“Drew Carolan is an accomplished photographer and film maker, native New Yorker and Lower East Sider. Between 1983 and 1985, this local photographer began photographing the patrons of the now infamous hardcore matinees that were going on at the seminal underground music club, CBGB. Drew basically just set up his makeshift outdoor/mobile studio by putting up a large, white tarp/cardboard on the south side of Bleecker Street, just steps to the west of Bowery (i.e. essentially across the street from CBGB). The Bowery at that time was a true melting pot of downtrodden adults, underage hardcore punk kids, and people living on the fringes of society. He documented a wide cast of characters, punk kids, bands, and assorted characters on their way to and from hardcore matinees.
Radio Raheem Records released the long overdue publication of the the Matinee Project photos series, pick up your copy of “Matinee: All Ages on the Bowery” book directly from the label. https://deathwishinc.com/collections/radio-raheem
In 2015, Dublin street artist Solus painted a tribute mural to Joey Ramone on Bleecker Street, it was created to celebrate the the 40th anniversary of the Ramones debuting at CBGB. He painted his mural to the same wall, where Drew Carolan took his matinee photographs. A few months ago, Shepard Fairey street artist created a new mural in honor of Debbie Harry and Blondie.” Chiller Than Most fanzine, 2017
Issue 6 of Chiller Than Most fanzine is out now and you can get your hands on it through the Chiller Than Most online store. https://chillerthanmost.bigcartel.com/product/chiller-than-most-6
– An in-depth analysis of the history of Agnostic Front, interview with Spoiler (Stigmatism, Omegas, Justice, United Stance etc.)
– Interviews with Unified Right, Outburst, Freedom, Hypocrite, Big Cheese, Meline Gharibyan, Motor City Madness.
Cut’n’paste fanzine, A4 size, 28 pages. Cover art by Chun One.
An in-depth analysis of the history of Agnostic Front, interview with Spoiler
“The United Blood EP has to be the most powerful music ever recorded by people who couldn’t play their instruments. At that point in time, all Punk and Hardcore bands said they couldn’t play because it was still the era of arena rock, when the standard of playing music was Led Zeppelin or The Eagles. In comparison, of course Hardcore bands couldn’t play. But looking back at it now, a lot of early Hardcore bands like the Adolescents, the Bad Brains or Die Kreuzen for instance were phenomenal musicians. Compared to those bands, Agnostic Front could actually not play. But somehow, they were able to create an incredibly powerful, menacing, insane sound. They were inspired by DC bands like Iron Cross and SOA who also couldn’t play, but those bands seemed to know what their limits were. Agnostic Front did not. They played like they were in a fist fight with their own limitations. Raybeez couldn’t keep a beat to save his life, but instead of sticking to simple beats he tried to overcome himself by playing really chaotic, busydrum beats with a bunch of crazy drum fills all over them. Agnostic Front didn’t want to admit they couldn’t play, not to themselves and not to you. Other early New York Hardcore bands who couldn’t play were goofy kids who sang funny lyrics about how they couldn’t play. Agnostic Front were Skinheads who sang about how they were going to beat you up. Their message was simple: people had been fucking with them their entire lives and they weren’t gonna take it anymore. The intense atmosphere around this record changed NYHC forever. It showed people that you didn’t need to make fun of yourself for not being good at something that you cared about. It showed that you could make a statement even if you had nothing.”
Youth of Today interview originally published in Stop And Think fanzine, issue 2. (Click the picture for bigger size.) Pics by JJ Gonson, Kathleen KT Tobin.
Chiller Than Most fanzine, issue 6
The new issue of Chiller Than Most fanzine will be released on 24th May 2018! Features Freedom, Outburst, Unified Right, Big Cheese, Meline Gharibyan, Hypocrite, Motor City Madness, Spoiler – Agnostic Front.
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Token Entry interview originally published in Sold Out, issue 5. (Click the picture for bigger size.) Pics by Krissy Bedell.
Originally released in And Still Above All fanzine, issue 3. (Click the picture for bigger size.)
Open Your Eyes / Always – A Friend For Life
Open Your Eyes / Fight The Oppressor
Sound of Revolution / S.O.S.
Originally released in Chiller Than Most fanzine, issue 4. Photos by Boiling Point fanzine, Dave K.
CTM – What are your memories of this classic radio program?
Richard Dowling – Living on Long Island way back like 1980 and on wasn’t easy knowing or finding the latest happenings with the new emerging hardcore scene so for me and others we relied on radio alot. Like in 1980 they had the Tim Yohannon show from New Jersey which was great also the new afternoon show and Noise The Show mostly college radio also great display of all new hardcore then Crucial Chaos came out like mid 80s and that was great cause hc got bigger then and on Thursday nytes you could find out the next CBs matinee on Sunday. Spermicide was great she knew alot so great to have that… always taped every show!!!
Well the nyte Krakdown played Crucial Chaos was the first time they had a live band… they weren’t really prepared for that…like they only had one microphone to record so we put the mic between the amps in front of the drums. Real tight situation with know soundcheck and Jason sang threw the mic they had in the DJ booth… worked out well… he had the door halfway open with a mic cord that wasn’t long enough to be in the room we were playing… pulled it off… lottsa fun… I got the recording from that. Lottsa people loved it and they started having bands every weekend. That was great cause in NY at this time many many new bands were poppin up all over the place and that got people psyched for shows all over Ny and Long Island!
The room was pretty much just a booth with DJ equipment. It was kinda fun just taking our equipment up the elevator and messing around in the building. We found a place to drink some beers and smoke some. Not like playing a live show. Great expeirence and got a lot of peoplel into it.
CTM – How should we imagine a liveset recording going down?
Richard Dowling – Live hardcore recordings are tricky cause the old time ones are very hard to come across because no one had any type of recording equipment back then. So if ya find one it probably isn’t recorded well but worth it if you like the band. I had plenty of them. My favorite part was always the in between song banter from the vocalist… if any.. I will always search for Krakdown live shows got plenty but not one good enough to release theres always something wrong with them that ain’t fixable. Lottsa bands have live set recordings from CBs. When you played there you just had to give the soundman a cassete and ask to record your band. Pretty simple but the recording was raw and without any mix from the mic. Recorded from the sound board not a outside live mic. So all the recordings from there were very dry flat sounding with barely any audience audio or sound. The place usually sounded empty and without a good sound mix these recordings were not popular to share or release.
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Krakdown – 1985-1990 Discography
“Here’s a great collection of all the best sounding Krakdown recordings you’re likely to find. Krakdown were a great, fast hardcore band from New York who went through many lineup changes, played lots of shows in the late ’80s, and never really got the recognition they deserved. This collection is most of the band’s recordings between 1985 and 1990. Enjoy.”