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in-depth With Espen Follestad For Pete’s Sake.

By Ed



FPS Are back with a new record North Atlantic on React Records with as much energy, heart and power as ever after the untimley passing of singer and Hardcore legend Peter Amdam. Being a friend of the band and having met the guys in Oslo not long after peter’s passing I couldn’t imagine id ever be writing about a new record. But its here and its incredible, what follows is a watts app conversation me and Espen had over a couple of weeks on and off when we had time away from work,  Almost totally unedited.

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Drum Sound An Interview With Daniel Fang.

By Ed


Thanks to my buddy Tats Toku for the pics from Turnstiles Japan tour.

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Andy Patillo (Todays Man) Way It Is.

By Ed



Andy Patillo is one of the nice guys of hardcore. Family man, Edge Man ..Rad dude. He is all of the above. I had the pleasure of meeting Andy a year or so ago in Malmo, Sweden, when Keep It Clear were playing in the back of a kebab house venue that I’m sure is called GBG or something?

Anyway, I thought it was about time we had this guy here so read on if you like Straight Edge Hardcore!




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Alec Faber- True Love,Freedom & One By One

By Ed


An Interview I did A few Weeks back with Alec From True Love,Freedom  and One By One enough said.



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Every Word – The Aram Arslanian Interview Part 2

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Every Word – The Aram Arslanian Interview Part 1

By Ed


Aram Arslanian has played in two of my favourite bands and plays actively in two bands that I can’t stop listening to; I have had the True Identity demo on loop! I have been lucky enough to see all of his bands bar one on a few different occasions in 3 different countries. He’s possibly one of the most approachable and nicest guys in the scene and we first met in New York (2004) at the legendary CBGB  at a Champion,Blacklisted,Cast Aside and Comeback Kid show. After, Id go on to see Champion a few times in the UK along with Betrayed once, then having a really decent hang and catch up last year in Sweden with him and the guys from Keep It Clear.



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By Ed

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Praise are one of the best bands around right now and a solid regular listen for me.

I had been looking forward to interviewing them for a while.

So here is a  very recent interview I did with Andy (Vocals).

DR: First up, do you want to introduce yourself and tell us a bit about Praise’s beginning?

My name is Andy and I am the vocalist for Praise. The initial idea for Praise came about in 2007 but the full band didn’t come together until summer of 2009. The majority of the first EP was written before our first full practice and we recorded it pretty soon after. We’ve gone through some guitarists but the current lineup we have is the longest we’ve ever had the same lineup. That lineup is Daniel Fang, Anthony Dye, Lucas Serven, Chris Bavaria and myself.


DR: Your a Straight Edge band, but did you always to be predominantly in an Edge band or did it just kind of fall into place?

I knew that I wanted everyone in the band to be straight edge, not because I wanted to call ourselves a straight edge band, but because I wanted the band to consist of likeminded people. Like if I were to write songs about substance abuse or something like that I wanted everyone to be on the same page and behind those lyrics with me.

DR: Who would you say Praise’s Top influences are (any genre)?

I think its pretty evident who our influences are when you listen to the LP. We really love DC and Brian Baker.


DR: You are a bit of hype band at the moment, how do you guys feel about that?

To be honest I don’t think we are a hype band at all. I just think we wrote a solid record and people have started to pay attention.

DR: What had you released before Lights Went Out, and what other labels have you worked with?

We put an EP called “Growing.Changing.Healing.” and a single called “Two Songs”. Everything that we have released has been on React! Records and anything that we will release in the future will be on React!. Aram has been a close friend for over a decade and Ev who took over for Aram a year or so ago is one of my best friends. There is nobody else I would rather share this band with. Ev understands our vision and is with us 100%.


DR: How are the  DC and Baltimore scene’s right now? We are hearing in Europe that it’s on fire?

Both are great and I feel blessed to be right in the center of it. There are so many great hardcore punk bands as well as indie, alt and metal. Its actually a bit overwhelming at times. Its a blessing and a curse because some nights you have 3 or 4 shows going on. Its hard to pick which show to go to and it hurts the turnouts.

DR: Lights Went Out is awesome, has it lived up to all expectations after it’s release?

Thank you. I don’t know if its lived up to its expectations you may have to ask other people that. I knew we wrote something special and it meant a lot to us and our friends. I had a lot invested in it and had high expectations for myself. I feel like I came as close to those expectations as I ever will for an LP.


DR: React seems like a sensible label for your style/sound, how did you happen to get on React?

Like I said earlier, Aram was a good friend and wanted to do the record since we started. There is no other label Id ever want to work with.

DR: What’s the current status with touring? Where have you been so far and where has been awesome to play?

We don’t actually get to play as often as we like. In 2013 we only played three shows. Since the LP came out we have been doing a lot more, actually more than we have ever done. We played three Northeast shows with Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, and Mindset in June and just did two weeks of the Citizen headline tour in September. That tour was midwest and west coast. It was really special. All of the shows were sick. Citizen was one of the best bands I have ever toured with. Our best shows were definitely Southern California and St Louis. We were stoked that Citizen asked True Love, another React Records band, to do the rest of the tour after we left. We will be hitting Europe for the first time this winter.

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DR: Are you syked on coming to Europe in 2015? I know people here are really looking forward to it, including me.

Yes! We have been talking about it for a few years and its finally happening. I wanted to wait until the LP came out to go to Europe. Its out so now its time to party.

DR: What Hardcore style/bands are you personally into?

I have a special place in my heart for late 80s straight edge hardcore and of course melodic stuff like Dag Nasty, Verbal Assault and Embrace.

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DR: Who are you really into in Hardcore right now?

Oh man, I was thinking about this the other day. There are just so many awesome bands right now its hard to keep up. I love Mindset and True Love. Southern California has so much cool shit right now. I really dig Fury and Forced Order.

DR: Thanks bro, anything you’d like to add?

Thanks for the interview! Check out all the cool shit going on with React! Records. Listen to Minor Threat. See you this winter!

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Nathan Simpson – Ancient Heads.

By Ed

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Ancient Heads are one of many awesome Straight Edge bands out there at the moment

and I’ve been a fan for a while. It turns out he’s a fan of this zine too, so

I sent some questions over to Nate- this is what we talked about!

DR: Hey Nate, how’s things?

Hey Ed! Things are great! It’s a busy time for the band. We have a bunch of shows coming up and we’re trying to get everything organized for the new record.

DR: AH is a Toronto band, right? When did you decide to start AH, and how is the scene up there in 2014?

Matt and I live in Toronto and the other guys live outside the city. But ya, we’re a Toronto band. I decided I wanted to do a new band in the fall of 2011 when I was finishing my last semester of university. I moved to Toronto in the winter of 2012 and we started jamming that spring.

Nate and Matt photo by Angela Owens

Toronto has a very strong scene. We have a number of really good bands, many of whom are getting some well deserved recognition. There is a really cool DIY venue called S.H.I.B.G.B, the University of Toronto radio station has a long-running show called EqualizingXDistort which supports local bands, and every fall we have Not Dead Yet Fest which is the best punk/hardcore festival in the world!

DR: Is The Straight Edge a big deal in the Canadian scene?

Well, I’d have to say that there isn’t a Canadian scene per se, just the same as there is no American scene. Each city’s scene is independent and unique. In Toronto, I would say that while there are plenty of Straight Edge kids, it’s not a big deal. Straight Edge is a big deal to us though.

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DR: What’s AH’s sound and what bands would you say AH liken themselves to?

We are a classic Straight Edge hardcore band in the vein of Youth of Today, Chain of Strength Floorpunch, etc.

DR: All 3 Demos are great; did you get the reception you were expecting with For My Brothers?

Thank you so much. People seemed to respond well to those songs and really that’s all you can ask for.

DR: When did you first start playing out? And who were some of the first bands you played with?

Our first show was October of 2012. Too many bands to list but I’ll say that we’ve been fortunate enough to play with some of our favorite bands.

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DR: What is the standard subject matter in writing AH songs?

Subject matter stays pretty true to our genre. Straight Edge, friendship, self-improvement, the scene, etc.

DR: How did you guys end on React? Who else has put out your stuff?

Ev heard the FMB tape, liked the direction that band was going in, and asked us to do a record. We are really happy to be working with a label like React. They put out some of the best hardcore going and put a tremendous amount of time and energy into every release.

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The first demo was a split release between the now defunct Blank Stare and our in-house imprint Ground Floor Records. The second demo was on Ground Floor and the For My Brothers single was originally on Ground Floor and then React did their own version of the FMB tape.

DR: Is there a full length in the works?

We recently recorded a 7-song 7” that will be coming out in the near future. It’s at the pressing plant right now so hopefully it will be available sooner rather than later.

DR: What stuff do you dudes all do for work?

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I work an office job. Matt is a newspaper editor. Emmett is a student. Shane hawks cell phones. And Brandon lifts weights.

DR: What are some of your favourite hardcore bands? Who do you still listen to often?

A few of my all-time favorites are YOT, Chain, Floorpunch, Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Judge and Side By Side. I still listen to them daily. But I also love newer bands like Stick Together, No Tolerance, Step Forward, Clear and so many others.

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DR: You collect records right? Who do you focus collect? And what are some of your favourite bits in your collection?

I focus on Revelation 1-25. Some of my personal favorites are True Till Death on green, Burn on pink, SOIA first and second presses, Into Another on purple, and Side By Side first press from Lukie Luke, to name a few.

DR: Have you been involved in any other bands? And is any one in AH doing any other bands?

Everyone in AH has been playing in bands for a while. Other bands that feature members of AH include Wild Side (http://wildsidehc.bandcamp.com), True (http://therealunitededge.bandcamp.com/), and Hired Goons (http://hiredgoons.bandcamp.com/).

DR: Who are some of your HC favourites from the 90’s?

Floorpunch and Ten Yard Fight were practically my whole world in the 90s. The ’97 revival was such an exciting time for hardcore. In My Eyes, Hands Tied, Reach The Sky, Time Flies, Count Me Out, The Trust…the list goes on and on!

DR: You look like you’re a burger and general fast food fan, what are your top five joints? Also what’s your usual order at McDonalds? What other kind of food is your jam? Where’s good to eat in your neck of the woods?

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Haha. The truth is that I normally eat very healthy. But it’s nice to indulge in some junk every once and a while. I am a big fan of all breakfast foods, especially sugary cereals. In Toronto, I eat at Bitondo’s Pizzeria (11 Clinton St.) and California Sandwiches (244 Claremont St.).

Top 5 Fast Food and my standard orders:

1) McDonalds – Big Mac, no onions, fries, diet Coke.

2) Popeyes – 3 piece strips, spicy, no fries, diet Coke, 2 biscuits.

3) Wendy’s – Spicy Chicken, fries, diet Coke.

4) Pizza Hut – Large Pepperoni Lovers to go.

5) Taco Bell – Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Fries Supreme, Dr. Pepper or water because Pepsi sucks.

DR: Thanks again for your time dude anything you want to ad? Any shout outs?

Thanks for the interview. I’ve been checking your site for a while and it’s great, so keep up the good work! We should have some new tracks up soon for your listening pleasure. Follow me on twitter/instagram for updates @ancientheads. Shout outs to all our friends and The Straight Edge.

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Keep It Clear – React Records Showcase

By Ed

Ive been thinking about Keep It Clear a lot recently and got to see them here in Sweden around a month ago. this video cropped up on Rev collectors.

I wanted to share it here too as its awesome and i love Keep It Clear best band best dudes.

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STRAIGHT RAZOR,New Bedford Straight Edge.

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Amazing new band.

8 Song 7″ Coming Fall 2014 on REACT! Records.


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