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Outspoken Reunion Confirmed For 2010

April 16, 2010

One of the best 90’s hardcore bands is coming back and I couldn’t be more excited about this. Lately I have been listening to “The Current” and “A Light In The Dark” a lot so this has been very exciting news. Below are some details on the reunion and a Biography of the band for those who are not familiar.

Outspoken’s Jae Hansel confirms Outspoken reunion rumors.

“Yes, it’s true, Outspoken will be playing at least one show this summer in Southern California and one on the East Coast in late 2010. We have been practicing for the past 3 months and things have come together well” Hansel says. “The line up has gone through some changes and we will post all that news on our Myspace and Facebook pages. We want to hear from all our friends and can’t wait to play and see you all again.”

Contact Outspoken at: outspokenhardcore@gmail.com

Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/11311782
Facebook –http://www.facebook.com/pages/Outspoken/42761148068

Outspoken was formed in 1990 when longtime friends John Coyle and Mike Hartsfield started writing songs together John had just finished with his band Stand Alone and Mike was done with Against the Wall. They enlisted drummer Dennis Remsing and Dan Adair to play bass, with Hartsfield handling guitar duties and Coyle covering the vocals. The band quickly recorded the Survival 7” and then followed that up with the A Light In the Dark full length 12” and CD, both of which came out on the combined labels New Age and Conversion Records.

“In those days the scene was different, not better, just different,” says Coyle. “There werent as many labels or bands doing what we were doing or saying the things we were saying. You could reach more people it seemed because the idea of putting out your own music seemed like something only a few people knew how to do”.

Outspoken instantly found camaraderie with bands such as Inside Out, Insted, Judge and Chain of Strength. The band continued writing songs with Dan Adair leaving the band, and Jae Hansel (Mean Season taking over for him on bass. Wanting to increase the power of their sound, they also added Travis Guichard (also from Mean Season). Shortly after that Outspoken went into For the Record Studios in Orange, CA. to record the CD that for many, would come to define the mid-90s hardcore sound.

It was called The Current…

“As far as bass playing I really think I was reaching a level where I could create anything I wanted. Though I was dealing with a lot in my personal life, recording that record was a great time for me.” Says Jae Hansel.

With the release of “The Current” on New Age/Conversion it became clear that Outspoken was one of the biggest bands in hardcore. Playing to 600 person venues in their hometown, the band created a stir when they toured. The band ventured to the East Coast 3 times and did the West Coast twice. Sadly, due to the demands and responsibilities that creep up as we get older, Outspoken was never able to tour as much as they would have liked.

The band decided to call it quits in 1994, playing a sold out show with a bunch of up and coming hardcore bands at the Ice House in Fullerton.

“For a lot of bands, especially ones that would come later, I am sure playing a last show would mean packing it with big bands and going out in a blaze of glory.” Hartsfield laughs. “When I set up that show my goal was to pick bands that hopefully would lead the way for So Cal. Hardcore”.

In 1998, Outspoken got together to play a show with Unbroken to honor their former guitar player, Eric Allen. 1400 kids packed the San Bernardino Arena and truly showed their spirit. This seemed like a one shot deal but the band has continued to play here and there in the 21st century. The second reunion came in ’03 again in So Cal. at the “Sink With Cali Fest”, another in September ’05 at the “Coming of Age” fest then again in October ’05 when they played in Conneticut with Bold and Up Front. Though reunion shows could be seen as delcasse in the hardcore scene, for Outspoken its more about four friends getting on stage to share in the same feelings and passion that brought them together in the first place. “We’d never get back together for any amount of money, it’s not they way we are, if we feel like doing it, we do it”. Hartsfield says. “If it wasn’t for getting together every so often, we’d never see each other”.

Recently, Indecision Records put out a complete discography of Outspoken recordings titled Spotlight with never before heard songs and a complete remix of the “A Light In the Dark” record.

Complete Discography:

Outspoken – Survival 7″
New Age Records, Conversion Records
Released: 1990

Track Listing: Survival, Assistance, Reinforced, Own Enemy, Some Day
Read more…

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CEREMONY UNVEILS ARTWORK FOR ROHNERT PARK – IN STORES JUNE 8TH

April 9, 2010

Bay Area CA’s Ceremony are back with their third, most unpredictable full-length album to-date, Rohnert Park, and cover art has been unveiled for the first time. Named after a town in California that the band grew up in, Rohnert Park showcases Ceremony at their finest as they mix influences like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fucked Up and The Stooges to present their best material yet. This new album is equal parts aggressive, incendiary and, dare we say it, catchy. Don’t let that fool you, though; Ceremony’s trademark pissed off punk stomp is apparent on Rohnert Park and vocalist Ross Farrar’s lyrics and delivery are as fiery as ever. Recorded this past winter in Oakland, CA with Dan Rathbun (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise), Rohnert Park is unsafe, noisy, dynamic and most importantly, impressive. This record will cement Ceremony as one of the most destructive and meaningful bands that punk and hardcore has seen in years.

In preparation of their summer release, Ceremony will be playing a string of shows in California alongside Bane, the Circle Jerks and more, before heading to Asia with label-mates Cruel Hand. Tour dates and Rohnert Park artwork can be found below. Look for Rohnert Park in stores on June 8th from Bridge Nine Records and prepare to hear new music from ‘the best current band in hardcore punk’ (AMP Magazine) soon.

Ceremony On Tour:

Apr 30
Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Bane, Alpha & Omega
May 01
Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater w/ Circle Jerks, 7 Seconds, Municipal Waste
May 02
San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Bane, Alpha & Omega

With Cruel Hand & Bane:
May 26
Osaka, Japan @ King Cobra
May 27
Nagoya, Japan @ Zion
May 28
Tokyo Kichijoji, Japan @ Warp
May 29
Chiba Minamikashiwa, Japan @ Drunkard’s Stadium
May 30
Tokyo Shinjuku, Japan @ ACB Hall

Oct 16
London, United Kingdom @ University of London Student’s Union w/ Unbroken, Disembodies & more

Blacklisted To Release Recent LP On CD Via Deathwish

March 27, 2010

After spending the past few months as a vinyl exclusive, Blacklisted will be releasing their critically acclaimed album, No One Deserves to Be Here More Than Me on CD on April 13, 2010. The record was the 12th Best of 2009 according to our staff and the CD release will feature the entirety of the record, as well as the Eccentrichine 7-inch released earlier in 2010

1. Our Apartment Is Always Empty
2. Everything In My Life Is For Sale
3. J.M.N. (Interlude)
4. No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me
5. G.E.H. (Interlude)
6. The P.I.G. (Problem Is G.)
7. I’m Trying To Disappear
8. Palisade
9. Skeletons
10. I Am Extraordinary
11. S.M.F. (Interlude)
12. Stones Throw (bonus track)
13. D.J.W. (Interlude) (bonus track)
14. Eccentrichine (bonus track)

Foundation Added To The Bridge 9 Family

March 27, 2010

Things are busy here at Bridge Nine and we are more than excited to announce another addition to our roster – Atlanta’s Straight Edge Hardcore stalwarts Foundation. No strangers to to the road, Foundation has been seen on tour all over the country; most notably with Bane and on Have Heart’s final string of shows last Fall. B9 Owner Chris Wrenn said, “We couldn’t be happier to sign Foundation – these guys have been working hard over the last few years and officially caught our attention last summer when we were all blown away by their live show. It’s important for us as a label to have a solid, straight edge hardcore band and Foundation is the best band in that genre right now. Champion and Have Heart did great things for Bridge Nine in the past decade and after their demise we are excited to pass the torch over to Foundation.”

Foundation will be gearing up for a full US tour in May and June alongside Backtrack and Rotting Out before they head to the studio to record their Bridge Nine Records debut. With two releases under their belt (Hang Your Head 7″ and S/T 7″ on Six Feet Under Records) and influences such as Unbroken and Buried Alive, Foundation’s first proper full-length is sure to be one of the best straight-forward hardcore records of the year. Drummer Champ Hammett said, “We can’t wait to finish and record the new LP and tour non-stop – we want to hit all the fests and cover the US, hopefully Europe and other parts of the world. Get ready to see us everywhere in 2010 and beyond.”

Get ready to hear new material from the band that Deoymusic.com coined as “…pure, unadulterated hardcore with vicious breakdowns, pummeling rhythms, and gruff vocals, replete with shout-outs to straight edge and a little hometown pride…” soon and be sure to check the band out at the United Blood Fest in Richmond, VA this weekend and on tour throughout May and June. Get in touch ASAP to set up interviews with Foundation by emailing Stephanie@bridge9.com.

www.bridge9.com/foundation
www.myspace.com/xfoundationx

FOUNDATION – ON TOUR

March:

27 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz – UNITED BLOOD

May:

14 Atlanta, GA @ 585 Wells w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
15 Summerville, SC @ Legion Hall w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
16 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
17 Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
18 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Cafe Metropolis w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
19 Warren, NJ @ Legion Hall w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
20 Erie, PA @ Forward Hall w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
21 Romeo, MI @ Static Age w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
22 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
23 Omaha, NE @ The Hole w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
24 Denver, CO @ Blast O Mat w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
25 Ogden, UT @ Mojos w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
26 Pocatello, ID @ Icon w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
28 Tacoma, WA @ Rain Fest
29 Tacoma, WA @ Rain Fest
30 Tacoma, WA @ Rain Fest

June:

1 San Francisco, CA @ Submission w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
2 Fresno, CA @ CYC w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
3 Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
4 Riverside, CA @ Common Grounds w/ Backtrack, Rotting Out
5 Mesa, AZ @ Underground w/ Backtrack
6 El Paso, TX @ Maylair w/ Backtrack
7 San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven w/ Backtrack
8 Ft. Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill w/ Backtrack
9 Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s w/ Backtrack
10 Birmingham, AL @ Firehouse w/ Backtrack

Bridge Nine Signs Mother Of Mercy

March 24, 2010

Bridge Nine is excited to welcome one of two new artists to their roster – first is one of the hardest bands coming out of Pennsylvania, Mother of Mercy.  Formed in the Spring of 2007 and featuring ex members of Let Down, Mother of Mercy plays contemporary metallic hardcore that draws some of the best elements of 90’s ‘core with a well-executed tinge of metal.  Their music is raw, abrasive and dark – highly influenced by Samhain, Undertow and Obituary – and a welcomed addition to the B9 family. Mother of Mercy’s vocalist, Bob Wilson, said “…we’re excited to be on the label, to play with different bands, tour exotic places and be label mates with Striking Distance.”

Mother of Mercy has spent the last several years on the road alongside bands like Comeback Kid, Dead Swans, Cruel Hand, Title Fight, Foundation, Alpha & Omega, and playing staple hardcore festivals like United Blood, This Is Hardcore, and Sound and Fury.  With several prior releases including the No Eden 7″ and critically acclaimed III that was released last year on Six Feet Under Records and hailed as one of ScenePointBlank’s “favorite records of the year”, Mother of Mercy’s upcoming Bridge Nine debut full length will be nothing less than stellar.  Expect the band to hit the studio early this summer and stay tuned for details on a full-length release later in 2010.

www.myspace.com/MotherofMercyHC
www.Bridge9.com/MotherofMercy

MOTHER OF MERCY – ON TOUR

MARCH:

26 Richmond, VA @ Richmond, VA @ United Blood Fest

APRIL:

16 Romeo, MI @ Static Age
17 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Skarhead, Wisdom In Chains, Reign Supreme
18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Donnybrook, Gravemaker
24 Worcester, MA @ New England Metal Fest
24 Cambridge, MA @ Elks w/ Living Hell, Rival Mob, Alpha & Omega

MAY:

19 Warren, NJ @ Warren Legion w/ Foundation, Backtrack
24 Evansville, IN @ Resurgence Church
25 Springfield, MO @ Skatepark
26 Tulsa, OK @ Wolves Den
27 Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas
28 Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas
29 Madison, AL @ The Venue
30 Glendale, KY @ Kentucky Lads Club
31 Greensboro, NY @ CFBG

Issue #1 is Sold Out! New Noise #2 is Coming Soon/More Info Tba…

March 23, 2010

The first issue sold out a few months ago, only 100 were made and I sold the remainder of the zines that were not sold online on tour. So if you wanted to get your hands on one, you missed out but maybe not just yet! Issue #2 is shaping up to be a great zine filled with a lot more content and other new features. I might print up another small run of issue #1 to be sold with the new issue but I haven’t decided yet. Issue #2 will be a much larger run so expect a lot of copies going around to distros/webstores/shows and what not. I won’t spoil anything yet but there are a lot of great bands featured in this issue that I am very siked about, you’ll find out more when you find out. Until then stay patient, making a zine filled with content and originality takes time, for now keep reading the blog!

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Underdog Discography Artwork Revealed – Out May 18, 2010

March 12, 2010

When it comes to New York Hardcore, one of the bands synonymous with the genre is UNDERDOG. UNDERDOG kicked off their legendary career in the mid-1980’s but came to an early demise in 1989 upon their return from their first European tour. Fast forward 21 years and Bridge Nine Records is going to release a comprehensive UNDERDOG discography featuring both The Vanishing Point and Demos on CD and double LP – available together for the first time. Check out the new cover art (att’d)!

Underdog has been a staple in the hardcore scene since their inception in the 1980’s and the release of Matchless will further cement the impact that the band had upon the world. The two key, constant elements of Underdog during its span of four years were Richie Birkenhead (vocals) and Russ “Wheeler” Iglay (bass) who decided to form a band while talking at CBGB in 1985. The band, named True Blue for about a week, soon became Underdog. These two NYHC matinee regulars and longtime skateboarders, Richie and Russ, were indeed at opposite ends of the spectrum in temperament and circles they ran in. Case in point: Richie did time with Youth of Today and Russ with Murphy’s Law. Underdog was also one of the first punk bands with deep roots in skateboarding, and skating still remains a focal point in the life of the band. Richie, while fronting Underdog, raised the bar in NYHC during those years, in a scene filled with aggro, straight-up hardcore bands that concentrated more on athletic, than vocal prowess and melody on stage. He prowled the stage, commandeered the crowd and could switch from a guttural scream to the voice of a choir boy in a split second. Russ, well known for his Andy Capp, drink up, devil may care, knuckle-up persona equaled Richie in the stage presence department, swinging off ceiling pipes and taunting the crowd all while keeping the rhythm section tightly pumping with kid brother Dean Joseph (Iglay, stolen from Jersey Shore pranksters Good Humor), who replaced original drummer Gregg very early on and remained a permanent member. Underdog became a hugely popular musical hybrid capable of playing shows with any other band while winning new followers along the way.

Their “fuck with our friends and you fuck with us” attitude wasn’t just a bullshit theme for a song,like lots of other bands. These guys practiced what they preached. The band’s attitude on stage encouraged everyone in the crowd to let loose and go nuts without fear of getting sucker punched or bullied by anyone. And they did. Underdog shows were sweat-drenched, hard dancing, sing-along events for everyone involved. Their first 7″ EP released on New Beginnings Records (with Gregg Pierce on drums and Danny Darella on guitar) instantly became a hot commodity in the NYHC scene, spread through the U.S. and was quickly out of print. The legendary Matt Solomon cover art became the unofficial trademark for the band on T-shirts, flyers and tattoos. On the power of that 7 alone, While Richie, Russ and Dean remained fixtures (except for Richies brief departure to play for Youth of Today on one album/tour)(vocal duties were briefly taken over by Carl DiMola), guitar players were to Underdog what drummers were to Spinal Tap. Original guitarist Danny was later replaced by Arthur (Token Entry, Gorilla Biscuits), who was subsequently replaced by skater dude Chuck. For the recording of the Over the Edge demo, and also at the tail-end of their existence, Underdog played as a trio, with Richie on guitar. Already quite aware of Underdog and after hearing their 1988 Over the Edge demo, Caroline Records signed the band to record what became the album “The Vanishing Point”. The band had matured into an extremely tight musical unit, mixing the best of power, melody and even reggae into a volatile mix second only to Bad Brains. Chuck Treece joined the band on guitar to help record the songs already written by Richie and Russ. Recorded in one week at Electric Reels in upstate NY and produced by Don Fury, “The Vanishing Point” was one of the most anxiously awaited records of the year. A 1989 nationwide tour to support the record was their biggest and most successful at that point and there seemed to be nothing standing in their way. Sadly prophetic, the title of the record rang true at the conclusion of that tour. Arriving back in NYC and dropping off Richie, Russ and Dean drove home for an agreed upon short break. That short break became a long break and they decided to cancel their European tour.

Now Underdog is back with the original core line-up, and with longtime friend and American Standard axe-man Matt Dolan as a fulltime member of the band. Look for the Underdog discography, Matchless, to hit stores on May 18 2010 from Bridge Nine Records. Source: Bridge 9