for many years this is a great way to get a piece of NYHC history on to your bookshelf as the 722 pages include old interviews, reviews, photos, scene reports and more including intros and backstories to every issue as well as newly added photos from scene greats such as BJ Papas, Carl Gunhouse and Ken Salerno. Click the above collage to order a copy today! European friends can order through Berlin's Coretex Records (available now) with UK distro through Quality Control (coming soon). Click HERE to see all of the covers to the 12 issues.
JULY 2, 2021
“WORLD AT WAR” IS THE LATEST ASS BEATER OF AN ALBUM BY OXNARD, CALIFORNIA’S DEAD HEAT. SINGER CHRIS RAMOS GETS US UP TO SPEED WITH THE SONIC “NEW ERA” OF THE BAND, A REINTRODUCTION TO THEIR MASCOT “BONES”, AND A QUICK LOOK AT THE DEAD HEAT 2021 GAME PLAN MOVING FORWARD. CLICK BELOW TO READ THE INTERVIEW
RECENTLY ADDED MUSIC VIDEOS & QUICK HIT...
TURNSTILE NEW EP & VIDEO
Turnstile's new 4 song EP "Turnstile Love Connection" can be heard on SPOTIFY as well as watched via an 11 minute music video which you can see by clicking the hyperlink above. Live photo: Kuckuck Artworks circa 2018.
JUNE 25, 2021
SHINING LIFE PRESS TO RELEASE 722 PAGE "IN EFFECT FANZINE ANTHOLOGY 1988-1999" BOOK
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We are happy to announce that the In Effect Fanzine Anthology book is now available to order! In Effect Hardcore grew out of a DIY print fanzine called In Effect and was around from 1988 to 1999, producing 12 issues and featuring many of the great bands that made up the NYHC scene of the 80’s and 90’s. Shining Life Press has produced the ultimate In Effect Fanzine source with a 722 page book that includes every page from every issue along with many extras including essays and backstories to each issue, “extra” photos from BJ Papas, Ken Salerno, Carl Gunhouse and more. Click HERE to find out how to order your copy now through Shining Life Press. To see photos of all the old In Effect covers (as well as more backstory) click HERE. “Hardcore” Joe McKay had In Effect’s Chris Wynne on his This Is Hardcore Podcast last night and you can listen to the full interview by clicking HERE.
NYC's CRIPPLED EARN are the latest up and coming NYHC band to join forces with Dutch label WTF Records. Their next release will be a 4 song EP titled "Exhausting Existence" and is due out on October 22nd. We first found out about Crippled Earn through their 2017 "Swine" EP and more recently they provided a new track for the "A7 Back To The NYHC Roots" compilation out now on Pitchfork. Give 'em a listen!
In other Dutch/NYHC relations WTF has also teamed up with GOING POSTAL whose debut five song EP will come out on August 20th on 7", CD, as well as digitally.
POINT BLANK have a new full length titled "We Will Rise Again" slotted for a late 2021 release and will be available on LP, CD digipack as well as digitally.
Non-NY releases on the docket for WTF later in 2021 include new ones from AMMO/REVERSE THE FLOW (split cassette), SENSE OF JUSTICE (full length CD), JUSTIFY ALL MEANS (CDEP), and GET SOME (full length LP, CD digipack).
VISIT: WTF RECORDS
QUICKSAND are back with new music as well as some significant tour info. "Missile Command" is a recently released track (and video) off of their upcoming 11 song album "Distant Populations" which is due out digitally on August 13th through Epitaph with LP/CD's due out on September 24th. "Missile Command" is the second new track released off of the upcoming album and follows the animated video for "Inversion" which will be the opening track on "Distant Populations". A 22 date U.S. tour kicks off in Boston on September 28th and runs through Halloween where things wrap up in Philly.
For more info and updates check in with QuicksandNYC.com which is your portal to all things Quicksand. Photo by: JC Photo Media.
NY's THE LAST STAND and CA's ONE CHOICE are closing in on the release of their split 12" titled "From The East Coast To The West Coast", due out digitally on July 23rd through Irish Voodoo Records. The EP will feature four new songs from TLS and three new ones from One Choice. Pre-orders for this limited edition (250 pressed) 12" are available now with a planned fall release. For now you can listen to The Last Stand's "Slipped Through My Hands" and One Choice's "Clarity" off the split by clicking HERE.
TURNSTILE have a new track out titled "Mystery" as well as a 20 minute video feature titled "Turnstile Love Connection" which also includes new Turnstile songs. The video had three showings at Brooklyn's Nighthawk Cinema on June 23rd sandwiched between scheduled dates in Baltimore (June 22nd) and Columbus (June 24th). Los Angeles showings are scheduled for Saturday June 26th. No further info at this time in regards to more showings or upcoming releases. Stay Tuned!
DEAD BLOW HAMMER (their bassist and NYHC great Rob Kabula pictured to the left) have been frequently mentioned on this site over the last few months with appearances on multiple new and upcoming releases. One of those upcoming releases is a split with Panama's Rencilla (due out late summer/early fall). Check out the lyric video for one of those new tracks titled "Lies/Rise" by clicking HERE. Photo by: Tim Daley.
Germany's RYKERS and their original singer "Kid D" have reunited after six years and two albums apart. Founded
in 1992 Rykers has been one of the premier names in European hardcore and one of the few who have been able to gain substantial interest within the United States having made multiple trips across the
Atlantic to play. Belgium's Alcatraz Fest in August is Rykers' first scheduled show back with their old (and now new) singer with a five date Euro winter tour also scheduled to close out 2021
(December 26th through the 31st). Rykers has already demo'd approximately eight new tracks and plan to have a new full length album out towards the tail end of 2022.
Italy's BULL BRIGADE have a new single out titled "Quaranta" which features a guest appearance by the Oppressed's Roddy Moreno. "Quaranta" will be part of Bull Brigade's new full length album due out this September on Germany's Demons Run Amok.
Orange County, CA’s DARE have their debut full length titled “Against All Odds” due out on August 20th via Revelation Records. The track “Different Method” is out now ahead of the release date with an accompanying music video. You can pre-save digital versions via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and Tidal by clicking HERE. Dare will be part of a 16 date Western U.S. tour opening up for One Step Closer, Drain and headliners Terror starting on September 6th in Phoenix and wrapping up on September 23rd in Nashville, TN (which is the tours eastern most stop).
Back in our May 17th update we told you about the upcoming TIME AND PRESSURE ten song full length titled
"Halfway Down". The new album is due out digitally on July 30th with vinyl versions set up for late 2021 (Safe Inside Records). The song "Between The World And You" is a new track making the rounds
ahead of the release date and you can listen to it now by clicking HERE.
In that same May 17th update we told you about Chicago's LA ARMADA and their plans to release a new song each month leading up to the release of their "Anti-Colonial Vol 2". The La Armada June installment has arrived in the form of "All We Know" which also comes to us with an accompanying music video. Click HERE to check it out.
MAY 31, 2021
NEW! FREDDY MADBALL VIDEO INTERVIEW BEFORE THEIR MAY 16TH SET IN MELBOURNE, FLORIDA
INTERVIEW BY: BRIAN ESPITIA, EDITING BY: RAT CORPSE. RUN TIME 8:26. CLICK BELOW TO WATCH!
MAY 26, 2021
COUNTIME ARE SET TO RELEASE THEIR LATEST ALBUM "NO APOLOGIES, NO REGRETS" THIS FRIDAY THE 28TH ON DEMONS RUN AMOK. IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH THREE OF THEIR MEMBERS FOR THIS INTERVIEW WHICH ALSO INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE STREAM TO THE NEW ALBUM!
MAY 17, 2021
SHOW REVIEW: MADBALL, MURPHY'S LAW, BLOODCLOT, WISDOM IN CHAINS & THE CAPTURERS LIVE IN NYC'S TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, APRIL 24, 2021. WRITTEN BY STEVEN J. MESSINA AND FEATURING PHOTOS BY: RICH ZOELLER, TIM DALEY, PETE GREGORY AND STEVEN J. MESSINA.
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WISH are a new group from Tallahassee, FL who are another “pandemic born” band with members from Malice At The Palace, Diamond Back, Point Blank (FL), and Twisted Dream. They recently signed on with WAR Records and have their 7 song debut titled “Adapt Or Die” due out on Friday, May 21st. The press info sent along to us states that WISH’s sound “cross-pollinates elements of hardcore and thrash metal with a focus on stadium-sized groove parts, WISH will undoubtedly appeal to fans of such bands as Mindforce, Drain, Dead Heat, Leeway, and Trapped Under Ice”. Check out the advanced track “Conflict Of Loyalty” now by clicking HERE and decide for yourself. Pre-orders for this CD/cassette release can be found on the WAR Records website.
MOONROT out of Boston is another new name that we recently came in contact with. They sent in their new track “Dead Order” which comes with an insane TMNT mashup music video which you can check out HERE. Their four song self-titled debut came out last July and they are currently working with Patient Zero Records on a 7’ that could/should be out by mid-summer. Click HERE to check out their 2020 debut while you wait for the new 7”.
ETERNAL STRUGGLE from Tel Aviv, Israel are closing in on the release of their new album “Year Of The Gun” which was recorded in 2018 and was initially slated to be released last year. Demons Run Amok will handle the Euro release with Upstate Records releasing “Year of The Gun in the US on June 4th. The 13 song full length was produced by Brain “Mitts” Daniels (ex-Madball/Skahead) and mastered by Tue Madsen. Videos for “Indoctrination” and “Manifesto/Point One” are out now to view while a third track “On Broken Backs” can be heard HERE. For fans of Madball, Biohazard, Sepultura, Hatebreed and Machine Head. Pre-orders for this CD/LP release can be found on the Demons Run Amok and Upstate Records merch pages.
Toronto’s THE SLIME and PRIOR CONVICTIONS from Hamilton, Ontario will be releasing a split 7” EP on Toronto based label Cursed Blessings. Look for this to be out by year’s end and for it to include three new tracks from each band.
LA ARMADA (currently from Chicago via way of Miami and the Dominican Republic) have completed work on their new album “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2” and plan on releasing a song a month for the next 6 months leading up to its official release. The album will be released on their own Mal De Ojo Records in the U.S and Latinoamerica as well as through Thousand Islands Records in Canada and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK. A video for the new track “Death On Replay” can be found HERE. Back in December of 2018 we did an interview with Mani and Paul of La Armada, click HERE to check it out.
Saint Louis’ TIME AND PRESSURE have released “Two Songs” which is exactly that… two new “demo version” tracks from their upcoming 10 song “Halfway Down” full length that will be out digitally in July and then on vinyl in late 2021 through Safe Inside Records. Listen to the new tracks “Wrapped Up” and “Old Scratch” in a multitude of ways through this ever so convenient link tree. Cassette and 7” flexi versions of “Two Songs” can be found through Safe Inside Records’ merch page.
APRIL 23, 2021
MADBALL BASSIST HOYA ROC CHECKS IN WITH US IN THIS LATEST INSTALLMENT OF "20 QUESTIONS WITH" WHERE WE TALK ABOUT GETTING BACK INTO THE FLOW WITH LIVE SHOWS RESTARTING, A NEW MADBALL ALBUM IN THE WORKS, PODCASTS, CLOTHING LINES, AS WELL AS A LITTLE MADBALL HISTORY. CHECK IT ALL OUT BY CLICKING BELOW!
APRIL 10, 2021
RENO NEVADA'S FALL SILENT ARE BACK WITH "YOU KNEW I WAS POISON" OUT NOW ON REVELATION RECORDS. IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH LONG TIME FRIEND & LEAD SINGER LEVI WATSON TO TALK ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM, JAPAN, VASECTOMIES, GETTING KNOCKED OUT WHILE PERFORMING, PENPALS, CAR WRECKS ON TOUR, HANGING OUT IN CASINOS & A WHOLE LOT MORE!
Live, in person show announcements over the last couple of weeks include this monster (above flyer) with Madball, Murphy's Law, Bloodclot and The Capturers in NYC, Madball, Death Before Dishonor, and Reason To Fight in Providence, RI on April 23rd, Sheer Terror, Killer Of Sheep, Hangman and Shackled in Brooklyn on May 1st, and more including Blanks 77, Silence Equals Death, The Ice Cold Killers and more at an outdoor park in Lanoka Harbor, NJ next Saturday April 17th. Visit In Effect's SHOW FLYERS page for more info on these and more upcoming shows. The Madball flyer shown above also marks the return of artist Gary Gilmore who was responsible for tons of amazing show flyers in the 1990’s. Check out his WRONGWAY FLYERS page to see some of his previous work.
BE WELL are currently working on the follow up to their 2020 album "The Weight And The Cost". Recording started in late March and will be finished in the next week or so with the end result set to be a 6 song EP titled "Hello Sun". The 6 songs will be released on one sided 12" vinyl with a screen printed "B side" and is planned to be released in late 2021 or early 2022. End Hits will handle the Euro version of this new release with a US label set to be announced soon. In addition a handful of dates are in the works opening for H20 as well as some headlining dates. Get locked in with the Be Well Instagram page for future updates.
Be Well photo by: JC Photo Media
On May 23rd NY's REBELMATIC will be working with Brooklyn's Leesta Vall Sound Recordings as part of their "direct to vinyl sessions project". "You choose the songs and we will perform it live as the record is cut in real time making you the only owner of that performance". Rebelmatic is offering a handful of their tracks to choose from which can include personalized messages/shout outs to those interested in buying a one of a kind 7" which will be mailed directly to you with an estimated ship date of May 30th. To find out more about this unique recording session click HERE.
URBAN WASTE are working with Portuguese label Mob Clash Records on a 12" release that will have rerecorded versions of the bands 2015 "Waste Crew" EP on side A as well as a fully rerecorded version of their 2010 "Recycled" album on side B. Tentatively titled "The Wasted Years Collection", this should be out later this year or in early 2022. In other UW news the band has a new bass player in Vinny Carriero who replaces Nonlee Saito who left the band after a long run as the UW bassist.
Italy's BLVD OF DEATH will be releasing their latest: "Hate Too Much To Love" on April 14th. The new 4 song EP will be released digitally as well as on one sided 12" vinyl through US label Daze. This is BOD's first release since their "Hell Is Full Of Good Intentions" EP released on Edgewood Records in 2019. When asked to describe the upcoming EP's style their lead singer Edoardo called it "mid 90's Queens style ala Breakdown/Dijan Rifforama". Get a taste of death via that 2019 EP by clicking HERE.
NY's EXAMINE are putting the final touches on an 8 song EP titled "Blessed" which will be released through Dead City Records on the usual streaming services as well as CD. "Nothing's Gonna Stop The Plan" is one of the 8 new tracks on this upcoming release... check out the music video for it HERE. A video is also in the works for the title track "Blessed". This is Examine's first new material since their 4 song demo came out in December of 2019.
REGRET are a new band that comes to us from Hong Kong and our friend Riz Farooqi who we first got acquainted with when his previous band King Ly Chee played in NYC in 2016. Riz also plays guitar and sings in Dagger and is behind the resourceful UniteAsia.org website. Regret will be releasing their debut 7 song EP digitally as well as on cassette in the coming weeks. The cassette version will come with a DIY zine that includes the EP's lyrics. For now you can check out Regret's first two tracks in "We Exist" which was released with an accompanying lyric video, as well as "Can't Deny" which you can check out by clicking HERE. Pre-orders for the cassette version are available HERE. For more info on Regret check out this recent Unite Asia article.
IN EFFECT'S RECENTLY ADDED MUSIC VIDEOS:
DEAD BLOW HAMMER "DRIVIN' IN CIRCLES"
WRONG WAR "MINIMUM SAFE DISTANCE"
TRUTH IN NEEDLES "HOLY TRINITY"
ANTAGONIZERS ATL "KINGS"
RYKERS "DEAD END STREET"
COUNTIME "ALL FOR ONE"
CRO-MAGS "LIFE ON EARTH"
LAWMAKER "WORKING POOR"
CHOICES MADE "HOLIER THAN THOU"
KINGS NEVER DIE "PURE GOLD"
BUM CITY SAINTS "BULLETS NOT BAILOUTS"
MARCH 20, 2021
ANTHONY DRAGO FROM NYHC LEGENDS BREAKDOWN & KILLING TIME
IS UP NEXT ON IN EFFECT'S "20 QUESTIONS WITH..." WHERE WE DISCUSS THE PASSING OF LONG TIME FRIEND & BANDMATE RICH MCLOUGHLIN, HIS DAD'S GARAGE, WHAT THE "CK" ON THE COVER OF "BRIGHTSIDE" STANDS FOR, MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS ON STAGE & MUCH MORE!
NY’s WAR BABIES sign with Hellminded Records… debut album due out this Fall. When Brooklyn’s Brain Slug were in need of a fill-in guitar player for a few shows in 2017, Darren Nanos (NYC Headhunters, Born Sinner, Survivalist, Brain Slug) put in the call to Mike DeLorenzo of Kill Your Idols, CR, Serpico, Enrage, and Celebrity Murders. After playing only a handful of shows together, the duo vowed to develop their own musical project but were met with a series of scheduling delays. When all other musical projects were halted due to Covid-19 in 2020, the two NYHC veterans realized those scheduling delays no longer existed and opted to use their quarantine experience as a way to develop something fresh, something that spoke of the current, volatile social and political climate, and something that blended their mutual love for late 80’s/early 90’s era powerviolence and bands such as Infest, NYC Mayhem, Crossed Out, and Spazz as well as classic NYHC acts such as Sick of It All and Killing Time.
The two-piece powerhouse, who coined the term “Quarantine Core” after their 2020 demo cassette share instrument duties which sees Mike D. on guitar and bass with Nanos holding it down on drums and vocals. Recording solo in their respective, remote locations and pairing those performances together digitally, the two NYHC stalwarts have made amazing use of the global pandemic with an already near-prolific output of more than 45+ songs in under a year and includes a demo, a forthcoming split 12” with The Great Lie and now a 23-song debut LP entitled "Shameless Imbalance", which is expected to drop early Fall 2021 on Hellminded Records. Check out War Babies' previously released music HERE.
NY's POINT BLANK will be performing a FREE live stream performance on Saturday March 27th at 9pm EST. This set will feature a special guest as ex Cro-Mags and Kraut guitarist Doug Holland will join Point Blank as they perform their upcoming new album "We Will Rise Again" (due out Fall 2021) in its entirety. Find this live stream on the 27th on the Point Blank Facebook, Instagram or You Tube pages.
Z9 are a new 3 piece band that feature members of PA's Wisdom In Chains. They are currently working on a 6 song EP that will be released this summer which includes a cover of R.E.M.'s "The One I Love". Check in with their Instagram page for more info and samples of their upcoming EP.
DEAD BLOW HAMMER continue to follow through with planned releases announced last year after their “Mantis Lover/Shorter Circuits” EP was released on Patient Zero Records. Upcoming DBH items include a brand new track on the “A7 Back To The NYHC Roots” compilation (out April 27th), 4 new songs on a split with Panama’s Rencilla due out this summer through Catarina Records and Tuskeny Recordings… a track titled "Johnny Was Deceived" that will appear on a 7” Oi compilation titled “American Thug Rock” on United Riot Records (also includes songs by: Self Defense, The Sentinels, and Magoo’s Heroes)… as well as being part of a 2 day outdoor punk fest in Lanoka Harbor, NJ on April 17th with Blanks 77, Silence Equals Death, Crippled Earn, The Ice Cold Killers and more. Visit the DBH Instagram page for more info.
LA's COUNTIME will be releasing their new 17 song full length titled "No Apologies, No Regrets" this May on Demons Run Amok Entertainment. The upcoming album was produced by Billy "Bio" Graziadei of Biohazard and follows up Countime's 5 song "The Pandemic EP" which came out in February. A new music video for the track "All For One" off that February EP is in the process of being edited and should be out shortly.
Sticking with Los Angeles, TOTAL MASSACRE recently released a new lyric video for the track “Pick Your Poison”. Click HERE to check it out. The band recently recorded six new tracks and have decided to release one new track a month digitally for the first half of 2021. “Get Rich Or Try Dying” and “Pro-Life Death Cult” are Total Massacre’s January and February entries into their first half of 2021 plan. Click HERE to check those tracks out as well as their previous material.
Dutch band BACKFIRE! recently had a plaza named after their legendary deceased drummer Richie. The location is now called RichieBackfirePlein. Richard Bruinen (aka Richie Backfire) from Maastricht, Netherlands was a founding member of early European hardcore bands Right Direction and Backfire! He was well respected in the worldwide hardcore community. Backfire toured with Warzone and played hundreds of shows with the likes of Agnostic Front, Madball, Slapshot and many more. Sadly Richie passed away in 1999. “A new venue called Muziekgieterij (music foundry) for concerts, recording, art and culture was constructed in 2019 in Maastricht and the location was new so it needed a name” states Right Direction guitarist Maurice Gijsbers… “so the city of Maastricht came up with RichieBackfirePlein after seeing a documentary about Richard”. For more info on this cool honor click HERE. In the photo is Maastricht's own Maurice Gijsbers and Niene B. near the new venue.
REVOLUTION CALLING FEST has announced that they plan on having their 2021 edition on October 30th in Eindhoven, Netherlands. They are one of the first 2021 fests to put a confirmed date out to the public. Bands are still to be determined at this time but a step in the right direction considering the lack of any shows in the past 12 plus months. Click HERE to keep an eye out for announcements.
ROLLIN' COFFIN is the brainchild of former Bloodsimple and Vision of Disorder frontman Tim Williams. The new band is poised to release their
debut single, “Runaway”, on April 2nd through Static Era Records. “Runaway” comes at you with a driving sound that is very different from the aggressive metal stylings that you would expect from Williams. The band pays homage to its early influences by using a blend of classic and indie garage rock that evokes a 90’s grunge feel with a modern alternative rock sound. Describing the motivations for the project, Williams says, "these songs are a stripped down version of myself, creatively, coming from an honest place. Sonically, I wanted to achieve a unique sound. A loose, almost dangerous, approach to a different chapter in my musical journey. Rollin' Coffin is the next chapter in the storied career of a musician who is constantly evolving. Every step in Williams' musical journey has been an interesting one. From his early days in the Long Island Hardcore scene through his time as a touring artist in a national heavy metal act, the path he takes with this new project is sure to be an interesting one.