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It’s been a while since the last issue of this serie, and since the last post in fact. But don’t worry, I’m back with my annoying nostalgia, for the better and the worst.
As FOR PETE’S SAKE just released their killer LP lately, it gave me the idea for this review. I wanted to do a european record so it just fit, isn’t it ?
For once, it wasn’t a hard choice, as it’s the only ONWARD record I ever owned and played on regular basis, and their discography being not that big, it was the right thing to do, I believe.
Eternal Records is a new DIY label from Bogor Indonesia with a total Straight Edge attitude and strong HC morals.
They have just put out Take One Step – Still Carry On,who are again from Bogor.
A lot of heart in this record in my opinion like a lot of these asian youth crew bands its great to see.
Hes a great dude doing this label and puts a lot of time and effort into it so go check it out.
As a french dude, Springfield only rings out for me as the city of the Simpsons, even though every state may have a town named like this. Now, Springfield, Missouri is the homeland of Free At Last a band that put out an EP on Dog Years record in 2013 and a tape on Mosher’s Delight in 2014, which I dig a lot.
Putting this interview all together was kind of tricky, because we did it through Skype, missed each other a few times and finally, when it was like 4a.m for me and 10p.m for him, I suppose, we caught each other while we were up. I got to say, I still prefer this kind of interviews than e-mail exchanges, and I’m glad how this one went on.
Even though I ever loved the Boston 2K sound and think STOP AND THINK is a killed band, I always thought it lacks political awarness, and let me be clear when I say that, I don’t talk about the nineties speech or WOLF DOWN, but if you listen to bands like UNITY or even YOUTH OF TODAY, you can catch a glimpse of what I’m talking about : it just talks about intolerance for ignorance or Vegetarism but there’s already something more than “Mental Crew, Sick Of You”, and again, I don’t spit on those bands, they are important and what I’m saying here is I do believe this kind of sound deserve some deeper kind of lyrics, even though I’ll still go nuts on Rage Of Discipline.
But if I’m telling you all this crap, it’s because I actually found a band that sounds like MENTAL and think like ENDPOINT. Yes I made this comparison, go ahead and try to stop me. Anyway, coming straight outta Cali, BUSTED OUTLOOK plays this kind of moshable but smart hardcore, and I had the pleasure to interview their singer, Rich, who loves his Wishing Well records and lives with a dog “Kilo who smells, but is a total sweet heart”.
During the interview, we did through e-mails, he threw me a zine explaining the lyrics, which is worth reading if you want my opinion, and it does look good ! I put a link to it at the bottom of this page. Also, I wand to dedicate this interview to a dickhead who will recognize himself if he reads this interview. You always sucked, you suck and you ever will.
Rich Gutteriez : “Our publicist is on vacation, as soon as they are back you’ll see us up in every magazine at your local GrabnGo grocery and deli. Expect a press release soon about our double LP out on Warner Brothers entitled “THURSDAY NIGHT CHAMPAGNE” The blogs will be salivating at the thought of posting our music videos. I’m not serious, Incase the sarcasm doesn’t translate well.”
I was a little bit confused to find zero informations about this band on the internet, except on their bandcamp. There was so little informations I even struggled to find an e-mail adress to interview them, but after rethinking it, I just realised there was a lot of today’s bands without much visibility online, and I don’t want to sounds retrograde but maybe it’s better this way, you know, carrying tradition.
As much as I try not to stick to the traditional “hey introduce yourself” stuff or boring questions about The Straight Edge, everytime I find myself stuck doing it, it’s like a bad habit you know, it always comes around. But the most embarassing thing is when you get a cool answer to those questions.
Rich Gutteriez : “Whats up Player? My name is Rich I sing and flail about, Jerm plays guitar and needs a haircut, Fred plays second guitar and has a dog named Peabody who just had surgery on his leg (send some good vibes his way), Taylor Todd (tater tot) plays drums and just got a haircut he is not happy with (did not tip), Eric Book plays bass and works as a warehouse manager for a coffee company, but rarely drinks any coffee (doesn’t sound very trustworthy if you ask me).
Busted Outlook began as fire in the collective mind of Jerm and I. We both are stuck behind the drums in almost every other band we are currently in and have been in (In Disgust, Permanent Ruin, Sourpatch, Ritual Control, Condition, Effluxus, Scalped, Younger Lovers, Sanctum, etc..) The bay area is hard up for drummers apparently. We wanted to make noise with one another and had the same urge to play some more straight forward ’88 style / early 2000’s U.S. hardcore. Jerm had some riffs tumbling around his brain so we decided that we would write enough songs for a demo and record all the instruments split between us two, I think I actually said “Hey I want to sing, but never have and you want to play guitar and never have, lets recorded it and if it sucks shit we will throw it out and pretend it never happened” On the demo I played drums and sang while he played bass and guitar, Fred recorded us in his basement in San Jose, CA since he was there we asked him to lay down some dive-bombs. The demo came out sounding not so bad and it felt good, so we recruited Fred immediately as second guitar, We asked my old time friend Eric to play bass and we both thought Taylor would be a great fit because he’s a sweet person and great drummer. We have both seen him play in local acts such as Stressors and Secret People and wanted to jam with him. We picked a name, which has no real meaning other than its one of my favorite Despise You track and it rolled off the tongue better than anything else we could come up with. From there on out it was set in concrete, we wrote it in wet cement BUSTED OUTLOOK 2014 WORLD WIDE HARDCORE PRIDE, watched it dry in the light and spit at the sky.”
Please notice those guys played in bands like EFFLUXUS or IN DISGUST, bands you should check out that being said. Totally not the same sounds and I’m suprised enough they now play this Youth Crew sound.
For now on, as their bandcamp its stated on their bandcamp at least, the band got three releases the last one will be released on Warthog Speak the 1st april. I forgot to ask Rich if it was a joke or not, because it’s seems they are pretty funny people. Anyway, this E.P was mastered by Will Killingsworth himself, guitarist of ORCHID, AMPERE and VACCINE, amongst others, and runs Dead Air Studio which can only pleases me if you know how in love I am with ORCHID.
R.G : “I think Will has mastered a ton WARTHOG SPEAKS recordings, I mean i’ve met him, he’s a punk, he’s nice, he knows what he’s doing, why wouldn’t you go to him ya know? I’ve had a lot of friends record with him and its just always just positive feedback. To be honest, none of his bands are an influence to me. They are good bands, just not something I would state as an influence of mine musically. As people of course Meghan and Will are an great influence on punk in general they help with D.I.Y spaces in the small town they live in and although they are far from the HOT punk towns they still tour and contribute SO MUCH to the international D.I.Y community and are great people.”
Out of this trolling intro I did, I still think despite the sound, the lyrics of the band are really intelligent, about important social issues like deconstruction of masculinity or not blaming the victims of society. It fits to this vision of Hardcore Punk I’m close to, a music for outcasts and weird people that can’t deal with the society they are living in, with a Youth Crew sound I cherish, but to be honest, there’s still a lot of people in this said “comunnity” that despise this kind of speech and just want to mosh their way through, mostly if it sounds like FLOORPUNCH. I’m using this reference here because it’s the kind of bands I like so much but litteraly had nothing to say.
R.G : “I had started writing a lot more a year or two ago, I mean really picking up the pace, I was writing a lot and it was helping me identify and heal from a lot of junk clogging the streets in-between my ears. I was told by my friend Dan Goetz that he couldn’t wait for the day I got out from behind the drums and stuck a microphone in my mouth. I really started thinking about it, because I always wanted to sing and I suppose I do have a lot Id like to say.
I am unsure if the scene our music “caters to”, really WELCOMES our ideas, but what scene does? Lets not fool ourselves, punk/hardcore is not as far outside of the circle as we would wish it to be. We can guard the gates all day and night, but societal ill’s will always slip between the bars, no one has said anything negatively yet to me about our lyrics, at least not to my face. I feel like I’ve had mostly positive feedback.
I do think that there are some things sacred about punk and hardcore, a few things you could never stick a price tag on. Its not without its flaws, but I do think it is a great place for freaks to rest or to learn, I wish we were safe from society, but not yet. I know personally that punk/hardcore allowed me to experience so many different people and create spaces that made me feel safe and gave me the tools to educate myself and try my best to make others feel safe. People are listening if you say something, make sure its worth saying please. I cling to the idea that I have always been involved with punk/hardcore out of survival.
I think that is pretty awesome to be compared to that sound, because both of those bands have some solid riffs. I can definitely relate to the aggressiveness, but lyrically I’m not completely moved by.”
But, I made myself laugh quite a bit when I first read the lyrics for the song Spitting Wind :
Breath can be forceful winds/
and words can be bricks/ You can let the
tears soak the ripples and mounds
of your cheeks/ and noone will blame you.
Find the angles of a room/ and see who
they point to/ and crash land into the
breaks of them/ It would be a shame to
live without knowing how much
ground you could shake.
Is this all that you can offer?
Is this all that you have?
we build and we destroy.
Because the first thing I thought was it looks like the Tree Little Pigs, you know this cartoon about a wolf trying to eat piggies but they screw him up by building badass houses. It’s not exactly it but you got the point across, and you can find it on youtube if you’re curious anyway. Damn, what am I doing with my life talking about cartoons on a Hardcore webzine.
DroidxRage : “Is spitting wind inspired by the Tree Little Pigs ?”
R.G :”No, but I do like that, I was speaking with a friend about writing and poems and really you can say anything you want, but its always up to reader to interpret and decide what its about to them, which I like because words are so amazing and can have so many different meanings and feelings to people. I make a zine with all our lyrics and explanations of each one for this reason, its hard to complete a thought and be precise in a song that is 1 minute 30 seconds long.
I heard someone on the street yell at a friend to stop “spitting into the wind” because he was getting spit all over both of them, it stuck in my head for weeks, which I do very often, allowing words and things I hear to eat me up and deform and reform inside me. The song “spitting wind” is about focusing the little energy that we have left after doing all the things we do to just refuse the crush of living here towards the positive forces in our respective scenes. At times it seems that we’ve built a VERY UNSAFE call out culture where some people are really afraid to fuck up. Its imperative that we leave some room to grow, not everyone is born with the tools you might have, not everyone is equipped with a radical dictionary, we all have different experiences. Its important to call fucked up things and fucked up people out, I am no apologist, if someone is being willfully ignorant then by all means pull ’em through the ringer, but if we don’t create spaces where we are fostering positive change than what are we doing? Its about giving respect and appreciation to those who put themselves out there in vulnerable situations like booking shows/events, making zines, doing radio shows, and anything else that requires you to say a lot and be at the center of the mob at times. I say in the song “ARE YOU SPITTING INTO THE WIND OR ARE YOU SPITTING WIND” I guess in my head it means, are the things you ARE doing just hurting us all? or are you doing nothing, full of empty actions?”
Do you know which other bands comes from Cali and play politically aware Youth Crew fueled hardcore ? PUNCH, even though it’s more like Powerviolence there’s still a Youth Crew feeling on some songs and I know for sure one of their guitarist love his O.C hardcore bands. Anyway, BUSTED OUTLOOK remind me a lot of PUNCH, except it’s a guy singing and there’s no blasts, in the way they still shout out great ideas through hardcore and take shit from no one. And there’s plenty crucial bands from that area with the same stance, like OUTSPOKEN or INSIDE OUT for exemple, proving you can be hard and still talk about relevent things…
R.G :”I don’t know, I guess I never really looked at us that way. I don’t always think saying outwardly political statements or songs is very political. I think bands with queer/Trans/Women/People of Color and other marginalized peoples in them is VERY political existing in a place that has historically oppressed you in anyway it could is very political. I think visibility is HUGE. So I guess I see a lot of scenes doing BIG THINGS these days in this world, not just california. Things aren’t changing they have BEEN changed, people are just starting to take notice. All the people who refuse to move forward will be left behind and like the dinosaurs will become extinct.”
…Or Sarah Kirsch, who was aleady featured in this webzine.
R.G : “I do know some of her work she played in bands with some friends of mine and we crossed paths a few times. Permanent Ruin and Sourpatch (two other bands band I play/played in) played THIS IS NOT STEP FEST at 924 gilman which was part benefit for her family. I had only met Sarah Kirsch a handful of times, but the amount of lives she has touched have indirectly or maybe directly effected the way I view punk. She has passed on greatness through the people she’s inspired to me and I think we should all aspire to that amount of awesomeness! I think she will always have an influence.”
Talking about those ways he view punk, I had to comfort myself about moshing, because even though I’m more inclined to stick with this kinds of views, listening to riffs like that I always feels like I have to mosh as hard as possible and sometime I feel guilty because you know, even though I’m not crowd killing, I still feel like I’m turning into a jerk and maybe some guy who write lyrics about crushing your man pride could help me out with my contradictions. And again I’m not sorry for this personnal turn on my interview ok ?!
R.G: “In some circles it may be unpopular, but I am a big fan of moshing. I hate crowd killing and just aimlessly swinging at the edge of circle. If you accidentally punch someone in the face, you’ve still punched them in the face. There is a place and a purpose at SOME shows for people to react physically. I was talking to a friend about it and she said the same thing I think. That the Function of “moshing” (LOL) is in MY EXPERIENCE a productive way to experience anger and make art (as painful as that sounds to say). There are usually obvious spaces where you shouldn’t try and catch a stage dive on to some folks when absolutely no one is feelin’ it. I also believe there is a way to be respectful of people in a sense at shows if you choose to dance. It is Functional. There are people who have a complete disregard to others well being and that I am NOT a fan of.
I want everyone to have a good time and express themselves as they please. It’s not just ONE persons space. We need to make sure we are all aware of the space we take so we can share it, realistically.”
This is the point in the interview where we talked about Wishing Well Records, which is an important label from O.C releasing YOUTH OF TODAY, UNITY or UNIFORM CHOICE records during the eighties, and Rich totally love this love this label, and I couldn’t go past that, also check out their cover of We Just Might to understand how much they love Youth Crew.
R.G : “Totally, Wishing Well Records is CRUCIAL!
I think its intentional, the aesthetic its something I’ve always liked and gravitated towards, I love youth crew. Taylor and I are the only ones X’ing up in this band.”
DxR :”Favorite Wishing well records and why ? Do you have it in your collection ?
Uniform Choice – Screaming for change is easily my favorite a big reasons this lyric “Your haste may cause regret
My voice will power on” I always really loved that line and its branded itself on my brain. I do own it.
I also love Unity and Youth of today (although were not in this alone is still my favorite)
DxR :Favorite shirt stamped wishing well records ?
R.G : UC “use your head” is the sickest. I also love the “wake up and live” Youth of Today Tee
DxR :If you could bought back to life a Wishing Well band, which one would it be ?
R.G :Its obvious UC is my favorite, but it would be cool to see UNITY, I wonder how that would feel to them to go back to the VERY beginning. I saw Insted play a few years back and it just wasn’t very moving, I guess I shouldn’t have expected it to be moving. It might be best for some bands to just stay in the history books, its a good lesson in impermanence and proof of the weighing power the youth holds on future generations. A time and place and an idea that can send shockwaves throughout history, its impressive and inspiring.
DxR :First Wishing Well band you ever listened to ?
R.G :YOUTH OF TODAY but it was not a wishing well release.
DxR :Have you ever heard about the Freewill – Sun Return LP that was planned but never got released on the label ? Do you believe it exists or those test pressing that are sold on e bay are real ?
R.G :Can I be truthful here? Is this a safe place for me to unveil how uncool I am? I HAVE heard OF that release, but have never heard it. I know it was released on CD in europe right? I also heard of the 6 test presses. I believe its real and I’d like to hear it I really love the first dag nasty releases and I heard it is in that vein.
DxR :Between the Wishing Well versions and the Revelation versions of Youth Of Today LPs, which are your favorite ? Do you think the price are justified on ebay ?
R.G :I honestly do not have a favorite. I also am not much of a shirt head/record collector so i don’t follow Ebay Prices. Aesthetically, I’m sure the wishing well release looks cooler to me at least.
DxR :Do you prefer Staring Into The Sun or Screaming For Change ?
R.G :Screaming for Change, No contest.
DxR :Don’t you think Bl’Ast on this label is kind of odd ?
R.G :ha ha! I do think its odd, but I’m guessing they might have just been surfer/skate rat friends which supersedes the edge I guess.
DxR :Favorite Unity song
R.G :EXPLANATION FOR ACTION!
“Explain yourself. Ignorance is growing larger everyday.
Now its controlling you in every single way.
Now its controlling you its bottled up inside.
It shows your attitude. Its something you cant hide.”
DxR :On a scale from one to ten, how much of a joke is Lost And Found records ?
R.G :Ha Ha! I have mixed emotions. I have some boots in my collection. I know its mainly bootlegs that looked like real releases. but, for those of us who cant spend all that time and cash flow tracking down the O.G’s this is a good place for us to get the classic releases, but yea I guess in that case the label is a big joke. 8/10″
Here we are at the end of the interview, with one last question. Don’t forget to check them out and the zine about the lyrics they did, I’m glad there’s still band doing that kind of stuff and I hope it’ll be part of the physical release, like those bands tossing you posters or items. For their futur, they are writing an LP soon and touring the US east coast with Hounds Of Hate.
DxR : “Dead Kennedys or Circle Jerks ?
R.G : Hmm…. I think Jello Biafra is annoying, but so does Keith Morris and OFF! isn’t very good. I’d say sound wise Circle Jerks, GROUP SEX IS PRETTY AMAZING. Lyrically I thought Dead kennedy’s were mind blowing when I was baby punk, because I need that jolt of forwardness.”
Thank you for your time and patience man, and sorry for my broken english.
https://www.mediafire.com/?47pex77hr52jt1b (Don’t pay attention to the fact it’s a mediafire link.)
It’s nearly the end of the year, and sometimes, I just feel like I’m too young for this. I mean, all around me, there’s people saying “I did my time, it’s not worth it/Hardcore was better before/you haven’t seen as much as I did” and the list goes on. So yeah, I enjoy mostly every piece of records I get my hands on, or my ears only thanks to the internet era, and maybe I lack taste, but I’ll be fine with it, don’t worry.
So here’s my way-too-hard-to-chose list of records for 2014. It’s mostly hardcore because it’s the purpose of this blog, you know. It’s only a top ten, because I had to put limits to it.
Give – Electric Flower Circus LP | Moonflower Recs. & Adagio 830 Recs.
You can’t be wrong with this band, it’s a beautiful piece of work, as everytime, which was worth the wait, like and updated version of Rites Of Spring.
Not Afraid – Locked Out LP | Powered Recs. & React! Recs.
Justice and True Colors splitting way before I could even attend their last show, I got Not Afraid and I’m glad for it. Just pure golden belgium youth crew. You can’t be wrong with them.
Cold world – How The Gods Chill LP | Deathwish Inc.
Well, you know the name. It’s not better than the previous one, which is a more or less impossible task, but it’s as good. Even with this super clean sound.
Barren – Anachronism LP | Cobra Recs & Hidden Rainbow Recs.
I got a goddamn probelm with the nineties hardcore. And much more with the ChugChug Unbroken-inspired Vegan Straight Edge type. Underrated band.
Renounced – The Melancholy We Ached LP | Carry The Weight Recs
And I’m also totally crazy about 7Angels 7Plagues, and this band does it the best way possible, mixed with a bit of early PoisonTheWell.
Bâton Rouge – Totem LP | Pure Pain Sugar Recs. & Bakery Outlet Recs.
I saw them this summer and I was disapointed by their set, and it took me time to get into this records, but finaly I enjoy it way too much, it’s really keeping this french emo vibe alive.
Angel Du$t – A.D LP | React! Recs.
Someone told me this band started as a joke, but what a joke man. Maryland knows how to party.
Hank Wood and The Hammerheads – Stay Home !! | La Vida Es Un Mus Recs. & Toxic State Recs.
Hank Wood knows the right way to make crazy hardcore punk. Also, don’t play it like me taking the advice of the records title properly, if they play a gig on your city, be sure to go there, totally worth it I think.
Battle Ruins – S/T LP | Rock N’ Roll Disgrace Recs.
That’s what happen when you take the members of killer boston bands, put them together and let them create. It’s just astonishing. I’m coming back, got to crush down some skulls on a viking battlefield.
Ritual Mess – Vile Art LP | Clean Plate Recs.
Will Killingsworth and Jayson Green on the same team after a long time, to put out some Antioch Arrow-inspired hardcore. Maybe I’m blinded by the fact it’s Orchid members, but I just can’t stop listening to it.
S.H.I.T. – Collective Unconsciousness EP | Iron Lung Recs.
Everything is in bands name. Shit this is violent shit, and shit. No seriously, Iron Lung Records rip it off this year. A lot of good release.
Fury – Kingdom Come EP | Triple B Recs.
Really dig the style of this band, like a nerd supergroup or something, trying to always step higher every release. I don’t know why, but this band kind of remind me of Lion Of Judah, even though it’s nothing close to it. Again, I don’t know why.
Cave State – S/T EP | To Live A Lie Recs.
Listening to this, the only word that comes to my mind is primitive, like cavemans hitting shit around. And when a Powerviolence band does that, well it’s a quality seal.
Pura Mania – La Estafa Musical EP | CV Recs.
Hm, I’m not really sure of what the fuck is this, but it got me banging hard, for unexplained reasons. Give it a try, seriously.
Misled Youth – S/T EP | Society Bleeds Recs. & Refuse Recs.
When I ordered stuff from the band, one of the members put a copy of one of his diploma on the package. Weird enough to say I’m still stocked on this DC blood.
(End of a Year) Self Defense Family – I Tried To Make Something You Would Enjoy EP | Triple B Recs.
Once again, the sick pack put out a ton of stuff this year, and I had to choose beteween of them or all of them would be on this list. So I randomly picked to be honest, but if you know the band, it’s all equaly good.
Nudes – Stain EP | Iron Lung Recs.
I dig hardcore that make me feel something, anything, and this one makes me feel terribly unconfortable, at this point it’s too sick to close my eyes on it. Damn.
Institution – Uncritical Receiver EP | Black Embers Recs.
Strife oriented 90’s hardcore. I won’t explain it again. Grizzly City killers.
Harm Done – S/T EP | Straight And Alert Recs.
I was waiting for Sex Prisoner to put out something, insted I got this, which is way better actually because it’s quality nowadays powerviolence from europe that just doesn’t only mimic american bands. Stomp shit up.
Headroom – Carry Me Away EP | Dogknights Prod.
A great records from Dogknights Production, from a band I discovered at this Title Fight show where Justice was bought back to life, and it carried me away.
Upperground – The Upperground Sound CS | Life.Lair.Regret Recs
It’s like a female fronted Cold World mixed with Cro-Mags. Well played and cool lyrics. Australia’s on top.
Dilate – Demo CS | Self-Released
Dumber and angrier version of The Impalers, with this 70’s sci-fi arts on the tape, it’s a total win win. I wish there was more songs on the records.
Pyka – Too Femme Too Furious CS | Self-Released
What a mess, but important lyrics. I love my queer bands, and its over the top. I’ve heard they are on a break since one of them left for Louisiana, too bad.
Red Death – Demo CS | Flophouse Tapes & Carry The Weight Recs.
Features members of Coke Bust and many more bands and they are pissed. Thrash your face off.
Ajax – Bleach For Breakfast CS | Self-Released
New York’s young Totalitär. And that freaking drummer is a war machine, unbelivable, but what give this demo so much power is its indolance, just play loud and fast like it would be everyday routine. I didn’t tried it for breafast though.
Revision – Demo CS | D2C Recs.
Youth Of Today bumped into Mental. I know it sounds cliché/classic to say so, but it’s actually damn cool with a lot of great ideas, they chose the right name.
Jack Move – Demo CS | Straight And Alert Recs.
If you’re into Boston 2K jam or Breakdown. Great jam from Paris. Also, there was a whole debatee that went really far about which break was the hardest on the records. Insane.
Free At Last – What’s Inside Four Walls CS | Mosher’s Delight Recs.
Another band that fueled my nineties hardcore problem, Turning Point feeling mostly and it’s for the best. Solid and powerful release.
Bricklayer – Demo CS | Self-Released
Barbaric work for this classic but crazy blend of American Oï and hardcore punk, makes you turns in rampage mode. Short but intense songs, and even when one last after 3′, it’s a blast.
Iron Lung – Cold Storage II CS | Iron Lung Recs.
35 songs for 29 minutes of music, that’s pretty fair to me. Iron Lung is a sick band playing sick music, very unique and neck breaking, more or less.
Hope you enjoyed it, and buy those things while it’s still avaible, but it’s only a personal advice.
Best YOUTH CREW demo of 2014??
Can’t be sure but maybe! This demo was posted earlier today on NO PUNKS IN K-TOWN (RIP) (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3u9nevkbUHspxzsS-3AdVA) FBpage. I trust Alexis – who ran this blog before being only focused on his label/distro OFFSIDE RECORDS based in Northern France – when he deals with hardcore in a global way: the guy can listen to d-beat, youth crew or modern hardcore and oi! without being a member of a specific crew!
Check this out!
AHC (for Antwerp Hardcore Collective) is sure reknown for throwing some heavy parties when it comes to hardcore. The same year, they succeed to brought back to life Justice, which was unbelivable for me. When Not Afraid played that afternoon, Paco had a leg broken, and still no one in the room gave more energy than him. Considering that, I was way too excited about seeing True Colors.
This True Colors show was my first one (I’m a young fella you know) and maybe the last one, that’s what was written on the flyer though, and it was maybe the best show I came to so far. It seems a little bit overrated, but it’s just sentimental; it took me almost ten hours, out of five planned, to get there, I missed all the band before True Colors, I even thought it was too late for them, and maybe it wasn’t the perfect show of I-don’t-know-which-era with the original line-up, I couldn’t excpect something more.
I’m only focusing on True Colors in this review first and foremost because of the sentimental thing explained on the above. The other bands are also important and I’m pretty sure, even though I missed them, they totally killed it that night, it’s more a tribute to True Colors.
I didn’t found good quality videos, so if anyone got a footage, please feel free to share it.
True Colors set list :
For what it´s worth
Honesty (Youth Of Today cover)
Don’t You Get It
The Way To Myself
Walk The Line
Focus On The Light
Consider It Done
(Those pictures are more or less in chronological order)
Anecdotes, story and whatever :
I may be bragging about this, but it took me litteraly ten hours to get there. It was awfull, at some point I even thought I’d miss the bus to comeback. Because yes, I came there by bus, and everytime I was doing it, everything went just well, and this time, for True Colors, it was the shitiest trip I’ve made. Getting to the venue (and it took me a lot of time) I showed up my ticket and the warder send me a look like “fuckin moron only coming for the big band”. I’m still sorry, it wasn’t my intention, I really wanted to see all the show.
Even with all this mess, it was still worth it. Great show for me.
At this show, it wasn’t Hinkey playing bass for the band but Christian of Not Afraid. I found it pretty cool still, because even though he clearly had a hard time with these songs, his presence on stage was worth the look (point that finger man !)
There was a guy (I hope he can be seen on the picture) who strapped a GoPro camera on his hand and just moshedfilm everything. If you are reading this, I’m still curious to see what the footage looks like.
I don’t speak dutch, so if anyone have something looking like a translation, I’m taking it because I didn’t understand a thing he was saying in between Enough and The Way To Myself.
In the middle of the set, Philip worried about the monitors on the sides of the stage, and it was justified, people were using it as a launcher, so it took some heavy pounding. Packo told that to the divers, whom didn’t listen and dove way more harder. Still sorry Philip.
Seeing them for the first time, I couldn’t recognized some songs with only one guitar, it felt like I didn’t know them, at all, I’m still ashamed.
Some random guy on my side of the stage tried to speak to Christian who just looked at him the weirdest way, the guy was so pissed I’m still laughing at it.
During “Don’t You Get It” there was a human wreck, including Packo, it looked really violent since guy just smashed the corner of the stage with his body (I don’t remember which part though) and the funniest thing is that everyone tried to get Packo back up the stage while this guy was hurt, somewhere. I didn’t was him after that. Hope you’re fine dude.
Talking about Packo, he was still less impressive than this time he had a leg broken. But the way he moves on stage is still really heart warming as it’s funny.
Focus On The Light was complete mess, as much as Consider It Done. And for each song Packo was totally psyched.
The crowd was full of very different people, young and old, girls and guys (or whatever the genre you feel close to), not only from belgium, and I’m glad this band moved so many people still, and again, it was a superior quality show for me.
Focus on the light
Shout out for the photos to :
An Maes (I guess)
I got the chance to interview Rich Labbate (Rich Insted) from Insted. One of my favorite bands of all time.
I remember the first time I heard Bounds Of Friendship I was blown away, the sound was perfect in my opinion. I got my hands on What We Believe very soon after and have probably had both those records on steady repeat ever since. Insted are one of those feel good bands for me, I still get pumped every time I hear them. A few times now they have been the go to band if I’m on my way to a job interview or some other stressful situations.
DR: Hi Rich how are you? What are you up to at the moment?
RL: I’m doing great thanks. I’m living in Arizona with my wife, dog and tortoise. (both pets were rescued)
DR: Your in the same boat as me too right, expecting your first child very soon? Are you excited about fatherhood?
RL: Yes. I’m going to be a father for the 1st time in August. Very exciting for this new chapter in my life.
DR: Ok so can you us give the insted story? Where did you start,how,year and OG line up.
RL: Ok. I joined Insted in 1988. Insted had formed in the summer of 1986 and within a few months they recorded a demo which quickly became popular around the local scene. It also grabbed the attention of Wishingwell records to which they signed in 1987 and started recording what would become ‘Bonds of friendship’. I had met Kevin and Steve from going to shows and one day kevin came up to me, gave me an insted shirt and said they were looking for a bass player and asked if i would try out. ‘Bonds of friendship’ was taking along to time to come out and by that time the Mclaughlin brothers were out of the band and they were down to a 4 piece. I quickly learned the songs and met them at their practice studio. Everything just clicked right away. Within a few weeks Insted was back in action and we were passing out flyers for our next show. It all happened pretty fast. By the end of summer ‘bonds of friendship’ was being released and we were booking our first tour.
DR: where did you guys play out a lot in the early days?
RL: Back in those days it wasn’t uncommon to play a backyard party or a warehouse or a random show in the park. There wasn’t a lot of options and the clubs would quickly come and go. The biggest and most stable venue at the time was Fender’s ballroom in Long Beach. Insted played there quite a few times before it’s closing. The Reseda county club popped up and had a good 3 or 4 year run. There was also Spanky’s cafe out in Riverside. Most places didn’t last but more than a handful of shows before closing or being shut down.
DR: I ask this a lot but it’s a favourite of mine…where did you draw a lot of influence from musically?
RL: In the beginning Insted got compared to 7 seconds and Stalag 13 quite a bit. When i joined the band i think i brought more of that Minor threat/ Negative approach style in. Also at the time, Youth of today and Uniform choice were the 2 biggest straight edge bands so i would say they had a big influence on us as well.
DR: who were some of the regular bands you played with?
RL: In the early days and throughout? We did some great shows with both Youth of Today and Uniform Choice. We also toured with Gorilla Biscuits, Vision, Up front, Insight, Face value, Reason to Believe and Wind of Change. We’re still friends with a lot of those guys to this day. Locally we played with Hard Stance, No for an answer, Infest, Half off, Visual discrimination, etc. As we got more popular we always made a point to help out the smaller bands and when we travelled we really enjoyed playing with the local support. When we did the reunion shows we ask TFS to do the shows with us.
DR: what were you and some of the other guys into apart from Hardcore and music in general while insted was around?
RL: The other guys all had steady jobs and were pretty heavy into sports. I was kinda the entrepreneur of the group. I was not into sports, I was more into photography. I had random jobs in between tours. I would be working at night clubs or somewhere dreaming of starting my own company, etc. but I think for the most part Hardcore took up a good portion of our time.
DR: Did You tour outside of the US with Insted?
RL: We were lucky enough to make it to Europe in 2005. We had done a few reunion shows on the east coast in 2004 in celebration of our newly released discography. When those were done we had gotten a few offers to play the west coast as well as Europe so we did. We had tried to go to Europe back in 1990 but the Gulf war broke out and we were advised not to travel over seas during this time.
DR: what were some of your most memorable shows?
RL: so many…. I think my first show was a classic. It was with Youth of Today, Soulside, Underdog, Bold, Hard stance and i’m pretty sure Chain of strength opened. It was in Pomona 1988, Right down the street from where i would buy all my records as a kid. Also playing the Palladium with Bad Religion after signing to Epitaph records was awesome. There was 3 circle pits going at the same time. Tons of energy. We played a benefit show for Roger Miret at the Anthrax in 1989. I remember it was a bunch of east coast bands trying to intimidate us. We just rolled up and did our thing. I thought to myself “ i’m actually friends with this guy”. it’s not just another hardcore show to play on. There’s a reason we’re here. and by the way “where’s the unity”?
DR: What labels put out Insted Records?
RL: ‘Bonds of friendship’ was put out by Wishingwell records, ‘We’ll make the difference’ was put out by Nemisis records, ‘What we believe’ was put out by Epitaph records. The discography was released by Indecision records.
DR: Who are some of your Personal favourite Hardcore bands past and present?
RL: This will have to be a 4 part answer as i usually break it up into records vs. live shows. For example my favorite hardcore 7” is Antidote- ‘thou shalt not kill’ but i never saw the band live so…. Past bands (live) would include: Uniform Choice,Youth of today, Agnostic front, 7 seconds, Doggy style, Gorilla biscuits, Infest, Fugazi, Bad brains. Current bands (live) : Cro-mags, OFF!, Rise against, Bad religion. Past bands (records): Minor Threat-discography, Bad religion- how could hell be any worse, Agnostic front- victim in pain, Circle jerks-group sex, M.I.A-murder in a foreign place, Dag nasty- can i say, plus many more. Current bands (records): Coke bust- degradation, The First step- open hearts and clear minds, Paint it black- paradise, Outbreak-failure, Rise against- appeal to reason, OFF!- first e.p.
DR: what do the other Insted guys get up to these days?
RL: Steve and I have similar tastes. Not too sure about the other guys.
DR: what was Insteds main ethos?
RL: we were really about creating a positive environment for the hardcore scene. we were passionate about being drug free and vegetarian. Speaking for myself i can say i’m still passionate about being drug free, vegan/vegetarian and i still love hardcore.