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Create to Destroy! Total Punk Fuck Off Fest Vol. III


May 31st, 2016 by

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Last year’s Total Punk Fuck Off II Fest had LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS as well as the ACHTUNGS from Finland and ended in total chaos.  This year is the third and final year of the Total Punk Fuck Off — two days only, this weekend June 3rd and 4th in hospitable Orlando, Florida.  Go catch TIMMY’S ORGANISM and GG KING in the sweltering heat that is Florida in June and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.  This year’s fest will go out with a bang, for sure!

Did you ever think you’d make it to a third year?
That was the plan.  Movies, deaths, and festivals are best in threes.

The “Final Fuck Off” means this is the last year, right?
The train stops here. There may be more fucking off in the future but it won’t be on my dime.

Orlando in June sounds hotter than hell.  Should I still bring my leather jacket?
Hell’s got nothing on a Florida summer. Still bring your leathers though. Got to look cool to feel cool.

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I see it’s an all-American line-up this year.
All American Punk. No Foreign Junk. KBD OOP RAR.

Tell us about the Florida bands that are playing.
The MOLD are our buddies from Jacksonville.  Bass, drums, and keys.  Punk à la SCREAMERS.  GINO & THE GOONS are from St. Pete and are party starting budget rock. AUTARX and MANIC & THE DEPRESSIVES are both from Orlando, share a singer, and are two of my favorite bands to come out of Orlando in a long time.  AUTUARX has got a deathrock kind of Agnew thing going on. MANIC & THE DEPRESSIVES are bass-driven minimal punk with alternating male and female vocals.  We’re also having a pre-party on Thursday night with my band GOLDEN PELICANS and another local called SECRET TRACERS. Three guitar stoner punk.

Who knew Florida was kicking?  What’s the scene like in Orlando right now?
Orlando has a really cool scene. There isn’t some cohesive sound like a city like Atlanta, but there are a bunch of good bands all doing their own thing, and a bunch of wild enthusiastic kids going bat shit. Plus pretty much everything happens within two blocks of each other, so most everyone lives in this one neighborhood. You never have to drive anywhere to go see a show, or eat a good meal, or go to the bar. It’s really the best thing about Orlando.

Florida in general?
There are pockets here and there, and it seems like more bands are popping up from around the state. St. Augustine and Jacksonville are always really fun to play.

What local hotels are dreading this fest?
Downtown Travelodge gets destroyed every year, but they keep allowing us back.  It’s the cheapest room in town, not too far from the club and they have a exquisite collection of bed bugs.

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What bands are headlining this year?
TIMMY’S ORGANISM headlines Friday night and COUNTER INTUITS, Ron House’s newest project, closes out the weekend.

Are the shows all ages?  Tell us about the venues.
The Thursday night pre-party is 21 and up but the rest of the weekend is 18+ (sorry kiddos). Here’s a breakdown of the venues, which by the way are all within a quarter mile radius of each other:
Wally’s: Orlando institution. Stiffest cheapest drinks in town. Small, smoky bar with all kinds of interesting characters.  Really excited that one of the shows is going to be here.
St. Matt’s (Joe’s NYC Bar): This place is something else.  It’s a bar with a stripper pole that also serves as a church on Sunday mornings. They are also “Orlando’s only steam punk bar”, and it’s the only bar with an alter ego.  Sometimes it’s St. Matt’s and sometimes it’s Joe’s NYC Bar. The inside is a strange combination of small English Chapel with gears painted on the ground (I think this is where the “steam punk” comes into play). The outside of the building always looks different. They will paint it like an American Flag for Fourth of July, then paint jack-o’-lantern faces on the exterior for Halloween, followed by snowflakes in December, but the best part is they just paint over whatever was there before so you can still see what is painted over. It doesn’t get much more Orlando than this place.
Uncle Lou’s: Pretty much the center of the Orlando punk universe.  Small bar run by a big Jamaican man named Lou. He’s the entire city of Orlando’s Uncle and if he ran for mayor, he’d probably win.
Will’s: Best venue in town, and run by a great supporter of the local music community. It’s where both night shows will be and have been every year for the Fuck Off. I honestly would never think about doing it anywhere else.

It’s nice that Orlando is so hospitable to punks and it sounds like a hospitable place for weirdos.  How long have you been preparing for this year’s fest?
I started working on this back in late September. It’s two weeks out and I’m still not done.  Whoever thought it would take so much effort to Fuck Off.

Is this a fest?
No, that happens in Gainesville.

Zing! What is a fest?
A bunch of people standing in a parking lot while a band plays inside.

I hate fests, do you?
I don’t hate fests but I due tend to get burnt out if they go to long. Two days is key. Sweet and short.

Any good stories from last year’s fest?
Lumpy knocked me upside the head with a heavy raw sausage that I paid for last year. ACTION SWINGERS absolutely killed it and none of his band members killed each other, which in and of itself is a miracle.  Three bands had their first practice with their current line-up hours before their respective shows.

How’s your label?
Best thing going.

What was your last release?
Put out two new singles last week: SICK THOUGHTS – “18 & Free” and GINO & THE GOONS – “Love & Hate.”  Next up is the debut single from New Orleans’ LSDOGS and a 12” by Oakland’s VIOLENCE CREEPS.

How many releases have you done so far?
Total Punk is getting ready to release it’s 48th. Floridas Dead now has two under it’s belt, and Floridas Dying (R.I.P.) had 42 releases.

Is your mother proud?
Who wouldn’t be proud of a 38-year-old who spends half of his year putting together an event called “The Fuck Off”?

Any last words?
I’m innocent.



Create to Destroy! Discos Infermos


January 6th, 2016 by

CreateToDestroyLogoI met Inti because he reached out to me with my label Nightrider Records.  He lives in Barcelona and has a solid distro and label with many international punk releases.  He supports a lot of international punk.  He was also in ASFIXIA (Basque Country) and ALERTA! (in Barcelona). If you want to know more, feel free to email him at discosenfermos at gmail dot com and check out his website at www.discosenfermos.com (Amelia Eakins)Another part of the Create to Destroy series.

Discos Enfermos is just a distro? Or a label, too?
Discos Enfermos is together a label and distro that comes on the evolution on my past label/distro.

logobueno.atentadoWhat other DIY labels are there in Spain right now?
There are many other labels, some with years on their back releasing and distributing great stuff. My nearest ones are Grita o Muere, Kremon, Trabuc, Crust as Fuck, Boston Pizza / Dead Moon… and there are some others working for years like DDT, In My Heart Empire, Metadona, Muerte a tipo, Against You, Discos Subterraneos,…and some others not existing anymore.

You live in Barcelona? Tell us about the scene there.
I live in Barcelona but originally I come from the Basque Country. Barcelona is bigger and has bigger movement, more or less because lot of people come here from everywhere. There are social centers, squats, bands…lot of things going on most of the time and also a lot of political people really working and fighting for prisoner rights, etc…

What are you past releases?
Actually I just released the reference #42 of Discos Enfermos (and craziest one at this point) that is COÀGÜL “Cobriu-me de Flors” flexi postcard (industrial noise/pop done by my good friend and great artist Marc O´Callaghan). Past releases are ATENTADO, DISKOIRÄÄ, METRALLETA, GOBIERNO MILITAR, AMENAÇA, BELGRADO, CRIMEN, PELIGRO!, PIEL Y HUESOS, DISTRABE, FINAL SLUM WAR, FRACASO, MÖRDARE, LOS CONEJOS, RAISER and VENGANZA (US), ARREST, CESIO 137, EYES OF CROW, SECT, ALERTA!, HHH (reisue of their 7″), MUERTE, SIEGA, GUERRA FRIA, RES, FZ10, URPA, VENGANZA (SPAIN), AUXILIO, PISSBATH, CADENA and POX (US).

What are you currently working on
Next releases are ZOTZ 7″ together with MassMedia Records in the USA (already at pressing plant) and next will be the SAD BOYS demo on 12″ record with some nice presentation, also working on MUJERCITOS 7″, VLTIMO IMPERIO demo and MUERTE LP (euro press) and some other things coming and waiting to confirm. I love to support the local bands that I like and that my friends play on, so probably future releases will be around this idea.

LOS CONEJOS

Do you distribute all over the world? How do you find record labels and distros to trade with?
Yes, I try to trade with everyone, usually people/label that I have done before or I know for years. Everyone interested taking on wholesale my releases also are welcome and I try to send stuff cheapest as possible. About mail order always getting orders from all over the world and sending.

IMG-20150404-WA0002 (1)Have you been doing this a long time?
Yes I think, probably since I start with my old label will be probably 10+ years on this- I’m 32 now!

Any tips and tricks to distros on packaging? Postal scams? Tips and tricks to keep records in perfect condition when shipping them across the world?
Not specially, the usual ones…as everyone, sometimes I suffer the disapointment of getting emails from labels or people who order records saying that they arrive broken or damaged…I can’t control the post workers. I use special mailing boxes for records and send them out of their sleeves to make them arrive in mint condition. I’m shipping 2-3 times a week several packages and very very few time happen any problem like this so I guess that I’m not doing so bad jejejeje.

I hear you- I feel like I live at the post office. Are you in a band?
Not currently, got some projects for starting a new band but actually not playing. I used to play in ASFIXIA (in Basque Country) and ALERTA! (in Barcelona). Both are bands which release something, also I had play in other bands in Basque and Barcelona but never releasing or even playing live.

Have you traveled Europe recently?
Not recently, last time was last year on tour with CRIMEN from Mexico.

What’s the state of Spain right now? Politically? The economy?
I could say that everything is fucked up and that is not true in the same way; there are going on some political changes but more or less are the same old fuckers with new faces, same old history, same shit with different smell. Inside this change I see that they start some years ago selling the “crisis” word to the reality of everyone, but that supposed “crisis” existed year and years ago. Everything is a lie, sometimes everything looks so fucking ridiculous that you will think that is a kind of reality show. Anyway, I don’t give a fuck about Spain because I’m not Spanish jajajajajaja- just a joke!

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GOBIERNO MILITAR

Is Barcelona (and Spain in general) a political punk scene?
I think it is, there are a lot of people doing things and fighting for so…I could say, with its good and bad things, that it is.

Have you been to any good shows recently?
Yes, a good thing of a big city like Barcelona is that most of the touring bands come here to play. Local bands are great and lot of times people go to see local band more than the touring band, we don’t give a fuck about a band just because is coming from the US jajajajaja. Last LA MISMA show was great and the last show I was with the local bands PIÑEN, ROTE ZORA and LAMAX was simply AMAIZING. And really looking this Saturday to see DIE, PISS, ANASAZI and MEDICATION.

I bet that was a good show! Why do you think bands from Barcelona are so powerful?
Are as powerful as in other places, I don`t think Barcelona had the great secret. People in the last year is paying lot of attention in Barcelona and looks like all the bands here are the fucking best and the reference and is not like this. Of course are great/greatest bands here, and some other that are just bullshit or products that lot of people make them like the best bands. I had seeing lot of bands really great and nobody giving a fuck about them and some others created just for release, tour and be a great band. Until bands like GOBIERNO MILITAR or LOS CONEJOS exist I will be happy of being part of this.

What do you have to say to punks thinking about starting their own record label?
Nothing to say, everyone is already doing and making it as if their label is the most “selected” and “limited” so…anyone can do whatever they want…just don`t come tome and tell how to do things…

What about punks wanting to distro?
For me both things have a total relation, I can understand starting a label without a distro, but I always worked releasing and trading and when it comes to releasing and not trading I start seeing things in a different way. There are some great distros not working as labels so…everything is possible, just if you want to do it, go ahead!

Any last words?
Thanks Amelia for giving me the option of answering this questions, I don`t like the interviews because is just my opinion and should not be reference of anything…so don’t take so serious my answers. Also I want to contact the singer of MYSTIC INANE, that guy have a tattoo of the logo of my label jasuajsuajsuajsujausjaus…he should be the one having all my records once I die.

Hey punks, look for the following upcoming releases from Discos eNfermos:

DENF #44 SAD BOYS “demo” 12″
DENF #45 MUJERCITOS 7″
DENF #46 ZOTZ “amargura” LP
DENF #?¿ VLTIMO IMPERIO “demo” CASSETTE
DENF #?¿ VENGANZA 7″ (NEW, 2nd 7″)
DENF #?¿ ABSOLUTE ORDER 7″
DENF #?¿ NUEVA FUERZA 7″
DENF #?¿ MUERTE LP (EUROPRESS)
DENF #?¿ RIP “83-84 Elgoibar, Vitoria, Lasarte, Barna” LP



Create to Destroy! Rave Up Records


December 16th, 2015 by

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I saw the Tampax “Suck My Cock/Snivell” 7″ for sale on Punk & Destroy’s website in Osaka. (I still have yet to see it in the USA minus Discourage Records.)  I then furiously got in touch with the label in Rome, Italy directly as there were only 445 copies or so pressed and I had to get my hands on one. After corresponding with Pier of Rave Up Records, I decided it would be interesting to interview him. He does a lot of releases of early punk rock, hardcore, and seventies glam rock mostly of reissues and unreleased material.  Here is Pier of Rave Up Records and Road to Ruins Festival. This is part of the Create to Destroy series.

What does Rave Up Records seek to release?
My mission is discovering the big music scene from the US underground between ’75-’81. Basically this is the “focus” of my job!

Are you a KBD maniac?
Yeah, my bigger music passion is US punk rock. Of course is not the only one, I’m huge fan of ’60s garage punk too. In 1986, at the age of 17, I started as a Back from the Grave collector, only in the mid-’90s I moved into obscure ’70s punk rock. Basically I love two chord rock ‘n’ roll, but I like also ’80s minimal synth, late ’60s early psychedelia and hard rock, Italian library music, Latin jazz, bossa nova, UK freak beat, kraut rock, glam rock, power pop, northern soul, ’70s funk…

What’s your personal record collection like?
I have over 7,000 records, but I’m not a collector. I use to sell my “jewels” in case they became too expensive. I think that it makes no sense to pay over one hundred dollars for one record! I prefer drinking wine, buying drugs, eating at restaurant, traveling than jerking off with records!

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How’d you get in touch with Tampax?
I contacted Tampax in the mid ’90s. In that period with my band, Ufo Diktatorz, we played many of their songs. In December 1998, I managed their show in my hometown, Ascoli Piceno, in the local squat. It was funny, Tampax were dressed as a native tribe and performing a sort of dada-istic show without music. People was really angry, ’cause they thinking to see a punk show, not a “Lakota ritual pipe songs concert!!!!!!” Crazy night…. really dangerous for me! This is the spirit of Tampax, get it or leave it!

How’d you come up with the “cock” adaptor for the recent Tampax release? Do you think that was a little lewd? Was this your doing or Tampax?
The cock adapter was an idea of Ado, the lead singer. He said to me, “Pier, I don’t want to reissue our old material in a ‘normal’ way. I don’t care about a memorialistic release for your boring collectors friends! So, take this or fuck you!”

Have you done creative things like that with other records?
My other job is produce and write documentaries. As film director, I released many works on satellite television (FOX TV channel). The best ones are Crollo Nervoso (about new wave scene of the ’80s), Italo Disco (Italian disco of the ’80s), Mellotron (on Italian progressive rock of the ’70s). Right now I’m working of The Italian Job, about the Italian soundtracks of the sixties/seventies (such Piero Piccioni, Piero Umiliani, Ennio Morricone, Louis Bacalov and more).

My other regular activity is organizing Road to Ruins festival. It started as punk rock festival eight years ago. I managed great shows such Crime, Unnatural Axe, Sham 69, Eater, Dictators, Agent Orange, Kids, Angry Samoans, Cheetah Chrome, Fast Cars, Adolescents, Private Dicks, Subway Sect, Dennis Most and the Instigators, Chainsaw and many many more….right now, I changed the focus…. Road to Ruins is a rock movie festival! It was boring to organize shows, too much stress!

The last one is playing music… I started with Ufo Diktatorz in 1992, a punk band that used to play pure KBD punk rock (covers such “51%” by Defnics, “They Saved Hitler’s Brain” by Unnatural Axe and so on…). We were a bunch of chaotic and alcoholic weirdos. Every show was a small battle…. broken noses and provocation a go-go! After a tragic show near Roma, I decided to close the experience with Ufo Diktatorz and start with Transex. It was too dangerous to continue with UFO! The testament of this band are two seven inches. Transex released two albums and one 7″ of great midtempo punk rock. Check our albums somewhere! Recently, four years ago, the band Illuminati….a parodist catholic psychedelic band…. we done two albums, the first on Hit Bit and the second one on Misty Lane records, a fine Italian label of sixties stuff.

Are you just surrounded by aging punk legends living in Italy?
Ah, ah! nooooo!!!I know all the old punks of my country, but my daily friends are guys of the local r’n’r punk scene, such Giuda, Human Race, Alieni, Mega, Lexicon Devils, Holiday Inn, The Hand… Right now I’m goin’ to release some of these bands, they’re all great!

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Pier and Cheetah Chrome

How do you track down the record labels and bands that long ago became defunct?
Well, before internet was really hard. I had some friends who helped me for contact the bands (Benjahn Mirhadi, who died some years ago, Mario Panciera, Chuck Warner, Frank Manley, Dave Fergusson and others…) but I done 95% of the job myself. I used to phone in the night searching the contacts on the US telephone guide! I remember those days as pioneer-istic, totally different than right now. Finding contacts is really easy… All the social media sites are a great help for my mission!!

Do you release any current material or just reissues and obscurity?
I never released new bands, but some months ago I started to help some friends of mine. I will only produce some few stuff, only on 7″ format. Just for joke… my job is another! I have at least over 70 albums of old punk bands to release!

Synthetic Shadows Records?
As I wrote before, I also like ’80s post punk and electronic synth music. Synthetic Shadows is the sub label dedicated to this kind of stuff. I also have Backstreet Records, the label devoted to power pop, another style of music that I love a lot!

Rave Up books?
Well, right now I’m also an editor, with Rave Up books project. The first two books are dedicated to Italian punk scene of 1977-81 (Lo Stivale è marcio) and new wave 1981-85 (Noi conquisteremo la luna). I really hope to release both in English if I find someone interested. Let’s see!

The new book is dedicated to the Luther Blissett project, a movement of “agit prop” influenced by Situazionism, active in Roma between 1995-1999. During those years I studied at University, but I was also a radical activist into the squat movement. Funny period… lot of riots, fighting in the streets against cops and more.

Can you make me a mix tape?
Sure! 30% US punk, 20% US teenage Back from the Grave garage, 10% obscure Kraut rock, 10% UK sixties freak beat, 10% glam rock, 10% power pop and… 10% Italian library music!



Blast From the Past: John Morton


October 12th, 2015 by


SPECIAL JOHN MORTON EDITION! Below you will find an interview that James, the impresario behind Violet Times did for Maximum Rocknroll in 2011, if you want the authentic newsprint feelings you can grab the issue #337 right here.

Since this majestic interview took place a few exciting developments in eels/mortonia have developed that the psychotic minds that are drawn to such ideals might want in on… x___x have a new record coming out! ON the illustrious SMOG VEIL label… Someone unearthed a live JAZZ DESTROYERS set which you can listen to here, fans of Dave E vocal stylings rejoice! You can also send off for John Morton art via his amazing website. I drink coffee out of an electric eels mug daily and it has increased my satisfaction twenty-fold. You can get a post card set! You can also read a great interview that Alex Ratcharge, MRR columnist and arts issue editor, did with John Morton for Ugly Things here.

 


There’s been much written about the musical exploits of the early 70’s Cleveland, Ohio band known as electric eels (yes, lower case as per lead vocalist Dave E’s intention) over the years, some of it true even. The band deservedly looms very large in under-the-counterculture sound circles and I strongly encourage anyone reading this to seek out their music, read about their exploits in a pre-punk world if you haven’t already done so. The liner notes to the 3×10” vinyl offering on Scat Records “Those Were Different Times” are a great place to start, w/ plenty of other stuff out there to read as well. One could even be justified in calling them the very first ‘punk’ band, whatever that means- if nothing else they remain to this day one of the most intense sounding and unique. After all of these years, it very much still is artastic.

In honor of his inclusion in the Violet Times curated art show, Foggy Notion, I decided it would be a good time to find out about some of band leader John Morton’s other little-known doings over the years, specifically his visual art and other music he’s done post- eels.

 

MRR: I’ve been told that only about 100 people total ever saw electric eels, would you agree and care to elaborate on their reaction/s, if any? Especially at the two Columbus, Ohio shows, pre- Extermination Night, where the other performers Mirrors & Rocket From The Tombs would at least be of a non-mainstream music making mindset, also making their own music of a sort not yet known or accepted by the mass ear. What about the non-members of those bands, just ‘regular’ audience members- who the heck were they, why’d they show up and what’d they think? (not presuming you know why they were there, etc. but just saying)

John Morton… 100 sounds like a plausible number. Our fan base, consisted of persons made up of people (who like people) who knew us, such as Bradly Field, Charlotte Pressler, other like-minded band people, such as Dan Didonato and Peter Laughner, at least understood what we were attempting. Family members such as Jill Marotta & Michele Zalopany, well they had to like us.

Our first gig was August of 1974 at the Moonshine Co-op in Columbus. We had the power pulled on us (I’ve heard that that is not a unique occurrence with punk bands, but there were no other “punk” bands at the time.)

We opened for “Hard Sauce” fronted by Jamie “Little Bit of Soul” Lyons. Jamie had one of the best set of pipes I ever heard. Davey and I were arrested that night. I remember every detail. Dave E. wore a trench coat festooned with rattraps, and I wore a safety pin jacket. Jamie bailed Dave E. out of jail. Our career? All downhill after that.

We thought the eels were going to be a huge success on a par with David Blowie (meant affectionately). WE WERE NOT!

I am gratified that we’ve had a modicum of post mortem success.

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Threat by Example. An interview with Martin Sprouse by Martin Sorrondeguy.


October 6th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #291/Aug ’07. The 25th Anniversary Issue which you can order here

All photos courtesy of Martin Sprouse.

OK, Martin, why don’t you start off by talking a little about yourself—tell me who you are and how you first got into punk.

My very first exposure to punk was in 1977. My next-door neighbor was an art student, and he became punk overnight—like crazy Sid Vicious punk—overnight. I had just seen something about punk on the news, and all of a sudden one day he shows up—he’s got a punk rock girlfriend, a Sid Vicious look head-to-toe, messy hair and spiked jacket and harnesses and boots—the whole Vivenne Westwood type of thing. They looked amazing, like the most outrageous thing in the world. He played some music for me; I didn’t understand it at all. I was just a skater kid, and I was just thinking, “That is the most fucked up thing I’ve ever seen.” But it was also cool, because he was the nicest guy in the world. This had to be ’77. So that was my first exposure, and I had a positive impression of it, but I didn’t understand it at all. It was just too crazy. And I was probably just a little too young to get into it, you know? Later on, when hardcore came out in the early ’80s, it all made sense. It was kind of connected through skateboarding. Punk and hardcore kind of fused for me, being young and in Southern California where everything was happening. It was like, “This is it!”

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Where did you grow up?

San Diego.

You got into hardcore when hardcore pretty much started, so what was your first show? What was that experience like?

It was a local San Diego show, just San Diego punk bands.

Do you remember who played?

No. I remember seeing Black Flag early on, and that was life-changing. It was crazy. Southern California was really violent at the time, but we were young, so it all kind of made sense, but at the same time it was really sketched-out, you know? So it had this crazy energy, really exciting, really underground, really small, really young, youthful, violent. Rebellious in all the right ways. You know, when you get older, you over-think everything, everything’s theory and process. This was full-on energy, Southern California hardcore punk rock. It was scary too, but in a good way. It just defined you immediately. Everyone that you were friends with didn’t like you anymore, you know, because you were a “punk rock faggot.” I think that was my name for most of the rest of high school.

1984 Leading Edge crew

1984 Leading Edge crew

When did you start Leading Edge zine—how did that come about?

A couple of us who grew up together, we all got into punk and hardcore about the same time. It just sort of happened; it was very spontaneous. We weren’t really the fucked-up kinda kids, we were all skater kids. We didn’t really become the stereotypical early-’80s punk rock asshole guys. We immediately became friends with people that put on the shows, we started reading the little underground xeroxed fanzines, we became friends with the bands. It became a natural extension for us to do something. We’d go to LA and get these fanzines from all over the place and that’s how you’d learn about everything. So immediately, it was like, “We should do it,” once we started going to LA. We started Leading Edge in like ’82 or ’83. It was a while after we’d seen some shows. The first issue must have come out the summer of ’83.

Why did you do it?

Just to do our own thing. It was obvious to us…’cause San Diego had the military there, so a lot of punk guys were in the military, it had the violence, a lot of drugs, a lot of fuck-ups, y’know? It just had a bad reputation. There were a lot of fights in LA, but there were twice as many fights in San Diego. It just sucked. Out natural extinct was not to be a part of that. We didn’t want to be the stereotypical SD “Self-Destruct,” “Slow Death,” fight-starting, maybe shaved-head, junkie thug, beating everybody up. None of that had anything to do with us—but we liked the energy of the hardcore scene. There were also a lot of young hardcore bands that weren’t part of that; younger bands that weren’t doing stupid shit, but still playing really fucking great hardcore. They kind of identified with us and vice versa, and we started a fanzine that would represent that, while at the same time respect all the other stuff that was going on. I wasn’t just focused on skate punk or straight edge punk or positive punk, we were covering bands from all over.

84 interviewing Tim for L.I

84 interviewing Tim for L.I

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