Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Eric Hansen of the blazing and chaotic HC punk band Spent Flesh and the man behind both FDH Records (just don’t ask him what the “FDH” stands for) and the marvelously named Suicide Bong Tapes. We talk about young Eric discovering punk as a kid in upstate New York and his enduring love for all sorts of music, most especially electronic music in its various forms. Eric’s love of music inspired him to release local NY bands (then later bands from all over) on his FDH label. Upon moving to Philadelphia, Eric co-founded a tape-only label (Suicide Bong) devoted entirely to releasing Philly bands. This recently culminated in a 44 band (!) cassette release that Spent Flesh took on their European tour. We talk about the controversy surrounding the end of shows at JR’s in South Philadelphia, the divisions between the South Philly (SPP!) and West Philly punk scenes, playing squats in Europe, incorporating experimental music elements within the framework of raging punk, and a great deal more. Eric earned my undying love for bringing me a boatload of records!
LOUD! FAST! PHILLY! Episode 61: Eric Hansen of Spent Flesh, FDH Records, Suicide Bong Tapes
Joseph co-owns DiabolikDVD.com, programs films and events as a founding member of Exhumed Films, and is a freelance writer, reviewing films for Cinedelphia. Joseph was a founding member of the Cabbage Collective in Philadelphia and Orgasmic Productions in NJ, organizing DIY hardcore punk and spoken word shows. He also "sang" in The Orgasmic Toilet Band (TOTB). He edited NO LONGER A FANzine (NLAFz) and co-edited the later stages of Philly Zine. Gervasi co-conceived The Valerie Project with Greg Weeks.