At the dawn of the '80s, New York City was mired in debt and crime, grappling with one of the most trying periods in its history, yet ironically (or perhaps fittingly), its underground music scene was seething with activity like never before. Still reeling from the violent inception and subsequent implosion of punk rock, hundreds of underprivileged kids living in Manhattan and its outlying boroughs began forming rock groups to rail against the everyday trials, dangers, and prejudices of urban existence. As had been happening in other urban centers (most notably L.A. and Washington, D.C.) equally affected by the lean, recession-laced early years of Reaganomics, New York became a melting pot/hub for a flourishing hardcore scene -- a cultural phenomenon that used punk rock as a platform for politically charged, inherently regional musical catharsis.
Suffer, Survive, the debut release on Machine Shop Recordings from the fast-rising Toronto band No Warning, puts a whole new slant on hardcore with a sound that mixes melody with mayhem.
Equal parts punk, hardcore and a secret songwriting ingredient all their own, Suffer, Survive features such No Warning originals as "Breeding Insanity," "Dirtier Than The Next," "Hopeless Case," "Back To Life" and "Bad Timing" and is a whole new musical direction from a band with a big future.
That future began in the late '90's when a fifteen year-old guitarist named Matt DeLong started trolling his neighborhood for a singer to join his quest for straight up, pissed off hardcore, the way it should be played. He found this in junior high school buddy, Ben Cook. "I'd been in some punk bands," Cook recalls, "but I'd never done any hardcore before. I said 'Fuck it, Delong, we're doing this and we're gonna be the fuckin best".
At first, the hometown crowd didn't catch on to the explosive potential of No Warning, but by the time the young band added local guitarist Jordan Posner to the line-up they had become local contenders. It was only a matter of time before they recorded their first 7" EP for a ny based Independent label on a five hundred dollar budget and later recruited Zach Amster on bass and Junkyard Jesse on drums. The record attracted attention and No Warning hit the road, touring with such hardcore staples as Bane, Reach the Sky, Sick of it All and The Cro-Mags.
In 2002, No Warning released Ill Blood their first full-length album and backed it up with some touring, gaining a solid fan base in the process. But for all the buzz, the band was already moving in new musical directions. "We got fuckin' bored. Bored of everything. We asked ourselves, 'What else is there?'" says Cook. "We were fans of melodic music, but we could never find a way to put it into what we were doing and yet still keep the aggression and emotion high. We kept hearing all these bands tying to do the same thing, screaming and singing in their songs and it just all straight up suckedŠ calling it screamo, or hardcore... it really doesn't matterŠ I wanted to beat my head through a wall every time I heard most of these bands. We knew we could do the hardcore and melody thing RIGHT. " It wasn't until the group took a year off the road to focus on forging their new sound that they were finally able to capture the music they were hearing in their heads.
A four song demo brought the group to the new L.A-based indie, Machine Shop Recordings and they quickly got down to business with a studio schedule that took them from Los Angeles to Toronto and back again over the next year.
The result is Suffer, Survive, a collection of No Warning originals that make a rock solid connection between full-on hardcore and fully melodic songwriting. With a new recording under their belt and summer treks on both the Vans Warped Tour '04 and The Projekt Revolution Tour, No Warning is ready to rewrite the musical rules. "It does feel a little like we're starting from scratch in a way," admits Cook. "But we've never really changed the way we make music. That's not negotiable."
Southern Californias' Nails was formed in December 2007 by Todd Jones (ex-Terror) along with the help of Taylor Young (Cremetorium), and John Gianelli. Nails is beyond brutality. Filthy, vicious and raw. Imagine a cross between the good Amrep bands of the nineties (Helmet, Hammerhead, Today is The Day, Unsane) and Cro-Mags Age of Quarrel riffage played at breakneck speeds.