Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I have spent many an awesome gig standing beside Iano Kelly singing along and jumping up on his shoulders.last saturday was another show to add to that long list.
Fireworks were awesome.

And come to this:

Its going to be a banger.

Friday, March 25, 2011

With this show you are fucking spoiled.Look at that lineup!!!!
Starters,Etcha AND
?!?!?!Get the fuck out of here!


I have had the privilege of seeing this band twice now.The first ime i dropped too much money on a flight to London to hook up with three crucial dudes,drive to Dover,get the ferry to Calais and then drive to Belgium.It was definitely worth it as i got to see these and ON.What more could you want?Had to do the journey back after this though.That was sketchy shit.Raf who runs Anger Battery records is a driving machine.(they also have a facebook page.Be awesome and click that link)
The second time i saw them was actually this show.It was part of the React! records showcase.It was an awesome two days where i met too many awesome dudes to recount here.Good times.

Get Mo have a bandcamp page up now.You had best click that shit.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


The day of getting your hands on the new Famine record is getting closer and closer.
I was going to have a countdown timer on here but no one reads this so whats the point.I REFUSE to ditch this and use tumblr instead.

Anyway this is going to be a banger of an event and its a dream come through for me to play Fibbers with the Bros.Hit up the facebook group for this and invite everyone.This is going to be a banger of an evening.Fact.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What up Nottingham?

Monday, March 21, 2011


is up for download at their bandcamp page.
Grab that and mosh most in your bedroom.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Atari appriciation 3:We'll Be Fighting/shirts

We'll be fighting was,as before and actually all Atari releases,is a banger of a 7".The songs on this record are all solid.Between 'Go!' and 'Up front' i honestly dont think you could ask for better songs.As i said before any song on this record is perfect to throw on a playlist and skate like fuck or in my case like ass.I never mastered skating much.I think thats why i like this band so much.I think i lived out my failed skating dreams through their music.Its a theory i guess.

silkscreen cover black vinyl /500 (blue ink)

Theres a press of this record that is a Double Decker "press" that is out /30.I use the term press loosely as it apparently is just a regular copy of the record and on the insert it says "Double Decker" and is numbered out of 30.It was done by the band when they were helping out in the shop.Now thats crucial.
There were also several copies with added sharpie action on the cover.

Those dudes must have been bored

There was also a Howard Stern 1/1.I guess im gonna need to find that too.
I must thank Jeff from the most crucial Right Idea for helping me out on this matter.Now if i could just convince him to give me his records....

On the subject of holes in my collection if anyone has the above version of 'Skate Tuff' i will be more than willing to give you ANYTHING

silkscreen cover green vinyl /200 (green ink)

green cover black vinyl /200

atari games cover /500

The flier on this shirt was originally done by Chris Bavaria from the rather excellent Mindset.He did good.

This was the first shirt i managed to snag on electronic was a youth medium but who am i turn that down?The seller was awesome enough to include the Kutztown straight edge sticker.That got him some super good feedback.It know takes pride of place on my bedroom wall.

If you want this shirt it has been reprinted with full permission of the band and is available over at Camp Records.You better buy one before i buy them all and dont have to worry about washing them.

Brett Barto
Do you have plans to do something else in the vain? of 'It Goes On'?

i'd love to do another showing in the future but i don't have any plans at this moment. there are a few places in philadelphia that will basically show anyone's work. you don't have to be an established or represented artist. i've been looking into something like that. low key. just to get some work out there for people to see. and believe me, i'm under no grand disillusionment that i'm a professional artist.

Are you working on anything at the moment?

see above. i'm always coming up with ideas for themes i'd like to feature in photos. it's just a matter of actually doing it. i'm trying to get back into drawing or at least sketching again too. in high school and college i'd find myself filling entire notebooks with frantic doodles. i love the look and feel of a page that's completely filled and imprinted with hand drawn lines.

Your photography is something i really dig on.What do you get out of it?

thanks. i think i've just always loved documenting aspects of my life. i constantly find myself framing up pictures in my head. looking at walls, shadows, reflections, dirt, garbage, whatever is in front of me. and documenting skate or camping trips is a no brainer. bike rides too. there's so much weird shit out there. when my knees and back finally give out on me i want to be able to sit down and flip through a stack of pictures and remember specific events that meant something to me. i guess that sounds pretty narcissistic and if it is so be it. i like trying to get "artsy" with shots of mundane tasks. like if i'm taking a picture of a friend setting up a tent or setting the coping into place on a ramp, i'll try to make it as interesting as possible. at least to my eyes. wow, i have a feeling these answers are gonna make me out to be some major art snob/douche bag. oh well, maybe i am.

Whats your current camera set up?

i have a sony cybershot DSCW50 from 2006 and a droid eris phone that has a photo app that i really like the look of. nothing special at all really. i'd like to get a new digital camera but it's definitely not a top priority. my cybershot has been buried in snow, caught in rain storms and covered in sand and it has yet to let me down.

"No matter what you say we'll be here and we'll be fighting"

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to Clay from NJ for helping me out ith a lot of info and sending me a shit tonne of fliers of Atari shows and a photcopy of Bretts Hardware zine.He is one crucial dude.

My super straight edge weekend soundtrack

Mainstrike-no passing phase


Supreme european straight edge.Never not awesome.
From the intro drums on 'confused' this record doesn't stop being AWESOME!

Clock the myspace for more tunes.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Poison Planet

Have a 7" coming out on Refused records and their two previous 7"s are going to be released as an lp by Carry The Weight.AMPED!
In the mean time head on over to their myspace and MOSH YOUR SOCKS OFF!!!!!!

From Robert over at Refused HQ:
Poison Planet is a Political Vegan Straight Edge Hardcore Punk band from Chicago, Il,. fronted by Nick Baran (HALFMAST, NO TIME LEFT and ThirdxParty Records). Their message is about personal and political resistance inspired by Howard Zinn and Naomi Klein and their raging pissed off hardcore is in the vein of Negative Approach, Violent Minds, 86 Mentality, The Repos, Positive Reinforcement, Discharge, and DYS. This is hardcore punk meant to communicate ideas, not just be the soundtrack for latest dance moves. In their words: POISON PLANET believe in doing your own research and thinking for yourselves. Our conclusions may not be your conclusions. We believe in Veganism, Straight Edge, and social activism. These are ideas, not commandments!.
So far, Poison Planet has two 7" EPs released on ThirdxParty. Their latest 7" will be released on Refuse Records in June 2011. The 12" version of this EP will appear in the US on ThirdxParty some time later. Apart from this, the first two EPs will also be released as a LP on Carry The Weight Records from the UK and the recordings from the demo will appear as a 7" on Offside Records from France.
Refuse Records is booking European tour for POISON PLANET, so don't miss them around. Check the dates below

22.06. Germany, Berlin, tba w/ Nothing
23.06. Leipzig, Plagwitz
24.06. Czech Republic, Praha, tba
25.06. Poland, Ferment Fest, Nowy Targ, Poland
26.06. Poland, Warszawa, Eufemia
27.06. Poland, Szczecin
28.06. Sweden, Malmo, tba
29.06. Sweden, Stockholm, tba
30.06. Sweden, Gothenburg
1.07. Denmark, AVAILABLE - GET IN TOUCH!
2.07. Germany, AVAILABLE - GET IN TOUCH!
3.07. Germany, AVAILABLE - GET IN TOUCH!
7.07. Belgium, AVAILABLE - GET IN TOUCH!
8.07. Holland, Amsterdam, Occhi w/ Raw Nerves
9.07. UK
10.07. UK
11.07. UK
12.07. UK
13.07. UK

I hope to get to a date on this.Lets go.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Starters came back from tour there two days ago.They were making a big noise in the UK teaching those brit bastards whats up.Heres a video of Ciarán doing an Alicia Keys cover.Voice of an angel.And he'll also record your band

Also coming up:

Red Enemy new bangers

Red Enemy have a new tune up and you should go listen to it and possibly put a family member or friend through a wall.

straight fucking banging


Seriously havent stopped moshing to these since i heard them.Actually incredible.
Milualkee is alive!

Download their demo here
and then buy shit from them on Hellfish.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Nuclear Death Terror tour diary

If you only have a passing interest in music i think you'll enjoy this tour diary by a fairly well established band.I have met Cormy a few times and he is indeed an awesome dude.Plus he also sings in Fag Enablerz.You should check them out.
Anyway Over the course of a long ass tour through Australia,Japan and Indonesia he kept a diary and its just a good fucking read.

On the subject of Japan im happy lady bitch,Derry and Sean are ok.
Lady bitch,this song is for you

Come home so we can drive around listening to this again.Carbon footprints be damned!


Give (Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Atari appriciation part 2:Skate Tuff

This was the first Atari record i ever bought.Funnily enough i bought it off Pauly Edge when my old band were on tour and played the same bill as Meltdown.They were big back in the day.I can still listen to Demolition and enjoy it though.Anyway i digress.I saw this in Pauly's distro and snapped it up fast

reg cover(1st press)clear green /104

I put it in a mailer i had in the van and finished tour.It ruled by the way.
I already had the mp3s of the discography and knew the songs.The majority of the best songs feature on this 7" for real.
'Go' is hands down one of my favourite Atari songs.Its just incredible and has lyrics taht really speak to me.Its positive and to me reflects what the band were all about

i'll never just sit back and watch
motivation and effort can change so much.
just when you think you've got nothing left to show,
thats the time you gotta get up,gotta get up and go
days go by so fucking but what gets done?
wasting life sitting on our ass,
blame everyone lets make a change
lets get out of that bed we made
never waste a single day
never let the moment fade

we can do so much i know
if we just start now and fucking go
no excuses im tired of those,
excuses are just wasted words.
get up and go!

That song inspired a line for one of the songs in one of my other bands.If you wanna read that as i ripped it off....i cant disagree with you.

The cover of this record is just awesome as well.Whats better than having skateboard on the cover of your record?Having a kickflip to indy sequence obviously.
To me Atari come to mind as much as Bones Brigade or Suicidal when i think of skate bands.Plus you could always shred listening to Atari.That was key to what made a good band.

reg cover black vinyl(2nd press) red ink for sleeve /832

This 7" to me is perfect.I know im slightly biased in saying that considering i love this band and sentimentally this was the start of my collection.The fact that 'Go' is on there is also a plus point.

Brett Barto interview continued:

How far afield did you guys tour?

the closest we ever got to an actual tour was 3 shows we played with Fastbreak and Reach the Sky starting in Wilkes Barre, PA and then off to Toronto and Montreal. it was just a long weekend jaunt but we rented a van, printed shirts and stickers and made limited edition covers for the Too Tired To Drive Home 7" which was pressed but the final covers hadn't arrived yet. so i guess Toronto was technically the farthest we ever travelled for a show. besides our Canadian weekend and the occasion show in Maryland, Buffalo, Syracuse and up around Boston, we never really got to play that far out of our "area". unfortunately we got a reputation for that too.

what was the deal with your set at the third Posi Numbers? Im to understand there was some fallout.

i don't want to retell the whole story (you can read it in the discography liner notes) but i will say that there were many factors working against us that night and in my head i definitely felt we were "off" as a band. not necessarily playing wise (although some in the audience that evening may beg to differ) but more so as a group. it didn't feel like the Atari all of us loved to be a part of and have fun with. suddenly there were heavier issues than "should i wear the chain of strength or turning point shirt tonight?" i was also really sick that night so i know that, at least in my head, that didn't help things. we got slagged pretty hard on the Rev board the following week for our on stage fashion. that was definitely the beginning of the end for us. and not just because of the posi numbers appearance. things were changing amongst ourselves regardless of how other people were viewing us. i guess if Atari ever had any "dark days" they would have been around that time. i'm probably making the whole thing sound really overly dramatic. our friendships were never threatened at any point, just different people started to have different priorities.

What was your highlight of being in Atari?

getting letters from kids all over Europe and Japan, seeing the first kid (who wasn't our friend) stage dive at one of our shows, starting to recognize faces and saying "what's up" to people i'd see at all the shows again like i did when i first got into hardcore, skating with friends before almost every show, stuff like that. actually, if i had to pick just one, i'd say it was a letter i got from a kid from Europe who wrote on the back of a paper bag while he was sitting on a like a four hour train going to visit his girlfriend. it was easily the most heartfelt and sincere correspondence i've ever received regarding the band. he didn't even really ask any questions or ask for a shirt or sticker or anything like that. he just offered his thoughts on our music and lyrics and how he could relate. i still have all the letters people wrote us but honestly that's one i still pull out and read occasionally. he definitely "got" what Atari was about. and i'm not saying that like we were trying to be elusive and mysterious so only an enlightened few would appreciate us. that couldn't be further from the truth. i could just tell from his writing that he was attached to the hardcore scene in a much greater sense than any limited edition colored vinyl could provide.

You recently had an Exhibition called It Goes On. Tell me a little about it.

my friend owns a skateshop in Bethlehem, PA and every other month they have a local artist display their work on the back wall. i had a specific vision of what i wanted to show and the timing was right so i asked him if i could show some work. i love that i was able to hold it at a local skateshop run by actual skaters who legitimately want to get the community involved with what they're doing. be it skating, art or music. it out.

What made you do it?

last winter i had a lot of things going on in my life that i'm sure weren't very apparent to friends or people around me but were affecting me pretty deeply. i'm not trying to sound overly dramatic but it got to the point where my head was getting pretty cloudy over decisions i had made and i knew something had to change and it needed to happen quickly. let's just say it definitely wasn't the most "posi" era in my life. i was out for a run one night and the streets were just so dark, cold and empty. it was the perfect setting for me to do some real "thinking" and try to figure out what needed to change. what i really needed was something to focus on. something to devote my energy towards that would have a tangible end result for me. i had been documenting my travels and daily sights with a crappy digital camera for almost 4 years at that point and had a high quality printer at my disposal so the idea of a photography show came to me pretty easily. i basically planned the whole show out that night on the run. "i'll choose a group of shots that mean something to me personally. i can screen print posters to promote it. i can design a zine to hand out at the opening...etc, etc, etc." by the time i got back to my house i had a rough gameplan of the whole show. it was a small show in a small skateshop but it was exactly the sort of thing i need to focus my energy on. all in all a great experience. the name of the show came from a Robert Frost quote, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." it fit perfectly with how i was feeling at the time.

like this shit

If you don't you're no friend of mine.
Latest tracks by Wardogs

Marks Get Set Go!

Birmingham straight edge 2006!
James' band prior to Times Together.He has always been playing what he loves.Good dude

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Bro for life.happy birthday.

Iron Curtain

New London straight edge bringin' down big ben.

Clock a track at their bandcamp.

Demo coming soon on I Drink Milk.

While investigating London check out Anger Battery records.Dude put out Rearranged so you know its good.

seekers of the truth

radio show out of Halifax on 88.1fm.
Wednesdays sees the seekers of the truth show covering all manners of shit from hardcore to crust.That could mean Life Long Tragedy following Tragedy.Imagine.
Show kicks off at 9-10:30pm.

Clock it at

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Devils Brigade and THE QUEERS

No NOT Rancid!I dont know what would give you the impression they were playing.
Loose Nut and the Dubtones supporting.This is the Nuts first show with Colin drumming.Its going to be a belter.

Well i shouldnt have blown my 'belter' load prematurely(fml) cause THE FUCKING QUEERS are playing a show starting at half eleven in Thomas House.Its billed as an after party and its 6 lids in.Its going to be awesome.
And the flier is a beaut too.

cannot wait

Truth Inside

Florida straight edge keeping it alive.
Their 2009 demo was a banger so you can only imagine how awesome they are now.Check them out here and buy their
shit here.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Googling Jim Philips yielded this beauty.Dude was major in 80's skate graphics.Jay Jacoby dropping serious knowledge on this subject soon.
In the meantime you can clock the whole article here