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New Breed fanzine

New Breed fanzine #1
(Raw Deal, NY Hoods, Pressure Release, SFA, Underdog)
Download the full zine here: https://www.sendspace.com/file/9g121u

Do You Know Hardcore fanzine #3
Interview with Freddy Alva, in this issue we are talking about his fanzine editing experiences (FTW fanzine, New Breed fanzine) and the 80s zine culture.
Download the full zine here: https://www.sendspace.com/file/roct9y


Freddy Alva: “I started working on New Breed #1 in late 1987 & it came out summer of 1988. My fellow Queens HC enthusiast Chris Wynne did the Pressure Release & NY Hoods interviews; I did the Raw Deal & SFA interviews plus the Graf letters on the cover. We both did record/demo/live reviews along with our friend Tatu Paul. Proud of the way it came out & Chris went on to do the quintessential NYHC zine ‘In Effect’. The New Breed compilation tape is the second and final issue. Huge thanks to Cooch for the scans.”

Excerpt from the Do You Know Hardcore interview:

DYKHC – You started New Breed fanzine in 1987 as a way of getting more actively involved in the scene. Why did you change the name of the zine from FTW to New Breed?
Freddy – FTW was done with a guy named Howard Charkofsky that was living in my neighborhood, he was an older Punk dude that had grown up on the L.E.S. and I remember seeing him at CBGB’s matinees, saw him around my way, somehow started talking and discovered we both wanted to do a fanzine so we just joined forces. I did two of the interviews in that issue, one with Glitter Witch (by mail) and Ray Cappo (in person). I also did some demo/Lp/live show reviews and besides coming up with the FTW name; I also got my friend to do the cover. We never did a second issue because by that time I wanted to collaborate with some other friends from the scene and we talked about doing a zine that concentrated primarily on up and coming local bands, hence the name New Breed, which I took from the Iron Cross song that appeared on the Flex Your Head comp. It’s lyrics resonated strongly with what me and what my friends were about.

DYKHC – Who were the folks that helped you with FTW/New Breed along the way? I know that Pressure Release interview was made by Chris Wynne (In Effect fanzine), he mailed them some questions and about a week later an envelope shows up with the answers.
Freddy – I’d met Chris Wynne through a mutual friend and told him I wanted to do a new zine, he was closer to my age as opposed to Howard from FTW, who was about 10 years older than me. Chris was extremely enthusiastic and started right away interviewing Pressure Release and the NY Hoods. I interviewed Raw Deal and SFA as well as doing the Graf letters in the cover that spell out New Breed plus laying out the zine. Our friend Paul Oxblood did some demo reviews and me and Chris did the rest of the show/lp/zine reviews. I mentioned before that working on this issue inspired Chris to do his own zine so for the second issue of New Breed I collaborated with Chaka Malik and that became the tape compilation.

Raw Deal pic by Ken Salerno

 

DYKHC – Raw Deal interview. I know that you lived about ten blocks from Anthony Communale in 1986. How was your relationship with him and the band? A few years later they were also featured on the New Breed tape compilation.
Freddy – Anthony was the pied piper of HC in our neighborhood of Jackson Heights. Even though he had already graduated high school by the time I was a sophomore and had been in the scene since pretty much the beginning; he was never condescending or too cool to talk to us younger new jacks. He was extremely generous with letting people tape records from his collection and would recommend an Album or Ep to check out that would turn always turn out to be amazing. He’d also been the original singer for Token Entry and once he got together with 3/5ths of what had been Breakdown, at the suggestion of Duane from Some Records, the end result being Raw Deal. We had to have them on the comp as they represented everything we wanted to document; a newer wave of NYHC that needed to be heard.

Download the full interview here: https://www.sendspace.com/file/roct9y

Shining Life channel – YOT, Underdog, GB

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
https://youtu.be/A7m3L-eK7vM

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review by Open Your Eyes fanzine

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UNDERDOG – Live @ CBGB – New York, NY – April 17, 1988
https://youtu.be/pVSxBbgxqiY

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review by In Effect fanzine

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GORILLA BISCUITS – Live @ The Anthrax – Norwalk, CT – June 9, 1990
https://youtu.be/UI-pTCqm6to

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review by Not For The Weak fanzine

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Gorilla Biscuits at the Anthrax (1988)

Show review: Absolution, Raw Deal, Sick Of It All, Underdog at CBGBs

This show review originally published in In Effect fanzine, issue 1.

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Raw Deal at CBGBs (04-17-1988)
As an extra treat, you can also download their live set here:
https://www4.zippyshare.com/v/yxHVpHSR/file.html

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Absolution at CBGBs

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Raw Deal demo recording session

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Lou (Sick Of It All) and Anthony (Raw Deal) at The Garage

“Lou: It’s good. It’s a lot bigger than when we first started going to shows. There are so many new kids and new bands. A lot of the bands are good, just some of them should be more original. Originality is what makes bands stick out and that’s why bands like Raw Deal and Absolution have come to the top out of all the new bands because they are original in their sound and in their music. They borrow stuff from other bands just like us, but we don’t let that rule our style.” Sick Of It All interview from 1988, In Effect fanzine #2.

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Underdog, 1988

 

WNYU’s Crucial Chaos

WNYU’s Crucial Chaos (WNYU-FM (89.1 FM) is a college radio station owned and operated by New York University) was really popular in the ’80s and the radio show left a huge impact on the hardcore scene. It was so influential that kids would run to Some Records to buy the records that were played the night before on air. A lot of musicians mentioned how important it was for them to play on Crucial Chaos. In those years every hardcore kid in NYC would tape the whole show to catch up on new releases, listen for gig announcements, ticket giveaways, interviews, not to mention the live sets that everyone anxiously waited for and hit the record button. Crucial Chaos (hosted by DJ Spermicide) has had many classic NYHC bands on air such as Supertouch, Breakdown, Our Gang, Underdog, Token Entry, Warzone, Fit of Anger, Beyond etc.

DJ Spermicide (Marlene): “Some Records for a while was one of the sponsors of Crucial Chaos, meaning they would give us records in exchange for an air mention. It was a great place for smaller bands to get noticed and for everyone to mingle.” (New york Hardcore 1986-1993, by David Koenig)