MAY 16, 2020
QUICK HITS FROM THE UNDERGROUND:
In Effect Hardcore (the website) had its start in 1988 as a print fanzine that went under the name In Effect Fanzine. Over its on again, off again run (that ended in 1999) 12 issues were produced that covered the NYHC scene with many of the same attributes that you see on this very website today. Issue #1 ran off just 50 copies while issue #12 ran off 10,000. Many of the earlier issues sold out shortly after they were released and over the years there have been numerous requests for reproductions of the long sold out issues. We would like to officially announce that we are teaming up with SHINING LIFE PRESS to produce an In Effect Fanzine Anthology. John Scharbach who operates Shining Life Press with his friend Zack Wuerthner had this to say…
“We are real excited to be working with Chris on collecting all 12 issues of In Effect Fanzine. One of the best and most comprehensive zines from NYC that supported and championed the real deal for years and still does. Chris lives and breathes hardcore and this anthology will reflect that. We are hoping to get it done by the end of the year”. Click HERE to see some of Shining Life’s featured products.
As part of the Pitchfork “Back To School” series, Pitchfork Hardwear has released a new limited edition split 7" single with NYHC's own NO REDEEMING SOCIAL VALUE and Arizona hooligans THUG RIOT. Limited colored vinyl and t-shirts are available now at All In Merch. This split 7" features the title track to the forthcoming NRSV full length album titled "Wasted For Life". So this is your first chance to get a taste of what is to come from NRSV in the near future. Unfortunately Coronavirus has delayed the pressing of the NRSV "Wasted For Life" full length album, but In Effect will have some premier media info soon so stay tuned. Click HERE for more info.
NY’s NONE ABOVE ALL has been and is still working on new music for their second full length. In the meantime, they have a special edition None Above All shirt through New Republic Printing. All proceeds from the None Above All shirts are going to FEEDING AMERICA which provides meals to those in need. So far they've been able to provide 2100 meals from those who have picked up the None Above All shirt. Click HERE for more info. While on that page you can see the other 30 bands, artists and small businesses who all have similar fund raising activities.
UPSTATE RECORDS NEWS:
SUBZERO have a new upcoming studio release that was paused halfway through the recording process due to the COVID lockdown. They have now resumed work on their new material and plan to have it out this October. Tentatively titled “Beauty In Sorrow”, this EP will have 5 or possibly 6 songs. Their previously cancelled European tour has been pushed back and should coincide with the new records release
Upstate Records has announced the first ever FRIENDS AND FAMILY FEST which is scheduled for the weekend of August 21st, 22nd and 23rd to be held at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY. Headliners include LEEWAY NYC, KINGS NEVER DIE, DOWNSWING, THESE STREETS, SUBZERO and BRICK BY BRICK. Band lineups and tickets can be found HERE. In addition a Spotify playlist with the bands involved can be found HERE.
THESE STREETS (CA) will be dropping their first single, “Stay Awake” off their upcoming EP “Expect The Worst” on May 20th; EP release date is August 21st.
PA’s INNER TURMOIL have finished their follow-up to their “Trapped At Birth” release and are now getting ready to release a new four song EP titled “Raised Through Aggression”. Upstate will have an announcement sometime in June on this new recordings release date.
In other Upstate news the COVID lockdown has spawned a NJ/PA band called DEATHSTARE. Featuring members of God Tier, Grievance, Rest In Piss, Dissent and Years Spent Cold… look for new music dropping at the end of the summer 2020.
Lastly, Upstate Records would like to acknowledge the passing of a dear friend, CHRIS FOLLMER, drummer for Chicago’s PENITENTIARY and wish to extend their sincerest condolences to the Follmer Family. Donations to the Follmer family can be made through the Upstate Records website. All proceeds go directly to Chris’s family.
CRO-MAGS have premiered a new music video for the single, “From The Grave,” featuring former Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The band’s first full-length album in 20 years, “In The Beginning”, will be available June 19th on Mission Two Entertainment. Click the graphic to the left to watch "From The Grave".
“The idea for the video is that I'm rising from the grave and going on a mission... like I came back from the dead to become the grim reaper himself,” explains Cro-Mags founder, bassist and vocalist Harley Flanagan on the clip. “I think anybody who knows the history of this band and my life will get it. It starts at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, where I will be buried with my family and in-laws. In the opening shot, the grave I'm in front of is actually my mothers.”
SILENCE EQUALS DEATH have kept busy in recent weeks as they have just finished tracking their new 12 song full length which is tentatively titled “I’ll See You On The Other Side”. The tracking process was an in house project as both their singer (Scott) and guitarist (Wade) have home studios. Doug Gallo with AGL Sounds in Cherry Hill, NJ will handle the mixing and mastering which just got underway. Label and release date to be determined. Track listing is as follows: “Revolution Rising”, “Switch”, “Sometimes Dead Is Better”, “Traitor”, “Our Place In Time”, “Keep Trying”, “Signals”, “No More Ashes”, “Ghost”, “Plague”, “The Killing Floor “, “Pass The Torch”. The tracks “No More Ashes”, “Ghost” and “Plague” are previously released and/or compilation tracks that SED re-recorded for this release. Back in 2018 the band put out a video for the song “Plague”, check it out HERE.
NY’s BASTARD CLAN have just released two new songs which can be streamed and/or downloaded for free via their Bandcamp page. Here is what the band had to say about this new recording…
“While on lockdown in our homes during the 2020/Covid-19 virus outbreak, Bastard Clan began working on songs that were inspired by our current state of mind. Johnny Kray (vocals) came forward with some dystopian lyrics and some riffs to Taras (guitar) and the spark was ignited that fueled these songs. Not being able to access our studio, we individually recorded our instruments in our homes, sending our tracks for Taras to mix in his home studio. After a lot of online work and conferencing, these two resulting tracks emerged. We are extremely happy to still be able to create during these difficult times and we hope they help you blow off a little steam while we are trapped in our homes”.
After releasing four EP’s since their start back in 2008, NY’s REBELMATIC have completed their 10 song debut full length titled “Ghost In The Shadows” which will be put out by Red Right Recordings which is run by Taking Back Sundays Mark O’Connell (who also produced the new record). The May release date for this album is currently on hold due to Covid-19 concerns but when it is released you will be able to find it on 12” vinyl as well as cassette. In the meantime check out the 2017 interview In Effect did with the band HERE or the live television performance they did on the Chris Gethard show (also in 2017) HERE.
SAND AND SALT out of Tarifa, Spain (right on the Straight of Gibraltar… look it up on a map!) just sent in an interesting double EP release. First up is their five song “Thrive” EP which they dubbed as “furious and posi-youth hardcore” which is followed by another five song EP titled “All The Good Things” which they describe as “fresh and melodic punk”. Both EP’s were released on April 20th and the fact that they play variations of punk rock music on both that were released on the same day is a first for me. Look for a review of this band on this site soon. Check out both releases HERE.
Richmond, VA’s STRIKE ANYWHERE have signed to Pure Noise Records and have announced the band's first new music since 2009. “Nightmares Of The West” will be released on July 17th, 2020. Two of the seven tracks are available to checkout now on You Tube. First up is “Dress The Wounds” followed by “Imperium Of Waste”. Within the seven song album is a cover of “Opener” by Blocko from London. Pre-orders are available HERE.
"We wanted to write things that we felt really fresh about and that revealed something new," explains vocalist Thomas Barnett. "It was almost like this refresh, this restart, where we found ways to write songs that not only moved us, but also reflected the times and our ages. But we definitely feel inspired, and this record is a platform for us to hopefully - in time - play shows, connect with community, and help keep those little fires lit in ourselves and in others through the music and those shared experiences. These songs are the conversations that we want to have and the feelings that we still really need to share."
STRIKE ANYWHERE PHOTO BY: JOSH CASINO
JOE HARDCORE WITH THE LATEST ON THE THIS IS HARDCORE FEST 2020...
Way back on March 30th of 2016 “The New Breed Documentary” made its live debut with a showing at the small Nitehawk Cinemas in Brooklyn, NY. At the time there was talk of a DVD version of this documentary but it never came to be. We have not updated our news section in well over a month and didn’t want to miss the chance to let everyone know that you can now view this documentary FOR FREE on You Tube as it was released there on March 31st. The cassette compilation which this documentary chronicles was released in 1989. You can listen to a You Tube version of the compilation HERE. Below is a self-description of the documentary which runs 1 hour and 9 minutes long. Click HERE to watch the doc.
The New Breed Documentary chronicles a cassette compilation put out by Freddy Alva and Chaka Malik in 1989. New York Hardcore was undergoing a transition at the end of the 80's and this generational shift was exemplified by the bands that were featured on the compilation. The story of the tape is at the heart of the story of NYC and kids that grew up in its five boroughs as well as related outposts in Long Island/Yonkers. A unique set of social/economic circumstances during the 70's and 80's forged the individuals that went on to make up the New York Hardcore scene. This full length documentary profiles band members/fanzine editors/record label heads and fans that made up this vibrant scene with narration by NYHC book author Tony Rettman. It's unheard of for a feature film to focus on an outdated analog format like a cassette compilation but it is through the eyes of these individuals that a spotlight is shined onto those tumultuous times and what is ultimately a tribute to a bygone era. Director: John Woods Editor: Orlando Arce.
MAY 2, 2020
DISBANDED IN 2000, FAHRENEHIT 451’S DISCOGRAPHY IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME VIA SPOTIFY & OTHER MAJOR STREAMING SERVICES. IN EFFECT CAUGHT UP WITH BANDMEMBERS LENNY BEDNARZ & KEVIN SMITH TO GET THE LOWDOWN AS WELL AS SOME OLD WAR STORIES FROM ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE NYHC BANDS TO EVER DO IT. PHOTO BY: RICHIE TUFFINI
APRIL 24, 2020
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD IS UPDATED WITH A CHECK IN WITH NEW JERSEY'S BRUTE, A YOUNG BAND DOING GOOD THINGS WITH A SOUND & STYLE THAT COULD BE STRAIGHT OUTTA THE 1989 NYHC SCENE. THEIR BRAND SPANKING NEW "LIVIN' RIGHT" DEMO IS OUT NOW! PHOTO BY: MIKE MCLAUGHLIN
APRIL 13, 2020
LONG ISLAND'S RULE THEM ALL ARE A BAND ON THE RISE WITH THEIR RECENTLY RELEASED "DREAMS ABOUT..." EP AND A STEADY AMOUNT OF PLAYING OUT BEFORE THE MUSIC WORLD WAS PUT ON HOLD. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR SINGER JON GUSMAN AND GUITARIST RICHIE ARMOUR TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN UP TO AND WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE LATER PART OF 2020
APRIL 2, 2020
NYC'S CRAZY EDDIE DEBUT THEIR BRAND NEW EP "EDDIE GOES TO NIGHT SCHOOL" ALONG WITH A SPECIAL CORONA QUARRANTINE LOCKDOWN 2020 INTERVIEW. CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT!
MARCH 27, 2020
LONG ISLAND'S CRIME PAYS ARE UP NEXT ON IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD SECTION WITH AN INTERVIEW AND PREMIERE OF THEIR NEW TRACK TITLED "CLOSE TO THE EDGE" DEBUT EP DROPS MARCH 31ST
“WE STARTED THIS BAND ON THE PRINCIPLES TO PRESERVE LONG ISLAND HARDCORE AND TO PUT OUT A TIMELESS RECORD THAT PEOPLE WILL STILL LISTEN TO 15 YEARS FROM NOW”
MARCH 21, 2020
TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO GET THAT CORONA OFF YOUR BRAIN AND CHECK OUT WHAT END IT'S AKIL GODSEY HAD TO TELL US ABOUT HIS ASS KICKING HARDCORE BAND OUT OF HARM CITY
MARCH 1, 2020
IN EFFECT HARDCORE CATCHES UP WITH WISDOM IN CHAINS & STIGMA DRUMMER LUKE ROTA IN THIS NEW INTERVIEW THAT INCLUDES SUCH TOPICS AS BRONX PIZZA, THE ROMAN COLISEUM, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND BABY WIPES (AMONG OTHER THINGS). CLICK BELOW TO CHECK IT OUT!
WHAT POSSESSES THE PHOTO CREW OF THE THIS IS HARDCORE FESTIVAL TO LITERALLY STAND ON STAGE FOR AN ENTIRE WEEKEND OF BANDS WHILE INADVERTENTLY GETTING KICKED, PUNCHED & DOUSED WITH DRINKS. JOSH DERR INTERVIEWS SOME OF THE HARDWORKING MEN & WOMEN BEHIND THOSE CAMERAS IN THIS NEW 16:30 MINUTE VIDEO INTERVIEW. CLICK BELOW TO WATCH!
AMERICAN HARDCORE BLACK BOOK is the second installment of the graffiti & hardcore punk fusion fanzine put out by Freddy Alva who was behind the Urban Styles Graffiti In New York Hardcore book which came out in 2017. The new issue will be released on March 7th at an event at the Bridge & Tunnel Brewery in Queens, NY. This event will also see the debut of “American Hardcore Stout” which is a limited edition beer manufactured by Bridge & Tunnel. The zine features 55 artists taking classic American Hardcore band names like Circle Jerks, Kraut, Black Flag, TSOL, Burn, The Freeze, Rest In Pieces, Misfits, DRI, Void, Wrecking Crew, Gilligan’s Revenge, Negative Approach and many more and making them into original graffiti inspired artwork. The 64 page fanzine AND beer label were both drawn by legendary artist Sean Taggart. To get a copy of this zine hit up the Wardance Records Big cartel page AFTER the release date of March 7th or show up to the event. Event info can be found HERE and the Wardance Big Cartel page can be found HERE. To the lft is the Sean Taggart cover and below is a tribute to Vinnie Value by Agnostic Front's Mike Gallo.
CRIPPLED EARN are back with a premiere of a new song titled “Recovery Gone Wrong (Sleeping On The 5 Train)”. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mikhail Marinas at Backroom Studios in Rockaway New Jersey. The Bronx based hardcore/punk outfit are currently writing material in preparation to hit the studio this summer to begin work on their first full length LP “Exhausting Existence”. “Recovery Gone Wrong” is about the decisions made early on in life that come back to bite you in the ass while also molding you into whatever it is you have become today (for better or worse). It also pays homage to the New York Hardcore scene and to the people within it who have one another’s backs no matter the circumstances. Crippled Earn have a busy spring ahead of them with numerous dates in the tri-state area while continuing to write the LP. Click HERE to listen to the new track.
In our January 24th update we told you about the upcoming 8 song album by Long Island, NY’s THE FIGHT titled “Endless Noise”. A release date of March 18th has been set with the track “Their New Aesthetic” recently making its online debut. Check it out HERE. If you like what you hear pre-orders are up now.
Chicago's LA ARMADA have begun releasing a series of digital releases titled "Songs Of The Exiled" which
will be unveiled throughout 2020, each dedicated to one of the places they were born, or have lived in, and that have shaped them and their political stances.
The series starts with "Songs Of The Exiled I: Chicago", a tribute to the city they have called home since 2009. This part of the series includes the songs "Plagued" (listen HERE) and "Gun Nation" (Out in late March). The band who has members originally from the Dominican Republic relocated to Florida over a decade ago and are now based out of the Windy City. La Armada have an interesting story, find out more about them in the December 2018 interview we did with them by clicking HERE. A music video for "Plagued" was also released. Link in the new videos section of this update.
Since our last update HATEBREED dropped a new lyric video for the track “When The Blade Drops” which is a stand-alone single ahead of their new album which has still not been announced. "This is just a taste of what's to come and we're definitely going hard on this one." says frontman Jamey Jasta. "The speed, intensity, and brutality that people have come to expect from us is on full display. Can't wait to play this one live and see the pit erupt."
The previously mentioned Wardance Records label are also working on a new release from GHOST DECIBELS which is the synth/new wave styled solo project of Burn frontman Chaka Malik. A four song EP titled “Songs Of Love & Death” will be out on March 6th with a 12” vinyl version in the works. In the meantime you can stream the new track “Something To Live For” by clicking HERE.
PA's ONE STEP CLOSER will start recording for their new (still to be titled) 10 song LP in April for a summer time release on Triple B Records. "Lead To Gray" and a Turning Point cover of "Broken" (non-album track) are offered up now as a teaser ahead of the new release. Listen to these tracks HERE. March 3rd through the 15th sees One Step Closer head over to Europe where they will open for Turnstile on a 12 date run that also includes GAG and Glitterer. Three additional One Step Closer tours are in the works and should be announced in the upcoming weeks. Keep an eye on their social media for updates!
The Texas/Oklahoma hardcore connection known as LIFE FORCE are currently working on the follow up to their August, 2019 EP with a still untitled 8 song LP due out this summer on New Age Records. Recording is complete with mixing and mastering currently underway by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios in Massachusetts. In the meantime check out their “The Impact” EP HERE. PHOTOS BY: GRAY MUNCY.
New Jersey’s THE DIVIDING LINE are also working on new material with an eye on a New Age Records summer release. “Owe You Nothing” is the title of the upcoming 11 song effort which is the follow up to 2018’s “Turn My Back On The World” which can be heard HERE.
NY’s UPSTATE RECORDS continues to be a very busy label recently adding PA’s INNER TURMOIL to their growing roster. Look for a new four song EP to be released this summer.
Upstate and PA’s GLOVES OFF will be digitally releasing a 4 song EP titled “Life...” on March 13th. The track “In Reflection” off the new EP can be heard by clicking HERE.
Upstate also has New Jersey’s DEPARTED on tap for a full length album due out this spring and for the Merch Heads out there Upstate will be set up and fully stocked for this year’s Black ‘N Blue Bowl in NYC with a distro table that will have their own releases as well as releases from Demons Run Amok, Filled With Hate, BDHW, WTF Records, Retribution/NERDS, 1054 Records and more.
SHIT TO LOOK OUT FOR as we creep closer towards the summer of 2020 are new ones from BE WELL who are a brand new band out of the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. who feature members who have been in bands like Fairweather, Darkest Hour and Bane. Their lone output to date is a 2 song 7” that came out in February on Equal Vision Records with word now coming that the follow up will be out this June (also on EVR) in the form of the 11 song full length album set to be titled “The Weight And The Cost”. Check out their already released work HERE.
The other new summer release were watching out for is the upcoming 9 song full length from Long Island, NY’s THE ICE COLD KILLERS set to be titled “Stories From The Grave”. The band is made up of scene veterans who play a fresh punk rock ‘n roll style. Check out their previous two releases HERE.
NEW VIDEOS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE:
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR “FREEDOM DIES”
WISDOM IN CHAINS “BURN IN HELL”
BODY COUNT “BUM-RUSH”
LA ARMADA “PLAGUED”
NONE ABOVE ALL “MAKE IT”
ON SIGHT “EXPIRED”
BARFIGHT CHAMPS “OUTSIDE OF THE LAW”
SECRET SOCIETY “ON THE RISE/MERCY NO LONGER LIVES HERE”
BATTLE ROYALE “FECAL PEOPLE”
FEBRUARY 8, 2020
20 QUESTIONS WITH AGNOSTIC FRONT AND LONG TIME NYHC SCENE DRUMMER POKEY MO
"My time with AF has been tremendous. I feel like everything I’ve done in the past was just preparing me for this. I’ve played more shows with this band in the past ten plus years than I have the previous twenty".
QUICK HITS & NEWS FROM THE UNDERGROUND...
Back in August of last year came word of an upcoming book by Howie Abrams titled "THE BLOOD AND THE SWEAT: THE STORY OF SICK OF IT ALL’S KOLLER BROTHERS”. Fast forward to February 2020 and things are moving along as this past week saw the books cover make its first online appearance as well as pre-orders which can be found through AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE. Howie was kind enough to share a little slice of the new book by giving us part of the “Just Smack Those Kids Already” chapter where Lou, Pete (among others) have a live on the air radio “debate” with members of Born Against who were not fans of Sick Of It All’s signing with In Effect Records. For the audio of this infamous radio interview (courtesy of Set You Straight 1988) click HERE.
Lou: 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's your problem, that we got jackets?! 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’ Throughguy 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?! Alleyway photo by: BJ Papas.
CHANGE is wrapping up a quick trip to Europe for a week of shows around the Can't Keep Us Down Fest (Barcelona). Last week, the Pacific Northwest straight edge band dropped its second single, "Beyond." Click HERE to check it out. Be on the lookout for their third single in the next couple weeks, which will be available for streaming when pre-orders for the LP "Closer Still" go live. Their LP release shows will be March 6th-8th in Seattle, Vancouver BC and Portland, OR with Berthold City, Scowl and Punitive Damage on all three dates. You can also catch them at Wild Rose Hardcore Fest in Calgary (April 24th-26th) with the likes of Madball, Knocked Loose, Never Ending Game and more. Live photo taken at Barcelona's Can't Keep Us Down Fest by: Anna Swiechowska
NYC’s BNB BOWL has put out their initial lineups for this year’s shows with more bands to come. Diablo Fest kicks the weekend off on May 15th at the Kingsland in Brooklyn with things moving to The Monarch for Saturday and Sunday’s shows. Follow BNB Productions for up to date info as it becomes available.
REAPER RECORDS is working on a new 7”/digital compilation titled “Still Alive Hardcore Compilation” due to come out in early March. It will feature new tracks by: TERROR, RISK IT, SLOPE, BERTHOLD CITY, WEIGHT and COMBUST. Click HERE for pre-orders and HERE for the song “Missing Piece’ which is Combust’s contribution to this compilation.
Rest In Peace to New Jersey’s DISSENT who recently announced their breakup. Check out In Effect’s 2017 video interview with Dissent HERE.
Almost slipping through the cracks is an October release from NYC’s SURVIVALIST.
A two man project made up by Darren Nanos (Outskirts, Born Sinner, Hot Heads) and Drew Alexander (Brain Slug). They put out a 7 song EP on Edge Day 2019. Although currently a studio project the two musicians plan on putting a full band together and playing shows in the near future. Check out Survivalist’s self-titled EP by clicking HERE.
NEW MUSIC ON THE WAY FROM DEAD BLOW HAMMER. PHOTO BY: TIM DALEY
DEAD BLOW HAMMER are currently working on a new EP to be titled "Mantis Lover/Shorter Circuits" that will include a cover of Cause For Alarm's "Stand As One" and a reworked version of Against The Grain's "Force To Reckon". With DBH bassist Rob Kabula having played bass on CFA's 1983 self-titled 7" and Dead Blow Hammer having been originally formed in '96 as Against The Grain these are two songs that tie in well with this bands past. After this new EP Dead Blow Hammer is planning on putting out a split 10" with Rencilla from Panama that should be out by the end of summer/early fall. DBH also plans on working on a new full length to close out 2020.
Philadelphia’s FIXATION are back with a new singer and new music with the track “Black Clouds” which can be heard HERE. Wyatt Oberholzer who has recorded all of Fixation’s previous releases and who has also filled in on bass on a number of occasions takes over on vocals. “Black Clouds” is one of three new tracks that officially comes out next Friday the 14th as part of their “Promo 2020” release.
WAR RECORDS recently announced the signing of RESERVING DIRTNAPS from Memphis Tennessee. Heavy hardcore in the vein of Hatebreed, Death Threat, Merauder, Napalm Death, and Cold As Life. Look for the upcoming "Another Disaster" 7" sometime this spring. In the meantime you can check out some of their previous stuff by clicking HERE.
Mass Movement Zine’s Tim Cundle has a new punk rock inspired crime novel out titled “Compression”. The book so far has good reviews (19 in total, all with four or five stars), a lead character named Flanagan, and is self-described as “a mixture of autobiography, wish fulfilment and twisted fantasy”. To find out more and how to order click HERE.
Safe Inside Records have scooped up Minneapolis’ SUNSET who will release their debut 7” “Destroyer” in the upcoming weeks. Check out the title track to this upcoming release HERE.
NEW VIDEOS since our last update include: KINGS NEVER DIE with “Raise A Glass” (that features Stigma and Mike Gallo from Agnostic Front) and SLOW JAMS with “Body Fidelity”
JANUARY 24, 2020
NY'S TOO MANY VOICES DEBUT THEIR COVER OF "SWANN STREET" BY 3.
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN
In Effect Hardcore is pleased to bring you TOO MANY VOICES and their cover of 3’s “SWANN STREET” which is part of their 7 song album “Catch Me If You Can”… out January 31st on 12” vinyl through the newly formed Division Street Sounds as well as Not Like You Records. Click HERE to listen to “Swann Street”.
Too Many Voices is a five piece melodic hardcore band featuring veterans from the Long Island and New York City punk and hardcore scene with a laundry list of previous bands that embraces its past while creating music for the present and looking towards the future. Combining those NYHC influences with the melodic hardcore that sprang from the Revolution Summer movement of the Washington DC hardcore punk scene, Too Many Voices looks to move forward with something new… music with an edge and melody… music that bites and music that moves. Music for those who know that you can't outgrow the youthful spirit and inspiration of hardcore if you don't let it and combine it with wisdom of age. Music for the generation that is now. “Catch Me If You Can” was recorded and produced by Matt Storm at Studio G, Brooklyn and J-Rock Studios, NYC. "Catch Me If You Can' is the band's second full length release with plans for a third LP out this fall. TMV have a number of locals dates booked for 2020 with plans of out of town shows around the Northeast and Canada later in the year. TMV’s history dates back to 2010. You can check out In Effect’s “Fresh Blood” feature we did with them back in September of 2013 by clicking HERE.
REST IN PEACE VINNIE VALUE
Earlier this week came tragic news that Vinnie "Value" Verga had passed away. Many know or recognize Vinnie from playing drums in No Redeeming Social Value, Warzone, Grey Area, Kill Your Idols and a few more as well. This particular post is difficult for me as I have known and been friends with Vinnie for close to 30 years. With the routes we chose in life and our musical tastes it was almost inevitable that we would cross paths and become friends... which is probably true in many other cases of those who knew him. Vinnie was from Valley Stream, NY and although I'm not from there I had many recent occasions where I would run into him in that area. One time was on the train platform, another at Trader Joe's, another at a show I didn't know he was putting on and another while I was walking to the post office and him and his kid were being evacuated from a doctor's office due to a false fire alarm. With fire trucks and an entire building of people all around us he tells me "this is like the third time they are kicking us out for these false alarms, we're just going home!" My father in law (who is in his mid-60's) often wears his In Effect Hardcore t-shirts out and about and one time he came to me and says "some guy Vinnie Value says hello". Vinnie obviously was a very outgoing guy, everyone loves Vinnie. The last time I saw Vinnie was at the January 11th Killing Time show in Amityville. We looked at old tour photos on Glen's (current No Redeeming Social Value drummer) phone, had some laughs and shared stories. Vinnie wanted to know what bands I listen to these days outside of hardcore music. Later on I saw pictures from the show and saw a few with Vinnie in the crowd singing along, fist pumped and singing right alongside KT's Anthony Comunale. How could I or any of us there have known that it would be the last time we'd get to hang out. I am grateful to have made it out to that show and to have that interaction with him that night as it is my final memory and one that I will hold on to. Below is a photo (by Danielle Dombrowski) from that Killing Time show, Vinnie is on the stage with the dark cap, chain and t-shirt... Rest easy my friend. Your memory will always be with us.
On March 13th AGNOSTIC FRONT and Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing a limited edition bundle package that includes a “Super 7 ReAction Figure” modeled after the “Eliminator” character that was on the cover of their 1986 album “Cause For Alarm”. In addition this bundle will also include a two song 7” that will have re-recorded versions of “The Eliminator” and “Toxic Shock” which first appeared on that 1986 release. The bundles will be limited to 1500 and the music will only be made available on the physical format. For pre-order info click HERE. Vocalist Roger Miret had this to say about the new AF merch and re-recordings… “So excited to see The Eliminator as an action figure!!! Even more excited about sharing the news of our secret recording of The Eliminator and Toxic Shock! We killed these bangers in the studio!!! So good!”
Back in December came word that BLACKOUT RECORDS would be working with NYHC greats OUTBURST on two ends with a re-release of their “Miles To Go” EP as well as well as a covers compilation called “Hot Shit Attitude” which will feature 11 “newer” bands covering 13 Outburst songs. Within the promotional campaigns that are plugging these two releases comes two 8 plus minute videos that are absolute must watches for fans of Outburst. “Outburst Miles To Go… 30 Years Later (Chapter 1)” can be seen HERE and Chapter 2 can be seen HERE with a final chapter not too far behind. The IndieGoGo campaign (which is now over) has all the vital info on the upcoming releases. Click HERE to check it all out.
“Endless Noise” is the title of the new 8 song record by Long Island’s THE FIGHT. Triple B Records will be releasing this on one sided 12” vinyl with a silk screened B side. Pre-orders coming soon with a record release show planned for March 28th on Long Island. Check in with previously released material from The Fight by clicking HERE.
PLACEHOLDER out of Saint Louis, MO will have a new 5 song EP coming out this summer and will also be included on an upcoming Dog Years Records compilation. Placeholder’s latest track is titled “Sickness/Health” and will be included on both their new EP as well as on the Dog Years Records comp which will be titled “Underdogs 3, Rise Of The Alpha Dog”. Click HERE to check out “Sickness/Health”.
In our last update we told you about new music on the way from PA’s CHOICE TO MAKE. “Vicious Existence” is the title of the new 6 song EP due out on February14th via Flatspot Records. “June” is the second track to drop ahead of the release date and you can check that song out now by clicking HERE
In our last update we also told you about the upcoming KINGS NEVER DIE EP titled “Raise A Glass” (due out digitally today... January 24th and as a 7” EP on February 7th) The title track to this EP features Vinnie Stigma and Mike Gallo from Agnostic Front. Click HERE to give it a listen.
Mark Sokoll (bassist from Darkside NYC) has a new project called CHAKA who released their debut 4 song EP titled “Neanderthal Tales” back on December 7th. A video for the track, “Flak” was also put out on the EP’s release date and you can check that out HERE. Mark enlisted fellow Darkside NYC members Rich O’Brien (vocals) and Rick Beenders (drums) to each play a drum track on the new EP which was recorded in (Darkside NYC's guitarist) Matt's cellar. We asked Mark to give us a little more about the band and the recording process and this is what he gave us…
“The guitars were recorded in Ireland, the vocals, bass guitars and drums were recorded in Queens and the EP was mixed and engineered in Maryland! I had three drummers come record tracks for four different songs in the span of seven days. I am either a magician or a masochist! Longtime friend Ty Canon (the EP's artist) also played all of the guitar tracks and contributed a six-string bass track for a song called “Anthroapology”. We are calling this genre "Cave Metal". Turn it up!” CHAKA has a one-stop shop: a dedicated website for streaming/downloading or buying the physical release. Click HERE to check it out.
New music videos that have been added since our last update include SLASHERS with the song “Slashers” as well as France’s YODA RISING with “I’m OK”.
JANUARY 13, 2020
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH MAXIMUM PENALTY'S JOE AFFE IN THIS NEW INTERVIEW
"Looking back the overall vibe of the band from day one was to do and be something different with a crossover punk/metal/hardcore style."
Glen Lorieo (who many of you know from being the drummer for Billy Club Sandwich and No Redeeming Social Value) has started a brand new You Tube page and corresponding Facebook page called CRUCIAL CHAOS that will be uploading live sets from the old WNYU “Crucial Chaos” radio show. Glen was the engineer on the show from 1994 through 1998 and has over 50 live sets saved from this time period. For the initial push Glen has uploaded 10 sets that include: All Out War, Awkward Thought, Candiria, Fahrenheit 451, Killing Time, Maximum Penalty, Murphy’s Law, SFA, Stand Off (aka Stillsuit), and Vision of Disorder. Future sets to be posted include Warzone, Out Of Line, The Six & Violence, Home 33, Sworn Enemy, Everybody Gets Hurt, Irate and Cold Front to name a few. In addition to uploading the rest of his collection Glen is also seeking anyone who may have recorded other live sets from WNYU’s Crucial Chaos show over the years to create a “one stop shop” location. WNYU's Crucial Chaos show got its start sometime during the mid-80's and had a variety of hosts and crew that helped spread the word on new music, upcoming shows and scene news long before social media. Click HERE for the Crucial Chaos You Tube page and HERE for their Facebook page.
CHANGE is new a straight edge band from the Pacific Northwest with members of Betrayed, The First Step, Keep It Clear, Odd Man Out and Lower Species. They played their first show over the weekend (January 11th) and just posted a new song titled “Reason”. Go HERE to listen to it. The song is from their upcoming 13 song LP “Closer Still” coming out on REACT! Records in the US, Refuse Records in Europe and LLR records in Australia this spring. Musically, Change is fast, ferocious hardcore that draws inspiration from bands like Youth Of Today, Uniform Choice and Straight Ahead. You can catch the band on tour in Europe next month starting with Can’t Keep Us Down fest in Barcelona.
AGNOSTIC FRONT bassist Mike Gallo recently had a huge revamp/re-stock to his online webstore that goes under the name GALLO ORIGINALS. Mike now has graffiti, New York Hardcore and New York City themed artwork on t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, laptop sleeves, phone covers, women’s skirts, tank tops, baby onesies, and more. His webstore also offers prints of his work, paintings and he can even do custom work with you if you get in touch. Check out the Gallo Originals store by clicking HERE.
NY's URBAN WASTE will be heading to Sweden this September for four shows with legendary punks G.B.H. Starting on September 9th UW will play in Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg and Karlstad. In other Urban Waste news the band has started working on their next record which guitarist Johnny Waste hopes to have out this summer as a 9 song EP put out on 10" vinyl.
Australia’s 1054 RECORDS has just released a 100 band digital/streaming compilation titled “Fight Fire With Fire”. The comp was released on January 13th, only a week or so since it was initially planned. 1054 had this to say about their new compilation: “Fight Fire With Fire” is an amazing 100 band compilation of all the heavy music genres assembled within the global hardcore and metal communities to raise money to benefit the victims (both human and animal) of the recent and ongoing wildfire disaster ravaging Australia with all proceeds to be donated to charity!” Head over HERE to see the bands involved and to get more information on where the donated money will go.
Back in October NY’s SUB-ZERO announced that they will be releasing a new album in 2020 and now comes word of a two week European tour with Germany’s Additional Time which kicks off on June 19th. Head on over to the Sub-Zero Facebook page for dates and more info.
The 14th annual UNITED BLOOD FEST will be held of April 3rd and 4th at Canal Club in Richmond, VA. The initial lineup of bands includes: Converge, Cold World, War Hungry, Vein, Mindforce, Never Ending Game, Regulate, Division Of Mind, Judiciary, Inclination, Hangman, One Step Closer, Restraining Order, Enforced, Downfall, Combust, Rule Them All, Drain, Be All End All, M.A.D, and Payback with more still to be announced. Single day and weekend tickets are available HERE with more info available on the fests event page which can be found HERE.
NY’s UPSTATE RECORDS kicks off the first part of 2020 with a bunch of news on upcoming releases. First up is KINGS NEVER DIE who have their debut 4 song EP titled “Raise A Glass” due out digitally on January 24th with a 7” version of the EP to be released on February 7th.
On January 31st Upstate Records will be releasing the "FAMILY AND FRIENDS" compilation sampler featuring their active roster and friends that they have either worked with or may be working with in the future. The sampler contains 28 bands and over 79 minutes of music. It will be released only on CD and will be limited to 500 copies.
On February 14th Upstate will release a split CD featuring Chicago’s BOVICE and Pittsburgh’s HURTPIECE that will be titled “Flatline” and will have a total of 8 songs. Samples off of this new split are already up with Bovice putting “Evil In Plain Sight” up HERE and Hurtpiece putting “550 649” up HERE. In addition to the CD version this will also be released on all major streaming services.
On February 28th Upstate will release “Dear God” which is the latest from London’s DEAD MANS CHEST. This release is a 2 song 7” with the titles “Dear God” and “The United States Of Me”.
PA’s GLOVES OFF have signed on with Upstate and will be digitally releasing “Life” which is a new four song EP scheduled for a March 13th release. Upstate Records MERCH NOW page can be found HERE.
Baltimore’s END IT will release their new EP titled “One Way Track” on Flatspot Records this Friday, the 17th. “Hardhead” is a 49 second track off of this new EP that the band is pushing ahead of its release date. Check it out by going HERE. Pre-orders for this cassette release are up now and can be found HERE.
PA’s CHOICE TO MAKE formed in 2018 and to date have released a 4 song demo (2018) and a 2 song promo (2019). On February 14th they will release a new 6 song EP titled “Vicious Existence” which will be released on Flatspot Records. “Disconnect” is the new track making the rounds and you can check that song out by clicking HERE. The Scranton area 5 piece features members from One Step Closer, Strength For A Reason and Worn. Click HERE for pre-order info.
California based melodic hardcore band TUNING released a new digital single on January 13th, just ahead of their West Coast run of shows with Slapshot that start on January 31st. The new song is titled “Bitter Wind” and you can listen to it now by clicking HERE. Tour dates with Slapshot are as follows: 1/31 • Hawthorne Theater • Portland, OR, 2/1 • El Corazon • Seattle, WA, 2/3 • The Ritz • San Jose, CA, 2/4 • Oakland Metro Operahouse • Oakland, CA, 2/8 • Space Bar • San Diego, CA, 2/9 • Alex’s Bar • Long Beach, CA. Also, shows with Black Flag, Excel and Negative Approach to follow later in the spring as well as a new LP. Keep up to date with Tuning by clicking HERE.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS ADDED SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE:
THE CAR BOMB PARADE “THE PURPOSE”
HERZBLUT “BERLINER JUNGS”
CUTTHROAT LA “TROUBLE”
WHO I AM “TAKE BACK OUR DUE”
THE PATH “WIZARDS WALK AMONG US”
OLD NORTH END “WHY”
PUNISHABLE ACT “PA DNA”
FACEWRECK “LOSIN’ MY COOL”
LIFE & LIMB “GRAVEDIGGER”
FOR DIFFERENT WAYS “BY THE RIVER
DECEMBER 30, 2019
IN EFFECT'S ANNUAL "TIME CAPSULE" COVERING WHAT WE SAW IN THE HARDCORE SCENE IN 2019
BLACKOUT RECORDS is once again teaming up with NYHC greats OUTBURST and will be re-releasing an ultra-limited, expanded LP edition of their “Miles To Go” EP (originally released in 1989), as well as a limited LP compilation of the best new punk and hardcore bands covering their songs, entitled "Hot Sh!t Attidude". The “Hot Sh!t Attitude” comp will include covers by bands like Power Trip, Higher Power, Wild Side, Fury, Krimewatch, Search, Initiate, Mizery, Stand Off, Big Boss and Outskirts. As a sneak peek you can check out Power Trip covering “When Things Go Wrong” HERE. In addition to the re-release of “Miles To Go” there are multiple “perks” that include cassette versions, vinyl variants and new Outburst shirt designs drawn by Sean Taggart. Click HERE for more info on this campaign. There is also a short “Campaign Teaser” video that can be seen by clicking HERE
FERENTZ AND THE FELONS recently posted an acoustic cover version of the song “Pride” by Madball.
Click HERE to check it out.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE:
DEVIL IN ME"WARRIORS" FEATURING FREDDY MADBALL
ZERO EIGHT ONE “TAKE THE COURAGE”
RYKERS “SIGHTSEEING IN THE AGE OF BBQ”
BRICK BY BRICK “BAD SIGN”
SHORT FUSE “OPPORTUNISM”
SMASH YOUR ENEMIES “BECOME DEATH”
REACH “PERMANENT TRAIL”
DECEMBER 5, 2019
IN EFFECT’S RILEY HOGAN SITS DOWN WITH KNOCKED LOOSE GUITARIST ISAAC HALE AT THEIR RECENT NYC SHOW TO GET A LITTLE INSIGHT TO A BAND THAT HAS TAKEN THE HARDCORE SCENE BY STORM
Santa Barbara, CA’s DOWNPRESSER have a new 10 song full length album titled “The Long Goodbye” due out on December 27th with Closed Casket Activities. Cover artwork by Sean Taggart. Close to six minutes of the new album is available to stream now with the title track as well as “Death Insight” found HERE. Pre-orders are also available and can be found HERE.
More Southern California HC news to bring you with some fine new tunes from THE EULOGY. On November 29th they dropped two tracks digitally with the titles “Not The One” and “Kings And Thieves”. Head on over to Bandcamp or Spotify to check them out. “Not The One” was originally released in June of this year and was one half of a two song split 7” with Sick Of It All on Pitchfork. Click HERE to find out more info on that split and visit HERE to check out an October 2017 interview we did with Kevin Norton (bassist) of The Eulogy. Early 2020 will see The Eulogy hit the studio to start work on their next EP.
Back in late August we told you about a new band called BE WELL who feature members who have been a big part of bands like Bane, Darkest Hour and Fairweather. Now comes word of their first official release with a two song self-titled EP with the tracks “Strength For Breath” and “Frozen”. You can click HERE to stream these tracks now. Equal Vision Records will have this available as a limited run 7” set to ship out on or around February 12th. Pre-orders for the EVR release can be found HERE. Be Well will open up for Hot Water Music on February 22nd and 23rd at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.
BE WELL PHOTO BY: JC PHOTO MEDIA
ZOLI TEGLAS LEAVING IGNITE
IGNITE frontman Zoli Teglas recently announced that he was leaving the band to “focus most of my time now to rescuing animals and other film and musical endeavors”. He will however be playing already booked Ignite shows in California scheduled for early 2020. Back in June In Effect interviewed Brett and Craig of Ignite where they told us they had intentions of releasing new Ignite music by the end of 2019. With only a few weeks left in the year and this new development it is obviously unlikely to happen. No further info has been put out as far as Ignite’s plans moving forward. IGNITE PHOTO BY: BAS SPIERINGS
DEAD MAN’S CHEST (UK) and UPSTATE RECORDS (NY) are joining forces with a new two song 7” EP in the works titled “Dear God” due out in early 2020.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE. CLICK HYPERLINKS TO WATCH!
AGNOSTIC FRONT “CONQUER AND DIVIDE”
LEEWAY NYC “MESSAGE TO A MANCHILD”
CRO-MAGS “NO ONES VICTIM”
RAGE BATARD “LYON CITY HARDCORE”
TAKE OFFENSE “INTERNALIZED”
AGNOSTIC FRONT PHOTO BY: TIM DALEY
Trevor Jastad of DEAD AIR HARDCORE RADIO (WA) recently did an interview with In Effect Hardcore! (Hey, that’s us!). You can check it out by clicking HERE. The interview portion kicks in around the 49 minute mark and is surrounded with fine hardcore music and Trevor’s takes on current day hardcore. Dead Air currently has 72 archived episodes that you can listen to!
Episode #133 of THE BROOKLYN BLAST FURNACE features Billy Milano and M.O.D. for a 67 minute interview. Click HERE to check out that episode and if you like what you hear make sure to subscribe as they update weekly!
NOVEMBER 16, 2019
UP NEXT ON IN EFFECT HARDCORE IS AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NY/NJ BASED DEAD BLOW HAMMER WHO HAVE ROOTS THAT GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1996 WHEN THEY WENT UNDER THE NAME AGAINST THE GRAIN. ROB KABULA FROM "VICTIM IN PAIN" ERA AF IS ON BASS AS THE BAND CONTNUES TO DO GOOD THINGS WITH PLAYING OUT AND THE RELEASE OF THE "NO REPRECUSSIONS?" EP EARLIER THIS YEAR
SAFE INSIDE RECORDS are busy as usual with a strong list of upcoming releases that include: LOW END (WI) “Summer Blues” Flexi 7” (due out late November), NOWHERE ROADS (NJ/PA) “Waiting” Flexi 7” (due out in December), HEADCOUNT (San Diego) s/t 7” (due out in January 2020 with ex-members of Drug Control). Deeper into 2020 will see Safe Inside release new full lengths from Canadian bands STEPPING STONE & COLD SHOULDER. CHEMICAL FIX (Philly) and TIME & PRESSURE (STL) will both have 1 sided LP releases with Safe Inside Records in 2020 as well. Click HERE to keep up to date with Safe Inside Records.
NOWHERE ROADS: PHOTO BY: DANIELLE DOMBROWSKI
NYC’s END OF HOPE will be self-releasing their debut full length titled “Cease And Destroy” this coming Tuesday, November 19th. The 9 song album will be available on CD as well as on all the usual streaming services. The band has leaked out the song “End of Hope” ahead of the new release and you can check that track out HERE. A cover of Discharge’s “Protest And Survive” (not on the album) is also available on their Spotify page. Click HERE to listen to that cover. This past February In Effect HC did an interview with End Of Hope’s Davey Gunner (vocals) and Ken Wohlrob (guitar), click HERE to read that interview.
Detroit’s ANTE-UP will be releasing a 7 song CD titled “T.I.M.E.” (Time Is My Enemy) on December 13th through Upstate Records. The title track is up now for streaming and can be heard HERE. If you like what you hear and want to get in on the pre-orders head on over to the Upstate Records Merch Now page which can be found HERE.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE
AGNOSTIC FRONT "I REMEMBER" (CLICK BELOW TO WATCH)
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WINTER WOLF (NY) “DEAD BODY FUCK PARTY”
ARCLINE (CA) “JOHNNY CAGE”
DOIN' GREAT (PA) "FAR TOO LONG"
LION’S LAW (PARIS) “GET IT ALL”
LAST HOPE (BULGARIA) “ONE OF US”
OCTOBER 26, 2019
IN EFFECT'S FRESH BLOOD PAGE IS UPDATED WITH A CHECK IN WITH SAiNT LOUIS' PLACEHOLDER WHO GOT THEIR START RIGHT AROUND THIS TIME LAST YEAR. FEATURED WITHIN THIS ARTICLE IS A LIVE "REHEARSAL ROOM" VIDEO WHICH INCLUDES A BRAND NEW TRACK FROM THEIR UPCOMING EP
AGNOSTIC FRONT continue their push towards November 8th which is the release date for their new 14 song full length titled “Get Loud” (Nuclear Blast Records). The promos and teasers for the new album have been dropping fast and since our last update a few more have been released. First up is a very interesting 4 and a half minute trailer where Roger, Gallo, Craig and Pokey all break down the writing process on how the new album came together. Click HERE to check out that video. In addition a 5;20 minute promo trailer was released on October 25th which focuses on the recording process with Paul Miner who also worked with the band on their previous album “The American Dream Died”. Click HERE to watch the “recording” promo trailer. A previous “Get Loud” promo video with Vinnie Stigma can also be seen HERE.
In addition to the new album the band has announced a 4 date NYC tour with Sick Of It All and various openers that will take place between December 11th through the 15th. On December 14th Agnostic Front will open for The Misfits and Dropkick Murphy’s at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. AF are currently on a short West Coast run with Prong that kicked off on October 23rd in Denver and runs through the 27th where things wrap up in Garden Grove, CA.
NEW CRO-MAGS EP OUT DECEMBER 6TH
The Harley Flanagan led CRO-MAGS have released the title track to an upcoming 3 song EP on Victory Records titled “From The Grave” which will be out in its entirety on December 6th. The title track features guitar duties from Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.
On the new EP’s title Flanagan explains: “Lemmy (Kilmister, Motorhead) came to me in a dream and said “Take it back mate, it's yours, you started it” (referring to the band’s name). I woke up and I knew what had to be done, so I did it. And I figured since Lemmy gave me my marching orders, I should get his guitarist to play on a new track. Phil immediately said yes and that is why it's called “From The Grave” and I'm so honored to have him on this song. I first met Phil when we toured with Motorhead on the “Orgasmatron” tour. He is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can't believe I have him playing on one of my songs. Thank you Phil and thank you Lemmy for making this all happen!”
Campbell adds, “It was a great surprise to hear from Harley after so many years. We hung out a lot during the tour in the eighties. When I heard the track he wanted me to do, I just had to do it. Listen for yourselves!” In addition to a digital release, a 7 inch (with 2 additional songs) will be released December 6 with 4 different color variants. Check out the track “From The Grave” by clicking HERE.
REST IN PEACE to NYHC pioneer JACK FLANAGAN who passed away on October 12th. Flanagan’s NY music roots date back to bands like Heart Attack and The Mob who were extremely influential in the early stages of the hardcore scene. In more recent times Flanagan managed both Clutch and GWAR.
In Tony Rettman’s 2014 book titled “NYHC- New York Hardcore 1980-1990” there are some great interview quotes from Jack and his bandmate from the Mob Ralph Gebbia. Read some excerpts from that book below...
Ralphie G: I first met Jack Flanagan at Elmjack Little league at about twelve years old. We were both new to the Jackson Heights area and we became inseparable for years. Me, Jack, and another buddy took group guitar lessons, Jack progressed much quicker than me and the other guy. So he continued and we dropped out. Once Jack felt comfortable, he answered an ad he saw in a record store. I believe the ad said something like: “World’s Youngest Punk Band Looking For Guitar Player”. It was actually Heart Attack with Jesse Malin and some other kids from Whitestone, Queens.
Jack rehearsed and played with Heart Attack for maybe a year, with Jose and I never far behind taunting Jack and them the whole way. The truth is, we were probably jealous and wanted to be doing it too. We convinced Jackie that Heart Attack wasn’t where it was at, and it was time to put the Mob in action.
Jack Flanagan: (On the Mob) We were genuine. We were four guys from Queens and we didn’t hide it. Being genuine was a big piece of the puzzle. If you weren’t genuine in the hardcore scene, it got noticed pretty quick. I don’t think you would show up for a second show, you know what I mean?
NEW HARDCORE FROM RUSSIA
210 (shown in photo) are an anti-fascist hardcore band from Moscow, Russia who formed in 2009 and have released 4 albums in their time together. "In The Eyes OF Hungry Dogs" is a new tune that they recently sent in to us that will be part of an upcoming new album in 2020. The bands bio page tells a story of gaining numerous enemies because of their message as well as physical attacks by Neo-Nazis. Read more about 210 and their story HERE and check out their new track while you are at it.
JASON O'TOOLE who you may remember from the old NYHC band LIFESBLOOD has put out his second collection of lyrical poetry in the form of the new paperback book titled “Soulless Heavens: Remedies, Maledictions and Directions”. It was released on October 12th, and available through Amazon. Click HERE to find out more.
Back in August NY’s CHAINS OF MISERY released their debut demo and now comes a music video for the track “Nothing Is Good Enough”. Check the video out by clicking HERE.
New Jersey's SOUTH CLASS VETERANS just released their brand new 10 song LP titled "Hell To Pay" and along with it's release is a brand new music video for the track "Lies". Click HERE to check it out.
Our last new video for this update comes to us from Rome, Italy and is by NO MORE LIES. The song is called “Amici Non Ne Ho” and you can watch it by clicking HERE.
OCTOBER 7, 2019
THE NAME GAME PART 2 EXPLORES THE ORIGINS OF THE NAMES OF 40 HARDCORE PUNK BANDS TOLD BY THE PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE! FROM MADBALL AND GORILLA BISCUITS, TO DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES, STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH, NEGATIVE APPROACH, CRUMBSUCKERS & MORE! FIND OUT HOW SOME OF THE MOST PROLIFIC BANDS CAME UP WITH NAMES THAT BECAME THEIRS FOREVER!
NY’s SUB ZERO who got their start way back in 1989 are working on new music and expect to have a new album out in 2020. Look for UK and Euro tour dates to be announced soon as well. The upcoming Sub-Zero release will be the band’s first new album since 2005’s “The Suffering Of Man” which was put out on Stillborn Records. The 2019 Sub-Zero lineup is very similar to the lineup that formed the band 30 years ago with Lou DiBella on vocals, Richie Kennon on guitar and Larry Susi on bass. Filling out the rest of the current day lineup is Matty “Pasta” Mangiaracina, and Walter “Monsta” Ryan on drums. Get reacquainted with their “Lionhearted” video by clicking HERE.
CA’s TAKE OFFENSE have teamed up with Pure Noise Records and will be releasing a new 10 song album on October 18th titled “Keep An Eye Out”. Check out the title track HERE and get ‘ya pre-orders in by going HERE. Take Offense are currently out on the road with Municipal Waste, Napalm Death and Sick Of It All on a US run that started on October 3rd and runs through October 23rd. Check the In Effect SHOW FLYERS page for dates.
AGNOSTIC FRONT and their label Nuclear Blast recently dropped a short 3 minute promo video where Roger, Vinnie and Mike Gallo all talk about the artwork to their upcoming album “Get Loud” (out November 8th) which was done by Sean Taggart who also worked with the band on their 1986 album “Cause For Alarm”. Click HERE to check it out. Photo of AF's Vinnie Stigma by: Bas Spierings.
In our last update we told you that Long Island, NY’s LIVE FAST DIE FAST were returning after a 5 year break up. Just a few weeks after the band announced that return they have released two brand new songs in “Only Dicks Don’t Like Kill Your Idols” and “The Great Divide”. Available now as a free stream or via the “Name Your Price” option on the LFDF Bandcamp page. Click HERE to check these new tracks out.
NJ’s FENCE CUTTER who we recently featured on our Fresh Blood page announced their breakup. Their last show happened on September 26th in their hometown of Perth Amboy, NJ. Their 6 song “My Environment” EP that came out in June is one of the best releases we’ve come across so far in 2019.
CA’s ARCLINE (shown in above photo & who have members amongst their ranks from Hoods and Take Vengeance) are teaming up with Upstate Records for their debut CD & vinyl release titled “Gateway Drugs” which will contain 4 original tracks and “a surprise cover salute to NYHC originators”. The new track “Scorpion” off of “Gateway Drugs” can be heard HERE. This new release will be out on November 1st with pre-orders available now HERE.
Detroit’s SMASH YOUR ENEMIES will be releasing a 6 song EP titled “Become Death” on October 30th on Upstate Records. “Born from the lineage of Detroit’s Cold As Life” was an eye catcher while reading their press kit info which also used words like brutal, fury and violence to describe the band while also going on to say that their sound is for fans of Madball and Slayer. Some tough shoes to fill to say the least. Check out the brutal title track for the “Become Death” EP by clicking on the cover art to the left.
NY’s KINGS NEVER DIE have dropped another new track leading up to the release of their debut EP on Upstate Records which is due out this November. “The Juice” off of the upcoming “Raise A Glass” EP can be heard HERE.
MINUS YOUTH out of Germany have their new 9 track “No Generation” album due out this Friday, October 11th. “Downtown In Distress” is the second track to be floated out before the release date and you can stream this new one by clicking HERE. Pre-order info as well as Minus Youth merch can be found at that very same link.
The 14th edition of Richmond, VA’s UNITED BLOOD FEST will take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2020.
NEW VIDEOS THAT HAVE COME OUT SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE INCLUDE:
STRAY FROM THE PATH “Actions Not Words”
THE ICE COLD KILLERS “The American Scheme”
GLOCK 203 "Stamford City"
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR “True Defeat”
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR @ THIS IS HARDCORE 2019. PHOTO BY: DANIELLE DOMBROWSKI
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
IN EFFECT CATCHES UP WITH THE VOICE OF TOKEN ENTRY & LET RAGE! FOR THIS NEW INSTALLMENT OF "20 QUESTIONS WITH" (WE REALLY ASKED HIM 24 QUESTIONS!)
AF REVEALS THE ARTWORK TO THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, DEBUTS A NEW TRACK, INSIGHT ON THE "GET LOUD" COVER FROM ARTIST SEAN TAGGART & MORE!
As we told you in our last update AGNOSTIC FRONT have a new 14 track album due out on November 8th titled “Get Loud”. The band is now in full swing with promoting their upcoming release and have put out a lyric video for the new track titled “Spray Painted Walls” which you can check out HERE. The new AF will be released on Nuclear Blast Records and in addition to this new full length album Bridge Nine Records will be releasing a limited edition 3 song EP titled “I Remember”. The B9 EP will have the tracks “I Remember” and “Get Loud” (which also will be on the Nuclear Blast full length) as well as the track “Your Gonna Pay” which is exclusive to the B9 release. Listen to “You're Gonna Pay” HERE and find the pre-orders for the Bridge Nine Release HERE.
The “Get Loud” album artwork was done by legendary NY artist SEAN TAGGART who has worked with the band before, most notably on their 1986 release “Cause For Alarm”. In Effect caught up with Sean to get a little more insight on how things came together on this new project and this is what he had to say…
“So, out of the blue I get a message from Roger saying they’d like me to do the next album cover and would I be interested. Hell yeah! You don’t have to ask me twice. Roger wanted the skinhead demon to be the main focus, and to give the Mohawk dude from the first one the pit bull from the Eliminator Tour. I did one better, a two headed pit bull! The fun part was adding all the details, my favorite being the old school subway token used as a gauge in the green haired punk’s ear. It was like visiting old friends, if you look you’ll see a bunch.”
The “Get Loud” track listing is as follows: “Spray Painted Walls”, “Anti-Social”, “Get Loud!”, “Conquer And Divide”, “I Remember”, “Dead Silence”, “AF Stomp”, “Urban Decay”, “Snitches Get Stitches”, “Isolated”, “In My Blood”, “Attention”, “Pull The Trigger”, “Devastated”.
On September 18th Agnostic Front kicks off a 17 date/19 day tour of the Eastern U.S. and Canada with Prong starting in St Louis on the 18th and winding back up in NYC on October 6th. A 5 date West Coast run (also with Prong) starts off on October 23rd in Denver and runs through the 27th in Garden Grove, CA. In addition a December run of shows with Slapshot is also planned for the Southeast U.S. starting on December 3rd in Richmond, VA and ending on December 10th in Wilmington, NC with mid-January seeing AF hit Europe on the 2020 Persistence Tour. (Details below in this update).
NEW BOOK OUT SOON FEATURING THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF KAREN O'SULLIVAN
“SOMEWHERE BELOW 14TH & EAST, THE LOST PHOTOGRAPHY OF KAREN O’SULLIVAN” is an upcoming collection of the photography of Karen O’Sullivan due out on October 4th. This 192 page book contains over 150 images from Karen’s collection which covers the hardcore punk and hip-hop scenes of 1980’s era NYC. The diverse collection includes photos of bands like the Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, Regan Youth, Urban Waste, MDC, The Clash, RUN DMC, Minor Threat, Misfits and more along with some first-hand accounts from those who were there at the time. Pre-orders can be found HERE through Deathwish with a Facebook page (found HERE) giving sneak peaks at the upcoming book which will be out in less than a month. All pre-orders come with a 20” by 30” poster of NYHC legend Frenchie The Skin with varying package deals having such items as a 60 page bonus fanzine with additional photos and another with an old-school 3D viewer.
DAVE SMALLEY & DON'T SLEEP WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
Harrisburg, PA and DC area band DON’T SLEEP are back working on a new album to be released this winter on Victory Records. This will be the band’s first full length, and their first release since their 2018 7” on Reaper Records. The band has been recording at multiple studios, but most recently began recording at Salad Days Studios (Baltimore) with Brian McTernan (Battery, Ashes) and Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools). Stay up to date with all things Don’t Sleep by clicking HERE. Above photo has (from left) Dave Smalley along with Brian McTernan (center) and Water Schreifels (right) at a recent recording session for the new album.
NYHC BLACK BOOK FANZINE:
Be on the lookout for a new fanzine from Freddy Alva and crew… the same people who brought us the “Urban Styles, Graffiti In New York Hardcore” book in 2017. The NYHC Black Book fanzine showcases 40-plus graffiti writers and artists paying homage to their favorite bands from New York City. Influential groups such as Leeway, Cro-Mags, NYC Mayhem, Judge, Crumbsuckers, Murphy’s Law, AF and others are represented in a striking visual format by legendary writers like: REVS, MQ, SMITH, NEO, EXPO, SMOG, EZEC, KEN-1 etc... The graffiti and NYHC connection remains strong and continues in what will be an ongoing series; this first one is slated to come out in October and will be a full color zine printed on glossy paper. Follow the Urban Styles Book Instagram page HERE to get updates and ordering info for this upcoming zine when it becomes available.
CRO-MAGS JM CANCEL REST OF 2019 SHOWS:
CRO-MAGS JM (John & Mackey for those still not caught up YET) will be out of commission for the rest of 2019 with all of their remaining 2019 shows cancelled as singer John Joseph deals with complications stemming from a hernia surgery he had back in May. Get well soon JJ!
EUROPE'S PERSISTENCE TOUR 2020:
The PERSISTENCE TOUR is an annual traveling indoor tour package put together by M.A.D. Tour Booking who are based out of Germany. The 2020 lineup recently was posted and includes GORILLA BISCUITS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, H2O, STREET DOGS, WISDOM IN CHAINS and BILLY BIO. The 2020 edition of Persistence kicks off on January 15th in Hamburg, Germany and runs through January 26th where things wrap up in London. For more info about the Persistence Tour 2020 click HERE.
FYA FEST 2020:
Florida’s FYA FEST is back for another go around with over 35 bands being announced recently for their January 4th & 5th dates to be held at Brass Mug in Tampa. INTEGRITY, MADBALL, KILLING TIME, MINDFORCE, RESTRAINING ORDER and THE FIGHT are a few of the names you will catch over this weekend. For a full list of bands and ticket info click HERE.
NEW AGE MIDWEST COMP:
NEW AGE MIDWEST FEST is on September 28th in St. Louis, MO (with a pre-show on September 27th…also in St. Louis) and a corresponding 15-band compilation is being created to commemorate the event while benefitting charity. Each band playing the New Age Midwest Fest donated a song to the “Actions Over Words” compilation, which will be available at the show and also by mail order. All proceeds raised from the sales will benefit the Dayton Foundation, an organization that has been a crucial resource in the Oregon District Tragedy (Dayton, OH) that took place on August 4th. 2019. The bands included on the compilation are Life Force, Kill Their Past, Heel Turn, Abraxas, Redbait, Mean Season, True Self, Treason, Dying For It, Decline, Brute Force, The Dividing Line, Disappear, Through N Through and ThirdFace. Pre-orders for the comp can be found HERE.
MORE COMPS FOR GOOD CAUSES:
“CANCER SUCKS, HARDCORE DOESN’T” is a newly released digital compilation put together by Positive Militia out of the UK. The 12 band/12 song comp contains previously released songs from bands from the US, Europe and as far away as Australia and includes such bands as HOLD THE CROWN, LIFT, CAPITAL ENEMY, TIME & PRESSURE and GLOVES OFF. 50% of the profits from this record will be paid to Cancer Research UK on the last working day of each month (starting September 2019). For more info click HERE.
LONG ISLAND NY'S LIVE FAST DIE FAST REUNITE/OUT LIVE DEATH BREAKS UP:
Long Island NY's LIVE FAST DIE FAST who broke up in 2014 recently announced they are back together with their first show scheduled for September 27th at Long Island's Amityville Music Hall alongside Two Man Advantage. The following night LFDF travels down to Washington DC (again to play with Two Man Advantage) followed by an October 27th show with Outburst at NYC’s Niagra. “Only Dicks Don’t Like Kill Your Idols” and “The Great Divide” are two brand new LFDF songs that will debut digitally in October to further put a stamp on the bands return. With the reformation of Live Fast Die Fast comes the end of the band Out Live Death (2014-2019) as both bands shared multiple members. To get acquainted/reacquainted with some LFDF music make a quick click HERE to check out their 2013 album “Keep Your Fingers Crossed”.
INSTAGRAM POST OF THE DAY FOR SEP. 13TH, 2019. NEW JUDGE & SHELTER MUSIC IN THE WORKS
HARDCORE FROM AUSTRIA:
Vienna, Austria’s ILL BLOOD first got at us in late 2018 with a 2 song demo that definitely left an impression and hopes of what was to come. On October 18th Ill Blood will release the follow up to that 2 song demo with a 6 song self-titled EP on Farewell Records. “Scraps” is the first song that is being floated out to the masses to listen to and you can hear that track HERE. Pre-orders are available now through Merch Pit and can be found HERE.
MORE EURO-CORE NEWS:
Two European heavyweights in Rotterdam’s FROM THE HEART & Vienna’s ONLY ATTITUDE COUNTS are teaming up for a split 7” that will be released on October 18th on WTF Records. From The Heart will contribute 3 brand new tracks and Only Attitude Counts will have 3 tracks taken from their just released full length CD titled “Almost The End”. This split will be released with a deluxe gatefold 7” limited to 500 copies pressed with multiple color variants. Keep an eye on the WTF Records homepage for pre-order information which should be available by months end.
NY'S LOCKED INSIDE NEW TRACKS OUT NOW:
Back in April NY’s LOCKED INSIDE digitally released a 2 song promo that was a preview of their debut 7”. Due to some unexpected delays the 7” is still not available BUT the full 5 songs have now been digitally released on Spotify, Apple Music and the usual digital download outlets including every hardcore kids’ favorite spot…. Bandcamp! Click HERE to get the full 5 song EP titled “Your Thoughts Your Own” (still with the “Name Your Price” option). Stay tuned to Locked Inside’s social media pages for more info on when the physical release of this debut EP will come out.
THE PUNK ROCK MBA:
Make sure to check in frequently with THE PUNK ROCK MBA You Tube page for updates including their August 28th one that is titled “How New York Hardcore Changed Punk Forever”. In this 22 minute video host Finn McKenty touches on how he discovered NYHC from Washington State, the role of the NYHC “adjacent bands” like Life Of Agony, 90’s and 2000’s NYHC as well as other influences that got NYHC recognition on a national level. The Punk Rock MBA is a diversified entity that delivers “information, inspiration, and hopefully entertainment” and to date has well over 100 videos already posted on their page. The “How New York Hardcore Changed Punk Forever” video is closing in on 100k views and is a solid watch for anyone interested in NYHC music. Host Finn McKenty also has impeccable taste in hardcore t-shirts with evidence of this shown in the above photo. Click HERE to check out the video.
On September 30th RADIO RAHEEM (via Deathwish) will be releasing a 20 track 12” vinyl album by NYHC OG’s THE PSYCHOS titled “One Voice”. The 20 tracks are dubbed as “the only collection of material by this elusive unit to date”. This recording documents three of the many lineups that the band went through with Psycho members also being tied to such greats as Agnostic Front, S.O.D., Trip 6, Mental Abuse and The Icemen. First pressing will be limited to 500 copies and comes with a 16 page 12x12 full color booklet. Pre-orders, track listing and more info can be found HERE.
Make sure to check in with the In Effect Hardcore VIDEOS page frequently as we are constantly updating that area of the site with new videos from around the world. New editions that caught our attention include:
MUNICIPAL WASTE “WAVE OF DEATH”