Past Present is a collection of current bands covering classic tracks from the Revelation Records catalog including songs by GORILLA BISCUITS, WARZONE, YOUTH OF TODAY, CHAIN OF STRENGTH and more. These songs were recorded specially for this release; 22 of the 23 tracks have never been available before and all are currently not available elsewhere. Twenty-three songs covering more than 20 years of hardcore played by a diverse group of bands including SICK OF IT ALL, BOLD, WALTER SCHREIFELS, TERROR, DEATH BY STEREO, SET YOUR GOALS, DOWN TO NOTHING and more, all together on one record.Collaborator/contributor Jon Sinko of BACKLASH explains the inspiration behind Past Present: "A few years ago I wanted to start a youth crew/straight edge cover band in Portland where I live now. I put an ad in our local music mag looking for kids with influences from Bold, YOT, etc. and got a response back from some dude saying something like hardcore is dead or that era of hardcore is dead. That email bummed me out and really got me thinking. It wasn't long after that I had dinner with Jordan and pitched him on the idea for the record. At the time, Rev was pretty silent and this was a way to get well respected and active bands to pay tribute to the history that the bands and the label had created over the previous 20 years. The idea to connect back to a good cause in Human Rights Watch helped complete the circle. The days of benefit comps seemed to be disappearing as fast as the appreciation for what Rev originally stood for. Over the years of recruiting the bands and getting this ready for release, there were so many people who were stoked to be involved in whatever way they could. From Walter, Armand, and Ray to Ken Penn and eventually Jeff Caudill who did the artwork and tons more who referred bands to us. It really was a testament to what influence the label had on so many people. Even for some of the veteran bands, having a song on a Rev release is a defining point in their music careers. This record isn't about Revelation celebrating their 150th release and 23 years of putting out music. It's a celebration and giving back from everyone who has been influenced by this label and the bands who were and are on it. It just wouldn't be as cool if Revelation didn't put it out." - Jon Sinko, BACKLASH and Revelation fan since 1989 "Jon has always been really supportive of Revelation and when he came up with this idea I thought it would be fun. There were some concerns about it being a somewhat incestuous and self-referential, but everyone involved liked the idea and in the end the songs came out great so I think everyone will appreciate the effort." - Jordan Cooper, Revelation Records Cover art by Jeff Caudill features the entire Revelation GI Joe collection gathered through trading early releases in the '80s and '90s. Proceeds from Past Present will benefit Human Rights Watch's advocacy work defending and protecting human rights around the world. In conjunction with the release, adidas made custom Revelation Records branded, all canvas, Campus shoes for the bands that recorded for this album. To commemorate the release of Past Present, ten pairs of these Rev adidas will be given away. Details here: http://contests.revelationrecords.com/pastpresent/ Posted By:Webmaster
Brian Clark (a.k.a. Billy, the former Side By Side bass player) and the artist that created the Gorilla Biscuits gorilla has a new animation project
he's trying to fund. Check it out here:
New York hardcore legends Youth Of Today have reunited for a European tour with Germany's Spermbirds. If you are lucky enough to live in Europe, then check our tour dates section for more info. Americans, buy your plane tickets now.Posted By:Webmaster
Rock Star Journalist has posted a new podcast that includes an interview with "Why Be Something That You're Not" author Tony Rettman.
You can check it out here:
Hypebeast.com posted the following article revealing the upcoming Gorilla Biscuits Vans shoe:
Tony Rettman will be appearing at Generation Records in New York City on Saturday, August 28th at 1 P.M. to sign copies of his book, "Why Be Something That You're Not." Appearing with him will be Tesco Vee who will be performing with his band, the Hate Police, as well as signing copies of his book, "Touch And Go."
An interview with Tony Rettman for the "Why Be Something That You're Not" book went up today on the Digital Fanzine Preservation Society blog:
AOL's Noisecreep.com has just posted a Q&A with him as well:
Everyone's been asking, so here's the pressing info for the Sick Of It All 7" we pressed for record store day: We wanted to press about 500 copies of the record on clear vinyl, and decided to clean out the vault at the same time. We had almost 500 old inserts and old covers of various types and decided to use up all the old print. At the same time we also found the original 45 rpm plates that were used for the first pressing and thought it would be fitting to use those plates for this pressing. The labels were printed using the original artwork from one of the earlier 45 rpm pressings. We had the pressing plant send us extra covers and inserts to make sure we had enough for any overage and got the records done. Here's the breakdown of what covers and inserts were used:
7th press : 555 clear vinyl (Record Store Day 2010)
293 old fold-over covers with band name in red and old insert
150 new glued, non-glossy covers and 1997 insert
83 old fold-over covers with band name in black and old insert
29 old glued, high-gloss covers and old insert
A new review of Brian Peterson's Burning Fight has been posted at the Chain D.L.K. website by Andrea Ferraris. Check it out here:
Sick Of It All's first 7" is now back in print with an initial new run of 550 copies on clear vinyl. It will be available only to independent record stores for one month starting on April 17 to celebrate Record Store Day and the release of Sick Of It All's new album, "Based On A True Story." As an added bonus, many record stores will have lots of giveaways including stickers, CDs, buttons and other stuff provided by Revelation, No Sleep, Bridge 9 and a lot of other labels.
In the early seventies, Detroit was the musical hub of America. Everything from the chart topping sounds of Motown records to the vicious proto-punk of The Stooges was being brewed out there and it seemed like there was no end in sight. But by the early eighties, the city was both a physical and cultural wasteland due to major label buyouts of the artists as well as the crippling drug habits of some of the others. Detroit's most known musical export at the time was the vapid sounds of New Wave heartthrobs The Romantics; this wasn't good. It took a gaggle of suburban skateboarders, a grade school teacher and a census bureau clerk to wake this city up from its slumber and start one of the first hardcore punk scenes in America.
"Why Be Something That You're Not" chronicles the first wave of Detroit hardcore from its origins in the late seventies to its demise in the mid-eighties. Through a combination of oral history and extensive imagery, the book proves that even though the Southern California beach towns might have created the look and style of hardcore punk, it was the Detroit scene that cultivated the music's grassroots aesthetic before most cultural hot spots even knew what the music was about.
Chaka from Burn's new band, Satan Sleep, will be playing a benefit show for Redress at The Gramaphone in London on March 18th.
Click here for more info.:
AOL's Noisecreep.com has posted their top 10 list of New York hardcore albums. Revelation is proud to have four entries on the list including Bold, Gorilla Buiscuits, Judge and Youth Of Today. You can check out the whole list here:
FightMagazine.com has posted an interview with Ray Cappo from Shelter/Youth Of Today.
Check it out here:
While browsing your usual music news outlets this week you may have read about an upcoming book entitled "Why Be Something That You're Not - Detroit Hardcore '79 to '85," coming out this summer on Revelation Records. Author Tony Rettman has compiled an extensive oral history to include photos, flyers, and of course interviews with Detroit veterans of the era. Double Cross webzine is currently featuring a sneak peak at a chapter of the book, with commentary from John Brannon of Negative Approach, Barry Henssler of Necros and Ian MacKaye of general punk/hardcore history. Check it out here:
If that's not enough, check out Tony's blog and other "Why Be Something That You're Not" related pages: