JANUARY 23, 2021
BELGIUM’S CHAIN REACTION GOT THEIR START IN 2016 AND WE FIRST FOUND THEIR “FIGUREHEAD” EP LATE LAST YEAR AND IT FUCKING SHREDS. WE HIT UP THEIR SINGER BJORN AND GOT THIS INTERVIEW WITH HIM AND DRUMMER MURPH FOR YOU ALL TO CHECK OUT. FOR FANS OF 90’S HARDCORE LIKE KILLING TIME, CROWN OF THORNZ, INDECISION, COLFRONT & MORE! READ THE INTERVIEW & MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THEIR MUSIC VIDEO AND FULL EP! CLICK BELOW TO GET STARTED!
JANUARY 12, 2021
WHEN IT COMES TO THE UKHC SCENE PIERRE MENDIVIL HAS BEEN SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS FOR MANY YEARS NOW. GAVIN BROWN CAUGHT UP WITH PIERRE TO TALK ABOUT THE BANDS HE FRONTS, THE RUCKTION RECORDS LABEL AS WELL AS HIS LATEST... BORSTAL WHO HAVE JUST RELEASED THEIR FIRST TRACK & VIDEO FOR "VICIOUS CIRCLES". CLICK BELOW!
NY'S POINT BLANK RETURN WITH "TRAPPED IN MY HEAD"
New York’s POINT BLANK were in the studio in late October, recording 17 tracks with engineer/producer Travis Harrison (known for his work with Guided by Voices and Built to Spill) at Harrison’s studio Serious Business Music in Dumbo (Brooklyn). This will be the band’s first release in about 4 years, following their S/T release and “On the D L” on Not Like You Records.
Following the departure of bandmates Matt Achstatter (guitar) and Shuffles (drums) about 2 years ago, the band recruited Frank Avila, bass and Keith Malonis, drums. The lineup change moved Danny Dog, (original member of Underdog), from bass back to guitar, with KWE on vocals.
“The addition of Frank, followed by Keith, moved the band in a slightly different direction. While we still play loud/fast hardcore, some of our songs have a more lyrical quality to them. Frank plays some really good bass lines, and quick fills like Entwhistle. Keith on the other hand, adds a bit of jazz-like swing to the beats. I think the band really stands out from the crowd with these songs” according to Danny Dog.
The band was ready to hit the studio last spring, but then COVID-19 hit, shutting things down. By early summer the band was back rehearsing, wrote several new songs, and booked time in October to record. “Since the last recording it’s felt like 1 step forward 2 steps back but with undeniable persistence we were able to overcome many obstacles and go take care of unfinished business”, said KWE.
The band looks forward to releasing the tracks slowly over the first few months of the new year, probably via Bandcamp and streaming services, and looking to release the 17 song session in its entirety on vinyl by summer, tentatively titled: “We Will Rise Again”.Click HERE to listen to the brand new track "Trapped In My Head". You can also check out Point Blank’s previously recorded material by visiting HERE.
QUICK HITS: REVELATION RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW 7" EP'S FROM TORSO & URBAN SPRAWL
REVELATION RECORDS will be releasing a pair of California based 7”s with the bands TORSO and URBAN SPRAWL. Torso started in late 2014 when members of San Francisco’s Punch formed a side project with Italy’s Holy. That side project soon bloomed into something bigger as the band began to tour tirelessly around the USA, Europe, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. Over the years they have worked with a number of strictly DIY labels to release the EP, “Community Psychosis”, and an LP, “Sono Pronta a Morire”, before joining forces with Revelation Records for the EP, “Build and Break” (2019). Their new EP, “Home Wrecked”, is a product of frustration and betrayal, as it reflects the hardships endured by the members during the rampant gentrification of the San Francisco Bay Area. It contains two blistering originals and a B-side cover of "You’re X’d" by D.C. hardcore legends, The Faith. It was recorded at the Atomic Garden by Jack Shirley during the same session as “Build And Break”, so listeners should brace themselves for more of that youth crew-infused Scandi D-beat that these horror film fanatics do so well.
The second upcoming Revelation release will be the “Concrete Altar” EP from URBAN SPRAWL who are also from San Francisco. Urban Sprawl are described as not just a band but rather a product of their environment. San Francisco is a city once known as a bohemian paradise, a safe haven for artists and weirdos, but has given way to a dystopian hell hole. In a city that seems to cater to the rich, the income inequality is painfully obvious and constantly on display. Urban Spawl represents the refusal to be forgotten, priced out, or swept under the rug. Their debut 7-inch, “Concrete Altar”, is a manifestation of sound that represents this backwards environment—the feelings of helplessness and isolation while existing within the concrete landscape of an ever changing world where rapid expansion crushes the soul of everyone in its path. Urban Sprawl plays hardcore punk that is fast, taut, and unrelenting. Taking cues from bands ranging from 80’s legends Bl’ast! and Poison Idea, label mates The Nerve Agents, to more contemporary bands Violent Minds, Wasted Time, and Green Beret, their sound is reminiscent of another time without being overly retro. From punk to skin, from hardcore kid to skateboarder, their music provides a little something for everybody. Both 7's initially had January 22nd as a release date but at the time of this posting things have been put on pause with an announcement on their release dates due in the coming days. Click HERE to stay locked in.
Euro-hardcore vets CORNERED have a new 4 song EP titled “Failure” due out on January 29th through Blindsided Records. Cornered’s resume includes countless weekenders all over Europe, more than 10 full European tours and one full US tour… “Failure” is the band’s 10th overall release. “Realm Of Misery’ is the track they are pushing ahead of the release and you can check it out on Soundcloud or Spotify. Like what ‘ya heard? Click HERE for pre-orders and after all that if you still need more check out In Effect’s 2016 interview we did with them as well.
In early December of last year we told you about DARK TIMES COLLABORATION which is a new original music project featuring guitarist Guilherme Miranda (Entombed AD, KroW), guitarist/producer Brian “Mitts” Daniels (ex-Madball, Skarhead, Rag Men) and also includes bassist Chris O’Toole (Unearth, Turbid North), drummer Jono Garrett (Turbid North, Mos Generator),with featured vocalist Ori Frank (Eternal Struggle), and an appearance by Brazilian hip hop artist Phantom DK. Since then they have released their first song and video titled “Turning Point” which was written and recorded entirely remotely from multiple countries during the pandemic. Click HERE to check out their debut track (and video).
Toronto’s CHOICES MADE kept themselves busy during 2020 releasing a 5 track EP titled “Convince”, 4 singles, several videos, and are now starting off the new year with a brand new single called “Sideroads”. Click HERE to give it a listen. In April Choices Made will release a new 4 song 7” titled “Reason For Conflict” with Cursed Blessings Records. In Effect is currently working on a 3 way feature with Choices Made and 2 other rising bands within the Toronto hardcore scene in The Slime and Dragged In… more details coming soon!
We recently came across the You Tube channel of SHANE DIABLO; in particular his "first listen" video for Leeway's "Enforcer" track. The ten minute video has about a 5 minute lead in where he gives some Leeway history before telling the viewers that this is his first time checking these NYHC greats out. During the song Shane's facial expressions alone are worth your time. Shane has a ton of content on his channel with most of his recent posts covering metal bands that fall into the first listen or reaction category. Check it out HERE.
DECEMBER 22, 2020
IN EFFECT WRITER/ARTIST DAVID ARCE CREATED THIS "2020 COLLAGE" FEATURING SOME OF THE BANDS, ALBUMS, AND ARTWORK FEATURED ON IN EFFECT HARDCORE IN 2020
THE FICTITIOUS IN EFFECT MIXTAPE IS BACK WITH SOME OF OUR FAVORITE HARDCORE PUNK OF 2020. FEATURING 31 TRACKS FROM 31 BANDS IN JUST OVER AN HOUR. CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN ON SPOTIFY
DECEMBER 5, 2020
EX CRO-MAG GUITARIST PARRIS MAYHEW RETURNS WITH AGGROS & "CHAOS MAGIC", THE FIRST SINGLE & VIDEO. IN EFFECT INTERVIEWED PARRIS TO GET THE LOW-DOWN ON WHAT SPARKED A RETURN TO MUSIC & WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR AGGROS. CLICK BELOW TO READ THE INTERVIEW
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DARK TIMES COLLABORATION
DARK TIMES COLLABORATION is a new, original music project, founded by guitarist Guilherme Miranda (Entombed AD, KroW) and guitarist/producer Brian “Mitts” Daniels (ex-Madball, Skarhead, Rag Men). It includes bassist Chris O’Toole (Unearth, Turbid North), drummer Jono Garrett (Turbid North, Mos Generator), featured vocalist Ori Frank (Eternal Struggle), and an appearance by Brazilian hip hop artist Phantom DK.
Working entirely remotely during the 2020 pandemic, the group has written and recorded an original song entitled “Turning Point” that was mixed by Kristian Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios in Seeheim, Germany. At this time the band is working on a music video for "Turning Point" which they hope to have released on the (to be announced) same day "Turning Point" goes live on streaming services. We caught up with Mitts to ask him a little bit more about this new project...
IE: Hey Mitts, so how did this whole DTC thing come together?
Mitts: I've known Guilherme for about 5 years now. He plays in Entombed AD, and I know him from that. He reached out to me this summer and asked if I wanted to be part of a project that we'd do remotely. I was pretty psyched cause he's a really talented guitarist and songwriter. I sent him an unfinished piece of music I had already and he liked it. Within a few days, he sent it back to me with new parts added and we went from there. As for the lineup, he told me he had a drummer and bass player (Jono and Chris), and asked me if I had any ideas for a singer. The first person who came to mind, for me, was Ori. I recently produced him when we did the Eternal Struggle debut LP together. He's got an amazing voice. Guilherme also mentioned he thought about adding a rap/hip hop style vocal to things, and he asked Phantom to be a part of things.
IE: As of this posting your debut song is not yet out for the public to check out… What can they expect musically out of this project?
Mitts: It's hard to put a label on our style cause it's still in the early stages. The first stuff we've worked on has been pretty metal, with lots of diverse influences mixed in. Guilherme is from that metal world, but I know he appreciates the hardcore side of things. My background is hardcore, but I've been a metal guy my entire life. It'll be interesting to see how it develops as we go forward.
IE: When will “Turning Point” be released and what are the plans for writing more new songs after its out?
Mitts: We made a video for the song, and we're in discussions with someone about having them premier it on their You Tube Channel. We're hoping to announce a date for that this very soon. The song (audio) will be available on all streaming platforms too. Hopefully we can sync it up so they both (audio and music video) drop the same day. As for plans, we're already working on the next song. I haven't discussed this at length with the other guys, but I think it'd be cool if DTC becomes an ongoing project where we put out songs, one at a time, as we finish them. The other guys in the group have their main bands, so this will probably exist as a side thing.
UNITY WORLDWIDE RECORDS (Germany) will be releasing a split 7" featuring Kassel Germany's RYKERS and California's THE EULOGY titled "Casselfornia Uber Alles". Rykers' tracks are titled "Idiocrazy" and "Down The Drain" while The Eulogy drop one new one in "The Trilogy" (that features Nate from Xibalba on guest vocals during the song’s breakdown) as well as a cover of Agent Orange's "Bloodstains". Pre-orders will be up soon with Euro-distro being done by Berlin's Coretex Records and US/Asia orders being handled by Revelation Records. This 7" is scheduled to be released on February 5th.
JOHN JOSEPH is back with new BLOOD CLOT material in the form of a lyric video for the track "Save The Robots". Along with the new song is a revamped veteran lineup that includes Tom Capone on guitar (Beyond, Quicksand), Manuel Carrero on bass (Stillsuit, Burn) and Darren Morgenthaler on drums (Madball, Maximum Penalty). A full length follow up to 2017's "Up In Arms" album is also in the works. Click HERE to check out "Save The Robots".
“Soon after the lockdown in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, Terror began to look through their archives for lost and forgotten material to shed new light on with the aim of staying engaged with the people that have kept the band alive for so many years. The four songs that appear on “Sink To The Hell” were found in the following months and we are now happy to be able to release them on vinyl through WAR Records as part of the complete Terror story.”
Head on over to WAR Records for info on how to purchase a physical copy or “Sink To The Hell” inspired merch. Find the new EP for stream or download on the Terror Bandcamp page as well as for streaming on Spotify.
Blink and you may just miss the latest SICK OF IT ALL “Quarantine Session” video. Since September the band has cranked out 5 unique videos recorded from the comfort of their own homes (and pool)... the latest ones being “Hardcore Horseshoe”, “Never Back Down” and “Deep State”. During the pandemic SOIA have been one of the most active hardcore bands out there delivering videos, interviews and more… show them some support over at their official website!
ISRAEL JOSEPH-I who many may remember as the singer on the 1993 Bad Brains album “Rise” and more recently with Fireburn has just released a 12 song album titled “Meltdown”. In a true DIY approach Israel wrote, arranged, composed, recorded and mixed the new album and even did the cover artwork with mastering done by his old Fireburn drummer Nick Townsend. Click HERE to check it out on multiple platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, i-Tunes and more.
CRUEL HAND will have a new 4 song 12" EP titled "Dark Side OF The Cage" out on January 29th through STATIC ERA RECORDS in the USA and DEAD SERIOUS in Europe. Within this new release is a cover of Life Of Agony's "Weeds". Pre-orders can be found by clicking the blue hyperlinks for each label above and make sure to check out the title track by clicking HERE.
In Effect HC was recently introduced to a new international straight edge band who go by the name SUNFALL. Members of Sunfall come from Russia, The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. Tim Shaw (Ensign), Daan Pleunis (Hometown Crew) and David Lavictoire (Copperfield) are collaborating on this record by writing lyrics and providing vocals with Anthony Pappalardo from In My Eyes/Ten Yard Fight also making a guest appearance on a track. A 7 song, 17 minute album titled “Reflections Beyond The Sun” is currently in the works with a release date yet to be set. The recordings were done in studios on 3 continents during breaks between the first and second waves of the pandemic. A 2 song single with the tracks “Growing Pains” and “Go The Distance” was released on November 17th and showcases the bands melodic hardcore/punk influences that should appeal to fans of bands like Mindset, Have Heart, Betrayed and Go it Alone. Click HERE to check out the first two Sunfall songs.
SPINE (Kansas City/Chicago) will be releasing a new 9 song EP titled "L.O.V." on December 18th via Bridge Nine Records. You can hear their new tracks "Fantasy" and “Swing” by clicking HERE. This limited one-sided 12" EP comes housed in a single pocket jacket with a screen printed B-side. The most limited red version (which is now sold out) will come with a full color digest-size fanzine by vocalist Antonio Marquez, limited to 150 hand numbered copies. For other variants of the new Spine 12" and merch click HERE.
TIME APART from Indonesia are another new band that recently got in touch with news of new music. Their song “Something Wrong In Your Head” came out on November12th and is part of an upcoming 11 song album that is currently about half completed. Formed in 2018, Time Apart’s more recent tracks sound like something that could have come out of the late 80’s Connecticut Youth Crew scene. Judge for yourself by checking out “Something Wrong In Your Head” HERE.
RECENTLY ADDED MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE:
THE SLIME "COMING SOON TO AN ALLEY NEAR YOU"
SUPERHERO STATUS "WASTED YEARS"
TIME APART "HOMECOMING"
IN COLD BLOOD "THIS HAS TO END"
WORLD BE FREE "DOWN & BEYOND"
SPEEDWAY "ENDLESS STRIDE"
NOVEMBER 14, 2020
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH THE ONE AND ONLY RATBONES... NYHC DANCEFLOOR ICON, SCENE LIFER, AND VINTAGE TOY/MEMORABILIA ENTHUSIAST. CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT!
"I was mostly 86’d from every club to see bands back then but I still got in to cause plenty of mayhem. They could never keep me out for the whole show… it was part of my thing back then".
REVELATION RECORDS recently announced that they will be releasing TURNING POINT's entire catalog as a series of individual releases starting with the bands self-titled 8 song demo in its original cassette version. Pre-orders are available HERE and ship out on November 20th.
Their self-titled 7" (originally released 1989) is due out in early 2021 with the "It's Always Darkest Before The Dawn" 12" (1990) coming in mid-2021. A 1988-1991 discography will be the last in the series and is due out in late 2021. Each release will be accompanied by merch from the corresponding time period. In addition, the band's catalog will be offered on digital platforms separated by release.
Revelation is also teaming up with Mahopac, NY's UP FRONT with a re-release (on black and white vinyl) of the band's 1988 "Spirit" LP that originally came out on Smorgasbord Records. Revelation will also be selling two old Up Front shirt designs and enamel pins to coincide with the repress of "Spirit". Look for this in early 2021.
NJ’s NO ESCAPE return after a more than 27 year absence with the new track “Insomniac” which will be part of a 6 song 12” EP titled “Selective Punches: A Collection Of Ballads & Battle Hymns”. Hellminded Records is set to release this new EP in February with pre-orders coming in December. No Escape features Deadguy/Kiss it Goodbye singer Tim Singer and Turning Point guitarist Steven Crudello. Listen to “Insomniac” on You Tube & Spotify.
I’M NOT HOLDING YOUR COAT: MY BRUISES -AND-ALL MEMOIR OF PUNK ROCK REBELLION by Nancy Barile is a new 192 page softcover book that will begin shipping on December 15th. Nancy is married to SSD guitarist Al Barile and has been sharing snippets of the new book (and more) on her Instagram page which is a highly recommended follow.
"From disaffected Catholic schoolgirl and 1970's music fanatic to instigator on the 1980's hardcore punk scene, Nancy Barile pursued freedom at a time when punk music was new and dangerous. While booking some of Philadelphia’s earliest DIY shows featuring Minor Threat and SSD, and managing raw local acts, Nancy was at the fierce center of the action as insurgents such as the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag rewrote history. She survived punk riots and urban decay, ran the streets with outcasts, and, in her rebellion, ultimately found true love—and a powerful understanding of human nature". Click HERE for more info including pre-orders.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE:
ETERNAL STRUGGLE "INDOCTRINATION"
BASTARD CLAN "FOLLY"
BASTARD CLAN "HUMANITY"
SYSTEM RESTORE “WASH YOUR HANDS”
AGNOSTIC FRONT “URBAN DECAY”
THE DROWNS “BLACK LUNG”
AGGROS is the brand new instrumental hardcore/metal band from ex- Cro-Mag guitarist Parris Mayhew. Aggros plan on self-releasing one song at a time with an accompanying music video. Their debut track is the 6 plus minute “Chaos Magic” which debuted on October 28th. Parris plays guitars and bass on the debut track with “Cobz” listed as the drummer. Click the Aggros graphic above to check out the “Chaos Magic” music video and stay tuned to In Effect for an upcoming feature on this new band.
OCTOBER 25, 2020
THE LATE GREAT SLIPPED DISC RECORDS WHICH WAS LOCATED IN VALLEY STREAM, NY WAS ONE OF THE BEST TO EVER DO IT. FORMER OWNER MIKE SCHUTZMAN HAS SOME GREAT TALES FROM DAYS GONE BY INVOLVING BANDS LIKE SLAYER & METALLICA TO LOCAL HARDCORE FAVORITES V.O.D.
CLICK BELOW TO READ INTERVIEW
SKARHEAD are in the process of recording their new 5 song EP titled “Generators of Violence” which will be released via Force Five Records in the coming months. Skarhead has had numerous lineups over their 25 year career and joining Ezec (vocals) for “Generators Of Violence” are familiar faces in Zack Thorne (Bulldoze, Agents Of Man, Train Of Thought), Dimi aka Dim-Roc (Crown Of Thornz, Coldfront, Stillsuit) along with DJ Joe Fatal. Vocals are to be recorded in November with guest vocalists to be announced. Give Lord Ezec a follow on Instagram (you won’t be disappointed) for updates as they become available.
NY’s CAUGHT IN A TRAP are also in the process of putting together new music with a new 6 song EP titled “The Fear City” EP currently being recorded with Glen Lorieo (No Redeeming Social Value, Billy Club Sandwich). Current plans are for a digital and 7” vinyl release which you can look for in early 2021.
SICK OF IT ALL continue to show their commitment to their “quarantine sessions” where they perform previously released tracks from the comfort of their own homes. Recently released tracks include “The Bland Within” and “Paper Tiger”. Look for their next installment to come out at 2pm (EST) on October 27th.
After an approximate 4 year hiatus Los Angeles’ WORLD BE FREE return with new music on November 13th when they will release the 5 song “One Time For Unity” EP via Revelation Records. The band features members from Terror/Buried Alive (Scott Vogel), Envy (Joe Garlipp), Strife/Berthold City (Andrew Kline), Judge/Youth Of Today/Civ (Sammy Siegler) and Chain Of Strength/Excel (Alex Barreto). Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music provides guest vocals on the EP’s title track. Check out the new track “Acceptance” by clicking HERE. This EP will be released digitally as well as on 12” vinyl with a laser etched B-side. Click HERE for pre-order info. WBF photo by: Atiba Jefferson.
DON’T STAND IN LINE is an upcoming 6 part “docu-series” being put out by Ten Yard Fight singer Anthony Moreschi’s production company called CODEC PROJECTS. Season 1 is due out on November 20th and focuses on the DIY success stories of Greg Walsh (Wolf Brigade Gym, The Mephisto Group), Chris Wrenn (Bridge Nine Records, Sully’s Brand), Steve Crandall (FBM Bike Company, Rad Share, Drop In Coffee), and Sunny Singh (Hate5Six). The 6 episodes equal out to about 140 minutes in length and is available now for pre-order. A short trailer is available to view (click the graphic above) with an additional 6 videos containing season one excerpts available on their website.
“Don’t Stand In Line” explores the unique journey of individuals who have not only dared to dream, but also taken corresponding action. In following the often sketchy trail of breadcrumbs left by DIY subcultures (skateboarding, BMX, punk/hardcore music) each has climbed closer to their personal definition of success than any well-paved road would have ever allowed. Focus, persistence, creativity and drive- mirrored with self-doubt, struggle, and fear are some of the daily and largely unsung necessities and obstacles with which these unlikely entrepreneurs must contend. There is no single “correct” path and any unbeaten one will have its perils and pitfalls. But don’t make the mistake of settling for someone else’s path. Never simply, stand in line.”
DON’T SLEEP recently released their debut album titled “Turn The Tide” and just a little over a month later they return with a digital cover of Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down A Dream”. Lead singer Dave Smalley had this to say in regards to Don’t Sleep covering this track…“Tom Petty is a musical treasure. His music is one of those rare things that nearly everyone vibes on - everyone from hippies to hardcore hoodlums. When Don’t Sleep was talking about what cover song we wanted to do, there were lots of great ideas but there was always one guy saying "yeah but..." But when our lead guitarist Tom McGrath suggested Tom Petty, and specifically this song, there was zero hesitation from anyone. To make a cover great, you need to feel it. And everyone felt it. We tracked this in The Green Room studio in Harrisburg, PA with producer Matt Holmes, and it was done super late in the evening, after midnight. Energy levels through the roof, karma bright. I had a ton of fun singing it, and the words are freaking phenomenal. We salute you Tom!”
Click HERE to listen to "Runnin' Down A Dream".
Garrett Rothman and Tony Bavaria from Don’t Sleep have also launched a limited run podcast series titled “NO SLEEP TILL DON'T SLEEP” where they interview people who helped make their “Turn The Tide” album. Included in the six episodes are Walter Schreifels, Brian McTernan, Chris Bavaria, Dave Smalley and more.
Click HERE to check these episodes out.
On October 23rd MINDFORCE dropped a brand new single for a track titled “Reign Of Terror”. Check it out on Bandcamp & Spotify. So far there is no official word on what new release this new song could end up on or if it is just a stand-alone single but keep an eye on Triple B Records as these two camps have obviously done some work together in the past.
RETALIATE out of Oxnard, CA have a new album due out on December 4th with Indecision Records titled “IV”. 13 tracks, 19 minutes, with “Disgrace” being the track they are currently pushing ahead of its release. Give it a listen HERE. For pre-orders make sure to check in with Indecision Records.
Toronto's CHOICES MADE have been busy releasing new music throughout 2020 first releasing the 5 song "Convince" EP back in February and then followed that up with new singles in both June and August. Now comes the release of a 3rd post EP single with the track "What's Your Plan" that came out on October 23rd. Click HERE to check out this track as well as their previously released singles. Plans are for a 4th single in November or December followed by a 4 song 7" EP with all new tracks due out on February 12th on Cursed Blessings Records. "Reinventing The Safety Pin" is an upcoming Cursed Blessings digital compilation due out on Halloween and you will find yet another new Choices Made song on there as well. For more info on Choices Made or the upcoming comp on Cursed Blessings make sure to click those blue hyperlinks.
You may have missed out on the pre-orders for the upcoming “Yo Sucka” EP by NY’s THE LAST STAND but don’t fret just yet as there is a probable repress in store in early 2021. The EP features covers of “Big Mouth” by Gorilla Biscuits and “Choose To Be” by Youth Of Today and will be released by Irish Voodoo Records. Limited press t-shirts with the same “Yo Sucka: cover art can be found HERE.
IN EFFECT RECENTLY ADDED MUSIC VIDEOS:
GET DEAD “DISRUPTION”
SILENCE EQUALS DEATH “SWITCH”
OLD CROSS “VERTABRAE”
TOXIC YOUTH “WALKIN’ FREE”
KHARMA “MOST DANGEROUS GAME”
ACID BLOOD “HARVEST DAY”
CHILLER THAN MOST was one of In Effect’s favorite DIY fanzines and was active from 2013-2018. From there came the website DO YOU KNOW HARDCORE where Chiller Than Most editor Attila Mehesz carried on the CTM message and ethics in an online setting. Recently Attila decided to jump back into the print fanzine game but with a twist mostly due to the high costs of shipping. So we would like to welcome Do You Know Hardcore… the fanzine (which is in addition to his website of the same name). Each issue will be a 1 page (double sided) copy which are available for free through Quality Control Records (UK), Shining Life Press (USA), Gratitude Fanzine (USA), Control Records (Belgium), Little Future Distro (Germany), Gutter Groove (Denmark), Ugly And Proud (Bulgaria), World’s Appreciated Kitsch (Greece) or by sending an email to Attila directly... email@example.com
Issue #1 has an interview with the Hungarian hardcore band Contra who are described as the bastard offspring of early Agnostic Front and Contra (the video game). Issue #2 has Rated X from the UK, and issue #3 has Freddy Alva of New Breed (the compilation and fanzine) fame. Attila uses the Do You Know Hardcore website to help promote the new 1 page “hard copy” issues but does not fully put all of the content on the site itself. Chiller Than Most and now Do You Know Hardcore are extremely passionate about hardcore music and subculture and keeping fanzine culture alive. Highly recommended for anyone who has that desire to learn about hardcore whether it is from people and bands that came up 30 years ago or from ones that just started more recently.
REST IN PEACE to a couple of well-respected NY underground scene veterans… Yonkers native JIM GIBSON (pictured in the above photo on the left) started selling records and music memorabilia via mail order at the age of 11 and in the mid-80’s was the music director at college radio station WARY. Jim traveled with local hardcore bands like Breakdown and also worked in a bunch of influential record stores in the NY area such as Mad Platters, It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll, and Rockin’ Rex. In 1988 he would co-found Blackout Records with Bill Wilson before starting his own Noiseville Records. In the 90’s Jim opened The Noiseville Art Gallery in NYC where he sold records, poster art and held art exhibitions. From 2000 on Jim opened The Cold Spring Music Company and Big Jim’s Record Store. On top of all this Jim played in Unholy Swill, Wicked King Wicker, Iron Butter and more. Jim passed on September 27th.
A longtime friend to the NYHC scene, STEVE POSS (above, right) recently passed as well. Steve was part of that small tight knit NYHC family in the earliest of stages and was still very much involved during the days leading up to his passing. Steve and Jimmy G from Murphy’s Law were the main cogs in the success of the mid-90’s run of Coney Island High located on Saint Marks Place in NYC. This venue put on a ton of great shows and Steve gave In Effect a free pass to any show that Creepy Crawl was a part of. Showing up and saying thank you and what’s up to Steve was pretty much the extent of our relationship and I remember him being a genuine dude who was always joking around. In more recent times I asked Steve to be a part of the Todd Youth Tribute article we ran last year and due to his illness he did not take part. Steve passed on October 13th. Rest In Peace Jim and Steve!
OCTOBER 21, 2020
ENZIGURI PREMIER "RAT RACE" MUSIC VIDEO
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In Effect is pleased to bring you the brand new "Rat Race" music video by NYC's Enziguri. Directed by Kenneth Sousie, this track is taken from their "Bronx Zoo" EP that came out this past January. As previously reported here on In Effect the band is working on a cinematic short/horror movie centered around the track "Vultures" (also off of the "Bronx Zoo" EP). Release date TBD. For 2021 Enziguri plans on releasing a brand new album along with a vinyl re-release of their self-titled 2015 EP. Keep an eye on the Enziguri Instagram page for updates!
OCTOBER 2, 2020
WELL TRAVELED NYHC DRUMMING ICON SAMMY SIEGLER IS UP NEXT WITH THIS "20 QUESTIONS WITH" INTERVIEW WHERE WE TOUCH ON HIS OLDER WORK WITH YOUTH OF TODAY, JUDGE & CIV BUT ALSO GET INTO CURRENT DAY GIGS WITH CONSTANT ELEVATION & WORLD BE FREE AS WELL AS MAKING PASTAS & PESTO FROM SCRATCH. CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
Quick Hits aka “In Effect’s scene news section” has been pumping the brake pedal for a big portion of 2020 with a lot of inconsistency and what seemed like dead zone periods with very little activity. In recent weeks though things have picked back up a little and we wanted to deliver an update to show news that has come our way. Hopefully this update is the start of some better days with more things to get hyped on.
VIDEO UPDATES SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE:
NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE “RAT BONES”
IRONED OUT “PAVEMENT STRONG”
PROJECT SELL OUT “QUARANTINE FOREVER”
MOMENT OF TRUTH “INSIDE JOB”
SUPERHERO STATUS “MILES AND CHANGES”
YODA RISING “NOTHING IS LOST”
THROW THE GOAT “PPL LIKE YOU”
THIS IS HARDCORE has recently jumped into the hardcore music podcast scene. Fest founder Joe “Hardcore” McKay has 3 episodes up since the September 3rd kick off date with Chris Wrenn from Bridge Nine Records, Sunny Singh from Hate 5 Six and Chris Spear of Dysphoria being his first three guests. Click HERE to find out more.
WHERE IT WENT PODCAST describes itself as “an in depth discussion of the Revelation Records catalog”. Launched in July they have 9 episodes available that cover Warzone’s “Lower East Side Crew” EP, the “Together” compilation, Sick Of It All, Side By Side, Gorilla Biscuits, No For An Answer, “The Way It Is” compilation, Youth Of Today and Bold. Click HERE for more info.
THE POST AMERICA PODCAST is hosted by Wisdom In Chains guitarist Richie “Krutch” Mancuso who has been on a tear throughout the summer months of 2020. Recent interviews include: CIV, Freddy Madball, Lou Koller, Terror’s Scott Vogel and a bunch more. Click HERE for more info.
THE SMOKIN’ WORD PODCAST is hosted by Madball bassist Hoya who has also been on a tear since reigniting the Smokin’ Word this past July with 9 episodes in the last 2 months. Interviews include: Toby Morse from H2O, Billy from Biohazard, author Howie Abrams, Matt Henderson (Madball, The Eulogy), Killing Time’s Anthony Communale and more. Click HERE to check it out.
DIABLO’S DEN PODCAST is hosted by Skarhead/Crown Of Thornz frontman Lord Ezec and Jay Reason. This production is unique in that it is a vlog style show that you can listen and watch along to. This show has adapted with current day restrictions and since April has been delivering “Corona Chronicles” episodes with remote interviews that have included John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Sick Of It All’s Armand Majidi, Scott Vogel of Terror, Billy Biohazard and Aram Arslanian from Change. Check it out HERE.
The UNITE ASIA PODCAST is a new venture from our friends over at the Unite Asia website who cover all aspects of underground hardcore punk and metal in Asia… and if you have a world map you will see it is a pretty big fucking area to cover. Unite Asia got their podcasts rolling in mid-August and already have six episodes posted to their site which you can visit HERE.
THE BROOKLYN BLAST FURNACE (as usual) can make your head spin with how much content they put out there. Host Jimmy Ferrari is up to episode 181 which features Jeff Gunnells from Cold As Life. Brooklyn Blast Furnace recently wrapped up an 11 episode “Bane series” that saw interviews with each individual member of this now defunct band and as you can see from their upcoming episodes graphic(above) they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Click HERE to check out their extensive catalog.
ASBURY PARK VIBES PODCAST had NY’s POINT BLANK on as guests on their August 5th episode.
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NY’s SUBZERO have released the first half of their upcoming 7” due out on October 30th through Upstate Records and Demons Run Amok. “House Of Grief” is the first new Subzero track since their 2006 album “The Suffering Of Man” and will be the “A-side” of a 2 song 7’ that will also have a re-recorded version of “Necropolis”. This 2 song EP will be followed up with a new Subzero EP in early 2021. Click the graphic to the left to hear the new track "House Of Grief"
NJ’s SILENCE EQUALS DEATH will be releasing a 6 song EP this November through Upstate Records with the working title “Revolution Rising”. Track listing for this release will be: “Switch”, Revolution Rising”, “No More”, “Ashes”, “Plague”, and “Pass The Torch”.
NY’s THE LAST STAND are teaming up with Irish Voodoo Records for a limited edition (50 copies) lathe cut 7” EP titled “Yo Sucka”. “Big Mouth” by Gorilla Biscuits and “Choose To Be” by Youth Of Today are the two songs on this record which will be available for pre-orders in October.
Richmond, VA’s NO OTHER WAY will be having their 4 song “Slow Violence” EP (released digitally in February) released on a flexi-7” later this year on Safe Inside Records. No Other Way features members from Break Away and Outsider.
SICK OF IT ALL "ALONE" (QUARANTINE JAM SERIES)
Despite not touring throughout much of 2020 SICK OF IT ALL continue to stay busy with their latest offering being the debut of their “Quarantine Jam Series” where they perform tracks from the comfort of their own homes. “Alone” off of 1989’s “Blood Sweat And No Tears” is up first and can be seen by clicking on the above graphic.
NY’s TOTAL MELTDOWN will be streaming their “EP Release Show” from Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on Friday September 25th at 3pm EST. A link to this (FREE) live performance will be made available on the shows EVENT PAGE on the day of the show. This set will also be made available at a later date for those who can’t make the 9/25 timeslot. Total Meltdown’s 5 song EP was released online back in March and is now being released on 12” vinyl through Housed Recordings. Click HERE for more info on how to grab a copy. 9/25 UPDATE: Watch Total Meltdown's EP Release Show set in its entirety on You Tube by clciking HERE.
NY’s ENZIGURI are working on two new videos which should be out during the month of October. The first is a straight up music video for their track “Rat Race” which is off their “Bronx Zoo” EP that came out this past January. On Halloween “Vultures” (also on the “Bronx Zoo” EP) will be released as a cinematic short film/horror movie and will feature Jerry Ex who does guest vocals on the “Vultures” track. Look for a new Enziguri record with brand new tracks in 2021 as well as a vinyl re-release of their self-titled 2015 EP.
NEW KILL YOUR IDOLS and more from guitarist Gary Bennett...
Gary here to fill you in on what I’ve been up to musically. The last show I played before the pandemic was Kill Your Idols with Gorilla Biscuits at Revolution in Amityville, Long Island, a venue that is now permanently closed. That was February 29th. It was only a few weeks after that we lost Vinnie Value, our drummer and close friend. Since then, none of us have been on a stage or even been in a room to rehearse with others. This is by far the longest amount of time I’ve NOT performed music since my teens.
Anyway, KYI these days is Andy West singing as always, myself on guitar as always, Mike DeLorenzo on bass, who’s been with us since at least 2004, if memory serves.. and the new additions to the band are Hugo Fitzgerald on second guitar, and Anthony Corallo on drums.. in that order. Anthony joined shortly after Vinnie left this world. It wasn’t an easy choice to carry on, but Andy, Mike, Hugo,and& myself agreed to do so. But we decided it also might be time to write. So, we’ve been productive. We have close to 10 complete new songs. No lyrics yet, but we’ll get there. We have plans, but we’ll reveal them when we have complete songs and a more solid game plan.
DEATHCYCLE will be doing a 12” EP on State Of Mind Records. This is a new development, but Deathcycle has less work to do as far as songs. We got em! Very excited to be releasing music for the first time in many years by both bands. 64 is on hiatus. Not really sure what the direction of this project is, unfortunately. I have also spent the pandemic working on music with my brothers in BLACK ANVIL, but it’s a project separate of BA. The music is really solid. I don’t want to reveal too much, but let’s just say it’s a bit unorthodox. I mean, it’s not like we are doing country pop or something... it’s heavy! But it’s a little surprising even for us. More TBA with time…
“Holding These Moments” is the title of the upcoming BANE documentary due out on October 13th through Equal Vision Records. The doc follows Bane through their last-ever tour, concluding with their much talked about final show that took place June 18th, 2016 at the Worcester Palladium in Massachusetts. View the trailer HERE and visit the Holding These Moments (click the photo on the left) site for pre-orders and more info.
CA’s PROJECT SELL OUT (who formerly went solely by the name PSO) will have a new 8 song release titled “Soul Doubt” out soon digitally with vinyl “hard copies” on the way through Irish Voodoo Records by years end. “Quarantine Forever” is one of the new tracks that has an accompanying music video as well. Check out In Effect’s December 2015 interview with PSO by clicking HERE.
Baltimore’s WAR ON WOMEN will be releasing an 11 song full length titled “Wonderful Hell” digitally on October 30th with physical vinyl copies dropping on November 13th on Bridge Nine Records. The title track to this new one can be heard HERE with pre-orders now available HERE.
NY’s CHAINS OF MISERY will be headed into the studio this weekend to record 6 new songs for a still to be determined upcoming release.
Last week CHANGE dropped a teaser about an upcoming “live-streamed” event on October 8th at 6pm EST. Most people thought that meant a live-streamed performance, but today they flipped the script when they shared more details. The event will be a “virtual record release” for a limited-edition version of the “Closer Still” LP and all sales will be donated to Coalition To Stop Violence Against Native Women. To top it off, instead of playing a live set, Change will instead turn their platform over to the non-profit org for a live-streamed educational discussion hosted on Deathwish Inc. For more details check in with Change on their Instagram page as the October 8th date gets closer. For more info on Change check out the interview we did with them back in July.
Israel’s ETERNAL STRUGGLE will be releasing a 13 song full length in January (pre-orders go up this November) titled “Year Of The Gun”. Demons Run Amok will release the new record which was produced by former Madball guitarist Brian “Mitts” Daniels who flew to Tel Aviv to work with the band on their new album. In addition filmmaker Drew Stone also flew to Israel where a 5 plus minute “mini-documentary/interview” clip was shot to help promote the band’s new material. Check that clip out HERE. Eternal Struggle have been around a few years now having released a 5 song EP titled “Breaking And Entering” in 2016 and a single for “Falling Forward” in 2018. With the renowned Tue Madsen (Sick Of It All, Meshuggah) handling mixing and mastering in Denmark and a new agreement with Europe’s MAD Tour Booking you can be pretty certain that the name Eternal Struggle is one you will be hearing a lot from in 2021.
ROB MOSS AND SKIN TIGHT SKIN is the new one from Rob Moss who you may remember from his time with Washington DC iconic bands Government Issue and Artificial Peace. Rob stopped playing music for a very long time and recently put out the 14 song “We’ve Come Back To Rock ‘N Roll” on Bandcamp. The music is described as “proto-punk inspired rock 'n' roll” and has a long list of guest lead guitarists involved. Rob plays rhythm guitar and sings on this release. Check it out on Bandcamp by clicking HERE.
AUGUST 31, 2020
IN EFFECT'S JOSH DERR SITS DOWN WITH WISDOM IN CHAINS GUITARIST RICHIE KRUTCH TO GET THE LOWDOWN ON THEIR NEW SPLIT EP WITH SHARP SHOCK, COVER SONGS, A TIMELINE ON A NEW WISDOM IN CHAINS ALBUM, MORE INSIGHT INTO THE OLD "CAP CITY" STORY AS WELL AS RICHIE'S BEST PIZZA PICKS! CLICK BELOW TO CHECK OUT THE VIDEO & SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOU TUBE PAGE!
AUGUST 24, 2020
IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH BE WELL'S BRIAN MCTERNAN TO GET THE STORY ON THIS FAIRLY NEW MELODIC HARDCORE BAND AS WELL AS HIS WORK WITH HIS SALAD DAYS RECORDING STUDIOS
AUGUST 17, 2020
NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE FRONTMAN DEAN MILLER BREAKS DOWN THEIR JUST RELEASED ALBUM "WASTED FOR LIFE" IN THIS BRAND NEW INTERVIEW WITH IN EFFECT
AUGUST 8, 2020
IN EFFECT HARDCORE CATCHES UP WITH THE MAN BEHIND IN EFFECT RECORDS AS WELL AS NUMEROUS BOOKS INCLUDING THE NEWLY RELEASED "KOLLER BROTHERS" BOOK
AUGUST 1, 2020
NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE PREMIER LYRIC VIDEO FOR "WASTED FOR LIFE"
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In Effect HC is proud to present the premier of the new lyric video for the title track off of the upcoming
NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE album.
JULY 28, 2020
"CLOSER STILL" IS THE TITLE OF THE DEBUT FULL LENGTH FROM CHANGE OUT OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. THEIR FRESH TAKE ON THE YOUTH CREW STYLE OF HARDCORE MAKES THEIR DEBUT ONE OF OUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES OF 2020. IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR SINGER ARAM ARSLANIAN & GUITARIST CHRIS WILLIAMS IN THIS NEW INTERVIEW
JULY 18, 2020
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH SUBZERO FRONTMAN LOU DIBELLA AS THE BAND INCHES CLOSER TO THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW EP "BEAUTY IN SORROW" DUE OUT THIS OCTOBER.
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