Friday, December 31, 2021

TSHIT's Quotes of Note for 2021

Bruce Stuckey.

By Andy

As There's Something Hard in There rolled into its 11th year in 2021, we eased up on the gas pedal a bit due to time constraints and COVID limiting our show intake. It's been a long ride for us in the blog realm and we're fortunate to have produced copious photos and interviews of and with some of our favorite musicians from the past and present. 

Running this blog has solidified our affinity for music and taken it further than we ever dreamed. We're still as passionate about music -- seeing a band tear the roof off the place or having an inspiring chat with an artist -- as we always have been, beginning a multitude of years ago. 

We're in this for the long haul and will keep TSHIT going until the fucking wheels fall off.

Here's some quotes of note from a handful of interviews we conducted this year. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!


"I've got at least two albums of material I've written over the last seven years. At least," said Stuckey, who notes that the Toxic Reasons records hanging on his wall each represent a different period of his life. There's eight studio albums and a batch of singles and EPs that fired out of the band's cannon.

"Honestly, I am happy with what I've done in the past. I would actually, honestly, like to make one more fucking record. I don't care if anybody gives a fuck, if they like it or not. As long as I like it and put it out, and actually tour it again. Maybe not the way we used to. I honestly don't think I could take that," he said with a laugh.


The former Kraut vocalist's reaction after guitarist Ken Wohlrob told him the moniker, End of Hope, whose music is an amalgamation of Black Flag meets Motorhead: "I guess, because in a lot of ways, I'm a pessimist. You know, gloom and doom sort of, I guess gives me my fuel. So I heard that, I was like, 'That just nails it, you know?' But in the same sense, you got to have hope -- that's the one thing that keeps you going."


"I think as long as we have good new songs, it gets me excited again," said the vocalist/songwriter regarding the band's recent solid album, "Over the Overlords."

Former Naked Raygun bassist Pierre Kezdy, who passed away from cancer in 2020, wrote some songs and played on the album. Pezzati noted: "He told us before he passed it was important that we get it out and we're doing our best to get it out. And the fact that he wrote a couple of songs for it is really great because he was such a great songwriter. He wrote 'Vanilla Blue' and he wrote 'Treason' by himself and he wrote 'Home' and some really great songs along the way."


The former Adolescents guitar slinger's feelings about the Antista songs on the stellar album "Under the Neon Heat": "There's two things I liked about them immediately: they were simple (and) these are really catchy, good songs. They're sing-along songs. I thought the lyrics were really strong. The overall feel of the songs is upbeat, which I thought, 'Wow, we could all really use this right now.' Because everything had been kind of dark and stuff. And then, of course, the pandemic hit. I also liked it because it allowed me to kind of do a lot of different guitar stuff on it that I normally wouldn't be able to do, but those songs kind of left it wide open for that."

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Ready to stage dive into The Punk Rock Museum

The Punk Rock Museum intro fanzine featuring Milo of the Descendents in 1983. Photo by Kevin Salk

By Andy 

While we were raging the night away by wedging our way up front at raucous, sweat-soaked and mind-blowing gigs beginning some four decades ago, it never crossed our minds that these unhinged, tempestuous activities transpiring in front of us would be remembered copious years into the future. 

We were often ridiculed and given the stink eye nearly everywhere we roamed back then for walking the jagged punk rock path. We loved it and didn't give a shit what anyone thought.

We'd hop into cars and drive to the Whisky, Florentine Gardens or the Palladium in Hollywood. There was Godzilla's in the armpit of the San Fernando Valley. Dancing Waters was the spot for your punk pleasure in San Pedro. The Barn at Alpine Village in Torrance hosted some of the best shows of that era, notably a Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, MDC, Zero Boys and Detonators stunner.

Sometimes, things got gnarly like when the owners at Bob's Place in Watts made us all stay inside because some locals were looking for punk blood outside after a Misfits, Necros, Social Distortion, SVDB gig. 

We straddled the line between euphoria and danger on some nights. It was our time — and we made the most of it.

But clearly, and thankfully, a multitude of punks wouldn't let it die, and here we are in 2021 talking about The Punk Rock Museum, which is slated to open next year in Las Vegas. According to an old-school fanzine-type-thing I just received in the (actual) mail, the museum will be located at 1422 Western Ave. and will contain punk artifacts and paraphernalia from all over the globe, including Darby Crash's record collection, and heaps of other punks' photos, flyers, fashion, set lists, instruments and more. It's a fucking gold mine!

Hell, you can get married at the museum, and afterwards you can play Fletcher Dragge's guitar or Fat Mike's bass through their own amps that blasted out Pennywise and NOFX tuneage. Want a tattoo? The museum's your spot. They'll probably even allow stage diving and some creepy crawling in the pit.

Speaking of Fat Mike (Burkett), he's the founder, and Dragge is one of the operators. Now, there's no way those guys saw this coming 40 years ago, right? I used to attend gigs with Dragge back in the day, and all we were concerned about was guzzling some beers before TSOL or the Stains tore it up and left us in tatters. Speaking of getting in on the action and fully embracing the moment (seen in the top photo), check out my pal John singing away with Milo during a stellar Descendents set at Mi Casita in Torrance in 1983.

Also on board the museum's team are Lisa Brownlee (general manager and lead curation supervisor), Melanie Coffee (museum director), Alison Braun and Lisa Johnson (both punk photo historians and photo curators), Colin Robert Smith (CEO) and many more.

For more information, visit