On a related side note, has anyone heard anything more about this "Holy Ghost" release, featuring Chino?
June Spin Interview:
"I'm also doing a couple side projects. Most recently I have the Holy Ghost, which I'm doing with my buddy Shaun Lopez from the band Far. He lives a couple blocks away from me, so I go over to his studio a few nights a week and work on this electro record. Annie Hardy from Giant Drag has done a couple vocals on this project, too."
The only thing I've found so far:
p.s. Currently offering 3 million dollar reward to anyone capable of cracking the vault holding "Eros".
Long Island's pretty special as far as a music scene goes.
We've had an "explosion" I guess you could say, of bands that went on to be successful. We've had bands that pushed the envelope and changed the course of alternative music as we know it. For essentially being a glorified sandbar with some carbon-copy housing thrown together on it, our little community has become nationally and internationally known for generating some attention-worthy music.
Now many of those people might also say that our scene's time has come and gone, and that all of the attention royally screwed us in the end. But back when something new and exciting was happening, the people involved became fans for life. As old as I might be, I can't really claim to have really *been there* so to speak, like a lot of people my age were. Sure I went to a few Silent Majority shows back in the day - I've been to Dr. Shay's, Deja 1, the PWAC - but most of the time I was dragged there and I didn't even know what was going on. I was probably still listening to Millencolin or Pennywise and was wondering what all the shouting was about. Eventually I discovered it; but by that time most of the kids in my high school were wearing the same H20 "My Friends Look Out For Me Like Family" t-shirt and had the same Vision Of Disorder and Milhouse patches on their backpacks (FYI - many of these kids are in bands that you probably listen to or at least have heard of at this point).
Not many people realize the backstory behind the Long Island Hardcore Scene and how insanely influencial it was and would come to be over the years. Did you know that Eddie Reyes of (obviously) Taking Back Sunday was in Mind Over Matter and Clockwise before it? Obviously you know who Glassjaw are, but do you know who the Sons Of Abraham were? Stories like these are a dime a dozen with old Long Island bands you never heard of, and I was surprised at just how many I missed as well. Well Jason over at To Live And Die On LI has got you covered, because he writes about all of it.
Jason writes with the excitement and fervor of a person who was submerged in the scene years ago and never came up for air. His attention to detail is outstanding and so necessary for people like me who just need. to. know. everything. He even posts links when available - even to mediafire downloads of old EPs and 7 inches that you would never be able to find without him. Band rosters of bands that probably no one would have cared about anymore if it wasn't for guys like him, and information about where they went off to after the band broke up? Simply awesome. I thought I had some knowledge because I saw Earthling.Massive and Silent Majority back in the day, because I had some records on EXIT and stepped foot in legendary venues that have long since closed. I am an idiot. This guy puts me to shame, and I'm so much happier for it.
WRANKMUSIC is kind of a weird entity because although we are LI-based and sometimes write about the Long Island scene, we write about what we like; from graphic novels to movies to books to video games, if we dig it we're going to tell you about it. But in no way can we do what Jason does, so I highly recommend adding the blog to your weekly internet reads. Even if you couldn't care less about the roots of Long Island alternative music and why it mushroom-clouded the way it did in the early 00's, any fan of music should read through the To Live And Die On LI blog just to see just how fruitful and diverse our scene was back in the day. With the work he's put into it, it would be a shame not to take advantage.