March 18, 2011


Yes. Tonight is the night of big bands. Let's get it started.
Our Turn (2003-2005) was a straight edge/youth crew hardcore band from San Francisco, California. As it often happens, a few kids, which share the same interests catch up somewhere (in our case at San Francisco State University) and decide that they have no choice, but form an awesome band, record songs and play shows! This is what happened to guys from Our Turn (i believe it was exactly as i described, hehe). So, after a while they record a 7 song demo tape called Step Aside at Dutch Oven recording studio. Everybody gets stoked on that demo (which was, btw, later released on 7" thanks to YB Rec.) and Our Turn begins touring the US and even play at Posi Numbers fest. In 2005 they record a MCD Catch Your Breath, which is still available on Youngblood Records only for 2$ (hurry up, kiiiids). Our Turn played its last show on April 10, 2005 at the 418 Front St. Project in Santa Cruz, CA.

Neck: vocals
Josh: guitar
Carlos: bass
Issac: drums


OUR TURN - Live @ Che Cafe 2005

March 17, 2011


Hey there! Tonight i am going to post about a young Canadian straight edge/hardcore band called Out of Sight. I have to admit i downloaded their demo tape some time ago, but i haven't listened to it until i got in touch with James, who plays in this band (it was like a coincidence), so i decided it's totally a sign for me to check OOS immediately. I liked their demo, so i decided more people have to find out about them (yes, all 5 followers i have here) and now, as you can see, i am making this post and writing shit (while listening to Out of Sight, of course). So! I decided to ask James a few questions and make like a short interview, which would help to introduce them.
p.s. Out of Sight "Demo 2011" tape was sold out really fast on React! Records

N.: What's up James? How is it going? Tell us, please more about Out of Sight. Like, who are the members, what was the goal of making a band. What are good and bad characteristics of the members?
J.: Not much; awesome! Out of Sight is: Chad (vocals), Stephanie (bass), Alex (drums), and myself (riffs). When Chad and I came up with the idea to start the band, we really had no goal other than to deliver the Straight Edge reality, but we ended up with a band that's all vegan as well, so that's an added bonus. Not to toot our own collective horn or anything, but I guess we're the first straight edge band in the city made up of all kids aged 23 and under in a really long time, so that's kind of cool.
N.: I saw on OOS blogspot that the first post was made on Now, 13th 2010. When did you start rehearsing?
J.: We started jamming around September 2010 when we finally started renting a jam space with our friends in Tempest.
N.: Classic: where from comes the name Out of Sight?
J.: It's lyrics from the song "Out of Time" by Burn, a crucial band with lyrics that pertain to a lot of what we're about. I guess there's some dingleberry rock band that's been around for a while with the same name, so hopefully they don't sue us, since "Out of Sight A.D." would be a totally weird vibe.
N.: What's a Nerd Crew? is it like an inside joke or a real crew? I am curious!
J.: It's basically an inside joke referring to our group of friends (definitely not a crew), but there's a somewhat serious sentiment behind it. We wouldn’t have gotten into hardcore if we didn’t feel alienated from mainstream culture in some way, so it’s hard to understand why anyone would want to use it as another stepping stone to be cool. We feel that hardcore shouldn't be some easy, casual scene in which people can just front like they're hard and barely get involved, and it shouldn't mirror the rest of society's ignorance and insincerity. No cool guys in hardcore.
N.: What can you tell about hardcore/punk scene in Vancouver? Is it full of shit or a heaven on the Earth? haha What are your fav local bands? 
J.: It's hard to generalize since there's a lot going on in punk, so I'll mainly discuss the all ages hardcore scene (which I'm stoked on). Admittedly, I moved here late in the game and everyone reminds me that I missed an era of great hardcore shows in the city, and the all ages scene is somewhat smaller now than it was in the heyday of bands like Go it Alone and Blue Monday, but there's still lots of dedicated people supporting the scene. The older heads have continued to hold it down by playing in great bands and putting on shows, and there's a lot of younger kids coming out, so I think things can only go uphill from here. Keep it Clear, Circles, and Vacant State are some of my favorite local bands, and I'm psyched to play Damages' first show in a while. Also, if you dig the guest vocals on "Count the Years", stay tuned for an upcoming 7" from Tongue Tied. They are a bunch of legit freaks who love Reserve 34. There's a ton of great bands in the city and not all of them are totally affiliated with the all ages hardcore scene, so I'll make a convoluted list of what I'm into:
The Bands:
Lush Vegetation (80's style hardcore in the vein of the FU's and Jerry's Kids)
Tempest (heavy influence from Uranus/One-Eyed God Prophecy and Takaru/Burial Year. They released a next-level LP a while back.)
Consequence Crew (serious Brotherhood and Confront vibes)
Spectres (Joy Division-inspired post-punk)
Fear of Tomorrow (ripping d-beat)
Wild Cravings (my other band... sorry for the shameless self-promotion. Down-tuned Scandinavian-style d-beat)
N.: Any plans for future? Shows, new records, tours, merch? Tell me everything! 
J.: Our next show is the Damages record release with Vacant State and Consequence Crew, and that's a totally stacked lineup. We also have a tentative plan for a mini tour to B.C. and Alberta, and we want to play Washington as soon as we can. A confirmed dude already wants to help us put out a 7" that we haven't written yet, but I'm sure we'll be able to get the ball rolling on that in due time. Also, once we settle on a tight shirt design and scope out a good deal, we're printing shirts and hoodies. So long as we're not keeping secrets: we will fuel the hype by putting some shirts up on fake eBay auctions and driving up the prices into the hundreds.
N.: Your last words (sounds creepy, btw)
J.:  Fuck bar culture. It's ok not to drink. Celebrate hardcore history. Thanks!


Out of Sight - Demo 2011 (tape)


March 7, 2011


Bluesbreaker (2009-) is probably my favorite band in local Ukrainian scene, and this has nothing to do with the fact that all of them are amazing kids and good friends of mine :)
BB were formed in 2009, guys came together to play fast and angry music, but how it often happens, rehearsal sessions showed that they created their own sound, which locals jokingly describe as hardcore/blues. And they definitely got the blues. First show and first demo tape (Demo 1910) release was on July, 3rd 2010. The demo was released both on tapes (thanks to Backed Up Records) and on CDs (thanks to Love Pills and Whiskey Records). In autumn of 2010 guys hit the studio to record a sooper-dooper EP called Chain Gang, which is going to be released on 7" (thanks to Juggernaut Records) in March 2011. Recently Bluesbreaker had a mini-tour in several Russian towns with another great band The Pack (post about them coming soon, ha).

Bluesbreaker is:
xmikiex - vocals
Alex Young - drums
Don Anton - guitar
Ilya Kotik - bass


Bluesbreaker - Demo 1910

Bluesbreaker - Chain Gang EP (2010)

Live shots:
Bluesbreaker (live @Sokol 01.08.2011)
Bluesbreaker (live @Sokol 03.04.2011)


March 3, 2011


Rations (2009-) is a straightforward hardcore band from Washington D.C. They played their first show on Dec 19, 2009. All i can say is that they play really hard and are the good representatives of modern D.C. hardcore music scene. Members also play/played in Coke Bust, Sick Fix, State Violence, Death Rats, No minion, Lotus Fucker. The demo cassette was released on Trash King Productions
Nicktape - bass
Jeremy - guitar 
Vogel - guitar
Blam - drums
Parsons - vox


Rations - Anger and disgust Demo (2010)
  1. Natures mistake
  2. Bodies of persuation
  3. First to die
  4. All is well
  5. Good Riddance 

Rations - Live @ St. Stephen's Church (Washington D.C.)

p.s. flyer from the 1st show

Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks (1995-2002) was a band from Maryland/Washington D.C. (my favorite area, i guess)
First time i came across with this band in Milkshake Fanzine (D.C. Issue), one of interviewed guys told that if he could change history, he would love to play in the band called Crispus Attucks. I am a very curious person, that's why i decided to check what was so awesome about this band. All i can say - i wish i've discovered them earlier. Their music can be described as an outstanding mix of fast hardcore punk music and addiction to skateboarding! During their life CA released 4 awesome records on Soda Jerk Records and Six Weeks Records. Former members now play/played in 86 Mentality, Wasted Time, Goverment Warning.

Crispus Attucks - The first album (1998)
  1. Crispus Attucks
  2. Not a crime
  3. Pi
  4. Live your own life
  5. Go humanitarian
  6. Pyssed
  7. Apathy
  8. Evolve
  9. Foolkiller
  10. Kill the whitehats
  11. My way
  12. Revolutionary fun
  13. Burn in effigy
  14. Hidden track

Crispus Attucks - Destroy the teacher (2000)
  1.  Abaca
  2.  If not P the @
  3. Thrashin'
  4. Convenience Kills
  5. D.T.T.
  6. Survivl
  7. Separation of the people and hate
  8. America's War
  9. Raise your head
  10. Deny youth culture
  11. The articles of libertaria
  12. Falling in shame
  13. Bloody Lies
  14. Under The Banner Of King Death
  15. Dead idols dead
  16. (no title)

  1.  One, two, three...Die!
  2. Danger in the streets
  3. School of Assassins
  4. December 15, 1891
  5. If We Can't Have It, We're Gonna Take it
  6. Red Black Blood Attack
  7. Native Son with No Nation
  8. The Fight Remains The Same
  9. Drug the war
  10. The new slavery
  11. The rage and the fury
  12. Deconstructing
  13. I Dont Want To Destroy Everything
  14. She sells, and so do you
  15. I pledge...
  16. Sick-o

Crispus Attucks - Yo Peho! (2002)
  1. Revolution Now!
  2. Year of black
  3. Yo Peho!
  4. HC-Punk Capitalism 2 (Its For the Kids)
  5. Inhuman Law
  6. My god rides a skateboard
  7. Insurrectos
  8. Kapitalismo! (Its For the Kids Part 1)
  9. In Xochitl In Cuicatl
  10. New slavery 2


First i'd like to say that this is going to be my the very-very first post on this blog, so i am pretty nervous about it. I came out with the idea of creating my own blog a few weeks ago and it took me so much time to make the first step, i just hope not to fuck this up. So, no more words. Only music. Enjoy!