Dallas crossover thrash titans Power Trip has been making a name for themselves since the release of their 2008 demo tape. The band has toured nonstop, recently completing a tour with Expire and Xibalba and making appearances at festivals such as The Rumble and New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Five years since its debut, the band has unleashed something that the blast doors just couldn’t contain: Mainfest Decimation. Recorded by War Hungry guitarist Arthur Rizk and Daniel Schmuck, and featuring art from Italy’s Paolo “Madman” Girardi, Manifest Decimation barges its way through your speakers and stomps a mud hole in your soul.
Old punks don’t die, they reunite. Under the name FLAG, Keith Morris (vocals), Chuck Dukowski (bass), Dez Cadena (guitar/vocals) and Bill Stevenson (drums), with Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton, have come together to form their version of BLACK FLAG. This past week, they performed a secret show at the Redondo Beach Lodge No. 1873. Check out the historic performance on CVLT Nation NOW!…This was their first show together in 34 years!
A friend of mine for over 30 years, Dan Clements of EXCEL, is selling something that he never thought he would – his hand-drawn Suicidal Tendencies button down created by Ric Clayton RxCx is up for auction on Ebay for $3,000. I know that many people reading this will say, why so much? Because this is really a one of a kind piece of punk rock history. Back in the day, having a shirt created by Rick was way more than just a badge of honor! These shirts were just as important to us as a biker’s cut is. If I had the money, I would buy it from from Dan and then put it in the L.A. Punk Museum. Read a recent interview with Dan below, plus check out the details behind this auction…Venice for LIFE!
100% AUTHENTIC, ORIGINAL OWNER, ORIGINAL HAND DRAWN SUICIDAL TENDENCIES BUTTON UP DRESS SHIRT. THE SAME ONE WORN ON THE LEGENDARY 1983 DEBUT ALBUM, THIS ONE IS DISPLAYED ON THE BACK COVER IN ALL IT’S GLORY. ARTWORK BY RxCx aka RIC CLAYTON, WHO CREATED THE ENTIRE VENICE DOGTOWN SUICIDAL IMAGES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME. THIS PIECE WAS ON IT’S WAY TO THE LOS ANGELES PUNK ROCK MUSEUM BUT DUE TO A PERSONAL EMERGENCY, I MUST SELL THIS TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION IS THE ORIGINAL FIRST OFFICIAL RELEASED T-SHIRT 1982 AND THE VERY FIRST STICKER 1981. THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND AUCTION NEVER TO BE REPEATED. I HAVE HELD ON TO THIS MEMORY FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE, I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS AN ORIGINAL HAND DRAWN SUICIDAL SHIRT LEFT OF THAT ERA…Words from the seller…
This show was originally broadcast on April 6, 2013 on KCRW. Not only are there great tunes to listen to, but good conversation between two old friends.
I loved the world before MTV, before they tried to co-opt the underground! In the early 80′s, weirdos found their kindred spirits on late night TV. In Los Angeles, we had New Wave Theater that was hosted by the late Peter Ivers. He championed the sonic freak circus while other media outlets wanted to have us committed. New Wave Theater was the show that we could watch to see the Circle Jerks, 45 Grave, Angry Samoans, Snake Finger, Fear, Castration Squad, Legal Weapon and UXA. Keep in mind, this was before the first real music video had been made, so these performances were our music videos. I didn’t realize when I was younger but this show also served as a visual time capsule for future generations to look at. Honestly we didn’t like every band that was on the show, but we knew we watching something special. Peter Ivers’ passion for what he was doing was evident. I know when I watch Gun Club blazing through “Fire Spirit” I get chills. If any older heads read this post, make sure to let us know if you watched this show…Today CVLT Nation salutes New Wave Theater and Peter Ivers for giving a fuck when no one else would! Now check out this spazzadelic video essay featuring some of my favorite bands!
Southern California’s Stoic Violence fly off the handle with their Self Titled 12” delivering eight tracks of straight forward angry punk rock.
Sounding like they took a time machine from 1981 Stoic Violence spew their motorcycle jackets and doc marten brand of hardcore in your face drawing on guitar riffs and drum beats from the time when punk was transitioning into the heavier and angrier forms of hardcore and d-beat. They manage to keep the catchy, simple, infectious song structures and hooks of early punk but bring in the angry and destructive tendencies that followed. The perfect soundtrack for a skate video this 12” clocks in under 10 minutes with songs all being around a minute long. The vocals screech with angry over the buzzing guitars and blasting drums as they blow through track after track.
There are certain venues that will go down in 80′s SoCal hardcore folklore, such as The Masque, The Starwood, Godzillas, The Cathay De Grand and The Cuckoo’s Nest. Part of the reason why these places are so important is because they helped foster this movement when everyone else was fighting against it. The other day I was watching one of the most interesting documentaries to come out of 1981 entitled Urban Struggle: A Documentary About The Cuckoo’s Nest. This film centers around an interview with Jerry Roach, the owner of this Costa Mesa club, where he explains why he is down with the punk scene. Also, it has some amazing live footage and cool interviews from kids that were a part of the scene at the time. Urban Struggle: A Documentary About The Cuckoo’s Nest was shot in black in white, which gives it this almost Hitchcock sort of vibe…Slam dance back in time and check this cool documentary after the jump!
CVLT Nation’s Top Ten North American Hardcore Albums of the 80′s
By Stuart Ure
In the early 80’s, Detroit was a hotbed of activity in the punk scene. Local venues were plentiful within the Cass Corridor – an all but abandoned area of downtown known for its derelict buildings and high crime rate. It was the punk epicenter for the Detroit scene, with Clutch Cargo’s/City Club on W. Elizabeth, The Freezer Theatre on Cass and a few blocks down, The Clubhouse (a storefront turned practice space for local hardcore legends, Negative Approach). During a brief but glorious period, Detroit had a large and hungry scene and it was lauded as a must-visit city for touring bands.
It was here, in this filthy, crime-ridden city, that I was able to see these bands at the zenith of their respective careers. With a borrowed ID and the nominal sum of $4 or $5 dollars in your pocket, you could see bands like The Damned, Necros & Negative Approach sharing the same bill. Records were pressed prior to the tour, DIY sleeves were hand-glued and then sold from the backs of rusted-out tour vans (what I wouldn’t give to still have my original copy of “Walk Among Us,” purchased directly off of Glenn Danzig after one of their more infamous Detroit shows). And so it was that a respectable and much-beloved album collection was formed. Not every album was acquired at a show, but after seeing Bad Brains for the first time, you’d find yourself immediately sourcing every LP and single you could get your grubby little mitts on from the local record stores.
This is what I consider to be my Top Ten North American Hardcore Albums of the 80’s. It must be mentioned that many formative and important records didn’t make the list simply because they were released pre-1980. Of note, two albums by The Dickies, The Incredible Shrinking Dickies and Dawn of the Dickies, both released in 1979. It is my full intention to include The Dickies in a future post on North American punk in the 70’s. But I digress, … in no particular order:
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Start digging in your closet for that multi-colored Anthrax shirt (size XL) you bought in the mid-80ies, search for your Adidas high tops and better flip that bill of your cap because when the first note of this 7” resounds the laws of physics will be suspended: You’ll be immediately brought back to a time when bands like DRI, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, NUCLEAR ASSAULT or MOD merged Hardcore and Thrash Metal to create an urban soundtrack for endless skate sessions, wild mosh-pits and out of control house destruction parties.
FORESEEN’s new 7” Structural Oppression is stuck knee-deep in the 80ies and reproduces this classic crossover sound so well it’s hard to believe that those two songs were actually recorded in 2012 and not 25 years earlier. Besides sound-wise similarities to the aforementioned bands (and a shitload of others, I can’t help but think of the German Hardcore phenomenon TRUE BLUE for example) there are also the excessive vocals which are almost drowned in reverb and the downright hilarious cover artwork that totally support this 80ies-feeling. The sound of the recordings is quite rough, but very lively and direct – as I’ve heard these tracks have been recorded analogue, so that might be an explanation. And it’s great, most important.