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Hope Show 109 – the lowdown

Hope Show 109 – the lowdown

1. Youth Of Today – No More
2. Quicksand – Delusional
3. Custody – Stitches are all we have
4. The No Marks – Coming Around
5. World Be Free – Breakout or Busted
6. Allo’ Darlin’ – Silver Dollars
7. June Brides – Every Conversation
8. June Brides – A January Moon
9. No Ditching- If you hate cats you die
10. Vanilla Pod – Restore Factory Settings
11. Freebase – P.N.D.
12. Sacrilege – Star Wars
13. Fit Of Anger – The Oppressed
14. Down To Nothing – Life On The James
15. The Walking Targets- Here’s to the thoughts we hold
16. Maxwells dead – Would you go out with me
17. Down and Out’s – Iron
18. All – Until I say so

Tonight’s show feature People from record labels who have contributed to the latest Hope fanzine. The same question was asked of over 70 contributors, “What was your favorite gig?” and answers were as wide, varied and mixed up as you’d expect. It was all done in good spirits as the zine is a benefit for pikpa lesvos refugee centre. You can buy the fanzine here Buy Now Button

We start off tonight’s show with some US Hardcore music from Youth Of Today, just wanted to make sure you were awake. Youth of Today were on Revelation Records who were leading the way in the 90’s pushing the New York Hardcore scene. Some of the bands members have been in many other bands including Quicksand.

Custody brought out a 7″ on Brassneck Records last year. Brassneck is based in Cardiff and have been releasing records since 2010. The latest release is a split between No Marks and the Spoilers and is out in a week or so.

World Be Free are on Revelation Records, and are pretty much a super group of the new york hardcore scene from the early 90’s

I saw Allo’ Darlin in London a few years ago and was numb with shivers rushing through my body when they played this song. So much of the positive things about being in a band came through that night and the music is just pur pop majestic. Out on slumberland records.

A band that finished their illustrous career on slumberland is the June Brides, I had to play two songs panning that career. My introduction was Every Conversation from the NME c86 era, and they continued with style right throughout.

No Ditching are part of an expanding Durham, Newcastle, scene of diy pop. They have an ep available from Drunken Sailor now

Dry heave records is an interesting label. Set up to remind people of great music from times gone by when thrasher magazine was read by many in the punkk scene with check shirts and baseball caps. Vanilla Pod are a bit of a surprise for the label as their songs, whilst still retaining the speed, are more tuneful. Freebase get ready to thrash out, for sure. This is from their 4 way split

Freddy Alva has a very interesting story. Read the previous link to find out. His Wardance label captured some great new york bands, much like Revelation. Sacrilege are one of these, Fit of anger are on his New Breed Tape Compilation.

Down to nothing ahve that classic Revelation sound

I’ve mentioned make that a take records many times on this show and keep playing the Scotish label bands. I love the title Here’s to the thoughts we hold from the walking targets and how true that is.

Years ago there was a pop punk band, crocodile god, on Skimmer Records. their music lives on for many and there’s a tribute compilation to them. Down and Outs are a punk band from Liverpool and their take of Iron is on this.

Finally All were listed as the favourite gig for Scott from Brassneck Records and I love tenuous links and a reason to play All.


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My Favourite Gig – Mike Schulman

This is the first in a weekly series all taken from Hope 2. The fanzine sees a collection of 70 contributors from the punk rock world.  All asked the same question

My Favourite Gig by Mike Schulman, Slumberland Records (also in Hard Left)

The Jesus & Mary Chain

Washington, DC in October 1985


“I’d have to say my favourite gig was seeing The Jesus & Mary Chain in Washington, DC in October 1985. I had been picking up the singles as they came out and had an import of the LP, as it hadn’t come out in the US yet. Those singles made a huge impression on me, to say the least. I was at university at the time and even cut classes for 3 or 4 days to just sit home and listen to “You Trip Me Up” on repeat when it came out. I had been a fan of punk, post-punk and pop music and by that point was also into no wave and noisier stuff ranging from Fire Engines to The Birthday Party. But I’d never heard anything quite those singles to blend it all into one, and I couldn’t get enough.


The sound was amazing, but the look was too – there were no American bands even remotely that cool.  So when they came to DC I was ready. I had been playing the singles a lot of my best mate Rob and he was a fan too. We got to the venue when the doors opened and staked out a spot stage front and centre. it seemed to take forever for the band to come on and I had little patience for the openers. I only remember one of them: noise band Peach of Immortality, who blew my left ear out that night. It’s never been the same. Finally the Mary Chain came on and it was everything I had hoped for. Not even all that loud, but driving and chaotic. They looked incredible – all black leather trousers, turtlenecks, leather jackets. I’d never seen anything like them. They were slightly older than me but infinitely cooler. The songs all sounded terrific, the Spector/VU/racket amalgam we all know so well now. The set was short and to the point, and I don’t remember any interaction with the crowd at all.


I went home that night changed somehow. As much as I had loved punk and it’s “have a go” ethic, I had never heard any music that I thought that I could make. And this was it. My mate Rob and I started a band the next day, which eventually grew into one of the original bands on my Slumberland label, which I still run to this day. I’ve been in a bunch of bands since, and it’s no exaggeration to say that I wouldn’t have done any of it without that one gig.”


Mike is also in Political Punk Mod band Hard Left, a hard mod band from members of Lunchbox, Fire Party, Boyracer and Black Tambourine. Hard Left wear their politics on their sleeves. Hard Left hearken back to the early days of punk to tell stories about NOW and to motivate the listeners. Hard Left is about action — lift every voice and chant, join arms and resist.

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