Thursday, February 2, 2012

Back from the dead... RED SKY - Monster Squad

It's always amazing to me how much you are connected to other people just based on the fact that you were once into or are still into people screaming into microphones and throwing their bodies around without any regard. This little thing we have called hardcore has once again amazed me. I stopped into a local audio shop tonight called Custom Audio in Erie, from a tip that they might have 45 adapters for my records. Alas they did not but I gained much more than expected. After bull shitting with the guy working there, I mentioned that I've been collecting records since I was around 14 years old. Mostly hardcore/metal stuff. The Gentleman working there named Ken was also into hardcore at one point in his life, We discussed, Snapcase records, EYEHATEGOD shooting up in the back of IQ records, the Continental Ballroom shooting, and old Erie Memories. I Come to find out we know the same people but have never met.
Ken and I continue to talk and he pulls out aburnt copy of the unreleased RED SKY ep that never saw the light of day. If you are unfamiliar with RED SKY you can check out an earlier blog post here. I was floored. I remember hearing a track back in 2002 (I think off but that was it. Being the RED SKY fan-boy that I am, he let me get a copy of the ep which I now share with you! It always feels good to lift something from the grave and give it new life. So here you are in all it's glory...the "Monster Squad" EP. Many many many thanks goes out to Ken Mason over at Custom Audio for providing me the CD-R and the memories!

PS I'm looking for Knife Behind the Smile on LP if anyone's got one and they would like to part with it. Hit me up at

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Like I said before I would upload DA REAL DEAL for whoever requested it and here it all is. The DEMO, and the 2 split 7"s. I've always been into 90's east coast hardcore and anything back ta basics. DA REAL DEAL, was a hardcore band from NEW JERSEY in the mid nineties,

Playing all around the tri state area, with bands like burnside, dysphoria, krutch and others. I had heard about DA REAL DEAL through back ta basics records.... once again rick ta life, showing me tons of bands I would have never heard of.

This was the time of no internet, and I lived 7 hours from any of the shows happening in the general SEPA/NJ area. also being 15 and not having a car didn't help. So information on bands just kinda trickled through word of mouth. So just so this doesn't get lost to the sands of time here is all their stuff for you


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Self Decay was a short lived hardcore band from Poughkeepsie NY featuring one of my favorite drummers in hardcore Rigg Ross. I had stumbled upon them through the Hardcore Pride Webring (Remember those?) At the time Ross had already recorded satisfaction which was constant rotation for me. He was also in skarhead, ragmen and madball for anyone thats keeping score.
It wasn't until years later that I picked up"Beneath the lies" which was released on Kevones record label TIME-SERVED RECORDS, which had put out setback, terrorzone, One4One, Denied and bulldoze. "Beneath the lies" is a six song EP that is straight up east coast hardcore. Punchy and tight drums has always been my thing, and this is full of it. The EP even features a guest track from Dan ONE4ONE.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Endless Fight Records - Heavyweights Compilation

I had a lot of people ask me to upload this little compilation put out by Connecticut based hardcore label Endless Fight Records.

Well here it is in its entirety


Sunday, June 6, 2010


I bought a new direct drive turntable 2 weeks ago (my old belt drive was fucked) and picked up a used stereo receiver off a local guy (my old pioneer has a blown right channel) so now I will be able to rip some 7"s and not have them sound like total garbage and missing the right audio channel!

This post is going to be short and sweet mainly because its about 1am and I've got to be up in a few hours. INHUMAN is a hardcore band from brooklyn New York.

This 7 inch was put out on back ta basics back in 1997. If you like NY/NJ hardcore this is right up your alley. My record didn't come with lyrics, so you'll just have to decipher these on your own

INHUMAN is still a band and is still playing shows around the NYC area check them out when you get a chance

PS: to the guy who requested DA REAL DEAL... I have all of their recordings already on a hard drive somewhere... when I find them I will upload them for you!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

this is dedicated to the two best humans I know

no music on this post...sorry!

my bassist jamison for taste the steel is a newsanchor for a local tv station (WSEE) here

my maniacal drummer nate king

and their antics on the way to taste the steel shows

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I had found out about clubber lang through a comilation put out by ENDLESS FIGHT RECORDS entitled Heavyweights. The comp had various bands who were upincoming at the time such as Unearth, Undying, Cipher, Diecast, Nora, & Unsound. Endless fight records went under in the early 2000's. and the Varisty Violence EP soon sold out quickly. The CD is extremely hard to find nowadays, I've seen copies go for almost $100. Which is ridiculous, so I've decided to scan the entire layout for you, so you can have the lyrics. I've also included the Varisty Violence demo, and a compilation song entitled "PIPE DREAM" which can be found on "Best of the best northeast" which has a lot of great east coast bands like inhuman, tears of frustration, One4One, Holdstrong, Indecision and more. Clubber Lang apparently did a reunion at this is hardcore fest last year. I think it was cold world with cooper on vocals. I don't really have too much info on that. I never got the chance to see Clubber Lang. I've heard stories of crazy shows, golf clubs and Hawaiian shirts. Maybe if you talk to someone from New Jersey they will drop some knowledge on you. Enjoy!

"PIPE DREAM" from Best of the best northeast compilation