Tuesday, October 23, 2018
It's been 10 years since this took place. This line up still blows my mind! The weekend was amazing and although it didn't end well, it was still incredible to see so many people from so many places. It actually felt like there was a real sense of community. There were a couple of pre-shows that were also really fun and another thing that really stood out to me was just how much good merch there was!
Here are a few notes of some things I remember from this weekend:
-I had just gotten my first job a few months before this show and almost got fired because I called off all 3 days.
-¡Libérate! and I released the 'Amor Y Pasion' 7" just in time for this weekend. We all chipped in for it and were able to get it done for pretty cheap. It's still one of my favorite records and I'm pretty proud to have been involved in it.
-Venganza opened up the show and it was nothing but homies in the front. Same for ¡Libérate! on the third day when they opened and we were all wearing our red ¡Libérate! shirts. Sick cheerleader section.
-October 23rd (the first night) was Hit Me Back's final show.
-Descarados didn't end up playing for some reason. They were also supposed to play a pre-show the day before the fest started but the power went out at the venue after Asko played. I finally got to see them play maybe like a year or two later.
-I'm not sure if Send The Dogs played because their singer Oscar had just been hit by a car like a week before the fest.
-Kontraattaque played a spontaneous 5 song reunion set on the second night after the disastrous Iconoclast reunion attempt.
-Austin (Blazing Eye) gave me a copy of the Asko tape which was the first Silenzio Statico release. Within a few months, the bands and people involved in the Silenzio Statico collective would make their mark and put the hood on the map.
-The venue got greedy and oversold the show on the third night. Crudos, Despise You and Crom were set to headline but the show got shut down right after Coaccion played. The cops were initially called in by neighbors because the "punks" were too cool to go inside and catch all the bands. All they wanted was to get wasted and see Crudos. Fuck you guys.
-Sergio from ¡Libérate! and a few other people tried to get everyone to sit down and show the fire marshals and cops that although the show was over capacity, that the crowd was under control. It obviously didn't work.
-There was a makeup show for the last 3 bands that weren't able to play. It happened in December but unfortunately the people that had traveled to the fest didn't get to enjoy it. I had to watch the show from the back because I tore my knee up bombing the hill at Universal Studios on my skateboard. Shitty timing on my part.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Lucha libre and Hardcore?! If you've been around, you know this demo already. This demo has already made the rounds but I was trying to download it again and couldn't find a link that worked. I got the tracks again from an old iPod and uploaded it in case anyone was looking for it. I saw them play once when they played the LA Latino Fest in 2008. Never got the chance again and that bugs me more than it should. They wore luchador masks on stage so I feel it would be wrong to identify the members here.
*That isn't the cover for this release but I just thought the picture was sick so I went with it.
Yes, I reused the cover from their demo. I couldn't find any other images. Quick refresher on this very short lived band; this band originally consisted of Sal and Ray from Mugre and Heric and Lalo from Kontraattaque. This line-up recorded a demo and uploaded a few songs on myspace, but not too long after that the band faced some internal problems that I won't get into. The page was deleted, the songs were deleted and for the most part, lost. Fortunately, I downloaded 3 tracks from their page. Unfortunately, the songs were in a computer I no longer had access to. I finally found an old iPod that had the songs and ripped them onto my computer a few weeks ago. This is not the full demo but it's a pretty good sampling of their music. At times very reminiscent of Kontraattaque but with a pinch of old school hardcore. Gang shouts in certain chorus parts and whatnot. What I personally love are the Spanglish lyrics. It just really worked for me. Their self-titled track is a fucking banger and one of my favorite songs ever! I know I've asked the members if they still had the complete demo and none of them did so I think this is all there is. Anyway, I hope you check it out as I consider this a lost treasure in the vast ocean that is LA Hardcore.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I feel kinda shitty posting this because it was never officially released. I've been wanting to post this for a reeeaaally long time but didn't want to piss off Tom. Pero mejor pedir perdon que pedir permiso or however that saying goes.
Krossed features members of Bastardass, AxRxM and ACxDC playing straight up catchy punk rock. Songs sung in both english and spanish. I'm sure I could compare this to something but I am honestly at a loss. The band was very short lived and only played like 5 shows.
These 7 songs were supposed to make up a 7" EP that I was supposed to release but the band broke up before it ever went to the pressing plant. I also recall being told that this was mixed and/or mastered by someone in Social Distortion so that's another interesting fun fact about this band.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
I finally think I'm ready to start getting these out there. I've been sitting on the vinyl since early November. This was supposed to be out in late October when they played a show with Subhumans but the vinyl arrived 4 days too late. Once I missed the deadline the urgency kinda faded so I sat on it for a while just leaving the boxes of vinyl sitting around while I waited for all the covers to be screened.
¡Libérate! play fastcore and are highly influenced by bands such as Crudos, Life's Halt, E-150, HHH, Discarga, etc. It's all sung in spanish and its all short and to the point. Based out of LA, the band was highly active from 2006 til about 2010 or so. After that, only getting together to sporadically play shows when time permits. The band features members highly active in the LA hardcore scene that have played in bands such as Asshole Assassination Squad, Bastardass, Syntax, ACxDC, Medic! and Fieldtrip.
The LP contains 49 tracks, including their entire first show, so its technically like 55 tracks. This collects the "Amor Y Passion" 7", their split 7" with Intifada from Chicago, 10 unreleased studio tracks (some meant for a Venganza split that never happened), 2 demos and their first live set. You can download the discography on this blog (look for it, I'm not making it that easy!) for free if you want to check it out. If you like it, please help me get rid of the stacks of vinyl by buying one.
I only did a small run of 300 records, which will honestly be it, at least from me, because there are other releases I'd like to get out there. Hand screened covers and hand stamped labels (not fun!).
I am open to trades as long as they're fair and the music is somewhat similar to this. Please get in touch to work out a trade. I am open to tapes as long as you put some thought into them, all I ask is they have decent inserts (no bare tapes with bare packaging!) and decent dubbing. I'm getting sick of people half-assing tapes and still charging $5!
Other than that the lp is $12 ppd. Wholesale is welcome. Distro's get in touch or if you know your friends are going to want a copy as well, get together and order them all at once for a hook up.
Get in touch at email@example.com
Up next right after this is the Krossed 7"
P.S. Label name is No Te Calles, if any of you were curious.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
I am absolutely in love with this demo! 8 tracks from this 4 piece out of Leganés. It's mid-paced and catchy as fuck! The vocals kind of remind me of Tony (Generacion Suicida) back in the early Vagrants days. Bouncy drums, solid bass lines and crappy (in a good way!) guitar! Thanks for reaching out and sending me a link to your music! I'm currently on my third play through. Come down to LA and bring Rata Negra back with you!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Yes, I know up until now this blog has been strictly brown but I have to make an exception for this. Because A) It's G.I.S.M. and B) You probably don't want to drop $50 on the new REMASTERED collection cd. This is surprisingly an official release by Sakevi. I won't say anything else because nothing else needs to be said.
The cover is unfortunate though.