I remember this awkward moment like yesterday. I had a band with Zed Schmeck called Eat Shit and Die that was supposed to open the show but our drummer (Pigman) quit that morning.This was weeks after a car wreck in the snow left us unable to open for Annihilation Time and Upstab. Some luck! Anyways, this was Play Fast or Die Fest II in Hubbard, Ohio. Hubbard is a small place located by Youngstown, Ohio, and the Pennsylvania border that had a skatepark where mostly local bands played. I don’t think Cider was originally on the bill for Play Fast or Die II, but they played anyways and went way over their time limit. Some of the local Crowd Deterrent type guys weren’t too happy and I’m not exactly sure what happened outside but Cider were told to leave town and baseball bats may have been involved. Steve “Da Assaulta” is visibly frustrated around the 10:30 mark and it looks like he pleas with the band to stop playing. Instead we find Aaron Melnick of Integrity/Inmates now behind the drum set and a short Brainwashed Youth set ensues to the amusement of their Cleveland friends and no one else. As you can see in this video, they play to a mostly puzzled and indifferent audience that had no clue who Cider was. I think most of the kids were there because it was a show in Youngstown. For the record, other bands that played were Caustic Christ, Career Suicide, My Revenge, and a bunch I can’t recall that got lost in the shuffle of time. T
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This amazing show has never been seen online before. It happened on November 4th, 1988 at Peabody’s in Cleveland, Ohio. The footage starts off with the Agnostic Front set and then moves on to False Hope. They are a little known band from Cleveland whose members would go on to form the backbone of such integral bands as Integrity and Keelhaul. The camera work here is obviously amateur and the audio falls out of synch briefly but if you’re looking for an amazing glimpse into the Clevo HC scene of 1988, this is a peak into that tiny window of time. You’ll get stage divers galore and all of your favorite AF songs in this video.
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This has to be the funniest talk show performance of all time. The audiences facial expressions are damn near priceless as they look on in horrified disgust or total confusion while the Crew sings “You will drink my cum and nothing more.”
2 Live Crew set the precedent for dirty raps and today we lost the icon Fresh Kid Ice. RIP to the 2 Live emcee and may you be chilling in the afterlife on a throne getting twerked on by all of the heavenliest hoes.
This is the best and original lineup of the band that featured the maniacal Chris Erba on vocals. Watch this deranged lunatic play with one of the fiercest, short lived bands in Cleveland punk/hc history. They came, they saw, and they self-destructed. This footage has never been seen before. Crack one open and check this set out.
This is a podcast that we host and present over here at Rust Belt Hammer. On this episode we talk about psychedelic growth, conflict, funny/painful sexual experiences + more. We take a look at metaphysical things with a comedic, modern slant.
Trent Reznor grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania. This is a sleepy little place near the Ohio/PA border that not many people have ever heard of. It’s close to Youngstown, Ohio, where growing up I would always hear of Trent sightings. Reznor moved to “the big city” in the mid 80s…that big city being the hub of tortured artists, Cleveland. He worked in a studio, played with Lucky Pierre and Exotic Birds, and did some work on underground gay dance artist Vincent Capretta’s Who’s Looking Back where he was credited as Trent Reznar. While working at Right Track Studio, he recorded as Nine Inch Nails at night, sent the demo off to major labels, go signed, and the rest is history. Here is Jeff Reding’s 1990 interview with Mr. Reznor.