Jerry's Kids is one of the earliest Boston hardcore punk bands, formed in 1981, from Braintree, Massachusetts. Their first recorded output was on the This Is Boston, Not L.A. compilation LP in 1982. They contributed six tracks along with other early Boston Hardcore band Gang Green. Frontman Bryan Jones and rhythm guitar player Dave Aronson left the band early on. Bryan Jones had broken his leg at one of their gigs and his parents denied him permission to play in the band any further. Bassist Rick Jones (Bryan's brother) switched to vocals and Chris Doherty of Gang Green took over on rhythm guitar. It was this line-up that recorded the classic 12 song LP Is This My World? in 1983, featuring songs such as "Cracks In The Wall", "Build Me A Bomb" and "Vietnam Syndrome".
Antidote were one of those early NYHC bands who put one stellar single and then disappeared, leaving the glory to a drove of less dazzling acts. Their "Thou Shalt Not Kill" EP was self-released in 1983. The drummer, Arthur "Googy", had played with the Misfits, and John "Bloodclot" Joseph does back-up vocals on the song "Real Deal," but this is actually an early NYC band that is important for the music and not the scenesters who were in it. In 2008 / 09 the band reunited to play three well received reunion shows focusing on early Antidote / The High & The Mighty material from the early 1980's.
Long Island’s Beyond appeared out of nowhere with their Dew It! demo in 1988, they brought something matchless upon the scene. With a love for both their hometown Hardcore scene as well as D.C’s Dag Nasty – not to mention a covert sprinkling of the chops they learned from their origins in Heavy Metal – the band rapidly rose within the ranks of the scene. Upon the strengths of the demo alone, they were soon touring with the likes of Gorilla Biscuits and Judge. But within a year of Beyond entrenching themselves in the NYHC scene they were falling apart at the seams due to collegiate responsibilities and guitarist Tom Capone joining Bold on second guitar (which would eventually lead to him forming Quicksand with Walter Schreifels). But there is no doubt of the impact they have left upon the Hardcore scene many years after the fact.
The F.U.'s formed in late 1981 as a three piece Boston hardcore punk band. In 1986 they changed their name to Straw Dogs, moving toward heavy metal and reformed under their original moniker in 2010. After the release of the third FUs album, the band had begun to take a more aggressive rock direction, or more of a punk direction vs a hardcore direction "whatever those words mean" as Steve Grimes wrote in a band bio. The changes were taken further when the band changed its name to Straw Dogs, with guitarist Steve Martin and drummer Chris "Bones" Jones added to the line-up. As Straw Dogs, the band released an EP followed by two albums.
Silence Equals Death is a NJHC band that brings a unique blend of aggression and melody. The band seeks to evolve our revolution for modern injustices to keep our voices strong and take power away from those in control.
Scalple is a fast punk band featuring members of Razorheads, Urchin, Extended Hell, and others!