Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thrashcore 'Zine (New Orleans, LA) 1989-1991

Before Paranoize 'Zine, there was Thrashcore 'Zine, put together by myself and a few high school friends in Marrero, Louisiana (Co-editor/contributor Brian Donewar, reviews by Pisshead and art by Brito and Warpig).
This was inspired by my friend Weldon Lewis who had started his 'zine, Frontline after moving to San Antonio, TX from New Orleans.  When he showed me his 'zine, I told him that it sucked that, at the time, New Orleans didn't have anything like that. He just said "well, start one!" and that's how I immersed myself in the underground music scene of the late 80's/early 90's .

Yes, the layout is crude and the questions are juvenile, but, well, we were juveniles, and it was important to us what band members thought of posers at their shows and stuff.

Band contacts were made via word of mouth/suggestions from other bands that were interviewed, articles and reviews in 'zines, and flyers that were passed on through the mail with correspondence and demo tapes.

So here they are, in .pdf form. Thrashcore 'Zine issues 1 to 4. There was a #5 in the works, but it was never released, everyone else lost interest in contributing and I moved on and started Paranoize in 1991, and after a couple of failed attempts and disasters, didn't get the first issue out till 1993. But that's another story.

Thrashcore #1
Interviews with: Gammacide (Dallas, TX), Incubus (New Orleans, LA), C.F.I. (Connecticut), Dream Death (Pennsylvania), Scum Of The Earth (Dallas, TX), Catch 22(New Orleans, LA), and Forced Reality (Connecticut).
Cover art by Brian "Brito" Leblanc.

Thrashcore #2
Interviews with: Armed Response (New Orleans, LA), Geneticide (Pennsylvania), Wench (New York), Autopsy (California), Soilent Green (New Orleans, LA), Solitude (Dallas, TX).
Cover art by Brian "Brito" Leblanc

Thrashcore #3
Interviews with: Dead Horse (Houston, TX), Immolation (New York), Skeletal Earth (Huntsville, AL), Dr. Shrinker (Wisconsin), Sadistic Intent (California), Tyrannicide (California), Exmortis (Maryland) , Deceased (Virginia), Moshed Potatoes (Las Vegas, NV), Anialator (Corpus Christi, TX), Exit 13 (Pennsylvania), Vomit (Greece), Generica (California).
Cover art by Reginaldo Howard, Logo by Brian "Brito" Leblanc

Thrashcore #4
Interviews with: Exhorder (New Orleans, LA), The Detrimentz (New Orleans, LA), Apocalypse (California), Impetigo (Illinois), Hellocaust (Massachusetts), Sedition(Dallas, TX), Smoldering Remains (Illinois), Rednecks In Pain (Tennessee), Mark Murray/Provocative Punk Productions (California), Functional Idiots (New York), Exoteracy (California), Trusty (Arkansas), Johnny Vomit (Illinois), Process Revealed (Dallas, TX).
Cover art by Chris "Warpig" (aka "Pig") Poleto.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Way It Is: New Orleans Scene Report (03-05-14)

While this blog was primarily started to create a more informative and accessible version of The Way It Was, which highlights some of the amazing music that came out of the New Orleans scene in the 80's and 90's, there is SO MUCH amazing music coming out of New Orleans today!

This is pretty much an introduction to some of my favorite bands that currently make up the New Orleans underground music scene!

Gristnam is former members of haarp/rat in a bucket and omean playing a brutal, destructive blend of grindcore and sludge.

Classhole is pissed, filthy hardcore featuring members and ex members of: Hawg Jaw, Mangina, Tirefire, Eyehategod and haarp

Ossacrux plays ferocious d-beat/crusty hardcore featuring members/ex members of Serpentis and Wishful Thinking.

Wishful Thinking plays just straight-forward, unpretentious hardcore!

We Are Wires is an energetic, melodic/poppy punk band with female vocals.

House Of Goats plays fun, old school speed/thrash metal!

The Pallbearers been crankin' out their brand of violent drunken horror punk for 16 years now and are still going strong!

Fat Stupid Ugly People have brought their brand of chaotic hardcore/powerviolence to New Orleans for nearly a decade now!

Solid Giant plays heavy as fuck sludge/doom!

Toxic Rott are still kickin', occasionally gracing us with their skate/thrash/hardcore awesomeness!

Die Rotzz, one of the best and most overlooked bands in New Orleans, have FINALLY released a full length LP! Old school punk ROCK, heavy on the rock, with lots of attitude.

Mule Skinner are back and it, with a new 3 song ep of brutal grindcore, picking up where they left off in the early 90's!

Split Lips are a girl-dominated punk band along the lines of GG Allin, but without the poo-flinging and nudity.

Eat The Witch do the heavy, noisy instrumental thing

Necrotic Priapism plays brutal metal with a 6 piece lineup!

Bad Grass is a 3-piece doom/stoner metal band

Bloody Mummers plays intense hardcore with throat shredding vocals.

Vapo-Rats are young kids playing old punk/hardcore!

Six Pack play alcoholic thrash!

Vibe Ruiner are a doom-laden heavy hardcore band.

Mystic Inane play noisy/trippy early SST Records style punk/hardcore.

Pears are a new melodic punk/hardcore band with ex members of The Lollies and Fatter Than Albert

Dummy Dumpster is bizarre post-punk with songs about getting molested by minotaurs, putting bologna on your face, etc.

Pitts Vs. Preps is playing semi-regularly again! Old school metal in the Judas Priest/Iron Maiden vein with ex-members of Exhorder, Rigid and Weedeater (N.O.) with Suplecs's drummer.

Suplecs plays heavy doomy stoner rock and have been kickin' for quite awhile now!

The No Shows play drunken ska/punk!

The Bills play fun surf/garage rock.

Nick Name & The Valmonts are The Bills alter-ego band, playing punked out versions of 50's and 60's tunes!

Logarda plays droning, dark ambient metal.

Hawg Jaw still play about once or twice a year. Veterans of the New Orleans scene playing a graceful mix of sludge and hardcore.

Most Heinous have played a few shows in New Orleans again! Chaotic thrashy crusty hardcore with a female screamer!

Pacifist have reformed as well! Brutal chaotic metalcore.

A Hanging is the band that I play bass for (blatant self-promotion). We play old school thrash/hardcore/crossover.

Mountain Of Wizard is a jam/instrumental band made of up members of Spickle, Classhole and Eyehategod!

If I didn't mention your band,  don't take it personal. I either forgot, don't know about you, or don't like you.

For information on upcoming shows in the New Orleans area, go to:

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Incubus-Supernatural Death demo (1987) + Serpent Temptation LP (1988)

Incubus was a thrash/death metal band that formed in New Orleans in the mid/late 80's. They released a demo and 2 LP's with the name Incubus and now the Howard brothers (Francis and Moyses) are still creating music as Opprobrium, since a horrible pop band copyrighted the name Incubus.
Here is an interview with original vocalist/bassist Scot Latour that was originally printed in Paranoize # 25 (September, 2007).

So when and how did Incubus get started?
We actually started out as a 4-piece with Brian Jeffrey(Haate) on vocals.
We played a mix of covers and originals. We did a couple of shows
(remember "Waves" on Martin Behrman?) and some studio work. The style was fairly 
unique and Brian sang with clean vocals. It was along the lines of early RUSH meets Queensryche. Anyway, Francis and Moyses wanted to go heavier and decided that it would be better if I sang vocals. I had never done it before but went along with it anyway. And so Incubus began.

Incubus, if I remember, was the first death metal band in the New Orleans scene. How was the response when you first started playing shows?
THE first? I guess that's arguable but, we were definitely ONE of the first. It was actually kind of cool in an era and scene that was full of hair-metal bands.
I had plenty of musician friends that played the "glam" stuff so the first 5 or 6
shows that we played, we opened for that type of band(Leonyne, Rex). We were generally
pretty well recieved because we were good musicians and generally had more energy
than the bands that we opened for. It was a real good way to cut our teeth on performing
in front of an audience. Hatchboy(ShellShock) actually gave us our start on the

metal/crossover scene. We opened up for them and got a pretty good response.

What were your favorite and least favorite shows?
This is a tough one because I've always enjoyed playing live. It's hard to pick a favorite but, I always enjoyed playing at Storyville, great venue. My least favorite would have to be when I blew my Carvin head at the VFW Hall. Although I did get to use a sweet Ampeg tube head while mine was being repaired.

What do you miss the most from that era?
I miss the tighness of all of the bands and musicians. Everyone tried to help each other out. We were all breaking new ground in some way or another because the genre was still relatively new, and New Orleans turned out to be a big part of shaping what it became. There was this Exhorder and Incubus feud early on (long story), but I later was friends with all of them and we did a lot of partying together.

How was your "Supernatural Death" demo received in the underground?
The demo was traded like crazy! We would get mail from people all over the country.'
Tape trading was pretty big back then and we benefitted from it. We gave 
Phil(Anselmo) a bunch of tapes and shirts and he helped to spread the word as well.

What's the story behind the label that released your "Serpent Temptation" LP, Brutal Records?
Brutal Records was a subsidiary of Metal Works Records. It was a small label. We signed a one record deal, and had a budget of 20 grand. We were able to get the record done and do a little advertising. To my knowledge Metal Works, along with it's subsidiary(s), went out of business in 1989.

 Did you get any flack in the scene for the Christian lean in your lyrics?
No, and to be honest, I never really got any feedback concerning the lyrics. I have read some reviews that mentioned the christian lean but that's about it. We didn't make it a point to be that way lyrically, it's just how we felt at the time we wrote the stuff.

Wasn't there a 2nd guitarist in the band for a brief period?Yes. Very brief. We thought that it would thicken the sound by adding another guitarist. We tried out a few guitarists, and a guy named Jason Baas, played with us for about a month or so, but it just didn't work out.

What's your side of the story behind you parting with Incubus?Ah! It seems that there are 3-sides to every story. Well after touring for "Serpent", we started working on the new songs, a lot of which had already been written. There was a lot going on in my life at the time. we still had not gotten with a new label, and the brothers decided to fire our manager(there Uncle). I did not agree with the decision, but reluctantly accepted it. I was going through a lot emotionally because I had just lost my Father to cancer. It was right around that time that they came to me at practice and decided that they wanted Francis to be the vocalist. I knew at this point that I could no longer count on Michael(our former-manager) to take my side in matters. I decided to leave the band and get my life together before continuing my music career.

What is your opinion on the re-recording of "Serpent Temptation" with Francis on vocals?t was a money grab. In my opinion, that's all it was. I was never contacted in regards to re-releasing the original. Whether or not that was ever part of the plan, I don't know.
 Everything that I wrote was changed so that they were not on the hook to give me any money or credit for it. Which is fine, I was never doing it for the money anyway. It's just the 

principle of the whole thing. I just think that it was a pretty shitty thing to do overall.

After Incubus, you went on to play bass for Haate; how did this band get started?
I had a blast with Haate. We got started because we all knew each other from the bar 
scene (Dino's, Last Stop, etc.). We were all friends/acquaintances already so it was a fun 
and relaxing thing for me to get back into playing again. We started from the beginning as 
strictly originals. We started out as a 4-piece(Me, Jay Gracianette, James Landry, Willie Larkin), and we wrote and practiced about 4 songs before trying out singers. When I found out that Brian Jeffrey was available, I immediately wanted him(we played together briefly in early-Incubus and I always thought that he was a better frontman than I was), but everyoneinsisted that we have tryouts. We tried out several and in the long run decided on Brian.The rest, as they say, is history.

What were your favorite and least favorite Haate shows?
I don't recall any least favorite shows. I enjoyed playing live with Haate. One of my favorites was when we played at City Park. It was as hot as hell but I had fun.

How did Haate come to an end?
As we started getting bigger in popularity we started to have some infighting, as every band eventually runs into. We had already become a 4-piece, when James left the band by mutual decision. I decided to leave the band and move to Atlanta in June of '91 for a change of scenery. I just felt that when it was no longer fun for me it was time to move on. I ruffled some feathers with my decision, and probably didn't handle it in the best of ways, but we're all still friends. 
Which band did you enjoy playing for the most?Now this is a hard question to answer because, I enjoyed being in both bands. There were differences in the two, so I can't say that I have a preference. Haate was a lot more fun as far as practicing(less of a job), and life outside of the band. But because of the success 
that Incubus achieved I had a lot of good times with them as well.
What are you up to nowadays?
I work for a large communications company in Atlanta. I've been married for almost 8 years,and have a son who turns 5 in September. I still love Metal and support as many metal bands as I can.

Thanks for the interview, Scot!  Any final comments/suggestions/recipes/remedies/etc.?
Thanks to everyone who still shows interest in The Original Incubus, and continues to spreadour music around the world. Moyses called me about 4 years ago and asked if I would beinterested in doing an Incubus reunion. I told him that I would but, I haven't heard from himsince then. The debut album's twenty year reunion is just around the corner. I want fans outthere to know that it could still happen, it's not out of the realm of possibility. Continue tosupport metal on a local, national, and international level. Metal will never die! \m/

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Flagrantz-"Live At The Franklin St. VFW Hall, New Orleans (1987)"

The Flagrantz were a hardcore/thrash band from New Orleans, LA in the late 80's. They  never officially recorded anything before disbanding, but I was recently handed this live recording from one of their many VFW Hall shows!
Here is an interview with former bassist, Chris Fonseca!

Who was in The Flagrantz and how/when did you get together?
The main two members were Craig Spera-vocals and Jason Baas-guitar. The band started in late 1986 and was made up of high school guys from New Orleans East.
The Flagrantz soon came to attention of the Shell Shock camp and opened some big all ages shows while I was in  Shell Shock. In summer of 87 I left Shell Shock along with Mike Goner. We started our own band called Magic Circus with Sean Hennessey. At the same time The Flagrantz bassist was leaving and they asked if I was interested. So the "classic" Flagrantz line up was Craig Spera-vocals, Jason Baas-guitar Jason Mancuso-guitar, Chris Fonseca-bass, Victor Lemoine-drums

What style of music did you play?
The bands concept was fresh to me as they played speed metal but had a hardcore if Slayer had the D.R.I. singer or something

When was the show that these songs were recorded?
The recording is at the v.f.w.hall fall 1987 . Prob with incubus, Exhorder and Shell Shock.

Why did y'all never get into the studio to record a demo?
The band was extremely part time as far as worrying about touring or recording. Everyone was still in high school except me, the grandpa at 22.
Unfortunately no other recordings have survived that I know of...would have been recorded in Baas's garage so the only pro recording is of this V.F.W Hall show.

What are some of your favorite memories from the 80's NOLA underground scene both on and off stage?
The band were like younger brothers to me since we were friends from the neighborhood. I had a lot of parties at my family house that bands like Ugly Americans, Descendents and Graveyard Rodeo played at, so I knew a lot of guys from New Orleans East that were too young to see these bands at clubs.
The Virul Nihils were also a band that played the New Orleans East party scene...where kids counted!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Acid Bath-"What A Drag" demo (1987)

Acid Bath was a punk/hardcore band from New Orleans that existed in the late 80's. Yes, there was another band with the same name from South Louisiana that came around in the 90's and put out a couple of albums, but this isn't about them!
Here is an interview with former bassist Kevin Thomas.

Who was in Acid Bath throughout the life of the band?

 The original lineup featured Steve Mott - guitar/vocals, Brad LaBorde – drums/vocals, and myself – bass/vocals. After parting ways with Mott, David Labruyere took over on guitar. When Dave made his exit, Jack Elder was his replacement.

How/when did you get together?
In early 1986, I ran into my old grade school buddy, Mott at a Dead Milkmen/Graveyard Rodeo show at Capp’s on Carrollton. He asked if I was playing music, and I had been playing guitar. He said he had a thing going with a friend in Marrero, and they needed a bass player. So, I borrowed my brother, Kyle’s bass and amp, met them at Brad’s house and we easily cranked out stuff like “Wild Thing” and “Blitzkrieg Bop”. They already had the name picked out, and PRESTO! We were a band!

What style of music did you play?
It was pretty typical 80s hardcore stuff. The earlier material (little of which was ever properly recorded) smacked of The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys type stuff. When Dave joined, the songwriting changed a lot. We were playing better and becoming more creative, more unique, I think. That’s most of what’s on the demo. Jack introduced a twist of psychedelic to it and by then, the sound was completely different than at the band’s inception. Damn shame we never recorded any of that stuff. “Mind Control Disintegrates” was brutal. Parts of it actually ended up in a Mooncrikits song.

Talk about your "What A Drag" demo.
With the money we made from gigs, we finally saved enough for a few days at Stonee’s Studio. Stonee was a dude in Metairie with a studio in his backyard recommended to us by Shell Shock and Exhorder. It was a hell of a learning experience for a bunch o’ rookies, man. Young, excited and impatient gave way to a lot of, ‘Man-I-wish-we-wouldas’. Personally, I learned that forcing vocal tracks with the flu leads one to sound much like a bullfrog doing his best Roger Miret impression. That cover came out of a stack of drawings my friend, Eddie Lancaster was constantly cranking out. It made us laugh so hard, it HAD to be the cover. I cut and pasted (literally, with scissors and a glue stick!) the “AB” in the character’s hands and couldn’t think of anything else to call it but, “What a Drag”. The caricatures on the inside of the cover and on the T-shirts were done by Reynard Rochon. I think only 4 songs from the original lineup made it to the demo: “Somebody Castrated My Dog”, “Crotch Itch”, “Diseased Between the Knees” and “Final Thoughts”. I still think “Newborn Corpse” was our best song. Dave’s opening riff still gives me da chicken skin. He was reluctant to record “Banana Road”. It was just some personal shit he’d piddle with while sittin’ around. Kinda like an exercise, or something… both hands on the fretboard. It took some arm twisting, but I’m glad he gave in. It’s one of my favorite tracks.

Was there anything else recorded?
Well, we used to sit around playing quarter-bounce and farting into a tape recorder. Does that count?

What are some of your favorite memories from the 80's NOLA underground scene both on and off stage?
Jeez… Where do ya start with this one? All day jam sessions in Brad’s garage followed by all night beer sessions, going to shows with the truck loaded up in case a band didn’t show (happened a few times!), getting to open for bands like Aggression, Agnostic Front, The Descendents, Naked Raygun… Of course, the VFW days were some golden times. I miss that scene. One of my best memories of those days, period, is the Virul Nihils. It’s an absolute crime those dudes never recorded. Once, some out-of-place-looking fatherly type fella told me, “Fuck you” when I asked for $5 at the door, strolled in and dragged his mortified daughter out by the arm. I’ll always remember how the place went ape-shit when we whipped out GBH’s “Diplomatic Immunity”. Skyler set his face on fire. Vinnie led an angry mob to chase off a bunch of preppie types for taggin’ some trailers on the property. Bruce and pals were serving beer to anyone. I learned that standing in ant piles and tripping are a HORRIBLE combination. Hell, St. Vitus played there, man! Some serious shit went down at that place. It was hard for any hardcore act to get booked at the good clubs. I’m glad that’s different, now. Before the Blue Crystal became the big, happenin’ club it was in the 90s, we booked a gig there with The Rosicrucians. The original owner of the club flipped out, shut it down before Reynard and co. could even start their second song and threw everyone out. We loaded up, went over to the Artist’s CafĂ© and set up on the tiny stage behind the bar. Brad said the house drums were like playing wet boxes. I could get really long-winded on this one!

What did the members of the band do musically after Acid Bath disbanded?
Brad and I got together with David Main (Exhorder) and Paul Prickett to form The Mooncrikits. Brad was
replaced with Craig Nunenmacher and went on to form Gus the Plumber. Mott has been involved with several of his own projects over the years, including HAMMER with me on bass and Joey Lacaze (RIP) on drums. That was some kick-ass shit. Dave ultimately landed a gig as the bass player for John Mayer (you may have heard of him). Yeah, that bass track on “Your Body is a Wonderland” is none other than the guitarist on “American Pervert”. Oh, the irony! I’m sure Jack is still floating in the stratosphere with Lucy, her diamonds and some King Crimson records.

Are you and other former members active in the music scene today?
Currently, I have no active jams happening. In 2008, I changed my name to ‘Daddy’ and stay focused on that. Haven’t been on stage since a Floodgate reunion in January, 2007. I plan to change that over the next couple years, though. I can’t speak for the other guys, as I have very little contact with them. 2 or 3 years ago, we tried putting an Acid Bath reunion together as an opening act for a Shell Shock reunion, but it never came together.

As most of us know, another band from the Houma/Morgan City area came along in the 90's and used the name Acid Bath and they got a good bit of popularity. Was this consensual, or was there any drama behind them using the name? 
Never heard of ‘em. HAHA! How did I KNOW this was gonna come up??? Jimmy Kyle and I chatted over beers about this. He told me that when they were going through a name change (another band had the rights to what they originally went by), they were sifting through an old flyer collection for ideas, and came across one of ours, liked the name and we hadn’t been active for years, so they rolled with it. There was never any drama or butt-hurt twisted panties about it. They’re an awesome buncha dudes, I love those albums and I was happy to see the name being used. We (Floodgate) played some killer shows with those cats. I miss ‘em.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Catch 22-"Grown In The Gutter" demo (1988)

Catch-22 was a New Orleans punk/hardcore band that existed from 1987 to 1990.
Here is a short interview with former vocalist Bryan Civello.

Who was in Catch 22 throughout the life of the band? How did you get together?

Catch 22 originally formed as F.U.K. with original members Adam Richard-bass, Skip Stire-drums, Brian Peterson-guitar and myself Bryan Civello-vocals . After loosing Adam we picked up Don Davis for a brief time then moved on and picked up Ted Ochoa on bass, dropped the name F.U.K. and adopted the name Catch 22

What style of music did you play?
we played American hardcore punk.

Talk about your "Grown In The Gutter" demo.
Grown In The Gutter was our first attempt at recording. It was recorded at Bird Cage studios and was an extremely humorous experience, being that it was the fist time we could actually hear what we sounded like. We were surprised we didn't just break up there and then

Was there anything else recorded?
We had gone into the studio 2 more times but only producing one more tape. We had picked up the newest recording and started working on artwork and unfortunately broke up shortly there after.

What are some of your favorite memories from the 80's NOLA underground scene both on and off stage?
The scene in the 80's was always fun. With the amount of venues that were around, there was always a show going on. In one night it wasn't uncommon  for bands to show up and jump in on a show. I remember going to see Agnostic Front and GBH showed up and jumped in on the line up. No attitudes, just good times.
Some of my more fond memories, such as playing with the Circle Jerks at Tipitinas , and the Exploited at Storyville (now Jimmy Buffets) also include the first time Catch 22 played, which ended up being at the Artist Cafe on Iberville. The stage is set up behind the bar and barely had enough room for the bad to the point where while I was singing I had one foot on the bar and the other on the stage, with the bartender going back and forth underneath me.

What did the members of the band do musically after Catch 22 disbanded?
After the band broke up, Skip ended up in Body Bag Slam and a few other bands. Ted ended up in RF7 playing trumpet. Brian Peterson had lost his equipment and I don't believe ever replaced it. I had stopped playing altogether for almost 20 years, until I was asked to sing for ENDALL

Are you and other former members active in the music scene today?
Ted is still playing in the pacific north west, and I've just recently started playing again. We've threatened to do a reunion show for Pat Roig, but we'll see what the future holds.

Elimination-"Process Of Elimination" demo (1989)

Elimination was a New Orleans thrash metal band that existed from 1988 to 1990.
Here is a short interview with former Elimination guitarist/vocalist Scott Walle.

Who was in Elimination throughout the life of the band?
Scott Walle - Vocals Guitar
Bryan Hebert - Drums
Jeff Weibelt - Bass
John Rincon - Guitar

Chris Vamvoras - Drums
Craig Legendre - Bass
Dino Mazone - Drums
Tony White - Guitar

How did you get together?
Brian and I started jamming together after Brian left Osiris, in the summer of 1988.  We started writing a few songs and decide to put a whole band together.. Suicidal Overdose broke up and we snatched up Jeff and started practicing and his house. We couldn’t find a singer so I stated singing.  We played a Christmas party at Jeff’s house as a 3 piece, the one and only time. Soon after, we hooked up with John, and Elimination was complete.

Talk about your "Process Of Elimination" demo.
We recorded Process of Elimination @ MSI Studios in Metairie, I believe it was Spring 1989. It was recorded and mixed in one day. We were just kids, But it was a learning experience.  It was the underground, it was supposed to sound shitty, right? I dubbed all the copies of the tapes on my stereo in my bedroom.  The artwork was done by Brett Balu.  I made copies of the cover at my mom’s work, some on white paper some on blue.

What are some of your favorite memories from the 80's NOLA underground scene both on and off stage?
The ‘80’s, ah such a magical time!!!!  There seemed to be much more unity in the underground scene.  We were young and dumb, just trying to have a good time.  I’m sure my memories are much better that the reality. The most memorable show was kind of the introduction to the new, younger up and coming bands. It was Red Army, Elimination, Destitute Savior, Armed Response and Paralysis.  Just a huge show, tons of new faces in the crowd. That show was what cemented my love for playing music live.

What did the rest of the members do after Elimination disbanded?
After Elimination, Jeff and Bryan started No Destination with former members of Destitute Savior.  Jeff also went on to play in Daddy Y-Belt among others,(Hawg Jaw, Bump Daddyz).  John joined Rude Awakening then eventually Dr. LaLa.  Dino started Body Bag Slam.  I played in Large Traffic Orange Juice with Danny Nick(Name Dropping). Fast Forward 10 years or so, John  and I played together in Rise Above, I know I'm leaving out a billion bands we've been in but, I’m old and my memory ain’t what it used to be.

Are you and other former members active in the music scene today?
Present Day:
Scott - A Hanging  and Disciples of Thrash
Jeff - The Weakness
Dino - The Pests
John - Overtone