Sunday, July 27, 2008
Love is never wrong
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Years Active: ????
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/drugczars
Another band I don't know much about but they feature members of The EAT, Roach Motel, Chickenhead, Trapped By Mormons, Morbid Opera, Crumbs, Charlie Pickett & Eggs, and Heatseekers. That should give you an idea of what you're in for
Drug Czars - Self Titled 7 Inch
City: Ft. Lauderdale
Years Active: 2000 - Present
Type of Music: Hardcore/Metal
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/rememberingnever954
Taken from the Ferret Records website:
South Florida, a region once known for its humidity and magnetic pull for retirees from across the nation. Now this region is known for its high occurrence rate of hurricanes and home to socio-politico rage-core unit, Remembering Never. This five man unit composed of Mean Pete (vocals), Grease (guitar), Norm (guitar), Aldo (bass) and Danny (drums) is uncompromising hardcore with a message. From a cynical eye towards those who govern in all realms to messages of a vegetarian lifestyle, Remembering Never isn?t afraid to ruffle feathers. Incorporating metallic speed and ire into their guitars, shards of melody and chaotic arrangements that threaten to collapse their sound is a combination of technical skill and primal aggression.
Forming right out of High School around the turn of the millennium, Remembering Never originally had Mean Pete on guitars and Justin Daily on vocals. According to Pete, the band originally sounded like every other band in South Florida and was more based on personal songwriting. The members who were in other bands, including Pete who was a vocalist in Until The End didn?t take Remembering Never too seriously. The group admits at first no one cared for the band and they ended up playing a lot of bad shows. After a year of playing locally, the band recorded an eight song demo that Carl Severson of Ferret Music caught wind of. Severson was impressed enough to want to put the album out, but at the time Ferret was stretched thin on releases. Severson turned the demo over to Chris Tzompanakis of Ferret band, SkyCameFalling who had started his own label, One Day Saviour and was looking for artists. One Day Saviour released the demo in 2001 which went on to sell close to 20,000 copies (it has just been re-released with new artwork).
Shortly thereafter, Daily quit the band to focus on other pursuits. Pete reluctantly picked up the microphone and put down the guitar, a decision he wasn?t entirely comfortable with. At the time of the member switch, Remembering Never had composed a great deal of their first full-length album She Looks so Good In Red and Pete had almost no time to compose lyrics. Musically the album which was released on Ferret Music in 2002 was angrier and more severe than the demo sessions. Lyrically Mean Pete claims it was a joke that only the band members got, as over the top narratives talked about violence against loved one?s and severing of relationships, much like Glassjaw?s first album. Like the aforementioned band, who has since taken a much different approach in their lyrics, Pete regrets anyone thinking that he was serious about any of those lyrics or believing that he advocated abusive acts towards women.
Tour-wise Remembering Never was finally getting out on the road including a stint with Suicide Note as well as tours with On Broken Wings, Evergreen Terrace, Between The Buired & Me, Alexisonfire, and Every Time I Die. When working on material for their next album Women And Children Die First, Pete decided to focus on issues that not only affected him but that would be hardcore anthems. As he wrote in the album?s liner notes ?Being in a hardcore band, it is my privilege and my responsibility to share ideas.? As Carl Severson of Ferret claims ?That album is really their defining moment. The demo and the first album might as well have been a different band. This album was more extreme, more pissed and more potent.? The second full-length was released in 2004, the significance of the title Women And Children Die First was supposedly the working title of a Slayer album that they were forced to drop by their label. Remembering Never?s album became their signature statement and went on to sell over 70,000 albums worldwide within two years. The album was included in the ?Best Of 2004? list for Decibel Magazine as well as coverage in places such as Sirius Satellite Radio, Revolver, Alt Press and other media sources. This album also marked the first time that Remembering Never became a full time band and toured fully behind the album. Tours included co-headlining a PETA sponsored tour with Most Precious Blood as well as tour with Throwdown, The Acacia Strain, ZAO, Terror, Scarlet, Eighteen Visions and It Dies Today.
Several hurricanes and tattoos later, Remembering Never has emerged as one of the most respected voices of the metal-core scene. As of Fall 05, the band entered Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts with wonder producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Throwdown, Shadows Fall) to record their forthcoming full-length for a spring 06 release titled God Saves Us. It promises to be the most savage and heaviest sounding record to date. It also does a good job of balancing personal lyrics with the worldly messages of the band. The Goddamn Busy Signal is a song that deals with Gay rights. As Mean Pete says ?This is not just someone?s opinion on someone else?s lifestyle, it?s about religion and government sticking their nose where it doesn?t belong.? The ironically titled White Devil is about Pete and other members of the band who grew up broke, stealing to get by. ?It?s really about an circle of life that it is difficult to break out of, being born into poverty and how it places a limit of what you can accomplish.? Selma named for the character in the film Dancer In The Dark is about the power that women have that is underestimated every day. Pete comments ?We are the most negatively positive band out there. We?re really positive but we present it in a negative way.? With the release of God Saves Us 2006 promises to be the year that mainstream takes notice of the band who live by their underground roots.
We All Fall Down (Remembering Never - Demo
You can order all of Remembering Never's releases here:
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
City: Pompano Beach/Gainesville
Years Active: 1996 - 2002
Type of Music: Emo-core
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/asfriendsrustrip
Okay before I let the band tell you their story, I just want to say I love As Friends Rust. I remember hearing the demo and being really into it but kinda forgetting them because they didnt do much for a while. After seeing them at a fest in Sarasota, I would basically drive all over Florida to see them. I still listen to them regularly and am working on going to see their reunion in August. August 15th, 2008 in Gainesville so mark your calender. Here's to hoping that Damien does another hardcore/emo-core band because the world of hardcore misses him. Also, if anyone has the original demo, hit me up because theres one song on there that didnt make it onto the Fists of Time and I want it.
Taken from the AFR Myspace:
In 1996, Jeronimo, Henry Olmino and Matt Crum - who were playing together under the moniker "Wayside" - recruited Damien Moyal, who had fronted Culture, Morning Again and Shai Hulud - and was also doing Bird of Ill Omen and Culture at the time - to step in on vocals. The sound was a distinct amalgam of Samiam, Split Lip and Gorilla Biscuits. Much screamier than the following efforts, the band wrote quickly and passionately, and in no time was playing, kicking ass and taking numbers across Miami. Actually, the band's first show was a Pixies tribute, where they covered "Hey" from the album 'Doolittle' and "The Sad Punk" off of 'Trompe Le Monde.' The band stepped into the studio to record the first of several efforts with acclaimed producer James Paul Wisner, and made off with a pretty impressive 6-song session. Four of these would later be released, while the other two remain unattainable. The band sent out demo cassettes (remember those?) to a plethora of labels, all of whom - including Doghouse Records (who later signed AFR) and Equal Vision Records (who released the band's finale) - turned them down. The band eventually split up, as Damien planned his move to Gainesville to pursue Culture, and the remaining members began to lay the foundation for Rocking Horse Winner.
By autumn of 1997, Damien was settling into Gainesville to begin his new life. While things in Culture were going well, he craved the speed and fun of a less heavy, dogmatic outfit. It just so happened that Steve Looker, guitarist for Culture, was a huge fan of AFR's ignored demo, and suggested that they put together a new line-up of the band, provided the original members were cool with it. They were, and the search for a new line-up began. Ironically, Steve never ended up playing with the band, as he left Gainesville to play in Morning Again. In early 1998, the team was assembled. Timothy Kirkpatrick, who had recently joined Culture on drums, assumed the same duties in the new AFR. Kaleb Stewart, who nobody in the band really knew, but had mentioned to Damien once "Hey, if you ever need a bass player for anything..." stepped in on bass. The two guitarists at this point were Gordon Tarpley (also of Culture) and Joseph Simmons, who had played in Bird of Ill Omen with Damien, and had recently parted ways with Morning Again and moved to Gainesville to join Culture, in a strange "trade" for Steve Looker. Anyhow, this band quickly wrote a song - yes, just one - and hopped into the studio with Gainesville's famous Rob MacGregor. The song was "Home is Where the Heart Aches" and was added to 4 of the 6 songs from the original line-up's recording, and released on Good Life Recordings as "The Fists of Time" EP. Gordon left, and was replaced by Peter Bartsocas, who was an old friend of Damien and Joe, and had also played in BOIO with them back in Miami. The band learned those older tunes, wrote a couple more new ones, and immediately began to tour. Discount took AFR out on the road with them in the summer of 1998, covering the east coast and midwest, twice over. As AFR had no van, Jim Reed (known admirably as "Diggler") took them in his Astro van. At the end of the summer, Peter left the band and was replaced by James Glayat (who had played with Tim in Roosevelt, way back in the day) and a new EP was recorded, co-released by Good Life Recordings and Doghouse Records. This EP was intended to be self-titled, but was mistakenly referred to as the "God Hour" EP by Good Life in all of their marketing materials. By autumn of 1998, Europe had already caught on to the enigma that would become As Friends Rust, and the band made plans to tour there in the winter. They recorded one more song - "The First Song on the Tape You Make Her" - for a split with Discount, whom they brought along to Europe, to return the favor. The tour was a success. As the new EP's were just getting into fans' hands, the new songs proved to be bigger and catchier than the old, and the crowd response was deafening. This member roster would remain intact for several more years of touring, but unfortunately would record nothing else. Being poor, drinking and fighting ended up being what the band chose to do rather than actually writing songs or recording, so they toured virtually the same set for about three years. It never seemed to bother fans, though. Nonetheless, this era of the band would go down as the 'real' AFR, in terms of passion, performance and plain old fun. Cut to late summer of 2000. Following three years of relentless touring in the US and abroad (mostly abroad, actually), the band lost 3 key members in one fell swoop. Kaleb, Tim and James split, leaving only Joe and Damien to decide whether or not the pieces should be picked up, or the band should be laid to rest.
At the end of 2000, with a point to prove, Joe and Damien brought in new members. Chris 'Floyd' Beckham (who had played bass in Culture a couple of years earlier) stepped in on guitar. Little Alex, an old friend of Floyd's from Ohio came in on drums, and Guy (of Army of Ponch fame) played bass. Determined to release a full-length LP, which had not yet happened for the band, the new version of AFR began writing. And write they did. Demo versions of two songs ("Morningleaver" and "This is Me Hating You") were recorded at Rob MacGregor's studio for a limited edition Doghouse Fan Series 7". Soon after, Tom Rankine (another former Bird of Ill Omen member) joined in on bass, and Zach Swain (previously of Orlando's Carlisle) took over on drums. Within a few months, an album's worth of material had been amassed, and the band - still signed to Doghouse Records - headed into the studio with James Paul Wisner to record its first and only LP "Won." Recorded in summer of 2001 and released in early fall, the band began touring the album diligently, and by autumn was in Europe (with friends Strike Anywhere) showing off its new material, members and sound. The album was widely acclaimed, and the band was attracting the attention of a more mainstream audience and press. During this tour, a sold-out show at London's Camden Underworld was filmed and later released as a DVD on Punkervision.
Upon returning to the States, AFR started writing its next work, to be released as an EP for Equal Vision Records, who had proposed doing a one-off several years earlier. The band entered the studio - once again, with James Paul Wisner - in February 2002 to record what would be its final release, "A Young Trophy Band in the Parlance of Our Times." Tension was high within the band, as personalities and musical directions clashed. This final EP ended up being the band's most praised release. One week later, Damien - the only remaining founding member - quit the band. They continued under the name As Friends Rust for a few months, but eventually gave it up to pursue other endeavors.Damien has gone on to do a solo project called Damien Done
Tim continued on to the now defunct Moments in Grace
Kaleb went on to do Grey Goose, Bread Riot and the much missed Cro(w)s
Matt plays various instruments in Feathers as well as ROM
Tom and Joe morphed AFR into Salem, which has since disbanded.
Tom and some of the Salem guys are now playing in Currents
Floyd now plays in J. Page
Peter is the brainchild behind The Drake
James and Peter are bringing Gainesville to NYC with GATORS!
Zach went on to plays drums for How Dare You
You can still order just about everything right here:
Years Active: ???
Type of Music: Indie Rock
Myspace or Website: n/a
Another release I don't know much about except that it was released by Big Dis Records in 1997. Any info, throw it my way please.
Spark Chamber's side of the split
Years Active: 1995 - 1997 (roughly)
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace of Website: n/a
Vanbuilderass was awesome, plain and simple. Unfortunately, I never got to see them and all they released was this 7 inch with a few songs on comps. This is all they left for the world...too bad. I dont really know a whole lot about them to be honest but Steve Heritage from Assuck and Schematics Records released this on his label and recorded them. Also I was told that the drummer now plays in Rehasher with Roger from Less Than Jake. They also covered the song "One Shot Deal" on the full length. If anyone has more info, pass it on please
Vanbuilderass - Choices
Thursday, July 17, 2008
City: Lake Worth
Years Active: 2001 - 2005 (roughly)
Type of Music: Indie Rock
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/trhw
I remember seeing Rocking Horse when my friend Ryan filled in on a show which I believe was their first. I can't remember if he was actually in the band or not but I liked them from the start. Real good mellow rock with beautiful vocals. Alot of the time, when members of hardcore bands get together to play something mellow, it usually doesn't turn out so well. In this case, it really did. They released their first full length on Ohev Records and then were snatched up by Equal Vision. I like the second full length "Horizons" but their first is really amazing. To the best of my knowledge, the first full length is out of print so if anyone knows otherwise, please let me know and Ill take down the link. Members were in Poison the Well, Anchorman, and As Friends Rust.
The Rocking Horse Winner - State Of Feeling Concentration
You can still order The Rocking Horse Winner "Horizons" here:
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
City: Ft. Lauderdale/Pompano Beach
Years Active: ???
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: n/a
This is another band that Im sure I saw but I just can't for the life of me remember. They did release a few 7 inches as well as a split with another band called Gus on No Idea. Jason Lederman of Where Fear and Weapons Meet did time on drums at one point. If someone has more info, please let me know so I can get it posted. Also when I go to Miami, Ill be searching for the 7 inches.
Benny Jhonson added this info. Thanks Benny
Drew Demaio sang and played guitar in Gus, went on to play in Strikeforce Diablo, Assholeparade, & did some time in Floor as well. Ron Sas played bass, and also did a stint in Floor. Craig Demaio was the original drummer, than they had Big Mike, Lederman, and finally Sam Fogarino who now drums for Interpol. They put out 1 7" on Dirge records, a 7" on 702 Records and that split with Gus from Canada.
Gus - Prime Cuts In Gravy Demo
Monday, July 14, 2008
City: Ft. Lauderdale
Years Active: 1995-1996
Type of Music: Punk
Myspace or Website: n/a
Im not gonna lie, I can't tell you much about Inner City Kids other than that they featured a young Ian, future bass player for New Found Glory. This demo apparently was supposed to have 5 songs but only 3 surfaced with re-recorded vocals. If anyone has any info, please pass it along and Ill get it updated. Thanks to Ulla Dulla for the songs.
Inner City Kids - Demo
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Years Active: 1997 - 2001
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://www.thinkfastrecords.com/esteem
From the Think Fast Records website:
ESTEEM was a straight edge band formed in 1997 and based out of Naples, FL. The band was together until 2001. During their time as a band, they released a split 7" with Strength Approach (Italy) and a split CD with 200 North, which was released on Eulogy Recordings. Their release that appeared on TF! as TFR001, was a compilation of songs from demos, the split 7", and split CD which helped raise funds to start Think Fast! Records. ESTEEM was one of the very few youth crew style bands that existed in Florida during this time period. They shared the stage with bands such as Count Me Out, Kill Your Idols, Hatebreed, Reach The Sky, Shutdown, Trial, Where Fear And Weapons Meet, among many more. They played their final show in 2001 with American Nightmare, Kill Your Idols, and Good Clean Fun. Members went on to Flame Still Burns.
You can still order their split with 200 North here:
Esteem - Their tracks from the split with Strength Approach:
Esteem - Surrender To Convictions Demo
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
City: Ft. Lauderdale,Miami, NYC.,West Palm Beach
Years Active: 2006 - Present
Type of Music: Ska
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/yeoldefelttips
Joe Basi, former drummer of King 7, sent me a message to tell me he has a new band with members of King 7 and the Soulsonics called the Felt Tips. I dont really have a lot of information on them right now but they are currently recording a record so as soon as I receive more information from Joe Ill post it. For now, check their myspace to hear some demos for their new record. Thanks to Joe for helping out with the info.
Update from Joe:
Ok, well the new band will be releasing a cd summer 2008, it is
tentatively called The Felt Tips but the band name will likely change
It is ultimately a traditional ska/reggae band with hints of modern styles.
It is made up of:
Joe Basi- Drums (Former King 7, Jive Step Bunch)
Sam Gelberd - Sax (Former King 7, Jive Step Bunch)
Sean Portanova- Keys, Trumpet (Former King 7, Jive Step Bunch)
Matt Rowls- Guitar (Middle Finger Mob, Flag of Darkness)
Jesse "More Beer" Steele - Bass (Double Agents, Where Fear and
Ali "Massive" Hussan - Vox (too many projects to list here)
Sky Rheam - Keys, Guitar
Monday, July 7, 2008
Years Active: 1998 - Present
Type of Music: Hardcore
Myspace or Website: http://www.myspace.com/trustnoone305
From the Trust No One Myspace:
Trust No One began in the summer of 1998 as a project band, but after the first few songs were written they realized that they were what the South Florida scene desperately needed. A straight up hardcore band, with a straight up hardcore sound (similar to Madball, Hatebreed, Buried Alive, etc.), a refreshing change from all the generic metal bands that overpopulate South Florida. After two demos were recorded and several shows were played, Trust No One were approached by the local label Eulogy Recordings with an offer to release a full-length. After some extensive line-up changing (another thing that south Florida bands are well known for) the band then went into the infamous studio 13 to record their first full length, ''You've Been Warned''. The CD showcases TNO's talent for blending heavy hardcore and deep lyrics, involving many touchy social issues, issues that many other bands are too timid to tackle. TNO's live show is a force to be reckoned with. Bring your mouthpiece or you might lose some teeth.
Trust No One "Taking Care of Business" Demo 99
You can still order Trust No One's full length "You've Been Warned" from Eulogy Recordings for only $5 here:
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Years Active: 1993 to 2001
Type of Music: Rock to Grunge rock.
Myspace or Website:http://www.myspace.com/emmzgtr, http://www.myspace.com/arznova
The Band ArzNova was formed in 1993 and was originally named AVALON. The original founders were Ed Roses on Vocals and Emilio Cueto on guitar. The band was formed from this friendship between Ed and Emilio as they attended the same catholic schoo in Miami, Floridal. After several line up changes the main group finally included Lorenzo Diaz on Drums, Fred Pedrahita on Bass and Michael Menendez on Bass and Keyboards. In early 1995 that band hooked up with Fred Freedman of the band Suzzie Cream Cheese and began recording in his studio. However, due to budget issues that band pulled out of that deal and bagan recording their first album at a little underground studio named PAB. The six song album was released in 1996 and was named Go Secure (A reissue will be available August 2008 on CD baby and Amazon.com). It was at this time that the band began to play out on the Miami Scene including memorabile profermances at that 1997 Miami Beach Battle of the Bands which was held at the old Cameo theater. The band also played several gigs at the Kitchen club when it was in Cocconut Grove, Roses on the beach and The Chili Pepper. However, the band mainly palyed at the now defunct Cheers club which housed a lot of acts such as The Goods, The Quit and Iko Iko.
ArzNova's music could best be defeined at Grunge or just plain old fashion rock. The music was melodic and one reviewer for the NewTimes stated that the music had "tribal beats mixed with pop guitar rock, in the tradion of the Birds." Later in 1999 the band relased a self published CD named Little Ditties. That band continued to play the Miami Scene but band members began to leave the band to go after other life challanges. In 2001 the band finally broke up. Emilio Cueto currently plays in Los Angles for Juilet Lewis band, Juilet and the Licks (see Juilet and the liks myspace page for tour information). The other band memebers now work in other professions. However, Michael Menenedez continues to write music and has a solo album which is slated for release August of 2008 on CD baby and Amazon.com. Also, you can find some of Michael's other published writings on Amazon.com.
The most memorable moment In Arz Nova history was the night we played the Churchiles. Music wise it was not so hot of a night. However, it was interesting to note that as the band packed up their equipment and were about to Leave, Bono and the Edge from U2 showed up to watch a soccer match on the big screen (They were in town recording and album at South beach studios). Several Band memembers were able to share a drink at that same bar.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sorry for the lack of updates but this week has been very busy for me between school, working, and going to Miami for the weekend. Ill have an update on Monday hopefully. I wont have time to get my hands on any new music while Im in Miami since Ill only be there for 2 days but when I go down in August for 2 weeks I should get some good stuff. Again, if anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks again and sorry for the lack of updates.