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Hey punk rock and prog history buffs! Got some PMA? We’ve got a special treat today. One of the BEST and least documented properly scenes ever is the Woodstock/Kingston 90’s scene. We had Jason Christopher (now of Prong and currently on tour w Corey Taylor), Shabutie (early Coheed & Cambria), Lounge (feat John Naclerio who would go on to record My Chemical Romance, Polar Bear Club and many more), Three (featuring guitar virtuoso Joey Eppard), all my early bands and many more! Oh yeah, and half of the freakin’ BAD BRAINS live in Woodstock!

Take a look back in time with reflections from many of the scene participants of the day. Special thanks to Mic Todd who was unable to contribute but gave it a good try.

Links to many of the bands current and past are present as well. RIP Pat Howland. Crank some mearth., Pitchfork Militia and Shabutie today!

Check out “Secret Youth” , a look back at the 90’s Woodstock scene HERE.

#badbrains #three #melancholy #drippinggoss #kwame #coheedandcambria #natekelley #lounge #blissfullyignorant #shabutie #mearth #beautifulbastards #woodstockny #grunge #punk #nineties

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Interview: John The Baker talks Skate Til U Die, Bay Area

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:47 AM (PST)

 

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“I quit driving cars in 1991 to protest the Gulf War.”John The Baker

Very happy to say we’ve got a cool ass interview with John The Baker about Skate Til U Die. This is a killer event with heart for good causes and is ALSO just plain awesome for skaters and music fans. I’ll let John tell you about it in a minute but first let me tell you about John!

Fans of anarcho punk, MDC, Tank Crimes stuff or the DIY West Coast punk/crust scene are often fans of John The Baker. He’s also known as the punk singer who once won a censorship battle in (allegedly liberal) Woodstock, NY after getting arrested for singing a song about cops sleeping with underage girls in town . Oh, and got a settlement he used to put out his CD and mail complimentary copies to local police stations. That was a band called Slimy Penis Breath which also featured a young, dumb and full of cum (this is meant affectionately) Jason Christopher who now plays bass in mighty Prong. JTB was kind of a lot of kids “punk rock uncle” in the scene, though he actually is related to Josh and Joey Eppard.

The 90’s Woodstock/Kingston, NY punk scene I grew up in was a blast. You had Slimy Penis Breath, sludge n roll onslaught .mearth , noise rockers Dripping Goss (feat. Brian Goss of Warzone and at one point Frank Ferrer, now of Guns N Roses), Simone Felice doing weird post-punk rock before his interest turned to The Band, poetry and the Catskill mountains and more. Sean Paul Pillsworth and the Jerk Magnet/Anadivine pop punks. You also had John the Baker’s mega talented nephews Joey and Josh Eppard known for playing in prog/emo bands Three and Coheed & Cambria), plus Shabutie (Claudio Sanchez’ amazingly fluid and funky pre-Coheed and Cambria band with Mic Todd and my best friend multi-instrumentalist Nate Kelley)  and also bands like apocalyptic rockabilly meets Am Rep on Primus-style telecaster weirdos Pitchfork Militia and my early teen angst grunge band Melancholy. Hardcore band (and Metal Riot favorites) Painmask, still active today. AND Woodstock had Bad Brains members living in town raising families! This led to Bad Brains dudes playing on Coheed’s first record or being involved in producing my later band Divest along with a local (now famous) studio Applehead, also where Coheed and Three have both recorded amazing albums.

There was a lot of creativity and home grown shows and a lot of partying, but a scene sprung from hometown hopes, the shadow of the 60’s & also the close proximity of the Albany hardcore scene created a really interesting mix of styles and people in the post-“alternative rock” explosion surrounding Nirvana. Some of the bands are still playing today. We’ve had ups and downs like any scene and life lessons learned. Three/Lunch Meat guitarist Jason Foster and Melancholy drummer Pat Howland were two local talents who both died and are very missed. I’m very happy to say after about nine years of not speaking  I’m friendly again with the recovering Mic Todd, the former Coheed bassist and have had some really good talks with him lately as well as gotten off booze myself. As a rowdy scene we could have taken it easier on ourselves and others at times BUT the cool thing is the music is surviving and as a collection of people we all changed a lot of lives for the better!

John the Baker (one of the first vegan bakers I ever met) was a heavy player in the DIY Woodstock 90’s scene and always out playing his acoustic guitar in Woodstock. He still plays “Fuck The Fascists USA” and other songs I fondly remember in his current band, the subtly named Fucktard. I’m really inspired by John’s drive and he’s one of the handful of people most responsible (along with my bassist friend Dave Daw and Jess Killganon from the cobaltandcalcium page) for helping me quit drinking out of the bottom of a fifteen year depression. John has always been a remarkable advocate for getting out and organizing shows and benefits, making art on your own terms and not getting pushed around. I remember him showing me with exciteent a letter he got back from Jello Biafra , the one true Dead Kennedy’s vocalist. John eventually went West and worked with Alternative Tentacles, Jello’s label. He even sang back ups on a killer Melvins record Jello did with the grunge godfathers, my longtime almost favorite band ever!

JTB has always been a skateboarder. I’ve got a cool black and white picture of him somewhere with a deck sitting and hanging out shooting the shit with my ex-girlfriend from like 20 years ago. It was awesome to catch up with John and get the scoop on Skate Til U Die, an event he’s dead center of which is TRULY aimed at smashing apathy, people powered transportation and PMA.

Read the SKATE TIL U DIE interview BELOW! And “fist fuck the pope!”

#spectorbass #powellperalta #boneswheels#alternativetentacles #tankcrimes #skatetiludie #skateboarding #charity

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Prog rockers 3 post new song “Crazy Eyes”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:44 AM (PST)

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Great new song from the Three guys- Woodstock, NY’s progressive rockers known for a wide range of sounds over the years but always focused on musical growth. It has allowed the band to share the stage with everyone from Atreyu to Heart to Coheed over the years. This is my favorite from them in awhile and also I saw on Facebook yesterday vocalist Joey Eppard telling a fan there will be another full length on the horizon at some point!

From the band:

Check out our brand new song “Crazy Eyes” now available for purchase! FYI: We actually recorded the basic track in my garage a while back just to get the idea down. It was the first time Chris Gartdrumm had ever played the song. We liked it so much we decided to use that drum performance for the final version. We only used 3 mics (kick, snare & an overhead) on the kit but wound up with a drum sound I’m proud to say I mixed.

Check it out HERE, perfect for a dreamy winter day of introspection.

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Battlecross release “My Vaccine” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM (PST)

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Detroit, MI’s Battlecross have released a brand new video for the song “My Vaccine” from their most recent album, War of Will. The Roy Warner directed clip takes inspiration from the cult classic film “They Live” and can be seen now exclusively at MetalInjection.net HERE.

It’s a little weird since Metal Blade already did a “They Live” inspired video when Woodstock’s awesome 3 put out their awesosme signature track “Alien Angel”, but ya gotta love Battlecross.

In other news, Battlecross recently visited the Center for the Intrepid on Friday, December 5th, prior to their show in Austin. The band toured the facility, and met with staff, as well as wounded veterans, some of whom were fans of the band. Read more about the facility and the band’s visit now on axs.com.

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90’s sludge n rollers Mearth are back on the scene

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:15 AM (PST)

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Mearth from New Paltz, NY never quite got their due the first time around (despite CMJ buzz). The band was kind of like the East Coast equivalent of The Jesus Lizard on hardcore punk and rock n roll steroids and were mainly active in the 90’s Hudson Valley, NY rock scene. I played many a show with these guys and my old bands Melancholy and Fuse alongside Shabutie (pre-Coheed & Cambria), NYC’s Dripping Goss (feat. Brian who played in Warzone), apocabilly band Pitchfork Militia and prog alternative band Three (later on Metal Blade). We had a fertile scene. Mearth played with bands like Agnostic Front and Fugazi their first time around.

Mearth was and remain the rowdiest of the 90’s Upstate, NY bunch in some ways, a caterwaul of chaos and flying beer who just couldn’t be stopped (except by things like having children and careers eventually). Now, the band are thankfully back (with Doug E. Beans of old school Murphy’s Law fame on drums). Their sound was ahead of the curve and would fit in well with a lot of stuff going on now from bands like Torche, Hark and Enabler’s ilk. Get used to reading about them cuz I am gonna keep plugging them hard as long as they remain re-activated.

Bassist Jim DeGrassi: When we got together, we were just a bunch of college kids who wanted to play some heavy music.  I don’t think we ever had any specific goals in mind regarding our sound, other than to play the kind of music we ourselves would want to listen to.  I don’t know whether or not we were ahead of the curve, but I do think our sound evolved into something unique that people seemed to enjoy.

Click HERE for more and to hear their song “Can”.

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The Grape And The Grain release new S/T hard rock album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:17 AM (PST)

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The Grape And The Grain have released their new S/T effort, a collection of blues licks, stomping hard rock and shouted vocals to cure what ails ya. Riot Horse, Clutch, Beastie Boy’s “Sabotage” fans, Wolfmother or Black Crowes devotees should bump this snazzy rock n roll slice.My fave track is “Lord I’m Comin’ Home”, which really delivers the goods.

The Kingston, NY based band (featuring alumni of the bands 3 and Nightmares For A Week) posted the following message to Facebook regarding their Applehead Recording & Productions tracked new release:

We are very happy to announce that our new album is now available!! So much work went into the making of this album, and we couldn’t be happier with it. We hope you enjoy…

 

So have a listen HERE. These are serious homies and you should support it.

 

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Kingston/Woodstock mainstays 3 return with power yet again for an electric version of “one way town” that is just rock solid tunesmithery. A sense of hoping for a better environment saturates the song, with snap rhythms, super organic vocal performances and just top notch, swinging energy all around.

Give it a whirl Here.

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Three added to The Hudson Project concert line-up

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM (PST)

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Three’ is very excited to announce we will be playing The Hudson Project July 11-13th on Winston Farm in Saugerties NY!!!! This three day Music and art festival is of course on the site of Woodstock 94′ – an 800 acre parcel perfect for this amazing festival and for ‘THREE’ to ROCK THE FUCK OUT!!! Haha you got it! So come get it!!! R U!!!! – from 3’s Facebook

The new fest is being held on the site of Woodstock 94′, the cool one w Rollins Band, NIN and Cypress Hill…not the rapey/fires raging out of control one with Limp Bizkit.

So yeah…some prog metal and some Kendrick Lamar? Maybe some Native Americans protesting The Flaming Lips? Modest Mouse are not metal but always fucking kill live, so rock n’ roll, baby!

 

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3 have posted the second in the “single a month” series they are currently embarking upon, releasing a new tune on the 3rd of each month. Yes, I know I should have posted this a few days ago. Check the song out HERE. I like it. It is dreamier than their recent stuff and kind of reminds me of old 3 a bit.

Says guitarist Billy Riker: “Joey (Eppard) said it’s like we are all on our period together. We need to come up with a title for this single a month thing. We were thinking “Sync Your Cycle with 3″…but not sure everyone was sober enough to commit to that. I’m kinda into it, though.”

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3 plan to release a new song the 3rd of each month

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM (PST)

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Woodstock/Kingston, NY based alternative prog-metal and funk space soldiers 3 have decided to switch models for the time being and concentrate on releasing singles. Band founder, guitar prodigy Joey Eppard fills us in:

“We decided this was the best way forward for the band at this point. If I sit down to make a record, its kinda like ok seeya in a few years..lol …. so we thought why not focus on 1 song a month, with video content, teasers, new art and shirt designs. So I’m knee deep in it right now. 1 week, still cutting vocals, need Billy’s guitar, Daniel’s bass as well. Should be an interesting week!”

The first song seems to be a 3 tune called “Sugarlife” that they play live. It is refreshing to see the band continue to evolve and adapt with creative solutions to each passing year.Fans who want to help can buy merch HERE, with proceeds going to the continued production of all 2014 singles by 3. Cool stuff!

Stay tuned for more 3 news as we get it.

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Ever since he joined the band 3 (Three) I got the vibe that bassist Daniel Grimsland was a pretty cool dude. I have always gotten along with the guy and found him to be very talented and a great addition to the long running Kingston, NY based pop/funk/metal/prog rock act. His confidence and talent came along at a crucial time for keeping the band going and Daniel has played a big role in making them who they are today.

I’ve known the rest of the band a long ass time and so since I had never interviewed Daniel directly, I wrote him and asked if he was down to talk to Metal Riot about Three’s latest Metal Blade release THE GHOST YOU GAVE TO ME, touring with Cynic, the spiritual side of playing music and life in general. Grimsland was down with it so here ya go, sports fans!

To read the interview click HERE.

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Cover Art Tuesday: “Super Long Album Name” Edition

Posted by jessepac on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM (PST)

How many of you Metal Rioters out there have gone to your local record store of choice and picked up a new metal album solely based on the art that graces its cover? Unfortunately, with the growth of iTunes and Pandora it seems easier and easier to overlook album cover art in general, but in the world of Heavy Metal we’re here to remind you that the art form is still alive and well!

Each Tuesday we will present to you the best album covers of the week and draw focus into what makes each cover so damn badass.

Check out this week’s offering right here and vote on which cover YOU think should win “Cover Art of the Week”! Check it out!

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Full Album Stream: 3 – “The Ghost You Gave To Me”

Posted by katstat on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:18 PM (PST)

Tomorrow, October 11th, sees the Metal Blade Records release of the new album from Woodstock, New York’s 3. Fans can get a glimpse of the full album, entitled “The Ghost You Gave To Me”, right now, currently streaming in its entirety courtesy of AOL Music. Just click here.

Additionally, the band has confirmed that they will be touring North America this Fall as direct support to Cynic. The tour kicks off November 3rd in West Chester, Pennsylvania and wraps up November 23rd in Hollywood, CA at the Key Club. Click here for an entire listing of tour dates.

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3 the ghost album artNew York progressive metallers, 3, have released a new song entitled “High Times” off their upcoming album “The Ghost You Gave Me.” The band has also released the track list for the album.

To check out the song and the track list click here.

The new album will be released October 11th through Metal Blade Records.

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3 announce new album “The Ghost You Gave To Me,” release first song

Posted by jessepac on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM (PST)

Three LogoAfter signing with Metal Blade Records, the prog rock masters in 3 have announced a new album dubbed The Ghost You Gave To Me. It is their sixth album in 12 years and is due out in October, according to the pre-order from Metal Blade.

Singer Joey Eppard talked about the new album:

“The songs told us where to go and the instrumentation followed. We knew this record would be our most progressive but it would be on our terms, and in our own way. As always songwriting and melody are the driving forces behind the sounds capes we generate. I think the biggest challenge was to rise to the occasion lyrically with so many musical scene changes. What I found was that I had to let go and allow the words and melody to be as creative and original as the music, if not more so. In a progressive situation this can be time consuming and indeed the bulk of my efforts were focused on exceeding my own lyrical standards.”

Click here for the album art and listen to the first song!

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