Radium Girls are from Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania and have been making sonic fat kid splashes lately within the Iron City. I always see them listed on great bills that make me yearn for a teleportation device. They recently played with Perfect Pussy and are on many other snazzy bills in their municipality. The music is very much indebted to the noise rock scenes of the mid 80s to early 90s but also has crusty overtones and grindcore blast-beats. Yinz better take heed, Pittsburgh punk is no joke.
Greetings from Austin, Texas, by way of Youngstown, Ohio. My name is Matt Greenfield and I am the man proudly holding this Rust Belt Hammer with a vengeance. I was listening to a Don Austin record called “Rust Belt Blues” which has the song on it, “I Fix Everything With a Hammer.” The combination of those two titles gave me this blog’s name. Don Austin are some bad Akron motherfuckers that will be forgotten by most. They will always hold a special place in my heart though. The Rust Belt has some mean, nasty people, Ohio especially. Sometimes these deranged folks decide to pick up instruments and do some serious ear damage.
Drug Problem is carrying on the tradition of scuzzy and mean Cleveland punk rock. They have members of Avon Ladies, Lucha Eternia, and Bad Noids. The songs are short and brutish. What’s not to like? Bring out your inner caveman and give these jams a try.
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Stiv Bators was from my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. When I first got into punk, I would get my hair cut by a guy who played and grew up with a pre-Rocket From The Tombs Stiv. He would tell me some pretty wild stories. Mr. Bators is somewhat of a Rust Belt folk hero. While digging around, these two great clips from Dead Boys surfaced. I especially love the old tour promo clip. Continue reading RIP STIV BATORS. RARE DEAD BOYS TELEVISION FOOTAGE.