Posts Tagged ‘Hold A Grudge

18
Sep
16

hold a grudge – no compromise cassette

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Here at Rebel Time Records it’s no secret that we’re all big fans of Hold A Grudge. Straight out of Montreal, Quebec, they are a perfect blend / perfect storm of punk, hardcore and oi.

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Mat, Jee-P, Scott and Dan … Hold A Grudge

As their bio says: “Hold A Grudge is a perfect mix of the anger of hardcore, street-punk’s spirit of revolt and the uncompromising attitude of Oi.”

The most recent line-up of Hold A Grudge is/was: Dan 86 on Guitar,  Jee-P  doing up Vocals, Mat Oi on Bass and Scott on Drums. Let it be noted that these guys have played in/do play in such bands as Jeunesse Apatride, Subsistance, Shotcallers, Bastard 86, King Cans and Dynamite Express…

The band got together in 2004 and broke up about 10 years later. The good news is that Hold A Grudge is  getting together for one last show on October 1st, 2016 in Montreal.

The show is a benefit for the Montreal SPCA.

The band says: “a lot of bullshit is being spread all around Montreal about pitbulls, with a breed-specific legislation (an outright ban…) creeping right around the corner. As pitbull hagreunionposterlovers, animal lovers, or just general decent human beings, we wanted to do our part to help stop the city from passing this law and help our little furry friends. THIS IS A BENEFIT SHOW FOR THE MONTREAL SPCA. They have proven to be the best allies in this debate so far and therefore we trust them completely to do the best they can with the money we will raise with this show.”

More good news! Before they broke up, the band recorded about 15 new songs. Two labels – Dure Realitie and Rebel Time Records –  have joined forces to release some of these songs on cassette. The cassette will be available for sale at the October 1, 2016 show. We’ll also have some available in the Rebel Time Records distro!

… and … here it is … 11 top tracks of punk/hardcore/oi … !

Back in 2010, Hold A Grudge released a full-length called “Doing Time” on Insurgence Records … you can stream it right the heck here courtesy of Dying Scene … that should hold you until the “No Compromise” cassette come out!

Here’s a few reviews of “Doing Time” that give you a good feel for what the band is all about…

“Goes to show you can’t always judge an album by it sleeve. Hold A Grudge, I was convinced were going to be tough-guy metallic Hardcore, but truth be told their style is hagheadsubstantially more fitting with the Insurgence roster than their image might suggest. There’s a well-built crossover at play here that incorporates Oi! and Street Punk fundamentals, excellently balancing the Gorilla Biscuit-styled Hardcore that represents the flipside to Hold A Grudge. Bands like Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law and Youth Brigade were master craftsmen of this technique and it’s a fusion I’m more than partial to. Being based as they are out of Montreal, Canada (and considering the label it’s being issued on) there’s a characteristic left-leaning social stance to Hold A Grudge, which is a welcome departure from some of the current generation of Hardcore bands. A promising contribution.” (Riot 77)

“Hold A Grudge are classic mid-paced hardcore, the good old solid kind that’ll get you through a bad day with enough left over for a pleasant supper. While at first it may seem like there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about the sound, listen a bit more closely hagnocompand you’ll find there’s plenty of originality on show, more than enough to make it enjoyable to the ears rather than just a task they have to endure. Beyond the initial intensity we’ve come to love from the style, there’s a strong street edge that’s well-executed and is a respectful nod to their oldschool punk and Oi! forbears. And the smooth tightness that you’d expect from bandmates who’ve done hard time together is all present and correct.
Lyrics adopt a posi attitude with a sussed social conscience, but don’t forget that everyday life can be tough at times. HAG know that survival doesn’t always come easy and occasionally carries a heavy price, but never forget that the good times always outweigh the bad. It’s clear that the need for unity underpins much of their thinking, and who can argue with that?
Altogether, this album is far more a pleasure than a chore and is a cut above much of what passes for hardcore these days.” (Old Punks Never Die)

“Hardcore punks Hold A Grudge know how to make a riff stick: by nail-gunning it to your noodle. The beauty of knowing what you’re doing reveals itself in the command of the tools of your trade, and the Montreal five-piece show themselves to be master craftsmen on this sophomore release, graduates of the old school of punk and hardcore where power haglogotwoand precision drove your points home. Hold A Grudge reference much in the way of both East and West Coast hardcore of yore, as well as British punk and Oi! of yesteryear, but veteran sensibilities keep the gang vocals, rolling drum thunder and flying up-front guitars both fat and fresh, and fans of the form will be hard-pressed to find any doing it better.” (Hour Community)

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09
Jan
16

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Randy Smith (Rebel Time Records)

Back in October, Mick from the most excellent Just Some Punk Songs blog asked if I’d be up for compiling a “10 best punk songs” list (with videos) for said blog. Here’s what I came up with (in alphabetical order, from A to Z!)…

Massive thanks to Mick for allowing me the opportunity to share some of my favourite bands and music. Much appreciated!  As I have a ton of favourite bands and songs, and as Rebel Time Records is a ‘political punk rock’ label,  I narrowed it down by picking only Canadian bands and songs that mean a lot to me both on a personal and political level; songs that both move me and make me move; songs that make me want to raise a pint (or a least, a virgin Caesar) and a fist.  Not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination…there are just so many other great bands that could have/should have been on this list…cheers!
ACTION SEDITION – CLASSE CONTRE CLASSE

About 3 years back I noticed that a band called Action Sedition was starting to play out in Montreal.   Great name,  I sez to myself,  but what the heck do they sound like and what are they singing about?  My answer came in the form of their 8-song demo  Rapport de Force  which came out in 2012. Holy Head of Jesus ! What a platter  Left-radical, anti-capitalist, anti-fascist catchy political streetpunk done up just the way I like it! The first song I listened to was  “Prisonniers Politiques”  and I was stoked to see/hear the lyrics name-check a political prisoner I used to correspond with back in the day. Fast-forward a couple of years and I’m proud to say that Rebel Time Records has put the band on tour in Ontario and has also helped to release some top-tunes from the band. Action Sedition is a band that walks the talk…members are active in such groups as the IWW, Montreal Red and Anarchist Skinheads, Montreal Sisterhood and they do  Revolution Fest (3 days of  feminist, anti-capitalist and anti-fascist  music) in Montreal every year.

BROADCAST ZERO – IT DIES WITH YOU

One of the guitarists from Broadcast Zero, Phil D, and I started Rebel Time Records back in 2008.  Our first release was the first Broadcast Zero album  “Yesterday, You Could Change The World”.  This song is from their second album  “Some Concerns Regarding This Revolt,”  which, personally, I think slipped under the radar a bit and didn’t get the attention it deserved. Faster, angrier, tighter and more focused than the first album, with insightful lyrics from singer Nick, who said at the time that “the album  takes on a theme of deconstruction, raising questions of personal accountability and participation, and stressing the importance of looking in the mirror before pointing fingers.”  Or, as one reviewer put it: “a unique union of societal concerns and life lessons.”  The band toured Canada/North America 3 times in about 3 years. Though broken up, they have reunited on occasion for very worthy causes…

THE CLASS ASSASSINS – NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

“No Justice  No Peace”…this song was first released back in 2000, on The Class Assassin’s original demo CD . Since then, it has come out in different versions, on different releases. This version is from the  No Justice…  7”  and, 15 years in, it’s still one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands, with a message that is as pertinent and powerful now as it was then. Timeless, catchy-as-heck, anthemic, sing-a-long streetpunk with something to say. The guys in the band are a veritable who’s-who of Toronto punk rock…over the past 20 or 30 years they’ve been in such bands as Bitter Grin, Hockey Teeth, Direct Action, 2-Pump Louie, Sinkin’ Ships, Problem Children, Chronic Submission and more.  Stoked to have a couple of Class Ass releases under our Rebel Time Records belts.

THE FALLOUT – PEACE LOVE AND ANARCHY

I’m a Fallout-booster. There is just no getting around that. I shout their praise (and rightly so!) from the mountains and the roof-tops.  This 3-piece combo has been described as  ‘straight-up, stripped-down political punk rock,’ and one sage reviewer noted that ” Their catchy-as-hell, sing-along, three-chord punk rock packs a definite punch and is coupled with well-crafted and well-articulated, socially-conscious lyrics that crackle with heartfelt anger and urgency.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself! Me, I find their first full-length “Turning Revolution Into Money” to be an absolute classic. This particular song, Peace Love And Anarchy serves as the theme song of Rebel Time Radio (Wednesdays, from 9:00PM to 10:0PM on SoundFM100.3, broadcasting out of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario). Fittingly, it’s about building genuine and caring communities outside of corporate culture.  Pat from Brutal Youth / Class War Kids has recently joined the band on bass, and word on the streets is that new material is forthcoming…

 

HOCKEY TEETH – NOT SO LONG AGO

No less a punk rock luminary than Damien of Fucked Up fame has declared the record this song was on ‘the 10th best punk rock 7″ to come out of Toronto.’ He says: “The opening of this record has a sample from a Nazi on Geraldo espousing his beliefs before he’s cut off by one of the greatest anti-fascist songs ever: Not So Long Ago.” Hey, who am I to argue with that! In the spirit of full disclosure, the two guitarists from this band (brothers Chris and Dan) went on to form the aforementioned The Class Assassins. Hockey Teeth was a band that walked the talk. As Mark, the singer, said recently: “I am …proud to say that my friends/band mates over the years have done our best to help every organization that we could playing as many benefit shows as we did…whether it was in support of Womyn’s shelters, Animal welfare, human rights/dignities, equal rights, and food banks/shelters etc. We may have been a small thing in the scope of things, but I know we helped many. I know we may have been a small change in the world, but if you start to act locally, it can have a great effect globally. ” Nice one Hockey Teeth!!

 

HOLD A GRUDGE / JEUNESSE APATRIDE: BUILD SOMETHING GREAT

Two for one!
Originally released by the late, great Hold A Grudge on their “Doing Time” album in 2010 and covered and released by the late, great Jeunesse Apatride on their “Jusq’au bout” album in 2014 .Two great bands from Montreal who just happened to share both a bass player and a positive political attitude, as exemplified by this tune. It’s an upbeat, uplifting and inspirational call-to-arms. Take they lyrics to heart!!
Honoured to have had both bands play Rebel Time Records shows and Rebel Fests. Having Jeunesse Apatride play the very first Rebel Fest was amazing. From what I understand, it was their only show (aside from European shows) outside of Quebec. Merci!!
Note 1: Hold a Grudge recorded a second album that has yet to see the light of day…fingers crossed that it does…
Note 2: The first 3 Jeuensse Apatride albums can be downloaded FOR FREE at their bandcamp page…

 

KILLING FIELDS – DOWN TO MY LAST ROUND

“Hardcore Against Capitalism,” that’s how Killing Fields described themselves. Raging political HC out of, yep, Montreal. This song came out on their 5-song cassette tape release “Down To My Last Round,” released in 2009. First came across this band on Myspace (!) and was intrigued. Another Quebec band that Rebel Time Records was able to convince, back in 2010, to make the 8 hour trip to Hamilton to play one of our Sunday afternoon Punk Rock Matinees. Sadly, the band broke up shortly thereafter, but, happily, recently, they have threatened to reform in one shape or another. Hoping that happens! In the meantime, you can download their 5 song cassette release FOR FREE on Bandcamp…do it, do it now!

 

THE REBEL SPELL – FIGHT FOR THE SUN

One of my favourite songs (both in terms of music and music) from one of my favourite bands and the last song on what I imagine will be the last album from the band. The first time I heard this tune, I got all verklempt (and still do when listening to it) The death of singer Todd Serious back in March 2015 hit us all hard, no doubt about it. We’re still in recovery mode. I couldn’t listen to anything by The Rebel Spell for quite a while, but, when I decided it was time to do so, this was the song I chose to start off with. For me personally, a song that fundamentally encapsulates the band’s ethos…committed, caring, uncompromising and compassionate. Inspirational and incendiary. Can’t say enough good things about this band and the people who comprised it. DIY political punk at it’s best. Please check them out and please fight for the sun…

 

S.C.U.M. – SO MUCH HATE

“S.C.U.M. stood for Society Controlled Under Murderers. The police in Montreal were known as the C.U.M. (Communaute Urbaine de Montreal) and they had street signs up for them so this was an easy graffiti thing to do was to put S’s in front of their acronym.” – Equalizing X Distort
Quite simply, one of the great anti-cop songs of all time, from Montreal’s S.C.U.M. The anger is visceral and palpable and, 30 years after this song was first released, still righteous and relevant. I mean, just this week 8 Quebec cops have been suspended for alleged sexual assaults on aboriginal women and in Toronto, the trial has started for the cop who pumped 9 rounds into Sammy Yatim. The last line of this song alone is worth the price of admission…”Your funeral is my party, pig.”
This song plays in my head a lot. I mean, a lot! It’s my all-purpose, go-to tune when The Man is pissing me off…

 

ZEROPTION – TRAITOR RED

1983. Sitting in a PoliSci class at McMaster University in Hamilton. Reading a copy of Black Triangle, a local punk zine. Dude sitting about three seats down on my left sees me reading it and whispers over “Hey, I’m in that zine!” Hmmm. I flip through the pages and, lo and behold, I see a picture of the dude. His name is Gord, and he plays bass for Zeroption. And, hey, I just happen to love Zeroption! I’d recently picked up the ‘TO Hardcore ’83’ compilation tape which featured a bunch of Toronto punk/HC bands, including Zeroption. Red Scare is one of the 3 tracks of great political punk rock they contributed to the comp.
Long story short, we got to talking and it turned out that both Gord and the band’s guitar player, Stuart, were attending McMaster. Of course, we all bonded over a shared love of punk rock and political science.I remember Gord made up a mixtape for me with stuff like Bad Religion, Die Kreuzen, SSD and Personality Crisis. He also gave me a tape with 8 or 10 Zeroption songs. Sadly, both tapes are long lost.

10
Jul
10

STREAM THE NEW “HOLD A GRUDGE” ALBUM

Insurgence Records has recently released  the new HOLD A GRUDGE album “Doing Time”…here’s what one reviewer had to say about the disc:

“Hardcore punks Hold A Grudge know how to make a riff stick: by nail-gunning it to your noodle. The beauty of knowing what you’re doing reveals itself in the command of the tools of your trade, and the Montreal five-piece show themselves to be master craftsmen on this sophomore release, graduates of the old school of punk and hardcore where power and precision drove your points home. Hold A Grudge reference much in the way of both East and West Coast hardcore of yore, as well as British punk and Oi! of yesteryear, but veteran sensibilities keep the gang vocals, rolling drum thunder and flying up-front guitars both fat and fresh, and fans of the form will be hard-pressed to find any doing it better.”

You can now stream the full album, couresy of the good folks at the Dying Scene punk news site, HERE!

18
Jun
10

INTERVIEW WITH HOLD A GRUDGE

Aaron from the always excellent Roots Rock Rebel radio show interviews Hold A Grudge…check out the podcast HERE.

From the Roots Rock Rebel site:

Welcome back to another weekly edition of Roots Rock Rebel! This week we had the pleasure of getting a visit in the CKUT from members of Hold a Grudge. Hold a Grudge are a Montreal punk band who combine a bunch of different styles ranging from oi! to streetpunk to hardcore, all with a good dose of antifascist politics, attitude, and fun! They launched their most recent album “Doin’ time” on Insugence Records last april, and it rocks.

13
Feb
10

HOLD A GRUDGE: “THE KIDS” VIDEO

The song is “The Kids,” from their upcoming release “Doing Time” on Insurgence Records!

06
Feb
10

NEW RELEASES FROM INSURGENCE RECORDS!

Coming in March 2010!! Check the INSURGENCE RECORDS WEBSITE for more info and some tunes!

REDSKINS: The legendary Redskins were an early-80’s sensation that garnered mainstream attention in England as well as inspiring a whole new generation of antifascist bands. This retrospective set collects early CNT Singles and demo material in a digipack of previously unreleased tracks, including material from the band when they were formerly known as ‘No Swastikas’.

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HOLD A GRUDGE: Hold A Grudge drop their most powerful release yet as they ensure hardcore fans get more of the unmatched sound and fury they’ve come to expect from the close-knit Montreal scene. HAG’s love and respect for the punk, oi! and hardcore subgenres are evident here as the band manage to deliver a cohesive and energetic audio attack that smacks you in the face with originality. Guest vocals on ‘Time’s Up’ by Chaney (Inepsy), who is also responsible for the cover artwork.

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CLASS ASSASSINS (You’ve Got It All Wrong): Following a lengthy hiatus, the Assassins are back with a new studio full length. A lot of blood, sweat and beers went into this and the end result is something that was truly worth waiting for. And if you haven’t seen them play live lately, you should really do something about that. They’re a phenomenon.

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THE CLASS ASSASSINS: (Going The Distance):

Released in tandem with their latest studio full-length, this digital-only album contains B-sides, Versions and Rarities, completely remastered. Only three of these tracks have been previously released! In our humble opinion, some of the previously unused tracks on here rival the ones that were actually used on albums. A must for all Class Assassins fans as well as newcomers wanting to get the complete lowdown on these guys.

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