SUFFOCATE FASTER ***
Out of Cincinnati these Hardcore musicians played lots of local shows and formed the band in fall of 2001.
Gorilla Biscuits gave about everyone inspiration, and so did they do to Suffocate Faster. The band started to write aggressive, fist-clenching music combined with ferocious lyrics that emphasized its own political stance:
Straight-edge and pro-American. After playing around Cincinnati they headed West and toured California, Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) saw them and started to work with them. The band's debut album : "only time will tell" was made in no time and is a lesson in hardcore chemistry: one part NYC street-core, the other part Slayer!
"If you like heavy music, you'll definitely like it" according to Aaron the guitarman, and I did.
We're catching up on DVD's we still need to review. One of them is the latest RoadFools. Issue 13 had some people land in the hospital and that was bad luck. Still most of the crew stayed on two wheels most of the time.
This Roadfools was different in a way that a couple of riders chose 3 fellow riders to go on Roadfools. It sure ended up being a trip of BMX characters. If you think Beringer's riding is weird, wait till you see Kevin Nelson and his 23 kilo home made steel bike with wheelcovers. Dennis McCoy made it on the bus thanks to Lou Capparelli's one man team ("I only have one friend, and that's DMC"). If someone can keep you entertained on the road, it's Dennis. I cracked up in the outtakes section where Dennis is bro-ing down with a drunk black man. He sure can be a bastard too.
OFF THE WALL VOL VII by VANS Records
VANS RECORDS? Yes they are not only the best shoemaker in the world but also into music as well, didn't you hear about the "Steve van Doren Band"? We didn't but VANS is doing the famous WARPED TOUR for years now so they have a lot of contacts whitin the music industry and they put their favorite music on a compilation CD for the 7th time. Bands like Bad Religion/Fu Manchu/Pennywise and the Bouncing Souls are well known but the other 25 bands are all upcoming bands and makes this a perfect CD for the upcoming road trips. Check www.vans.com or www.vansshoes.nl how to get hold of this OFF THE WALL VOLUME 7 and put the volume on 10.
The Braun Front Brake Revolution was a special contest that evolved around liptricks with the use of a front brake. A 31 minute DVD was produced out of this contest and it turned out really well. It's a must have for all the tech rider that love the aspect of having a front brake on their bike to do good tricks with it. To explain more about the special contest, the DVD has interviews with Senad Grosic, Christophe Huber, Anthony Pill, Adam Banton, Rob Ridge and Mike o'Connell and shows more riding from a.o. Ben Foakes, Pete Marselle and James Weetch. With everyone mentioning Rick Moliterno and Krt Smitt as some of the originaters of front brake ramp tricks, the organization decided to go to Rampage for Front Brake Revolution part 2. Looks like a big posse of tech riders are warming up for this one:
"The second Front Brake Revolution is set to be huge, with the ever expanding rider list including: Rick Moliterno, Dave Freimuth, Dave Osato, Brian Vowell, Brian Kachinsky, Rob Nolli, Mike O'Connell, James Hitchcox, Tom Haughen, Dan Seig, Ben Foakes, Jim Reinstra, Senad Grosic, Christoph Huber, Dan Emerich, Neil Keddie, Anthony Pill, Anthony Pearson, Mark Murphy and many more....
RIGHTEOUS JAMS ***
Lenneke at KUNG FU Europe is back from ???? and send us some CD's again, I had to say hi to Twisted Guido but didn't see or hear from him for a long time so he might read this so my job is done.
The Righteous James out Boston finished their full length debut: Rage of Discipline. Touring with the VANS Warped Tour in 2004 they showed that they mean business with old school hardcore and if Dynamo festival was still around they would be playing there for sure. These guys are the new breed of Hardcore so check them out at a concert. They are playing in Europe tonight till Wednesday the 23rd. www.kungfurecords.com
Joe Kid on a Stingray narrator Jesse James is big time. He recently signed a 15 million dollar contract with K-mart that allows them to sell anything with a West Coast Choppers logo for a year.
When Jesse James checked his agenda and could not make it to the Joe Kid premiere in Hollywood on March 19th, the whole thing got moved back to April 2nd so he could attend. It sure will be a night to remember with all the old timers at the Cine Space.
FATBMX will be represented by the "Press from Holland asociale" (uhh associates), based out of Huntington Beach.
For those who went to the Pop!Session in Estonia or checked out the event on the internet, it is clear that Estonia has not fallen off the map. Right before the event, Risto and a bunch of his friends decided to publish a magazine called Sahtel.
With the filming of the Mega tour 4 done last week I decided to pop in Props Mega Tour #3. Where some companies are having problems collecting footage of each rider for their video, the Props crew collected 57 hours of footage in a good week. Mega Tour 3 had 6 teams present with a bit of Shitluck action added. UGP, Mutiny, Blacken, Empire, Hoffman and Profile were the other six. The tour touched the states of Oklahoma and Texas and many skate parks, street spots and some trails were visited. It also shows you have to drain a pool. The first attempts were with buckets of water until the water pump was fired up. To dry the thing up completely it was set on fire. It resulted in good footage though.
We at FATBMX don’t know shit about putting together our own videos. It seems like there are a lot of you guys out there that are messing around with digital video camera’s and computers. Maybe you can help us out making a couple of 30 seconds FATBMX commercials. We want to run some fresh ones in Props and Soul, the two leading BMX video magazines so you’re sure that the commercials will be seen.
Because of the fucked up PAL/NTSC tape system and the various DVD
Soul #26 has been released. It's by far the most international video magazine around. The quality of the Winter 2005 issue seems to progress in the same way that riding is progressing. It's got a Frenchman on the cover (Thomas Caillard) and shows footage from the Heartattack tour up in Scandinavia, the Urban Games in London, A bio on German Sven Hoffman, The Twenty jam in France, The Carhartt Ravage Road trip through the Netherlands + Germany, The Backyard jam in Derby, UK, a Bio on Aussie Corey Bohan and a Soul trip to CZ, A and SK. The video is 43 minutes and has a 32 minute bonus section. You can watch the trailer in the FAT Movies section.