American singer, songwriter, Ian MacKaye is best known for being the epically cool frontman of this amazing list of influential hardcore punk bands – ‘Minor Threat,’ ‘The Teen Idles,’ ‘Embrace,’ ‘Fugazi’ and ‘The Evens.’
On top of all that he is also co-founder and owner of Dischord Records an independent record label based in Washington and producer responsible for releases by the likes of Q and Not U, John Frusciante, 7 Seconds, Nation of Ulysses, Bikini Kill, Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, and Rollins Band among others.
Quite a list but perhaps the most impressive part? He did it all without being off his face on smack, crack and dope. In fact the man coined the term ‘straight edge’ by promoting independent thinking and rejecting the stereotype so many of his contemporaries had fit (being found dead at 21, drugged up to their eyeballs, in a messed up hotel room in NYC).
Despite never intending to start a movement in quite the way he did, he showed upcoming musicians who idoloised his work that getting off their head was not the only way to get their kicks.
Posted on: March 18, 2013
Gallows released their new EP titled, ‘Death Is Birth’ on December 5th. The EP will also see a limited vinyl put out on December 13th. Mondo Chaos is the first proper release from the band since vocalist Wade MacNeil – formerly of Alexisonfire joined. This song is schweet, have a listen.
Posted on: December 9, 2011
Martin Brignall is also known as Train Chronicles. He plays the kind of folky blues that sounds like crying into your glass of whiskey at the end of the night. He makes sweet bluesy melodies and beautiful lyrics and he’s in about fifty million different bands at the same time.
Weren’t you in a load of dodgy hardcore bands?
I’ve been in some bands. One was called TRISL which was post hardcore-ish. I was in it with Dev from Testicicles. I guess it was more like prog rock actually.
Are you in any other bands at the moment?
Yes, an electronica band called Church Of Trago.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Various bits, lot of Sunhouse, CSS, Grade, the amazing post hardcore band, some hip hop and just old jazz and doo-wop.
So what’s happening with Train Chronicles?
I have a few releases in the New Year, one on Real Gold records, and a split which is a private release, and another split, and hopefully an album towards the end of the year. I’m looking to expand this into a band with instruments that aren’t the norm , i.e – brass and strings. I’m going to start scoring all the parts myself next year. Then I’m planning to write a musical maybe based on Sherlock Holmes, which will include my sister on piano.
Then maybe I’ll learn some trumpet and some other stuff.