Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I guess it started some time around the latter part of 1997 or 1998 that I started hanging out with the guys who was then running GET IN TOUCH zine, who for your info were the now infamous Regala brothers. I was living in Cavite that time and spending most of my time forming this new straightedge band called FEUD and making copies of my zine called STEP FORWARD. Inevitably, our paths crossed and knew then that we all wanted the same things to happen, and so the need for a merger of these two zines followed suit, hence: THE GET IN TOUCH – STEP FORWARD CONSPIRACY, or The Conspiracy, for brevity. We managed to release a couple of issues which was then considered essential reading for any hardcore punk kid. We’re so proud of those issues and it’s a shame that we have stopped doing those zines in place of the more convenient Myspace/Blogging shit we have these days.
The following years (around 2001-2005), T4 released a bunch of crucial stuff in CD-R format. We still didn’t have enough money at that time to make a ‘professional’ CD release and cassette tape pressing plants were all closing down at that time, so CD-Rs were the format of choice and by necessity. The local hardcore punk scene was booming again and T4 was at the center of it all.
THE END OF THE CD-R. THE ERA OF THE SPLITS…
After the HTB demo, the people at T4 finally decided to forego the CD-R format. Maybe we became too rich to finally release the CDs in a ‘professional’ way. Hehe. But our cheapskate asses were always out thereto maximize the costs of CD reproduction so most of the CD releases were splits. Anyway, whatever it is, check out the following releases:
T4:15 V/A - TAKE NO HEROES CD - An international compilation of positive hardcore bands all over the globe including FEUD, THE MUTINY,POINTING FINGER, RAZLOG ZA, NO VIOLENCE, ONLY WAY OUT, CRICKBAT, SINCERITY, CITA ATTIEKSME and SECOND COMBAT; Co-released with the best labels in the world: W.G.F, Boisleve, Heart on Fire, El Trasgo, Refuse, Kid For Life and In My Heart Empire. Crucial record for the international hardcore scene!
T4:16 VITAMIN X ‘Philippine Tour: Collection’ CD This CD coincided with the Vitamin X tour here in the Philippines. Co-released with Delusion of Terror, this CD features 36 songs from different VX releases all over the globe. Great introduction to a legendary hardcore punk band from the Netherlands.
T4:17 V/A IT’S ALL IN OUR HANDS FEUD/PLAY/HALF THE BATTLE 3-WAY SPLIT CD - Quite possibly, one of the greatest releases in our local hardcore punk history. This split gathers together three of the best hardcore bands that existed in the Philippines: PLAY, a then upcoming thrash/hardcore band from Bulacan with great positive lyrics and lots of sing-alongs, HALF THE BATTLE, fresh off their demo release,fast American Nightmare-styled hardcore and FEUD featuring their new songs after their ‘Battling Bastards…’ CD. All with excellent and well thought out lyrics.
T4:18 URBANOS/CHOKECOCOI split CD - Part of the split series from T4, all female hardcore punk rippers from Quezon, Chokecoci teams up with Argentina's URBANOS - and they both destroy on this CD. Co-released with Delusion of Terror.
T4:19 V/A ‘NEW NAMES FOR OLD DESIRES’ 4 WAY SPLIT: NUCLEAR PUNISHMENT; ISVARAH; PRAYER OF ENDURANCE; FORGIVENESS DENIED – Co-released with Major Malfunction and Delusion of Terror, this four-way split features the best new bands of our hardcore punk community. Four bands hailing from Baguio, Cavite, Batangas and Manila strut their wares and their own take of hardcore punk! Great lay-out with raging bands!!!
T4:20 BYSTORM/PULLING TEETH split CD – Bridging the oceans has always been a major goal of T4, as shown in this split CD between Baltimore heavyweights’ PULLING TEETH and Manila’s Mosh Machine: BYSTORM. Eleven tracks from BYSTORM (including a cover of ‘Money’ by Earthmover) while the PULLING TEETH side features their entire sessions with the FRIGHTENES split and a full live set from WERS Radio! Yeah!!
T4:20 SAUNA – DEEPER IT GOES CD – Quite arguably, the most anticipated release of last year has been finally released. These new songs show the evolution of Sauna from their early days to the monster they have grown today. The Converge comparison cannot be denied but Sauna is Sauna. Check it out.
Thanks for reading and watch out for these shit very soon!!!
T4:21 RICHARD COLLIER – FOR THE LOVE OF DEATH CD
T4:22 V/A – PILIPINAS THRASH DETONATION CD
T4:23 V/A FOUR-WAY DANCE – ESKAPO; ISTUKAS OVER DISNEYLAND; LA GRITA; KILL RATIO
T4:24 V/A BIOFEEDBACK TRIBUTE 2xCD
You've read about it, now download this shit: http://www.sendspace.com/file/83np7r
Share this one to everyone you know, make copies, hell, you can even ask us for covers if you want to! Thanks for the support through all these years!
Good Stuff: Chokehold - Final Show 3-23-96, Ignite - Our Darkest Day, Underoath - Discography
Bad Stuff: Boston Celtics - Atlanta Hawks, 2-2 while Los Angeles Lakers - Denver Nuggets 4-0, what the?!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Ok, this is something new for this blog. We went to Green's Veggie Restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City last Sunday for lunch. This is easily my favorite food these days - Green's classic BBQ, Sisig and the other one, which I don't really like is Sweet and Sour Faux Fish. All of which are vegan so you don't need to worry, you vegan warrior!
Served with spicy vinegar and soy sauce and ice-cold soda and you're all set. The place itself is in a nice family/garden setting.
Good Stuff: NBA Playoffs, Converge DW Live Series, Pulling Teeth videos in MyspaceTV
Bad Stuff: ---
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Check the new issue of I Remember Halloween now! Recommended reading!
2nd issue OUT NOW! Featuring in-depth interviews with Extortion, Fall Of Efrafa and Bloody Phoenix. Also includes Bystorm SE Asia tour diary plus reviews, photos and articles.
Hit him up @ http://www.myspace.com/dane666
- Bands who asked to be put in the line-up who did not show up (including the previous NCI shows) will not be included in future shows anymore (Come on, there are plenty of bands out there who would love to be in your position. We'll definitely be focusing more on these bands. You're not even that big and you already have an attittude problem. So fucked up, dude.)
- Timeslot : It seems that some bands do not have any respect to the organizers by not coming to their slated timeslot and even have the nerve to complain on why they were put at the last slot. Hey, if you don't come on time, you better play last, or not at all, capisce?
- Entrance fee : I think it's about time that gate prices are raised. Door prices are the same as if we were in the late 80's or mid90's. The gate price does not cover the gig costs (venue, equipment, etc.) anymore and the organizers are in danger of quitting organizing shows than losing all of their hard-earned money. And there are those who have the balls to complain that the gate price is too high but they have enough money to get wasted outside the venue and cause trouble at the show. If you won't pay the gate price at the show, maybe it's best if you don't come at all. If you don't want to support the bands playing, then just stay at home and complain on your fucking myspace account or create your complaint blog. Fuck you. We don't need you anyway. Fucking scum.
I still got a lot of gripe about last Friday's show but here are some positives:
- Istukas Over Disneyland playing first even though there are very few people at the venue just to get the ball rolling. These guys are one of the best right now, especially when they started playing faster, harder hardcore punk. Watch out for their upcoming 4-way split with ESKAPO, KILL RATIO and LA GRITA.
- KILL RATIO's set ruled. D-beat MADNESS or as they say : Manila Destructocore!!! Where's the shirt?!?
- TAKE-4 SAMPLER was released at this show! More on this on the next blog!
- BYSTORM playing a surprise set to the delight of the crowd. Denver telling us the next song was 'Banal' and then playing 'Kampo Santo'. Funny shit. And then coming to eat and drink coffee at Dunkin Donuts Aurora Blvd. (the only 24-hour Donut shop we know!) but did not do so, because apparently, he wanted to eat rice. Drove Crisanto crazy. Hehe.
- Had my digicam on this show but did not shoot any photos because the batteries had no charge, so if you're reading this and have some photos from the show, please, do tell.
That's it. Go to the CAVITE show this Saturday cause it will defnitely be a party!!! C-ya!
Good Stuff: CROSS EXAMINATION/SPRING BREAK "Super Party Brothers", CONGA FURY "Dear Friends", IxRxHx no. 2!
Bad stuff: The stuff I talked about earlier...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
As promised, here is the latest edition of our "rare" stuff which you can now download and share with everyone you know for free. This is the first-ever demo tape from FEUD. If the schedule permits, I'll have the original lyric sheet and covers scanned for you to have a copy. Here's a desription from the upcoming TAKE-4 Sampler CD:
"As for the label, the first release of T4 is of course T4:01 FEUD: NEVER SURRENDER TO THE ENEMY demo tape which was recorded live at some studio in Singalong, Manila with the Quiricada Youth Crew providing the back-up vocals. A friend from Malaysia (Rain City Fanzine) helped us release that demo tape. It contains covers of Vitamin X and Youth of Today and was a sign of things to come for our local scene. "
Good Stuff: The Smiths 'The World Won't Listen'
Bad Stuff: Latino.Myspace.Com
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Start of the Beach Series in this blog. Check out the nice sunset and beach pics in San Antonio, Zambales. Would have been perfect if not for the rough ride near the resort/hotel to stay in. Nice people and nice food too. Forgot to take some pics of the food though. They have some nice veggie curry (available upon request of course!). They have a pool too in case you're too weird to hate the sea water.
Good stuff: Eskapo 'Wind of Hell', FC Five - everything!
Bad stuff: High gas prices! Crime In Stereo (don't know why)
A SKATE AND MUSICk PARTY
with obstacles and with bands playingbeautiful musick featuring:
YOUTH FOR CRUST.
AGGRESSIVE DOG ATTACK.
LOSS OF CONTROL.
HIS DEVINE GRACE.
DIVIDED WE FALL
PHASE 3-A COURT, BAHAYANG PAG-ASA
MAY 3, 2008
SKATE SESSIONS STARTS AT 4PMGIG STARTS AT 6PM
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Check out some pics of the latest pressing of one of the seminal thrash compilation from the Cavite area circa 2003. This compilation represents the hardcore/thrash/fastcore bands at that time. Most of the bands here have long since broken up but this is one of the best ways to remeber them. Produced and printed on CD-R (silkscreened with the infamous Nardong Putik- fuckin A Cavite icon!), this comp. is available for only 50 bucks a pop! How cheap can you get?!
Here's some pics of the new PLAY shirt. Kinda looks like the old BATTERY shirts. This one's on white Winner shirts with Green Ink. The other color is Black Ink on Gray Winner shirts. Price is P200 direct/P250 registered airmail. Perfect for thrashin' shit up and going round in endless circle pits.
Monday, April 14, 2008
After BYSTORM's succesful tour of Malaysia and Singapore last March, Lucena/Pagbilao's finest CHOKECOCOI will tour Singapore and Malaysia for a weekend of thrashin' and mayhem on SG and KL! Plus they also get to watch SICK OF IT ALL! Damn! Wish I could come..
Don't forget to pick up a copy of the CHOKECOCOI/URBANOS split CD. Still available under Take-4 Collective and Delusion of Terror Records.
I wish you all the luck girls! Kick ass!
Check out some pics of the recent BYSTORM tour: myspace.com/lacosanuestro
Currently rocking out to: Chokecocoi 'Karamihan ng Tao ay Pu (Biofeedback Cover)'
In this site you'll read about me and the stuff I do and like, upcoming shows and tour, I'll also try to post some pics I've taken, shirt photos, food photos, some commentary. Just general interests that you may want to read about.
That's about it. This is only a test run. I'll post some pics of new shirts available and upcoming designs plus some info for the upcoming CHOKECOCOI Malaysia/Singapore Tour. Thanks for reading and check this blog often. Add me up in your myspace: myspace.com/lacosanuestro or BYSTORM: myspace.com/xbystormx
Good Stuff: Reign Supreme 'American Violence', Blacklisted 'Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God', Chokecocoi's upcoming tour, Magrudergrind '62 Trax of Thrash', passing the bar exams recently, new PLAY shirts
Bad Stuff: Looking for a new job