Monthly Archives March 2016

LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 48: Mark Pingitore of Pagan Babies

Mark Pingitore of the Pagan Babies/April 18, 2014 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Mark Pingitore of the seminal Philly hardcore band Pagan Babies. Mark grew up in the Frankford section of Philadelphia and lived his first nineteen years there. He learned about rock music from his older brothers and came to discover early punk through mentions in the music press of the era. The spirit of punk and later hardcore punk captured young Mark’s imagination. Here were performers that were like him, not manufactured rockstars performing in massive arenas. Mark fell in love with punk and its spirit of direct involvement.
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 47: John Manhardt of Astronaut Your Planet, Trained Attack Dogs, The Chant

John Manhardt (guest interviewed by Stacey Finney)/April 6, 2014 Stacey Finney guest interviews John Manhardt of the band Astronaut Your Planet. John was born in Clark, New Jersey. He spent his formative years speaking up against bullies and bigotry and attending Catholic high school. John describes his upbringing as fairly normal, with parents who often took him to New York to experience art and music. While John was exposed to a variety of music through New York radio as a young lad, it wasn’t until he moved to Philadelphia in 1980 and began attending the Philadelphia College of the Arts (PCA), now
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 46: Jeff Fisher, Chris Fry, Bull Gervasi, Adam Goldstein of Policy of 3

Jeff Fisher, Adam Goldstein, Chris Fry, and Bull Gervasi of Policy of 3/December 28, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Jeff Fisher, Chris Fry, Bull Gervasi, and Adam Goldstein of the band Policy of 3. Policy of 3 began as Matter of Fact in South Jersey in the late 1980s. By the early ’90s, they formalized their line-up, changed their name to Po3, and began developing their unique sound. While often categorized as an emo band (as in “emotional hardcore,” not the pseudo-sensitive boy music that was erroneously and pervasively termed emo a few years ago) both then and now, the
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 45: Tony van Veen of Kremlin Korps, Homo Picnic, Disc Makers, CD Baby

Tony Van Veen/December 18, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Tony van Veen of the early- and mid-’80s hardcore punk bands Kremlin Korps and Homo Picnic. Tony grew up in Aruba and Holland moved to the Philadelphia to attend college at Penn. There he discovered the early ’80s Philly HC scene and soon became a member Kremlin Korps (which featured past L!F!P! interviewees Stacey Finney nee Gold and Rich Hoak) and later the absurdly-named Homo Picnic. It was the blasting fury of the band Y-DI that served as Tony’s introduction into the scene and it was thanks to hardcore that he developed
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 44: Thomas Adams aka Vosco of Ruin

Thomas “Vosco” Adams/December 16, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Thomas “Vosco” Adams of the band Ruin. In this interview we go deep into Vosco’s past. From growing up in a volatile and often violent family situation and foster homes, through juvenile deliquency, Vosco was headed down a self-destructive path before he discovered punk rock in the form of (at first) the Sex Pistols  and Buddhism. While issues with various substances at times sent Vosco down some dark cul-de-sacs, he also brought his angst and spiritual yearning into the band in the form of highly kinetic live performances. We talk about the early punk scene
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 43: Pete Tridish, Kate Wendland Duncan of Radio Mutiny, Prometheus Radio Project, Rebellious Nursing, International Media Action

Pete Tridish, Kate Wendland Duncan/December 9, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews “Pete Tridish,” a founder of Philly’s Radio Mutiny pirate radio station and the Prometheus Radio Project (which he retired from two years ago after working with them for thirteen years) and Kate Wendland Duncan, who founded Radio Mutiny with Pete and others and is now a part of the Rebellious Nursing group. Pete and Kate talk about founding the (in)famous pirate radio station in West Philly in the late ’90s, their peculiar assortment of DJs, and their problems with the FCC that led to series of very clever (and
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 42: Sean Gustilo of Philly Zine, Cabbage Collective

Sean Gustilo/November 17, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Sean Gustilo. Sean Gustilo was born in Pennsylvania but grew up the youngest son of Filipino immigrants in the town of Glassboro in South Jersey. His older brother turned him onto punk in the mid-’80s and he was soon attending shows in venues such as Club Pizzaz, Revival, and City Gardens. He met Jesse Townley (later Jesse Luscious and also interviewed in this project) and took over Philly Zine when Jesse headed for parts West. Through Philly Zine, Sean began to explore not only his interest in punk, but also the use
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 41: Martin Sprouse of Pressure Drop Press, MaximumRockNRoll, Gilman Street

Martin Sprouse/November 16, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Martin Sprouse. Martin Sprouse grew up in Southern California and has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene since the late 1980s. It is crucial to note that Martin has been in no way a contributor to the Philly punk scene. While it may appear that his impressive efforts fall out of the parameters of this project, his inclusion is very much by design. The books Martin published under his Pressure Drop Press publishing company, which included John Yates’ unique A No Record Deal and the Sprouse-edited Sabotage In
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HORROR BUSINESS Episode 7: BRAIN DAMAGE/ CRONOS (Our Addiction Episode)

Episode VII: Say No To Drugs But Say Yes To Horror Business Greetings, children of the night, and welcome back to another timber shivering episode of Horror Business, the podcast that came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass and it’s not only out of bubblegum but is hosted by two flabby weirdos who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag. Thanks always for checking us out, because ultimately we do this for you. This episode deals with the rather touchy subject of addiction, be it to drugs, alcohol, an abusive relationship, or whatever weird blue stuff
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LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 40: Rob Fitzpatrick of Witch Hunt, Sickoids

Rob Fitzpatrick/November 14, 2013 Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Rob Fitzpatrick. Rob grew up in North Jersey in the 1980s. Upon discovering punk, he came to attending shows at ABCNORIO in the Lower East Side of New York City. There he made friends with Nicole and Janine Enriquez, with whom he formed the band Witch Hunt. Witch Hunt became one of Philadelphia’s most popular political punk bands of recent years. They toured the US and Europe and released several Records, including one on the Profane Existence label and their last on Alternative Tentacles. In the wake of the demise of Witch
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