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There were all-night practices in the basement of Regeneration for three seasons. Four hour bus rides to practice, and a low quality tape to listen to on the way home, straight to work on bus sleep. A van we ditched in Richmond and reported stolen. A night spent re-arranging the signs of Grand Rapids. A van crash on a mountain top outside of Seattle, after which we all went our separate ways to spend time in motels, jail cells and hospitals, respectively.

Sharing the newspaper in diners. Another call to AAA. Steve-O put out a record for us, and wired us money to get off the mountain. We got strip searched at the Canadian border. They asked us if we were wearing our "little sister's jeans." We crashed into a taxi cab outside the show. We got towed to the show. The show got canceled. Ross got an open container ticket at midnight on New Year's Eve. We wrote a song in Brooklyn. We wrote a song in Maine. The basement was flooded. The basement was thick with fresh spray paint fumes. The basement was a dust storm. The basement was empty.There were three epic shows in Eliza's living room. We stalled a set in Pedro to wait for Ren to bring a replacement amp in from the van, while he was spent forever nervously approaching Mike Watt. Mental health issues appeared. Beards were grown. We played acoustic covers all night, annoying everyone. A notebook filled with catastrophic revelations.

Massive debts, failed relationships. Institutionalization. Incarceration. Devil's advocate debates. Long drives with the best of Northern Soul collection. Long drives with the same records we listened to at 15, still sounding pretty good. We called in sick. We bounced checks. We played one more song. Practices in the basement of a warehouse in South Boston. We covered "Living with Unemployment," while we were all employed, mostly serving food. Another record was recorded with Will, and we even got him add a "hey!" on a song. Jobs were quit. We delivered pizza, worked in a silk-screen factory, sold blood, made lattes, moved couches, shook martinis. Started a business. Had a talk on a roof in Milwaukee. And before that on the shore in San Diego. Three years of long distance phone calls, and plans gone horribly wrong.

But a few nights that were flawless in their own skewed glory. Meeting a few people you respect. Hearing a few bands that actually make you remember why you make these decisions that defy common sense and age expectations. In three years you could count these nights, and people, and bands on maybe two hands, but it's enough to keep you going. And the nights far from anyone, broken and walking home down deserted streets after a day of work at a job that you hate? It's enough to keep you writing.

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To commemorate their tenth anniversary as a label (and third as a record store), Oakland, CA-based 1-2-3-4! Go Records will be hosting a label showcase July 22-24 at The Oakland Metro Operahouse. Bands scheduled to perform include Nobunny,…
June 03, 2011
Ampere completes recording LP
Amherst, MA DIY hardcore outfit Ampere have completed work on a full-length for No Idea Records. According to the group, it's comprised of fifteen tracks and is "several years in the making." The band hopes to have it out by the end of 2010, and we'll keep…
August 09, 2010
Videos: New-ish episodes of Vinyl Vlog featuring Ringers and The Riot Before
Season Two of Vinyl Vlog is underway, with the boys two episodes in already (and all of it happening right under our noses, admittedly). The initial two episodes feature interviews with Ringers and The Riot Before, respectively. You can click Read More to check them out. In addition to that, all past episodes of Vinyl Vlog can be…
October 13, 2009
Streams: Ringers: 'Hurry Up and Wait'
Our stream today comes from Boston, MA-based Ringers. We've got a stream of the band's new 7-song EP, Hurry Up and Wait.You can check it out on their…
July 30, 2009
Streams: The Fest 8 announces lineup
The Fest 8 has unveiled the lineup for this year's event, which will be happening October 30-November 1 in Gainesville, FL. Bands scheduled to appear include 12XU, 7 Seconds, A Wilhelm Scream, ANS,…
July 21, 2009
Streams: No Idea posts "Pretend Record" for free download
No Idea Records has posted a compilation for free download. Pretend Record features tracks from bands on the label's roster as well as from their distribution arm, and several of the tracks are rare and/or from upcoming releases. Bands appearing on the release…
June 08, 2009
Streams: Best Friends Day 8 lineup announced
Best Friends Day 8 has announced its lineup. This year's festivities will take place between August 20-23 in Richmond, VA and will include a 3 day scavenger hunt with elimination each day, with performances by Strike Anywhere, Torche, None More Black, Young Widows,…
May 09, 2009
Media: Ringers: "Conswayla", "Canned Laughter"
Boston, Massachusetts' Ringers have posted two new songs from their upcoming 12" EP. Hurry Up And Wait is slated for a summer release via 1-2-3-4! Go Records and will feature seven new songs. The band released Detention Halls in 2007. Check out "Conswayla" and "Canned Laughter" at the band's myspace…
May 04, 2009
Tours: Lemuria / Ringers (Europe)
Lemuria and Ringers are headed across the pond for a full European vacation this fall. The duo will be starting in Germany and will spend some time in that country, along with the UK and Ireland. The dates are available below by clicking Read More. Lemuria will be directly supporting their recent release on YoYo Records that comprises all of their out of print 7" singles along…
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Tours: Upcoming 1-2-3-4 Go! releases from the Cute Lepers (Briefs), Off With Their Heads
1-2-3-4 Go! Records, the label behind the recent Ringers full length and the Replacements tribute We'll Inherit the Earth, has announced a number of upcoming plans. The label will release the debut from the Cute Lepers, a power-pop side project of the…
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