80′s hardcore was, and still is, the shit! I just loved the ‘I don’t give a fuck’ energy that many of the bands had. We had fanzines that connected the scenes together, as we didn’t have the internet back then. Maximum Rock & Roll was my lifeline that connected me to other scenes outside of Southern California. Me and my homies always dug the Portland scene and thought they were total freaks. One band that got us super hyped was Poison Idea, because they were just balls to the wall aggro spazz hardcore with a killer frontman that rocked. I’m super stoked that there is a rad 52 minute visual document of this band called Poison Idea – Mating Walruses. It features stellar live footage from 1982 until 1989, plus loads of punk humor mixed in. Hold on, here’s more epic news: Southern Lord is starting a Poison Idea reissue series, kicking things off on January 31st with the re-release of Darby Crash Rides Again: The Early Years, 29 tracks of uncut madness! After the jump, check out how this band bashed their way into punk rock history and watch Poison Idea – Mating Walruses. Stay tuned for more news in the near future.
My homie Fergadelic has melted my mind again! I always felt that he was one of the most creative humans I know, now it’s a fact! He teamed up with his homies 2manyDJ’s/Soulwax crew to create hardcore video history. Basically, they have made the sickest visual mixtapes ever known to humanity. The music you will encounter in this hour will push your wig back for sure – major shout out to Soulwax and Fergadelic for making my braincells slam dance. CVLT Nation will do everything in our power to make sure the whole world sees and hears “Hardcore or DIE”. Below, read what Fergedelic has to say about this experience!
Hi, my name is Fergadelic. I’ve been doing visuals for 2ManyDJs for a while & as a part of this large project I got to take part in this fantastic “Hardcore Or Die” mix; What a privilege!
I’m a big fan of a lot of this music, it’s been an inspiration for me since I first heard it in my late teens…though I should add that there were plenty of tracks & artists on this mix that were new to me. The visual material was a joy to work with (getting to make the Corrosion Of Conformity toxic skull head bang was a big moment in my artistic career so far!) but I was particularly inspired by Dave & Steph’s irreverent treatment of the music & in turn I tried to inject the same craziness & fun into the visuals; Also, while I’m a Hardcore fan I’m aware that many people aren’t!..& it was my mission to use the visuals as a way in for people who might not otherwise listen to this stuff.
All credit is due to Steve from Soulwax, it was his passion for this music & involvement in the scene that inspired the mix in the first place(he once sat in on drums for Chaos U.K., as their drummer was too drunk to play…how cool is that?!)…also all credit to Nuno Costa, the animator who did such a great job interpreting my ideas. Now, are you ready for an hour of hardcore?!
HAZZARD’S CURE ain’t no strangers to the CVLT. The debut record of this Bay Area band embodies a sound located in the midway of Hardcore-Punk at the one end and cheerful Stoner Rock at the other. You get loads of melodic, beer soaked leads and a lot of groovy passages to bang your head to as well as really fast, thrashy parts accompanied by nearly dissonannt, sometimes even Black Metalesque riffing. And now and then kinda both at the same time. Good vocals, pending between intense shouts and “rock” singing, provide a binding element. To calm you down before and after the hectic passages, HAZZARD’S CURE deliver some quiet moments, too (like in Clashing of Hordes for example). READ MORE…
Having been born toward the tail end of the 1980′s I missed out on tons of great music that came out of various underground scenes around the world earlier that decade. From the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal [or NWOBHM] which inspired and informed the American Thrash scene to the first generation of American hardcore punk the influence of the early 80′s resonates in every aspect of today’s international underground punk and metal communities. It was a time when lines were being drawn and flags were being raised. When kids actually cared about the music they listened to because it meant something so inexplicably urgent to them. Metalheads were metalheads and punks were punks. These kids and their music burned with life during a time and political landscape when the threat of total death was constantly hanging in the balance. No band better embodies the American hardcore aesthetic than NEGATIVE APPROACH, to my mind. In just a little over twenty tracks and less than an hour’s worth of time Negative Approach laid down what would be one of the ultimate examples of American youth frustration and the art that it spawns in trying times of both social and emotional *pressure*. The simplicity of Negative Approach’s song writing speaks directly to the barbaric nature of my soul. Their music is more than just hardcore, it’s “no bullshit” blues straight from the soul. Unlike all of the more popular music that got labeled as “punk” which I had to grow up with, these were real kids who were really angry about real shit. I remember when I used to work at a record store in Pittsburgh a few years back and my boss was an older guy who was part of that previous generation of punk kids that paved the way for me and my generation. Through hanging out with him I was able to soak up part of what I missed out on and had wanted to know firsthand about the music and scenes that came before me. Bands like AMEBIX, DISCHARGE, THE ADOLESCENTS, and Negative Approach were in heavy rotation at our shop, weither the customers liked it or not. My generation may have missed out on all the groundbreaking music that informed everything we were given to sift through but history has a way of repeating itself. Let me put it to you like this, September 11th, 2001 was only my second day of high school just across the river in New Jersey. For months the air was filled with smoke and parking lots full of cars that never made it back the their home’s garages in my neighborhood so generally speaking, I think I have a right to be hostile.
Aborted Society is doing something exemplary for the global punk community today, and we encourage CVLT Nation readers to show their support. You all have probably heard about the 64 punks in Aceh, Indonesia that are being held by police for “reprogramming” back into the religious drones that the state wants them to be. The police are acting under shariah law, they are clamping down on these kids’ human right to express their beliefs, and are claiming that they lack morals. As a show of punk solidarity, Aborted Society are collecting mixtapes from punk rockers around the world in order to show the Indonesian authorities that the world is watching them, and to combat the societal branwashing being imposed on Indonesian punks! Read about Aborted Society’s initiative below, send in your mixtapes, and stay tuned for a special CVLT Nation Aceh mixtape next week!
Mixtapes for Aceh!
December 14th, 2011
We read the news about punks being apprehended and detained in the Aceh region of Indonesia recently, and like many of you, were extremely disturbed at the thought of the police sweeping these kids off the street, shaving their hair, and forcing them into some sort of bullshit military training to deprogram them. We are privileged to live in a society where we are free to express ourselves as we wish, and while the US and other Western states have their fair share of police injustice, this incident is a harsh reminder to how good we really have it. That is why we are starting a small initiative in solidarity with our friends overseas, to let them know that we stand behind them and fully support them.
The mixtape is a crucial part of our subculture, and is solely responsible for the spread of punk influence worldwide. Mixtapes have introduced myself and many others to so many amazing bands, and the act of making them is one of the most sincere forms of friendship that exist in our world. So, we are asking our friends, our community, and anyone else who remotely gives a shit to make and donate one mixtape cassette to the kids in Aceh who were forced into detention solely for being punk. It’s a small gesture, but it means a lot to people who need our support. The content entirely of their choosing as long as it’s somewhat falling in the punk/hardcore/crust genre. If you have an awesome tape you never listen to anymore, or would like to make a new one specifically for this endeavor, that would absolutely rule. We are collecting these tapes to send out in early January, so your deadline to submit is December 30th, 2011. We know that the post office is fucked right now with holiday shipping, but right after xmas it frees up largely, so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Please try and pack as much music onto these tapes as possible, and try to avoid sending a short 10-min long demo cassette. This is an out-of pocket initiative for me (Rob) personally, and I’d like to make what we send as substantial as possible. And include your address in the tape, you might just make an international buddy out of the process!
You can send your mixtapes to our label address:
Aborted Society Records
attn: Mixtapes for Aceh
1122 E. Pike Street #1377
Seattle, WA 98122-3934
We are currently investigating the best way to get these over there safely, so if you have any specific ideas please email us and let us know. Thanks for listening, we really encourage your participation, and hope that something like this can never happen again.
Stay strong, stay fucking punk.
I’m pretty sure many people would agree that one of the sickest hardcore bands that ever came out of the South Bay of Los Angeles was BLACK FLAG. The one constant member of the band was Greg Ginn, although Chuck Dukowski held it down with him for mad years. I have so much love for Greg and Chuck because of what they did for underground music, both as SST and as BLACK FLAG. Also, because of all of their tours across America in fucked up vans, Black Flag spread the ethos of punk rock across the states. And with each personal shift, their sound would change just a little, but they still always remained BLACK FLAG. It’s always a trip to ask someone who was their favorite BLACK FLAG singer – some will say Dez, some will say Chavo, some will say Keith and some will say Henry. It’s too hard for me to choose, but I will say the night I saw all of them perform at the BLACK FLAG reunion gig in ’83, I spazzed on all of them, but out of all of the singers, I got to see them perform with Henry the most. Kill that Cat captured their 1981 show at the Mabuhay Gardens with Dez on vocals and Robo on drums, and BLACK FLAG blazed through a killer set. So after the jump, break out your six pack and watch the punk band that kills ANTS!
Let me tell you what’s radical: when you and your homie have teenage dreams that become a reality. This was the case for Dan Clements and I – both of us are products of the Venice Beach of the 70′s. We watched Suicidal Tendencies do their thing, and even before we started going to gigs, we knew what we wanted to do was start a band! In 1983, with the help of his homie Adam Siegel, Dan formed Chaotic Noise; when Shaun Ross joined in 1985, they became Excel. From 1987 to 1995, this band put out some game-changing records that spoke to their generation. Excel were a band that that had the hardcore/metal vibe down to the T, plus Dan was one of those frontmen that knew how to work the crowd into a rightous frenzy. Today CVLT Nation wants to take you back to 1989, with Exel wrecking shit at The Country Club in Reseda all captured by the almighty Kill That Cat. After the jump, peep this killer gig and see if the joke will be on you!
One state that was full of weirdos during the early 80′s was Texas – it’s seems bands from there made a huge impact almost at the same time! I’m just saying, The Dicks and The Big Boys were the first wave, and both were totally fucking awesome. Two bands that really changed the game were M.D.C. with their 7″, and D.R.I. with their EP. It’s a trip, because both of these bands pretty much relocated to the Bay Area at the same time, where they continued to cause noise damage. Before D.R.I. made their journey up North, I got to see them wreck shit in Hollyweird at the Cathay de Grande. During this time they were known as the fastest hardcore band in America, since their 22 song EP was just over 16 minutes. These dudes had the homeless style to the max – when I saw the singer hanging out before the gig, I actually thought he was homeless, until I saw him kill shit on stage! D.R.I. blazed through the EP and were way beyond tight, and they left everyone in attendance in total fucking amazement. Later on they embraced thrash harder than many bands, plus they pulled it off better than most punk bands that tried to make the same musical transition. And if you listen to their EP, you can hear that they were already on some metal shit, which was cool with me. Check this ultra rad live footage of D.R.I. slaughtering shit in 1984 at CBGB’s. So after the jump, see that Texas punks were faster than most!
Let’s give the middle finger to the whole world, and then let’s buy beer for 13-year-old punk rock snots! My brain is stepping back in time to when Los Angeles hardcore weirdos rule my existence… There were so many killer bands from back then, but they all sounded different; some had more melody than others. The Angry Samoans were one of my favorite bands back then, they wrote funny songs that hit home with my generation. Their album Back From Samoa wasn’t politically correct, but we didn’t care about that shit back then, because the term did not exist. That being said, that album fucking rocked! These dudes could write awesome melodic punk tunes that were catchy as fuck. They did not overthink their lyrics, but they wrote about subjects that have resonated with youth for generations to come. From my point of view, they just have not received the amount of respect that they deserve. When we knew The Angry Samoans were playing a gig, we were beyond in the house, we made sure we started the pit! So the time has come today – CVLT Nation will celebrate The Angry Samoans with a “we do not give a fuck” video essay! After the jump, peep this gnarly live footage!
The Slog Movie is one of the best representations of the 80′s SoCal hardcore scene ever created, and it was made by Dave Markey, the drummer of Sin 34 & Painted Willie. This human captures youth culture in a unique way because he was a part of the scenes he filmed. The Slog Movie was filmed in 81/82 all over Los Angeles, and in some pretty gnarly places. It features footage of bands that you might not ever get to see but in this film. Dave filmed the likes of TSOL, Circle Jerks, Wasted Youth, Fear, Red Cross and Circle One and many more, all killing shit. What makes this movie so special is the way that Markey focuses on the young kids that make up the scene, hanging out at their local spots like Oki Dogs, and he is able to shine a light on the twisted sense of humor we all shared. A good example of how we got down back then can be seen from the footage of Red Cross and Sin 34 performing on the Santa Monica Pier- it turned into a giant food fight, I was on to witness the mayhem! Props must be given to Jordan Schwartz, the creator of We Got The Power fanzine, who was Dave’s partner in madness. As a director, this dude has made a huge impact on the world and most of the world doesn’t even know it! Markey was a mammoth part of the grudge scene before it even had a name – he directed many Sonic Youth videos, plus he made the stellar 1991 documentary, The Year Punk Broke!. After the jump, see The Slog Movie that started it all, plus some bonus Sin 34 live footage!