Saturday, August 21, 2010

THE FACTION - The origins of Skate Punk part 3B

The Faction was a punk rock band from San Jose, California who were closely linked to the underground skateboarding culture. The band played primarily during the years 1982 to 1985, although a different lineup recorded three songs and played two shows in 1989, and then another lineup played numerous shows and recorded 4 new songs in the early 21st century. Steve Caballero, one of skateboarding's brightest stars, played bass, and then guitar, in The Faction. Steve Caballero most likely attracted many young skateboarders' interest to the band. Caballero wasn't the only skater in the band. Singer Gavin O'Brien was a heavy local at Winchester Skatepark and was more than able to hold his own in any session: vert, street, banks, whatever. Adam "Bomb" Segal's trademark high top Vans in all the bright, cool colors of the day had ollie holes on both shoes-the dude was doing switch tricks before anyone. Keith Rendon (drummer #1), Ray Stevens, II (bass) and Craig Bosch (drummer #2) were all accomplished skaters; Craig even has a trick named after him: the Bosch (an invert to blunt on a curb, ledge, etc).

Catching onto the then-noteworthy idea of touring , the band gained notereity through repeated exposure in the skateboarding world, which helped on tour, and which helped create a national fanbase. Thrasher Magazine's MoFo compiled the first Skate rock tape, which featured several Faction songs, as well as songs by JFA and the Big Boys, the two other most established skate punk bands. Other bands included were Riot .303, Minus One, Los Olvidados, Skoundrelz, featuring Tony Alva, Anvil Chorus, Free Beer, featuring San Francisco's Tony and Tommy Guerrero, and others.

The Faction recorded two 7" records, an LP, an EP, and a posthumous EP, and contributed songs to a 7" compilation single, From The Valley Within. Their song Skate and Destroy was also featured in the first skateboarding video, Powell-Peralta's "Bones Brigade Video Show." Except for the Thrasher Skate Rock tapes and the posthumous "Epitaph" EP, which was released on Mystic Records, all the Faction's music was released on IM Records. This label was owned by guitarist Adam Segal, and financed by Arly. The band broke up in 1985, primarily due to evolutional differences. In 1989 they reformed with pro skateboarder Jeff Kendall on guitar instead of Adam Bomb. They played two shows, recorded "Accelerate" (used in the "Stoked: The Gator Story") and for whatever reason it didn't go any further.

In 1994, Mark Waters, of Goldenrod Records, approached the band with the idea to compile the Faction's musical history into one complete CD package. The resulting "Collection" gathered most of the band's studio recordings along with some live and radio recordings, along with Gavin's complete list of every show the band ever played, complete lyrics, and what most of the band called "their first good artwork". In 2001, the band started playing shows occasionally, with original guitarist Russ Wright on guitar. Between 2001 and 2005 the band played a handful of shows, including gigs in Dortmund and Munster Germany, Vancouver B.C., Aberdeen Scotland, Seattle (with X), San Diego and Anaheim with the Adolescents and Strung Out, Sacramento, and numerous San Jose and San Francisco shows.

The Faction's song 'Skate And Destroy" is featured in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 video game.

- Room 101 demo tape (1983)
- Yesterday is Gone 7" EP (IM Records, 1983) or HERE and HERE for other download option
- Epitaph 12" (Mystic Thrash, 1986)
- Collection 2: Uncollectable CD reissue (AVD Records, 2001) Download Part 1 and Part 2

THE FACTION - The origins of Skate Punk part 3A

If you skated in the mid 80's, chances are that you're familiar with these guys. From the Thrasher skate rock compilations, to the first Powell Peralta Bones Brigade Video Show, to the fact that their bassist/guitarist, Steve Caballero, is one of the most legendary and well respected skateboarders of all time.

The Faction are one of the greatest skate rock bands ever. To this day, their song "Skate and Destroy" remains a personal favorite. This video here kicks off with "Tongue Like A Battering Ram", one of the six bangers off the "Dark Room" 12". Killer song, killer band, makes me want to put down this laptop and go skate. Check above part 3B for download.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Friday, June 04, 2010

BIG BOYS - The origins of Skate Punk part 2

The Big Boys were formed in 1978 in Austin, Texas by three skaters: Tim Kerr (guitar), Chris Gates (bass), and Randy "Biscuit" Turner (vocals). They would go through a number of drummers before breaking up in 1984. In that time the Big Boys put out three full-lengths, a 12" EP, a split live LP with the Dicks, and the classic debut single Frat Cars. Every record is essential listening. Their sound (dubbed "neo-bopism" by producer Spot) was constantly evolving, combining odd elements of punk, funk, and pop to create diverse and totally unique music. They were also a key band in establishing "skate punk" as a genre and a community. They were also one of the first bands involved in the skatepunk scene, appearing in Thrasher skateboarding magazine and in Thrasher's videos, and had their own Big Boys skateboard. After a Bad Brains show in Austin that ended in controversy involving Biscuit (and later inspired the song "Pay to Come Along" by MDC), conflicts began to arise within the band, specifically between Biscuit and Chris. The Big Boys played their last show very unexpectedly. Biscuit and Chris never spoke to each other again.

The Big Boys toured the US a couple times and also set up shows in Austin for out of town punk bands. Along with the Dicks, they were the center of the Texas punk scene. Biscuit (like Dicks singer Gary Floyd) was fairly open about being queer and regularly appeared on stage in drag. Big Boys shows were orgies of theatrics: costumes, props, and audience participation were to be expected. For some home town shows a horn section would join in. Their anthems "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "We've Got Your Money" were notorious for getting the crowd onstage and singing even after the show ended with Biscuit ordering "Now y'all go start you own band!"

For me the Big Boys are the definition of the Do It Yourself (DIY) ethic, what punk rock should be. They didn't play by any rules, including the punk or hardcore rules, but not in that "anti-PC" way the Meatmen did, or in the pretentious "I hate the kids" attitude that Rollins and his ilk pushed. The Big Boys were defiant but also totally inclusive. The purpose behind their always changing music, stage presence, and instantly recognizable artwork was to inspire others to be creative. "I'm a punk and I don't care..." Biscuit sang in "Fun, Fun, Fun": "...Cockney Rejects are the world's greatest band. But I like Joy Division and Public Image too, even though it's not what I'm supposed to do."

Musically there are few bands that can touch the Big Boys. They could do snotty punk ("Frat Cars", "Identity Crisis"), singalong anthems ("Fun, Fun, Fun," "We're Not In It to Lose"), raging hardcore ("Gator Fuckin," "No Love," "Fight Back"), pure funk ("White Nigger," "What's the Word?'), or introspective melodic pop ("Which Way to Go," "Sound on Sound," "Influence") as well (and usually better) than the leading bands playing only those styles. Many ideas that were later hailed as revolutionary when copied by mainstream bands (most notably the Red Hot Chili Peppers) were done better and earlier by the Big Boys, who were punker, funkier, crazier, sexier, and more inspirational than the entire Rolling Stone/MTV/VH1 canon of prefab rock schtick put together. The individual Big Boys all continued to make music in various capacities after breaking up, many of these projects are documented in the liner notes of the posthumous Wreck Collection LP of outtakes and rarities. Nothing captures the unique energy and totally radical approach to music and art that make the Big Boys my favorite early punk band.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


Thirty Years Too Late (T.Y.T.L.) is exactly that, some old fucks who love punk rock. With over 30 years of loud, raw, so-called music fueling this new incarnation of hate and rage. Pure old school punk rock fronted by none other than one of skate boarding’s original innovators Jay Adams (Second Coming). Members includes Lang Sheppard (drums), Mark Alva from The Tubeblasters & ex-FTP (bass), and Dana Ong from Slaughter Shack on guitar

TYTL formed last year and did 2 shows recently. They play raw aggressive full of everything needed for all out punk rock mayhem!

Check them video!!! Jay Adam rulez!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


DIY ethics, Independent, established labels, etc. This is where it all begins.

Visionville is the most collectable yet contraversial hardcore compilation ever release in the Malaysian hardcore history. Released in 1996 by As It Is / Strange Culture Records; featured 5 bands from various states with different genre of hardcore style such as the KLHC pioneer Chronic Mass; Rap-Core jumpin madness of Projekt Ak (also from KL), and the Darkside hardcore (evil-core) from Another Side; my band, Disasterfunhouse from Ipoh, Perak brings you the old school / fast hardcore style with in your face lyrics and lastly but not least; Never Ending Threat (N.E.T) from Johor Bahru with energetic chaotic new school hardcore.

Ok i'm not going to bitching the whole story. Whats in the past stays in the past. All i'm gonna say is that we all had different ideas and opinion back then and decided to go our own path / way. We all have our own agendas and reasons. Some of the band have gone big or mainstream and yet some still remain independent or DIY. We are all still friends and keep in touch with each other. Nothing more to say except the involvement of Tang (Mr.T) in it. Anyway, I hope everyone enjoy listening to this memorable compilation. 14 years has past and now you can tell this story to your kids finally....


Chris Boarts Larson of Slug and Lettuce fame has started up her long awaited website containing her punk and hardcore music photography. As it is new, there is only a small amount of her work, check back to it to see more!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

JFA - The origins of Skate Punk part 1

JFA (Jodie Foster's Army) is a hardcore punk band formed in 1981, with roots in Arizona and in Southern California skateboard culture. The original members include Brian Brannon (vocals), Don "Redondo" Pendleton (guitar), Michael Cornelius (bass), and Mike "Bam-Bam" Sversvold (drums). Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls also played bass for a while. The band was pivotal in the development of the skate punk and Skate Rock scenes. Over the years, the lineup has included many bass players and drummers but the core of Brannon and Pendleton has remained constant.

JFA - Demo (1983) rapidshare
JFA - Mad garden 12" EP (1984) or click mediafire or rapishare for both 1984 release

Thursday, February 18, 2010

BOLD / CRIPPLED YOUTH: History and other stuff

Since they were here weeks ago. I think some of you out there never heard of them or even care who there are. So here's goes...

Bold is a late 1980s youth crew hardcore band from upstate New York, which along with bands like Youth Of Today and Side By Side were a part of the Youth Crew, and an influence in the late 80's straight edge hardcore scene. The band progressed to a more rock-oriented sound in its later years.

Crippled Youth at the Rathskeller in Boston, 1986

Originally called Crippled Youth, the band was formed in Katonah, New York by Matt Warnke (vocals), Tim Brooks (bass) and Drew Thomas (drums). After a couple of shows with Matt singing and playing guitar, they recruited John 'Zulu' Zuluaga on guitar, and Matt switched to just singing. They released a 7" EP entitled 'Join The Fight' on the California label New Beginning in 1986 before switching to the name Bold. It was under this name that they recorded the 11-song LP Speak Out. The record was supposed to be released on California's WishingWell Records, but was eventually released in 1988 on Revelation.

The band later recruited Tom Capone (Beyond/Shelter/Quicksand/etc.) on second guitar, and recorded a self-titled 5-song 7" in 1989, also on Revelation. The 7" is by many considered their best material, adding more melody to their straightforward hardcore sound. The 7" EP was re-issued on a 12" entitled 'Looking Back' in 1993, with 2 bonus tracks.

Bold reunited in 2005 with Warnke on vocals, Capone on guitar, Brooks on bass and Vinny Panza on drums. John Porcelly, who periodically played with the band in the 1980s, later joined on second guitar. To conincide with the reunion, Revelation released the retrospective CD The Search: 1985-1989, which contains the band's entire recorded output.

However, Warnke and Porcelly left in 2006, effectively breaking up the band. The bands' recordings from the period after back together, although allegedly completed, have yet to surface. A European tour with replacement members was planned for Summer 2007, but did not happen.

Bold - The Search 1985 - 1989 discography (2005) (rapishare / mediafire1 / medaifire2)

Read more about BOLD here at DoubleCross webzine



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