Thursday, May 1, 2008
BASTARD controlled in the frame 7" (1989)
2.spend your life
4.moment of death
5.cause of civilization
I've been on a pretty good Japanese hardcore punk kick these days. Its due to the fact the Systematic Death are playing a few shows in the USA this week. I'll be here in Manhattan to witness the Japanese Brutality. They influenced almost all Japanese hardcore in some way or another.
At any rate Bastard are my all time favorite Japanese band ever. I love the gruff vocals, and the meaty guitar hooks played to an almost crusty powerful drumbeat. When We started Devoid Of Faith in 1992 we gravitated towards the Bastard Japanese sound. I love Bastard, thats all there is to it. I own two copies of the LP.
When Devoid Of Faith toured with 9 Shocks Terror we stayed with a long time heroic drummer friend of mine named Wedge. Wedge was showing off his record collection at his Moms house, pulling shit out of the attic, and selling us almost anything we wanted. This was of course pre Ebay days. Jim MacNaughton, Telfian, and myself were buying all kinds of goodies from Wedge. I think one of us got a Cause For Alarm 7" from him. The dude had dupes of everything and was the least greedy record nerd I think I've ever met. He was happy to share. Well that all changed when I fumbled across his Bastard 7" . I was in aw, and asking "how much how much, how muchhhhh!!!!" Wedge simply snatched it from my hands and said, "nope, this one ain't for sale Nate". He mentioned that it was special to him, and he didn't think he'd ever find another if he parted with it. I left it at that. A few years later I got a e mail from Erica Beck from Boi records in Japan. She had heard from Pushead that I was looking for this, and she had a extra one of eps at the shop. Next thing I know I've got a copy plus some og bastard shirts she'd sent in the mail. What a great gal. This goes out to her and her child in which I've heard she had in the last couple years. Cheers Erika!