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Crucial Records #12 : Jerry’s Kids – Is This My World ?

By Tieuma

Honestly, I wanted to review this record a long time ago, but as you might have noticed, I’m quite unable to follow a schedule so I left the idea on a corner of my head. Nonetheless, with the crazy year we had, I think it’s time to write it down finally.

Because it’s a question I asked myself a few times, those days, and if hardcore doesn’t bring much answers, it comforts me to see there’s other people wondering what they are doing here.

As it’s obviously a classic record, I won’t try to convince you on how influencial it is, but just show some love and give my thoughts on a landmark of our musical scene.

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Another break in the vicious chain : Jake – Some Nerve

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Crucial Records #2 : The Proletariat – Indifference

By Tieuma

Welcome back dear readers. For the second issue of our endless journey, I picked a records at the last moments because my original choice been kicked off so hard, I couldn’t do anything. Not it is better or something, I’m not doing some sort of strange list right here. That’s not the point. I’d have done this review anyway, but I didn’t expect to be urged by myself to do it that quick.

I was listenning to the This Is Boston Not L.A. comp and here comes The Proletariat’s songs, now I’m writing this, it just blew me.

But, I have to say this is really weird, this compilation. The songs of the concerned band are stuck between some The F.U’s, Gang Green and you know the drill (if not, listen to this compilation, it’s a damn blast), like it has nothing to do here. I’m saying this because the first thousands times I listened to it (not less, I swear) I couldn’t understand it, I was thinking it was a glitch on the vinyl, or maybe they were shorts on bands and picked some of their friends project. You know, for me it didn’t sound like my definition of hardcore punk at the time, before  I discover Embrace or Fugazi. And clearly, this band is still highly discussed, even nowaday, if it’s a Punk Rock band or a Hardcore Punk. I found it a pretty useless debate, and if this review lays down here, you know which side I picked up.

Now, why did I choose to review this LP and not Soma Holiday, which many people I discussed with prefered ? I asked myself this question and it came by to be really simple : Where Soma Holiday did good, Indifference did way better. At least musically wise, because the lyrics are greats on both records, believe me. Well you have to be a little bit a PC-Marxist fanatic like me.

The 1985 LP is for me the step between the raw, angry and powerful of the early eighties and the progressive, emotive and intelligent of the early nineties. I mean, over the mid tempo ultra-elaborated-but-not-so-much-riffs, there’s still this youthfull rage, because it doesn’t get boring or too much of a performence show off. It’s just raw feelings transposed on another scale (yeah yeah there’s a play word) compared to the Boston scene of that time. Or the hardcore scene in general. Some added metal in their jam, The Proletariat added progressive/pop. Songs like The Guns Are Winning, Better Man or Pride are just pure gold mine of beautiful riffs, but yet still so aggressive.

Leading the way for many bands on this genre, the piano or the xylophone on the songs are … weird the first ten times, but becomes interesting when you get into it and just shape this records, already full of melodies and thoughts. I used to think it was too much, but it couldn’t have been this good without it. Also notice prehistoric signs of this late nineties “emo” feels on songs like Homeland, mixed with piano and the melodic whatnot, you have the avant-garde of any bands labeled on the late category.

And the voice. Even though it sounds a bit like a punkier version of Morrissey’s, it just put a way too deep dimension to the music, like it’s blaming you for all the pain of the world. When I really started to like this band, I’ve been hypnotized by this voice, especially on this records, as its so raging and pissed, yet staid and mastered.

I still think it’s a little bit overproduced though, or at least for the time, it’s too clean.

Now, let’s focus on my favorite part of this piece : Richard Brown’s lyrics !

There’s a lot to say about it, but I’ll try to make it short, not for it to become too over zealous, but damn, it’s beautiful, it just give this record its most beautiful side. I do believe for the time, and even for nowadays, it was categorized as too politiced or too intellectual, but for me, it’s where poetry meet politics, and this is a hard task not to sing militant leaflet or too obscure scientifical lampoon or even just too sentimental impossible to understand lyrics. The words are as the songs writting, deep, intelligent but still intellegible. And it talks to anybody, about our lives. It talks about unemployement as much as racism or sexism, only cold facts, no negative or positive notes, no “humanity is fucked” or “the world is driven by stupid shitheads but it’s cool let’s mosh”. No, it’s just your everyday life, being exploited by the rich for their own good, where you have to be the best at everything. It criticize our world the way I like it.

I’m curious to know what the Lower East Side crew thought about those lyrics, wearing Skrewdriver merch and crediting nazi US skinheads. Maybe the boston/new york war started this way. Or not, forget that.

“home of the free, land of the brave
if only i could remember the refrain
and this is our national anthem
this is our homeland
where the meek may inherit
but only the strong will reign “

Living in France with all this nationalist bullshit happening, those lyrics are just actual to me, and echoes a lot in my everyday life, even taken out of their context. And a lot of great records do have weird lyrics out of their context, but not those one.

“on production lines
is it pride or is it fear
that produce the best results”

I’m still curious if the song Sins talks about specism or not, as it can be against war also, but I naively think it’s about sepcism because this records have to be nearly perfect. Nearly because it lacks a song about the Straight Edge. No just kidding.

I don’t have letdown about this part of the records though, and for me, those lyrics can hardly get better.

Some questions are left unsolved. Why on Homestead Records ?  What is this weird website they got, was it made by them ? How did they ended up in the Boston Not L.A Comp ? It’s almost christmas and my birthday, who would be kind enough to offer it to me ?

Anyway, this is a crucial records, musically wise as much as lyrically wise. Countless bands can thanks them for their prehistoric emotive riffs, even Fugazi, and I mean that. This records deals with a highly rejected side of the scene, the progressive and melodic sounding hardcore punk, full of thoughts and experimentations, and also a not hidden love for marxism/socialism which emphasise what punks means to me : a rebellion against society and its crimes. It’s full of passion, of rage and calls for freedom. This how you do over-politicized-progressive-hardcore-punk.

N.B : As long as I don’t have this records phisycally, I can hardly find pictures of the piece of the internet, so if anyone wants to buy to me this records just got some pictures, I’m taking it.

“why are you a better man
than I?”

 

 

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Inside Out Live In Boston.

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Legends Of Hardcore #2 Sweet Pete: In My Eyes

By: Ed

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In My Eyes are another long time favorite of mine and I still listen to them pretty regularly.

I managed to grab Sweet Pete to answer a few questions recently, but hes pretty busy and hard to nail down.

So the interview is shorter than I wanted it to be, but i’m  just happy I got to at least ask him  this…

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Slapshot “Chip On My Shoulder” Documentry

By: Ed

Slapshot documentary, ‘Chip on my shoulder- The Cautionary Tale Of Slapshot’, by Ian McFarland and Anthony Moreschi, is finally available on Taang Records. An integral bit of hardcore history.

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Gibby Miller (Panic) From DXR#1

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Hey Gibby how’s LA?

LA is great.  I’ve been here nearly 9 years.  It took some getting used to coming from the east coast but I love it now.  I think I’ll be staying.

 You’re from Boston originally right? What made you move to LA apart from obvious reason, weather ETC.

 I was born in NYC.  Was there until I was a little boy then moved to St LouisMO through middle school.  Left for Boston and spent the high school and college years there, then off to NYC again.  I moved to LA for work… the internet.

Panic did some reunion shows in the summer didn’t they? how was that and where did you play?

Two shows, a small gig in NYC with friends, and then a larger show in Philly at This is Hardcore.  Both shows were amazing, and a reminder that we just dont fucking get out enough anymore, but we all live so far away, etc.  Masek and I are out here, the rest of the dudes are between Boston and NYC.  Still – a great opportunity and a great show.

How does playing shows compare now to the Bridge Nine days? Do you still get as syked or not so much these days?

Boston in 2001 was just a different time.  I think it’s easy to look at things nostalgically and wax poetic – so I wont.  I’ll say that if you’re hearts still in it, keep playing when you can.  I think we’d do it more often if logistics were different.   I definitely get psyched.  It’s flattering that people remember us and still want to see us, and make an effort to organize shows over a decade on.

What do you have going on over there at the minute work wise and stuff?

I stay busy.  Record label, Makeoutclub, music, etc.

 I know you’re a big dog fan, how many have you got now? And what types have you got?

I’ve got two rescued chihuahuas.  They are everywhere in SoCal.  On the streets, in the shelters, etc.  They really need help because there are just so many – I actually rescued both of mine from the same rescue agency, who (believe it or not) flies chihuahuas to other parts of the country where they are considered rarer.  (northeast, etc).

How was your recent vacation to Europe in the summer. 

Europe is always a blast.  I hadn’t been since 07 or so… (Berlin), and the huge Panic tour (15 countries or something) in 06 – so it was nice to relax in the UK and Paris with my lady and unplug from the grind.  We got to hang with buddies in London, which is always a treat, and were at the finish line of the Tour De France and watched them cross over, which was insane… Probably never see that again.

 

How’s the food scene in LA just out of interest? I assume it’s pretty diverse? I’ve been over to the states 3 times but probably didn’t eat the best stuff while I was there, definitely not when I was alone, haha.

The food here is pretty next level, especially if you’re a foody.  Lots of amazing sushi, lots of michelin star shit happening – but honestly, it’s all about the diners and mexican food spots.  Fred 62 is the MUST visit for late night diners, Mexican food – hit up Teri’s on Melrose or “best fish taco” on Hillhurst.  Sushi – En on Hillhurst or Shibucho on Beverly.

Do you have much interest in the Hardcore Scene these days?

I follow what I can, when I can.  I’ll always be deeply, deeply ingrained.  It’s in my blood.

Back when Panic were touring a lot where did you like to play shows the most? What country and venue

Hands down Philly.  That was our home away from home.  Best reception, most insane shows… Killtime on Halloween night in like 01 or some shit was wild.  Car crash outside with police chase, Ink and Dagger cover band, we all dressed up in bloody tuxes with roses and zombie faces, fights left and right at the show, after the show, fucked up after party… oh man.  Different time, wild days.

Are you still gaming a lot these days? I’ve always been a geek for collecting toys and lots of other stuff, also watching a lot of movies etc but I never really started on online games. I was going to give WOW a try once but ended up basically not bothering as I’d never have time to play it.

I’m not so much anymore, working on a new record with Louderbach and so busy with the label.  My “hey day” was 04-07 in World of Warcraft, but thankfully I survived that addiction.  Hahahha…  Too much of a time sink.   If I play, its single player games like Dark Souls.  Hardcore RPGs…

Are you a social guy, what do you usually get up to when you go out?

Sadly I’m not too social… I usually go to the movies or to dinner.  At one time I think I was a bit of a maniac but again, different era!

What movies  and music are good in your eyes at the moment?

Really loving the stuff coming out on Items&Things, Sacred Bones, and of course all the wonderful stuff Im lucky enough to release on Dais. There’s a new CA band called “T.A.U.T” that we are working with in 2014… stay tuned.   Movies – nothing but disappointment for the most part lately though I did like The Way Way Back.  That new hobbit movie was not good.

What’s your all time top five bands or musicians in any genre?

Beat Happening

New Order

Unrest

Dinosaur Jr

Harold Budd

You’re heavily tattooed and have been since I can remember seeing pics of you in bands and stuff… do you still get tattooed these days? When was the last time?

I do, though infrequently.  Maybe once or twice a year, if that.  Bryan Burk at Spotlight in LA did my stomach and chest, and I’ve still got some shading and color to wrap that up.  Maybe next year….

Do you have any future plans to be involved in music or in a band or whatever? Or are you already working on stuff?

My label, daisrecords.com – releases something every month.  And my project with Troy Pierce “Louderbach” will have a third LP in 2014.

What clothing style would you say you go for?

Dragon Wizard

I known you are a big Game Of Thrones fan, as am I. What did you think to last season? Heavy right?! What are you stoked for in the next season? Also what other shows get you high at the moment?

 GoT is sick.  Insane production.  HBO brings it in every way – always.  I know what happens next due to the books but I wont say!

Other shows: House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey!

Anything you would personally like to say?

Thank you very much for this, Ed.  Appreciate it.

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