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Lake Effect In Effect

We at Down For Anything Records are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Erie film maker Tommy Shannon to release “Lake Effect In Effect: A Documentary on the Erie Hardcore Music Scene”
In this documentary we will be showcasing the early years of Erie hardcore, through the ups and downs to the current day scene. Erie has had a strong music scene for over 20 years giving birth to hardcore legends like Brother’s Keeper, xDisciplex AD, Shockwave, and Abnegation as well as current local heroes, Smoke & Mirrors, Human Animal, xRepresentx and many many more.
This will be part of a 2-disc release, the DVD as well as an album.(track listing to be announced at a later date)You can keep up to date with this project through all our social networking sites as well as here. Until then, check out the trailer for Lake Effect In Effect below.

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Interview with Rotting Out

While trying to release Vol. 6 of the DFA zine we had the chance to interview Rotting Out. Seeing as how that zine never made it to print we didn’t want to waste the interviews. Check out this interview with LA’s Rotting Out. Check out their new album “The Wrong Way” out now.

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-Can you give our readers your name and what it is you do in the band?
My name is Tank, and I play guitar in Rotting Out.

-Can you give the readers a little intro about Rotting Out?

e’re a 5 piece band from the LA area that loves to jam and play shows together! This is our getaway, this is pretty much what keeps us sane and from trouble!

-You released the new album recently, how has the response been?
Response has been great! A lot of support and love from our people, couldn’t really ask for more!

-What are some upcoming plans for the band? Shows? Tours?
We got a tour coming up that starts Aug. 1st. With Take Offense, Minus, And Relentless! Check out the dates and come out to a show! After that we have something towards October that we’re still working on, and other shit towards the end of the year!

-How did you get involved in hardcore music?

Back in middle school I got into punk music and started going to shows in backyards around South Central, Compton, or any ghetto enough spot to have shows where they wouldn’t get shut down! After a couple of years a friend of mine invited me to a show where The First Step, Outbreak and Cruel Hand were playing, pretty much after that was when I started going to a lot more hardcore shows and found out about other dope bands that would play in my town!

-any advice you would give to a younger kid getting involved in hardcore or punk music?

If it feels right, roll with it! Do something that makes YOU happy and never waste your time trying to please anyone, because in the end, someone will always be unhappy with whatever you do!

-What does everyone in the band do for a day job?

The only two dudes that pretty much work on a regular schedule are Jorge and I, he works as a Gardner and I do paperwork for a DMV office. Everyone else has little shit here and there to try and pay some bills.

-Best pizza topping?

Bacon!
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-Are any members of the band involved in any other projects right now?
A couple of us actually! Jorge our drummer and I play in a Spanish rock band called Illusion, and Walter plays in a band called Clear.

-Thoughts on all these old hardcore bands reuniting? Into it or total poser move?
Honestly…. That shit happens all the time, it doesn’t really affect me personally! I love playing live all the time, I’m pretty sure I’d be stoked if I got asked to play a show after not playing for a long time, but I can see why some people get a little butthurt over shit like that!

-Tell everyone about the writing process for the songs, how does everything come together?
Come up with some riffs, jam with everyone to see if anyone has any ideas, then somehow shit just starts falling into place, then once we feel like we have a good solid set of songs, we record a record. There’s nothing really “weird” or “crazy” about the process, just a bunch of homies writing a bunch of punk songs!

-What are some of your biggest influences for you when writing new music?
I feel like this band draws a lot from bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Pennywise, Black Flag, Smutt Peddlers, and that good ol’ west coast style!

-I want to thank you for doing the interview, the new album rules, are there any last comments or shout outs for the reader?
Thanks! I’m glad you dig it! Shout out to anyone that ever comes out to our shows, any one the has picked up the new record, and anyone that ever comes up to smoke us out after long days!

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Interview with Incendiary

In a half assed attempt to release Volume 6 of the Down For Anything zine we were fortunate enough to interview NY’s Incendiary. Check out the interview below and follow the links to check out all things Incendiary as well as Closed Casket Activities.

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-Can you give our readers your name and what it is you do in the band?
Hey man, I’m Brendan and i sing in Incendiary

-Can you give the readers a little intro about Incendiary?

Incendiary started in the summer of 2007 and went through a few lineup changes early on but we’ve been pretty solid for a while now. I originally started the band because I wanted to do a late 90s heavy hardcore band and play some local shows on Long Island. I never would have imagined we’d have so many incredible opportunities and experiences, it’s been really awesome.

-You released the new album recently, how has the response been?
We were pretty blown away by the reaction honestly. I think when you spend so much time writing and then recording a record – and it takes our band a LONG time to write for some reason – you start to get deeper into your own world of over analysis and to some extent, doubt. Sometimes you just have to say fuck it, get down what you have, and move on. I’ve met individuals and bands in the past who are never happy with what they are writing and are always scrapping songs, changing things, starting over, etc. 9 out of 10 times, those bands will fail or wind up sucking. Anyway, it felt great to finally get some outside feedback once the record was released and the fact that it was so overwhelmingly positive felt great.
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-What are some upcoming plans for the band? Shows? Tours?
In a few weeks we’re doing a weekend with The Acacia Strain which we’re all really looking forward to. I love playing with different kinds of bands so it will be cool to mix things up a bit. After that we’re doing This is Hardcore in Philly then doing a short UK tour in September which will be great.

-How the scene in New York right now?
Really great man. Recently there’s been a ton of new bands coming up and putting out music like No One Rules, High Card, Pilgrims of the Fingertips, etc. King Nine is about to release a full length and Backtrack is the sickest band ever and has conquered the world.

-How did you get involved in hardcore music?
I grew up playing the drums and always loved really fast punk drumming and obviously punk music in general. The first somewhat aggressive band I got into was Pennywise. After that I found about the local hardcore scene and started seeing bands like Subterfuge play as much as possible. After I heard Strife, I was hooked for good.

-Any advice you would give to a younger kid getting involved in hardcore or punk music?

Don’t get caught up in the “genre” game. It doesn’t matter what band sounds like what or who plays with who. I see these kids online arguing about “what” a particular band is: metalcore, hardcore, fartcore, who gives a shit. Listen to what you like and don’t worry about if it’s cool or not.

-What has your playlist been like recently?
Been really into the new California X, ASG, and Power Trip records. I’ve also been listening to stuff like Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil and the Smoking Popes a lot lately.

-Are any members of the band involved in any other projects right now?
Actually no I don’t think so. ALL INCENDIARY ALL THE TIME BABY

-Thoughts on all these old hardcore bands reuniting? Into it or total poser move?
If people will come see you and you have fun doing it, more power to you. I’ll be honest though, I think this whole 2 Black Flag bands at the same time is straight up embarrassing and pathetic.

-Tell everyone about the writing process for the songs, how does everything come together?
Brian or Bobcat usually come in with a few parts already written and then we’ll hash it out as a band and try to build on that. I write all the lyrics once we have at least the framework of a song together.

-What are some of your biggest influences for you when writing new music?
Well it always varies but recently I’ve written a lot of stuff as a reaction to living and working in New York City and seeing some of the shitty aspects of living in a human zoo. I also turned 29 this year so I’ve also focused a lot on getting older and the feeling of looking back on past experiences with a different perspective. A lot of the material on Cost of Living is about our generation as a whole. Technology has fundamentally altered the way we evolve and the notion of automatically being better off than the generation before you is, I believe, completely out the window.

-I want to thank you for doing the interview, I loved the new album, are there any last comments or shout outs for the reader?
Stream our new record on Spotify and if you like it, pick up a copy from Closed Casket Activities. Thanks to everyone that has already checked it out regardless of how you got it and thanks to you Matt for the kind words and interview!

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End of Summer Update

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New Worlds of Fear is streaming in FULL over at GlueHC.com and pre-orders are available now. The 1st pressing will be out of 100 copies (25/red, 75/black) You can pick up a copy from our Store as well as a new long sleeve design available exclusively from us for a limited time. You can also pick up a CD copy of the new EP at Monster Party Records.
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Heresy has come out of hibernation and has been more actively playing shows as well as releasing a new single “Song About Me (3AM)”

Jon from Smoke & Mirrors has begun working on his own clothing line. Make sure to stop over at Draft Dodger Apparel.com and pick up a shirt. DD logo

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