SSD, Minor Threat…the straight edge bands from then, we listened to their music, but slowly it got deeper than that. You see, a lot of those early hardcore bands, their lyrics were good, and I hate to say this…but they were just similar to other normal punk bands that were writing songs.
My brother Steve is three years older than me, and he was best friends with Mike. And they got into punk...but guess what punk band? You’ll never guess this…Duran Duran! Crazy, right? But at that time, 1980, they were considered punk. Now we look at them, and it is like the softest, weakest music.
One of the most mysterious guys to ever come through the doors of the NYHC scene may in fact be Jimmy Yu. When Tim and I were getting content together for Double Cross, Porcell told us, “Man, you gotta interview Jimmy Yu! He was there from the beginning and he just disappeared! He went from being a lower east side punk to a full on Buddhist!”
When it comes to 90s hardcore photographers, Danielle Dombrowski is a household name who needs no introduction. Hailing from New York, Danielle has shot hardcore shows and fests all over the northeast and beyond over the last 20+ years.
Rev. Hank “Straight Edge” Peirce became known to many of us as the Slapshot roadie with a great nickname, and the only person to appear as a character in an actual Slapshot lyric (“Wake up Hank we’re off the line” - Step On It)
Anaiah Lei currently plays in DARE and his personal project Zulu. He’s previously been a member of The Bots, FireBurn, and Culture Abuse. As with his musician fluidity, his skateboarding feels loose and improvisational yet totally controlled and purposeful. I caught up with him over the phone to talk about the crossovers between skating and hardcore and we did.
Jammi York is a New York-based photographer who captures a broad range of subjects and styles, from bands and celebrities to photojournalism and street photography. Most recently Jammi's work has been featured on the cover of Constant Elevation's newly-releasedFreedom Beach7" EP.
Revelation's own Adam Lentz brings us his opinion of 5 new artists that are standing out to him right now: "Hardcore is amazing.As much as we/I age, there is always a group of kids discovering it in whatever city or country they may be in, kids who may have felt the same alienation, anger, and disgust we did, and creating some interesting, pissed and good music with plenty to scream about."
Gavin Olgesby... you may know him as the guitarist for legendary Orange County California hardcore bands, No For An Answer, Carry Nation, Triggerman or The Killing Flame, but before all of that he was simply known as the artist who painted the cover for Uniform Choice’s classic album, “Screaming For Change”.
I've come to know Rob as the go-to photographer and videographer for a number of big name bands, and the guy that has a super sick photo book out. He also works closely with Mike Vallely and was recently published in Thrasher Magazine.
BDTW was and still is a HC masterpiece. Only a very powerful and inspired follow up could ever hold a candle to it. By that measure I was not blown away by what we were coming with at first. It seemed Ray wanted to expand the possibilities of YOT’s formula.