Tuesday, March 3, 2015


This isn't going to be a typical play-by-play of the show the other night, because we're still trying to process everything.

In short, it was amazing. It was one of the most fun shows I've ever been a part of and I wanted to thank Blake and Jessica for everything they did to get it together. Thanks, also, to all the bands that played, everyone that donated raffle prizes, and everyone that showed up early and/or stayed late.

Seven Daggers, Close Grip, Despite Despair, Skeiff D'Bargg, City to City, Cherem, Aftermath of a Trainwreck, Tamerlane, Pushing Up Daisies and Clear were all fantastic and heartfelt appreciation goes out to each and every person in those bands for dedicating your time, energy, and heart to getting your sets ready over the past few months.

I, like most of you I'm sure, spent a long time yesterday searching Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube for pictures and videos from the show. You guys did a great job of being in the moment during the show, but also documenting it, so good job on that front. It's a hard thing to pull off these days.

If you have footage (of any kind) from the show, feel free to send me a link at trevorhale@gmail.com. I'd be happy to post videos and photos from the show up here over the next few days/weeks.

There won't be a lot of new content on GCA going forward, but there may be some. Dan and I didn't quite finish all the 101's we had planned, but we'd like to. Our goal is to finish the rest and roll them out over the course of a few weeks and maybe get them all collected into a zine at some point this year. Fingers crossed on that.

Thanks again to everyone that reads this site, commented and shared Facebook posts, came to the show, threw punches and kicks, and had a good fucking time.

Thanks to Byron (of Skeiff D'Bargg) for the City to City set below. Hopefully there's more to come.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Collapse was born out of a desire to just keep doing… something.

In 2008, Clint Halladay, Nathan Steele and Trevor Hale (me again, sorry) were sitting at a coffee shop talking about their desire to play heavy music again. Nathan was keeping busy with City to City, but the fast, hardcore punk they were playing wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. Clint wasn’t playing anything, and anything to do with Tamerlane was sporadic at best, so I didn’t have much going on either.

Nathan and Clint had written a couple songs already, and that's where it started. Pretty soon, the three of us decided that we’d take our love of Integrity and Crowbar, combine them with a little bit of Black Flag attitude and hopefully something special would come out of it. We enlisted Richard Foard for vocals, who was also itching to do something since the demise of Victims/Aftermath of a Trainwreck and bass wizard Josh Lambert.

The only rule we had for the band was “wherever Cherem would have gone into an end breakdown, that’s where we should end the song.” The songs were still heavy, but we wanted to make sure we found our own sound.

The band wrote nearly a dozen songs before Josh eventually left for an LDS mission. Before he did though, the band recorded nearly all the songs that were written, but only ever finished a few of them. The only song that was fully recorded, mixed and mastered was “Quicksand”, a track that appeared on the GCA Mixtape. A couple more are in the rough mix stage, and the rest are (probably) sitting on a hard drive in Andy Patterson’s studio, all in various stages of completion.

Collapse continued for about 8 months after Josh left, with Adam Olsen taking over on bass, but eventually it just became harder and harder for everyone to find free time and make schedules work. The band did embark on a tour of Ecuador and Peru, with Brook Aftermath and Casey from Dogwelder along as roadies, but no one remembered to bring instruments, so it was unsuccessful in that regard. However, it was very successful in regards to the rest of us having tons of fun.
Collapse never “officially” disbanded, but after April of 2010, the band never played another show.

There was a brief reunion that existed only in the warehouse of a boat cover manufacturing shop, with a plethora of DIY adjustments for equipment that had gone missing, but it never made it farther than that.

All that’s left of the legacy of Collapse is a two-show tour documentary that summed up the band’s existence perfectly.


Snapcase, one of the most popular of the early 90's Victory bands, announced they'll be playing shows over the summer.

The band was already scheduled to appear at Amnesia Rockfest in Montreal, happening in June, but they recently announced they'll be performing at Philadelphia's This Is Hardcore festival in July, as well.

Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised if more shows start taking shape later in the summer or early fall. Snapcase went on to hint at a show in their hometown of Buffalo, which probably means someone convincing them to come out west for a California show or two isn't out of the question.

Keep an eye out. You know you want to see "Caboose" live if you can.


NYHC pioneers Agnostic Front have been working on a new album as of late, and their record label, Nuclear Blast, came along to document it.

The result is a multi-part web series, and the first episode is now available. Check it out below.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Head down to Kilby Court tomorrow night (Tuesday, 2/24) to catch Capsize, Exalt and To The Wind.

Friday, February 20, 2015


With Still Essential Listening, we asked a few of the band members playing the Sonny benefit show in March which albums or bands are still in regular rotation for them.

Jason Knott - Clear

Unbroken - Life. Love. Regret.

Unbroken, a band that has stayed with me standing the test of time. Life. Love. Regret. was an album that, from my memory, received a good bit of criticism because it broke boundaries of what hardcore purists didn’t want and, in my opinion, just weren’t ready for. That was ok though. A new generation was ready to embrace it with open arms and didn’t even know it yet. Unofficially coined Metallic Hardcore now Metalcore, the record was the epitome of signs to come, especially for those who would follow its ‘progression’­ if you will. Inside almost every new kid to the scene was a fan of some great Slayer solos and riffs which stood out in the record countlessly. I used to scream this record word for word in my car when I had a long commute to and from work; literally trying to test and prep my own voice for a band that came one year later, xclearx. This record was the basis of what I personally wanted to create and share with other members, but the end result was that clear’s music came out differently. None the less, I identified with the honest and personal emotion from this record and think it was a driving force in finding my own voice which led me to get to know myself more as the inside came out.

In the end what really made this record special was Unbroken having the talent and ability to stay true to classic hardcore riffs, but mixing in metal that complimented traditional hardcore like it was always meant to be. Vocals still sung in patterns that hardcore bred and infectious back ups that even the oldest of hardcore fans couldn’t help themselves to get to the front of the stage to a pile-on and sing along. There isn’t one sour song in all 9 tracks, no lyrical cheese, no topic, and no subject matter that any person hasn’t or will not go through in life­ young or old. Life. Love. Regret.  will continue to hold a higher level of respect and appreciation in my heart and soul because Unbroken did what all bands should do, regardless of critics, which is play, write and feel with no fear of owning who you are and what you put out to the world.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Dogwelder had been nothing short of a pipe dream for nearly a decade before it became a reality. Casey Sartain and Josh “Spidey” Rathbun had always talked about starting the heaviest—literally—band in Salt Lake City and only inviting people that were over 200 pounds to be a part of it. The only thing stopping them from making their dreams a reality was the fact that neither of them played an instrument.

Eventually, they abandoned their quest of only the heavy-set, and recruited Tyler Price and Isaiah Boutwell, two guys planted firmly at the opposite end of the weight spectrum, to play drums and guitar, respectively. Adam Olsen took the second guitar spot, and like so many bands in Salt Lake, Dogwelder used a utility man rotation for bass—including multi-band veteran Blake Foard—with no one person lasting more than a few shows.

Through the years—when the band was just something that was talked about over dinner—they ran the gamut of names including Punch-Out, Christ Punchers, and Babylon Defense Squad, before finally settling on Dogwelder—one of the villains from Hitman, a favorite comic book of the group. Spidey and Casey handled vocals and most of the band’s lyrics were thematically—if not literally—linked to comic books.

The band was a staple at the Wild Mushroom Pizza Party shows that were held during the summer of 2006 and the frequently played The Vortex that fall and winter. After recording, Dogwelder released a 4-song demo that had one of the most unique, (and remains a personal favorite) DIY packages in recent memory. The original incarnation of Dogwelder didn’t last nearly long enough as Tyler eventually left for a stint in the military and Isaiah moved on to several other projects.

After a little bit of a hiatus, the band was resurrected with a (mostly) new lineup that included Joe Jackson and Jared Brydson. Spidey and Casey remained on vocals, letting the band retain the dual-powered frontman lineup it was known for. The band played a handful of shows with the new lineup, but things never meshed the way they did originally and the band eventually split.

Everyone in the band have been keeping busy, but hardly any of them play music anymore.

Spidey has moved on to full-time dad status, as has Tyler Price. Casey runs a popular toy store in Salt Lake City, Adam Olsen travels the world as a commercial airline pilot, Isaiah is a well-known and successful barber, Jared is an accomplished triathlete, and Joe Jackson continues to run Skinned Elbow Records and plays in several bands. Their many, many bass players have all moved on to various other things as well, but no one pays much attention because they’re bass players.


The Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand recently began hosting a new display called T-Shirts Unfolding which "explores the story of the garment over its 100-year history and the way in which T-shirts have been used as an expression of popular culture and art," according the the museum website.

One such shirt is from the black metal band Cradle of Filth, and the residents of New Zealand are not happy about it. The shirt, which shows a topless nun pleasuring herself and referring to Jesus on the back, was officially banned in New Zealand in 2008. Residents of Christchurch are upset that their tax dollars are being spent on something that includes the offensive shirt, but the museum curator continues to defend its inclusion.

Yesterday (Tuesday) morning, a woman navigated through a maze of hallways, warning signs, a security guard that needed to let her into a roped off area, and finally found the shirt, displayed on its own, away from others, and attempted to deface the exhibit using spray paint. However, the shirt is also behind a perspex barrier, so she had no luck.

There's a larger discussion here about people wanting to be offended by something so badly that they will literally go out of their way to find something that offends them, but this is not the place for that discussion.

This is the place to discuss Cradle of Filth, a band that was awesome, scary, and controversial in the 90's until you found out they were just regular skater kids making pretty boring music and playing dress-up, finally getting into a museum.

A picture of the aforementioned shirt is below the break, so if you click through to look at it, it's your own fault and you're not allowed to get mad at us.

See for yourself...


If you live in Salt Lake City and follow heavy music, you've no doubt heard of Cult Leader. The band released a great EP last year and will soon head into the studio to record a full-length album for Deathwish Inc.

Once they're finished with that, they will most likely hit the road for the rest of the year. This will include a stop at Rainfest in Seattle, WA, and the line-up for the 3-day festival was announced over the weekend. 

Chain of Strength, Judge, Turnstile, Code Orange, Rotting Out, Expire and All Out War are headlining the Memorial Day weekend festival, and filling out the roster is a great mix of up-and-coming bands and proven veterans.

Should be a fun weekend, and we're excited that Cult Leader is going to be part of it.

Anyone heading up for the show? Who are you most excited to see?


Sure, Adam Dutkiewicz is probably far more well known for being the guitarist/producer/shot-caller for huge metal band, Killswitch Engage, but here at GCA, he'll always be the guy from Aftershock.

Anyway, he was selected as a contestant on the long-running game show, The Price is Right, last week and won everything that was put in front of him.

Here's high-quality footage of it all going down, courtesy of someone filming their television with a telephone.