I’ve never been the most talented musician in the bands I’ve been in. I haven’t even always been the best guitar player when I was the only one playing guitar in bands I started. I’ve always tried to make up for it by being on time, having decent reliable equipment, and doing art for whatever I was doing when the inspiration hit me.
Ed Crooks has been heavily involved in the hardcore scene for 20+ years. He started talking to bands in the early 00’s, with a love for all the old zines like Schisim, Boiling Point, Good and Plenty etc, but he only started putting stuff together after moving to Sweden in 2013.
Powerline, a Los Angeles based hardcore zine, Interview with Sammy Siegler of World Be Free Judge etc. for Powerline Issue 6 (Available at RevHQ.com, Powerline webstore, and check out their Instagram @powerlineusa)
I booked my first show on February 20 in the years 2000 amidst my one failed year at UC Santa Cruz without any clue what I was doing. I had some help from the local kids but my overhead to not lose money was $1,200 and Death By Stereo had bailed last minute. The Nerve Agents showed up to headline and, despite breaking the mic cord on the first song, delivered a great set and drew enough people to make the night a huge success.
It's difficult for me to really explain what happened with Mark, Mike Judge and Youth Of Today mainly because I was an outsider to it all. Most people know that Ray Cappo and Mark Ryan were living in the same apartment in NYC for a brief time.
Biv is easily one of my favorite guitarists in all of music - period. Having played most famously in Supertouch, Biv has a guitar sound that is totally his own, and a style that distinguishes him from almost anyone else in hardcore.
There have been times over the years where I am absolutely convinced that JUDGE is the greatest band to have ever walked the earth. They are the perfect combination of everything I love in hard music and specifically, hardcore.
In the 1980s, the New Jersey hardcore scene was represented by bands like Adrenalin OD and Bedlam who wrote songs about fast food and foul-smelling old people while kicking out an extremely suburban weisenheimer vibe.
What is life but one big cycle. A cycle, ever changing. It seems that about every five to ten to fifteen years there is a so called “change of the guard”, where a new, younger crop of bands, promoters, and artists, start to book shows, play shows, and make a name for themselves in their communities.
We recorded every Judge practice, because we always practiced at the same place, and they had a huge PA mixing board. This was the same place we practiced for DBD. But so many of those Judge practices run together. I don’t remember what was what, but so many were like real recordings, hundreds, with good levels and sound.