COFFEE AND ANGER

A collection of articles, interviews and reviews written by a variety of different people within the HC community.
Feel free to submit what you have written.
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"Keep the hardcore community as an open, friendly and forward-thinking one."

A few months ago, I was at a More Than Life show in London. The show had been going great, and before MTL came on themselves, I went outside to talk to a friend of mine. During our conversation, a girl he had met recently came over to say hello, which was fine by all of us.

Unfortunately, the first thing that she had to say was a complaint that in whichever town she was from, several people thought she was a lesbian because of her tattoos. Whilst I understand that this could be frustrating, the manner in which she talked about it was nothing but ignorant and offensive, referring to gays as ‘just disgusting’, posturing that if you saw two people of the same sex kissing near you, it would be utterly repellent, as opposed to a heterosexual couple being ‘fine’.

By this point my friend, another guy and I were speechless at this horrific rant, and I felt utterly ashamed to be there, but it was taken even further. I had never met this person before, and I still don’t know who she is, but at the end of this outburst she turned to me, looked me over and said: “No offence”

I raised an eyebrow to this, and her response was that I ‘looked’ gay; presumably due to my clothes or the way I have my hair. At this point, I forced myself to walk away as I couldn’t bear to be in that situation any more. As a non-heterosexual member of the hardcore community I was shocked and appalled that this kind of attitude was being expressed so blatantly without any opposition or interference, and left feeling ostracised and ashamed.

In recent years I’ve been glad to see an upsurge of British bands such as Bastions and Kerouac (RIP) who actively speak out against homophobia (and on the same par, racism and sexism) in the hardcore scene, but it seems to me that an out-dated, thuggish attitude is still prevalent and remains largely unchallenged, and in the case of some groups, encouraged. It may seem like a somewhat moot point to many, but the use of ‘faggot’ as a lyrical insult is still worryingly common in many hardcore songs, leaving a number of people offended. I turned to hardcore music several years ago as a way to vent my frustrations and many groups seemed to voice my ideas, but have found myself unable to be open with many of the people I meet through my music for fear of a negative or homophobic reaction, and I’m sure that this is an even greater problem for those who have not yet come out.

Punk and hardcore began as a way for the displeased youth to voice opinions that challenged contemporary conservative views in the first place, including homophobia and sexism, and as a home for those whom society deemed abnormal – I have to even challenge the attitude of those who offended the aforementioned girl: not all tattooed women are lesbians, and not all guys with long hair or skinny jeans are gay; we just need to learn to embrace each other as lovers of the same music and a similar ideology.

 I’m not proposing that everyone should go out and start a ‘queercore’ band, but I want to challenge the view that homosexuality in hardcore is something that should be shunned or looked on negatively, as it seems to be a battle unfought to bring homophobic views down to the level of sexist or racist ones, which have been more largely removed. If you really do disagree, then keep it to yourself, and keep the hardcore community as an open, friendly and forward-thinking one.

Ollie Doe, Chapels

Defeater gave it their all last night, the aircon was broken and it was hot just standing in the room. You could see the heat combined with hitting it hard with a very energised show took it all out of them, none the less they were on top form. 

Lucky One Dies First have been creating waves through Portsmouth town for many years and last night they supported Defeater over the water at the Joiners. LODF opened the show last night and having been around for years, I thought it was a shame they didn’t get higher on the bill. They really did produce something special last night and I felt the two bands on after really struggled to make any sort of impact on me. (Actually I could just about watch 2-3 songs before leaving the room). 
LODF played a mixture of old and never-before-played tracks, having not performed for a while, as they have been concentrating on the release of their album ‘Live, Learn, Crash, Burn’. They didn’t fail to impress, they hit it hard and didn’t stop until the end, giving it everything they could. They ended the show on the expertly written song ‘Full Circle’ which is one hell of a standout track.
I am really proud to say that I will be releasing their album on CD via Animal Defence Records and it is 20 minutes of raw, heavy punk rock that will make you want to get off your seat. 
Lucky One Dies First - Live, Learn, Crash, Burn /100 CD’s
EP release show 20th July to be announced very soon.
https://www.facebook.com/luckyonediesfirst 

Lucky One Dies First have been creating waves through Portsmouth town for many years and last night they supported Defeater over the water at the Joiners. LODF opened the show last night and having been around for years, I thought it was a shame they didn’t get higher on the bill. They really did produce something special last night and I felt the two bands on after really struggled to make any sort of impact on me. (Actually I could just about watch 2-3 songs before leaving the room). 

LODF played a mixture of old and never-before-played tracks, having not performed for a while, as they have been concentrating on the release of their album ‘Live, Learn, Crash, Burn’. They didn’t fail to impress, they hit it hard and didn’t stop until the end, giving it everything they could. They ended the show on the expertly written song ‘Full Circle’ which is one hell of a standout track.

I am really proud to say that I will be releasing their album on CD via Animal Defence Records and it is 20 minutes of raw, heavy punk rock that will make you want to get off your seat. 

Lucky One Dies First - Live, Learn, Crash, Burn /100 CD’s

EP release show 20th July to be announced very soon.

https://www.facebook.com/luckyonediesfirst 

Kerouac / The Long Haul split - Sarah Hammond

 

Living in Southampton, I was aware of both of these bands before the split came out, having started listening to Kerouac a bit after their EP ‘Cold and Distant, Not Loving’ was released. However, I first remember seeing Kerouac at a show w/Burn The Fleet, Goodtime Boys and Kasa in late 2010 and it was that, combined with this record that really cemented Kerouac, for me anyway, as one of the best hardcore bands around (can I call them hardcore?), both locally and on a larger scale.

 

To start with I’ll just say a little bit about The Long Haul’s half. Due to lineup changes etc they don’t play the songs off of the split, which while completely understandable, is also a bit of a shame, because while Debtors is great, personally I think the 3 songs on here are the best they’ve done.

 

Leading on from those, Kerouac’s half of the split kicks off with ‘I Owe Some People The World’, ‘But I Owe You Shit’, followed by ‘Young Wounds’, managing to mix heavy with melodic, yet still leaving room for the raw vocals to filter through, which really come into their own on the closing track, my personal favourite, ‘Porcelain’. While I’m in no position to comment further on the musical skills/technicality of the music etc, what I do know is that the songs on this split are refreshing, captivating, and certainly do not disappoint live. If you haven’t listened to it before, then you probably should.

 

On a final note - Kerouac are playing their final show on Saturday, with some of the best bands in the UK at the moment - Bastions, Pariso, The Long Haul, Gnarwolves (my new favourite), and a special guest that is yet to be announced, but I know a lot of people have strong suspicions about. I know people say this all the time about anything, but if you’re a fan of Kerouac, any of the other bands on the bill, hardcore in general, or simply supporting up and coming bands, it really is not one to miss.


- Sarah

Interview - Thom Denson (Kerouac)



Thom took the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions for the blog. 


1. July 7th is Kerouac’s last show, why did you decide to call it an end?

 

I guess it would be a lot more interesting to say that one of us developed a drug habit or that we all hate each other, but the short and sadly mundane truth is that life started getting in the way of us giving the band the time and effort it deserved. We all have jobs and we live in 3 different towns. Things gradually became harder and it was always a thought in the back of our heads to break up, but we thought we’d be able to work through it. Sadly, we couldn’t so we thought best to quit while we were still - relatively - ahead.

 

2. What are your feelings leading up to the show?

 

It definitely feels weird; as we’ve known about it for some time. It always felt like a long way into the future, but as it’s now 5 days away it’s really starting to kick in that this will be the last time we play these songs together. I’m so happy and thankful to Matt at The Old Blue Last, to have been able to fill the bill with all of our best friends! Every single band on the show means the world to this band and has been a massive influence on us over the course of our lifetime - Gnarwolves feature Thom and Max, who used to be in Kasa, the band we played with at our second ever show 3 years ago. We’ve stayed in touch and hung out ever since and it really means a lot to have them play in their new band. 

 

3. Over the last 3-4 years what has been your favourite time in the band?

 

Probably The Tangled Tour. 7 shows, 7 bands from Tangled Talk Records. The shows were very humbling and it was touching to see that people would come out to support honest music. The line up was varied in genre but everyone was on the same page and it was a pleasure to spend a week with such brilliant people.

 

4. Did you ever think Kerouac would become such a success?

 

I’m not sure how successful we’ve been, but I never imagined we’d ever do everything we have done when we were writing music in James’ bedroom. It took a while to get the first CD out but one of my best friends Will (Our Time Down Here) helped bankroll it, and after a healthy start it was leaked and to be honest, it really felt like the catalyst. It was getting reviews and was being put on blogs and that really got the name out for us. I’d always been a massive fan of Holy Roar Records so it was an honor to be released by Alex, along with Andrej (Tangled Talk), for the vinyl re-release. I never thought we’d be able to play with some of the bands we have, and to say that we’ve recorded at Maida Vale Studios for BBC, well, it still sounds so unbelievable.

 

5. Is anyone moving on to other musical projects now?

 

I imagine we all will. Tristan produces under the name Retral and he’s doing some really exciting stuff - expect tons of music from him, he’s quite prolific! Jon works scoring music for TV so I imagine you’ll be hearing a lot from him whether you know it or not. James and I have been working on a new project, trying to do something completely different to this band; we’ll see where that goes. 

 

6. There are always a lot of up and coming bands within the community, have you taken a liking to any in particular?

 

We’re very lucky at the moment to have so many good bands making such exciting music in this ‘scene’. With Goodtime Boys signing to Bridge 9, Bastions and Veils both having Maida Vale sessions, Pariso and The Long Haul getting storming reviews for their most recent efforts. It gives me a great sense of pride to say that I’ve been able to be in a band that got to play with such talented artists. Everything is so positive right now with newer acts breaking through like Gnarwolves, Hospitals and Mothbites, all playing completely different styles of music but nonetheless all phenomenal. Diversity is something that we all pride ourselves in and the fact that such varied bills are getting put together is really keeping this scene going in the right direction.

 

7. Finally, is there anything else you would like to add?

If you came to a show, bought/downloaded a record or bought a shirt, thank you so very much.


Kerouac’s last show is Saturday 7th July at The Old Blue Last in London. Free Entry.

Clipper organic decaf to end the day. (no anger)

Over the next week will be mainly publishing articles about Kerouac leading up to their last show on Saturday in London. We have some written already that have been published but if anyone would like to write -anything- about the band please feel free to do so. Im also looking for someone to write about the Kerouac sides of both splits they have released.

Email: coffee.anger@gmail.com to submit or for general questions.

Clipper organic decaf to end the day. (no anger)

Over the next week will be mainly publishing articles about Kerouac leading up to their last show on Saturday in London. We have some written already that have been published but if anyone would like to write -anything- about the band please feel free to do so. Im also looking for someone to write about the Kerouac sides of both splits they have released.

Email: coffee.anger@gmail.com to submit or for general questions.

'Cold and Distant, Not Loving' is still a solid record and always will be. I don't think I will ever get bored of it. The sheer depth of the record is constantly screaming at me. The perfect consistency of heavy guitar tone with defining lyrics from the moment track 1 starts to the second track 7 ends. 

Little Mountains We Move sends shivers down my spine every time.

"In hope but in reality that you won’t give up on me, I’ve gone deeper than you’d think I could, because at all angles I’m drowning in angels, like a space no lake could fill. This isn’t the photograph that I imagined years ago, I may be older but now it’s so much colder as a leaf on our family tree, but these violets remind me I’m golden. I never said it was for the best, I’ve never flown but I’ve not stopped running, I swear I’ll come good, I’ll push these mountains left to right and I’ll come back screaming ‘all these violets remind me I’m golden’. I see a winter make it’s way through the blinds, these four walls are met with the dimmest glow, I feel an apathy make it’s way down my bones, in the nigh time I’ll find comfort. I swear one day I’ll come good, I’m just stuttering right now, I swear one day I’ll come good and somehow I hope you know.”

'Cold and Distant, Not Loving' is still a solid record and always will be. I don't think I will ever get bored of it. The sheer depth of the record is constantly screaming at me. The perfect consistency of heavy guitar tone with defining lyrics from the moment track 1 starts to the second track 7 ends. 

Little Mountains We Move sends shivers down my spine every time.


"In hope but in reality that you won’t give up on me, I’ve gone deeper than you’d think I could, because at all angles I’m drowning in angels, like a space no lake could fill. This isn’t the photograph that I imagined years ago, I may be older but now it’s so much colder as a leaf on our family tree, but these violets remind me I’m golden. I never said it was for the best, I’ve never flown but I’ve not stopped running, I swear I’ll come good, I’ll push these mountains left to right and I’ll come back screaming ‘all these violets remind me I’m golden’. I see a winter make it’s way through the blinds, these four walls are met with the dimmest glow, I feel an apathy make it’s way down my bones, in the nigh time I’ll find comfort. I swear one day I’ll come good, I’m just stuttering right now, I swear one day I’ll come good and somehow I hope you know.”

Kerouac - Mazz Gambardella

In 2009 when I believe Betty Pariso had just started, we were doing one off shows, usually about once a month as not many people knew who we were back then. A lot of the time to keep us busy, we’d put on our shows ourselves. I took these responsibilities myself on the 2nd of September 2009. I put on a show at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston with Maths and Throats. But I needed a local support to bring in more people, so looking on myspace I found this band called Kerouac, it said that these guys were from Kingston. So I thought they could bring a few people themselves, they were more than up for it and once it got to the show they admitted to me that they’re not from Kingston at all but from Southampton. After this show we then eventually played more shows with them and we kept in contact with them during their whole jaunt as a group

 

They were really sociable with us and we became friends with them as soon as we met them. Kerouac had a sound that no one will ever resemble, they were one of the most unique bands in the UK. They had an intensity that could not be overlooked filled with a very strong emotive presence. Without Kerouac, I wouldn’t be where I am in life, and that’s not an exaggeration at all.

 

Cold, Distant and Not Loving had a time and a place, and people will be looking back at this debut album with nostalgia and pride. Lyrics full of regret and unwavering beauty and being still poignant to this day. This and their short start stop rhythms and low down tuned riffs created the pathway to a truly unique band.

 

Speaking as someone completely unbiased, Thom Denson’s lyrics are a constant inspiration to me. Filled with illustrative and imaginative lyrics, they created great pictures in your subconscious. Created through fantastic metaphors and analogies. This is why their split with The Long Haul had three of the best songs they’ve ever written. Especially the song ‘Porcelain’, whilst I was travelling this split really got me through some hard and lonely times. Without seeming emotional, this song really makes me well up as you can hear it through Thom Denson’s breaking voice.

 

People who never met the guys really missed out on meeting four great people. Their music will be a constant reminder of what those heights of creative spirituality can be.


- Mazz 



The aim of this blog is to have a collection of interviews/reviews/articles/photos submitted by anyone who wants to write about the amazing hardcore community that we belong to.
Anyone can submit what they’ve done and it will be published here with full credits. I am working on some bits tomorrow and have an article ready to be published written by Mazz from Pariso.
I don’t like asking this but if you feel that this is a good idea please get involved or share it around as I would like as many people as possible to be apart of this and essentially contribute something cool for everyone to read.
Feel free to submit via email or even post (Email for address) and i’ll scan them straight in/publish them. There are no rules but please try and keep your articles balanced when required.
Email: coffee.anger@gmail.com
Thanks for reading.

The aim of this blog is to have a collection of interviews/reviews/articles/photos submitted by anyone who wants to write about the amazing hardcore community that we belong to.

Anyone can submit what they’ve done and it will be published here with full credits. I am working on some bits tomorrow and have an article ready to be published written by Mazz from Pariso.

I don’t like asking this but if you feel that this is a good idea please get involved or share it around as I would like as many people as possible to be apart of this and essentially contribute something cool for everyone to read.

Feel free to submit via email or even post (Email for address) and i’ll scan them straight in/publish them. There are no rules but please try and keep your articles balanced when required.

Email: coffee.anger@gmail.com

Thanks for reading.