Must apologise for the lack of post's as of late. Had promised the Nihilistik View post next but compiling info and working out Soundcloud on top of being back at work have all left me with fuck all time to scratch my balls let alone support my beloved Doggies. Rest assured, the NV post is gonna be Boss!
Just had to drop this cuz it's our second show back plus i'm psyched we're on the bill cuz SUBVERSION was the shit back in the day...Also, our first show with our good friends from SUPERFUN HAPPYSLIDE. Grindcore genocide mayhem...Pretty sure this is ALL AGES so bring the ruckus cuz the kids tend to get fuckin hectic...Also don't forget this shit on the 6th August @ bendigo hotel, FITZROY...
Massive thanks to Aaron Coping for dropping this shit on us. I'm contemplating getting this inked or at the very least, doing a C.A. shirt with the graphic. In case you're not familiar, Aaron works at PCR and is responsible for the PCR- BAD BRAINS ape shirt...if you don't own one, your loss...
...This is our first show back. No doubt, Ace is gonna lose his shit. Big thanks also to DC who has supported us since day dot. Keep checking in for show details.
Also, free copies of the 'BURN FITZROY TO THE GROUND' demo will be available on the night. Just hit one of us up!- Next post will be on Matty's old band NIHILISTIK VIEW. Chaos punx and cider spews a-plenty!!!
Melbourne City, 1998. I'm living in an inner city 'punk house' (whatever the fuck that means) All inhabitants of said house are doing normal punk things (waiting in vegan restaurants, protesting against Jabiluka mine...remember that shit?) as well as playing in punk bands. This dwelling was also a meet up spot/ crash pad/ party house so you can imagine the kind of patronage we used to cater for. Lots of interstate and international bands stayed there. hangers-on were part and parcel.
It was in this enviro that OPEN WOUND was born. Cliche as it sounds, we just wanted to play breakneck blast shit with tech as fuck riffs. Original lineup for the first couple of jams was Jay(One inch Punch/ Providence), Fab(Fallout), Roby and Rusty( Drunkard/Stand Against). For whatever reason, Rusty couldn't do it so I was asked to join. We jammed and jammed and jammed some more (to the massive displeasure of our neighbours...all 4 of us were unemployed, so what the fuck else were we gonna do?)
Pretty soon we had a workable set. We did shows left, right and centre and with bands of every sub-genre of punk. Really, I thought that was one of our strengths, I mean could you see BLOODDUSTER sharing a bill with PISSCHRIST?
It really came together that quick. The fact that all of our time was spent writing/rehearsing resulted in us getting tight as fuck. Seriously, 3-4 months after forming, Sean (NO DEAL RECORDS) is asking us to come to Sydney to play the annual HARDCORE SUPERBOWL. No doubt!-All of our favorite bands are playing.This would be the first of 2 east coast tours and 1 tour of Adelaide which was to be a hellish weekend that eventually broke the band up. The most ironic thing about this whole saga was that we did all of this,plus released the split cd with ANTIGAMA (Poland), the split 7 with CAPTAIN CLEANOFF and the STRANGLEHOLD 7" in the space of under TWO YEARS!!!
Pretty amazing considering this was a good decade before Broadband, Myspace and Facebook! HARDCORE SUPERBOWL 1999
Thats me playing bass with the CHARLES BRONSON shirt, looking like a 15 year old Thai hooker.
Anyhoo, after disbanding, Jay and Roby formed THE KILL (still hands down my fave grindcore band), Fab would be integral in forming grindporn ledgends VAGINAL CARNAGE (R.I.P. Metal Chris) and I rediscovered underground hiphop and skated non stop.
P.S. As much as an ordeal as I made this sound, it was actually some of the funniest times of my life.
P.P.S. We all eventually found jobs and are now complicit, worthy contributors to society :)
When Matty and I first discussed starting a band, the only name that came up to play bass would be Kev's. I'd only met him a couple of weeks prior at a mates party knowing he'd only been in Melbourne a short time. In my mind, as long as we clicked, he was in the band. I mean really,
If you're over 30, skateboarded in the mid to late eighties, or had any interest in punk etc, you would no doubt own this gem. I had the Warterfront pressing, the poster on my wall (ripped from Australia's first skate mag, SKATIN' LIFE) And the t-shirt. Duh!!! as if i wasn't gonna let him play in our band!
This album is still fucking killer today- Blistering crossover thrash. It's the same type of energy we try to bring to the table. Re-living our misspent youth, whilst spitting on the commodified rubbish being passed off as hardcore in 2011.
For those unfamiliar, check this:
This was from 1987 when they opened for D.R.I.
The fuck were you doing in 1987?
P.S.- Kev, as it turns out, happens to be an awesome bass player as well as one of the nicest people we've ever met. Pretty good considering he's from Sydney.
p.p.s- Thats him up there with the DEFECTS shirt, rocking a downpipe! HA!