One of the best tattooists in Australia
26 May 2009
"Does anyone give a shit about this band at this point?" -Drew Stone | Antidote – Vocals | N.Y.C. May 2009
If you ask me that's quite and understatement but entirely understandable.
Stories,videos and perspectives can be read/viewed here : Tribute to A7 Club 12/2008 NYC
Antidote,Urban Waste,The Abused and more.Read on,watch & wish you were there.Then AND now
25 May 2009
Don't wanna read & just look at pictures?Go here then:http://picasaweb.google.com/edgeofquarrel
Nothing that isn't elsewhere in the blog just all the pictures gathered together for your viewing, downloading, commenting & laughing pleasure.
20 May 2009
Edge Of Quarrel on last.fm
I just answered a friend request on last.fm from an old friend I hadn't heard from in about 10 years and what do I see on the homepage under free downloads?
None other than one of my old bands.Probably the worst track they could have added but hey what the fuck I got a kick outta seein it.
YOU can have your top 40 sHit song I'll take this ...
Yes this was reissued & remixed by Revelation on the Chain Of Strength - The One Thing That Still Holds True LP and I for one fucking hated it. Maybe I was used to my worn out cassette dub of the 7" vinyl or a purist or something else but either way you can download the original vinyl mix here and hear for yourselves.
There were multiple pressings of this 7" so the one you're gonna get here is the First Strike UK pressing on blue vinyl limited to 1500.
I liked this better than the True Till Death 7" and t this day remains one of my favourite hardcore e.p's 15 years down the line...
Front cover First Strike Records UK Pressing Blue Vinyl
Back cover.Hand numbered of course . ..
Lyrics were printed on the inside cover
A & B Labels
This was a somewhat blue and faint white marble mostly blue though ...
First Strike mailorder flyer in the 7"
They even took credit cards back then ..This video contains a ridiculous amount of information regarding the different pressings of this 7"
Here's a good post about Chain Of Strength on Double Cross
19 May 2009
I'm 35 years old and this ep still sends a shiver down the spine...
Download the Alone In A Crowd ep here
Download a 3 page interview from Hardware Fanzine #5 Summer 1994 here
04 May 2009
02 May 2009
So there's been over 1000 visitors/readers/downloaders now from all over the globe from such far flung corners as Norway, England, Canada, Chile, Brazil, America and even Australia.That's way more than we could have ever done with the paper zine no matter how many trading lists or classifieds it was posted on and even more people have heard the music that was made back then than could have ever been reached with tape trading ect.
That brings up the torrent post.I though it was a valid post and sure I download my share of movies (this axxo guy is fuckin great) and hell I've even got letters from my isp about downloading Apple iLife '09(which sucks by the way) but the technology can be used for sharing much in the same way as tape trading did.Besides most of it's out of print anyway.
Keep reading,keep downloading,keep listening,thanks for reading,add/trade links and I'll see what other fun artifacts I can dig up from this time we'll remember.
28 April 2009
Some guys in Boston around 1982 or so decided they'd release some long playing vinyl and the label which this long playing vinyl would be released on would be called Xclaim!
Fast forward some 15 years and cross the Atlantic/Pacific ocean and some knuckleheads with a PHd in pissing people off would not only swipe this labels name for their hardcore punk band but would also borrow the label logo and use it for their own.The name was always intended to be written as Xclaim! .. always.Never xclaim/exclaim/x-claim or any other variant.It used to bother me when people would fuck up such a simple thing.
The savvy reader would also notice the design of the deemo cover followed the tried and true or only way we knew how,design of xTalk Is Cheapx zine.Cut, paste, xerox, backgrounds, scissors, glue and coca cola.I hand wrote "punks dead you're next" on one side cause I was listening to Slapshot on my Sony Walkman while waiting to photocopy it at Officeworks. Mind you I had absolutely nothing against punk rock.It was what I first listened to before finding MT,Flag,7 Seconds,YOT ect.Fuck I even played guitar for 10 years in the most hated punk rock band in the country (more on them later).But ... at the time it was always brought up by the nasty punk rockers who thought we hated them cause they drank.Wrong.I hated crass lovin hippie peace punks then because they were stupid fucking deadheads and I still fucking hate crass loving hippie peace punks now.But no matter how many times they would argue till they were pink in the face that we were trying our hardest to be American,real punks from England,we were fascist,hated people who drank, seperatist, elitest or just wanted to call us assholes I would always oblige them if I wasn't too busy.Fuck there was even a track about them on our deemo!They should be flattered.
So Xclaim! was as real as a band could be that would write,record,practice and play out.
We never toured but did take a few roadtrips to where a show was and we'd happen to play it. We never played in any bars though.All Ages only.Not by choice sadly.
The original spark that would go on to explode as Xclaim! was in fact called Shutdown.This was sometime around early '95.I played guitar,Luke was singing,Chippa Youth was on bass and Max Peoples was on drums.We played 1 show with this lineup at the Las O'gowrie Hotel in Wickham just a bottles throw from the seminal Morrow Park Bowlo.There may also be a practice tape of this lineup practicing in Max's backyard but am yet to locate it.Guaranteed it sounds like absolute dogshit though. From memory the Xclaim! track "fruits who fall" was a Shutdown original that Chippa Youth wrote different lyris for.Luke Crew's original was,even for the time,quite thought provoking with lyrics something about gender and pink and blue?
One day Chippa Youth informed me there would be a lineup change and I was now singing,he was playing guitar and Luke was playing bass and some surfer type guy from Stockton was the new drummer.Not your typical long haired combi drivin surfer type dude though no was this guy was an absolute drum machine.Reminded me of Bratton the way he'd be all over that kit like a cheap suit.Rolls,fills the works.This lineup played some shows here and there and we'd practice in he's room in Stockton through miniscule amps that you couldn't hear a thing through.After a while he left and we enlisted F.M.D frontman Drew Direction as our new drummer and this is the lineup we had for the deemo tape:Luke Crew on the spirit bass.The "spirit bass" was a no name Fender Jazz Bass copy made from cardboard that had a Spirit sticker on it.Hence the name.Chippa Youth played guitar and I was still pretending I could sing.
As for the recording that went down one night at Arc Up Studios in Mayfield.
In the rehearsal space.
With the drumkit mic'd up to 1 of the 2(count em) 4 track machines acting as a mixer going into the 2nd 4 track actually the recording the whole thing live.That's guitar, bass and drums.
This was all pretty much done 1 take too.
For vocals we kept the same setup as per the drums.I done the vocals straight through the entire tape and if you listen that far you can hear how out of breath I was by the Infest cover and there was no way they'd let me redo it.
So we had our ghetto 8track recording done and went and waited for Polar Bear (Future Arms Reach bass player) to give it a mixdown to a normal tape for home dubbing.They were all numbered too.Up to 100.
As for the songs they wrote all the music and about half the lyrics.
We were going for a Confront,xCHORUSx ,Project X attitude and a general pissed off '88 vibe with crucial breakdowns and plenty of covers like
Beyond - One Kind Word
Cro Mags - Don't Tread On Me
Chain Of Strength - True Till Death
Infest - Mindless
Alone In A Crowd - Is Anybody There
Project X - Straight Edge Revenge
Youth Of Today - We Just Might
The bonus secret 'hidden' track was guest vocals by Luke Crew.I could never hit those high notes.
Without the backlash against sxe that was around at the time and the proliferation of heavy metal bands masquerading as hardcore this band would never have been in existance.
We somewhat reformed/revisted this ideal again under the NC Wolfpack banner but reached further back to the early 80s for a reference point.I liked that deemo better.
So there's some backstory on my 1st band.There will be more on this later no doubt.
Xclaim! deemo cover
Xclaim! deemo cover 2
Original cover photo
Original background photo
From 'This Fate" #5 zine
OLC? yes Crippled Youth?hmm not so sure ...
1st Arms Reach show
This was recorded and released as a CD on Snapshot Records
25 April 2009
It's about 6am on a sunday morning,you're up real early,nothin on TV so you check your favourite blogs for updates and you see this.
Every blog everywhere that is even remotely connected to hardcore needs to have this video on it.
Head on over to http://doublecrosswebzine.blogspot.com/2009/04/judge-what-was-said-and-where-it-went.html for the complete backstory.
23 April 2009
Download the No Reason - Someday 7" here
Local Newcastle band that I seen literally 100s of times.Mostly at the Hunter On Hunter Hotel.Which was pretty much the only place in town that had bands.Shows would start late here.Usually the first band didn't go on till around 10 or 11pm which meant a lot of late nights sitting on that bus bench out the front which is where the NCWolfpack started.In a bar to see bands but wanting to avoid the absolute fucking tools that inhabited the bars.This wasn't (contrary to popular belief) a case of hating people who drank because we didn't,it was that during the early/mid 90s Newcastle per capita would have to have the absolutely highest rating in the whole country of absolute complete fucking tools.From the shazzas sipping wine coolers to the mullets slamming VB and Beam between the 2 of them they sucked dicks from here to eternity.Besides ... there was always plenty of jabbers doing laps in their shitbox Toranas to laugh at.
The Hunter on Hunter was on a corner.This meant an intersection and traffic lights.Our bus bench was about 10ft before the light.The scenario of a jabber yelling shit at you out their window then screeching to halt for the light then "dropping a set" as it turned green only to be pulled over instantly by the cops who were always sitting in the side street happened often and was always comedic.
That was Newcastle.Nothin's changed either.30 Seconds after getting out of the car at the recent Gorilla Biscuits show and dicks were yellin out of windows.They've swapped Toronas for Skylines now though....
We didn't have much but we had bands and No Reason was one of our favourites.We knew the guys,they were into hardcore like us and on occasion they would play a bit faster than the Jawbreakerish melodic stuff that made up the majority of their set.
Aside from this 7" they also released 2 CDs ,1 on their own Life After Latex label "way splattered youth" and "above all" on Spent music.Legend has it there was also a split CD in the 'Spent Singles Club' but I don't know anyone who ever got one.
Theren went on to form Creeping Jesus who played around the early 2000s and had a self released CD
No idea what Spike is doing
Luke was also in some other local pop punk type bands.Before pop punk was a bad word.
So this is the "Someday" 7" DIY self released marble vinyl hand numbered limited to 500.
22 April 2009
Download Arms Reach - thanks! 7"
You could practically fill a book with stories about this band.
But stories are not exactly the purpose here.
The backstory goes that the pressing plant fucked up the pressing of the Arms Reach 7" so Clint Shortfuse made up these strictly limited "cool crew" editions to give away to friends.
It was a copy of the Heresy 7" in case you're wondering.
But anyway,download it,look at the pictures and think of a time when bands had something to say and didn't care so much about their makeup and girls jeans.
A side label
B side label
Insert side 1
Insert side 2
Sticker with the 7"
Flyer.... don't order long sold out (the record that is)
Arms Reach @ The Black Box in Newcastle
Doug Till Death on bass , Smiggo on 2nd vocals