Still a bit gutted I couldn’t get to either Rival Mob / Mind Eraser shows last week but someone set up a two camera rig for the Sheffield gig and grabbed both sets in full. Fucking A. Rival Mob above, Mind Eraser below.
Totally unlike being there of course but still pretty sick all the same.
Newish straight edge band hailing from Boston. The band feature ex No Harm Done, Offsides, Make or Break, The Effort members.
They say they had “a desire to form a band that was different than what was currently dominating the Boston scene” & they may well have done so but in the process have formed a band that sounds like one of the most straight down the line old school early 90’s straight edge HC band you’re ever likely to hear.
And speaking as someone who fucking loves “old school early 90’s straight edge HC bands” I gotta tell ya, I fecking love this.
Before I go though here they are covering a Germs track:
"This song we’re gonna play is not for some political bullshit. It’s not for some tough guy pose. It’s not to make us sound like a bunch of fuckin’ romantic poets trying to be sensitive. It’s made for one fuckin’ thing, moshing really fuckin’ hard."
Ferocious hardcore in a NYHC style. Mob Justice hits the stores on the 26th. You’re gonna want in.
I think the expression is “And then three come along at once”. Actually, including the Bad Brains one I mentioned t’other day it’s actually four amazing American music docs from the 80’s, all about hardcore bands & similar & all readying for release any time soon.
First, Salad days, a documentary about the DC hardcore scene when it was in it’s pomp, early 80’s to the end of the decade. It features Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye & more. A first trailer dropped a while back, a second one just last week. They’re both below:
Second documentary, this one about the Boston Hardcore scene, again early 80’s, features SS Decontrol, DYS, Gang Green, Jerry’s Kids, The F.U’s, Negative FX, The Freeze and Deep Wound.
Talking about Boston & Hardcore gives me an opportunity to mention the news last week that Boston police tried to make moshing at hardcore gigs illegal. Obviously noses get bloodied & bones broken in mosh pits but only in a friendly way. Unlike the dorks who get bladdered of a friday / saturday night in every city centre & end up glassing each other.
The really funny thing though was the move to try & ban moshing followed someone getting hurt at a Flogging Molly gig. Last time I saw Flogging Molly the most aggressive the mosh pit got was two elderly balding guys running up to each other and doing something that looked like they were playing pat-a-cake. Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but Flogging Molly aren’t exactly known for their mad crazy aggressive mosh pits.
Finally, a documentary about the scene that became known as No Wave. Been waiting for this for ages, it documents New York in its lawless, chaotic heyday, the end of the 70’s early 80’s. No Wave’ll probably always be my favourite music genre so I’m looking forward to this one especially. And check the roll call: Patti Smith, Basquiat, Thurston Moore, Steve Buscemi, Blondie, Lydia Lunch & John Waters.