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LARRY BRENT IS AN AKRON PUNK MAINSTAY. WE FINALLY INTERVIEWED HIM FOR THE HAMMER.

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Don Austin has always been one of my favorite hardcore bands from Northeast Ohio. They are from Akron and play criminally underrated fast hardcore. I miss their live shows to this day. Rust Belt Hammer is even named after Don Austin. They had an ep called Rust Belt Blues and a song named “I Fix Everything With a Hammer”. I combined the names and that is how this blog was born.
-Matt Greenfield

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JIM JARMUSCH IS OHIO’S QUINTESSENTIAL MOVIE DIRECTOR

Jim Jarmusch has a unique vision of cool that involves cult celebrity rock musicians and irreverent pop culture. Who else has worked with everyone from Tom Waits to Joe Strummer to Bill Murray to Rza of Wu Tang Clan. Jarmusch grew up in the suburbs of Akron,Ohio, watching b movies at his local cinema and experiencing Rust Belt culture. He escaped to NYC and fame soon found him after his first “major” film, Stranger Than Paradise, shot for $125,000. Here is a celebration of Jim Jarmusch, Ohio is proud.

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TWO NEW SONGS FROM THE UPCOMING ULTRASPHINX LP (EX MEMBERS, PARTY OF HELICOPTERS)‏

Akron, Ohio has a solid tradition of experimental, independently thinking, and punk influenced music. Party of Helicopters at one time were one of the more known bands of the area. They gladly carried the torch for post-hardcore until’ their breakup over ten long years ago. If you aren’t familiar with the musical heritage of Akron, let me tell you about some bands you may have heard. Perhaps Devo rings a bell? Yeah? I thought so. How about The Waitresses? Maybe not? Maybe this song will refresh your memory.

Let’s take this conversation back to Ultrasphinx. They are picking up where Party of Helicopters left off. If this was 1988, I could easily see this band being part of the SST lineup. The music is melodic but also contains a sort of melancholy aggression. Parts of the songs remind me of Sunny Day Real Estate. This is a good thing! I am very much looking forward to hearing the full LP. Keep these guys on your radar.

-WRITEUP BY MATT GREENFIELD

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