Scraping Genius Off The Wheel


  • Gary Suarez

DON’T FORGET YOUR ROOTS, ESTABLISHED HARDCORE BANDSIf you’ve been to a hardcore show in, say, the past fifteen years, chances are that at least one band on the bill played a cover song made famous by another hardcore act. It’s a surefire way to get a pit going even if your band’s original material sucks. Fortunately, H2O and Skarhead, two bands that most certainly do not suck, have decided to pay respects to their hardcore predecessors with respective covers albums. H2O just entered the studio this week to begin work on Don’t Forget Your Roots (a title that H2O fans will smirk at given the anthemic “Family Tree”), which will feature their interpretations of The Ramones, Dag Nasty, Madball, Rancid, Circle Jerks, Descendents, Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, The Clash, Government Issue, Verbal Assault, Gorilla Biscuits, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, 7 Seconds, Embrace, Social Distortion, Sick of It All and Warzone.

Skarhead, on the other hand, have already recorded their covers record, due out this July on I Scream Records. Entitled Dreams Don’t Die, the collection features a shit ton of guests including Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror), Eddie Sutton (Leeway), and Scott Vogel (Terror). Next month, Lord Ezec will lead a Skarhead tour that goes up and down the East Coast with a few Midwest dates towards the end. I caught the band’s set at last year’s Black N Blue Bowl, and if you like your hardcore thuggish and raw, you won’t want to miss this. Furthermore, Eddie Sutton is joining the band for this jaunt! You can find these dates along with the Dreams Don’t Die track-listing below.

June 9th – The Brickhouse in Dover, NH
June 10th – Wonderland Ballroom in Revere, MA
June 11th – Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury, CT
June 12th – Long Island Fest in Bay Shore, NY
June 13th – Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ
June 14th – The Dub Land Underground in Rochester, NY
June 15th – The SideBar in Baltimore, MD
June 16th – The Pitt in Jacksonville, FL
June 18th – Eve in Miami, FL
June 19th – The Brass Mug in Tampa, FL
June 22nd – The Lagerhaus in Detroit, MI
June 23rd – Volcano Room in Chicago, IL
June 24th – Now That’s Class in Cleveland, OH
June 25th – Tsunami Fest in Reading, PA

Dreams Don’t Die track-listing:
1. “The Hard Way” (originally by Outburst) – featuring Scott Vogel
2. “Backtrack” (originally by Killing Time) – featuring Mad Joe
3. “As One” (originally by Warzone)
4. “Trueblue” (originally by Underdog) – featuring Jimmy Williams & Stress The Whiteboy
5. “Pete’s Sake” (originally by Sick Of It All) – featuring Bundy Blunts
6. “Malfunction” (originally by Cro-Mags) – featuring Eddie Sutton
7. “Sit Home And Rot” (originally by Murphy’s Law) – featuring Stress The Whiteboy
8. “United Forces” (originally by S.O.D.) – featuring Adlib
9. “Stand For” (originally by Leeway) – featuring Eye-Ra-Haze
10. “Cup O Joe” (originally by Sheer Terror)
11. “Break Down The Walls” (originally by Youth Of Today) – featuring Ivan Murillo
12. “Soulcraft” (originally by Bad Brains) – featuring Eddie Sutton
13. “With Time (originally by Agnostic Front)
14. “When You Were Mine” (originally by Cyndi Lauper) – featuring Paul Bearer


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