I have decided to do some podcasts that are strictly music. This Ohio punk rock theme will be ongoing. Check out what I think is some of the best stuff to come out of Akron, Cleveland, Kent, etc. This is not a definitive collection. Just some awesome tunes. Some are classic and some are forgotten. Continue reading KILLED BY OHIO; A COMPILATION OF PUNK FROM NE OHIO
Just a little something to spice up your afternoon.
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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.
Continue reading LARRY BRENT IS AN AKRON PUNK MAINSTAY. WE FINALLY INTERVIEWED HIM FOR THE HAMMER.
With titles like “Bong Hit Beheading” and “Theme Music From the Flaccid Dead”, you obviously cannot go wrong. Play this at your Halloween parties tonight.
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I bet you wonder what a band combining members of Boulder, Kill The Hippies, and Sockeye sounds like., don’t ya? What if I told you they were dressed up as 70s sleaze rockers of the satanic ilk, with music that fits the look like a brand new boot. I mean, shit, these guys even cover KISS. Mix in some Pentagram, hepatitis, Dio, 77 punk, and coke bumps off a small yet chubby penis, and walla! Hep*Z is the newest burning sensation, sweeping kids off their feet with the sweet, sweet rock.
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.
-Matt Greenfield @rustbelthammer
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