25 November 2008

NCxHC the salad days ...

We we're the brainchild of 2 20 something hardcore kids.1 who'd just got a drumkit and 1 who wanted to play around with a 4 track.From memory this conversation was happening on a wednesday and by Friday lunchtime we had 1 cheap $2 microphone taped to a chair above the drumkit and another cheap microphone hung in front of the Torque 50w 1x12" combo guitar amp driven by a Boss DS-1 and Gibson SG.The drums sounded horrible like pots and pans ... not only on the recording but live too but that's exactly how we wanted it .... and didn't have a choice anyway.The bass was played through the amp or straight into the 4 track I can't remember but of course it sounded horrible.It was some cheap Fender Jazz bass copy and sounded like wet cardboard.The Spirit Bass it became known as.A hangover from Luke Crew's days as Xclaim! 'bassist'.The vocal booth was basically crouched under an old mattress in an attempt to be able to scream and not have the neighbours ring the cops sensing bloody murder was taking place.It was an ingenius idea that did absolutely nothing.I just thought it was funny making someone as uncomfortable as possible while recording vocals.... that was until I got under there.You'll find 99% of these vocals to be first takes.
I'd had enough by now and returned home hooked it up to a stereo and proceeded to "mix" it down to a normal casette to run off dub's.I think we did 25 of this one.All hand numbered on TDK D60 tapes.Anything else was an unofficial dub/bootleg/fan club release so don't pay too much for it.
The response from people we knew was somewhat positive.The response from people who didn't get it well fuck them anyway.
For some reason unknown to us talk began to reach the point of a live performance.Obviously this 2 man wrecking machine would have to be expanded into a 4 peice.Luke Crew decided to publicly cement he's reputation that he cannot do anything in a band besides sing by adopting the drummers position.I of course was well documented for my inability to sing for bands so i stayed put on the guitar slot.Chippa Youth from Disengage was recruited/told by us that he was singing.Luke Crew drafted some young prodigy of he's in to assume bass duties and we were off practicing in Luke Crews house while adding 1 additional original track penned by Chippa Youth and a splattering of cover songs.What next?Another deemo.This time we booked a couple of hours time at Arc Up studios in Mayfield whereby we recorded again on the same trusty 4 track but using this opportunity to use some battered old Shure mics to replace the $2 ones we'd broken before.
This had a much wider release by way maybe 50 copies on whatever we could get our hands on and also included a lyric sheet to sing along with.

The idea was for something along the lines of the early D.C hard
All totalled there was 5 shows 1 riot and 1 live auction.
The famed local all ages hardcore hotspot of the Black Box in Hamilton was the site of our first and last performance.It was loose,scrat

chy and "a bit fucking rough" according to Jay Snapshot.
Show #3 was moved to a loft somewhere on Hunter st after the Black Box show wa

s canceled for some reason.I remember this for the hardcore kids sitting on the couch in front of the stage and telling these scumbag crustys to fuck off.Next someone refered to as DJ Sean came in swinging a chain during our set and Luke Crew was attempting to calm everything from behind the drumkit and I was attempting to calm everything by swinging my guitar at the fuckhead closest to me.Someone grabbed it mid air and foiled that plan.We played the rest of our set till someone pulled the plug during Nightstalker when kids were just literaly smashing anything/anyone.Great show happy 25th birthday craig edge.
The last time we ever played was at the Black Box in Newcastle at one of the Hardcore Superbowls.Everyone was there.perfect opportunit

y for some fun.During the day I secured a copy of The Angels LP for $1 from Rice's bookshop.I then proceeded to xerox the front,back and labels from SSDecontrols "kids will have their say" LP and glue them over the Angels record.Labels too.Then bag it.It looked legit.So during the set before we played "reco

rd collectors fucking rule" I halt proceedings and say hey we're having an impromptu record auction and as I take it out of the sleeve the vinyl falls out and Jay yells out "worthless now... smash it" so i smashed it over my knee and 

a few kids screamed (one like an utter girl) and threw the peices into the crowd as we rip into it and kids are fighting over it.All was good till someone decided to examine a peice of the smashed record that revelaved an alternate label underneath.Haha GOTCHA!
For what it was and how we did it when we did it and why we did it somehow it came out ok and I had a lot of fun doing it.More so than any other band I've ever been in before or since 10 years later.After hearing some kids in Right Idea even asked me to record their demo.I did .. still have the original 'reels' from it too.
The insert we kinda copied off Poison Idea 'record colle

ctor's are pretencious assholes' LP with all these records layed out.we had so many it took 4 photos.I remember someone not wanting the 1st Motorhead LP in the picture but fuck it I slipped it in anyway .. besides it was on the Poison Idea record so why not?There was a line in 'record collectors rule' I wrote "3 copies of Kids Will Have Their Say" cause between me and Luke we had 3 copies of it.
The cover on the first deemo was inspired by the back of the Project X 7".The old Islington Bowling Club where amongst the hookers and drug addicts many a plan for bands and zines and other assorted projects were hatched and some of the best shows in Newcastle punk rock history were held there before it got levelled and bulldozed to the ground and so began the days of the Black Box all ages shows.This was a bit of a changing point really.The people who owned the bowling club let us have show's there and basically run wild as long as we stayed off the lawn bowls greens and they sold plenty of cheap beer.It was also in kind of a bad part of town.Slap bang at one end of the red light district

 actually.When things moved on to the Black Box it started to clean up a lot.Instead of a handful of kids who were straight there was literally an explosion of hooded sweatshirts and dogpiles now but very clean cut.Very Americanised in a way.Bills were no longer as mixed as they used to be.Hell if you remember Arms Reach their first show was with Pitbull Attack , Xclaim! & Nasenbluten a hardcore techno outfit.There was also a committee of tagged along with the Black Box and well ... yeah it just didn't have the same vibe now looking back.
A time we'll remember

Download the entire 8 track demo here : Record Collectors Fucking Rule


Cade said...

I'm glad i stumbled across this blog.

The NxC Wolfpack Deemos are nothing but classics in my eyes, so it was good to read some background on them.

Also at that loft show all the crusts were sitting on a lounge infront of the band drinking goon bags. NC Wolfpack starts and you get right up close with your guitar, stumming it in their faces. Then all the HC kids get in front of them and i guess all hell breaks loose. If i remember correctly the guy comes in smashing shit with the chain, ranting about how all the hardcore kids would have gotten beaten up back in the day if it wasnt for him? Then Luke says 'Sean, are you gonna use that chain?'. And he looks down dejected and goes 'nah, i'm not' ha ha.

Oh and i sent you $5 for The Edge Of Quarrel 10 years ago, needless to say i didn't get shit in return...Maybe some PDF's might are in order!

eating crow said...

Actually he was swinging a chain around because a few hours before he was whining about how the bathroom smelt like shit and I was next to it tuning up and said maybe you shit yer pants again Sean.That loser was only a year older than me anyway he just looked 40 cause of years of drinking low quality goon. No zine? 10 years ago? I'll take yer word for it but I gave all my copies to the original bass player from FMD who did a "communications thesis" on underground street press and used me for the basis of it.Needless to say I never got them back otherwise I would make a book of them all.Talk Is Cheap too.
Keep reading lots more stories,recordings to come.

Clint said...

One gig I seem to recall of NC Woolpack was at Murray's shed. Chipper didn't show, and seeing as I was originally recruited for the position as frontman but later ousted due to being from Sydney, I filled in. What a claim to fame. I'm sure it was atrocious, but glorious all the same.
Cliff 'choke' Chumpman aka Cling Wrap aka Baby Faced Pit Assassin or whatever else I might have been known as back then.

Clint said...

I forgot to mention that it was I who was responsible for a bunch of the "fan club" editions of this classic tape. Mostly made for penpal's abroad.
I'll be sure to get any royalties owing sent out to the original line-up members once I see trade from my foreign friends for those tapes sent out all those years ago. Sorry for cutting you out of the deal.
Craig, do the scene a favour and post the Disengage recording on your blog otherwise some shark might have to make a "fan club" edition of that, on vinyl to boot (pun very much intended).

SS-STEW said...

Mate the download links on this page seem to be cancelled out or some shit. My email is eddie_gein54@hotmail.com and I'd love to get in contact to get some pdf/mp3 material of whatever you have to offer!