Posts Tagged ‘The Bad Brains’

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Salad Days (update)

August 11, 2015

Well, the digital screeners of Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) has been sent out to all Kickstarter backers and I had a chance to watch it tonight. What can I say? It was well worth the wait even though I’d preferred if those that helped fund it could’ve had a chance to see it before it started making the rounds on festivals etc. But, again, having seen the final results I gotta say it’s cool.

Starting in the late 1970’s with early bands like The Bad Brains (it’s nice to see scenesters like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye stress how important they were to inspire other musicians to start their own bands), the documentary kind of follows the Dischord Records‘ outfits (with some exceptions) and offers in-depth interviews with pretty much everyone on the DC scene.

It’s all here. The early bands, the violence that was pretty much an every day occurrence for punkers back then, the birth of sXe (straight edge), the so-called “revolution summer” and birth of emo – everything up to the early 90s with Nirvana taking a leap out of the post-hardcore scene and onto major mainstream success. This sounds great, looks great and (thankfully) steers clear from that self-congratulatory masturbation you sometimes see in documentaries.

I gotta admit, after watching it, I felt pretty damn proud to have taken a small part in this documentary happening. Check out the trailer on Vimeo, you can buy it for $12,99 or wait for the DVD to be released in September. Official Facebook here.

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R.I.P. Mike Atta!

April 22, 2014

Sad news for the punk rock community: Mike Atta, guitarist of proto-hardcore outfit The Middle Class, passed away this Easter after fighting a four-year battle with cancer.

Forming the band with his brothers Jeff and Bruce, the band was considered one of the first hardcore outfits in the US, at least on the West Coast as The Bad Brains were active in the Washington, D.C./New York area at the same time. Their Out of Vogue EP was released on Joke Records in 1978 and is considered a pioneering record – fetching some impressive sums on eBay.

The band reunited in 2010, and even though he was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in January that same year, Mike kept gigging with the band until the very end. Rest in peace.

More info at The Orange County Register and The OC Weekly.

photo courtesy the Orange County Register.

photo courtesy the Orange County Register.

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