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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Sam and Kenny from Wild Wings are behind this project. It’s a full blast of rock and roll heaven for your delicate ears. This is what Youngstown NEEDS. Here is a track from their new tape which will be available soon on Lion’s Care Recordings.
I remember going into Underdog Records with my dad as a kid. That may date me just a bit but it was when people were still utilizing vinyl as a popular format, right before the transition to the dreaded and disposable compact discs that took over the world. I don’t know too much about Sonny but what I do know is the guy has a wealth of knowledge about music from Ohio. This is actually something I would like to tap into as the man behind Rust Belt Hammer. Anyways, more will come later. For now, check out this single that features a young Sonny from 1974. Go Youngstown!