Monday, December 29, 2008

Thick As Blood



City: Miami
Years Active: 2004 - Present
Type of Music: Hardcore
Mypace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/thickasbloodfl

From the Thick As Blood myspace page:

"Formed in May 2004, THICK AS BLOOD began as seven members forging ahead with a new band that will continue the tradition of South Florida hardcore. Harrowing vocals coupled with pummeling breakdowns will leave the listener longing for more. Their convictions infused with influences from today's heavy hitters such as HATEBREED, THROWDOWN, and SWORN ENEMY will make sure they are a staple in today's hardcore scene.

In 2007, the seven piece released their debut full length for Eulogy Recordings. Their posterity not only holds new material and extensive tour dates across the U.S., but a drive and will to push towards the top. One thing is certain, the future is bright for THICK AS BLOOD."

The band is currently in the studio tracking their 2nd full length to be released on Eulogy Recordings

You can order Thick As Blood's full length "Moment of Truth" as well as merch here:

http://www.districtlines.com/Eulogy/Thick-as-Blood

Thick As Blood - 2005 Demo

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=W6NM4VI7

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wishing You A Very Happy Holiday Season

While this is not the post for the regular Thursday post, I just wanted to wish a very happy and safe holiday season to you and your loved ones. As this year is drawing to a close, I'm looking back on the past year and what this site has become and it just blows my mind. I appreciate all the help I've received in my continuous quest to document this amazing scene many of us have grown up with or those who are just discovering it. I'm on my way to Christmas dinner with the family so ill have a post later tonight when I get back. Again have a safe and happy holiday

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mindframe


City: Hialeah
Years Active: 1992-1994
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/heartheguns

Mindframe is the band that became Brethren. I never got to see them except for a reunion show but this demo still holds up some 15-16 years later. Great recording by the way especially at the time. Also this recording features the late Alex DelBueno (RIP) as well as Flaco (JG) and Julian from Brethren. Great heavy hardcore in the vein of Madball. You can almost hear the cry of Hialeah in the background.
Members went on to and were in DNME, Straight Youth, and Brethren.

Mindframe - Time Out Of Mind

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8IDA9D1D

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Glasseater - Miles Ahead...Bonus Tracks


To read the full review of Glasseater click the link:

http://southfloridamusicscene.blogspot.com/2008/02/glasseater.html

Glasseater chose to re-release their first record "Miles Ahead of Where We Left Off" with Dead Droid Records and put 2 additional tracks on this release. The first song "Weekend Sellout" was re-recorded for the self titled record that was released on Fearless and the second "Words To Make Up" was released on "7 Years Bad Luck" with a different recording. This record has been out of print for the last 4-5 years and this is only release that Jason sang "Weekend Sellout" on.

Glasseater - Miles Ahead Of Where We Left Off, bonus tracks

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CODDS6TU

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Attn: Faithful Followers of the South Florida Blog

Do you have someone you want to see interviewed? Do you have questions you want asked? This is where I need your help. If you are interested in doing an email interview with someone who was involved in the South Florida Music Scene get in touch with me. I will email the person and see if everything is cool but please email me and let me know if you are interested. Thanks

Monday, December 15, 2008

Early Morning Again interview from early 1996

I am currently back in Miami and was looking some old zines (the ones that hadn't accidentally been thrown away, long story). I came across an issue of S-854 that had interviews with Morning Again as well as Ed Matus' Struggle and Swivel Stick. So far Ive only scanned the Morning Again but I will get the others scanned as well and posted. For now, here is an interview with John and Damien right after the formation of Morning Again.




Thursday, December 11, 2008

Interview with Andy Malchiodi (ex-Caught Inside)







Ive been friends with Andy for about 12 years. While I dont see him as often as I used to I still consider him a very dear friend and I was happy that he took the time to do the interview for us.

  • First off introduce yourself and what bands you have been in.

My name is Andy Malchiodi. Aka Andy Treehorn. I’ve pretty much only been in 3 bands. The first band I was ever in was called Forehead. That pretty much morphed into Caught Inside. And I was in a band for a while in California called Forget the Jones.

  • When did you first start attending shows?

My first “show” was Primus and the Melvins at the edge in Ft. Lauderdale in 1993. Prior to that, I had seen Guns n’Roses at what was then Joe Robbie stadium. I saw Metallica the following year at the Miami arena. I started going to shows regularly in 1994.

  • What bands were you into when you started going to shows?

I got introduced to a lot of bands via surf videos. Bad Religion, Black Flag, NOFX, Pennywise. At the same time, my cousin was introducing me to Inside Out, Rage Against the machine, Youth of Today, and Sick of it All. So from the get go, I was exposed to different sub-genres of punk, and I’ve always felt fortunate in that sense. I enjoy all of it, and from there I just connected the dots, taking in everything from gorilla biscuits to operation ivy.

  • What do you feel your biggest accomplishment was as far as the South Florida scene goes?

That’s a good question. I suppose it would be just helping to inspire our peers and making a valuable contribution to punk rock in south florida at the time. It’s hard to say that we “did this” or “did that.” I think anything we’re responsible for is a lot more intangible. Our drummer Shane told me of a story a few years ago when someone recognized him and said that Caught Inside had changed his life. That’s pretty amazing to me. If there are others out there who would say we even had an impact on their lives, I’d be proud of that. That’s a pretty big accomplishment.

  • Can you remember anything specific that made South Florida different from other music scenes?

The diversity. I feel very fortunate to have grown up in such a mulit-cultural, ethnically diverse city. That was definitely reflected in our scenes. Beyond that, it wasn’t unusual to see hardcore kids at a ska show, or punk kids at a subliminal criminal show, etc. I don’t know that its real common to see those things in a lot of places.

  • Can you tell us a story or something memorable that you remember from your time attending shows in South Florida?

I booked a show for the ataris at Fantasy land in cutler ridge. The booking agent looked at whitepages.com or something and thought that fantasy land was some kind of day care facility. He called me all freaked out, thinking I was booking the ataris at an after school center. I said, “oh no, don’t worry, it’s a big warehouse in cutler ridge.” As it was coming out of my mouth, I realized it didn’t sound all that much better, haha. Anyway, this was long after cheers had closed and most of the all-ages shows had been taking place outside of Miami proper. I gave this rousing speech during our set about why I booked the show at this particular spot, which was in deeeep south Miami. I got a little carried away and said something to the effect of “the south will rise again!” It was very well received, but I laughed to myself wondering how that might be misinterpreted.

  • How old were you when Caught Inside started?

16, almost half a lifetime ago, haha.

  • You guys did a record on Evil Ash right?

Yep, our second 7-inch, “Siegel for President” came out on Evil Ash Records, which was operated by my cousin, Manny Malchiodi.

  • I liked that you guys would always did hardcore covers. I remember at a house party you covering Gorilla Biscuits and Twisted Sister. Was the crowd pretty diverse when you would play or was it mainly punk kids?

We strived for diversity, but I think more than anything, it was just our friends, hahaha.

  • Eventually you guys signed to Drive Thru Records and then broke up. What happened?

This question could be an interview unto itself. Long story short, we spent a month recording the album, they didn’t like it, they weren’t gonna put it out. There was talk of them helping to shop it to other labels, but that never happened. We were essentially dropped from the label, so we tried shopping the completed album around ourselves. The response was really positive, but no one wanted to do business with drive thru. Drive thru had earned themselves a shady, untrustworthy reputation, and no one wanted to touch them with a 10 foot pole. We were without a guitar player (again), living 4 hours apart, and in a lot of debt. Some of us had a lot of personal stuff to deal with and some of us wanted to finish school if we weren’t gonna be on tour full time, which had previously been the plan. The whole ordeal really took the wind out of our sails, and it was tough finding any motivation to continue. The three of us decided it was best to let it go at that point.

  • It’s a bum out because the material you guys did for them I felt was your strongest.

Many, including myself, would agree. This made it all the more frustrating. We were signed to the label based on old material. We write and record new, better material, and its like “ehh, we’re not really into it.”

  • At what point did you move out to California?

I moved to California in October of 2001. Caught Inside had broken up and I had graduated from college at the same time in December of 2000. So it was time to move on out.

  • Are you currently working on musical projects?

Not really. I tried to start a new band early in the summer, but I found I just didn’t have the time it would have taken to get it off the ground. I play my acoustic guitar a lot if that counts. I play lagwagon songs for friends I have out here. They have no idea what I’m talking about.

  • Tell me about Drunky The Bear

Drunky the Bear is a character conceived by a friend of mine, TC. In the beginning, I kind of assumed the marketing of drunky the bear. We shot funny sketches and we eventually made 2 pornos revolving around drunky the bear. It’s not as weird as it sounds, but almost. Only the first one got released. All of the second one, minus the sex, made its way into my DVD “Counterparts,” which is collection of stunts, pranks, short films, etc. In the meantime, TC, as drunky the bear, found a slot on the “monsters in the morning” radio show in Orlando. He’s been doing that for years now and is doing really well. You can order “counterparts” at drunkythebear.com.

  • Thanks so much Andy for the interview. Any shout outs or last words?

Props to everyone who keep things alive in south florida. Can’t end the interview without shouting out to our partners in crime, Foolprool and Milkshed. And don’t worry Chip, I have plenty of straight edge friends in California….they’re called recovering alcoholics, hahaha. Thanks for the interview!

Pink Lincolns



City: Tampa
Years Active: 1986 - Present
Type Of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: http://www.pinklincolns.com/

From the Punk Lincolns Website:

Formed in the streets of Tampa, Florida during the mid-eighties, the Pink Lincolns crawled their way up through the punk world. With four studio albums, a multitude of singles and compilation work under their belt, their sound is built on a combination of technical ability, spit-in-your-face sincerity, and good 'ol fashioned punk rock angst. The snotty growl of vocalist Chris Barrows layered over Dorsey Martin's masterful guitar work and a hard-hitting rhythm section makes for a great high-energy listening experience. The Pink Lincolns' live shows are an exemplary event of sneering and sarcastic wit paired with wailing guitars and driving beats. With new studio and live albums looming on the horizon, the Pink Lincolns are again ready to bring their special blend of punk and mayhem to the masses."

You can still order many of the Pink Lincolns releases here:

http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Lincolns/e/B000AQ3092/ref=ntt_mus_gen_pel

as well as here:

https://www.interpunk.com/search.cfm?&searchfor=Pink%20Lincolns&

You can also check out the Pink Lincolns track from the "Welcome To Florida..." compilation here:

http://southfloridamusicscene.blogspot.com/2008/05/welcome-to-floridanow-get-fuck-out.html

Pink Lincolns - Pure Swank

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NAVGMY0E

Pink Lincolns - Sumo Fumes I

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VH32E5NQ

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tension Reunion Show 2009

Attn: Whomever commented on Cowpuncher

Please email me about Cowpuncher and Donut Run. You didnt leave an email address. I need these things!!!! Please email me at Bestwisheshc@yahoo.com

The South Florida Music Scene Blog wins Best Local Music Blog

The South Florida Music Scene Blog won BEST BLOG FOR LONGTIME LOCAL MUSIC FANS from CityLink Magazine. A huge thanks to them for even recognizing what Im doing let alone choosing me as the winner. It makes me happy to know that people are really happy with what Im doing.

http://southflorida.metromix.com/home/article/best-of-blogroll/793451/content

Monday, December 8, 2008

Toetag / Shattered Realm Split CD out tomorrow!!!!



City: West Palm Beach
Years Active: 2008 - Present
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/toetag561

Just a heads up that John Wylie's new band, Toetag, is releasing a split CD with New Jersey's Shattered Realm and is set to be released tomorrow (December 9th). A quick bit about the band courtesy of Eulogy Recordings:

"Toetag formed in April 2008 by Eulogy owner and former member of Until The End and Morning Again, John Wylie. Toetag plays straight forward hardcore that will appeal to fans of many different genres. Toetag also includes ex members of Glasseater and Remembering Never."

Their CD release show is this Saturday at Mr. Gs in West Palm Beach. Check the flyer above for info.

They will be playing on December 27th. Heres the info:

Thick As Blood
Trust No One
Bishop
FATE (Five Across The Eyes)
Toe Tag
Rawvia
Handgun
Knock Em Dead

2 pm
$10 billz

Drakes
13754 sw 88th St.
Miami, FL

You can order the CD here:

http://www.districtlines.com/11130-Toetag-Shattered-Realm-CD/Eulogy/

Never In Red - A Neatly Scrawled Note


City: Miami
Years Active: 2002 - 2006 (???)
Type of Music: Post-hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/neverinred

I should be getting a bio from the band sometime in the near future so that will be updated when I do. Heres the first EP from Never In Red

Never In Red - A Neatly Scrawled Note

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AZA6M5MB

Dragbody - Inheritance of Detriment


City: Orlando
Years Active: 1995 - 2002
Type Of Music: Hardcore/Metal
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/dragbody

I was contacted by the band yesterday who gave me their permission to post their record "Inheritance Of Detriment" which is a collection of 7 inches. The record is in print but the band has never received royalties from the label so they told me to post it for everyone to enjoy. Also check out the post I did previously to hear their other material. Thanks guys for the support

From the Dragbody Myspace:

dragbody rocked it loud and crazy style from 1995 - 2002. we released three 7" records (all of which were later combined into one cd - an inheritance of detriment), one split 7" record (with burial ground), one split 12" record (with crucible), and one full length cd (flip the kill switch). obviously, there are no more dragbody shows and no more new dragbody records as we are no longer a band. however, i believe our old records are still available. please get in touch if you have trouble locating a copy of the the record you desire. please look for shows and records by scott white and mike rosen's new band, railsplitter (http://www.myspace.com/railsplitter) and tom's new band, cardinale (http://www.myspace.com/cardinale). also, pick up a copy of twilight songs by venusian skyline because scott poyer plays drums on it. thanks for reading this.

Dragbody - Inheritance of Detriment

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XFCRJW5W

Previous Dragbody post:

http://southfloridamusicscene.blogspot.com/2008/09/dragbody-contention-of-orders.html

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Flame Still Burns


City: Naples
Years Active: 2001 - 2003
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://thinkfastrecords.com/flamestillburns

From the Thinkfast Records website:

"Flame Still Burns was formed in late 2001, in a Florida scene that didn't typically accept the fast, youth crew style hardcore that fueled them. The band practiced and wrote songs one morning, then headed to the studio that night to record their appropriately titled "Edge" demo. Soon after, with a similar writing and recording style, they went back into the studio and recorded songs for a split 7" with California's Diehard Youth for Think Fast!. Up until the band's break up in 2003, they played with bands such as Where Fear And Weapons Meet, Outbreak, Kill Your Idols, In Control, The First Step, and Far From Breaking."

Members went on to or were previously in: Make or Break, Esteem, Team Effort, No Harm Done

Flame Still Burns - Edge 2001 Demo

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BJDGXNEA

The "Banned" Strongarm Disc


This is the original release of Strongarm's "The Advent of a Miracle" which has since been pulled because of the depiction of a breast on the ring of the disc. The CD was later re-released with the Endure cover of "Together" as its own individual track.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Until The End - The Unreleased Track featuring The Metal Wolf


Id like to preface this story, courtesy of Dan Mazin, by saying it is 100% true and in no way fabricated. This is the last unreleased Until The End song...

" It was a wet, dank night in Fort Lauderdale-typical. Until The End was
at the famed Studio 13 with Jeremy Staska recording our swan song,
"The Blind Leading the Lost." The recording process was difficult.
Technical problems on our end, a singer with a busted throat, and the
rotten weather combined to put us all on edge. We were listening to
some rough vocal mixes in the booth when we heard the first door slam
open. We all sat at attention...then came the sound of the main door
flying open. In the doorway was the most disgusting, insane, and
sexually exuberant man I have ever laid eyes on.

The Wolf.

The Metal Fucking Wolf.

We were all instantly taken aback by the smell of marijuana, fried
chicken, and fresh sex. For as much as we were repelled, all of us
were immediately drawn to him-his aura was firing on all cylinders.
Behind him, 2 women of questionable moral character stumbled in. One
screamed for a "bump" while the other began licking the couch. The
Wolf threw himself on the now-wet spot and threw his legs akimbo.
While the 2 ladies "attended to his junk," The Wolf addressed us.

"Turn the fucking mic on faggots."

We all shuttered ourselves in the control room to try to figure out
what to do. Wylie had gone home so his Ninja skills were of no use to
us. Staska had to take his 'medicine' and was incapacitated for the
moment. (Besides, he's a lover not a fighter). James was text
messaging someone, hopefully the police, likely some broad. Chip was
curled in the corner in a puddle of his own urine. We hadn't even told
him about The Wolf yet, he just did this every night. That left me,
Dan, to take over the recording.

"OK Wolf, take one." I turned to ProTools and fired it up. "That's all
I need pussy, start the shit up, sit the fuck down and let a real man
get to work," he told me as he unbuttoned his shirt and zipped his
fly. I don't know where it came from but he then began to rub baby oil
all over his chest and belly-"...for later," he said. I threw up in my
mouth a little.

What followed was 3 minutes of the most vile, horrid, and raw vocals I
have ever heard. It was cacophonous. It was beautiful.

What you will soon hear was all done in one take. He even did his own
gang and back-up vocals. It was fucking insane. I have never been the
same since.

When he finished, he collected his women and threw each of them over a
shoulder so that their faces were directly in front of his now-exposed
ass cheeks. "Start eating" was the last thing I heard him say and he
stumbled out of the studio. I heard his motorcycle roar as he started
it up. I went outside to see which direction he went. I needed to
understand the feelings that had been drummed up inside of me. The
Wolf was still standing there. "I farted-go back inside and call me a
cab you fucking queer."

So I did.

I haven't seen or heard from The Wolf since. Some say he died, some
say he went to prison. Others say he lives under the bridge at Andrews
Ave. All are likely, but I know better. In bedrooms across America
where teenage boys sing along to Ratt, Poison, and Slaughter-the
spirit of The Wolf lives.

Vive EL LOBO!
Si se puede!"

Until The End - The Metal Wolf

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PCD60VTO

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Interview with Dan Mazin (ex-Keepsake, Until The End, Eulogy Recordings)



Dan has been a good friend of mine for many years now and I thought it would be a great idea to hear about his time in the South Florida Music Scene. Dan is currently residing in Santa Cruz, California but still makes it back down from time to time. I received this last night and while I said I wouldnt have a post until after Thanksgiving, I wanted to get this up as it was a great read. Thanks Dan. (Oh and I dont know why the interview is all choppy and skips lines. Im trying to fix it).

First off introduce yourself and what bands you have been in.

Hello Chip, friend of mine for 10 years, allow me to introduce myself. To you.
My name is Dan Mazin and I played in the following musical groups:
Action Jackson (when I was 14), Keepsake (when they were screamo), One
Day Away (when they were metal), Until The End (when we were straight
edge), and for one evening I was in Red Roses for a Blue Lady.I still
haven't been able to wash that feeling off of my skin. Children still
scream at the sight of me.

When did you first start attending shows?

My first punk/metal shows were when I was maybe 12 or 13. I'm 18 now.
SPRING BREAK!
Anyway, the city of Coral Springs would put on these outdoor
shows-CHAOS. I saw some crazy shit there. Chad's old band Backscatter,
Amboogalard, Jack Off Jill. Seriously, what the fuck were my parents
thinking letting me go to that shit? "Hey Mom, after the Jack Off Jill
show, can we get ice cream?" I should call child services on
her...John McHale probably had pictures from CHAOS even though he was
too young to be there.
Anyway that led to shows at Cheers, Squeeze, The Edge, and the New
Moon Cafe (next to the Lauderhill Uncle Sam's). I think that was its
name. Someone help me out on that. I always had an ear for all styles
of music that sort of fell into the underground world: punk, metal,
indie, HC, goth, etc. South Florida always seemed to have a great mix
of it all.

What bands were you into when you started going to shows?

Like I said, I was all over the map. I really loved everything, and
for someone my age I was highly inquisitive. I remember buying my
first Pavement record in 5th grade. I also loved garage stuff like
Mudhoney-who after all of these years I am seeing for the first time
in December. When it came to local bands I really loved Notch Above
Kafka, Vacant Andys, Ed Matus' Struggle, etc.

What do you feel your biggest accomplishment was as far as the South
Florida scene goes?

Accomplishment? Who the fuck knows and I don't really care-that was
never important to me. I think we had a good, diverse scene and that's
what matters. What I'm most grateful for are the longstanding
friendships I have made and maintained over the years. I have people
that will be in my life forever thanks to the South Florida music
scene. There's one guy in particular that stands out above the rest. A
man of distinction and endless wisdom. Alex Leone, go get me a fucking
milkshake.

Can you remember anything specific that made South Florida different
from other music scenes?

We had a true mix of so many styles-that's not something you find
everywhere. I think Aryeh hit it on the head. I remember the first
EulogyFest had Until The End and Dashboard Confessional on the same
bill-and it made perfect sense. It allowed bands to develop their own
styles and be creative without fear of the rigid boundaries of other
scenes. It may not be as true today, but that's how it was when I was
involved. You couldn't have a band like Poison the Well come out of
any other scene. South Florida was truly unique.

Can you tell us a story or something memorable that you remember from
your time attending shows in South Florida?

I have tons and tons of memories, but nothing stands out in an epic
way. My time in the scene was more of a sprawling tale than an quick
explosion. Although, the time that a certain Hialeah gentleman beat up
Rob Keepsake's car was fucking hilarious. Not because he beat up Rob's
car, but because he wasn't intending to fuck with Rob but someone
else. It was equally funny and sad because Rob was a good guy. Sorry
buddy...Come to think of it, I have a lot of awesome stories but they
pretty much all revolve around riots and fights. I'll keep quiet so as
to not incriminate any of my friends.

When you joined Keepsake you were pretty young. How old were you when
the first record was released?

Paul, Mark, and myself started Keepsake when we were 15. After some
line up juggling, including the infamous singer trade with PTW that
sent Duane to the Well and Shane to the Sake, we recorded and released
the record when the 3 of us were 16. When I talk to people now, they
don't realize we were just kids. Especially out here on the west coast
where I now reside, I'll occasionally run into someone who was WAY
into that album. It's sort of creepy. We were just doing our best to
emulate the bands we loved. The Promise Ring and Sepultura were our
immediate influences. We were odd ducks-I think that's why it didn't
really sound like anything out there.

What caused you to quit?

Things got hairy on the INTERNETZZZZ OMG! A certain member's
girlfriend posted some lame stuff, racist stuff. I was 100% not cool
with it. I think I was also just burned out on the work involved. We
busted our asses in that band. We practiced constantly and we toured
as much as our little hearts could handle. That all combined in a way
that made it easy to walk away. Fortunately time is a great healer and
I'm friends with everyone from the band now, but it's a really heady
experience to be in a band at that age. A serious band I should add.
We have a Wikipedia entry!

After Keepsake you joined One Day Away. How did that come about?

The guys in One Day Away were all my buddies and they needed someone.
It was about a year or so after I left Keepsake, so I felt like it was
a good time to jump in. Those guys were great musicians, light years
beyond me. It really made me up my own game. My time with them was
short-only a few shows over 3-4 months, but it was fun.

How did Until the End come about?

UTE started when PTW came home from an east coast tour and Allan and
Chris got tapped by the straight edge fairy. Allan and I worked
together (at Blockbuster video, perhaps you have heard of it Chip) and
I had known John for a few years from the Keepsake record. We were
just bullshitting one day and decided to start it up. I think John had
enough time off since Morning Again split and the Weapon wasn't going
to be full time. Eulogy was starting to take off and I think he knew
he wasn't going to be in a full time band again. So John, Allan, and
myself got Chris PTW and my close friend Brendan Ekstrom who was in
200 North (later This Day Forward and now in Circa Survive). We wrote
songs quick and dirty. Brendan had to move away before we got started
playing shows, so we asked JC from Glasseater to play guitar and also
to help us meet our Hispanic guy quota. Wylie counts as 3 white
people, so we were way off balance for a South Florida band. We went
through a millions drummers, one Mark Mitchell, and a couple of other
strays. It was fun, the shows were always nuts, and hopefully people
had a good time watching us. The End.

Youre living in California now. Are you playing in any bands out west?

FUCK NO. I need a break for another few years. I have a full-time job
and that limits my spare time. I'm at no great loss for people to play
with-the Bay Area is full of great people-it just isn't something that
interests me at the moment. Maybe one day, I'm still a young man. A
young, spry boy.

What can you say about the Hellfest 2000 weekend?

1) Dipping a guy's hand in warm water while he is sleeping will NOT
make him wet himself. It will only make him splash water everywhere.
2) Syracuse, is it really "a Syracuse thing" to have large phallic sex
toys in your apartment-if you're a guy?
3) Doug, your apartment reeked of cat pee and I threw up in your trash can.
4) Everyone in Destro, I made a mess of the van in a very bad way. Deal with it.
5) Adrian is old, or so I hear.

Tell me about Bacon.

Bacon is a delicious food. It also the name of my cat. Rather than
subject readers to 3 pages of me going on about how amazing she is, I
will take this time to DEMAND that you adopt a pet-find your local
Humane Society or animal rescue. Also, please consider adopting an
older animal-kittens may be cute, but they are Nazis. Srsly.

You also worked for Eulogy for a number of years. What was your job at Eulogy?

I worked there for about 5 years. When I started we were working on a
card table in the corner of John's apartment. By the time I left we
had a palatial office in Fort Lauderdale. Anyway, my job changed over
the years as we were able to hire more people. When it was just John
and I, I was basically a gopher. I packed orders, answered emails,
listened to demos, spammed message boards, etc. When I left, I was
responsible for manufacturing. It wasn't glamorous, but it was a
learning experience for sure. I learned a lot of good habits that have
carried over well in my current professional life.

Dan thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Any closing words
or shout outs?

I love you all and I miss you. Sometimes life demands that you pick up
and move across the country. If you get that urge, go for it. It was
the greatest decision of my life.
Oh, and Alex Leone, eat an entire bag of dicks. Tee hee.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shyster





City: Orlando
Years Active: 1993 - 1999
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/shysterforever

From the Shyster Myspace:

"Shyster was conceived back in May of '93 in Orlando, FL under the influence of heavy metal and California punk. The fiery and typically always-changing-members quartet established itself through a series of demos, albums ("Say Uncle," 1996; "February," 1998) and compilations (including locally produced "Spirit of '99" and "1998 Orlando Music Awards"). And for its live impact, the band has taken the trophy in the Punk category for two Orlando Music Awards. Through it all, Shyster has triumphed where many have failed: longevity.

After almost six years of releasing 7-inchers and CDs, and tirelessly traveling around the country playing basements and bowling alleys, you'd think Shyster singer-guitarist (and main songwriter) Mike Levin would have had his fill of the punk-rock lifestyle. But he continues to make music, now in New York with his new band, The New Lows."

Shyster - Thats My Story And I'm Stickin To It

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=961FAFH1

Shyster - Cold Weather

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7LKCNU5W

Shyster - Say Uncle

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HUY8EXLA

Shyster - February

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VJU6MVKB

Shyster - Their tracks from the "Spirit of 99" Compilation

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KLI8Z1X9

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pre-Thanksgiving Update

Some of you have left me comments stating that you have music I would be interested in posting on the blog. I am very grateful for the help I have received from all of you but many have left the comments as anonymous with no email address for me to contact you. If you do leave a comment and dont want to post your email address, please shoot me an email because there is some great stuff that Im waiting on and have no way to get in touch with you. Please get in touch...

Ill have an update tomorrow but Ill be heading to Miami for the Thanksgiving weekend so there will be no post on Thursday. Also, I will spending 3 weeks in Miami for the Christmas holiday and Ive already spoken to people about acquiring music as well as old flyers to post so be ready for that. I should have a new interview with Shai Hulud's Matt Fox up in the next week or so.

Heres a few things Im currently looking for (anything from the following):

FWA
Chocolate Grasshopper
Dan's Army
The Believers
Dead Patriot
Smite
Taxi
Ikthus
Tension (demo)
Solid Answer (pre-Bloodlet)
The Lab Rats
Going Nowhere
Dynamo Plaza

Anything else you havent seen posted, demos, 7 inches, 12 inches, Comps, Eps...anything. Get in touch by posting a comment or emailing me at Bestwisheshc@yahoo.com

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Outrights


City: Fort Laudedale
Years Active: 1994 - 2000
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/outrights

Taken from the Outrights Myspace:

"If memory serves me right, the Outrights existed from roughly 1994 - 2000. In that time, the Outrights released 2 full length CDs, a 7", and a couple of comp tracks on various south florida labels. We managed two US tours during high school, taking us to far-off lands like Chicago, which is about as far as Istanbul to a 16 year old kid from Florida.

We played locally at Cheers and Respectable Street and Club Q and Happy Daze, with local bands like the Schmendricks, Side Order, The Crumbs, Against All Authority, Hudson, Project Winston, the Vacant Andys, and A New Found Glory. Some idiot promoters also put us on stage with national acts like Guttermouth, MTX, The Beatnik Termites, Discount, and the Teen Idols.

We probably hit our peak at age 17, more-or-less living in a dirty warehouse in Pompano Beach where we drank far too much, watched Johnny swing from the rafters, and manged to write the second record.

Marco Argiro - Guitar/Vocals
Now Playing with THE MOOD in NYC

Chad Voight - Drums
Now Playing with BAD WIZARD in NYC

Travis Woods - Bass
Now digging ditches for pennies"

Also if memory serves Andrew who played in Poison the Well, Drowningman, and The Distance also played in the Outrights.

The Outrights - Its The Attack of The Outrights

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HKOG4HWW

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nobuhjest


City: Miami
Years Active: 1994 - 1997
Type of Music: Emo
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/nobuhjest

From the Nobuhjest Myspace:

"Started through an ad placed at yesterday and today records (Miami, Florida) in '94.
Played their first show at the local college to a huge group of high school truants
Drove to Gainesville, FL the next day with friends, WAS, to play their second show at the Megarock Arena with Tampa's End of The Century Party and Gainesville's Fried Christ.
Joined the Smoothlips records outlaws who released first 7" later that year which was recorded at Tapeworm studios by Jeremy Dubois
Began performing outside of Miami more often at some great venues like Ft. Pierce's Old Schoolhouse where they met Vero's Discount and Tampa's My Pal Trigger.
Went on their first mini-tour with My Pal Trigger. The bands went as far as Wilmington, North Carolina
Began performing alongside some great touring bands such as Lifetime, Garden Variety, The Van Pelt, Braid, Castor, Rye Coalition, Karate, Cursive, Traluma, Kerosene 454, later touring with State College's Ethel Meserve, and with Piebald and Cave In during thier last trek out.
throughout this time a few other records featuring :nobuhjest: were released
A split 7" w/ Chicago's Traluma (smooth lips records)
A track called "Fuse" for the Bottlenekk Distribution's Sampler CD (Bottlenekk Distro)
"Define and Direct" on "The Eagle has Landed" 2x12" (Tranquility Base)
A 4 way split 7" with Miami's Gemma, Lawrence, KS' Proudentall and Teresa Undefined on Fragil Records out of Gainesville, FL
played their last show at Power Studios in Miami, FL
parted ways in late '97. "

Members of the band went on to the following bands:
Foreign Bodies
Map of the Universe
Modernage

Nobuhjest - Self Titled on Smooth Lips Records

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=X8BNF10S

Thursday, November 13, 2008

To The Bitter End


City: Miami
Years Active: 1999 - 2000
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: n/a

To The Bitter End wasnt around for a long time and they would have done pretty well if they stuck around. Bundy from Mehkago NT on vocals playing metal hardcore. Still listen to this fairly often. Great demo...from what I understand there are more songs recorded but these 2 were the only ones on the demo.

To The Bitter End - Demo

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RQJ14GH0

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cowpuncher


City: Pompano Beach
Years Active: 1995 (maybe 1994)
Type of Music: Punk/Ska
Myspace or Website: n/a

Cowpuncher featured memebers of Shai Hulud and the Vacant Andys playing a mixture of punk and ska. As far as I knowthis is the only thing they ever released...if Im wrong, correct me please. Check it out

Cowpuncher - Demo

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=55WNBKF0

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Another great blog focusing on Florida music

I was left a comment by a man calling himself Aesop letting me know about this blog that has some amazing old Florida bands including Load, Roach Motel, and the Doldrums. Check it out...because he has already posted them, I will not be posting them on mine.

http://cosmichearse.blogspot.com/search/label/Florida

Thursday, November 6, 2008

One Size Fits All / The Brown Study



City: Miami
Years Active: 1996 - 1999 (roughly)
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/therealbrownstudy

Taken from the Brown Study Myspace:

"One Size Fits All met some other loser and then they changed their name and started doing drugs. they played alongside punks who'd smack their heads against their van only to be cursed with lopsided mohawks and they avoided stoopid bro labels. they played redneck venues in davie and krishna temples in coconut grove and ate at wendy's after practice almost every single time."

To add to that, the band started as One Size Fits All and then changed their name to The Brown Study. They released a 7 inch on Carpathia Records which is available below.

One Size Fits All - La Alegrai Musica de One Size Fits All

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5YYE7ZNR

The Brown Study - ST

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1981FQK5

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Beltones



City: Ft. Lauderdale
Years Active: 1994 - 2005
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/beltones

From the TKO Records biography:

Well it didn't seem like so long ago but... The Beltones got their start in 1994 when two drinking buddies in Fort Lauderdale decided to stop fucking around in other people's bands and make the kind of music they listened to while spilling shit on each other. They were both guitar players, so they had the easiest bandmates to find taken care of off the bat. Now they needed a rhythm section. Bill's girlfriend at the time had a little brother named Kevin. He couldn't play any instrument whatsoever, but he had a ton of heart and so much balls he needed a wheelbarrow to walk down the street. He got hold of a kit and began working on keeping a beat. Just one left, and by the suggestion of Chuck Loose, the boys picked up Chris Arocha, bass player for Class War and South Florida's premier punk photographer. He was the old man of the band but you wouldn't know it to listen to him talk about robots. He loved his robots so. Now that they had a band they went about banging out a couple songs and put out a demo tape entitled "Please god make them stop". If you've ever heard it you'll understand the title. This demo was so awful that it attracted the attention of Tim Pagones, who was looking for more terrible bands to be on his Fort Lauderdale record label, Far Out Records. The boys weren't sure if they were quite ready to be doing more than practicing, but the flashy world of the big time music industry proved all too tempting for these simple buffoons, and they dove head first into the debauchery we call rock and roll with their first record, the 4 song 7 incher "Lock and Load". This record was a huge regional hit.

At least in the region known as Bill's living room, where he played it 3 or 4 times before throwing it at his roommate222s cat. Word spread all the way to that hotbed of the record industry, South Carolina, and Just Add Water records put the Beltones on their follow-up to the extremely so-so compilation "Water Music" entitled "I Can't Believe It's Not Water". Pure genius. With the Beltones' help, this record far surpassed its predecessor's mediocrity, and quite frankly smelled like an open ass. Jason Duncan was so impressed with the boys he invited them do a single for his label. What followed was the unforgettably two-sided, paper-labeled "My Old Man" single, which had songs and lyrics and that shit. Somehow this cat named Mark Rainey, who was starting up a label in San Francisco with money he earned licking stamps for lepers at a slaughterhouse (I dunno, he said it was the truth), heard the boys' tunes and wanted to make sweet music with them. Bill thought he seemed kind of queer, but the other guys convinced him to go along with them and agree to make a record with this rube. Apparently they had maxed out their credit cards at Seminole bingo and figured they could pawn the hot tub that all TKO records bands receive upon being signed. Unfortunately for them they weren't "signed", and the Forgotten had used up all the Jacuzzis filming "Kid Vegas: The San Francisco Freak". They recorded a new 4 song EP called "Naming My Bullets", and redid the old songs and put it all on a CD only release called "On Deaf Ears". They went on tour with the Workin' Stiffs and the Truents and drank a little. Not too much, they're pro and shit. Then 3 of them moved to Gainesville after watching "University Co-eds vol. 12". Chris couldn't come along because he had a new wife and his rendering business was starting to take off in a big way. Strangers in a strange town, and without a bass player, the boys were rescued by a guy named Will Thomas. Will was a drummer, and hadn't played the bass, but was down for the cause and assured the boys he could pick it up, at least for a little while. It turned out he wasn't full of shit, and pulled it off quite well. Then the shit hit the fan. Keeping it in the family proved to be too much for the Beltones, and after a heated fight vaguely having something to do with the girl who was Kevin's sister and Bill's old lady, and a lot more to do with Bill's being an overbearing bastard, Kevin Crook left the band a month before a U.S. tour without a drummer. Actually it left them without a bass player. Will was an okay bass player, but he was (and is) a badass on the skins and shit. Naturally he slid to drums, and the hunt was on to find a guy to play bass who'd be willing to spend a month in a van with the ugliest men in show business. The man to fill those shoes was James Ross, and everything was set. He was the only guy who got laid on tour. James quit the band shortly after to take karate lessons or something, and the boys got their buddy Mike Moody to jump onboard. This story with be continued shortly.......

You can order The Beltones "Cheap Trinkets" CD here:

http://www.tkorecords.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=39

The Beltones "My Old Man"

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SAT93XD9

The Beltones "Lock And Load"

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DACP9FT0

Monday, October 27, 2008

An update tomorrow

Ive had a lot of personal stuff going on this past few days which is the reason for not having a post today. Expect an update tomorrow...also Ill be adding interviews with John Wylie (Morning Again, Eulogy Recordings), Dan Mazin (Until the End), Jason Lederman (Where Fear and Weapons Meet, Machine), Matt Fox (Shai Hulud), George Van Orsdel (The Van Orsdels, Jobbernowl), and the Metal Wolf (Stickshift Lover) in the near future as soon as I get them in.
The Alex Del Bueno benefit show happened this past Thursday and from what I heard it was incredible. Churchills was sold out and they were able to raise money for Alex's family. Very big ups to John McHale, Bundie, and Mark Clap at New Art School for putting all of it together.
Lastly, Im heading up to New Jersey on Thursday morning so no post til Monday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A quick note

On top of the post I just did for Splat, I updated the Tension post with a much better, cleaner, and louder rip of "In Our Time" so check that out. I've sent out new interviews so Im just waiting for those to come back and Ill have them posted. Also add the Official South Florida Music Scene Myspace if you havent

http://www.myspace.com/thesouthfloridamusicscene

Splat - Self Titled 7 Inch



City: Miami
Years Active: 1994 - 1997 (roughly)
Type of Music: Punk/Ska
Myspace or Website: n/a

I can't remember if I saw Splat or not so I really have no info on them to offer you guys today. if anyone has any info they'd like to pass on I greatly appreciate it. Special thanks to Steve for helping out

Splat - Self Titled 7 Inch

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XVBMQZ32

Monday, October 20, 2008

Meantime




City: Daytona Beach
Years Active: 2006 - Present
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/meantimehc

Im gonna say it flat out and not pull any punches: Meantime, in my opinion, is the best current hardcore band in Florida. I had a chance to see them over the summer and they had so much energy and the kids were going off. They just released a 7 inch on Double or Nothing Records and have been touring and playing shows nonstop since its release. I was told that the band is straight edge and some of the members are vegan/vegetarian. The band sent me this to help clarify their views:

"We are a straight edge band. Issues that Alex and some members of the band stress are vegetarianism/veganism; using every ounce of hate in your body to change the things you hate about this world; that eating meat/lifting weights/drinking/etc (anything that people think make you manly) are not real ways to judge someone, not relying on a "higher power" as a crutch or one to cast blame to for your own stupid decisions"

Check their Myspace to find out when they are heading out your way.

You can order their self titled 7 inch as well as tshirts here:

http://www.districtlines.com/Double-or-Nothing-Records/Meantime

Meantime - 2nd Demo

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4010OVR0

Meantime - Demo 06

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Z06GG730

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pontius Pilot


City: Miami
Years Active: 1991 - 1993 (roughly)
Type of Music: Rock
Myspace or Website: n/a

Pontius Pilot was the band that Juan Montoya (Ed Matus' Struggle, Torche) started during the early years of Ed Matus' Struggle. I never saw em but they were pretty amazing. The quality of this recording isnt incredible but its a great listen. Give it a listen and see what you think. If anyone has more info, pass it on

Pontius Pilot - Demo and a live track from the Churchills Hideaway comp

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=O1J40CPR

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

R.I.P. Alex Del Bueno


Last week, the South Florida scene lost one our own in Alex Del Bueno. A long time supporter of the South Florida scene, Alex had been a member of Straight Youth, DNME, and Mindframe. This Friday there will be a memorial show and benefit to help his family after this tragic loss. If youre in the area, go support. If you can't stay for the show donate a dollar...every bit helps. No words can ever say what Alex meant to the South Florida scene and to all his friends and family...you will be missed. May your soul rest in peace

Monday, October 13, 2008

Load - Hellraiser Sessions

City: Miami
Years Active: Not sure to be honest
Type of Music: Hardcore/Punk/Noise
Myspace or Website: n/a

I never saw Load. I wasnt too into them but recently after hearing this tape, I wish I would have. Noisy, angry, pissed off. They played the Slammie Awards twice and were a fixture at Churchills for many years. If anyone has info to offer, Id appreciate it. Until then, enjoy the Hellraiser Sessions. Also if anyone has the 12 inch or any other material, please get in touch

Load - Hellraiser Sessions

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MTKV8S9D

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Live Quit Show from 1991

Steve Neurotic from the band Shower With Goats just put up a live set from Miami band, Quit. This show is from 1991 at Club Nu in Miami and is a soundboard recording. Head over to his blog and check it out

http://punkarchives.blogspot.com/2008/10/quit-live-91-club-nu-miami-fl.html

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Foolproof - Demo


City: Miami
Years Active: 1995 - 2001 (roughly)
Type Of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/ripfp

This is the demo that started it all for this Miami Punk band. Fast, Fat Wreck style punk with lots of melody. This has 2 songs, one of which was never re-recorded (to the best of my knowledge). I prefer the version of Plastic World on here to the full length. This is when Andres was still playing drums and singing. Im pretty sure I got this in 1996...correct me if Im wrong. Either way, great starting point for this great band

Foolproof - Demo

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9B2VOONL

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Interview with Ary Lehrer (ex Poison the Well and Foolproof)



Ary Lehrer was a fixture of the South Florida scene in the 90s, having played in both Poison the Well and Foolproof. He was nice enough to take time out of his day to talk with me and here's what went down


• First off introduce yourself and what bands you have been in.

Aryeh Lehrer - Poison The Well and Foolproof

• When did you first start attending shows?

I first started going to shows back in the early 90s. I wasn’t even old enough to drive yet so I used to make my parents drop me off around the corner from places like Cheers, Far Out Records, and The Edge(now Revolution) to avoid tarnishing my 14 yr. old street cred hahah. I realized quickly that I needed to find a friend with a driver’s license.

• What bands were you into when you started going to shows?

When I first started going to shows I was all about the stuff being released on Lookout Records (The Queers, Screeching Weasel), Epitaph (Pennywise, Bad Religion), and Fat Wreck. As far as local stuff, I really started out going to see bands like Hudson, Radiobaghdad, The Crumbs, Against All Authority, etc. Mostly the Miami Punk stuff. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I started getting into hardcore. I remember one of my first hardcore shows being Tension. I was blown away by the energy they got from the crowd and their singer Mike was doing these crazy high Ray of Today style jumps all over the stage. It was freeking electric and totally got me hooked. After that I started getting into bands like Earth Crisis, Strife, Snapcase..mostly all of the mid 90s Victory stuff that we all grew up on. The pinnacle of local hardcore for me came a little while later when I got to see Culture...I think it was the Born of You CD release party..when they had Damien singing for them and Wylie and Thurston were playing guitar. Those guys absolutely killed it. I left that show thinking that was something I for sure needed to become a part of.

• What do you feel your biggest accomplishment was as far as the South Florida scene goes?

I think the first Poison The Well cd really set the tone for what that band was going to become and the influence they have had on music today. When I think back to the diverse group of individuals with varying influences, ideas, and styles that went into that record, it's a wonder we were able to write music together. I came in there wanting to play super heavy stuff. Ryan Primack shows up playing Rush riffs on the guitar. At the time Hornbrooke just wanted to see how fast he could play punk rock beats. Somehow all of these random ideas mixed with a bunch of youthful exuberance became that album. I think when it came down to it, we just wrote an album that we all liked. We weren’t really trying to impress anyone or consciously break any new musical ground or anything. We just wanted to have a good time and write music that we could enjoy. Clearly those guys have taken their music to much higher levels these days, but I think its sticking to that same "lets write music we like" attitude we had back then that has made them great.

• Can you remember anything specific that made South Florida different from other music scenes?

I think the biggest thing that made our scene unlike most others was the unity between the different genres. In visiting a lot of other scenes, there always seemed to be this divide between the different sects of the music scene. The hardcore kids didn’t go to punk rock shows and the emo kids didn’t go to HC shows. I remember our scene feeling like this huge melting pot of musicians that just wanted to play music and have a good time. You even saw a lot of musicians in multiple bands in different genres. Look at a guy like Chad Gilbert who started out playing bass in Tension and singing for Shai Hulud who then ends up starting New Found Glory. Or Chris and Ryan coming from playing in a Fat Wreck style punk band like Last Minute to being in Poison The Well. Or even myself going from singing in Poison The Well to playing guitar in Foolproof. Most of those guys had never even really listened to Poison The Well when I joined that band. You didn’t really see that in a lot of other scenes in those days. Most people just stuck to what they knew, or were known for. I think you see the crossover a lot more now. I guess we were just ahead of our time haha.

• Can you tell us a story or something memorable that you remember from your time attending shows in South Florida?

One of my claims to fame has always been that I was one of the few people to see Shai Hulud perform with Damien Moyal on vocals. Shai Hulud is one of my all time favorite bands and "Hearts Once Nourished With Hope and Compassion" is one of the greatest albums ever..Period !! However, Shai Hulud did a recording of a lot of those songs with Damien singing and it was just incredible. Chad probably had one of the greatest voices in HC history but that recording was like a completely different band. If I’m not mistaken, Jason Lederman also played drums on that recording.

• You were an original member of Poison the Well. How did the band get started?

I used to play in this old school style hardcore band with Lowell (Promise No Tomorrow), and Peter Bartsokas (Bird of Ill Omen). A while after that band ended, I just kind of decided I wanted to take a stab at singing for a hardcore band (not as easy as it looks!!) I had been friends with Ryan Primack for a long time and I knew that although he played bass in Last Minute, he was actually a phenom on the guitar. So I called him up and pitched him on a "hardcore side project"...After he agreed, I enlisted an old friend of mine Russ Saunders to play guitar. Russ and I had known each other for years from skating and punk rock shows and stuff. I had also just met this kid Shane (Halpern) who just moved down here from NC and played bass. Originally, South FL HC scene staples Chuck Deuce and Derek Shamora were supposed to play drums and sing, respectively, but we could never get them to show up for a practice. So Ryan got Chris, who was playing in Last Minute with him at the time, to come play with us. After our first few practices, we realized Shane had a killer voice. So we decided to make him the second vocalist and I got this guy Andrew (Abramowitz), whom I met through his sister who I went to HS with because she thought the stickers on the backs of our cars seemed eerily similar, to join as well. So solidified the original lineup. (We ended up trading Shane to Keepsake for Duane Hosein and a 2nd round draft pick before we recorded the first album)

• Can you tell us some of the highlights of being in the band?

To be honest, I think the coolest thing about my time spent playing is the earmarks in the history of others. Touring with Poison The Well, we got to play with some pretty awesome bands early on in their careers. Touring with bands like Twelve Tribes and playing basements and squatter houses around the country with bands like Cave In and Saves the Day. That’s the type of stuff you don’t forget. And on a local note, getting to be a part of a scene that bred the careers of bands like Shai Hulud,New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional and a ton of other bands who exploded out of South Florida was pretty cool too. We can all say "we were there when..."

• After Poison the Well, you played guitar in Foolproof. How did you get hooked up with them?

I had seen Foolproof play quite a few times waaay back in the day when Andres played drums and sang and never really took notice of them. After Poison The Well, my girlfriend at the time introduced me to some guys in Miami and we started a band called Once A Hero. That band lasted about 10 shows, one of which was at The Skatepark with Foolproof. At this point they had gotten a new drummer and Andres was now solely the singer. Best move they ever made moving that guy out from behind the drums. They put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen that night. Absolutely blew every other band (including my own) off the stage. The one thing they seemed to be missing was a second guitarist. I got Andres' email from one of the guys in my band and wrote him this message about how they killed it that night but that I really thought adding a second guitarist would make them even that much better. At first, he kind of brushed me off telling me they weren’t really looking to add a second guitarist because they had had some issues with their last one and stuff. But I guess I bugged him enough because after a few more emails back and forth, he agreed to let me audition to play with them. I went to his house and got a copy of their demo to learn a few of their songs. I actually remember sitting with Ryan Primack, of all people, listening to that demo and figuring out the songs by ear together. About 10 practices and two shows later they finally told me I could be in the band and two weeks later we were out on tour with Caught Inside.

• Are you doing anything musically now?

Unfortunately not as much as Id like to be. I sometimes get the itch to write new stuff and record it in my buddy’s home studio, but nothing serious. Unfortunately the responsibilities of adulthood have taken their toll so these days I’m a suit and tie kinda guy. Damn Corporate America haha. At least I’ve got a mind full of memories though ! Most people don’t even have that.

• Thanks for doing the interview. Any last words or shout outs?

My pleasure bro. Props to you for putting this website or blog or whatever you want to call it together. This is one hell of a documentary of a scene that was a hugely influential part of my life and the lives of a lot of others. And for everyone who was around back in those days, "we'll always have the memories." Peace.

Monday, October 6, 2008

International Superheroes of Hardcore covering Shai Hulud



So this past weekend I went out to see the guys in New Found Glory in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. For those who don't know, NFG has a side project called the International Superheroes of Hardcore which is basically NFG but Chad sings and Jordan plays guitar. On the tour, the band Four Year Strong suggested that they (ISHC) cover Shai Hulud since Chad used yo sing for them. They ended up covering it at both shows since they were in Florida and it was incredible. The Jacksonville show had a high stage and a barrier so kids couldnt get on stage but the Tallahassee show was pure insanity. I stagedived (dove) for the first time in about 6 years and Im definately feeling it this morning. Im going to be acquiring the footage of the Tallahassee show soon so Ill post it when I get it but until then, enjoy the footage from the Jacksonville show.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

We have a Myspace!!!

Ive created a Myspace to further promote the South Florida Music Scene. There isnt much to look at right now but I have been uploading image covers of demos, 7 inches, full lengths, etc into the picture section. I also just spoke to a friend and he is planning on sending me loads and loads of flyers from as far as back as 1991 to scan so be ready for that. Finally this week Ill be posting the first interview. I took time and spoke to Ary Lehrer who was an original member of Poison the Well and played guitar in Foolproof so expect that this week. Again please add the Myspace and thanks for your continued support

http://www.myspace.com/thesouthfloridamusicscene

http://www.myspace.com/thesouthfloridamusicscene

http://www.myspace.com/thesouthfloridamusicscene

Thursday, October 2, 2008

La Vieja Guardia CD Release!!!

La Vieja Guardia, Frank from Burning Strong's band with members of Mehkago NT, are releasing a CD on Oct. 7. They'll be playing a CD Release Show at Churchills on Oct. 25th so if you can go out to that, go and support. Great band and great guys. We'll have a full feature on them soon

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