Monday, November 24, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

TOP 5 with Attila (Chiller Than Most Fanzine)

I figure it's time to give a little mic time to some of my friends and cohorts over the years. Attila is legitimately my only Hungarian friend, but he's been a Drug Dogs supporter since #1. Nowadays, he puts out an excellent fanzine called Chiller Than Most (peep my back cover for issue #2 and a forthcoming design for #3). I figured I'd give him the floor to outline his own personal Top 5. Read, enjoy and scroll to the end of the interview for links to purchase his zine or contact.
Ati's collection
FIVE THINGS THAT I MISS by Attila (Chiller Than Most Fanzine)

1. CREATIVITY WHEN IT COMES TO CASSETTE TAPES: I honestly think there is a rightful place for formats like vinyl records, cassette tapes and fanzines in this digital age. Aside from the respect for traditions I don't think I have to explain how much better it is putting on a record and looking at the cover art than listening to music on a laptop, or how much better it is to read a fanzine by the river/in the bath tub/on the toilet than browsing on a computer. 

That being said, most of the time I am also listening to music on my computer, I rarely turn on the tape deck. This is exactly why I don't like most of the recent demo tapes lack of creativity. It does not satisfy my collector nature anymore if the European and American editions have the same cover, the first press and the second press have the same cover with a different colour. There are so many gifted illustrators out there, tons of pictures from shows, let's use them! Let's not put out a demo tape without a lyric sheet! Don't call a lame piece of paper an insert. Why can't we get a one page photocopy fact sheet with every tape?



2. TICKETS: I have been collecting tickets and stubs alongside records, tapes and fanzines for a long time. I organize them in a separate folder, like I do with everything else and my favourite tickets I carried around in my wallet for years. During my last move a few of these old tickets came about, all of them a tiny slice of hardcore history. The thoughts in my head were racing around and took me to 2003, good memories of travels, shows and stories. I remember there was one guy in the Hungarian hardcore scene up until the mid 2000s whose duty was to design tickets. From the past 5 years I probably only have one or two tickets, they were substituted by lame stamps and online tickets receipts. The stamp fades away and you will throw away the receipt. Attention, people booking shows: please bring back real tickets at least for the small shows holding 50-100! It's not important if they are not printed quality, it will suffice if they are Xeroxed, just let there be something physical to keep as a memory. 


3. BANNERS: I can not play a note, therefore I never had a band. If I had one there is no way we wouldn't hanging on the back of the stage of every show. Other than making the presence of the stage better (think about the legendary Underdog banner, or Side by Side or Justice in the 2000s) a flag serves as an important symbol. It resembles unity, the togetherness of the scene. Aside from a few great exceptions banners have vanished. It would be nice if more bands put up banners.


4. EUROPEAN FANZINES: I am not against webzines at all but the printed material is the real thing. It is good to see more and more hardcore fanzines coming out in the USA and Canada, the fanzine subculture is thriving again. I personally miss European fanzines though. 10 years ago there were tons of amazing fanzines all over the European scene (Wake Up And Live, Crucial Times, Wise Up, The Ghent Decontrol, Send In The Clones etc.), there was a time when I could order 3-4 zines a month from Belgium and the Netherlands, nowadays I can not order 3-4 from the whole continent! 


5. LYRICS ON SLEEVE PRINTED T-SHIRTS: Since the introduction of the legendary 4 sided t-shirts in the 80s, less and less bands print lyrics on the sleeves. We could encounter the words "A Journey of a Thousand Miles" on The First Step's early shirts, but mostly it is only the label's logo that gets printed on the sleeves. I miss these 3/4 sided shirts resembling the iconic t-shirts and classic hardcore designs. Fortunately Mosher's Delight is trying to change this recently. ("Scream for tomorrow", "No thanks, I don't need your drugs", "There are none as blind, as those who will not see!", "Care enough to do something, know enough to do it right!", "Straight on view", "Wake Up And Live!", "Drugs & Booze the sure way to lose")

KUDOS FOR CREATIVE IDEAS: Moshers Delight Records 4-sided t-shirts ("Only showing what's worth knowing!" / "Find the strength within!") Sike and Bluesbreaker postcards, Unified Right fact sheets, Straight Truth fact sheets, Flowerheads newsletters, Antwerp Hardcore Collective card, Control Records stickers, Powered Records posters, New Instinct Records card, Moshers Delight Records liveset tapes with interviews, Moshers Delight Records fact sheets, Fineprint Records liveset cassette...




Antwerp Hardcore Collective card / "Congratulations, you have just met the AHC (Antwerp Hardcore Collective)" - The Inter City Firm (ICF) is an English football casual firm mainly active in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, associated with West Ham United. The name came from the use of InterCity trains used to travel to away games. One of the most feared firms of the heights of football violence, the Inter City Firm was famous for leaving a calling card on their victims that read 'Congratulations, you have just met the ICF.'

Attila (Chiller Than Most fanzine) 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Pawn Shop Diaries #1 (Alone in a Crowd/Inside Out "split")


What was the last CD you bought brand new? I can't remember if mine The Stokes Is this It or Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf, but I use each interchangeable depending on who I'm talking to. Most of us came up on CD's, even if HC will always be a tape n' vinyl game. 

At the very earliest onset of our addiction to the HC disease, me and my retarded friends perpetuated stories we'd heard about all the "old" hardcore guys in our shitty little Kentucky suburb that would sell off huge swaths of their hardcore memorabilia collections in exchange for drugs, floating unprecedented numbers of punk and hardcore errata throughout the pawn + trailer court circuit of town.  Of course, once we'd become cognizant of it, everything  Rev, Shiz, Taaang and Touch & Go had long since been snatched up, leaving behind only the dregs for us to root through: spotty reissues, bootlegs, second tier youth crew tapes and a whole fuckload of hardcore CD's that no one else seemed to want, all housed in a non-descript used video game shack off Dixie Highway in E-town. Methinks they didn't know about EBay.



Sometime between the stages of "dewy-eyed core-ling" and "radio rock graduate" (2003) an acne riddled, straight edge version of me bought this CD off a dollar rack. The varsity lettering alone caught my attention but to this point I was barely familiar with the Cali version of Inside Out (eloquently cited as "rope haired, commie, spiritual minded, soon to be rap metal freaks from California" in Chunks #2). Of course, only now do I know the superior IO.  

It's like that scene in Empire Strikes Back

Lost & Found, the oft maligned euro bootlegger label, mashed these classic 7"s together and though I can't vouch for the horrid cover art, I will have to credit them for hipping me to 2 essential and vastly underrated NYHC records. Both of these releases can be found in their official capacities elsewhere, but both come highly recommended, as does the live Alone in a Crowd set.

It's mostly downhill from here though. Stay tuned for less essential fare from the dollar bins. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

European Vacation II: Ball of Destruction #1



Ball of Destruction #1 (Belgium)
I went to Belgium once as a kid. I liked it. My family was literally booted out of a restaurant there. That's definitely a story for another post though. (Peace to Belgium and hardcore and Rise and Fall). 




I once jokingly postulated that Madball's Ball of Destruction era logo was hardcore's closest approximation to Metallica's Master of Puppets logo. Both bands start with "M" and have a history of logos that have evolved over their various incarnations as a band. I stand by the statement, with the more immediate point being that the mind(s) behind Ball of Destruction  chose some primo boilertplate from which to cut n' paste their own tome, a hefty full-sizer with the Toxic Avenger landing a cover spot. 

I've never heard the band Grim (described as Darkside NYC by way of Bulldoze in the zine) but when asked if he's worried about becoming "just another beatdown band" Grim's singer responded with "our breaks are quite harsh." They cover Soundgarden's "4th of July" which gives me a great segue to plug an old post: here.  

Very great to see mention of Bad Trip and Mind Over Matter in the discussion of Don Fury recordings. 

The cream here was the Ramblings on Victory #2, 4 +7, a segment in which the author shot on Billingsgate's Reach Out album sleeve,  how Worlds Collide got their name (sidenote: for a great podcast in which Worlds Collide member Matt Burger plays music, talks about Worlds Collide and also some ridiculous shit about hardcore gangs, here) and Salty City's pride and joy: Insight. Nugget below about using Supertouch's gear and not saying thank u. 




Other highlights:
Who doesn't love a good old Cro-Mags interview? We know the euros love their mags (in their mags...yuk). This one was from '89 done in Seattle WA on a show with teutonic thrashers Destruction

The Only Living Witness interview was reprinted from Look Again Fanzine #3  and also featured Slayer in there. ("Why do people think metal is a four-letter word? They didn't learn english!" -Jonah Jenkins).

On late-period Turning Point: "Bold shirts, make way for turtlenecks and Jane's Addiction merch." 

Overall, snappy photography, great cut n' paste layout and unique, heartfelt content. All anyone could ever want in a zine in this day n' age. Glad I send abroad for this one. 

(you cannot) BUY THIS FANZINE HERE (because it is sold out). 






Sunday, November 2, 2014

Greg Mental Interview Pt. V (This is the end)


The end of the interview. Where I asked about art and stuff, and got the best pull-quote. 

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Every Lockin Out release has a discernible "aesthetic" to it. I know you've done some of that artwork. Is that just another hobby?
I'd love to be doing art for a living. I went to a tech high school and took design as my "shop" class. I also graduated from Art Insitute of Boston. Design and art are things I love, but unfortunately, they're just hobbies right now.

Doodling? Computer stuff? What's your favorite?
I do everything before finishing a project. I'll doodle, paint, fuck around on the computer. Whatever it takes to come up with an idea I like. Then I just bang it out. I'm really hoping to do more shirts for bands and the label this year if I can find some free time. 

Would you ever do art outside of hardcore? Would you do art for bands that aren't Lockin Out bands?
I did a design for Detroit Birds. I dunno if I've really done much other art for bands not on the label. I don't think so.




Oh, so my idiot friend wants me to ask you about the Bum Rush EP.
It's coming out soon.

On LOC?
No comment. 

Well, you've got to be pretty stoked on hardcore to still be working so close with hardcore bands.
Oh, of course. I'm still stoked on hardcore but at this point, I'm not driving super far to see a show or anything like that. It's just because of my real-life obligations and schedule though and the lack of bands that I'm really interested in, rather than not being stoked on hardcore itself.

What Non-LOC bands are you still interested in?
War Hungry is always dope. I like Waste Management, Step Forward, Dead Black. That's all I can really come up with off the dome. 

The "jaded hardcore dude" is such a common trope you know? It hardly seems applicable to you though.
Hell no man. I still get in the pit if I'm feeling it. I'm a hardcore kid you know? That's just what it is. If I'm at a club grinding on a fine 'ho I've still got the same grin on my face that I'll have at a show getting ignorant. I love hardcore. I love underground shit. It's always been attractive to me. I'm a fuck-up and love hardcore because it's a bunch of fuck-ups.






Thursday, October 30, 2014

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