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FADE ‘identity’ 7″ EP available to order NOW!

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FADE ‘identity’ 7″ EP available to order NOW!
Control Records is excited to be releasing “Identity”, a brand new 3 song EP by England’s FADE. While the band consists of members of bands like Shrapnel, Violent Reaction and Higher Power, FADE definitely operates in a different part of the spectrum. These recordings see the band developping their post hardcore sound further, drawing influences from bands as Quicksand, Godspeed and Big Collapse. “Identity” features two new songs and a cover of the often overlooked Memorial Day (post Turning Point). Again a limited pressing of 100 copies on colored vinyl for mailorder only and 200 copies on black vinyl are available here: http://controlrecords.bigcartel.com/ Spread the word/repost and support!


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Not Afraid

By Ed


 A few words with Belgium’s Not Afraid.

DR:  First up, you’re a relatively new band, right? Do you wanna tell us a bit about the band and who plays in it, etc?

NA: We’re a hardcore band from Antwerp Belgium and we’ve got Christian on Bass, Gert ‘ssdshirt’ Jacobs on drums, Sike on guitar, Packo on vocals and Stief to the Positief on guitar.


DR:  You have a new record out called Locked Out on React. How was the recording process for that different to your demo? How is it being on/working with React?

NA: The ep we wrote on friday and recorded on saturday and then it got put out on sunday so to speak. We weren’t really committed to it. The LP is a different animal because we took our time writing each and every song all of us together. Plus all of a sudden Filip Powered is committing himself and his ideas to the record so you know he’s going to push it to edge. Also we decided to record with our good friend Krist, in his homestudio. Filip and Krist spent hours discussing the sound of the record as we were spending hours in our practice space. It really was a team effort.


DR: For those who haven’t heard Not Afraid, tell us a bit about your sound ,and also what can they expect from Locked out?

NA: Not Afraid sounds like a hardcore band. You can expect hardcore from Locked Out.


DR: You’re from Belgium- why do you think there is such a huge Hardcore scene there? Like every band plays there- we have almost no shows here in the south of Sweden and Copenhagen…

NA: Well geographically we’re in the right spot so we’ve got that going for us. The scene goes up and down, sometimes there’s no shows at all, then there’s an upswing, etc… The one thing I can say about people in Belgium is that when they put their hearts into something, they’re going to stick by it. All of the people I’ve met during the ’03-’05 era in Belgium still love hardcore, they might be less active in the scene, but it’s up to the youngsters to keep the scene going imo, once you’re turning 30 and you have a family to take care of you have different priorities.


DR: Have you been playing out much? Who with and where have you been playing?

NA: We’ve been playing out an ok amount, we’ve played shows with WildLife, a new band from Belgium, with Blind Authority and The Flex, from the uk, caught in a crowd also, we get around, keep busy.

DR: Do you think you have changed much as a band since the demo?

NA: When people think about Not Afraid, they should think about Locked Out, as far as I’m concerned, that’s the only thing we ever did that mattered.


DR: What euro bands are good right now?

NA: WildLife and Survival both have record coming out on Powered so I suggest you start there.

DR:  Are there any euro zines out there that we need to check out?


NA: Yes! HashTag Hardcore fanzine by our brother Daanslide. It’s like the Push The Limit of this era in hardcore, or like the Town Of Hardcore of Europe.

http://hashtaghardcore.bigcartel.com/  for those people who own a credit card.


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Adam Rifkin: Stick Together

By: Ed

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A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Adam (drums) from Stick Together to find out they were playing a few shows in Sweden, including my adopted home of Malmö. This was total news to me, as there was little to  no advertising for this show here in the city, on the SWHC Forum (until i posted the flyer) or on the net (as one of the guys from Eisberg was saying). There was a small amount of advertising on a couple of groups for some the other shows in Sweden, but not for Malmö. It was at a venue even one of the local bands had never heard of… a really cool little community center type place with little to no stage, in a total residential area, with a library attached to it and within spitting distance of the prison (which actually isn’t an ugly building). It took me back to some of the 2003/04 shows I attended in Canterbury. UK.  It ended up being a really cool show with all the bands being good. Iron from Malmö were great, as well as Eisberg from Luxembourg/England. Anyway, I thought as the show was coming up I would save the interview until after they had played, as it was my first time to see them as well. The guys were great, pretty tired, but got to talk Hardcore with them for a couple of hours which is, believe it or not, a rarity for me. All in all a great evening, I just hope they have more shows there.


DR: Hi Adam how’s things? Where are you guys currently at?

AR: Hey man. Right now were in Boston for the afternoon. On our way to Maine for a show with DNA and then back to Boston for a show with Into Another and Supertouch. Very excited about the gigs. But I’m also very tired.


DR: Let us in on a bit of ST history,who started the band and where etc?

AR: Well Hoodrack always wanted to do a straight edge band. Hoodrack and I decided to start it together. We then got Justin to play guitar and he came with some songs and then the demo was done. Ned played bass on the demo, but he couldn’t always play with us live and be also wanted to play second guitar. So we got Ryan to play bass on our first tour and he was a good fit so he stayed along. And now. Here we are.


DR: You released No More Second Chances in Dec 2013, how was that received by the fans? I think it’s a great record- lots of substance


AR: Thanks man. Well it’s just the first two 7″s put together so it’s nothing really different. People like having it all on one record though. So it’s cool. I’m excited about our new lp. Hopefully it gets finished soon.

DR: I’d say you have a real Traditional Straight Edge Hardcore sound with that modern twist, who would you liken yourselves to?

AR: When we were writing the demo the plan was to be the 1988 straight edge band from NYC that never existed. So I think it worked alright.

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DR: You just played a few shows in Europe, how was that? And who were you playing with?

Also how do you like the food here?! Haha…

 AR: Yeah. The shows were awesome. We loved it. We played the shows with cold world. We’ve all toured Europe several times before with our other bands before so we were fine food wise. I always enjoy it.

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DR: What are some of your main Lyrical focuses?

AR: There’s definitely straight edge songs. But I would say we write about things in the hardcore scene that we think are fucked up and just not really right.

DR: Is the writing a group effort?

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AR: Hoodrack wrote the major majority of the lyrics. Justin writes a big chunk of the music and I write whatever is left.

DR: What are some of the labels you are affiliated with and that have released stuff for you?

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AR: We have released a comp song on Six Feet Under Records. Our first 7″ was put out by Ned on Back to Back Records. And we exclusively put out everything in America through Triple B Records and in Europe through Control Records.

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DR: What are some of the other bands you guys are in?

AR: I am in Blacklisted, Life of Reilly, Gypsy, and Consolation Prize. Hoodrack is in War Hungry and Disengage. Justin is in Consolation Prize and Disengage. Ryan is in Dead End Path. And Ned is in Title Fight, Disengage, Big Contest, Noise Pet, and 3D.

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DR: The Straight Edge is a heavy influence in ST so who are some of your favourite Straight Edge bands past and present?


AR: Bold, Unit Pride, Confront, Chain of Strength, Youth of Today, and Integrity when they were a straight edge band.

DR: What are some of the other interests that run through the band?


 AR: We like malls, pretzels, and talkin shit.

DR: Where do you think the biggest Scene is in HC at the moment, East or West Coast USA? There seems to be lots of new bands from both at the moment.

 AR: East coast scene is probably smaller than usual right now. It’s on it’s way back up with. West coast is probably bigger right now. Shows are good out there.

DR: What’s Planned for ST in 2014?


 AR: We’re doing a week in Sweden at the end of May. Playing some east coast shows soon and then playing out on the west coast for the next Destroy LA Fest. Also our new LP should be out soon. That’s about it.

DR: Great Talking with you, anything else you might want to add?

AR: Thanks for the interview. Eat pretzels and listen to the worst rap that you can find.


Black and White photos were sent to me by Adam the others are Iphone 5 pics by me  from Fridays show.

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Stick Together: Sweden Shows May 2014

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Stick Together & Eisberg are playing 8 shows in Sweden this month.

23/5 Malmö – Kirseberg Kulturhus

24/5 Jönköping – Kulturhuset

25/5 Göteborg – Skriket
27/5 Örebro – A-huset
28/5 Eskilstuna – Balsta musikslott
29/5 Stockholm – Bergsunds Strand 43
30/5 Umeå – Hamnmagasinet
31/5 Gävle – Gasklockorna

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Redemption Denied

By: Ed

 Redemption Denied – from Belgium/The Netherlands is one of the best Hardcore bands in Europe right now.

if you haven’t already  you need to check them out.



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Vigilante 2010 Demo E.P.

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Control Records Number 11 will be the Vigilante Demo.



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