I miss the self-righteoused square glassers behind the Food Not Bombs table - and not just because they stood right next to the bin of now-ebayable vinyl. Snub if ya like, but it’s nice when dumb hardcore kids can bounce around after having put their money into a cup to print another ream of pamphlets depicting obese cows crammed into cages and chinchillas with nipples the size of your fist. The square glassers in New Brunswick were mostly harmless; the ones at ABC No Rio were a little sketchier…possibly squatting alkies; walk a mile or two in this trajectory and you’re in today’s territory, that border between anarchist crusties and holy terrorists.
I heard Mike Cheese stabbed a dude on tour in California! Not sure why either, but it is funny how GGified a band can get without losing the PC sector of the market. The stabbing in question was on Gehenna’s tour with Catharsis, who couldn’t have seen much in Cheese beyond his notoriously violent live sets. Regardless, Gehenna’s presence on the Crimethinc. roster helps explain the connection between Daniel McGowan and Integrity. Or rather, Gehenna’s ticket into Crimethinc. helps explain the connection.
Emerging out of anarchist hotbed Asheville, NC, Crimethinc. forerunner and Catharsis vocalist Brian Dingledine gave the name to ‘holy terror’ hardcore in his Inside Front zine, a faithful reflection of one branch of hardcore’s evolution toward anarchist politics. By now Inside Front is out of print and Dingledine’s been all but eclipsed by the Crimethinc. tank, a constant source of subversive media and guidance to drop outs and direct action protesters. The most recent Crimethinc. Convergence this past July ended in a bit of a riot, broken up by police when activists started hurling flaming objects in the air. If I need to tell you, this stuff is pretty fascinating to dive into – you might start with this affidavit.
I’m always curious about connections between music (particularly hardcore) and propaganda and my natural tendency is to point to Dingledine as a crucial figure for the image of a lot of today’s political punks – he’s responsible since he provided the soundtrack to the revolution. Was it his shade I saw at the hxc matinee?