A collection of band id’s recorded during my days disc jockeying for 89.5FM WSOUAmazon Music SiriusXM for TV
THE GAME AIN’T THE SAME Maybe it's just me, What I see I can’t believe So many filled with greed So many that’s naive Then again, it's not their fault It's how they were taught So to "The Man," that I'll never see Look what you have brought Disarrayed are the ways of today It’s a shame but the game just ain’t the same For the keepers faith of hate has set our fate and laid our shallow graves that await traps laid have been sprung the time has come so now it’s either all or none traps laid have been sprung the time has come so now it’s either all or none People with no voices With no choices Only Stress The situation we are placed in, Is Hell at its best The test of time reminds my mind that it’s now or never So c'mon y’all before we fall we gotta get this shit together (repeat) It’s a shame but the game just ain’t the same, who’s to blame? It’s a shame but the game just ain’t the same, who’s to blame? FUGUE DARKNESS it surrounds me as I fall into another void SILENCE encircles my soul as another day is destroyed FEAR my only emotion as I journey into the night Hoping I’ll see the sunlight Destroying my sanity, separate the fantasy from reality. Images of my soul, shattered no control Destroying my sanity, separate the fantasy from reality. Images of my soul, shattered no control Clouds of grey are over me, casting shadows on the ground. A bird in the sky is flying high and suddenly falls down. The Sound of the voices in my mind and their desperate cries, disguise the lies Destroying my sanity, separate the fantasy from reality. Images of my soul, shatter no control Destroying my sanity, separate the fantasy from reality. Images of my soul, shatter no control Destroy my sanity, Destroy my sanity, Destroy my sanity, Destroy my sanity, Destroy my sanity Destroy my sanity, Destroy my sanity WHAT? DUST Trust Crushed To Dust As Hate, Takes Its Place I Dared to Care Unaware, of Pain’s Bitter Taste Hypnotized by Lies Disguised in Your Eyes The More Time Passes By The More, I Deny Taste The Pain of Blind Faith I Put it All at Stake Bliss in Ignorance, But Now I’m Awake Sleeping Hearts Are Easy to Break Love’s Design is Fine Two, Minds Intertwine But Threads, that are Woven To Loosely Can Be Broken Trust Crushed To Dust Never Tread in Worn Paths Keep Faith But Know It Won’t Last I was Down, for The Ride But Unprepared for The Crash Taste The Pain of Blind Faith I Put it All at Stake Bliss in Ignorance, But Now I’m Awake Sleeping Hearts Are Easy to Break Love’s Design is Fine Two, Minds Intertwine But Threads, that are Woven To Loosely Can Be Broken Trust Crushed To Dust Trust crushed to dust Trust crushed to dust Trust crushed to dust Trust crushed to dust Trust crushed to dust Trust crushed to dust WIN OR LOSE Feel it. HERE WE GO! IT’S LIKE THIS! As soon as you’re born you’re in the match Ain’t no turning back once your caught in the trap The truth? The fake can’t take The truth? Can break a heart Take apart a soul that was weak from the start You’ll get burned, if you play with fire With desires think twice or pay the price Sacrifice what could have been Win or Lose, It’s All Just A Game All about numbers not of names It’s a constant race with no finish Those who win are those who don’t diminish Against the wall see I best maintain I know pain cause I’ve seen pain But you, you don’t you can’t cope See you! Had it all It was always there you weren't prepared for the fall See lessons learned, are those lost Toss the dice you might pay the price, Sacrifice what could have been Win or Lose, It’s All Just A Game All about numbers not of names It’s a constant race with no finish Those who win are those who don’t... Diminish ...Diminish BRAILE Who's to say that today is given? The way today, society is living The temperature has risen Now conditions, ain't quite how they were visioned We’re the voice of tomorrow? And all we paint is pictures of sorrow? For the mass to swallow and follow? but what is a mass if it’s hollow? Stop and think in a blink the brink could come What was once known as one could now be none We risk it all but the fall we can’t take The futures ours to shape, miss or make Now the seeds fiend the cream for the so called dream but fail to understand its a plan on the man can’t comprehend who is friend and who is foe they just go with the flow act like they know they just go with the flow act like they know they just go with the flow act like they know they just go with the flow act like they know they just go with the flow act like they know! HESITATION IS THE ENEMY You can be in paradise or prison It’s all in your mind and your inner version, There is no such thing as a solution Just a substitution in this world of confusion A Fascination with Degradation, But it’s all a Fabrication Check the Nation, Communication None Gratification, Some Relations are Done A Creation of Devastation meant for Elation Innovation Numb Education with Regulations Classifications Insubordination Frustrations with Designations A Realization No Time For Contemplation Frustrations with Designations A Realization No Time For Contemplation Hesitation Is The Enemy Hesitation Is The Enemy Hesitation, The Enemy Hesitation Is The Enemy Be Aware We’re Almost There Stop But Don’t Stare Feel But Don’t Care Don’t Even Dare to Speak, Turn the Other Cheek, Stay Weak (repeat) Stop But Don’t Stare Feel But Don’t Care! Turn the Other Cheek, Stay Weak! TRANSMISSIONS As the World Turns, it Slowly Burns When Will We Learn to Give? Not Live Negative? Now the Bridge is Ash It Came to Fast to Grasp It’s All That is Left of the Past Transmissions Dictate Living Control Conditions Submission No Visions or Dreams Just Plans and Schemes to Get the Cream What’s Received Is Believed As The Wheels Spin As The Wheels Spin We All Live In Sin Cause The Picture’s Painted Grim For a Future To Begin We Gotta, Change What’s Within (repeat) WHAT YOU KNOW? This That Type of Beat You Take a Seat Sit Back and Relax, Twist Up Wait For The Contact and Get Buck The Heads Around My Way Know What’s Up Dying For The Day That We Play All You Ducks Half You Crews Suck The Other Half We Show Love Everyday All Day Come Around My Way We Do Our Best to Deal With Stress Even Though it’s Here to Stay So What You Know About The Click That’s Sharp Like Gillette? We Known As E-DEC Connect With Intellect, Collect The Check, Wreck Protect Your Neck Your Best Bets Just To Step and Get Off The Set Prepare for Introspect Connect With Intellect, Collect The Check Then Wreck Mad Respect Feel The Stress, Get Possessed With Nervousness We Are Blessed With Next Consciousness, Manifest My Style? Agile, Buckwild, Low Profile Ain’t No Smile On The Grill That Slept On My Skills I Kill, Any Talk That Me Not Representin Did I mention I be Dirty? Our Section, New Jersey! Everyday All Day Come Around My Way We Do Our Best to Deal With Stress Even Though it’s Here to Stay So What You Know About The Click That’s Sharp Like Gillette? We Known As E-DEC Connect With Intellect, Collect The Check, Wreck Protect Your Neck Your Best Bets Just To Step and Get Off The Set Prepare for Introspect Connect With Intellect, Collect The Check Then Wreck Mad Respect
POD short for “Payable On Death” is a band that first caught my attention back in 1999 while working at 89.5FM WSOU, Seton Hall’s Pirate Radio Station back in my college days. One of the DJ’s was playing “Southtown” and my first reaction was that I thought it was E-Town Concrete. No dis to E-Town Concrete but the sound on Southtown was pretty similar to Etown, BUT after listening to enough POD songs, I can tell you that they are two VERY different bands even though they seem to be playing the same style of melodic hardcore with rap/hip-hop infused lyrics. If you listen to enough POD songs, you’ll realize that POD incorporates elements of rap, rock, hip-hop, metal, and reggae into their songs. There is definitely a certain groove to each track. E-Town also has a certain groove but they’re definitely more on the metal/rap-rock side.
We may do a post on E-Town at some point in the near future but being on WSOU back in the mid-late 1990’s and working with my bro, Dan Dan the Hardcore Man on WSOU, we were one of the first radio stations/DJ’s to start playing E-Town on the radio. My bro was working his show “Hardcore Reality” and I remember him inviting E-Town up for an interview back in 1995. POD’s first album was “Snuff the Punk”, released in 1994 so I think they win in terms of who came together first.
So I was really digging “Southtown” but still really didn’t know the band all that well. “Southtown” was one of the band’s breakout songs off their album “The Fundamental Elements of Southtown”, the band’s 3rd studio album, released in the summer of 1999.
It’s easy for most people to quickly dismiss music that they don’t give a chance as “noise” or to say that “it all sounds the same”. Nothing could be further from the truth as it relates to one of my favorite if not my most favorite hardcore band of all time, Long Island New York’s very own VISION OF DISORDER. Now I’ll have to admit, my taste in music has definitely changed over the years. The first time I heard VOD, I also quickly dismissed it as “noise”. In fact, I’m embarrassed to say that I remember as a young college freshman (pre 89.5FM WSOU affiliation), my brother, who was a member of Seton Hall’s award winning college radio station (89.5FM), bringing home their debut CD in October of 1996 and promptly placing it into our home stereo system and cranking up the volume.
On a side note, RoadRunner Records was totally smart about their DJ promotions. When I eventually became a DJ, I loved getting the newest CD’s straight from RoadRunner in my WSOU mailbox. They smartly sent every on-air DJ a brand new copy of all of their newest releases and it no doubt made a positive impression on the jocks. At the time, I wasn’t a DJ and I did not get my own personal copy like my bro did but my first impression of VOD back then was not a good one. Now, mind you this was a kid of 18 years old who was still getting past my Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam grunge phase. I was starting to explore different sub-genres within the hardcore scene (NYHC, NJHC, old-school, punk, west coast, east coast, melodic, emo, rap infused hardcore, metal infused hardcore and various combinations of all the above).
At the time I was also totally riding the RoadRunner Records catalog including bands like Sepultura, Life of Agony, Type O Negative, Madball, Dog Eat Dog, Shelter, and the list goes on. I’ll explore some of these other bands in future posts.
Also at the time, I was totally riding the local NJHC band scene following bands like Strength 691, Hundred Fold, For the love of... One 4 One, NJ Bloodline and Ensign, whom I’ll also explore further in future posts, but VOD’s debut RoadRunner album has aged very very well. This is a band that was WAY before their time in terms of lyrics, style, groove, and the list goes on. The green album has stood the test of time and is without a doubt a classic NYHC record. If it was released for the first time tomorrow, this is an album that could pass for a totally relevant up and coming NYHC band.
Prior to the debut RoadRunner release, VOD put out some demos and was featured on several compilation CD’s with other bands. Their ’95 demo is also a raw and raging preview into what was to come, with each song on the demo making its way onto a future CD release.
After their strong major label debut and months of touring, VOD went on to put out another killer album, Imprint in 1998 (also on RoadRunner). Imprint is without a doubt a musical masterpiece from beginning to end.
Unfortunately, it was their last release on RoadRunner and the band moved on to put out For the Bleeders on Go Kart records. This album contained most songs that were previously recorded on other demos or early comps but put them all together on one CD. The production on this particular CD is also pretty raw and even though Imprint is a raw production, For The Bleeders just doesn’t have the same production quality or feel. It is still a kick-ass record but the drop in production quality is noticeable.
After For The Bleeders, VOD found themselves signing to TVT Records with a much more if you will, mainstream sound.
There are a handful of people out there that liked to compare Tim Williams’ vocals to one of two people. On one hand you could hear the comparisons to Layne Staley of Alice In Chains. On the other hand, you can also hear the comparisons to Phil Anselmo of Pantera, who performed guest vocals on Imprint. Some time after the release of From Bliss to Devastation the band went on an indefinite hiatus. Tim (vocals) and Kennedy (guitars) went on to form the metal band Bloodsimple and Brendan (drums) and Mike (bass) formed Karnov.
The DVD (as seen in the YouTube clip above) gives a good representation of the intensity and raw sound of a VOD show. My most recent experience seeing VOD was in 2014 at Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ. The band played a limited number of shows in support of their most recently released album at the time (The Cursed Remain Cursed). Just a short clip I took of the song “Choke”. I was lucky enough to chat with Tim (vocals), Mike (bass) and Brendon (drums) after the show and got a couple of pics with the guys (seen above).
I remember telling him I was on WSOU at the same time they played the WSOU Boat show. He remembered that that was the same show that they played with Incubus around the time before Incubus “blew up” as a band. I go through phases in my music selections and in hyping myself up for this show, I was spinning Imprint a lot. I’m glad I got to tell Tim that in my opinion, Imprint is THE most badass album of all time.
When VOD did decide to put out a new album, they did not disappoint when they released The Cursed Remain Cursed (below). The band also put together a video for the song “Set to Fail” (below).
Let’s hope that VOD continues to provide the world with badass tunes for a long long time. Their latest effort Razed to the Ground was released in 2015.
Check out the podcast interview found on SoundCloud (below). Tim talks about the beginnings of the band and the band’s evolution through the years. Enjoy!