Archive for June, 2011

Bloomington-Normal Hardcore: Semicids, Naked Hippy and beyond….

Posted in Misc, Opinions on June 29, 2011 by Billy Shears

When I was first getting into punk rock & hardcore in the late 80s, there couldn’t have been a bigger influence on me, nor would there ever be, then the folks and bands in the Bloomington-Normal scene. From catching Naked Hippy and drinking at The Gallery, to buying records at Appletree and Mother Murphy’s or any of the other shops that flourished back then, it was what people would refer to as their “salad days,” where every week I was hearing something new and amazing, and was grabbing up classic albums left and right.

One of the bands from that scene (and one that I saw more than a handful of times) was Semicids – an undisputed top band in the area. Always a great show, and always seemingly paired with my personal favorite BNHC band,  Naked Hippy, I often wondered what became of these dudes.

By chance (while looking for a Mediafire of the Naked Hippy LP that I still own but wanted a rip of) I came across this blog entry at Pig State Recon.

Son of a bitch. Not only does he remember fondly Semicids, but he actually interviewed them. “Nostalgia to the point of stomach pangs” is pretty much what transpired when reading the write-up and the interview: mentions of Electric Coffee, The Gallery, and numerous local bands kind of brought everything back in a flood.

Anyone who was remotely interested in Bloomington-Normal punk rock should check out the article, and for those of you that saw some of these bands or shows, it will be a tiny retrospective of the coolest kind.

I still have the demo tape tucked safely away at my house, and still remember those days fondly. Take a look at the interview and check out the MP3s posted for  a little glipmse into one of the bands that made the BNHC what it was.

Thanks for the write up, Pig State Recon. (P.S: if I ever start a band, we’re covering Naked Hippy.)


Congrats Bruins!

Posted in Updates on June 16, 2011 by Billy Shears

Congrats to the 2011 Stanley Cup champs The Boston Bruins.

P.S: Despite Vancouver’s best efforts, the “hard-nosed” Canadian image just isn’t developing. Sweet handbag, guy!

London Diehards Available Now

Posted in Updates on June 16, 2011 by Billy Shears

London Diehards

 Breaking me out of the Oi! doldrums I have been in for many, many months now, the latest offering from Rock’n’Roll Disgrace Records is a true hammer++++++++.  The LDs play hard-nosed British oi! in the vein of classic platters that one might have heard between 79-81 by the forefather bands whom are now considered indespinsible.  If you are a fan of the genre, this is, simply put (and cliche) – a must have.

Head over to RRD and order a copy or two. (The shipping issues that are inevitably going to be mentioned have been resolved, so saying you didn’t get the Diamond Reo record that you ordered in 1976 isn’t going to cut it anymore.)