Tuesday, August 14, 2018

United Front Issue Two (August 1988)

Here we have a true piece of Florida core history. United Front Issue Two is a slice of the scene going on in South Florida in the summer of '88, a time pivotal to all of the U.S. for hardcore music. Author "Dan" hand-writes most of this fanzine - not sure who Dan is but if anyone does know, hit me up as I would love to check out any other issues.

Reading this really put me in the shoes of what it might have been like being involved in the young Miami scene, going to house shows and obsessing over any New York hardcore one could get their hands on. Readers please keep in mind this was written at a time where being a punk often meant being shocking or offensive for the sake of turning heads, so there are some words and images you probably would not see in a similar fanzine today. Thanks to lifer Dennis Williams for hooking me up with this! Enjoy; preview images and download below.

United Front Issue Two Cover

Crossword Puzzle & Gig Review

CTHC & NYHC Reviews

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Winter 2018 News

Exact Change Records 7, T.N.T.'s "World Domination", is now available at Steelworker Records and on our online store. If you haven't checked it out yet, you can listen to the release in full on YouTube here. In case you were not yet aware, T.N.T. is an explosive force from Atlanta's underbelly. While you can get an idea of what to expect considering their live covers of I Hate You and Left For Dead, T.N.T. at their core is something else entirely. Wise up or be dominated!

In other news, Exact Change Fanzine 1 and the Final Say Demo are all sold out. Curbed and T.N.T. tapes are all that are in stock, and label tees have gone on sale if you want to grab one. That being said, there are a handful of each release from Exact Change Records 3 all the way to 7 laying around at Steelworker Records in Tampa.

Upcoming, we have the Search For Purpose LP to be released this summer as a joined effort between Exact Change Records and Plead Your Case Records. Two Search For Purpose tracks off of the record, Eternal Emotion and Journey, were posted by Search For Purpose here on their bandcamp. Above is the artwork for that promotional material, and below is a video of their most recent show.

Thanks for reading! Exact Change Fanzine 2 out soon.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Select Florida Demos 2001-2004: Face Up, Flame Still Burns, Team Effort and X Option Zero X

Big thanks to John McHale for hooking me up with copies of each of these, I owe you some tapes next time I'm in Miami. Here are a bunch of tapes from the early 2000's in FL that likely did not exist digitally prior to now. Corny to some, crucial to others, essential to any core scholar from Florida. Read a quick snippet and listen away below.

Face Up - Sweatpants and Hardstances

Members of Clean Cut, another Florida straight edge favorite, put out as an early release on Think Fast Records (which later released Outbreak, Have Heart, The Geeks etc.). 
Flame Still Burns - Edge 2001 Demo

Released on Think Fast Records right after the Face Up demo, Flame Still Burns sounds like a adrenaline charged flurry of straight edge hardcore. Taking their namesake from Youth Of Today, the drum and vocal production on this one has me feeling a little overstimulated. I'm thinking they maybe should have followed the advice of another track from the Youth Crew - "Slow Down"! However you slice it, here it is.

Team Effort - Demo

Some members from this band play in some currently active, not-so-much-hardcore bands of now that shall not be named. Doesn't matter! This demo is actually probably the tightest of the bunch. Such a crazy intro name... is the edgeman on the cover clutching some sort of  baguette? Not sure. Check these jams out, though!

X Option Zero X - Pure Core Pride Demo 2002

Yellow copies must have been cheaper to run off or something! This demo, musically and lyrically... leaves a bit to be desired. I do love the name Pure Core Pride though, which itself is anything but underwhelming. The oddly proportioned, accidentally manga-like edgeman on the cover is what sells it for me. File under: automatically like this because it's Florida, but don't expect anyone else to get it.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Exact Change Fanzine

The long-awaited first issue of Exact Change Fanzine is now available. Pick up a copy here or get in touch about local events it will be available at. Interviews with Orange County's Discrepancy and North Carolina's Substance, as well as features on Powerhouse and Curbed from FL.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Exact Change 2017 Summer Wrap-Up

Exact Change will be moving at a much more deliberate pace starting in Fall 2017, and should certainly show by Winter 2017. Until then, there has been rumblings from Exact Change that you may have missed, so here's the scoop to catch you up.

Curbed is currently writing a new chunk of material to debut the next time they play a show. With modern material and a Rampage cover in tow, Curbed hit the road and ended up on a Damaged City after show. Luckily, hate5six was there to capture the moment.

Final Say released four tracks of straight edge hardcore. Material for a 7" is surfacing between members. Over the summer months, Final Say played our first show with Bind in Tarpon Springs, another in Tampa with Curbed, then hopped on a punk show in Orlando. Final Say will be playing our next show on October 21 in South Florida for Edge Day.

Crisis Unit live tapes have sold out, but there are still a handful of Final Say, Curbed and Hit List tapes in the online store, as well as some discounted label tees. Check that out here and grab some tapes before they're gone. All orders between now and the release of the magazine will receive a promotional pre-zine sheet. Speaking of which...

Exact Change Fanzine #1 has been a long time coming. Years, in fact. You can read more about the story behind the wait in July's Core Club to be released later today. Despite the inner struggle I've gone back and forth about in my mind about the necessity (or lack thereof) of physical magazines in hardcore, I've come to the conclusion that creativity and production is vital to the life's blood of the core community and it's time to put out the magazine without excuse. Though the content has gone through several revisions, expect Exact Change Fanzine #1 with interviews with Substance, Discrepancy, Curbed, Powerhouse and more to be released by the end of August.

Check back soon for new release details.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sick Of Talk May 2017 Tour

Come catch Sick of Talk on our 2017 tour across the southern USA. The first three dates will be accompanied by Atlanta's Pay To Cum, as well as other dates with bands like Abuse Of Power, Search For Purpose, Laughing Sword and many more. For any additional information on dates visit the tour event on Facebook here or feel free to email me at garrettxstrobel@gmail.com. I will have all available Exact Change Records releases with me on this tour.

See you soon!