“The Nuke Cult is a vicious gang of criminals. Most members are hooked on the highly addictive and dangerous drug Nuke. The leader of the cult is the superbly insane and deluded Cain. Their hideout is Sludge Plant.”
That description is actually of the villains from ‘RoboCop 2′, but it more or less applies to the cretinous band of thugs responsible for this morally questionable demo tape, Join Or Don’t. Everything about this release is so perfectly apathetic and ramshackle. The production quality is so, so cheap and raw that the oh-so-familiar burst of feedback that screechingly heralds the beginning of virtually every punk/hardcore release in existence sounds closer to a fucking kazoo, and actually triggers the same reaction that burst of feedback probably did when it first snuck its way into recorded music, before years of familiarity consigned it to the friend zone. It shocks you awake and tells you that you’re about to hear something truly, disgustingly punk rock. The ensuing guitar buzzes less like a chainsaw than a circular saw accidentally left on in a garage, careening its way through whatever material happens to be lying around, driven by an impulse of purposeless destruction and absolutely no regard for its own well-being or common decency. Surprisingly, the riffs it churns out are actually catchy as hell, but think less pop song and more urinary infection.
CVLT Nation has a few special projects in the works, and we’re calling them The CVLT Nation Sessions. We are working with some of our favorite bands to cover seminal albums in full, and although we can’t give you too many details right now, we can reveal one of the albums we are covering – Discharge’s Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing! Sydney, Australia’s DARK HORSE just submitted their original recording of “The Nightmare Continues,” and they created a rad music video to go with it! This is a sneak peek of Discharge: The CVLT Nation Sessions and a great representation of how each band is paying special tribute to the band and song with original recordings. Check it out below, and stay tuned for more news soon…
One of the first 7 inches I ever held in my hand was NECROS IQ 32. Back in 1981/82, Touch and Go Records meant just as much as Dischord. My homies and I had mad respect for this Midwest bunch of punks because they were skaters! Live, NECROS was the shit – Barry, their frontman, always gave it his all and we would leave their gigs hyped! When looking back at the 80′s hardcore movement, this ranks high up on my list. When the Misfits couldn’t get no love on the West Coast, NECROS never stopped waving their flag high (Barry rocked the illest Misfits long sleeves). Out of many of the bands that started to incorporate metal into their hardcore, NECROS showed the world it could be done the right way with their classic album Conquest For Death. Seeing them at the Cathay De Grande will always go down as one of my best gigs ever! Fuck the dumb shit, check out this epic footage of NECROS live from 1982!
The other day I found this gem of a photo zine online called TERMINALLY STUPID #6 – DIVING WITH YOUR BOOTS ON 1985. It’s a collection of photos from at least 50 bands. This zine sheds light on what was happening in Vancouver and Toronto at the time, but it also features many bands from the States. On a personal level, looking at these photos takes me back in time to when hardcore kids roamed and we got jumped just for being ourselves…CVLT Nation salutes Dan Walters for sharing this with the world! Here are some of the bands you will see: Black Flag, Battalion of Saints, Youth Brigade, Stretch Marks, Melvins, Toxic Reasons, Verbal Abuse, Big Boys, S.N.F.U and many more…Download TERMINALLY STUPID #6 DIVING WITH YOUR BOOTS ON 1985 and get your stage dive ON!
“Terminally Stupid #6 photozine- DIVING WITH YOUR BOOTS ON- 1985: The Year in Punk & Hardcore… 28 years in the making (well, maybe 1 year in the making and 27 years sitting in a box…), here’s the year of punk and hardcore gigs in Vancouver through the camera lens of a 17 year old suburban kid and his friend with a darkroom (and a better camera), plus a few from out of town. Includes visual scene reports from Vancouver and Toronto circa 1985…Enjoy…”
In 1983, BLACK FLAG were on some next shit and did not give a fuck about trying to fit into a musical box! This was totally evident when they performed in Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir’s garage. This footage captures how bugged out the band was by then, and how they were willing to wave their weirdo flag in the faces of a bunch of Suicidal Boyz…ALL HAIL THE REAL BLACK FLAG!
Featured first, is VHOL, from San Francisco, California. They play Metal shaped with influences in 80′s Black Metal, Discharge Worship and the Grey Metal sound that the core members helped establish with their previous band Ludicra. This is one of those bands that comes around and challenges the listeners perception of what should be by combining incredibly talented individuals with a wealth of musical appreciation and a passion for Crushing!
The ABC After School Special from 1987 titled The Day My Kid Went Punk brings back so many memories about how misunderstood kids were in the 80′s. This absurd film was made during a time when a youngster getting into punk could get them sent to a boot camp. Watch The Day My Kid Went Punk and see the garbage that ended up on TV back in the day. Actually you will get a good laugh out of this movie!
Canadian hardcore band Acousma have really set the bar high with their self-titled cassette EP released this past May. This tape is gritty, raw and completely mosh-worthy, falling somewhere between the blasting stomps of Ceremony circa 2008 and the evil mid-tempo groove of Hoax. The band recorded these six songs live in their own practice studio by Calvin Monaghan, and the tracks were mixed and mastered by Orchid mastermind Will Killingsworth at his Dead Air Studios. These songs also harken to classic powerviolence acts like No Comment and Crossed Out at times, with grinding passages suddenly stopping on a dime and inciting total war on the dance floor.
In 1983, there weren’t very many ways to see hardcore on TV, and not too many people were documenting this subculture on film. We did have Target Video from San Francisco and they knew how to combine live footage that was filmed in their studios with weird archival footage to create ART! One of their most famous sessions was with BLACK FLAG in 1983 while the band was in their prime! Get blasted into the past, when VH1 was king!
The Misfits featuring Danzig on vocals is one of my all time favourite bands. I got to see them perform a couple of songs at the Black Flack Reunion show at the Santa Monica Civic in 1983, and I’m still wishing I had seen their full set. This is a band that gets almost daily spins in the CVLT Nation HQ, and the fact that our two year old daughter is a fan makes me super proud. The Misfits represent more than just music to me, they make me remember many friendships that I had in the 80′s because this is a band that bonded my crew of homies! This why today FUCK YEAH THE MISFITS is our favourite tumblr. It’s full of rad pictures that you won’t see anywhere else, so walk among us and check out our gallery of MISFITS photos!