I afresh had the befalling to allotment some words with The Reverend T. Sinister of New Jersey’s premiere Ska-Punk bandage Hub City Stompers and beneath is what he had to say about his activity and advancing up in the New Jersey and New York Hardcore/Ska/Skinhead Scene.
DS: What led you to and aback did you get into Ska & The Baldheaded Scene?
Rev. Sinister: My antecedent addition to punk/underground music in general, including jailbait rock, , ska, oi!, alternative, industrial, and hip hop. Was in the aboriginal 80’s via my earlier brother who listened to a advanced arrangement of underground music that I would apprehend arrant from his room. As his allowance was absolutely artlessly off banned to his little brother, I would delay until he would leave the abode and again go concern through his cassettes to see what was what with those admirable sounds on the added ancillary of that door. So that’s aback I initially apparent bands such as The Clash, The Replacements, The English Beat, The Specials, and Husker Du. But already my brother laid Black Flag “Damaged” on me, I was absorbed on and the jailbait and underground music arena in general. Hardcore was consistently my capital preference, and Ska was accessory to that for me. But that’s not to say I didn’t still adulation Ska, acquire to it, and hit every Ska appearance I could. In actuality my aboriginal appearance was Fishbone. Already I started activity to shows I was absorbed in the baldheaded arena as they were a connected attendance at all the shows I went to and I became accompany with abounding banknote aboriginal on. As I was never a fan of labels I absolutely resisted actuality a baldheaded at first, admitting blind out with all of them. But over time as I rather artlessly became added and added complex in the scene, the music, the style, the lifestyle, well, let’s aloof say attributes took it’s course.
DS: What do you anticipate admiring you to it the most…Was it the music, the appearance or the camaraderie?
Rev. Sinister: All of those things really, as they all seemed to abode my acrimony and angst, my activity of actuality an outcast and aberration amid the majority of my aeon at school, and my disability to comprehend, accept, and go with the breeze of how things were declared to be in society. Finding a apple of affronted freaks like me who were into the aforementioned music and appearance and behavior was a indescribably auspicious and activity alteration acquaintance at the time. But the music was absolutely the amount of it all, the one affair that brought it all together.
DS: Tell us a little about your aboriginal bands afore HCS was Inspecter 7 your alone added bandage in the afore starting Hub City Stompers?
Rev. Sinister: As far as a absolute bandage and not some agreement or hobby, yes, Inspecter 7 was my aboriginal bandage actually. Accord or booty some bandage up changes, the bandage had existed beneath a brace altered monikers (Agent 68, Crashbars) in 1992 and 1993. At the end of ’93 and as the name afflicted to Inspecter 7, is aback I was approached about aing the band. Transferring my absurdity from the ball attic to the date anguish up actuality a rather acclimatized progression and set off a accomplished new era of activity for me, with all these decades in i7 and culminating in HCS. I additionally started addition bandage in 1997 alleged Steel Toe Solution, which has about been my abiding oi!/ ancillary project.
DS: I abhorrence alike to accompany up such negativity but how annoyed are you of the never catastrophe adumbration of racism that hangs over the chat Skinhead? I consistently like to say skinheads deceit be racists and racists can’t be skinheads…and in aspect that’s accurate but there is no agnosticism the name has been absolutely coopted by blockhead idiots.
Rev. Sinister: I assumption aback back I was newer and adolescent in the baldheaded scene, which additionally happened to be a time aback the American media’s bearded and abrogating assuming and absorption to what they anticipation “skinhead” meant was at an all time high, I was added motivated to try and brainwash bodies on the accuracy of the matter. But as time went on I aloof became acclimatized and algid to everyone’s misperception and annoyed of answer it all. I aloof eventually got to a point area I was like “You anticipate I’m a Nazi? Ok, I’m a Nazi…. a Nazi who’s not alike white… you fucking halfwit… now do article about it or shut up”. Hell, as a baldheaded you’re already angry everybody…including, ya know, absolute Nazis anyway. So what’s a few added ignoramuses in your face?
So abundant misinformation has been advance for such a continued time that that adumbration and association of racism associated with the chat “skinhead” is consistently activity to be there. You can accusation the Nazi dummies that accept alleged themselves “skinheads” all you want, but you’d bigger be pointing an appropriately big finger…or the average feel at the media for allowance to advance the lies for the account or ratings and sales. Hell, the baldheaded subculture is far from the aboriginal affair the media has anytime skewed and burst and apprenticed on, and absolutely won’t be the aftermost nor the best significant.
It’s a no win. You accept the Nazi characterization blind on one ancillary and the analysis of the subculture as some affectionate of politically actual pop trend on another. And the accuracy of what the subculture is and represents is neither. Best of boilerplate association hasn’t apparent it and best never will. And, accuracy be told, what absolute banknote are larboard don’t absolutely accord a fuck.
DS: You mentioned the PC trend in jailbait what are your thoughts on how political definiteness can additionally be an adversary of the ska/punk/skinhead/ scenes, and how abandon of accent is ascendant in our world.
Rev. Sinister: I apperceive the curve are appearing added and added blurred these days, but appropriate and amiss are still appealing calmly authentic in my eyes…And we should be able to abode the amiss in any way that weakens it and brings it down, whether that way is one’s accurate appearance or aftertaste or not. Look at the big picture. Apperceive the absolute enemy. Fight it the way you see fit and let added bodies do it the way they see fit as well. As for HCS, we’ll abiding as hell accumulate accomplishing it all in that appropriate way we do what we do.
DS: Thank you so abundant for sharing.
Rev. Sinister: Thank you so abundant for caring and asking.
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