Tuesday, September 20, 2011
2.freundschaft ohne ende
6.tage ohne alkohol
10.destroy my body
For some ridiculous reason I was really into West German Hardcore in the late 1980's. It probably had a lot to do with the awesome photo's I saw of some of these bands in Maximum Rock n Roll's European photo 'zine. I also had met and made friends with a couple of Krauts who had visted S.F. and turned me on to much of this stuff.
The Idiots were from Germany and were a band that my German buddies had compiled on a mixed tape along with the Skeezicks, Challenger Crew, Unwanted Youth, Tu Du Hospital, Spermbirds, etc. The song they taped me by the Idiots was the first song on the LP, "deathbrains". The song was so thrashy and violent sounding that I immediatly started searching for the LP. Of course in those days finding obscure non American Hardcore was a real chore. I think I finally got the Record from a trade from another German pal. Almost none of the other songs on the LP came close to the furosity of "deathbrains". The record is good, but kept me wanting more of the thrash I had originally heard from these guys. Tracks 1,5,6,7,9,10 are sick(songs 1,6, and 9 are the thrash standouts).
Monday, September 19, 2011
I don't know much about these guys, other then they aren't the band with the same name from Clevo., and they sound a lot like earlier Metallica. My friend Paul picked up the 7" for me while he was diggin' for rare punk platters in the wild a while back. No cover art on my copy. "Excalibur" is the winner out of the two songs. Enjoy.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
1.here to stay
5.all i want
This is a band that while I was living in S.F. I think many of us took for granted, because they played shows in the Bay Area all the time. I saw these guys a lot, seemed like they were on every show. Sometimes I wasn't even paying attention to them. They always sorta reminded me of a younger, poor mans Adolescents. I bought the 12" before actually ever seeing them. The reason I bought it was because I noticed there was a song titled "fight back". I was pretty sure this must be a cover of the Discharge song with the same name. Nope, not even close. I was pretty closed minded at this point in my life, and really just wanted loud and fast, so this 12" sorta let me down when i plunked the needle down on the platter. It took me years to rediscover this. Its great.. melodic, and catchy as fuck punk rock. Pretty sure these guys were from San Jose(although the addy on the back jacket is from somewhere else). It was produced by someone from the Faction(not Steve C). Enjoy.
2.Successor Of Death
4.Diamonds & Rust
5.Successor Of Death
Ok, this is the first recording I ever played on(sang on it actually). I recently recovered this while I was preparing for NJ flooding. The Flood had me delving into my old tape boxes which was pretty fun.
I can't recall where this one was recorded. There are only two songs on the actual studio part of the demo, but one is 6 mins, and the other is a fucking 8 minute long epic. I have no idea what we were thinking in writing songs that long, but here they are. The other three songs on the tape are live at the Shaker high school battle of the bands. The sound quality is pretty good. I think we won.. I forget, I got kicked out of the school before we were done playing.
The band was influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Trouble, Priest, Cirith Ungol, Armored Saint, etc. Pat Janidlo the bass player and I were pretty much best friends, and fellow mall rats. I'm sure the band would have done some other stuff if I hadn't moved to San Francisco. I recall lots of line up changes on guitar, and drums. The main guitarist was Mike Campese who went on to play instrumental prog-metal. He put out a number of solo albums, and is still doing his own thing today. Listening to this makes me happy and really takes me back to being 18 years old. Metal!!!
Pat Janidlo & Mike Campese- battle of the bands
Me-Shaker High School Battle of the bands
Thursday, September 8, 2011
1.In Anger (Rejected)
3.Get With It
5.Out Of Hand
6.Something To Say
7.Not Against You
8.Without A Home
9.A Part Of Me
10.A Time To Fight
I saw Our Gang in around 1989 by accident at the Anthrax in CT. A bunch of my Albany friends and myself made the 2.5 hour trek out there to see/support our local friends No Outlet who were also on the bill. I recall being blown away by O.G., and until the last few years never realized they were from the NYC borough of Staten Island. Oddly enough Our Gang never released a proper record back in the day. Members went on to play in Citizen's Arrest, Born Against, etc.
A few years ago my friend Charles and I started talking about how much we thought they needed a proper release. Charles knew some of those guys and got in touch, and asked them if they'd do a discography record with us. They were into it, and months later the LP came out on our label Jack Roy Records. Here is a proper rip of a proper record. The LP contains both the 1988 and 89 demo's both recorded at Don Fury's. If you need an actual copy, get at me, I have a few left.