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An online zine with news, interviews, and stories from the past and present.

My Introduction to Sick Of It All

My Introduction to Sick Of It All

August 06, 2020 6 min read

Friday June 9th, 1989 Exodus are headlining Trenton, New Jersey’s City Gardens. The opening bands were Faith Or Fear and the one that I came to see, Sick Of It All. Now first off, Friday night shows at City Gardens were kind of odd. The majority of the hardcore shows that I would go to see there were on Sunday nights. I guess because this particular show was being billed as a metal show, they did it on a Friday night. Going into this show I was a huge Sick of It All fan.
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America's Hardcore Part I

America's Hardcore Part I

August 04, 2020 6 min read

Thanks to Tony Rettman for doing this interview with Danny Slam, singer for California pioneers America’s Hardcore. We hope to have Tony aboard with us more in the future, and this piece kicks off his contributions with a bang. Be sure to check back for the second half of this interview real soon.
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Broken Glass: Becky DiGiglio

Broken Glass: Becky DiGiglio

July 28, 2020 5 min read

I first met Becky at Heartwork Coffee Bar in San Diego a few years ago when she, Justin Pearson, and their dog, Captain, stopped in for a cup of coffee. Since then I’ve seen her all over the place, shooting shows around Southern California and beyond, having her work featured in photo exhibits and online, and more recently, at several Black Lives Matter protests.
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Tony Rettman: Mark Starr (Insight) Interview From "Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History" Book

Tony Rettman: Mark Starr (Insight) Interview From "Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History" Book

July 21, 2020 8 min read

This interview with Insight vocalist Mark Starr was conducted in the summer of 2016 for my third book, Straight Edge - A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Salt Lake City based-band’s retrospective collection Reflection.
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Talking Pressure Release with Tom Kuntz

Talking Pressure Release with Tom Kuntz

July 14, 2020 9 min read

I think I speak for Tim as well when I say that Pressure Release is a band we both really love that started somewhere cool and ended up somewhere weird and mysterious, but simultaneously even cooler. Not to slag the early material, but the seven inch is so dark and bizarre (considering the time and previous material) that I have a hard time even thinking it was the same band with straight forward youth anthems a year prior.
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JUDGE - WHERE IT WENT - VIDEO SHOOT SHOW

JUDGE - WHERE IT WENT - VIDEO SHOOT SHOW

July 07, 2020 3 min read

The bill was Judge, Outburst and Intensity, the date was Sunday March 11th, 1990 and the venue was City Gardens in Trenton, New Jersey. This would be the first time Judge played City Gardens and to say that people were excited would be an extreme understatement.
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Ray Cappo Jumping Photo

Tony Rettman Ray Cappo Interview From "NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990"

June 30, 2020 15 min read

"Usually, growing up in a suburban American high school environment, if you’re in a band, you’re in a cover band; at least back when I was growing up. Kids were playing the best of AC/DC, the best of Rush, the best of Journey."
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Talking Shop with Photographer BJ Papas

Talking Shop with Photographer BJ Papas

June 26, 2020 5 min read

BJ Papas may be the most legendary photographer of NYHC. Pretty cool considering the bad rap hardcore has always gotten for the lack of female involvement. Seemingly elusive and interview-shy despite still photographing bands and being connected to the scene which she grew up in, we were psyched as hell to be able to chat with her. Thanks BJ! -DCXX
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Stage Diving with Gus Pena

Stage Diving with Gus Pena

June 23, 2020 4 min read

Gus Straight Edge...Youth Crew all star, Gorilla Biscuits 6th member, and Discipline/Ocean Of Mercy singer are just a few titles he could have been given years back. But he is probably known best as the dude constantly diving and going off to hardcore bands all over during the mid/late 80s and early 90s....
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Porcell Sums it Up

Porcell Sums it Up

June 19, 2020 2 min read

In October of 1995, Porcell was preparing to move out of the Philadelphia temple and looking to sell a few random items he had laying around. One such item was the original reels to Skiz 4, otherwise known as the Wide Awake “CT Hardcore” 7”. My girlfriend (now wife) Traci and I decided to make the purchase and add the reels to our collection
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Looking Back with Drew Beat

Looking Back with Drew Beat

June 16, 2020 4 min read

We interviewed Drew Beat along with Matt BOLD at Matt’s house in K-Town many years back for a video that was to be included in the planned Livewire Release of a live BOLD set from The Anthrax in summer 1989 (and their final show there). Obviously this never happened, Rev did the discography, and another good idea was scrapped. 
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Chris Daily - The Printing Tales

Chris Daily - The Printing Tales

June 12, 2020 7 min read

In addition to running Smorgasbord Fanzine and Records back in the late 80s, Chris Daily also was responsible for printing up some of the covers and inserts for the early Rev releases, as well as the famed Schism Issue number 7 and the Project X seven inch covers. Although it may seem insignificant, we thought it was a cool little piece of niche history, especially since twenty plus years later Chris has continued his interest in printwork by running Daily Screen Printing out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Enjoy. -DCXX
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