Albert Licano is another music photographer you'll see at just about every show, big or small, in the usual Los Angeles/Orange County venues. Despite shooting concerts for over 20 years and being connected to a large number of well-known bands, Albert for still shoots every band on the bill, even the young openers who may be playing their first or second show.
Memorable AHC shows include early April 1983 opening at the Rollerworks for Minor Threat, Suicidal Tendencies and others. This is our show that is seen on the Flipside video.Huge place, big crowd with people stage diving during our set, even though we were the first band on.
If you've gone to hardcore shows even semi-regularly in Southern California over the past 25 years, chances are you've seen Dan Rawe there, taking his place near a side corner of the stage with camera at the ready. I always appreciated Dan for documenting the whole show experience, including taking photos of friends hanging out in between sets. Read on to learn more about Dan Rawe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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