Monday, December 29, 2008


Maximum Rock "n' Roll is hosting a number of Benefits for the magazine in the next few months ( including one with the mightier and mightier ACEPHALIX, Yellow Eyes and Morpheme January 23rd at benders) but will also be hosting the first 924 gilman street record Swap in over a year on Sunday February 8th, 2009. It's $15 for a table /Space to sell ( bring your own table if possible, they will have a limited amount of tables for use) ( email vinnie AT maximumrocknroll DOT com to reserve a space), It's Free to shop and from ten to three P.M. in the afternoon. here hasn't been one of these in eons, so I'm predicting it will be chock full of deals and cool finds! Hey maybe a good time to look through your own collection and see what you can swap in for new goods!!!

Friday, December 26, 2008


Sad news this past week from one of our favorite labels, SOUND POLLUTION RECORDS announced on their Website:

"The end is here. After nearly 20 years, Sound Pollution is going to end. There are still plenty of records to sell, and everything will still be up and running until all the stock is gone. A few releases that have been in the pipeline might still happen or may move to another label. I’ll keep everyone posted on it. Over the years, I’ve put a ton of time into the label and have loved it. Sound Pollution has been a one-person operation since inception; that plus working a "real" job doesn’t leave me with a lot of free time. I’d like to see what else I can do with all the time I currently spend on the record label. I’ll still be setting up tours for friends’ bands and playing in Hellnation. Many many thanks to everyone all around the world who has supported the label over the years. The label wouldn’t have amounted to much without the help of so many great people. I’m really amazed at how many absolutely great records Sound Pollution was lucky enough to release. So don’t miss out on them. Once they’re gone...they’re gone."

Past their 20th anniversary, HELLNATION has been busy playing Live all over the world and just recently releasing a long awaited split with CAPITALIST CASUALTIES , but the news still really makes us sad, as Sound Pollution has released some of our favorite records in the last two decades, and had not failed to continue releasing overkill Brutality in recent years with killer records by SAYYADINA, MASSGRAV, UNCURBED, BRODY'S MILITA and more.

I still have a few SP releases I need to pick up myself- the best tribute to Sound Pollution right now is probably doing just that!!! But Can't send enough Kudos, salutes and praise SP 's way! Will be missed, understatement of the year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


IRON LUNG are headed back out on Tour in January with Australia's EXTORTION

PIG HEART TRANSPLANT will be doing shows on the way down from Seattle..

Here's the dates:
f 16 los angeles/san diego
sa 17 la/sd
su 18 la/sd
m 19 Bakersfeild
tu 20 Flagstaff @ Casebeer Manor
w 21 Pheonix @ The Phix
th 22 Ventura CA @ the Lab
f 23 San Francisco @ Annies Social Club 21+
sa 24 Berkeley @ 924 GilmanSt
su 25 Off
m 26 Off
tu 27 Off
w 28 Portland @ House on Alberta
th 29 Seattle @ Holy Mountain
f 30 Portland @ Chaos Cafe
sa 31 Olympia @ Old School Pizza
su feb 1 Vancouver BC (Canada)
m 2 Victoria BC
tu 3 Vancouver BC

Iron lung Image lifted off THIS blog

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


The Bay Area's ACTS OF SEDITION are headed on tour after X-mas and into New Years in the Southwest- here's the dates:

southwest tour 08/09!
all shows with the separation

fri 12/26: oakland ca @ 2515 san pablo ave w/ mind, chronic condition, dogs of ire (riverside). 8pm $6
sat 12/27: san bernadino, ca @ pizza king, 2990 del rosa w/ total fury (japan), broken needle, punch, fed up!, hit em where it hurts. 8pm $5
sun 12/28: (early show) escondido, ca @ jake/lewd acts house.
sun 12/28: (late show) san diego, ca @ music trader (sports arena), 3112 midway dr. suite f w/ bumbklaat, maladie. 9pm.
mon 12/29: indio, ca
tue 12/30: phoenix, az @ the manor w/ run with the hunted.
wed 12/31: tucson, az @ gnarwhal house, 1315 e. broadway w/ hour of the wolf, lewd acts (ca), excruciation (nm), dead hours (nm), run with the hunted, alarm, fake out.
thu 1/1: juarez, ch, mx @ fred's bar w/ terminal existence, baskeas, wmf, vaxine, danny trejo, time was made for slaves, national disasters. 7pm $2
fri 1/2: austin, tx @ the broken neck, 4701 red bluff rd w/ sacred shock, wild dog gods.
sat 1/3: denton, tx
sun 1/4: tulsa, ok @ the monolith, 2428 e. admiral blvd. 8pm.
mon 1/5: albuquerque, nm
tue 1/6: flagstaff, az @ studio 111, 111 s. san francisco st. $5 7pm.
wed 1/7: las vegas, nv
thu 1/8: salt lake city, ut @ baxter's coffeeshop, 1615 s. state st w/ despite despair, billy kincaid. 730pm, $5.
fri 1/9: reno, nv @ the eyeball, 243 ryland st w/ oververt, the farley overdose.
sat 1/10: grass valley, ca @ the carnage house, 12981 la barr meadows w/ in desperation, caulfield, young voices, internal conflict. 8pm $5.
sun 1/11: sacramento, ca

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Explosive 4 track Split EP between two female vocalled hardcore bands, Sapporo, Japan's PROTESS and Austin, Texas's SIGNAL LOST. PROTESS have existed for ten years with various tracks released on venerable Japanese hardcore labels such as DAN DOH and MCR. This is their first release in three years and first US release, mixing a furious hardcore attack with long compositions of textured, expansive melodies. SIGNAL LOST, featuring members of bands as diverse as J-CHURCH, SEVERED HEAD OF STATE, TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY and DEATHREAT, deliver their fastest hardcore blasting yet, followed by one of their trademark unique anthems similar to the tracks on their 2007 " Prosthetic Screams" LP somewhere vaguely in the direction of bleak 80"s New Wave, post punk and dark-edged rock like the WIPERS yet forging it's own path. Artwork by Lydia Crumbley who did the artwork for SIGNAL LOST's debut LP "Children of the wasteland". Split release with Japanese Label HG FACT. One time pressing of 1,000.

SIGNAL LOST played their last show over a year ago in Memphis. Stan Relocated to portland where he's building a new recording studio and slowly working on a new band. Jasmine is in TERROR MANAGEMENT THEORY who will record some tracks for the upcoming compilation on Souichi from Forward's label UNDER THE SURFACE's upcoming compilation LP/CD. Chris is working on a new project with some of the STORM THE TOWER people and playing with AMEBIX in SEVERED HEAD OF STATE on January 24th in Austin @ Emo's. Ashley since did vocals on the latest WORLD BURNS TO DEATH LP and has also been working on new projects.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Sad news in the record Collecting department of San Francisco, Streetlight Records on 24th Street in Noe Valley have announced they will be closing on January 31st of next year. When I first moved to SF, both Streetlight Records and Aquarius Records ( Back when "Aquarius records" actually HAD "records") were located on 24th and both were necessary stops on the way to the old Clipper Street MRR house. While the days of $3 copies of "hardcore ljubljana", $4 Black Flag "nervous breakdown" original press, and other insane finds I've found there over the years are largely over worldwide, it still was a great stop on the record haunt route of San Francisco and they always consistently bought and carried Prank and other DIY Releases. They'll keep their San Jose, Santa Cruz and Market locations ( the Market street location once had the (deserved) reputation of a Punk Rock goldmine for the odd offhand releases that would dropped by older people in the Castro,now with a reduced emphasis on vinyl... I think I've had one punk score there this decade!) So in the next three months, stop in on Streetlight, check out their diverse selection of DIY releases and sometimes interesting oddball used finds and Maybe pick up that Harry Connick CD or whatever your Mom wants for X-mas there as opposed to Online !!!!

P.S. Late Condolescences to Open Mind Music who's market Street Location closed earlier this month. Two record stores, one month!! Sad times for the vinyl fiend!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Go vote tomorrow! Tuesday November 4th! Though it varies by state ( a quick search brought up this site with A lot of helpful info), Bring your ID!

There's enough pundits out there to tell why and where's fors of who and what to vote for ( locally I often look at, but don't always 100% agree with the SF Bay Guardian's Clean Slate guide) but it's a historically important election where the country could turn away from the failed agenda and mistakes of the last Eight years! Go vote! If you feel disenfranchised by the two major parties- vote third party to let them know you're out there and disagree!If you're in a "swing state" where every vote counts- make sure it counts! Go early!

In the punk community people often debate the signifigance of voting, "if Voting changed anything they'd make it illegal". There's enough local ballot measures ( No On 8!) in california that nullify that and make it worth making it out to the polls.

Cool thing in The U.S. is you have the choice to vote for whoever you want to, vote for a third party as a protest vote or not vote it all.

Bad thing is assuming you'll always have that choice, and that people won't eventually take advantage of your apathy and indifference.

One our favorite stores and mailorders, DR. Strange records in Southern California is having an election sale tomorrow if you're in So Cal and can make it out to their store in Alta Loma, Check it out.They stock almost all Prank titles- Here's the details:"Tuesday, November 4th is Election day and we are having a SALE! Just show up to the store with your "I Voted" sticker [given at your polling place] and you'll receive 20% off EVERYTHING we sell; Rare Records, cd's, Fred Perry's, Shoes, EVERYTHING! Not old enough to vote? No problem. Bring your parent, older sister, brother or friend in that voted. Do your duty and save some looty!"
If you're not by his store, it's worth getting on Dr. Strange's mailing list as they do periodic updates with mailorder stuff and rare records too! ( I've picked up everything from the SOTLIMPA 12" to the ATTAQUE SONORO Comp to ARTICLES OF FAITH "Wait" off their's worth getting on!)

Friday, October 31, 2008


Today marks the 10 Year anniversary of Memphis, TN hardcore band BURY THE LIVING , who formed on Halloween in 1998! BTL have gone through extensive line up changes over the years and long periods of Inactivity, the most recent being after their 2006European tour. They played briefly at the start of the year- doing a near " tour" of venues in Memphis one week,but are happy to report they are rehearsing again and hoping to record a new Self-released 7" EP shortly, to be followed by some touring outside of Memphis.

Their Prank debut, "All The News That's Fit to Scream" We're especially proud of in it's direct political attack, in a era of hardcore that largely sidestepped that. Like all the memphis bands, BTL is a unique cast of characters from One time Semi-pro wrestler Singer Pat to Drummer Ceylon who is well known for his committment to Activism and brings that to the band, as well as musicianship of his long time band PEZZ and current band Akasha who both share members with BTL.

Happy anniversary BURY THE LIVING!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


PRANK will be at the KZSC Radio (UC Santa Cruz Community Radio) fall record Swap on November 15th in Santa Cruz. We will be bringing a Box of Prank and distro stuff as well as rare and not so rare records of all Genres.

The sale is located at the Merrill College Cultural Center on the UCSC campus, and "there will be balloons and signs leading from the base of campus to the event." These are usually fun to come and dig, and KZSC sells off excess from it's library for 25 cents a record!

Doors open at 10 AM and ADMISSION IS FREE! The sale lasts until around 3 PM when dealers start to pack up. This sale is always is unpredicatble, but if you're in the Santa Cruz / San Jose are, worth coming to check it out!


US tour was inadvertently cancelled By a customs entry denial last month, but unfortunately all the merchandise that was made for the tour was not. Help Jay from Hardcore holocaust and the band out by picking up the new Vinyl Version of their Kill the Phantom City LP or aT-shirt or Sweat Shirt( various sizes available)

You can also check out a live track by DSB on the new-ish DVD on Alternative Tentacles.

the ( cancelled) DSB west coast dates with Peligro Social are back on, now joined Swedish Trashers SISTA SEKUNDEN
***:ate breaking news*** PELIGOR SOCIAL Have split up! BUmmer! They were one of prank's local favorites- still malke it out to see SISTA SEKUNDEN! Should be great!


THREE MORE SHOWS TO GO FOR DROPDEAD's Super quick Jaunt to Europe:

31.10.08 FRIDAY / DENMARK aalborg - 1000 fryd

01.10.08 SATURDAY / SWEDEN gothenborg - punk illegal fest

02.10.08 SUNDAY / DENMARK copenhagen - dödsmaskinen


"AVSKUM are one of those quintessential bands that come to mind when talking about well-played classic Swedish hardcore and the most amazing thing is that they have been consistently releasing solid material since before the average PE reader was born! Eighteen tracks of blasting d-beat punk with occasional DISCHARGE riff and the tightness and ferocity that can only come with experience. The intensity is totally backed up by excellent recording that flies in the face of the current trend of returning to lo-fi, bathroom quality garbage that sucked back in 1983 and is inexcusable today. AVSKUM’s lyrics are written in both English and Swedish are all politically motivated against the fucked up fucking system and all the other assholes in the world. Uppror Underifän is loud, angry, pissed off and posses all the hallmarks of a great hardcore punk releases. Definitely in the top five percent of their graduating class! (Dan) - Profane Existence #58

Absolutely brilliant new CD (also available on LP) from this long standing Swedish band. 16 songs of pure adrenalin bursting forth, that captures them at their very best and easily one of the best releases in this genre. A fantastic mixture of DISCHARGE, MOTORHEAD and any good classic Swedish band you could think of. While harsh and heavy, each song evokes the listener to stay tuned and that's where you get reeled in and you are not going to get away so easy. With songs like these who would want to. Plenty of great riffage and thumping beats, exploding vocals and everything you would hope for in a great CD. The artwork/layout captures the mood. Although most of the lyrics are in Swedish, there is a strong anti cop, anti capatalist vibe going down. You know you need it. Direct Hit Web blog, Ireland

AVSKUM-Uppror Underifrån (Prank, CD)
A molotov mix of perfected Swede-core and lyrical anger—Avskum are back, once again, to blast through the dreck. They’ve honed it down to the essence—blazing riffs driven by rumbling bass and crashing drums. Three of the songs are in English, the rest in Swedish and it’s not too tough to ascertain that these guys are quite pissed about the state of the world—I don’t even need to look up “Masskonsumtions Helevetet” to know where they’re coming from. One little wrinkle that stood out was the undistorted riff that begins “The Massacre In Fallujah,” before the burn kicks in. Incidentally, that’s an American obliteration of an Iraqi village. My advice? Plant yourself between the speakers and prepare for the bombardment. (PO Box 410892, SF, CA 94141-0892, Suburban Voice on-line

Laamas 'Zine finland
Rokkizine Finland

More to come...


After a paucity of HHIG videos on You tube a bunch have shown up on You Tube lately! Cool!

Live IN Philly, 1997

Live IN Bremen, Germany 1998

Live in Albany, Ny 1997 ( full set)
Live in Columbus, OH (More Than Music Fest 1997)
Alternte take of Philly show 1997
Live somewhere???

Friday, October 3, 2008


Iron Lung are headed to the UK in Early December for a sdhort tour with MUNICIPAL WASTE! Here's the dates and venues>:


Jillys Music Box
65 Oxford St
Manchester, M1 6EQ, United Kingdom

Fibber Magee's, Dublin
80 Parnell Street
Dublin 1

17 Ormeau Avenue

dec 7th
260 Clyde Street, Glasgow, Scotland G1 4JH

1 Wellington St
Sheffield, S1 4HF, United Kingdom

15 Castle Hill
Dudley, DY1 4QF

The Croft
117-119 Stokes Croft
Bristol, BS1 3RW, United Kingdom

Underworld Night Club
174 Camden High St, London

Thursday, September 18, 2008


WALLS, featuring members of IRON LUNG, SOCIETY OF FRIENDS and COLD SWEAT will be on tour on the East Coast in November. WALLS released a Great LP on Painkiller Records and should have a new 12" out in time for this tour. They were absolutely devastating when they played here earlier this year.

WALLS also released a Debut 45 on the "now you see it , now you don't " small press label run by IRON LUNG IRON LUNG RECORDS, who have also released super limited EP's By BRAINHANDLE , EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING LORDS OF LIGHT and have a collaborative EP with HATRED SURGE and a bunch of other cool releases in the works.

Here are the dates:

Tuesday 11/11 - Philadelphia, PA venue/lineup tba
Wednesday 11/12 - Allentown, PA venue/lineup tba
Thursday 11/13 - Providence, RI venue/lineup tba
Friday 11/14 - Boston, MA venue tba w/ Mind Eraser, Breathing Fire, Men's Interest, possibly more
Saturday 11/15 - NYC 3pm all-ages show at Cake Shop w/ Deathcycle, Men's Interest, Mind Eraser
Saturday 11/15 - NYC 9pm 21+ show at The Charleston w/ Waste Management, Social Cirkle, 1 more
Sunday 11/15 - Richmond, VA at Nara Sushi, lineup tba
Monday 11/17 - Pittsburgh, PA at Roboto w/ Brainhandle, more tba


Word might have gotten around that THRILLHOUSE RECORDS here in S.F. has been shut down for Events, but the store remains open for business from 12- 8 daily, So stop by and pick up some great cheap new and used punk records at some of the lowest prices in town.They had some killer cheap used stuff last time I was there.
While you're online, Drop over to the San Francisco Chronicle's " best of the bay" poll and give up a Vote for best of the bay!


New Orleans Based crust Label and show promoters Noxious Noize Records is throwing a pretty incredible fest this weekend-september 19th, 20th and 21st in New Orleans. Featuring Kylesa ( who are on tour on the east coast/ south right now),
Behind Enemy Lines, Spain's Cop On Fire ( who are alos currently touring the states), BLudwulf, Kakistocracy,
Coaccion, and tons of other awesome bands! If you're in the area! Get driving!


Oakland- SF-Tokyo band CONQUEST FOR DEATH are headed on another insane jaunt to the far corners of the World. In 2007 They toured to Africa,playing in
Nambibia and points beyond. CFD feature members of All You Can Eat, Most of
What Happens Next?, Robert From Artimus Pyle, Craig from Your Mother and Love songs ( as well as 2008 World Air guitar champion!), Kiku From ASSFORT and CHARM and Alex from Say Bok Gwai. Go say Hi!

Saturday, August 9, 2008


THe Thrillhouse Records store and label is sponsoring a festival the same weekend as the
Prank Records anniversary/ ken prank birthday show. They have a full slate of shows and activities for the entire weekend, including a cool hardcore show at Thrillhouse right before the prank show at Annie's :

Thrillfest Day #1
Wednesday Aug 20th @Thrillhouse Records 5pm
The Reaction
Banner Pilot
Robocop 3
Future Adults
Bored and Ashamed
Hey Three Eyes

Thrillfest Day #2
Thursday Aug 21st @ Golden gate Park(at the horseshoe pits, by the entrance of the park) @4pm
No School Friday
and a shit load of other bands
(everyone who wants to play is invited to just show up with guitars and drum symbols and play the show, each bands gets 3 songs. Once everyone has had a chance to play, we'll start over again. Mayhem guaranteed)

Thursday Aug 21st @ Kimo's 9pm
Fucking Buckaroos
Done Bin Had
Fun Blood

Thrillfest Day #3
Friday Aug 22nd @ Thrillhouse 5pm
Toys That Kill
Off with Their Heads
Jehovah's Fitness

Friday Aug 22nd @ Knockout 9pm
Underground Railroad to Candyland
Four Eyes
Banner Pilot
People People

Thrillfest Day #4
Saturday Aug 23rd @ Thrillhouse 5pm
Acts of Sedition
( this is the record release show for the Surrender LP and thrillhouse's #100th show!)

Saturday Aug 23rd @ Knockout 9pm
Dan Padilla
Songs For Moms
$2.00 Out the Door

Thrillfest Day #5
Sunday Aug 24th
Baseball game @ Jackson Park @ 3pm
(everyone is invited to come out and play baseball, no matter how bad/hungover/drunk you are)

Sunday Aug 24th @ Thee Parkside 7pm
Underground Railroad To Candyland
Toys That Kill
Yankee Kamikaze
Blonde Ambition
Whiskey Sunday

Prank is going to completely stock up the Thrillhouse store for the weekend with Prank Releases. Also be sure to stop by 1-2-3-4 go! in Oakland!

Thursday, August 7, 2008




Blasting an unrelenting wall of D-beat hardcore, Resonating with vitality, "Uppror Underifran" ( translated loosely "Uproar from the Underground") by Swedish Legends AVSKUM is stunningly, their most severe record in the band's 26 year history. An overkill attack of smashing drums and guitar riffage, This Fourth Lp hearkens back to their 1982 origins , with a heavy DISCHARGE bent ala' ANTI-CIMEX mired with the incomprehensibily raw, blunt and brutal song structures found in the original era of Swedish hardcore punk . The MOTORHEAD-ish rock overdrive of their previous Prank LP's is still cranked with the curt economy of masters at the top of their game, capped with AVSKUM's inventive song structures and always great, trademark harsh vocals, all captured in a exceptional recording from Gothenburg's EVIL GRILL studio and slapped in a cool sleeve by Swedish artist CRASH MANGE . Taking a four year break since their last LP,"Punkista", the band took time writing "Uppror Underifran" to deliver 16 incredibly rock solid tracks that transition from their previous recordings to now have largely entirely Swedish lyrics, but still take relevant aim at U.S. War Policy, Capitalism and Mass consumption. Stunningly one of the band's best outings yet that demands to be Played loud! No... Louder! Louder! Louder!

Ordering info is up at our handy Yahoo Group We use to send out new release info.

THis record is so killer. Can't stress that enough.So head banging wothy It should come with a neck brace!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

PRANK 13th Anniversary Show August 23rd, 2008

Prank Records will host a 13th Anniversary show on August 23rd at Annie's Social Club 917 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA 94107.
WORLD BURNS TO DEATHfrom Austin, Texas. They are flying in for this one show, maybe their only West Coast appearance this year.

IRON LUNGfrom Seattle, Washington. Also flying to play their only Bay Area show of the summer.

DESOLATION from Oakland/ San Francisco.

with Special Guests: NEEDLES from Oakland/ San Francisco.

The Show is $10. 21+ ( sorry kids, need the high bar door take to cover the flights) This Also happens to be Ken Prank's Birthday! So Come say Hi! Yay!

Friday, July 25, 2008


Ran into Nathan guitarist of Peligro Social ( and new Bay Area transplant Smashley! Welcome!) and he said that their Homecoming show tomorrow Night has been moved a few blocks over from it's original venue of Balazo to a space at 16th and Valencia by the Pork Store in San Francisco. "Just look for all the punks"
Also on the show
TV Evangelists
Follow Blindly
(who just put out a Probably way limited 7" onLoud, Fat rules)
US Kings
Duck And Cover
It's been a long break for Peligro , Stoked to see them back in action!

And if You're from outside the bay, be sure to check Peligro's awesome Debut LP on great bay area labels Tankcrimes and No Options

Thursday, July 24, 2008


MRR Reports that" their new September issue of MRR (#304) is about to go to press. This issue includes all the usual reviews, columns, etc, plus interviews with John Stabb of Government Issue , The Press, Simply Saucer, XYX, Measure [sa], Cola Freaks, Kulturekampf, and Andy T. It also features an interview with artist Raymond Pettibon, best known in the Punk world for his Covers for SST records and BLACK FLAG:

He's been kind enough to let them use some of his artwork for the cover of the issue, and as gift to(and as an incentive to become a)subscribers to maximumrocknroll will receive a version of the issue with a limited 2-color silkscreen cover. There will only be 800 of these covers printed so it's on a first-come, first-serve basis....So if you've been thinking about subscribing to MRR, now's a good time to! You can subscribe right off their home page hitting "Subscriptions" in the left-hand column.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


CAPITOL PUNISHMENT has always been one of My Favorite 80's Punk bands ,mainly because like the flyer pictured, they played some of the first hardcore and punk shows I went to ( as well as ILL REPUTE, STALAG 13, etc and many other bands that would stop and play at the Basement of the San Luis Obispo Vets hall, later the site of a Police riot at a DEAD KENNEDYS show the year after I moved back to Alabama). Their "When Putsch Comes To Shove" is one of the great underrated hardcore records of the 1980's, a total Stormer of great songs, huge production and on the original pressing, monsterous mastering by George Horn, who also has done most of Prank's releases.

Anyway I was excited to see Dale from CAPITOL PUNISHMENT has just self-released a new CD of Live and rehearsal tracks and interviews that precede their vinyl releases on their Stagedive label they've had since the 80's. These feature their original vocalist that predated any of their vinyl releases, and while maybe date from a little less of a PC era of punk and are less blistering thrash of their later stuff, they also are brimful of Fun energy and rawness often missing from bands that followed later..and are a stripped down version of the cool songwriting of Later CP.. While maybe not the best place to start with CAPITOL PUNISHMENT, it's a good treat for fans...At the end their are interviews with various Fresno bands ( including the admittedly contraversal " NBJ" who are on MRR"s " Not so quiet on the Western Front" ) but mixed with miscellaneous and ambient noise, police and party noises, makes for a fun listen. " we want to roll in the mud and say "that is art!"

Dale had also re-released the awesome Fresno 1984 Cassette compilation on CD awhile back which has lots of great tracks by Central California 80's bands and is well worth the $10.

You can order both these CD's here ASSUALT,MERE MORTALS and other bands played a lot of the Vets Hall shows I saw, and the bassist of MERE MORTALS was a pal from High school...but the CD has a great quality of different bands just guessing, making up and defining their approach to punk and having fun with it, so there's a good and interesting variety of sounds.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Prank has not updated it's website with the new stuff yet because We sold out of the new Gauze 12" in record time on the basis of sending out a message on our Yahoo group ( where new prank releases are always announced first in a bulk email) and a few internet posts. There are still copies at NO IDEA, Havoc, PAINKILLER, Moo Cow Records 16oh, Sorry State, Sound Idea Brickwall, Velted regnub and more. La Vida Es Musin London Will have these shortly. This record is currently being re-pressed.

WORLD BURNS TO DEATH " The Graveyard Of Utopia" is also currently sold out at Prank, but available at all of those places and more. WB2D thank everyone who showed up at their Shows in Europe, and we're now working on both a japanese and european version of their new LP.

PAINTBOX colored vinyl is still available through prank direct. Write for details. AVSKUM "Uppror Underifran" Lp/CD should be done any day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

GAUZE U.S. TOUR in 1996....Part 2!

In retrospect, it was often asked if that show was TOO BIG for epicenter, same time they had done sold out capacity shows with everyone from BIKINI KILL to THE MAKEUP, so it didn't seem too ridiculous to book the show there, though I remember a little sense of foreboding going into it.It was a word of mouth show with no flyers, no listing in the vital bay area concert calendar "the list".
After the epicenter Fiasco, the band wanted a day of sight seeing- Japanese bands often requests days off between gigs as most don't commonly play day after day tours in Japan, THEN the recording of the prank single- (the photo of most of His Hero is gone, Katie G. Warrior and I with Gauze in their fourth LP is outside the iron Gate to Polymorph studios, taken at the end of the night they recorded), and the night before they left they were interviewed at the last minute at the Hotel they stayed at for MRR, with Ayumi Nakanishi helping translate for the interview that did not appear until the April 1997 issue of MRR. Gauze rarely, if ever, grants interviews, even in Japan, so it was quite an honor, though in retrospect I wish I'd had more time to prepare for it as there's even MORE questions I'd want to ask them now.

We then put them on a flight for Minneapolis the next day on September 10th and I took a seperate flight that routed through Dallas or Houston- I remember that I had a incredibly short connection, so had to run full steam with all this merchandise through this giant airport, otherwise Gauze would arrive at the show without me and stuff to sell, Show promoter Felix Von Havoc picked me up at the airport and took me over to the Bomb Shelter where the show was scheduled later that day.

The bomb Shelter was in a hot basement in a dodgy area of Minneapolis. Pat Davis, the original guitarist of His Hero is Gone had been attacked walking around the neighborhood there earlier that summer with a baseball bat but fended off the guy. After the show there there was a random fist fight of just neighborhood people across the street. They had been having trouble with the Police and noise complaints there, so it was decided Gauze would play early in the bill, with State of Fear playing before and then Code 13 playing afterwards. This show was video taped by a single camera angle, but decent quality and circulated in the midwest as a bootleg DVD in the past few years. Despite my efforts to stagehand, The place was small, packed and someone flew through the audience and into the drum kit ( and sent the cymbals into Hiko, Gauze's drummer) which did not go over well- You made GAUZE STOP PLAYING! but they set the equipment up again and continued.

Jack Control ( of Mind Control records/ Later World Burns to Death) drove a crew of people up from Texas for this show.We stayed with a gracious host from MISERY and spent the next day with Dan From profane playing tour guide at the Mall of america buying souveniers ,at the bar in the mall of America and later trying to find good Sake in Minneapolis ( which on short notice, at least, was impossible). The next day We flew to Chicago, again on separate flights.
The Chicago show on September 12th was set up by Martin of Los Crudos, but the problem with the show in Chicago was that CRUDOS was on tour in Japan at the time of the show. Martin had friends pick us up in this amazingly cruddy van that could not go more than 15 or 20 miles an hour or the engine would jump and stop. It stopped a lot anyway. Chicago is huge, so it was a long stop and start ride through Side streets from Midway Airport over to O'hare Airport to pick up Gauze and then back to the gig, But that aside, these friends took really great care of us. Their Show was that day at the Fireside bowl , but as they used to do, GAUZE was-suprising to us- the early show and there was some sort of Indie or garage rock show later. The fireside bowl was an Actual large bowling alley ( and now, apparently has been refurbished to JUST be that) with the lanes closed off and the bands played in the smaller area between the lanes and the snack bar.
Great chicago band MK ULTRA and Indianpolis' ICE NINE, who were working towards finishing writing a prank LP at the time ( this Lp was never recorded, though demos for some of the tracks appear as unreleased tracks on the phenomenal and recommended discography on Happy Couples never last) opened. Gauze played a great set, and jumped back on stage to play "children fxxk off" for two people from Montreal that showed up during the last song.The photo of Shin from the old Prank Poster catalogs is from this show, as well as a few photos on the insert of their fourth LP.
There was a small turnout at this Chicago show- 100 to 150 people. it might have been that it was not promoted properly with in Chicago with Crudos gone, Crudos at the time could draw between 300-500 people themselves at the fireside and maybe overestimated the draw the show would have. In retrospect it was the same as I felt New York would've been, though people like Wedge from Nine shocks terror came with a bunch of the Ohio punk people and Brian drummer from
Dropdead ( who came all the way from Rhode Island and back on greyhound)all figured it out to make it to the show. Dan and profane existence crew, so blown away by the Minneapolis show, drove down for this show ( an eight hour drive both ways!) as well.

In retrospect I can't find the MRR ads which were the primary way the tour was advertised, but it was maybe Naviete on my part that that was enough, same time there was not a broad reach of the internet in the way that there is now.The other cities were chosen for where we thought the strongest response would be.It was a different time as hardcore was still climbing out of it's collapse in the mid to late 80's and reestablishing itself as a viable music force , so the venues were whatever you could find to make it work. Prank had maybe five releases at the time of this tour,and not the broad wealth of contacts it has now.
It was also a really different time for acceptance of Japanese hardcore- it was more of a cult thing with a small group of fans, opposed to the overarching influence it has on the US and international punk scene it has now. Boxes of Gauze's only previous U.S. release, their appearance on pusmort's U.S. pressing of " thrash til death" had been clearanced for $2 apiece at Epicenter and Vacuuum mailorder a few years earlier. The JPC bootleg CD was circulating, but I think most copies of those were just shipped to japan- there were 2,000-3,000 of those made with a $6 wholesale and maybe a $2 production costs tops and after putting out a call through Vaccuum Mailorder, Gauze was generously provided 25 copies for their tour. Do the math...Well, better than nothing. FXXK the bootlegger.
In a way, I think this tour, as well as early to mid-90's West coast tours by Gaia, Assfort, Slight Slappers, Romantic Gorilla, Wag Platy, The Heck, Smash Your Face, FxxK on the Beach,Corrupted as well as Later tours on the East coast by DSB and Assualt that turned the corner towards acceptance of and later total obsession with Japanese punk in the U.S. scene.

Gauze flew back the next day on Friday, So were in the US a total of seven or eight days including the days they arrived and left. I stayed in the Pilsen over the weekend. Saturday was Mexican Independence day, and Martin's roomates cleared out for family events and I ended going to a nearby theatrical production of the OPTIC NERVE comics books that was in walking distance from their place. Fate would have it I ran into a friend of a friend I had met the year before in the Bay Area at this play, completely at random, who is now my wife and the better part of prank. Gauze declined to play our wedding five years ago, simply replying "Gauze is not wedding band"!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

GAUZE US TOUR ...IN 1996! Part 1

I keep getting random emails with questions about when Gauze came to the U.S. in 1996 and get asked about it all the time, so figured I'd do a post with the story of the tour.It's a lot of obsessive detail,but so have been the questions about the tour, so Read on!

I had been a fan of Gauze since the 1980's- having traded with people in Japan in the late 80's and 90's for all of their records, and in 1992 or so a cassette tape I had made of their third LP was perpetually glued to my car stereo at all times. After moving to the Bay Area, I had visited Japan in 1995 to see a gig of GISM/GAUZE/DEATHSIDE and from that visit met people and organized a tour with ASSFORT in 1995 of a few cities on the West coast close to the SF Bay area- Santa Rosa ( an amazing show in a coffee shop to about 12 people), Berkeley, Petaluma, and SF.They also played shows around the Boston Area, set up by Yasuhiro Koketsu of the DEVOUR label, who later returned to Japan to play in MUGA. The Berkeley Gilman show is pictured on the cover of the Prank 7", which was my deal at the time, come to the U.S., record a 7" for my new label- the assfort was done at House Of Faith and I had no idea what it sounded like until I received the test pressing. In retrospect, ASSFORT was the perfect first japanese hardcore band to tour the U.S. as they were young, did not have a lot of expectations, were easy going about things and wanted to have a great time and were at their absolutely peak of a live band with their line up at the time. One of the best live bands I've ever seen... after Bad Brains.

Toshio Iijima, who then was working at either Vinyl Japan or Nat records, but now runs the great
Record Shop Base and Mangrove label was contacted by Fax as to whether Gauze would want to come to the U.S. and assisted with all the details as well as came on the tour- on the cover of the prank 7" 's he's underneath the cymbal next to Matt Average from MRR and later vocalist for Reagan SS who's taking a photo in the white shirt - you can also spot Jeff from Capitalist Casualties/Six week records ( in Glasses) in that photo and the back photo of guitarrist Momorin has Max Ward grinning along and Katie from Canada, who flew out for the shows and is now in Brutal Knights in the corner). The band gave me only a week or so to do the entire tour,as well as record the 7" for my label... so it was decided to fly between cities. They wanted to go to New York City, but at the time I had no contacts there and I felt the turn out would be low, so it was decided to go to San Francisco for Two shows-Minneapolis and Chicago. I also considered Los Angeles, but the only show I could find was a non-paying gig via Ron FInal Conflict as an add on to the band filming sequences for Decline Of Western Civilization 3 . Gauze would not have been filmed, but just played for the assembled audience.

I can't remember but I think on the thursday- * wait actually I'm wrong here, they had a day off after the SF shows then recorded then we went to Minneapolis**, The band first recorded at Polymorph studios in Oakland with Dan Rathbun. SCHLONG who had played a bunch of shows in Alabama I had set up ( including Man Or Astro-man?'s first show), turned me on to polymorph after I somehow got the part intended for lint on their insane re-working of the west side story soundtrack, Punk Side story. Gauze used Schlong's equipment and Dave Mello was kind enough to drive the band around while they were in the Bay area. The entire recording for Prank 09 was done in one afternoon, and while they considered recording a 12", they recorded five old songs and a unreleased track that was re-recorded on their fourth LP. Unfortunately, the started playing "shot" from Fuckheads in the studio but decided not to record it. The 7" of that recording never sounded as good as the Actual recording, though It was test pressed twice. There were 500 of these 7"s' with Patches and a white splatter on black vinyl that were entirely shipped to the band and the photos of the band are from the first show at Gilman, buy Ayumi Nakanishi. John Yates designed the t-shirt for the tour, turning in a really basic shirt with their logo and then I said " no john, this is the band that plays with Discharge In Japan, make something more insane!" and ended up with the shirts with the Dead Guy on them, which were probably off the mark a little bit, but were to echo the cover of "Equalizing distort" as well.

First show was Friday September 6th 1996 at 924 Gilman show was with Assfort, who had returned with a new line up and toured the area before Gauze arrived, Spazz, Dead And Gone and Eldopa . I got long time Gilman Engineer Radley Hirsch to come and do sound at Gilman so it would have the best sound possible, though he I think was a little stunned that Gauze would not stop playing even though they'd knocked themselves questionably out of tune.This show was the prank one year anniversary show and completely packed with people.
The next day, September 7th the band was scheduled to play at Epicenter Zone Record store, which used to be located at 475 Valencia in the mission. They did shows there all the time. His Hero is Gone, who I think had just completed recording " 15 counts of arson" were opening. This show was packed, and while they were playing some dork from San Jose grabbed ahold of the fire sprinkler pipe which hung over head only a few few feet from the audience, swung on it, and it broke in half under his weight and started spraying water everywhere like a high pressure hose. Carl Auge, His hero's bassist realized what was happening and turned off the band's equipment before they were electrocuted.Ironically, the next song on their set list was "rain Dance"!! Devon Morf made a valiant attempt to plug the pipe shut with the t-shirt he was wearing at the time, and on the 12" label of "15 counts of Arson" you can see him, shirtless, with William From Copout/
Talk Is Poison and Timojhen Mark of Vacuum Mailorder and MRR trying to figure out what to do. The HHIG banner in the photo is duct taped over the large wall painting by now-famous gallery/graphitti artist Barry "Twist" MCGee that was in the back of epicenter. Later it came out, maybe in MRR, that Epicenter worker and MRR contributor Tom Hopkins had let the guy who swung on the pipe in the show for free in exchange for free drinks the night before, a fact he apologized for or at least admitted he liked the free drinks! Gauze meanwhile had been hanging out backstage in what used to be Blacklist mailorder and We rushed them out of the building with everyone else as the fire department showed up. We wanted to cover tracks that a concert had been going on, so
Jello Biafra helped me carry all of Gauze's t-shirts back to the Van we were using. While everyone at Epicenter was in a total panic ( and luckily their stock was in a part of the building with no sprinklers and was undamaged) the fire Department, walks in, sees that no one is dead and nothing is on fire and nonchalantly goes and gets a pump to pump the water out of the building. Floyd took Epicenters Freight elevator down to see if he could find the water main, and said it was insane, like taking an elevator down a waterfall. Bad thing is the pipe being broken also set off the fire sprinklers in the clothing store below epicenter, soaking the entire place and their inventory...and since Epicenter was sliding away from being a great record store at the time, this caused them to stop being able to do shows which by then was really supporting the place and it sadly closed a few years later.

Gauze Sat outside and smoked cigarettes,They were then surprised when Pushead walked up with a member of City Indian who was here on business-who they said they had not seen in ten years. A member of the JAKS skate team tried to get us to go over to their annual party and jump on the bill there, but it was too chaotic, and We had to fly to Minneapolis the next day. I asked them if something like this had ever happened in one of their shows in Japan. They thought about it for a second, took another drag on their cigarettes and cooly replied " No...".

Thursday, July 3, 2008


D.S.B. on their continued world tour will return to the U.S. for a Major tour in the Fall, tenative dates below:

Thurs 25th Austin,TX at Beerland w/ Parasytic and No Talk
Fri 26th Austin,TX at Red 7 w/ Wolfbrigade,World Burns to Death and Bastard Sons Of Apocalypse
Sat 27th Houston,TX w/ Wolfbrigade and World Burns to Death
Sun 28th Denton,TX at Rubber Gloves w/ Wolfbrigade
Mon 29th Mcallan,TX at the Garage w/ Bastard Sons of Apocalypse

Mon 6th San Antonio,TX
Tues 7th New Orleans,LA
Wed 8th Chattanooga,TN
Thurs 9th Athens,GA at the Go Bar w/ American Cheeseburger
Fri 10th Asheville,NC at the Eye Sore studio
Sat 11th Richmond,VA
Sun 12th Winchester,VA at Dung Beetles Bar and Grill
Mon 13th OFF
Tues 14th Allentown,PA at Jan's Room
Wed 15th Philly,PA at Disgraceland
Thurs 16th Boston,MA at the Ratsceller
Fri 17th New York City,NY
Sat 18th New York City,NY at ABC no Rio w/ No Fucker
Sun 19th Albany,NY at Valentine's w/ No Fucker
Mon 20th OFF
Tues 21st Pittsburgh,PA w/ No Fucker
Wed 22nd Cleveland,OH at Now That's Class w/ No Fucker
Thurs 23rd Detroit,MI w/ Wolf Eyes and No Fucker
Fri 24th Chicago,IL w/ 2nd Degree
Sat 25th Milwaukee,WI w/ 2nd Degree
Sun 26th Minneapolis,MN w/ 2nd Degree,Detonate and Living Hell
Mon 27th Minneapolis,MN at Memory Lanes w/ 2nd Degree,Detonate and Question
Tues 28th OFF
Wed 29th Madison,WI
Thurs 30th Chicago,IL
Fri 31st St Louis,MO

Sat 1st Nashville,TN
Sun 2nd Raleigh,NC w/ the Despised
Mon 3rd Virginia Beach,VA or maybe a 2nd Richmond show?
Tues 4th Washington,D.C.
Wed 5th Providence,RI w/ Hellshock,After the Bombs and the Estranged

Tues 11th Fly to West Coast
Wed 12th L.A. w/ Peligro Social
Thurs 13th L.A. at the aws outdoor arena w/ Peligro Social
Fri 14th San Fran,CA at the Parkside w/ Peligro Social
Sat 15th Berkley,CA at Gilman St. w/ Peligro Social
Sun 16th San Jose,CA w/ Peligro Social
Mon 17th Sacramento,CA w/ Peligro Social
Tues 18th OFF
Wed 19th Southern,OR w/ Peligro Social
Thurs 20th Portland,OR w/ Peligro Social

Sat 22nd Seattle,WA w/ Peligro Social
Sun 23rd Portland,OR w/ Peligro Social

DSB released a great new CD last year or so on MANGROVE callled "Kill the Phantom City" as an additon to their impressive discography. Partners of Crime were planning a re-issue of the first classic DSB LP and we're hoping that and a vinyl press of the new Lp still happens!


NAGOYA, JAPAN's NICE VIEW are apparently touring the Midwest with Hellnation in August! keep watching the Sound Pollution site for Updates:

August 9th Lima, Ohio @ Jim's Leather Shop
August 10th Pittsburgh @ Roboto
August 11th Philadelphia @ Puppy Mill
August 12th Baltimore @ Celebrated Summer Records
August 13th Cleveland @ Now That's Class 10pm gig
August 14th Grand Rapids Lima, Ohio @ Jim's Leather Shop

Hopefully a Nice View CD collecting all the EPs and compilation tracks out on Sound Pollution Records (hopefully) in time for this tour.

NICE VIEW are one of the best Power violence bands from Japan, though their music now has grown to encompass influences way beyond that. We tried to get them here for the first SUPER SABADO GIGANTE in 2003 and are stoked they will finally make it over. They released their first full length CD, after existing for YEARS, a year or two back on Japan's SONZAI RECORDS. If you're in the midwest don't miss the shows!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


After unprecedented Pressing plant delays, the latest prank releases are now available! Prank is having set deals on all four releases, so drop us a line if you want ordering information or check

“The Graveyard Of Utopia” LP

8 Track Raging Attack of Absolute Hardcore... with searing guitars, a thundering and rapid fire drum pound, and harsh vocals spitting forth a brutal vision. This third LP from Austin, Texas's WORLD BURNS TO DEATH further evolves and refines their trademark sound as dark, ramcharging ultra-punk comes full circle... Here is the speed and severity of their debut 45's AND the refinement, heaviness and precision of their two previous landmark albums on Hardcore Holocaust .While WB2D's lyrics have always been caged in Historical reference, the theme of this LP is rooted in the Failures, Disasters and Massacres of the Soviet State Apparatus and the records packaging includes a detailed 12- page lyric booklet..

"The Graveyard Of Utopia", was tracked initially in Tokyo, Japan after the WB2D 2007 Japanese tour at the legendary OUR HOUSE studios with final recording tweaks and mixing done at THE BUBBLE in Austin . It features guest appearances from Ishiya FORWARD , Iizawa BASTARD/JUDGEMENT/ TETSU AREI Souichi FORWARD, Keiro AKUTARE and Chelsea DEATHSIDE/PAINTBOX, Ashley SIGNAL LOST.

WORLD BURNS TO DEATH are On their first European tour WORLD BURNS TO DEATH will appear in San Francisco on August 23rd at the Prank 13th anniversary show at Annie's Social club with IRON LUNG, DESOLATION and one more TBA.

"Binbou Yusuri No Rizumu Ni Notte " 12" LP

The Fifth LP from Tokyo, Japanese Hardcore legends, GAUZE. Since 1981 GAUZE have played some of the world's most intense hardcore punk, and at this point might hold the title of the World's greatest continually playing, original 1980's hardcore band . A "Living tradition" of Japanese hardcore that has never mellowed with age, GAUZE have played monthly in Tokyo for 27 years, devoting most of their energy to their Live performances . Many of their songs are hammered out at their Live shows long before their sporadic recorded releases ( their last release was ten years ago!).GAUZE's songs just seem to get FASTER with each record, and the blinding ten tracks here are no exception. Issued in Japan in late 2007 as a CD- only release, this is one of GAUZE's rawest recording yet and it's first appearance on vinyl.

Mail-order only orange vinyl Available now, wholesale in July

Blasting, energetic rocking hardcore from Tokyo, The debut LP by Tokyo, Japan’s PAINTBOX is a stunning blend of traditional “burning spirits” japanese hardcore mixed with melodic pop and driving hard rock influences, fueled by raging guitar leads, a rampaging rhythm section and husky, tough sung vocals. Original Issued on the HG FACT label, It is Issued for the first time in the U.S. on Vinyl. The Prank Records version features different artwork, a translated lyric sheet, a different A/B side breakdown and improved mastering from a now deleted vinyl pressing on Canada’s Ugly Pop records. Guitarist Chelsea was instrumental to the creation of “Burning Spirits” sound as a member of 1980’s legends DEATHSIDE, but forged new ground with Paintbox with it’s infectious, upbeat energy.

Gatefold Lp Mail-order only white vinyl Available now, wholesale in July

A kinetic blend of high energy hardcore, melody and hard rock, Tokyo’s PAINTBOX second full length “Earthball Sports Tournament” was released as a CD- only in 2000 by Japan’s premiere punk label, HG FACT. In the intervening time since it’s release, it’s become widely regarded as one of the band’s masterpieces and one of the Greatest Japanese Hardcore punk records released this decade. While blasting with the ebullient intensity and upbeat energy of the best of Japanese hardcore, PAINTBOX cull influences from all over the musical map, incorporating horns, keyboards, strings and more, simultaneously weaving bits of melody, psychedelia, classic rock into their mix of “burning spirits” styled hardcore, surpassing expectations as they blow through unexpected soundscapes at top speed. PAINTBOX are now completing work on their long delayed third LP ‘ Trip Trance and Travelling” to be released this year on HG FACT.

Still available:

13 Tracks Recorded live on their 2007 West Coast tour on KFJC radio, this
represents the set the "all original members" band played on both their West coast and European
tours featuring classic tracks from all Eras of the band. It was re-mixed from it's
original broadcast, mastered by George Horn Mastering and come complete with a "Evil
Live styled Record jacket and insert.

ACURSED " Tunneln I Ljusets Slut" LP/CD
Brutal, devastating metallic hardcore from Sweden, over loaded with feedback as
it blasts track after track of savagely shouted, throttling hardcore that slows only to
deliver mid-tempo crushing blows . Akin to the HIS HERO IS GONE / TRAGEDY/
FROM ASHES RISE school of dark riffs and mood, and the classic original " Prank Sound",
ACURSED's years-in-the-making prank debut, and one of the most bleak releases on the label

Locally in the Bay Area, You can pick these up at THRILLHOUSE RECORDS in SF, 1234 GO! RECORDS in Oakland, AMOEBA, Rasputins, Etc.

Friday, June 20, 2008



28.06.08 SATURDAY / SWEDEN munkedal - punk illegal fest w/ Avskum, Martyrdod and many more
29.06.08 SUNDAY / NORWAY-Oslobarrikaden w/ HEVN
30.06.08 MONDAY / SWEDEN linköping - skylten w/ Discarga
01.07.08 TUESDAY / SWEDEN malmoe - utkanten
02.07.08 WEDNESDAY / DENMARK copenhagen - venue tbc w/ Antimob
03.07.08 THURSDAY / GERMANY hamburg - hafenklang w/Antimob, Loser Life
04.07.08 FRIDAY / GERMANY bremen - friese w/ greed killing
05.07.08 SATURDAY / GERMANY packebusch Packenbusch Festival 2008 w/ Mordare, Fleas and Lice, Discarga, Autistic Youth, Masshysteri and more
06.07.08 SUNDAY / GERMANY Dresden - az conni w/ Partiya
07.07.08 MONDAY / CZECH REP praha - 007
08.07.08 TUESDAY / POLAND Lublin @ Tektura + SORO [UK] and probably 1 more
09.07.08 WEDNESDAY / POLAND poznan - rozbrat w/ Bloody Phoenix,EDDA [PL], EPILEPTIC WALK [PL]
10.07.08 THURSDAY / POLAND gdyna (gdansk)DIY Fest @ Anawa w/ Filth Of Mankind
11.07.08 FRIDAY / GERMANY berlin - Koepi w/ RED HERRING [USA]
12.07.08 SATURDAY / GERMANY flensburg - hafermarkt sommerfest

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


In the history of Prank, we've never experienced delays like we have on our two most anticipated releases this decade- the vinyl version of the 5th GAUZE LP and theWORLD BURNS TO DEATH "THe Graveyard of Utopia". If you
haven't been watching the news that vinyl is making a huge comeback.

This has tripped up the delivery of these two releases, which our faithful and always recommended pressing plant has been cranking away, reporting they've been having to run their vinyl press 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to meet demand.. They've also be kind to put up with our stress and general cranky and ogrsh behavior as we sweat getting this much stuff out! Thank You.

Prank's sales have always been vinyl heavy, sometimes half or more of the release, and we never have really considered the record "done" until it appears on LP, for all these reason these articles mention, artwork, Mastering,etc.

Anyway, Still not done...and We think these should be ready finally in the next Week to ten days, So stay tuned, Check back here for more updates.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Prank has finally re-pressed all of the Prank HIS HERO IS GONE titles " The Dead Of Night In Eight Movements' 7" ( this time on Clear vinyl), "15 Counts Of Arson" LP/CD and "Monuments To Thieves" LP/CD. These were produced in a short period of time between the start of 1996 and end of 1997 when the band was basically touring non-stop , were well received at the time, and have never really stopped selling since they were released, something that has always been an anchor for the label allowing us to put out more experimental and new bands.

When these Records were originally made in the 1990's, there was a huge schism as to how DIY records would be priced and distributed. In light of where Record making and selling has gone since then and is now, it seems almost quaintly unfathomable that pricing the records wholesale over $4 or $5 wholesale would be cause for the records not to be distributed as "too expensive", or the schism between the more "mainstream" punk distributors of the time like MORDAM and the small DIY distros like TRIBAL WAR, PROFANE EXISTENCE and EBULLITION, who brought the European style "show distro" to prominence in the U.S., was a huge one.

Hardcore had largely become cut out bin material by the early 1990's and more above ground distributors had little interest in it, so these DIY distros did do an enormous service in keeping the flame going...Distribution, Exclusive distribution and wholesale prices were serious issues at the time , as the point was to foster the community and it's ideas further through distribution at shows, and for kids to be able to buy and re-sell the records, the wholesale had to be dirt cheap. It was somewhat, but not ridiculously , cheaper than now to make records in the 1990's, but it was possible before the scene became larger and divided into even tinier and tinier subsects to sell amount of records in the thousands and thousands of a DIY release. Now releases are almost vanity micro-pressings of 500 or 1,000 with the exception of a few bands, and pricing for these basically collectors items has become less of an issue.

If nothing else based on record sales and touring, One of the best years for hardcore since the 1980's was in 1997, the apex of interest in divergent forms of Hardcore -from AUS ROTTEN to SPAZZ to LOS CRUDOS to HIS HERO IS GONE, all these were major bands and people that helped define that and this decade and all were young enough to ( and gas was cheap enough for them to) exhaustively tour both the US, Europe and beyond, a long with a heap of other great bands happening at the same time-from MAN IS THE BASTARD to DROPDEAD to DEVOID OF FAITH to the continuation of the start of Japanese hardcore tours ( ASSFORT and GAUZE toured the US that year) which set the stage for the influence Japanese hardcore would have in DIY in the next decade. For some places on the east coast and Mid West, this was just the start of when these scenes would eventually shake off and distance themselves from tough Guy moshcore or the SD (San Diego) or DC-influenced emo hardcore and indie music.

From this environment these HIS HERO IS GONE records were born, and so they have always -from the bands request at the time-had a low wholesale price of under $5 to distributors. While throughout the 90's and early 00's Prank was a Mordam Records Exclusive, and Mordam sold Thousands and thousands of copies of these records, putting DIY hardcore back into places it hadn't been since the 80's and fostering the communtiy in a different way. You'll now find the records, honoring the same low wholesale at EBULLITION, NO IDEA, Revolver USA, ETC.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


It's My Birthday, Prank's 13th Anniversary and still close enough for a West Coast record release show for "The Graveyard of Utopia" So We're flying WORLD BURNS TO DEATH in for what will probably be their only West Coast appearance this year. AUGUST 23rd at Annie's Social Club in SF. 21+... sorry kids, their drummer, because of work and family committments and the way flights out of Austin work can only come to SF for literally 14 hours. Plus we've got a couple other bands we're working on bringing in, so need the higher door take of a bar to not totally eat it on plane flights. Prank is trying to experiment with doing more of these kinds of shows in the Bay, so hopefully We can bring in more bands on Special events and balance them with Shows at Gilman and other All ages venues.

UPdate: IRON LUNG is now on the bill too. Only Bay Area show this summer? DESOLATION and one more will open.

Also-thrillhouse Records is having a a festival that entire weekend, with shows at thrillhouse, The parkside and the Knockout, so it's a great weekend to come to the bay!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


The Special Edition of WORLD BURNS TO DEATH " The Graveyard Of Utopia" is Sold out in 24 hours! Thanks folks!!The regular version of the third and newest World Burns To Death LP, co-released with HG FACT, will be out soon. Since they have always been home to all things WB2D, we're had HARDCORE HOLOCAUST distribution handle the limited version / The same as the Version recently on Sale at Chaos In Tejas.
You can go directly to HCH New arrivals page Here and pick up some other cool stuff including limited Japanese releases HG FACT and UNDER THE SURFACE records dropped off at the tejas.

We will have the regular version which is deluxe in and of itself, with a heavy weight sleeve and large booklet) on sale shortly, We've apparently backed up the pressing plant with the impending onslaught on Prank Releases!!

Below is the info on the LP itself. We also still have the CD version available.

8 Track Raging Attack of Absolute Hardcore... with searing guitars, a thundering and rapid fire drum pound, and harsh vocals spitting forth a brutal vision. This third LP from Austin, Texas's WORLD BURNS TO DEATH further evolves and refines their trademark sound as dark, ramcharging ultra-punk comes full circle... Here is the speed and severity of their debut 45's AND the refinement, heaviness and precision of their two previous landmark albums on Hardcore Holocaust Records.

"The Graveyard Of Utopia", was tracked initially in Tokyo, Japan after the WB2D 2007 Japanese tour at the legendary OUR HOUSE studios (Where a majority of the classic Tokyo hardcore records have been recorded since the 1980's) with final recording tweaks and mixing done at THE BUBBLE in Austin ( Who have recorded everything from BUILT TO SPILL and THE MEAT PUPPETS, to SIGNAL LOST's 'Prosthetic Screams" ). The result is the band's strongest offering to date.

Studio time in Tokyo allowed for guest appearances from luminaries from the Japanese Punk scene- with backing vocals on from Ishiya FORWARD and Iizawa BASTARD/JUDGEMENT as well as guest guitar solos from Souichi FORWARD and Keiro AKUTARE and Chelsea DEATHSIDE/PAINTBOX. Studio Time in Austin allowed for backing vocals from Ashley SIGNAL LOST.
While WB2D's lyrics have always been caged in Historical reference, the theme of this LP is rooted in the Failures, Disasters and Massacres of the Soviet State Apparatus.

This is a split release between Prank and Japanese label HG FACT, with them handling the CD version and Prank releasing the vinyl. WORLD BURNS TO DEATH are currently preparing for their first tour of Europe, hitting four major punk festivals across Continental Europe and Scanidinavia in a whirlwind two weeks. Making Punk Happen Indeed!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Blowback roared through town this past week with TRAGEDY. Awesome super high energy live band!!! Both bands still have another week of shows or so out on the west coast So check 'em out if they hit your town! Plus Satoh from HG fact has a full distro of new and classic HG FACT releases, so bring extra dosh to the shows!

FRI May 30 Rowland Heights, CA @ AWS Outdoor Arena 19650 E. San Jose Ave.91748 w/ DOOMSDAY HOUR, BRUISE VIOLET, 8 PM $8 All Ages, No Bottles

SAT May 31 San Diego CA Che Cafe w/ CRIME DESIRE, WACO FUCK 6:30 PM

SUN June 1 Canoga Park CA @ Cobalt Cafe w/AGAINST EMPIRE, MALA SANGRE, THE FUCKING WRATH 8 PM $8 All ages

MON June 2 Phoenix AZ @ Tio Leo's Mexican Cantina> 5025 N 7th Ave 85013 w/TRAGEDY, THINK FAST,LANDMINE MARATHON,DAY AFTER DAY 8 PM $10

TUE June 3 Las Vegas NV@ Rejavanate Coffee 3300 Flamingo Road w/WAIT IN VAIN, NOTHIGN GOLD 8PM $8

WED June 4 Fresno CA @ Cafe Infoshop Fresno 935 F St. Fresno Ca w/TRAGEDY, ADT, DOOMSDAY HOUR, DAMAGED 6PM Show $8

THU June 5 San Francisco CA @ Thee Parkside w/Jesus Fucking Christ, Acts Of Sedition

FRI June 6 Berkeley CA @ 924 Gilman Street w/ ADT, MURDER PRACTICE, MOHORMA ATTA All ages. 7:30 PM $8

SAT June 7 Portland OR Satyricon w/POISON IDEA (!!!), DEAD SECTION

BLACKWATER records have released BLOWBACK's Newest LP " Living vibration" LP here in states. They have these with them on tour! The rest of their catalog is out on CD on HG FACT

Friday, May 23, 2008


The vinyl version of the New GAUZE "Binbou Yusuri No Rizumu Ni Notte " 12" LP PRANK 100 Will be out in a few weeks.
WE"RE NOT READY TO TAKE INDIVIDUAL MAILORDERS OR PRE ORDERS( Mainly because a bunch of the other stuff might hit at the same time and we'd rather pack one order as opposed to two or three) but We are taking reservations if Stores or Distros want to purchase these directly from us, Since They are a bit more than usual prank prices. There's a ten piece minimum and they must be paid for in advance. Contact us for details. There are only 1100 first press and they WILL sell out immediately.

The Fifth LP from Tokyo, Japanese Hardcore legends, GAUZE. Since 1981 GAUZE have played some of the world's most intense hardcore punk, and at this point might hold the title of the World's greatest continually playing, original 1980's hardcore band . A "Living tradition" of Japanese hardcore that has never mellowed with age, GAUZE have played monthly in Tokyo for 27 years, devoting most of their energy to their Live performances . Many of their songs are hammered out at their Live shows long before their sporadic recorded releases ( their last release was ten years ago!).GAUZE's songs just seem to get FASTER with each record, and the blinding ten tracks here are no exception. Issued in Japan in late 2007 as a CD- only release, this is one of GAUZE's rawest recording yet and it's first appearance on vinyl.

Friday, May 2, 2008


Boston's SOCIAL CIRKLE are headed here for a show at THEE PARKSIDE1600 17th St. at Wisconsin, San Francisco, CA
on May 9th.Show is all ages and $7. SOCIAL CIRKLE have a couple of records on the Fantabulous NO WAY RECORDS. (Click through to their site and check out details for No Way's Summer fest in Richmond if you're on the East coast. )

Also on this May 9th gig are NEEDLES which is a new Bay Area supergroup featuring Jim and Bandito from TALK IS POISON and Martin and Scott from LIMP WRIST. They released an awesome 7" on Lengua Armada called " Twisted Vision" which has elements of LBAL, CRUDOS and the previous mentioned bands and is already one of this year's "Must get" records.

FIX MY HEAD from Oakland, YELLOW EYES (Which features Shane from Dead and Gone and ex-members / MD 20/20 / Santorum) are also playng and CITIZENS ON PATROL (from So. Cal.) and SOCIAL SICKNESS (from So. Cal.) will be doing a split set. I'd give Scott from needles a hard time here about the continued " too much horror business" / LIMP WRIST Urinal Themed flyer , but hey this show is his Birthday! Bring him gifts!

Then Next day /Night Negative tom is hosting a Punk record swap May 10 at a warehouse in oakland at 2515 san pablo ave From 12-6pm.

It's Free to set up and free to shop....everythings free.. "except the records."- It's free to set up and sell ( though bringing Your own table and Change is recommended), to carry in a box of records or bring in a couple of cruddy records you want to trade in.

Then that night at the same spot there's a show with:
FOLLOW BLINDLY( record Release)
IMPEDIMENTS ( Record Release)
SOCIAL CIRCKLE ( bring cash to buy their stuff and donate for Gas money)
+ maybe "some other bands"

If you're not done buying records after that-the always cool KUSF Rock'n'swap record fair in San Francisco is the next day!!!-

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Prank Records and Alcoholocaust Presents
Annie's Social Club 917 Folsom Street @ 5th Street San Francisco
TRAGEDY (from Portland - members of His Hero Is Gone / Deathreat / Warcry / Severed Head of State / Criminal Damage) Headliner
BLOWBACK (from Japan)
D.J. KEN PRANK - Spinning Japanese Hardcore
Doors open at 8pm / Show at 8:30pm EARLY SHOW - TAKE B.A.R.T.
$8.00 Admission / 21+

Scott gave me credit where it's not due, I just put the band in touch with one of the best bookers in the Bay Area...but YES, I am Dj-ing this show. I might not bring down the CONFUSE Flexi or whatever the mega rarities, but everything inbetween LIPCREAM, ORDER, BBQ CHICKENS, STALIN, BREAKFAST, REALITY CRISIS, ASSFORT, GUDON, FRAMTID, AGE, OUTO , PERSEVERE... Should be a challenge, but fun. THE PAINTBOX LP's Should be out by the time this is on, and I might give one away everytime I play GASTUNK !!! ( paintbox is too easy!)

Prank Records and Alcoholocaust Presents
Thee Parkside 1600 17th Street @ Wisconsin St. San Francisco
TRAGEDY (from Portland - members of His Hero Is Gone / Deathreat / Warcry / Severed Head of State / Criminal Damage) Headliner
BLOWBACK (from Japan)
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST (members of Neurosis / Pitch Black / Deadly Weapons)
Doors open at 8:00pm / Show at 8:30pm EARLY SHOW - TAKE B.A.R.T.
$8.00 Admission / ALL AGES !!! ALL AGES !!!