JUDGE

Judge was a straightedge band, formed in 1987 in New York, United States and broke up in 1991, releasing two full length albums and two singles. In 2013 they reformed for some reunion shows.

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Judge was a New York-based straight edge band; formed in 1987 by Youth of Today guitarist, John "Porcell" Porcelly, and former Youth of Today drummer, Mike "Judge" Ferraro.

Their first release was a 7" EP on Porcell's label Schism (which he ran along with Side By Side/ Gorilla Biscuits guitar-player Alex Brown) entitled New York Crew. The record featured 5 songs, one of which was a cover of "Warriors" by the British oi!/punk band Blitz. On this recording, the band was merely a two-piece, featuring Porcelly on bass and guitar, and Ferraro on vocals and drums. But with the addition of bass-player Jimmy Yu (of Mike's former band Death Before Dishonor, which eventually evolved into Supertouch) and drummer "Lukey" Luke Abbey (Warzone/ Gorilla Biscuits), they got together a fully functional live line-up.

The band received lots of criticism due to their militant Straight Edge lyrics, especially from fanzines like San Francisco's Maximum Rock'N'Roll. The militant lyrics were a conscious move on the band's part, as they were sick of seeing bands like Youth Of Today, who in reality had a very positive message, get slagged for being too militant. So they decided to give the nay-sayers exactly what they wanted – the most militant Straight Edge band imaginable. Mike Ferraro has later on admitted that provocation was an important aim for the band.

Judge was not just heavy in message, the music had very metal-influenced riffing, but remained close to its hardcore roots, without going all out metal, such as bands like Agnostic Front and DRI.

With a new line-up of Sammy Siegler (Side By Side/ Youth Of Today/ Project X etc.) on drums and Matt Pincus on bass, the band proceeded to record their full-length LP Bringin' It Down for Revelation Records at Chung King Studios in New York City. The recording was finished, but the band were so unhappy with the result that they decided to scrap it and re-record it at Normandy Sound in Rhode Island, where The Cro-Mags had recorded their Best Wishes album. Revelation did however put out a limited pressing of the original recording, fittingly titled Chung King Can Suck It (LP). It was given to people who had pre-ordered the record, and with only 110 copies pressed (all on white vinyl), it is one of the most sought-after hardcore records in existence, going for as much as $3,350.00+ USD on online auction sites such as eBay. Eventually, Bringin' It Down was released in 1989. Judge continued touring up until 1991, and even released another 7" EP, There Will Be Quiet, featuring "The Storm" and "Forget This Time" (the CD-version also contains a cover-version of "When the Levee Breaks", originally by Led Zeppelin).

Down To Nothing is a 5 piece hardcore band out of Richmond, VA who got their start in the year 2000. They have a bunch of releases out there, have toured all over, and have just put out one of the best albums of 2013 in “Life On The James” via Revelation Records. You may also recognize their singer David Wood who plays bass in Terror or their bassist Jared Carman who plays bass in Trapped Under Ice.

Although PSO has been active for the past two years, the members have been busy with music and skateboarding for a good 12 plus years prior. In Lemon Grove, Ca, late 2003, Zak(13), Nate(11), and Simon(9) started a band in their garage, becoming "Jakked Rabbits". Over the next six years, the three brothers learned to play there intsruments and eventually added the youngest brother Noah to the band, who had learned to play guitar. They had the opportunity to share the stage with bands like Angry Samoans, DI, Raw Power, Bad Religion, Agent Orange, Narcoleptic Youth, US Bombs, The Casualties, TSOL, Dr. Know. And even getting the opportunity to tour along side bands such as Anti No Where League, Duane Peters Gunfight, Cobra Skulls, and Stigma.

During this time, the Jakked Rabbits continued to have fun on there skateboards. Doing multiple skateboard tours up and down the west coast and multiple times across the country. Alot of the footage was used for different episodes on Fuel TV, and even getting used during a Caption and Casey Show. At an early age they were in a skate video called "The Next Invasion" which was sold world wide at all Best Buys, which can be seen here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWrOOH69blw

In early 2012, all four Prescott brothers started PSO and haven't slowed down. Since then they have put out two records on vinyl, which is also available for digital download at PSOLGP.bandcamp.com. The four brothers are at the height of there game and are continuing to have more and more opportunities to show that they are the real deal. They skate, they slam and they jam. Hop on the PSO freight train or get run over in the process.

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