Tuesday, June 16, 2020
I am admittedly not too well versed in the South American Hardcore scene. I am very familiar with a lot of the anarcho and crust bands from there but this kind of hardcore hasn't really been something I've dived into at all. I started checking out some bands after I streamed the Tomar Control lp that came out last year (check it out, it's great!) and came across bands like En Mi Defensa, Vieja Escuela, Las Palabras Queman and Vos Me Fallaste. I imagine those bands are staples in their scene and very well known but they were brand new to me. They're from the straightedge side of the scene which isn't really a scene I'm familiar with, even out here. I've been straightedge for half my life but never really got into the bands. Shit, I've only been to like 3 straightedge shows in my life! Ask me to name an active sxe band from LA, I can't!
Vos Me Fallaste stood out to me the most because of their lyrics, they're very personal and the vocals are absolutely perfect for them. Frustrated and desperate at times. Musically I kind of hear something similar to Verse but I've never been good at comparisons. It's really disappointing that they only recorded 1 record but it's also kind of enough?
The band was from Argentina, active from 2008-2013 and then reformed for one more show in 2015.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
This is a compilation of Korean hardcore released as a benefit for the GBN Live House and it fucking kicks ass! I highly recommend everyone go check it out and buy it! It's super cheap and is for a great cause, all of the money goes to GBN and they really need it as they have suffered some major flooding. This is also a great gateway to a bunch of Korean bands you otherwise would've never heard of! I am super excited to look deeper into Look and Listen!
Please check it out and support the venue and bands!
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
I'm not really sure where K!ll K!ll The Nurse were from but I want to say Fontana or Pomona. I'm also not sure how long they were active either but my best guess is 2004-2006. I just straight up don't know much about them other than the fact that they stuck out like a sore thumb at most of the shows they played. They were part of the DemonxChuff crew scene, so they'd always be playing with bands like ACxDC, Super Ninja Robot Fighter, Bastardass and AxRxM. I never got to see them play but would follow their myspace page and really dug their songs.
It took me forever to finally get my hands on the full demo. I ended up getting ahold of one of the band members after a few years of asking around and she was super nice and sent me the demo. By the time I got the demo, I had been seeking it out for around 9 years so getting to listen to it in its entirety was incredibly satisfying.
I heard through a friend that they had started getting together and practicing again not too long after they sent me the songs. I was tempted to reach out and ask if I could attend a practice but I didn't really know them personally so I thought that would've been a bit weird. They never ended up playing publicly again so I kind of regret not reaching out.
A big thank you to Celeste for sending me the recordings!
Monday, April 6, 2020
I remember the first time I saw Venganza play, the drummer, Juan, was wearing the oversized sombrero in the pic. Not just that, but these guys used to fill up the rim of the hat with chicharrones! The hat would get passed around and people would dig in and munch on them, or they'd end up on the floor because he'd still play with it on even if it was full.
Over the years their line up changed and I always liked to look at their line up changes as different phases of the band. The first line up lasted about a year. They put out a solid demo, nothing groundbreaking but it still ripped! Then came their second line up that brought in Gilbert on vocals and David from Mugre on bass. This was my favorite line up and this is the line up released a 7". I'm not sure how long Gilbert was in the band but it feels like it was around 2 years. There were talks about doing a few splits but I don't think they ever got around to recording anything after the 7". After some time, Gilbert and David both left the band and Oscar joined in on vocals. Oscar had previously played in Degrading Humanity, All Gone Dead and Send the Dogs and he's currently in Fissure. I wasn't really too big on this line up. A split lp with Raiser was released by this line up.
Band called it quits and Juan joined Generacion Suicida on bass for a bit. Half of Venganza formed another band called Coraje in 2016. They released a demo that someone felt had a bit too much reverb, played a few shows and then broke up by the end of 2017.
Tus Heroes No Son Los Mios 7"
Split with Raiser
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
A few years ago I set up a show and convinced 3 of my favorite bands to get back together and play. La Voz was one of them. I hit up their singer Mario and he seemed hesitant about it. After some heavy pestering on my part, he finally agreed.
What we got was a set that was just under 8 minutes. I didn't actually get to watch them play but listening from the door, they sounded great! They just ran through all their songs and wrapped up as fast as they could.
The entire show had been recorded but due to an idiotic mistake, all the recordings were deleted. This one only survived because I had it sent to me immediately the next day. I can't count how many times I've listened to it. I will forever be thankful to Mario and the rest of the band for playing this show.
There's a band photo somewhere out there that I really wanted to use but I couldn't find it.
These are all the same songs from the "Me Das Asko" tape. Shittier quality with a little too much static and reverb. Some songs are slightly different and it's actually pretty cool to listen to this and then go onto listen to the finished product and see how much more refined it is.
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.