Monday, December 25, 2006

Updated tracks and an open call for Albany HC

If you downloaded tracks from the This Town We Own comp before Christmas 2006, you may want to download them again. I replaced the tracks with ones I culled from a copy of the comp that was in better shape than mine.

Also, having been inspired by Dave K.'s excellent history of NYHC, I decided I want to post an Albany punk and hardcore show collection here (1980-1991 or so). I will probably build it piecemeal as an ongoing blog entry, but wonder if anyone out there has anything to contribute. I would especially like anything from the No Outlet, Cranial Abuse, or Final Terror demos. I had the first two but lost them somewhere along the line and now I have only the songs on the two 7" comps. I never had any FT , but I think they must have put some demo or something out and I'd like to have the collection as complete as possible. Of course, if anyone has anything (live, whatever) by Fit For Abuse or Albany Style, who as far as I know, never released anything (FFA had one song on the ASHC comp), I could really use that. I'll put the one FFA song of course but it would be nice to have more.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the No Outlet demo and will gladly dub it for you. Please drop me a line at . Take care.

January 10, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger Scott W said...

GREAT BLOG! Thank you so much for putting this together. I am currently looking at the WELCOME TO ALBANY 7 inch ep, and I have some details about a few of the bands.

was a hardcore band that had some guys from Clifton Park, Troy and the outskirts of Albany. The band was originally named HARD TIMES, and they started just doing Cro-Mag covers, and that's how they got the name HARD TIMES. Buddy A played guitar, and he went on to be in many Albany area bands (ALL FALL DOWN) and might now be in Stigmata. There was a kid named Will R who played bass, and the original singer was a guy named Ryan M. The drummer BROCK was a super talent. They changed the band name to SUBSTANCE and put out a demo tape - which I have a copy of somewhere. Some folks believe they changed the band name from HARD TIMES because some of the kids were from the suburbs - ie - they knew nothing of 'real' hard times. They got a new singer DAN and recorded the songs that appeared on "Welcome to Albany" and "This Town We Own". During this time they went from a 5 piece to a 4 piece.

A straight edge band with roots in Clifton Park and Pittsfield, MASS. Bryan Hart was the singer, Scott Riggs played drums, Reid played bass, and John played guitar. They put out a demo tape before this, and broke up after this record came out.

October 22, 2008 4:19 AM  
Anonymous Chuck B said...

I was also in Substance, playing guitar. Ryan Murphy was forced out of the band

because he missed some band practices for hockey (He fucked shit up on the ice, and

we saw some badass brawls with the short irish kid ending up on top). That was a real

loss. I left soon after as Dan was a good guy but a weak replacement for Murph. The

Sea of Fear track was originally written and recorded with Murph but it was

overdubbed with Dan's vocals for the Welcome to Albany comp.
If I recall correctly we changed the name cause, altought we were way into the

Cromags, we thought it was weak to use another bands track as a name. There also was

another band with the same name. It is true that a bunch of kids from CP couldn't

really claim hard times but I don't think we were that self aware to note the irony.
Murph went on to start Cutthroat,

which made a bigger impact on Albany HC. I later started a band called Eggbound in

State College PA. Will lives in Denver. Brock moved in the NYC area but I don't think

he played in any more bands. I'm sure I saw Buddy play in Stigmata at some point.
We used to skate with the guys in Face Up. I taught John to do pinch harmonic dive

bombs, for better or worse. Whatever happened to that huge 1/2 pipe out in the middle

of nowhere East greenbush?
Will, Buddy and I once went with the No Outlet guys for a gig in Boston. It was in a

tiny club with black walls and barb wire around the ceiling and a ton of skin heads.

They needed all of us to support them during the set and get out of there safely. It

was a full on hate skinhead scene and the guys who booked the show must have not

known that Marty is black. Hanging with the No Outlet guys was always fun. They

helped us skater kids figure things out a bit.
Once the Albany all ages venues dried up, Chris Randolph started booking shows in

Schenectady at the F.O.E. He deserves big props for making that happen. I think he

was interviewed on national tv about his all ages, DIY work.
Its fun thinking back on those days. I'll dig up the Substance demo tape and transfer

it soon. Maybe I'll find the original Sea of Fear track with Murph vocal.

April 13, 2010 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Jae said...

hey where can i find the all fall down cd they had out in like 1995ish... had the songs mickeys big mouth and i wish on it... any help guys?

August 25, 2010 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just downloaded the substance demo last week. its awesome. i first heard sea of fear several years ago and its actually one of my favorit songs.. i thought the vocals from the demo sounded way different. now i know why

January 12, 2011 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Searching for some All Fall Down stuff I came across this post. Just an FYI, All Fall Down played a memeorial show for a couple of my fallen buddies 7/16/11! It was at the El n Gee club in New London CT. has some video of the show! it was awesome ppl!

July 18, 2011 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just happened... awesome reunion show!

July 18, 2011 9:13 PM  

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