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Crucial Records #10 : Turning Point – Its Always Darkest … Before The Dawn

By Tieuma

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Another great record that carries a passed out name. Even though I never met nor knew Skip, but I got to say that TURNING POINT, GODSPEED and the other bands that he sung in are huge influences for me, and for this reason, I want to dedicate this issue to his memory.

 It was hard to pick something from their discography, their sound evolved a lot in a short period of time, and each record has something special. I even considered reviewing the discography released on Jade Tree to get through everything this band has brought to me, and obviously, as they helped shaping the 90’s hardcore sound.

But I’m still skeptical about that BULLDOZE review I did, and the point of those reviews are not to speak about how a band was crucial, but which of their records struck me the most, and in a sens of coherence, I finally picked up this LP. One of the first argument is that it was released on New Age Records, no need to extend myself on this point, but it’s already meaningful and one day, maybe you’ll see an article about New Age Records here or somewhere else. Continue reading

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Face Aggression : Ace – Break Away

By Tieuma

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One of the piece of merch I want the most might be the Youth Crew 88 shirt by YOUTH OF TODAY. Aside how critical I can be about this kind of hardcore I love so much, well I do love it a lot, and all the sketchy side linked to it too. Let’s face it, there’s something really conservative in this type of music, with the attitude and what’s linked to it, the fact it screams for changes but it still comeback to be the same things done by the same type of people, the violent mosh and the violence at shows that began somehow there, the collector factor, that made a JUDGE records the most expensive record of Discogs.

But I can’t deny all the positive sides it brung. First of all, The Straight Edge, and it’s already a huge thing. Even though I’m more close to a 90’s uber PC vision of it, FLOORPUNCH kept me focus all this time. Also, the naive and always too much positive way of thinking, which is more than important since in the world as we know it, you gotta find a way to get a grip, and listening to a good old INSTED records can’t be more motivating. The empowring feeling it can give. The way it shaped the sound of hardcore, and one can’t deny it matters since we’re still talking about music (more or less). And the list can go on.

With all this torn past, Youth Crew hardcore made its own way, still surviving the times and giving birth to another band every now and then. It’s not very perfect and neither changed its own defects, but at least it’s trying and it is still giving me chills when I’m listening to it, urging me to be the spark to lit the light of society. During the last few years, React! Records put out some really crucial records in the genre, so much that I can’t even pick one up. Amongst them, you can find BREAK AWAY last effort so far. Well, honestly, it took me time to be into it. I can’t really explain why but it bugged me for a moment. As time flew away, I decided to get back to it and there was it. I finally found what I wanted out of this records. So brace yourself, because we’re putting back FLOORPUNCH to the front. Do you remember hardcore ?

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Can’t Shut Us Out : Jonny Payne – Control

By Tieuma

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You know it, everyday there’s a new band popping up to remind you that UKHC is on top. Every band is putting killer records after another and it doesn’t seem they will stop that soon. They’re playing USA and left mainland where it was.  And to top it off, they even named themselves the New Wave Of British Hardcore. Just so you know they’re running the game.
But there’s plenty of other bands coming from the UK that aren’t linked with the New Wave. I’m thinking about bands like GETS WORSE, CLOCKED OUT or PERSPEX FLESH amongst others, who I think are still great bands for example and are a bit underrated. I know, you will say it’s not the same sound and maybe you’re right. But aren’t they bands whom helped UKHC to be where it is? Maybe they don’t do it the “right way”, I don’t know, I’m not living there and only know what I’m seeing through zines/sites.
Anyway, in this category of unknown-bands-that-shouldn’t-be, there’s also Durham’s own CONTROL. I did a little interview with their singer through mail, and I’m glad Ed got me in touch with him. Check this out

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Zineception #1 : Nab – Just Say Yo! fanzine

By Tieuma

Once again, I’m starting up a series of articles, and this time we will talk about fanzines everyone, and yes, I’m pretty proud of my tittle pun.

I believe fanzines are a huge part of the overall Hardcore punk spirit, because not only it used to be the only way to keep up with what happened in the hardcore punk world but it’s also the thing that carries the spirit of said subculture. I mean, the Internet is great and I’m not rejecting technologies at all (and let’s be honest: I’m writing on a fucking computer for a webzine) but I can’t find anything more satisfying than the pleasure of holding a weird piece of paper, printed who-knows-how with an enigmatic cut and paste background. It’s just an item that defines punk hardcore to me, a youth culture. Because there’s definitely something youthful in playing with glue and scissors to craft something. Believe me, even though I’m writing this on a computer.

Anyway, here’s the first installment and let’s start with Nab, the guy behind JUST SAY YO! Fanzine amongst other things.

Oh and last but not least, don’t be confused by this “review”-style interview, I mean we’re talking about fanzine writers, I wasn’t gonna write down another Q&A.

Coming from Nice, a city in the south of France, Nab is 27 and lives in Lyon, a pretty big city in the east side of the country, where I was for some days to visit friends. Since I had the idea of this series for a long time, way before even putting it out there, I thought this little trip could be a good starting point.

The first time I met Nab was in Toulouse, my hometown, when I was a young’un hangin’ out at shows and at that time, fanzines were a totally new thing to me. JUST SAY YO! was the first zine I bought, it was issue #3 featuring interviews with PULLING TEETH and TRAPPED UNDER ICE, or at least it was the one that I was interested in at the time; and I remember being amazed by the existence of a non-professional magazine.

Nab was playing in a band called A BRIDGE TO MANY, a punk hardcore band more or less sounding like CHAMPION, before that he played in MOMENTS, when he was living in Spain, an obscure noisy band, really cool and really underrated. Really unknown in fact. Apparently most of their shows were total mess and the last one they did was in their rehearsal room, as pictured below.

Then, before spending a year in Vancouver where he joined OUT OF SIGHT, for which he contributed to an unfinished LP , he started WOODWORK, a 90’s metallic hardcore band based in Toulouse for which he still fills in from time to time. Check it out, because my 90’s hardcore madness is highly satisfied by this band, and it clearly shows the love this guy gives to this style of hardcore!

The most recent zine he wrote was I LOVE/HATE IT HERE. A more personal zine with reviews of shows he attended his many travels on the globe. Now he is also playing guitar in Lyon’s ISRAEL REGARDIE, a Cold-Wave/Shoegaze band.

Nab discovered Hardcore Punk through skate videos, used to download songs off Purevolume at his mother’s workplace and burning them on CDs, old school stuff you know. He became Straight-Edge at age 15, mostly for the political aspects of it, and became a Vegetarian in 2007.

The first time he wrote a zine was after he came back from England in 2007, it was the first issue of I LOVE/HATE IT HERE with interview of CHASING PAPERBOY and SET YOUR GOALS among others. 8 years later he still thinks he can’t do a proper zine with a good layout. Regarding the influences of JUST SAY YO!, Nab confessed to me that the last zine that influenced him was a Belgian fanzine called TALES OF SHATOU, which he consider to be the zine with his favorite layouts and wanted to be close to this fanzine’s style, and his biggest influence are AT BOTH ENDS and REFELCTIONS MAGAZINE, he’s got a huge collection of zines, everyting can’t even fit in his flat actually. He also gave me a lot of scanned zine, from different eras. The golden age of fanzines for him is between 2005 and 2009 with French zines like THANX FOR NOTHING, HEY YOU!, CRUCIAL ACTION… and the Belgian and German zines talking about Justice, True Colors, Said And Done and all the scene of this time.

About the zine itself, it’s a sober cut and paste fanzine, with Q&A, records review and columns. The style is classic but not boring and funny thing, he states in one issue he didn’t want it to be “another Straight Edge Hardcore fanzine” but actually each one talks at least a bit of it.

Nab is a dude full of opinions and political view, and by political I mean we talked about Kathleen Hanna, religion or what he saw behind the P.C etiquette. As he stated in one of his zine, he said to me he’s seeing himself more of a “conscious” kind of kid, with social issues being important to him, but still likes “jock” hardcore punk bands too. We had a discussion about ENDPOINT and the suckerpunch incident, which led to a debate to decide which of the DUMPTRUCK or THE WRONG SIDE version of the song “Suckerpunch” was the best, and he still stands behind the DUMPTRUCK one. For him, punk hardcore is still a rebellious act.

We finished this interview after three hours of conversation and many records played, thank you Nab for your time and patience.

A new issue of JUST SAY YO! will be out in the next few months, keep your eyes peeled. And check the links below, help a brother up.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/JUST-SAY-YO-zine/
http://justsayyozine.tumblr.com/
http://justsayyo.wordpress.com/

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FRIEND OR FOE

by xjtx

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https://friendorfoerichmond.bandcamp.com/

Well I have to admit I’m currently in another mood… To be clear, and perfectly honest, I’ve been focusing on different things than the usual ones, hardcore and shit, blah blah… WOWOWOW, do not panic: I’m still straight edge, animals are still my friends and I don’t wanna eat them nor slaughter them… It’s just… Actually… Well, just take a look to my mp3 player’s playlist:

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Yeah.
(This dude is a nerd, bro)
To be honest, I’m still waiting for my recent orders from Reaper Records and Straight & Alert. That’s pretty much why I’m not into hardcore by the moment, I’m like a drug addict without his methadone program… Thus, I try to change my mind with other stuffs: I’m watching a lot of movies, I take time to study my DROIDXRAGE co-workers Warhammers posts on Instagram – actually one of my pals in Bordeaux live near a Games Workshop, and he recently buy several boxes because he was in a nostalgic mood, I guess…

Anyway, I’m still listening to (a bit) of hardcore punk…

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Let’s go to the point: FRIEND OR FOE. Of course, they took their name from AGNOSTIC FRONT’s song which is kind like a hymn: even NoFX covered it on their 2010/2011? Covers EP. This song, this band name can best sum up the whole concept behind the NYHC scene: this is a street style of music, not a political conscious or focused kind of music, maybe it sounds too “male chauvinist” to you if you’re into another style of hardcore punk but that’s a spirit I love since I’m 12 or 13…

Here is a bunch of fellows from Richmond, Virginia (featuring in various acts such as FIRE & ICE, BRACEWAR, TOUGH LUCK and UPPERHAND – I’ve actually never listened to any of them but it seems that FIRE & ICE benefits from an increasing reputation with modern hardcore audience according to the Internet…). They started playing together under the name FRIEND OR FOE in 2011 and, according to their Facebook page they’re fond of 90s NYHC or tough hardcore punk (SICK OF IT ALL, 86 MENTALITY, BREAKDOWN, KRACKDOWN, (DOWN, EASTBOUND AND DOWN, UP AND DOWN…) MURPHY’S LAW, DYNAMO, COLDFRONT…). They have a bandcamp page and, according to that bandcamp page, it seems they already released two EPs, “Know Your Rights” and “Outsider”. Frankly speaking, I have to admit these recordings do not satisfy my ears: I think it too much reminds me of S.O.I.A. post-“Blood, Sweat and No Tears” era (well, theIR entire discography actually) from 1991 to nowadays… But I also have to admit their live performances are just AWE-SOME!

Check out these different videos full of testoterone…

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/96203380″>Friend or Foe (Full Set)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/hate5six”>hate5six</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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