Sunday, 31 October 2010

Czech Republic

Hardcore punk was born here in 80's in a hard communist regime, when playing of punk music wasn't lawful. There was very big censorship on everything and only a few poeple tried to form punk or HC-punk bands. The first HC punk bands were for example...



Kritická situace


After the velvet revolution, when the communists were gone, more and more bands formed and the scene in the Czech Republic enlarged.

In the present, there are some big centres of hardcore punk - Prague, Brno and Písek. Prague has the largest punk and hc punk scene. There are lots of great bands and lots of great people, who like that music. Also most famous, or legendary world bands travel here to play gigs.

Some Prague bands you can try...




In Brno there is a very big party of people, who love that music and here are more likely crust punk gigs and actions. Many world known crust bands are from there.

Some Brno city bands are for example...

Mad Pigs



From Písek city are two important and also world known bands who have played for many years:

Lahar - very energetic thrashcore, almost like Municipal Waste or Violator.

Gride - very fast and energetic grind-hardcore.


Day After records

Phobia records

Papagájův hlasatel records

Absent hour records

Human meat for sale records

Some more bands:






DIY core

Raw e-zin

Czech Republic - Pilsen

I'm from Pilsen. It's a city in the western Czech Republic. The scene is very small, because there are only a few hardcore bands.

Some bands from Pilsen:

Barrel - that's my band and we play something in the middle of Minor Threat, Black Flag and DS-13 or E.T.A.

Another band for example is Owls who are not what they seem. My friends' band, they play really good emo-violence music, such as Suis la lune, Daitro, Raein and more...

Another band is Demöralyzer, it's something between black metal and hardcore haha, but it's really cool.

In Pilsen we also have now one of the biggest DIY distributions in Europe - Day After records.

Ukraine 5

Ukraine 4

I have read the blog and I think it is great, but I don't know what to add because everything is written there.

These are the only things...

- they have only one song and they are promising to record a LP soon if nothing changes

Last Life
- a band from Sevastopol (where I live). They also hope to record an EP :)

Friday, 29 October 2010

US - New Jersey

In the last decade there has been a slight decline in the New Jersey Punk/Hardcore Community. Should anyone be upset? The answer is "No". Why is that? Because things are still great and there are reasons to be thankful. With the bands of the nineties/early 00's broken up and disbanded New Jersey hasn't been left for dead. Many reunions have been happening to bring some people back out to shows:




The Ergs Concrete

Also many people in NJ are heavily dedicated to keeping things going, most broken up bands have members going on to form other bands and keeping things alive. As of right now the bands keeping things real in NJ are:



Black Kites

Back And Forth

Bottom Line



Filthy Habits

Flesh Temple

Artwork: Alex Heir


Jerk City



Rip it Up

Suburban Scum

Artwork: Roy Hames



The Wanderers


But there are people behind the bands too. Pat Gerity has been keeping it real since he did the now defunct Try Dying Records (Mongoloids/Years Spent Cold) in 2004 and now has Ride The Fury Records. Pat has been keeping things tight in New Brunswick and central Jersey with support from almost everyone in New Jersey. RTF has been the nucleus of NJHC. Most of the bands mentioned are on RTF Records.

Also down in south Jersey Big B and Ian Adams have been booking sweet bands coming in, along with A.V and Joe Allaco and all the dudes doing basement shows in central/northern Jersey.

Plenty of other people in New Jersey have been doing their thing, I just don't know enough go into details but I hope this helped you get an idea about New Brunswick to the shore.

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I live in a southern Finland, in the same city where Endstand is from - Riihimaki.

Artwork: Timo Nykanen

In my area there are not really any hc things. If you want to see some bands, you should go to Helsinki. Travel time to Helsinki is about an hour, so the distance is not very big if you have a chance to see some great bands. In Helsinki there is one punk or hc gig a week at least I think.

I read somewhere from your blog that there are scenes in Helsinki, but also in Lappeenranta, Jyväskylä, Lahti and Tampere. I agree with that. Tampere is also one of the largest cities in Finland, so it also has its own scene. In the beginning of punk in Finland there were two major punk cities, Helsinki and Tampere. Of course there are bands from almost every city, but those cities mentioned above are most hc oriented.

Well in Finland there is a lot of DIY and zines and labels. I mentioned Endstand above. Well, one of the best and most successful (in a punk way) label is Combat Rock Industry. It started long time a go and one of the CRI founder was Endstand's singer.

As for zines, I should mention Toinen vaihtoehto (in english: second option).

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Check this site out if you wanna know more about hardcore in Sweden, those guys knows what's up!

US - Olympia, Washington

I live in Olympia, WA on the West Coast of the United States. The area is marked by frequent rain and quite a rich array of music...

From the late 70s and early 80s:

The Lewd


The Rejectors


From the last few decades:






Some recently defunct but more contemporary acts from the area are:


Go It Alone

Blue Monday

Hardcore punk in Olympia WA is as close to its roots as it can get I feel. The music is made by a bunch of friends who feel alienated, socially rejected, and feel our world is turned upside down. Frequent benefit shows and guerilla shows are hosted. Recently Hysterics, Scary Man, In Debt, and Dehumanized set up gear on the Evergreen State College campus and played music to raise money for homes raided by the FBI. After being shut down on one location by the police everyone worked together to carry the gear to another end of the school and continue playing to finish the show. Shows like this have occurred incredibly frequently from random areas outside to laundry rooms in the school. The shows are all about making a point, raising money and awareness for a cause, and communicating our ideas/expressing how we feel.

Also just recently there was a benefit show for La Source in Haiti that Hysterics, Weird TV, Outlook, and Sixes played. Travis, who plays guitar in my band Sixes, organized getting Greg Bennick to speak on behalf of La Source and to play a Trial song. The show ended up raising $580 which funded nine children to go to school in Haiti this year.

Benefit shows of this sort have always done very well in the area. Stop at Nothing's last show raised over $700 for flooded local organic farms and a benefit show for Ian Jeffrie's family raised over $1000 to help pay for the financial troubles the family encountered after the unexpected death of their father.

Hardcore music in the Olympia area is not about starting a band to achieve an image and make a name for yourself. Hardcore punk in Olympia is about the honest feeling that we could not function otherwise if we weren't doing what we are doing; playing shows and exchanging ideas. It's about taking the opportunity and the privilege we have to play in our bands and use it for something constructive and positive. It's not about power dynamics or getting off on yourself as it seems a lot of music is in general. It's much more than music.

Recently a website was started for our music community called OURSOUND. It has most of the band's music and lyrics available as well as upcoming shows.

All the bands in the Olympia scene are quite different from each other. Each is unique in its own way both in terms of sound and lyrics. All the bands are somewhat connected in one way or another because a solid base of friends makes up most of them. The bands that best represent the scene in Olympia are...









Local community, gentrification in our town, oppressive behavior, scene politics and calls to action are all exemplified in the lyrics of each band but all of them go about addressing the issues in their own ways. I personally play in Sixes, In Debt, Scary Man, White Wards, Red & Black, and Trainyard which is now on hiatus.

There are frequent zines made, the most recent being an anti-racism zine called "Break the Silence" which addresses genetic, economic, and societal implications of race. It was created to combat a white power uprising in Hoquiam. James of Dehumanized and Outlook organized a show, we all got together and put together the zine, and we went and played.

In the works is a large, comprehensive magazine that covers the Olympia scene with interviews accompanied by a full length record compilation of the bands. showcases most of the relevant bands with the exception of those that didn't want to be represented on the internet and has a few other releases from the area and just friend's bands in general.

There are plenty of cool venues in Olympia (to name a few):

The Midnight Sun

The Eagle's Hall

The Northern

The Black Lake Grange

The great part about Olympia is that there are tons of houses for shows, our's included, so house shows are incredibly common. Everyone works together to book and promote shows. The great part about the Olympia scene is that it all functions as a unit. Everyone works together in bands to pursue their own interests and the interests of others.