Hello Schemers, it’s been a while. We make no apologies, greatness takes time and when you’re reading SCHEME ZINE Collected Newsletters Volume 2 in like 9 months you’ll forget all about our laissez-faire approach to newsletter publishing.
This next part started as an insane diatribe against everything about hardcore that causes me twisting agony and many sleepless nights … before pulling a bait and switch to tell you about the experiences that I have an unbound gratitude for. I feel like that's one of my stock writing styles for things like this, so I’ve forgone it and jumped straight to telling you that this “CULTURE” has brought me places that I had no business ever seeing and meeting people I would never encounter otherwise. These are foundational experiences not only to the part of my life that is hardcore but to my entire being as a person. I'm burying the lead here, I just want the readers to know this next release means a lot and serves as a monument to hardcore and friendship.
Here's the real news: Scheme is repressing the long sold-out ECHO CHAMBER debut “DEMO 2022”, originally available from the bands in-house brand, DBNO Records. Brought to the American audience with new art and the same great hard hittin’ Cologne style HC. With ECHO CHAMBER slated to play FYA Fest in sunny Tampa it only seemed appropriate to reacquaint the world at large with the best demo of the year and give everyone a chance to own a copy of something that was immediately hard to get ahold of. You can get this from us until they’re gone, or maybe from the band down the line if you’re across the pond. It doesn’t matter where or if you get it, but your support for real hardcore bands with no motives outside of playing the show and doing their thing is what will keep them around.
Without giving away too much of what will be another newsletter and fodder for your mailbox, We will have WRECKAGE LP news sooner than we can possibly be ready to drop on you..but alas it is coming…
As if we aren’t already drowning in promises and prospects…the unnamed SCHEME COMP is on the horizon for the end of year…featuring new and exclusive tracks from SCHEME Vets and friends of the cause.
Lastly, ALMIGHTY WATCHING has new songs being finished for an aforementioned release, and have one show in the books for November 5th in New Haven, CT with CROWN OF THORNZ and THE DISTANCE.
ALSO the last of the Scheme Street Team hats are up in the store, first come first serve. A limited amount of alternate-colored caps are also available for the first time, while limited supplies last.
A couple weeks ago I slithered my way into the New York Artbook Fair put on by Printed Matter, with the distinct honor and privilege of punishingly loitering behind the Shining Life Press merch table..with the more direct purpose of commemorating the release of 2 mammoth works of small publishing firstly being, Lost Indignation: A novel by Becky Mcauley, the story of New York kid searching for a lost demo tape and getting into hardcore hijinks along the way. I can’t pretend I’ve read it yet, but Becky is one of if not the penultimate zine (Double Rabies / I Question Not / A baseball zine I can’t remember) writers of our modern age and it is impossible to assume anything less than greatness for her first work of fiction.
And secondly, something that could get you put into hardcore prison by some circles of CRO-MAGS enjoyers, Sheer Drift; collecting the first 100 Snake America newsletters. A NL authored by a writing force known as SNAKE or Sami depending on the publication, an ongoing email blast about all things vintage, clothing, furniture, and designer ashtrays. The man has a wealth of knowledge on plenty of subjects and with this newsletter gives you a sampling of that well for free every couple weeks. While the NL is free / on-going / much more consistent than this thing, you can buy the collected first 100 installments in the series from Shining Life Press for a limited time…or until they make more if it sells out.
BOTH AVAILABLE HERE:
When we're not playing hacked Pokemon games or watching The Hunt For Red October we sometimes attend hardcore shows. Most recently was the MINDFORCE “New Lords” Record Release in Poughkeepsie, a summit for East Coast hardcore with representatives from Philly, CT, NYC, Long Island, Jersey, Baltimore, and of course the HV. The show had its moments, MINDFORCE got the reaction they deserve on the homefield for what feels like a long time coming.
CATHERINE WHEEL - Happy Days
SUN KIL MOON - Universal Themes
HIGH VIS - Blending
LEFT FOR DEAD - Discog
CRO MAGS - Best Wishes
MINDFORCE - New Lords
CANDIRIA - Process of Self Development
HIGH VIS - Blending
AVAIL - 4AM Friday
PAVEMENT - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
LIAM GALLAGHER - As You Were
Part 2 of ECHO CHAMBER interview is still TBA but until that time that we get our shit together..enjoy this riveting piece of journalism provided by From Within Records, currently running in issue 7.5 of their ongoing fanzine series..you can purchase a copy for yourself here:
We obviously have more on the way, but Substack could only allow soooo much power before hitting the free email length limit. All that we can say for now is to prepare for … #SchemeWeek.