Around the end of October, when I was back on my hometown for holidays and medical whatnot, I had the pleaure to retrun to this venue I used to see my first hardcore shows. What’s good in this city is that there’s always plenty of shows, becaue the people out there, the kids because their dedicated to the “core” even if for me they are old chap, work their asses off to maintain a somehow decent amount shows, some better than others, but still shows.
So that night there was a really weirdly mixed gig with Hounds Of Hate playing with Sworn Enemy, plus this local metalcore band, Stride Against Lies and a totally unknown band to me that suprised me a lot, No Time, from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. A blend of melodic Oï and late 80’s hardcore/early Agnostic Front, angry as they can.
Huge shout out to my man Raphaël though, being there and everything.
Formed out of the ashes of Heartless, a Powerviolence outfit, and some other bands, the pack went on their first tour with their pals of Hounds Of Hate, which are basically their best friends or roomates for some of them. I have to say, I rarely do face to face interview but it was just great to talk with those people.
We werre sitting at this bar, the waitress told us to move quite a few times because we didn’t order anything, just after the Hounds Of Hate set.
“Flynn [Hounds Of Hate] : I see it’s a No Time thing ! Braddock rules, fuck Pittsbrugh [Everyone’s laughing]
Garret [Guitar] : I’m a auto-mechanic, and I’m working in Dave’s [Hounds Of Hate’s bassist] garage, he is loaning it to me, I have my own customer and all but it’s his place aha”
Adam [Sings] : Tour so far been great, you know, touring with your friends, leaving everything behind for weeks to play shows.
Tom [Drum] : And for a first tour, we get along pretty well. Usually it’s some sort of a test and we’re doing great.
Nick : I’m sure everyone knows my little twist now, but it thightens relationship, so it’s really cool.”
Some of the members, Rick [Bass] for examples, had to quit their job to do this tour, but just enjoyed the fact of being on the other side of the ocean. Like being broke doesn’t frighten them.
“Tom : You have to be ready to eat bread for some times to do such things.
Adam : we basically work for that, it’s a privilege to be able to quit everything and go on tour and many people are not ready to do so, to lose their own security and comfort. My familly think I’m nuts.
DroidxRage : You look nuts on stage though.
Adam : I’ll take that as a compliment.”
If you witnessed it, you know what I’m talking about. He is a short dude but looks so aggressive and crazy when he sings, like a trance, and this give a quite good contrast with the band sound, which bugged me at first. It’s an interesting mix between melodic Oï and a harsh punishing voice. For me it sounds really uncommon and fresh.
“Adam : The idea been kicked around for a long time, when our previous band was still active, to do a Oï band and whatever. Our other band was slowing down a bit so we discussed about that seriously. One day we tried it, with some riffs here and there, and it sounded really shitty at first, I thought no one would continue with thi project but with time and practices it got better and became fun we just kept on doing it.
Garret : I’m definitly inspired by Propaghandi but I’m playing more heavy metal melodies or solos in this band, but I can’t deny I’m inspired a lot by this band.
Nick [Plays guitar in the band too] : My favorite band of all time is the Misfit, definitely. Danzig out of Misfit though.”
So for the first time in my entire life, for now at least, I asked myself on purpose what kind of bands does guys listened to or loved the most to come up with this kind of music and I was pretty surprise that [guitarist and bassist] told me Propaghandi and Majority Rules respectively, even though I pay more repsect for the late one. It dosen’t affect their sound for nothing, but it’s still amazing, considering their totally different influences how they came to do something like this. Oh and you have to take a look at his bass guitar, it’s so scary. (It’s the guy on the left.)
A I didn’t knew the band a couple hours before seeing them, I just read the lyrics when I got the 7″ on my hands, and it’s pretty cool, a lot of word tricks, of rhymes, it’s well written and it deals with society the way I like it. It’s a bit gloomy though, but it goes just right with the sound of the band, again a good contrast. They also have this shirt with “Hate a man in uniform” written down on it, which i just great.
“Adam : It’s hard for me to explain this, I rewrite a song like fifteen times before coming with the finish product. I try to write down something anybody can relate too, it’s not over political, I just want people to relate to.
Rick : It got a stance.
Adam : Party politic is shit, politic shape the world around me but not the game they’re playing. I just want to live a descent life outside of it, I consider myself more anarchist than anything else. We’re not into right wing shit and all.
Rick : We don’t want to be associated with racist and homophobic bands and people in general.
Tom : It’s definitly a big fuck you to society in general and we don’t to be part of their shit.”
Considering that, and the fact they covered two Agnostic Front songs from Victim In Pain and me thinking about my first issue of Crucial Records being Don’t Forget The Struggle Don’t Forget The Streets, I had to ak what they think about it. It’ pretty dumb down considering the answer is obvious, but isn’t there a contradiction between not being into “right wing shit” and the Lower East Side crew ? Sometime I think
“Adam : In the context, they were fucking street kids, it’s not a excuse, but punk was a relatively new thing, with people like Cid Vicious wearing swatikas and shit, what kind of exemples this bands had ? They were people living on the streets, they were young, with no or not a lot of education and of course along the way there will be a lot of fuck ups.
Nick : There’s a difference between band of this time and Screwdriver for exemple, and I think if nowadays a band would do that, they would be blamed, but those band shaped hardcore punk, mostly the positive sides of it.
Rick : We’re not excusing that, but it’s not the same time, not the same context. Now we have exemples of what we shouldn’t do, and why, and in general it’s not what we remember of those bands.
Tom : Black Flag or The Descendents did weird shit too, but it’s a trial and error thing, and then you learn.”
During the conversation, skateboarding popped out, and how it connected them to hardcore punk :
“Adam : It’s how I got into hardcore punk, through Skate and BMX videos. I first listened to Minor Threat and I wa like “it’s awesome !”. I injured myself a lot on BMX, I had several concusions, one time I pissed blood. I hurt my head really bad couples of time.
Nick : I also discovered hardcore punk through skateboarding.
Adam : This guy can skate like a motherfucker !
Tom : I started skateboarding at the end of sixth grade, my sister who’s older than me was really into pop punk and we had a venue in our city, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, a shitty venue but I was there all the time, I was twelve you know. I had skateboarder friends too, which we shared bands with.”
At this point, there was another waitress telling us to move, so we decided to cut it there. Anyway, thank you guys for the interview, for your time and patience. If you never listened to them, just check this link out, it’s really worth it, and try to catch them live, it was a blast for me. Also, I didn’t find many pictures of them through the internet, so I gathered what I could here and there.