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Interview w/ Connor (who actually plays in a shitload of great bands)

by xjtx

“I love reading droidxrage! Very excited you want to interview me. Cheers!”

Well, that’s cool when someone answers this when you ask him to do an interview. Connor’s the type of dudes I’d loved to hang out with in real life because he seems so… I don’t know… Cool, natural, funny…


1/ Hey Connor, thanks for according your time!
Before getting to the very heart of the matter I would like to know how was/is the RED DEATH southern US tour? “BBQ and Bad Ass Weekend” everywhere you went?

Yo!!! The Red Death “BBQ and Badass Weekend” tour was sick as fuck! We played exclusively spots that we hadn’t played before and all the shows were really fun. Birmingham, Alabama was a surprise highlight. That show was fucking awesome AND we ate at a sick BBQ spot that was right down the street from where we played. Shoutout to Dreamland BBQ!!

2/ Now can you please introduce yourself (where do you come from, how old are you and what do you do for a living?) and introduce the different bands you’re featuring in according to your Discogs profile (PROTESTER, ABUSE, GENOCIDE PACT, LAST WORDS, LUNG MATTER, MACHT NICHTS, RED DEATH, SEMPER EADEM… If I’m right you also used to play in PURE DISGUST?)?

My name is Connor James Donegan, I’m 21 years old, and I walk dogs for a living as well as occasionally work the counter at Smash Records in DC. Damn you want me to list all the bands? Alright, here we go…

Protester: Straight edge hardcore from DC that I sing for. We have a new 7″ called “No Identity” that’s coming out on Triple B Records this summer, so look out for that.

Red Death: COC/Discharge worship. Kinda “thrashy” I guess. It’s me on drums, Chad from Intent/Zoom on the mic, Robin from Pure Disgust/Protester on bass, and Ace from Pure Disgust/Stand Off on guitar. Our LP “Permanent Exile” is coming out via Grave Mistake Records in the US + Hardware Records in Europe real soon.

Genocide Pact: Death Metal band in vein of the classic shit like Bolt Thrower, Demigod, Obituary, etc that I play drums for. “Forged Through Domination” LP will be out this summer on A389 Recordings.

Semper Eadem: Steve from 86 Mentality’s new band that he writes all the music for. Sort of has an Oi-ish vibe, but it’s still Hardcore. We don’t play very often but we’re recording a record right now which I’m very excited about!

The rest of the bands aren’t active, so I’ll keep it brief. ABUSE. was a Crossed Out-worship band that I was in with Ace from Red Death back when we lived in North Carolina. LAST WORDS was an X-Claim style Hardcore band that I played drums for, also from North Carolina. Some of the songs that are on the Last Words LP were actually written to be Protester songs back in the day! MACHT NICHTS was the first band I ever fronted, and it was Ace and I trying to do some shit that sounded like Citizens Arrest or something. We played like 4 shows and then I moved. LUNG MATTER was the first Hardcore band I was ever in. We started when I was 16 or 17 and lasted for about a year. And yeah, you’re right about me being in Pure Disgust! I played drums on the demo and did 3 or 4 shows with them. I think that covers it!

3/ For how long have you been involved into music and into the DC hardcore punk scene?

I’ve been into music since I saw the movie School Of Rock when I was like 8 or 9. That shit made me want to stop playing baseball and pick up a guitar haha. Worst decision of my life! As far as in DC, I’ve lived here for about 2 years now. Protester, Genocide Pact, and Pure Disgust all started within like a month of me moving to DC, so I’ve been keeping pretty busy ever since!

4/ The current DC scene is actually my favorite US hardcore scene: it seems everyone down there who’s involved in hardcore punk is actually playing in different awesome bands. In my opinion, if you focuse on live footages, there’s always a great energy, people seem to have a lot of fun! What do you think of that observation? Is this an inheritance from the early DC hardcore scene/Dischord-era?
By the way which local bands are your favorites? And what about nowadays american or worldwide band?

I agree with you 100%! There’s always a good vibe at shows here. Lately there’s been lots of moshing too which is sick. I think what we’ve got going on in DC is kinda similar to what was going on here in the 80’s, especially in that so many of the people in bands are really young. A lot of the people who make up the newer DC bands here range from being 16 to 21 years old.

As far as my favorite current DC bands go, GIVE is easily my favorite. They’re the sickest. Zoom, Pure Disgust, and Stand Off are other bands I’m super into. Check them out if you haven’t. Outside of DC, I love No Tolerance, Depths Of Reality, The Flex, Chain Rank, Impalers, Ajax, Fury, Barge, Blazing Eye, and of course motherfucking TURNSTILE. Hardcore is too sick right now, for real.

5/ I recently took a look at DAMAGED CITY FEST announcement and I was completely freaking out like “this is the greatest place to be if hardcore punk’s definitly your thing, dude.” If I’m right, you’ll play w/ SEMPER EADEM? How do you feel with that upcoming edition?
Which bands do you really wanna see/play with?
I remember, watching INFEST (matinee) set footages during the 2014 edition you seemed really enthusiastic in the pit! In my opinion INFEST reunion was one of the best ideas a “legendary” band lately had. Does this show will remain a great memory?
What do you think of “legendary” hardcore puni bands still playing or reunited like BLACK FLAG, FLAG (whatever name they use), POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH…?

Red Death and Semper Eadem are both playing the fest this year. I’m real psyched! Definitely most excited to see No Tolerance, Heratys, and Career Suicide. I think they’re all playing back to back haha.

I actually watched that Infest video earlier today! That shit was so fun. They played like shit, but I’ll never be able to see Infest in a place like that ever again so it doesn’t matter. That was also the first Red Death gig! I’ll never forget that show, that shit ruled. I think they’re one of the best “reunion” bands playing right now. I saw The Abused in 2012 and they were cool, even though the guitarist had a broken arm. Negative Approach is always sick. Killing Time and Judge were both sick as fuck when I saw them at This Is Hardcore. It’s weird because whenever a band starts playing shows again I always assume the worst, but I still always end up going to see them. I’ve seen some terrible reunion bands and I’ve seen some sick ones, but as long as they’re not embarrassing to like a Black Flag level I don’t give a fuck.

6/ You told me you read DROIDxRAGE. In January, I wrote something about PROTESTER’s first s/t 7″ on Trash King Productions. Honestly, this record is just amazing. I red you entirely composed it cuz – that’s the way it is according to your Discogs profile – you compose everything in PROTESTER. Do you really do?
Which bands inspired you to create your sound – apart from CONFRONT’s “One Life Drug Free” visual?
Usually you play drums in the different bands you’re involved in, why did you decide to pick up the mic in PROTESTER? In my humble opinion, this was a great idea!
What are the different subjects you approach in your lyrics?
How important is the straight edge ethic in these lyrics?
What’s PROTESTER near future?

Thanks!!! I’m glad you like the record. Aside from Confront, I’d say the big influences behind Protester are all the early Boston bands like SSD and DYS, early NYHC shit, mainly The Abused, Antidote and Agnostic Front, and a little bit of that sweet, sweet mid 80’s-era Poison Idea (Kings Of Punk and War All The Time, specifically). The first few Rev releases are huge for me as well.

Yeah, I do play all the instruments on the recordings. I do that cause when I started the band I was living in North Carolina and I didn’t know anyone who was edge that would do a 80’s style HC band with me, so I just did it all myself. Originally I didn’t want to sing, but after I recorded the music for the demo I decided I wanted to use some lyrics I had written and now I sing for the band haha. Stuff I sing about is pretty much just whatever shit I’m feeling negative about at the time of writing. Usually it’s shit about people I hate, shitty situations, being unhappy with myself, etc. Straight edge is super important to the lyrics. I don’t write songs like “fuck you if you drink” yadda yadda yadda but I do write shit about stuff I’ve been through and seen that have influenced and continue to influence my decision to be straight edge. I wouldn’t want to sing for a band if it wasn’t an edge band.

As far as what we’ve got coming up, we have a 7″ coming out this summer on Triple B records and a mostly-written 12″ that will be out eventually on Trash King Productions. We’re touring the west coast this summer with Forced Order, Freedom, and Fury, so look out for more info on that soon!

7/ Not only you’re involved into hardcore punk but you’re also fond of metal music – speaking of   GENOCIDE PACT for example.
I got several questions about metal’s impact on hardcore punk (sub)culture: I’ve already seen a pic of Max Cavalera wearing a GENOCIDE PACT t-shirt: does it affect you?
I start up with the Cavalera brothers: I know you’re a huge fan of Igor Cavalera who made more than an appearance on 2012 STRIFE’s “Witness A Rebirth” album, for example, why don’t you try to play in a metallic hardcore band? Does Washington DC has a scene of that kind in 2015?

Fuck, I freaked out when I saw the picture of Max wearing the Genocide Pact shirt! Sepultura is one of my favorite bands of all time, and to see that Max is a fan of something I’m involved in is straight up insane to me. If I had told 15 year old Connor that someone from Sepultura would be wearing his band’s shirt, I would have told myself to fuck off haha. Metal is right next to Punk/Hardcore as my favorite type of music. I’ve been into Metal since I was like 13 years old and that shit is a huge influence on me, regardless of whether or not what I’m playing is Metal. There’s a part on the new Protester record that is very heavily influenced by my favorite Slayer song, “Spirit In Black”, which I don’t think many people would expect haha.

Igor is seriously one of my favorite drummers of all time. His drumming on Chaos AD straight up changed my perspective on playing when first I heard it. Truly the greatest to ever do it. I’ve never heard the Strife record he played on actually, I should check it out haha. I like some Metallic Hardcore, mainly the 90’s Clevo stuff and entry level shit like Hatebreed, Merauder, etc, but overall I’m not really a huge fan. I probably wouldnt do a band like that, but who knows? Maybe it’ll happen someday haha. That kind of thing isn’t really big in DC. Baltimore is where that kind of thing really thrives.

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8/ If you wanna add something to conclude this interview…?
Thanks again Connor!!

Thanks so much for doing the interview! These questions were really fun to answer. Look out for Protester, Pure Disgust, and Red Death in Europe summer 2016. Cheers!

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By xjtx


Right now, I’m pretty pissed off.

Well that’s life, you know it. Since 2014, May the 2nd my life has radically changed since I suffer from several medical issues. Whatever what life will offer in a near future, I really get the sense of that “seize the day” motto every dumbass 2.0 postcards tries to smash your life with. Every morning I wake up held by some sort of spiritual healing brought by a few things: my personnal motivation which seems to be unbeatable (Hare Krishna, Hare Rama…) & the tons of records I can afford now I’m currently living on welfare lines (please Roger M., don’t cut my public assistance!) since I’m pretty much “disabled”, with a right hand that does not want to work and a right leg which is pretty lame. But fuck that: I’m not writing this to get any support, I just want you to know that listening to DC band PROTESTER’s latest 7″ (Trash King Productions) is a hella medecine!



Since my teenage days, DC inspiration has always been really important to me, mostly due to MINOR THREAT & the BAD BRAINS. Nowadays, the DC scene is probably the most interesting thing that current american hardcore scene has to offer. You got bands like COKE BUST shredding everything and all the bands revolving around Nick, Chris, James and Jubert (RED DEATH, PUBLIC SUICIDE, PURE DISGUST, MISLED YOUTH, ZOOM, SEM HASTRO…) and, of course, PROTESTER is one of them.
After dozens times this 7″ had been spinning in my room, I can assure you this record will end in first place of my top 2014 7″. A few days ago I finally bought it from my bro Alexis’s distro, you can’t figure my pleasure when I found this sleeve designed by Connor from RED DEATH (source: All-Mighty Internet).

(“[…] the X on my hands, forever remain
[…] with pride I mark my hands…”)





This record is a powerful and raging piece of anger and frustration – the perfect stuff to listen to when you’re in my current mood. It perfectly stick with the sound of their awesome scene. Not only it has that DC impact, but I feel like a late 80s NYHC vibe like LIFE’S BLOOD, RAW DEAL. A complete must have for 2014 records collection. Otherwise, fuck you!

With love from France



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Zachary Wuerthner: Intent.

By Ed

INTENT Superman Logo

Sticking again with the recent ( Moshers Delight Records) spotlight .

I couldn’t carry on without interviewing Zack, who along with (Crucial John) and some other friends is behind MDR.

As well as that, he’s the front man in Intent who are pretty well established in the Hardcore community. 

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DR: How’s things bro? Give us a bit of Intent’s back story?

ZW: Hey Ed, things are going really well in my life right now. Intent was an idea formed by Gil and Alex in late summer 2011. They wanted to start a band that was completely influenced by the New Breed tape compilation. I had been good friends with those guys for some time at that point through Free Spirit and traveling to shows in the Boston area. We all bonded over our deep appreciation for NYHC and anything centered around that type of music so one day Gil hit me up asking if I wanted to sing and things just took off from there. I would travel back and forth to practice with them and after some months we got the first demo called “No Rules” recorded and self-released in fall 2012.


DR: Who’s in the permanent line up? Are any of you in any other bands?

ZW: The permanent lineup is me on vocals, Gil on guitar, Chad on bass, Alex on second guitar, and Kenny on drums. We all have other bands that we do, but Intent is certainly our most active project. Chad plays guitar in Zoom and sings in Red Death, both of which will have full-length LPs out in early 2015. Gil, Alex, and Kenny are in Big Contest, which will have a 12″ EP out on Moshers Delight Records this fall. Kenny sings in Step Forward and drums in Clear who are both playing this year’s Triple B fest. Kenny is also singing in a new band with Gil and Ned Russin called Independence, and they have a debut song coming out on the America’s Hardcore, Volume 3 compilation LP on Triple B records. I play guitar in a band called Mob Mentality, but we aren’t very active anymore.


DR: The new Demo is great.What was the writing and recording process like?

ZW: Thanks man, glad you dig it. Writing of the first demo was all handled by Gil, Alex, Gary, and Justin during practice sessions at the Pain Cave in fall 2011. I only heard the final product when it was time for me to lay down vocals. Being a first-time vocalist, it was certainly a struggle for me to get accustomed to holding a mic as opposed to a guitar. After a lot of practice in Boston and DC, I finally found my footing and was able to lay down vocals in summer 2012 in Baltimore, MD. We self-released the “No Rules” demo in October 2012.

The second demo was written entirely by Gil and Chad in a few practice sessions in February/March 2013. I was very involved in that process and was able to help structure some of those songs. The music was recorded with Ned Russin in June 2013 and I laid down vocals over a few sessions in August/September 2013. We put out the “All of Nothing” demo as the first release on Moshers Delight Records in October 2013.


DR: What’s your Favourite track from both demos?

ZW: “Set It Straight” from the No Rules demo and “All or Nothing” from the demo of the same name.

DR: What was your personal channel in Hardcore? What go you in to?

ZW: I got into punk and hardcore through skateboarding in the year 2000. I become an avid subscriber to skate magazines like Thrasher, Skateboarder, Transworld, Big Brother, etc and always loved reading through their music review columns. I also remember being so stoked on checking out new skate videos and taking notes on which songs I liked the most. I would wait until the credits to see who the band was and go out and buy whichever album featured that particular song.


DR: You have just been on tour right? How was that and who was killing it at Not just talk fest?

ZW: Our summer tour was nothing short of incredible. We were on the road for 3 weeks with our favorite band Demolition who are from Canada. I love touring with those guys because they’re all on the same wavelength as us about hardcore and life in general, and in my opinion they wrote the best 7″ of 2013. We just vibe really well together and its a very good time for everyone involved. We also met up with our other friends’ bands like Freedom for a few days and Unified Right for the last half of the tour. Playing with Fury out in California was the best time – those guys are always so much fun and extremely hospitable. Every show was awesome and constantly being surrounded by a group of people that you can truly call your friends made the tour that much better.

DR: What kind of things are Tour essentials for you?

ZW: Sharing a van with another band that we really love and playing shows with all our friends’ bands across America are very essential things for me and integral to a successful tour.

DR: Do you think you will get over to Europe with Intent?

ZW: That’s certainly a main goal of the band. We got invited to play Mongrel fest in March 2015 so right now we are trying to coordinate around that to see what we can do. We’d really like to do 2 weeks with our friends in Shrapnel – hit the UK and the main parts of Europe. I think it’s safe to say you can plan on seeing us over there sometime in 2015 though.

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DR: What are the Top 3 influences for Intent?

ZW: I’m not sure that I can easily pinpoint it to 3 bands or ideas, but I think we would all agree that some of the main bands we draw influence from are Breakdown, Warzone, and Wide Awake. Really just late 80s NYHC in general.

DR: How far do you want to go with Intent.

ZW: I’d like to tour Europe, tour the USA a few more times, re-record both of our demos for a “Both Demos” LP on Triple B Records, and do a 12″ EP of all new songs on Lockin’ Out Records.

DR: Your a Vintage shirt collector right? How many do you have at present,what are your top 5 in your collection and also what’s 3 Grail pieces for you?

ZW: I have a few vintage hardcore shirts in my closet. I like all of my shirts so it’s hard to choose favorites sometimes, but I think these are consistently in my top 5:

-YOUTH OF TODAY 4-sided BDTW Wishingwell shirt

-JUDGE Schism longsleeve

-WARZONE Superbowl of Hardcore ’89 shirt

-BREAKDOWN Alien ringer shirt

-TURNING POINT Hi-Impact shirt

I’m really looking for any Youth of Today shirts I don’t already have, but the 3 holy grail pieces I’d love to own are:

-YOUTH OF TODAY BDTW 1987 Tour shirt

-CRO-MAGS DBNO ’89 Tour shirt

-Any BAD BRAINS 80s tour shirts

I love trading so consider this an open invitation to hit me up if you’re interested! (@zizzack on Instagram)

DR: Tell us a bit about Moshers Delight,how did it come about? Also what’s new on the label and what do we have to look forward in 2014 from the label?

ZW: Moshers Delight is an idea that was formed by me and Crucial John from GIVE along with a few other friends from Boston, Texas, and Canada. The idea was to do a one-page fanzine that featured some demo reviews of new bands we think are cool on one side and an interview with a current band we like on the other side. After about a year we decided to start releasing demo tapes for all the upcoming bands that we like so then the label side was born, and it really felt like the next logical step for us. I guess you could consider it a collective in a way since we are fortunate to have so many friends around the country that are willing to contribute demo reviews and art. Chris Wilson really helped us out with our vision of the zine by drawing up the logo for the zine and label, and we certainly appreciate that and everything else’s he done for MD.

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Here are some releases you can look forward to in the last bit of 2014:

-FREE AT LAST “What’s Inside Four Walls” Cassette

-FREEDOM Promo Tape for their upcoming LP on Triple B Records

-MINDSET and POWER TRIP tapes as part of our live series featuring their set from TIHC 2014 on the A-side and an exclusive audio interview with the band on the B-side

-BIG CONTEST “Time Will Tell” 12″ EP


DR: Last up, What bands are good right now?

ZW: I’m really into Unified Right, Fury, Shrapnel, and Freedom – all 4 bands have a new vinyl releases coming out on Triple B Records later this year and early next year. I think Red Death and Zoom are awesome and they both have LPs coming out on Grave Mistake Records and Youngblood Records, respectively. Big Contest has a 12″ EP coming out later this year and Demolition will have one out sometime in 2015, both on Moshers Delight Records and are two of my current favorite bands.


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