Hyper as Hell is an 80s hardcore band that has fell into the realm of obscurity. To a select few though, they are a legendary force of unstoppable capabilities. Members would go on to form Sockeye and other NE Ohio weirdo bands. Hyper as Hell lurked the streets and alleyways of Kent and Akron, Ohio, leaving the area to still feel the aftershocks of their influence. Check out this live show, which is now available online for the first time. Thanks to Jeff Hardy for the upload.
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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.