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.
I met Paulie Think around 2005 or 2006 due to the website BYOFL (Book Your Own Fucking Life). It was a network for bands, promoters, and other’s trying to link together in the punk rock community. We were two of of the only rappers on the website. He came to Kent, Ohio, and played a show at my house that was quickly shut down by the fuzz. We moved the performance to a short lived venue called the ECC, which was ran by this cokehead guy named Joel with a bad temper. Things went well and I didn’t hear from Paulie for another year or two but then we ended up randomly touring together a few years later along with PT Burnem. I didn’t think Paulie liked me. He was sober, doing yoga every morning, and I was constantly drunk and depressed! It was the middle of the winter and we were on tour for over a month with a small break in the middle. We slept in freezing houses, played weird vegan pizza parlors, and hustled night after night, slinging cds to minimal crowds. I can’t say that it was a comfortable tour but we definitely paid some hard DIY dues and formed a tight bond. It’s been a long and sometimes turbulent friendship but Paulie is someone that I hold in high regards for his history, what he has been through, and who he has become.
Over the years I would hear tidbits of stories about how he toured with MDC, played with Fugazi, turned Disassociate on to drum and bass music, etc. He is probably the only rapper ever to receive a beat from a member of Neurosis as well. I always thought that was the coolest thing ever. It’s great to finally be able to document this stuff. We cover his history, punk rock roots, etc.
One thing I totally forgot to include is the story about how he threw a pie in the face of Ben Weasel from Screeching Weasel. Maybe another time! You can’t beat that though, right? Pretty god damn funny. Enjoy this interview and spread it around like the flu this season. Merry Holidays, ya jabronis!
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Raymond Rowe is a former ROH tag team champion who has been making serious waves on the independent wrestling scene. Recently he completed a tour for New Japan. Ray grew up in Cleveland and has many stories from it’s fabled hardcore scene. In fact he used to be the head of of security for Peabody’s. Here we discuss DIY punk and wrestling. Please tell your friends and check out all of our other Rust Belt Hammer podcasts including interviews with wrestlers Matt Cross and Keith Lee. Subscribe to Rust Belt Hammer on iTunes and follow our facebook page for updates at www.facebook.com/rustbelthammer
Meganoke is an up and coming singer whose reach extends to the hip hop world and beyond. In just a few years she has left a bigger footprint in the underground music scene than many do in their whole careers. She has hit the road with Abstract Rude, 2mex, and other indie rap legends but would also fit the bill sharing the stage with someone like Feist or Sleigh Bells. This was an interesting conversation about her evolution as a musical artist. Give it a listen and check out all of our Rust Belt Hammer podcasts.