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Shrapnel – UKHC

By Ed


I spoke to Tom (Drums) from Shrapnel earlier this week.

If you haven’t  heard them yet you need to check this shit out!

The UK scene is on fire at the moment there’s so many good bands out there right now so im pretty excited to be going back to the homeland permanently at the end of September.

DR: Hey man, so where are you guys from?

Tom: I’m from near Leeds, Cal from the Manchester area, Oldy from Sheffield, Jimmy from near London and Connor from Birmingham


DR: How did shrapnel  come about? And who’s in the band?

Tom: Cal originally suggested the idea of starting a nyhc style band to me at some point last year as he’d written a few tunes. I said I’d play drums and get Jimmy (abolition/violent reaction) on bass. Our other band Obstruct were on our way to Brighton to play CTW fest and Oldy said he wanted to do a band called Shrapnel. Then he became the singer and eventually Connor joined on second guitar pretty recently. It all fell into place pretty quickly and we had a demo written and recorded in 2 practices.

DR: What would you say shrapnel sound is?who would you liken it to?

Tom: I think it’s safe to say we wanted it to sound like the breakdown 87 demo but it ended up being a bit of a mash up of that with some outburst influence. The new stuff we’ve written is more raw deal/altercation- covering all bases ha. We all worship that kinda stuff in one way or another and felt like it came through pretty well on our demo. We’re recording a 7″ in a studio next time though.

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DR: Who’s responsible for writing the Lyrics etc in shrapnel ?

Tom: Oldy writes all the lyrics.

DR: How’s it being on Moshers Delight? I think it’s a really interesting label plus I’m a big fan of Crucial John bands.

Tom: Our housemate/band mate/full time mate/part time lad Tom Pimlott sorted us out with Mosher’s Delight. He passed our email onto Zack who said he loved the demo and wanted to release it over in the US. We were really excited at the reception of the demo and are eternally grateful for everything MD have done for us. Really good fucking label run by good people. Me + Cal had a constant supply of Shrapnel tapes on the Violent Reaction/The Flex US tour and to my surprise they flew out the door- I could eat every day! Cheers boys.

DR: Where have you been playing out recently and what are your summer tour plans?

Tom: Mainly up North. We played London a few months back on the Boston Strangler shows which was a good laugh too. I think apart from that our only shows have been in Leeds and Sheffield. No plans for this summer but we have some pretty cool plans for December- keep your eyes peeled!

DR: Anywhere you would really like to play?

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Tom: Leeds every day, and probably all over the world

DR: How have some of your first sows been? And has the demo been well received in your eyes?

Tom: Yeah sick shows and even better reception of the demo. Never thought it would blow up like it has but wouldn’t have without the help of MD and New Instinct records over here in the UK.

DR: What are some of your favourite bands right now?

Tom: For me it would have to be DIE, Fury, Arm’s Race, and Oasis always. The insist demo is sick too.

DR: What do you guys do work wise?

Tom: I work night shifts at a supermarket, cal works in care, oldy in a call centre, Connor fixes showers and jimmy gives us sick tattoos.

DR: what cool shit do you get up to out side of the band?

Tom: We play in some other bands too which is sick and then just working and hanging out. I’m between Edinburgh and Leeds most of the time.

DR: Thanks bro- anything else you wanna say?

Tom: Mongrel takeover 2014. Cheers for the interview mate. XXX



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Mangled Youth: Demo 2014

By: Ed


This is one of those better late than never posts. I forgot about this demo and just revisited it today.

If you haven’t already …..Check it!



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Hardcore History- A Look Back At Dead And Gone Records part #1

By: Ed


Dead And Gone was an independent record label from the north of England lots of my memories of shows in the  early 00’s would not exist without this record label  i thought it was time to remind everyone about some of the great stuff  Ian Wiles did for UKHC.

as well as having been in 2 Awesome UKHC bands he was the man behind Dead And Gone and is a good dude all round.


 bio by Ian wiles:

I started Dead & Gone Records out of necessity as In The Clear recorded an LP despite breaking up in Summer of 2001. I released as no other label would have wanted to release a record of a dead band. I was proud of it and wanted it to be released so it felt like the only option.

A full time thing was never planned and I had literally no idea what I was doing. Three days before sending the record to press I didnt have a name! I was on MSN (olde tyme snapchat) with Bjorn from Rise & Fall who was listening to Absolution. Hence the name was born.
The label turned into a full time thing when my second band (the last chance) was in full flow. AM Records was releasing our 7″ and I decided to do it on CD after being let down by a label. It was the right thing to do at the right time. We were playing every weekend with the Legacy, The Break in and Spitfire Down. We all became friends and as the Last Chance record went well i just kept releasing records.
damage control
I met Justice when the Last Chance was on tour in the mainland and I started bringing them to the UK. That’s when things took off and got serious! The label stopped in May 2010 when I heard that Dirty Money were splitting. I had a newborn daughter and it seemed like the right thing to do 40 records later. I was becoming less and less interested and getting into more and more debt. I miss some things but I have the memories and the records. What a journey!
After the ITC LP D&G was me, Max and Shaun and it was that way for the first 15+ releases.
We went our separate ways and from the Down & Outs 7″ onwards it was all me. However, I got an insane amount of help from talented web and design friends. I remember a chain gang of ten people filling the Champion pre-orders

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