Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CHEREM, TAMERLANE, MORE NOW AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING


Every once in a while, someone will contact me (via text, FB message, Tumblr, email, etc.) to ask why Cherem or Tamerlane isn't on Spotify, and my answer is usually just a shrug followed by "I don't know."

When we recorded all that stuff, streaming services weren't a thing and most people still only wanted CD's. By the time the tide had fully shifted to digital, those bands had been dormant or dead for a while. I also don't think any of us knew how to get that stuff up on those sites, and it was a pretty low priority.

Last weekend, I found a site that basically did all the hard work for me. I spent a couple of hours putting everything that I had together and opened an Old News Records digital account. The plan I signed up for lets me have unlimited songs from 5 bands, and it spreads them across basically every digital/streaming site online. It took a few days to process (and a few of the sites are still processing them) but for the most part, they're up on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify. Everything else like Tidal, Amazon, YouTube, Microsoft Groove, shouldn't be far behind. There are a few others that I've never heard of, but those aren't far behind either.

As of right now, you can stream everything that Cherem, Tamerlane, 78 Days After Death, Opened Up, and City to City ever recorded.

My original plan was to put up every old SLCHC band, but that was way more money than I wanted to spend. The plans come in tiers, and the first tier allowed for 5 bands so I chose the ones that I had a part in.

I'm not trying to make money off of this stuff, but in the off chance that someone actually buys any of these albums on iTunes (or streams the songs enough times that a little money is dropped into my account) I'll just use that to upgrade and add more stuff. There are tons of other bands like Dogwelder, Up River, Skeiff D'Bargg, and Pushing Up Daisies, that would be fun to add, but for now you've got these.

There are still a few kinks that I'm trying to work out—like the City to City and Tamerlane albums showing up under another artists page. Shockingly, there were other bands with those same names that beat us to these places, so they technically have claim to them. I've requested they be separated, but we'll see what happens.

To get things started, I made a Spotify playlist with everything that I uploaded on it to get you started. So there you go. If there are any issues that you come across, let me know. I haven't checked everything for quality, but everything should be fine. If it's not, email me at trevorhale@gmail.com and I'll look into it. But for now, enjoy a little bit of what the Salt Lake City Hardcore Scene looked like between 2000 and 2010. - Trevor

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MORNING AFTER: BRAD HANCOCK MEMORIAL SHOW


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

SALT LAKE HARDCORE 101: COLLAPSE




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.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ONE VOICE: WILLIAM PALICTE


William Palicte (aka @xpokiix) has been playing guitar in some of the best new bands around Salt Lake City lately (as well as filling in for a few notables like Cool Your Jets and xReflectx). His latest band, Chained Down, just released a new track, and have a record out at the end of the month.

How were you introduced to the Salt Lake Hardcore scene?

When I was in high school, I met my really good friend Jeff Pons and he pretty much showed me the ropes. Before I met him, I was always curious about hardcore and Straight Edge. I had already been listening to bands like Minor Threat, Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits, so I knew a little bit about hardcore. I just didn't know it existed in Salt Lake. He then introduced me to the rest of the Straight Edge kids that went to our school and I started hanging out and going to shows with them.

What are some of your greatest SLHC memories?

Some of my favorite memories, not only in SLHC but in my life, came from shows at Artopia. That was hands my most favorite venue we have ever had. Every show there was always packed. No matter what band played, people always showed up. It was always the same people and it was almost always the same bands, minus one or two touring bands. I didn't care if I had already seen the bands that were playing, I just knew that if there was a show happening at Artopia, I wanted to go.

Who are your favorite SLHC bands?

That's a really tough question to answer. Salt Lake has so many talented and amazing bands, that it's hard to pick one. So, I'll name a few and I'll go from oldest to new(I stole that from Tyler's interview). I think my all time favorite to come out of SLHC is Lifeless. I remember the first time I heard that band and hearing the angry grunts and yells and after I was hooked. Cool Your Jets is another band that had a huge impact on me. I hadn't heard anything like them at the time. I'm not very into the whole "keep hardcore negative" bull shit and when I heard CYJ, I found that I wasn't the only one. Not that they're the most positive, but lyrics "Don't give up on us, we won't give up on you." Have always stuck with me. It's an honor to play bass for such an amazing band. xReflectx was always a good time to see. Those dudes played the same songs for I don't know how long and I loved it equally every single time. I got to play for them twice and they were some of the Funnest shows I've been able to play. Other bands like Cherem(obviously), The Lazarus Project, Insight, etc. have always been some of my favorites as well. As of right now, I think that my favorite local band would be Close Grip. Those dudes are all super super talented and put on a great show. I wish there were more hardcore bands right now, but I'm sure some will turn up.

How has hardcore and the Salt Lake scene impacted your life?

Hardcore has been such a huge part of my life and it's become so much more than just the music. I've met so many people through hardcore and not just in Utah. Hardcore music in salt lake has always been an inspiration to me. It made me want to try my hardest to make a band that will make someone feel something. I know it sounds cheesy or whatever, but bands like CYJ, Lifeless and all the bands I already named have all had something to do with why I play music. They make me feel sad or mad or happy and I just want to be able to play a song and have someone have an emotion attached to it. I can't confidentially say that I'm doing that, but I can say that I'm trying.

What are your thoughts on the state of hardcore today and its future?

I think hardcore rules right now. Bands aren't touring that much, it seems like, but there are tons of hardcore bands all around the country that are killin' it. I have no idea what happened, but currently there are so many Youth Crew revival bands and it's the coolest thing ever. I love it. As for our future, if everyone keeps up all the outstanding support and continues to make bands, go to shows, support touring bands or even just download an album then I think it's only going to get better. Hardcore for hardcore. Simple as that.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

SALT LAKE HARDCORE 101: PUSHING UP DAISIES


In early 2000, Daryl McLaren, Mike Morgan and Gary McLaren decided they were bored of playing fast, old-school hardcore. It was still a genre that they loved, but they were all looking to expand their musical knowledge and try a different soundscape. Tempered, the band they’d been playing in for the past few years had seen moderate success and recorded a short EP, but never garnered much attention outside of a few die-hard fans.

They played one last show before quietly disbanding Tempered, but they never really stopped playing together. They recruited guitarist Tim Meyers (who was also used to playing old-school hardcore in local bands like Breakaway) and drummer Nick Foster, and quietly went to work. They kept a lid on everything they were doing (which soon became the Pushing Up Daisies way) while they put together a new set, but a buzz started to grow.

By the time they were ready to actually showcase their new sound, no one had any idea what to expect. Their first show was in February of 2001 at Wagstaff Music in Sandy. It was an all-local show headlined by 78 Days After Death and a short-lived band called Haloraker. Pushing Up Daisies went on first that night and suddenly no one wanted to play after them.

Effects pedals littered the stage, the drummer had a keyboard set up next to his hi-hat and by halfway through the first song, they had already exceeded any expectations anyone may have had. The closest comparison was would have been Cave In’s sound from Until Your Heart Stops, but even that would be doing the band injustice. The eclectic style and virtuosity that they displayed set them apart from just about every other band in the hardcore scene.

The started to play local shows all around the city, branching out and routinely playing with bands that no one would expect them to. The songs all had a heaviness that helped them fit in with bands like Cherem and 78 Days After Death, but they also dared to let them drift into something far quieter, cleaner and almost beautiful. This allowed them to play shows outside their comfort zone and at venues that straight-up hardcore bands weren’t welcome. They quickly became one of the more popular bands around town, as well as one of the anchors of a suddenly revitalized SLC scene.

Pushing Up Daisies took five tracks into the studio and recorded nearly 40 minutes of music, but the finished product almost never saw the light of day. By the time they had finished recording, Tim was getting ready to leave for a mission, forcing him to quit the band, and their drummer, Nick, soon followed suit. With no desire to spend money on an album that they couldn’t properly promote, Gary, Daryl and Mike took a small hiatus to regroup and plan their next step.

Shortly after Nick and Tim had played their last show, another local band, Compilate, decided to call it a day which opened the door for Kel Prime to take over drumming duties. They recruited ex-Haloraker and Lazarus Project guitarist Ian Peterson to take the vacant guitar spot and immediately got to work finishing the Gunslinger EP.

The album was self-released in the fall of 2003 and the band sold out of nearly every copy they had printed and embarked on a few short tours. Their fan base kept expanding and Pushing Up Daisies kept pushing the envelope on the type of shows they chose to play, but were always a staple of the hardcore scene. The EP garnered a lot of attention from labels and fans outside Salt Lake City, but everyone in the band had too many other things going on to put forth the kind of time commitment necessary to take the next step. They played their final show at the SLUG Magazine Sabbathon event in Salt Lake City in 2004.

Mike Morgan graduated from medical school, and practices emergency medicine in Salt Lake where he lives with his wife, Denise. Daryl McLaren lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Erin and their daughter, Phoebe. He recently graduated from medical school and is currently interviewing for emergency medicine positions around the country, though his crowning achievement is definitely being recently featured on the DILF’s of Disneyland Instagram account. Gary McLaren runs a successful hydraulics testing firm, Kel Prime lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Amelia and their newborn son, Truman. Ian, his wife Charity, and their many pets live in Detroit, though last we heard, he was not trying to make it as a rapper on 8-mile road and just had a regular job.

Tim Meyers and Nick Foster continue to play music with various bands around Salt Lake City, though their most famous project is the popular Palace of Buddies.

After years of trying, Pushing Up Daisies will be reuniting for another set at the Brad Hancock memorial show.