Create to Destroy! Brooklyn’s Burning

14 08 2014


Dano is doing a two-day punk event (not a fest) in NYC called Brooklyn’s Burning, featuring a ton of great bands, from UK crust legends DOOM to my favorite Oakland rockers, LECHEROUS GAZE. I met Dano through the NYC booking community, where we’d all pass shows along to each other if we couldn’t help out a band for one reason or another. Bottom line was that we tried our best to take care of all punks passing through, and Dano is still in NYC doing just that — whether through his work at the Acheron or events like this. Brooklyn’s Burning takes place September 19th and 20th. For more details, keep reading…


Why do another fest in New York when there’s NY’s Alright?
Great question! I wouldn’t really call this a fest per say. In the future it will become a more expansive multi-day, multi-show thing but for now we just wanted it to be a couple of really fun shows around the corner from each other.

Do you expect a lot of out-of-towners?
Yes! I’ve already been hit up by a bunch of people traveling in for this. DOOM was so fucking good when they toured here a few summers ago I think people will be making the effort to see them since they’re only doing a few shows in the North East this time around.

Yeah, I was lucky to see DOOM twice at Chaos in Tejas in 2011 and in Brooklyn when they passed through then. How did you come up with the idea for this two-day event?
Bill Dozer, who I help run Acheron with, and I had talked about doing something like this since the Wick was getting close to opening a year ago. It felt like a great opportunity to use two cool and punk friendly spaces to bring a bunch of bands and friends to town. Chris from the Wick approached us about that time with a similar idea so here we are. I really like that it’s only a few shows this time around. I think it will keep things relaxed and let people coming easily see all the bands they want to without running around like maniacs.

Tell us about the venues. What is the Wick? And it’s cool the Acheron is hosting, too. Are they just hosting the after gigs?
I’ve been a part of The Acheron for a few years now and it’s been really awesome to see the place grow and become more and more a part of the scene here in NYC. Growing up here there weren’t always that many proper venues that would be overly welcoming to punks and metalheads so it’s nice to see that The Acheron can be that for so many bands and members of different scenes. For Brooklyn’s Burning the plan for now is to have a show at Acheron on Friday and then an after show for the DOOM gig on Saturday.

The Wick is a newer spot right around the corner from the Acheron. It’s quite a bit bigger so works well to have a main show at followed by something more intimate at Acheron. It’s a great space though. For me one of the biggest draws is that it’s a venue of that size without being part of any corporate entity and still feels like you’re just at a big warehouse show. There’s already been a handful of punk shows there (NYs Alright in April and INFEST in June) and they’ve gone well so I think it will work great for this.

Growing up we had Coney Island High and Wetlands, which both got shut down when we were in our teens. But yeah, there was definitely a lack of “proper venues” over the past few years in NYC. I spent a ridiculous amount of time at CBGBs and ABC No Rio as a kid, but they really did have specific crowds, definitely not as diverse as the Acheron is today. So, is the fest all ages? How about the kids?
The Wick is all ages and The Acheron will be 18+.

Hard Skin

Hard Skin (photo by Konstantin Sergeyev)

I’m glad the Wick exists, NYC needs more all ages venues! How’d you get these amazing headliners like DOOM and HARD SKIN? Were they already going to be in the USA or did they fly out just for this?
I’ve been wanting to see DOOM again since they were here last and figured after the release of the new LP they’d be into coming over for a few shows. Luckily I was right! They’re just coming for this and a warm up gig in Philly a few days before. HARD SKIN, who continue to be the best band in the world, are thankfully always down for a good adventure. Once we had a few things lined up it didn’t take much convincing to get em to return and do a short tour afterwards.

Who is playing the fest?
DOOM, HARDSKIN, EEL, ASPECTS OF WAR, NOMAD, LECHEROUS GAZE, KICKER, CRIMSON SCARLET, and a few others that will be announced shortly.

How much is it and where can we get tickets?
It’s $20 for the six band main show at the Wick on Saturday and tickets are available here. Tickets for the Acheron shows aren’t up yet, but will be shortly.

Where is the profit going or do you just expect to break even?
The profit is going towards paying the bands. Flights aren’t cheap at the moment!

Are there going to be several tours that come out of this?
Yeah, HARDSKIN and KICKER will be doing a week long tour together following this. CRIMSON SCARLET will be on tour around this time which EEL will be joining them for a few days of. That’s it, as far as I know.

How can we best stay up to date on the fest?
We’ll be making updates on the Facebook event page and on the Acheron blog.

August 14th, 2014 by Amelia

Create to Destroy! Terminal Escape

6 08 2014


Robert Collins is a Bay Area character — you may know him from numerous bands he’s been in or tours you’ve spotted him on. I first remember him from Chaos in Tejas in 2009 when I bought a Judgment shirt off him in a sea of punk buying frenzy. Mr. Collins has reviewed many cassettes for MRR and has uploaded many of them to his tape blog. I know I was honored when my old bands’ tapes got posted and I’m sure you felt the same way when yours was or you were just stoked to discover a new gem band that never made it to vinyl or sounded way better in their demos days. Here is MRR’s very own Robert Collins of Terminal Escape

US punk/HC (to be ripped, section 1 of 4)

The Terminals Escape tape shelves: US punk/HC (to be ripped, section 1 of 4)

How long have you had a tape blog, Terminal Escape? Sorry to call it a “tape blog” that makes it sound like a trendy cheap experience.
I started Terminal Escape in June 2009, and Escape Is Terminal about two years later. No need to apologize — I mean, they are tape blogs after all. If it’s a trendy thing then so be it.

Why tapes?
The initial motivation was perhaps different than the current one…I received a vault of ’80s cassettes and demos, the result of an old(er) friend’s trading over the years and he no longer wanted to deal with them. There were countless bands I had never heard of and couldn’t find any info about, and the blog seemed a logical way to share the sounds. Through that initial blast I ended up corresponding with members of LUMPS OF MERDE, CONVULSIONS, SNAPPIN’ BOGSEATS…heaps of bands that never released vinyl during their relatively short existences. Punk got passed around like this, on tapes, for twenty years pre-internet, and there is definitely something special about the medium.

Now, however, I kinda view tapes and records as the “things,” the tactile objects that we like to hold so that we feel closer to the sounds and the artists that make them. Simple economics says that if people are going to primarily digest your music digitally anyway (and let’s be honest, much more efficiently) it makes sense that punks in lesser known bands would gravitate towards the cheapest way to have a “thing” that makes your music “real.” You make 50 tapes so you have a “release” then put the fukkn shit on the internet, it’s a lot cheaper than making a record no one is going to buy. It’s a bit fatalistic, and I’m dodging the fact that the cassette is considered a retro and/or hip format, but for bands who can’t afford to dump cash into vinyl and think CD demos are utterly disposable, then the format works.

But why do I stick exclusively with cassettes? I’m five years in, I suppose it’s my thing now…

Do you consider yourself a bit obsessive?
Obviously. But mostly I would consider myself enthusiastic, often to a fault.

How do you record tapes to MP3 format?
Tape deck RCA output –> 1/8″ computer mic input –> record and edit in Audacity (free software) –> dump into iTunes –> convert to MP3 and zip via BetterZip –> upload to Opendrive, Box and/or Zippyshare.

Why a tape blog? Why not just make bootlegs and send them to the other 5,000 punx worldwide? Or is the internet more effective?
Effective is a trick term. Efficient? Yes. But face to face is way more effective than a bunch of files. Why? I just started the ball rolling and haven’t decided to quit.

What tapes do you put on your blog?
Whatever tapes I want.

US punk/HC (posted)

The Terminals Escape tape shelves: US punk/HC (posted)

Is it only punk?
Definitely not. It’s mostly punk, but there are artists and labels outside of that realm that I find extremely compelling and it seems that visitors to the blog appreciate occasional detours.

How do tapes get into your hands? It always seemed mysterious and like an underground movement, the Robert Collins connection…

I buy a lot of them. Sometimes people give me old collections that are taking up dust hoping that the sounds will be eventually shared and not be merely stuck on a shelf (these are always welcome, of course). I do get submissions from time to time, and they are overwhelmingly good ones…though I confess that I feel really bad when someone says “Man, I dig your blog and want to send you my band’s tape because I’m really proud of it and would love to see it on Terminal Escape” and then it’s total crap. I have been a demo reviewer for MRR for years, so that’s an obvious source as well.

How do you feel this supports underground punk?
That’s tough. Does it? Or does it just stroke my ego and the ego of the bands I like? I’m not sure. I know bands that have been “discovered” by labels via the blog, I know bands that have had tour offers after I shared their tapes…but does it support underground punk? Terminal Escape is a way for people, regardless of geography or scene affiliation, to have access to (what I humbly think of as a) wealth of new and old music that they might not otherwise hear. So I guess it encourages underground punk. And hopefully supports it as well.

Why not CDs?
Because I do not like CDs. There are still places where the CD (and, sadly, the CD demo) are still utilized, but thankfully my home is not one of them.

Do you only collect tapes?
No. I like records. A lot.

How many tapes do you think you have?
Too many. I live in a pretty small flat and I am constantly purging, if only out of necessity.

Do you consider your collection an archive?
No, though the UK collection I got that prompted the start of Terminal Escape would certainly fit that description…and that stuff is in my collection, so maybe it is? It will be someday, but it’s hard for me to think about things I’ve accumulated through my own time going to shows as archival — even if many of them are, by now, rather old.

Where will it go when you die?
To the thrift store. Someone is gonna be stoked.

Do you still do mail trades?
No, and I never have done so with any efficiency. I am really bad at mail, really bad at correspondence. Really bad at selling stuff. I am a terrible person to trade things with.

How can we stay up to date on Terminal Escape? (updated daily) (updated sporadically)

Any last words, wizard?
Not really? I’m ripping a live YOUTH RIOT tape right now and it’s pretty awesome, so that’s cool.

August 6th, 2014 by Amelia

Create to Destroy! L.A.’s Berserktown Fest 2014

31 07 2014


East 7th was seriously holding it down in Los Angeles as a haven for punk and creativity. Unfortunately it was recently closed, but the East 7th punx’ Beserktown Fest is still happening at Los Globos, August 15th through 17th, with affordable tickets. This is a true community effort with the purest of intentions and a backbone of punk ethics. Please support the punks who organized it and the incredible array of the most potent acts from all over the world that will be performing. (This interview was not done with any particular person as it takes a village to organize a fest, so individual names are not being used.)

What was East 7th? Does it still exist without a physical space?
East 7th was a DIY punk club in Downtown Los Angeles. There were underground gigs happening from January 2013 to June 2014. It’s just one unit (building) rather than two now and there are plans to open a punk shop. Check out the shop at East 7th during the fest days from 11am to 5pm.


Do you consider yourselves a collective?
East 7th has always been a small crew of people investing ideas, money and time into the space, events, distro, and resources. The group of people supporting it has changed over the short time it’s been around.

How has the community of East 7th changed since shutting down?
A lot of shows that we’re booked at East 7th ended up at Los Globos. It definitely changes things going from DIY space to legitimate business. East 7th was becoming too big for itself and it got harder to mediate conflict and prevent violence at shows. People feel a loss for East 7th who’ve been there or wanted to go. Nothing lasts forever. Los Globos is a different vibe, but it’s cool enough to be all-ages and offer 75% percent of the door to touring bands.

How is it tied to the Beserktown Fest?
Beserktown is a new thing happening. East 7th’s involvement puts more DIY punk and hardcore bands on the bill: friends who have supported East 7th or would be cool to see live. There are genres/bands involved that in most cases might not be on the same bill. Beserktown has funding/investment from the club and East 7th is organizing most of the punk and hardcore given the budget. It’s not a “DIY” fest, but has a lot of underground bands on it from different backgrounds. There’s also an opening art show Aug. 14 in Downtown L.A. at Superchief Gallery, featuring different punk art and photography that begins at 6pm and will be up through the weekend.

I understand it was originally supposed to be at East 7th, how has it been working with Los Globos? I have a friend who remembers that place when it used to be a disco club…
East 7th was going to do another Solo Para Punx fest like last summer, but cancelled the idea once the space closed as a venue. The opportunity to get involved with a fest at Los Globos was offered to East 7th—they asked us to book bands. Since it’s a new project, not entirely punk or DIY, it became BESERKTOWN.

Los Globos is a regular club. So far there haven’t been any major problems. Bands on tour get or split 75% of the door. It’s all ages. There’s times where people get asked to leave for sneaking in alcohol which is expected but no real violence. It’s possible with so many different people there can be issues during the fest weekend. Hopefully everything will be handled right and people have a good time.

Who are the headliners?
Some of the “headliners” are early L.A. punk bands THE ZEROS and THE WEIRDOS, CHROME from the Bay Area, DAWN OF HUMANS (first time on the West Coast), HOAX, FINAL CONFLICT, UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE, IRON LUNG, A GLOBAL THREAT, etc.

L.A.'s BLAZING EYE. See them at Berserktown Fest! (photo by Beanzattack)

L.A.’s BLAZING EYE. See them at Berserktown Fest! (photo by Beanzattack)

With such a diverse lineup — from PHARMAKON to A GLOBAL THREAT to GREEN BERET to THE ZEROS to WOLF EYES to UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE — is this considered a punk fest or more of just a showcase of all the amazing music going on internationally today?
It’s a fest with mostly underground music, a lot of punk and hardcore and it’s at a business which does all kinds of music events and nightclubs. It’s definitely a diverse lineup, and I’m not all too familiar with every artist on it since it’s collaborative. There’s two rooms up stairs with bands playing back to back, sometimes at the same time, but usually different styles. There’s also an outdoor patio if you need a break.

How big is the venue? What do you expect the turn out to be like?
The venue holds around 500 people. The turnout might be between 300-500 people each night, it depends. It would have been nice to organize this much earlier in the year, but it was an opportunity that came up mid-June. It’s surprising what’s come together so far despite the time crunch.

How much is it? Do you think they’ll be tickets at the door or should we buy in advance?
There are 200 fest passes for $45 that you can buy online. Each show has individual tickets in advance for $18 online. If you buy them at the door on the day of the show, they’re $20. Buying a pass or tickets in advance is somewhat cheaper.

Do you plan on doing this annually?
Not sure. It’s possible it will happen again next year. It’s an experiment, like everything. Thanks for the interview, Amelia.

East 7th St. shop!

East 7th St. shop!

BESERKTOWN FEST • Los Angeles, CA • August 15-17
Los Globos • 3040 Sunset Blvd. • Los Angeles, CA 90026

TICKETS: Fest Pass (all three days) $45 • $18 daily tickets: Aug 15th, Aug 16th, Aug 17th

East 7th Shop will be open during the days of the fest:
1725 E. 7th, Unit D • Los Angeles, CA 90021

Superchief Gallery will be hosting a punk art and photo show during the fest in the day: 739 Kohler St., Downtown L.A.

Current lineup (check in HERE for the most up-to-date info)


July 31st, 2014 by Amelia

Create to Destroy! Meltasia Fest

23 07 2014


Andy Animal needs no intro but you may know him from the STALKERS or from just having a good time with him if you’ve been within a few feet of him- to say he’s a personality is an understatement. We met at a Two Boots Pioneer Theater (RIP) at a B Horror movie double feature in the East Village in 2008 but really became friends when running into each other at the Lemmy doc premier. He’s continued to do a lot of cool stuff over the years but facilitating Meltasia is a massive undertaking and event and definitely deserves a Create to Destroy inquiry.

What is Meltasia? What the hell does that even mean?
Most people who know me know that I like to use the term “melt” or “getting melted” as a term for partying. “Meltasia” is more than a festival, it is a land. A land of melty fantasy.


Andy Animal

Did you ever think you’d be booking a fest?
It’s been a dream of mine for a long time, yes. It seems to be something I’m kinda good at. I’ve been doing a more private one in Upstate New York for almost five years now. My “Meltdown Funabration Weekender.” It’s a weekend-long bender I do with a few hundred friends and acquaintances at a campground. It started out with a bunch of tiki torches and the music turned up on my car stereo. A couple years later we started having bands. It started getting all kinds of write ups, so I thought to myself, “I can do more with this.”

Is it just you doing this?
No, no. It started that way but I made a bunch of phone calls and put out the word that I wanted to do something big. I hooked up with this dude Richard McSherry who runs Onward Indian Touring out in Asheville. He seemed hungry for some serious action down South, so we shook hands over the phone and he has assembled a powerhouse team. I’m really impressed with what he has gotten done.

How long have you been planning this? I’m assuming it’s a hell of a lot of work (and fun) but hard work.
Not that long really. About six months later than your average fest planning. That makes it a bit more nerve racking but I am way in to the challenge. My people are working around the clock to assure that Meltasia will be an outstanding experience for all and I just can’t be more thankful for it. It is a lot of fun but can be stressful as fuck.

Why Georgia?
One of the first guys I talked to about helping pull it together suggested doing something down South at a time of year that isn’t disgustingly hot but just regular everywhere in the country else hot. There doesn’t really seem to be any other festivals happening that weekend either, so yeah. It’s close to where all these outstanding bands live. It just works. I love the South.

What’s the best way for us to get there?
ROADTRIP!!! Or a flight to Atlanta or Chattanooga. Flights to Atlanta are cheaper but Chattanooga is closer. 90 minutes versus 30 minutes. We are working on a shuttle bus from Atlanta.

Andy with Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas

Andy with Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas

Who are the headliners?
To me really, the headliners are all in the eye of the beholder. I can tell you that the more well known acts that are playing are Black Lips, Danava, Shannon and The Clams, Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Cherie Currie, The Coathangers, Bloodshot Bill, The Coathangers, Biters, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Black Oak Arkansas. I’m a Black Oak fanatic and have worked with them before and I am proud to call them my friends. Lots of people don’t know. They hear the name and think Allman Brothers. They are southern rock pioneers, but are almost like the Stooges of the south in weird way. Ask Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, Greg Ginn or any of those guys what they think of BOA. They will speak with very highly of them. Ya know that star belt buckle that Jello wears? That is his salute to Jim Dandy. But yeah, I hand picked just about every band on the bill and the bands that I have listed are not all closing out the each night.

Did you get the headliners first and then book the fest around them?

Are you doing any shows prior to the fest in NYC or Atlanta?
Yeah, I got little things popping up here and there. I put a band together a couple shows for NYC’s legendary hippy/punk/marijuana rights advocate/Jabbers producer David Peel. I put a band together for that, including myself on guitar. He is playing at my upstate thing and at Grand Victory in Brooklyn. That’s gonna be the after party for the upstate thing. I’m also DJ-ing all “Weird Al” Yankovic for a UHF 25th anniversary party, also at Grand Victory. Things come up here and there. I know some people in ATL are planning some cool pre-parties for Meltasia.

Where are you expecting people to come from for the fest?
All over the south it’s looking like, but I’m hearing of a lot New York buddies coming down as well. We will see.

I see our very own Bay Area’s LECHEROUS GAZE are playing as well as NYC punk staples like HANK WOOD and CRAZY SPIRIT. How do you feel this fest brings together all genres of hipper punk and rock ‘n’ roll?
I’m just bringing what’s good and trying to cover all the in my opinion bearable styles of raunch. You will naver catch me sniffing molly at some “EDM” festival. I got a little something for everyone.  All these bands combined will create something psychedelic in a way. You’ll see.


Is this a camping fest? Or is this a festival? Is there a difference?
Well there is camping and it is a festival. You be the judge.

What do you advise for those wanting to go to the fest?
Just get ready for the time of your life. I throw good parties. Bring camping essentials, tents, sunscreen, condoms, socks, undies, bathing suits. Please don’t bring any booze. We will be selling it at very reasonable prices. That is how we can keep this thing going.

Where can we get tickets?

Did you have a choice using a corporate medium like Ticketfly? Are they taking a certain percentage of the sales? Do we have an alternative to buy tickets or is that the only way?
They were recommended to me by some friends. That’s about it. They do take a bit. I’m gonna work on finding a more independent way of selling them next year, but time was limited so I jumped on the first reasonable deal. This stuff is pretty new to me. Tickets will be available at the gate as well.

Are you adding any new acts from now until September?
The chances are slim. We are working on scheduling right now, so we will see.

How can we stay up to date on the fest?, Twitter [at]meltasiafest, and/or Instagram [at]meltasia

Any last words, Mr. Animal?
I’ve been reading MRR since I was about eight. Hand-me-downs from my older brother. It’s a real honor. I love you. See you at Meltasia!

July 23rd, 2014 by Amelia

Create to Destroy! Floridas Dying/Total Punk Records

20 07 2014


MRR: When did you start Floridas Dying?
Rich Evans: It will be 10 years this coming January, and I’ve been doing Total Punk for about 3 1/2 years now.

What internet mediums do you use to do “business”?
The usual. My website, Discogs, the holy trinity of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also advertise on message boards like Terminal Boredom, and buy occasional ads in zines and fest programs.

What do you mean by “Floridas Dying”?
Whenever I go anywhere on tour people are always shocked to find out that we have bands down here and that we actually leave the state. People think we have nothing other than swamps, roller coasters, and golf courses. Florida’s Dying was a bit of a joke on that assumption. You can’t put apostrophes in website names so it got dropped.

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What do you mostly specialize in?
Mostly punk, garage rock, some psych reissues. A few odds and ends. Mainly stuff I like.

How do you feel about the MC5?
They’re no Bob Seger.

Why Florida?
It’s where I’m from. I’ve been here my entire life and I love it. I sometimes toy with moving somewhere else, but I really have it made here.

What’s your community like?
I live in Orlando. Despite what most people believe, Disney World is not in Orlando. It is about 30 minutes south and has nothing to do with where I live. That being said, my community is awesome and just getting better. We have a large young population that is very active in the community. The area I live in town, all the bars, shows, restaurants that I want to go to are within walking distance. I only really jump in my car to go to the post office.

Shows here are awesome. Tons of young, enthusiastic kids going wild. People who don’t come down here because “Florida sucks” are really missing out. Most bands, once they make the trip once, change their mind about this place.

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Who supports you?
I support myself, but if anyone would like to throw some money my way to pay my bills, feel free.

I meant, like, where does most of your business come from, but I’m all for being self-supporting! Do you get a lot of international orders?
Yeah, I would say about 30-40% of my business is overseas. The international shipping rates have put a bit of a damper on that, but I allow overseas customers to build their orders to save money on shipping. I think that has really helped keep my overseas customer loyal.

How do you feel the internet has changed punk and garage distribution?
The same way it has changed everything. Stuff is more accessible than it used to be. Bands can get the word out about themselves a lot easier. Touring isn’t as integral to the process as it used to be. Neither is advertising. It’s easier to stay in contact with your customers.

Do you distro in person or are you just an internet presence?
Yeah, I have a record store set up in my dining room and people come over and shop. Also, I’ll bring records out to shows or on tour.

How do you feel about internet personalities?
I hope to one day be one.

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How do you have such an on-point and good collection of rock ‘n’ roll? Were you born with good taste?
I’d like to think so. I just buy what I like. Sometimes some stuff I don’t completely dig slips through the cracks, but luckily not all of my customers have as good taste as I do, and the bad stuff slowly makes its way off of my webpage to never be ordered again.

Any exciting new releases?
I’m excited about all of them, but I have 12″s coming out for GOLDEN PELICANS and BUCK BILOXI this September, as well as new singles from CUNTZ and MIDNITE SNAXXX. Also, I’m putting the finishing touches on a BROKEN TALENT LP that compiles the tracks off of their lone 7″, cassette tapes, and some unreleased demos and live tracks.

Any last words?
Florida rules. If you live here and disagree with me either do something about it or move.

July 20th, 2014 by Amelia