Horrible Fest has been growing stronger each year at Cleveland bar Now That’s Class and other random venues across the city. If you like underground punk rock, garage rock, or psychedelic music, you may want to consider attending. I will be flying to Cleveland to attend/cover this year’s chaos. Here is a list of the bands that have been announced so far.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks
Lumpy & The Dumpers
Gary Wrong Group
The Yankee Peddler
Greenlander has produced a ton of music and is a hot name in the noise/underground electronic scene of Los Angeles. In his hometown of Youngstown, he is widely ignored when it comes to the raw sounds he makes. I even saw him get kicked off the stage at the Lemon Grove once. A place that was supposed to be a hub for the artsy and weird was kicking a man off the stage that was perhaps TOO artsy and weird for a baffled audience of hipsters and dinner goers. Greenlander doesn’t care though. He doesn’t need acceptance and largely creates music for himself, locked away in a dungeon of solitude. This video was created using his music set to visuals by artist Cristopher Sea, a man whose art has been featured in such magazines as Juxtapose.
“There was promising life in Youngstown hidden under a rock that every DIY scene would envy. People were making things happen, everyone had positive creative outlooks. It was outrageously diverse and collective, and the best part was it seemed like it was all done for our friends. I can’t get over how respectful everyone was with all the music being completely different. Always a good crowd of people who actually listened to the music. Now it’s a ghost town when it comes to tunes and venues. Too many people gave up or quit making things happen. Stofko’s house was a well kept secret.
I can’t believe how all the music disappeared. Like not just Stofkos, but in the area in general.”
Before there was Hard Skin, there was an absurd band containing members of Sockeye. This group is called Tough Skins and I find them rather amusing. There is a terrible “real oi band” by the same name so please don’t get them confused.
After posting about Kill The Hippies, the Kent inspiration has been flowing. I have a love/hate relationship with that place but will always treasure my fond memories of yesteryear. Getting carried out of the Zephyr while on crutches for calling the door guy a “fat piece of shit, cocksucker, failure at life” after he called my ID fake, knowing that it wasn’t. Putting on a show hosted by Toby Radloff of American Splendor and Killer Nerd fame. Living in the “Yellow House” and hosting house shows where anything could and did happen. Hell, I even went to class sometimes. Like many little hidden pockets of America, Kent has always been home to some great and interesting musicians. Everyone knows Devo, but here are some people you may not have heard before that have origins in Kent. Continue reading KENT, OHIO HAD SOME MUSICIANS YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD BUT SHOULD→
May 4th, 1970 is a day that will forever dwell in the depths of our collective American psyche. Tragedy struck the nation as innocent blood was shed on the grounds of Kent State University. During a Vietnam War protest, four students ended up callously murdered, while nine other young adults were injured by the trigger of Ohio National Guardsmen. Kids killing kids for no apparent reason as lives were forever altered. It was not a pretty day for the sleepy college town of Kent, Ohio. Public opinion was swaying as the tides turned in an already unpopular war. A dark shadow was cast over the Presidency of Richard Milhous Nixon. Continue reading KILL THE HIPPIES IN KENT,OHIO.→
During my sophomore year at Kent State University, I decided it would be a good time to start a terrible grindcore band. Well, we didn’t exactly set out to be terrible, it just sort of happened naturally. I was on dual vocals with Edward Stockenhauser who went on to front Brain Handle. Ryan Loewenstein was on guitar and a homeless dude simply known as Pig Man banged on the drums like a cannibalistic neanderthal.
I managed to book a pretty solid house show with Eat Shit and Die (my band), Don Austin, Kill The Hippies and Upstab which featured Chris Erba of H100s infamy. A guy named “Crazy Don” placed a bag on his head and then set it on fire during our opening set. Meanwhile, outside some drunk teenage punks were being being loud and obnoxious. One thing lead to another and I come upstairs to see Chris Erba of Upstab punching one of these cartoony teen punks out with some mean hooks, splattering blood everywhere. I think Chris had just got a job at a bank so the band fled without playing. I don’t blame them. An arrest was avoided. With Upstab long gone, the mohawked kid came stumbling back around, armed with a led pipe. We were informed that he had Hepatitis C as he dripped a trail blood. I managed to avoid the confrontation but was bummed out that we didn’t get to play with Upstab.
A few weeks later Eat Shit and Die was booked to play a hardcore fest in Youngstown. The bill was stacked. We were to play alongside Upstab, Career Suicide, Caustic Christ, My Revenge and some really good bands. I got a call that morning from Pig Man. He informed us that he was quitting the band. Me and Ed were pretty much embroiled in a nonsensical yet bitter feud at that point anyways. Loewenstein was probably the only person of sound mind in a band that was no more.
The moral of the story is that we never got to play with the short-lived Cleveland maniacs known as Upstab. They came, they saw, and they bloodied some buffoons. Here’s to the memory of Upstab.
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.