“… The term “old school” is an after -the- fact term so to speak, obviously SSD did not call themselves old school hardcore, but after their split up it was possible to identify their style of hardcore as “old school”. This possibility of identifying is of importance here, it means that are you given the possibility to identify it. The possibility. The skill, the learning, you can have the possibility to perform your acquired skill or learning. Once again this leads us back to the more literal meaning of the the word school in old school, to learn one has to read, but also, to remember, and in order to memorize; one has to write. To sign the “dotted line”.
This writing may be bracketed, interrupted, and ridiculed, but it is nevertheless an imperative, and this allows for an understanding of old school straight edge hardcore that is not based on banal historicism that wants to deai with something dead and gone, and reduced to MRRs derogatory and simplifying criticism of straight edge hardcore. The strand of good solid hardcore may be broken and molested, but it will always live on. Even though when it comes back, it may only haunt you as a ghost.”
Peter Amdam (Words Carved Into My Head, 1996)
On this day, 33 years ago in Toronto. (Special thanks for the pictures to Dini!)
The Shining Life guys have started uploading some videos to their YouTube channel. Encouraged by this, I looked up some old In-Effect, Open Your Eyes, Not For The Weak reviews. Pictures by BJ Papas, Shining Life, Brian Boog.
YOUTH OF TODAY – Live @ City Gardens – Trenton, NJ – March 20, 1988
review by Open Your Eyes fanzine
UNDERDOG – Live @ CBGB – New York, NY – April 17, 1988
review by In Effect fanzine
GORILLA BISCUITS – Live @ The Anthrax – Norwalk, CT – June 9, 1990
review by Not For The Weak fanzine
Gorilla Biscuits at the Anthrax (1988)
DYKHC – 01 CONTRA
A conversation with Adam Kiss about the upcoming Contra record “Collective Unconscious”, political propaganda, modern people who use scales to rank themselves, and hardcore related stuff. Dedicated to the core and the colossal man (he got radiation and grew real big)! https://contrahardcore.bandcamp.com (Pics by Radi, Gergely Ofner)
Warzone – Oberwart, OHO 1996
Huge thanks for the awesome pictures to Gaspar Sos!
CRO-MAGS at The Electric Banana (Pittsburgh), opening for G.B.H., with Half Life
08 06 1986
Many thanks for these to Gaspar Sos, especially for taking the time to scan these awesome Madball pics!
Munich, Germany 1994
This review is originally published in Gratitude fanzine, issue 1. (Gratitude online store: https://gratitude.storenvy.com)