Early NYHC scene reports / Part IV.


Scene report by Big City fanzine, 1984

majorconflict09 GUILLOTINE fanzine

Guillotine fanzine

Part I.
NYHC scene report from Grudge fanzine

Part II.
NYHC scene report from The Informant fanzine

Part III.
NYHC scene report from Leading Edge fanzine

Mendeku Diskak Records / Mess & Repeat Offender reviews

Got this bad ass promo tape from Eduard who is the man behind Mendeku Diskak Records. He is a super committed and supportive dude with the right attitude. These days the most popular release on MD is probably the Mess EP, but there are so many other great releases on this label. There are some crucial records coming out in the near future.
On this promo we can find a track from each of the upcoming Mendeku Diskak releases, which are being pressed at the moment and will be up for sale soon:
Contempt s/t 12″, Astillo One-sided 12″, Ogro demo cassette, Repeat Offender “Summary Execution” 7″, Scalpo “È La Lotta L’Avvenire” Flexi 7″.
There are 200 copies made, 50 of them went to the bands as royalties, 50 more were sent out as promos and the remaining are up for sale at the webshop:

I know these records are not exactly new releases, but maybe you haven’t heard them yet.

Mess – Intercity 12″ EP

For those who are unfamiliar with the band, Mess are a three piece band from Guadalajara, Mexico.
The best thing about Mess is that they sound like a real Oi! band. They have created a catchy tune with blitz-esque riffs, and wrote memorable choruses which make you want to sing along. As I mentioned, while most of their songs feature catchy vocal parts, they never sound like a weak pop punk band. Mess makes early 80’s influenced Oi! music very much in the vein of Blitz, and the best moments from the early part of the Exploited’s discography.
On the cover, under the name of the band, there is an inscription “AKA The Terribles” which is a little tribute to the Terrible Twins. Terrible Twins was a studio band with former Sham roadie and Kidz Next Door vocalist Grant Fleming and Cockney Rejects guitarist Micky Geggus.
Totally great debut release that I have been spinning nonstop for almost a month now, and I can’t wait to see what these Mexican mates have in store next.

Repeat Offender – Demo 7″

I slept on the Repeat Offender tape, their demo cassette was released in March 2020 and sold out shortly after. Fortunately, Eduard brought us the vinyl version of this gem. OK, this release basically covers everything that I love in a hardcore band. This record is a ripper from start to finish, really awesome fast parts, raw production,
dirty guitars and perfect vocal patterns make this 7 inch an absolute powerhouse.
While I have read their sound describes as a skinhead Oi! band worship I’d have to disagree and say that to me it sounds a lot more like Negative Approach mixed with some early Boston bands like Negative FX or Jerry’s Kids. But we will not quarrel about it.
I’ve been jamming these songs a lot, I highly recommend checking this out. Their new release called “Summary Execution” will be out soon on Mendeku Diskak, so keep your eyes and ears are open!

Loud And Clear interview by Hustler fanzine

Absolutely love this album!!! Reminds me a lot of bands such as early YOT (Can’t Close My Eyes era) and Straight Ahead. They wrote these songs in a couple of weeks, and recorded it in a day and half at the 195 Studio. Belgian guys literally just wanted to do a project band that was remiscent of bands like Youth of Today without sounding weak or melodic youth crew. Needless to mention that the artwork is amazing, Spoiler did a great job on this cover.
This Loud And Clear interview was made by Hustler fanzine, it was attached to the insert of Hustler Compilation 7 inch. I hope you will find it interesting, please click images to view full size.

Raw Deal rehearsal tape

Raw Deal rehearsal tape (1989)

Raw Deal founded by Carl Porcaro, Rich McLoughlin, and Anthony Drago, all formerly of classic NYHC band Breakdown. Drago and Carl really liked the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s just the name they came up with. The message of the band was really clear and simple. Their lyrics were kind of realistic, it’s not like they’re positive or negative. It was all about just reality. Don’t live in a fantasy world and be blind to everything around you.

The band’s first show was at the CBGB’s, it was a matinee gig with Sick Of It All, Krakdown, and Absolution on January 24th, 1988. Their first concert at CB’s was unreal, because everyone wanted to see Anthony Comunale’s (ex-Gilligan’s Revenge/Token Entry) return to the stage. “This ain’t Breakdown and it ain’t Token Entry either. This is Raw Deal!”

Raw Deal played the first “Super Bowl of Hardcore” at the Ritz at the beginning of 1988, which was around the same time that they recorded and started distributing their first demo with the help of the legendary Some Records. The demo cassette has become a cult classic and it hasn’t lost any of its power and energy in the decades that have passed since it was first released. They recorded everything live with one take at the Loft studio.

They only played as Raw Deal for about a year and a half. During that time, the band played several times at the Anthrax club in CT, the Right Track Inn (Freeport, NY) and the CBGB’s with Sick Of It All, Krakdown, Maximum Penalty, Warzone and Sheer Terror, furthermore the band was featured on the New Breed compilation tape and the “Where The Wild Things Are…” compilation too.

In 1989 Raw Deal changed their name to Killing Time and ended up signing on with In-Effect Records. (Pic by Bill Wilson)

The Chisel & Public Trust reviews by Exciter fanzine

Exciter Hardcore Fanzine – Issue 1 – March 2021
You can read the full issue here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CL4MJbssQTj/

“My intention with this is just to write about some of the music I like, in a format that can be shared as easy as possible.

There will be some physical copies available for anyone who likes the feeling of cheap photocopy paper as much as me. These are essentially free for anyone in the UK who wants one, all I ask is, if you can, consider throwing a couple of quid at Boom in Leeds via the link below and email me at exciterfanzine@gmail.com and i’ll get you one sent out. Now that the road map to the end of this pandemic has been set out, it’s more important than ever that we have these spaces to go back to and Boom have continued to do incredible work over the past 12 months to prove what a force this community is.

I’m trying to do these bi-monthly and add some more content as I go.

Link for Boom: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/saveboom

Alternatively, visit them at http://www.totallyboom.com/ and pick up some merch. I picked up both the Sheer Terror and AF shirts recently and they have come out excellent.”

Exciter Hardcore Fanzine – Issue 2 – April 2021
You can read the full issue here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNIRbIGJn_5/

“So, the next issue is here. Improved in some respects, but still the same shite copy paper. Don’t buy in bulk kids. Less pixelated this time round and with a firmer grasp of the English language though. Silver linings.

As always, please feel free to share this however you wish. The whole point of this is getting new music out to people within this community.

There are some physical copies available, so as with the last issue, please consider donating anything you can to @boom.leeds and drop me an email and I’ll get one over to you. Alternatively, pick something up from @totallyboomstore. Officially licensed Negative Approach and Infest shirts keeps you safe from John Brandon or Joe Denunzio giving you a slap around the chops next time they come through.

Thanks for the support x”