1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front

Antidote, Urban Waste

Fri, December 4, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is 21 and over

Agnostic Front
Agnostic Front
Being known as one of the founding bands of what is known as Hardcore today, AGNOSTIC FRONT have always leveled criticism against modern oppressors and their corrupting influence on society.

What started out as a foursome initiated by guitarist Vinnie Stigma in 1983 with the groundbreaking EP “United Blood”, soon acquired renown as one of the fastest, meanest and most aggressive Hardcore bands , not only of New York but the whole east coast. Influenced by the spirit of Punk, AGNOSTIC FRONT developed their unique sound dominated by catchy tunes, thunderous drums and the buck-wild shouting of Roger Miret. Due to their undisputable authenticity, AF were able to gain a loyal community of fans who stuck to them for better or for worse. Though the band decided to separate in 1993 after the release of the live album “Last Warning” and Stigma concentrated on another Hardcore combo called MADBALL (which he had built up in 1988), Stigma and Miret got together again in 1998 after they had met at a MADBALL concert. Actually planning to record a single, it came out to be a full album in the end – “Something’s Gotta Give” marked the official reunion after a five year break. Since then, another four studio albums and one live record were released – as part of the big Nuclear Blast family from “Another Voice” (2005) on.

After almost 30 years full of anthems against social injustice and oppression, the title of their tenth studio album “My Life My Way” underlines perfectly what Hardcore means to Stigma and his bandmates: It’s not just music, it’s an attitude to life! This is proven by 13 new powerful songs which were recorded at the Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, Florida under the guiding hands of Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc..) and producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The mastering was done by Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.).

Vocalist Roger Miret commented on the new material: “After all is said and done we are amazed on how great our new record turned out! It’s by far our catchiest record to date and it’s going to make everyone want to sing along for sure. Freddy killed it on the production end, just capturing that hardcore vibe that only he can get out of AGNOSTIC FRONT. The boys all put nothing but passion into the songs, and Erik Rutan just dialed it all in to make AGNOSTIC FRONT sound as natural and as organic as ever. This one will definitely be a classic once it’s heard worldwide!”
Antidote's Thou Shalt Not Kill EP is one of the most sought-after pieces of hardcore history. Released in 1983, there were only 1,000 copies of this 7-inch originally pressed and subsequently, bootlegged versions started to pop up everywhere in various formats. Founding Antidote guitarist Robb Nunzio said, "Seeing an original copy of the 7- inch going for hundreds of dollars on eBay really put things into perspective, kids should be able to afford and enjoy that fantastic record." Bridge Nine Records was proud to make this classic EP widely available again in August 2010.

Antidote formed in the depths of New York City in the early 1980s when guitarist Robb Nunzio decided to start a band. Nunzio reflected, "One day I heard Black Flag and things just changed for me. I started Antidote with my buddy Arthur from Queens on drums who just left The Misfits and Tom Victor (Prong, Danzig) played bass in the beginning. Louie, our first singer, was a roadie for the Bad Brains. They gave us our first breaks." The Thou Shalt Not Kill 7-inch came out in the summer of 1983 and at the time, no one had heard NYHC sound so clear and well-produced. "As fate would have it, the original lineup split up and I decided on the strength of the music to keep going with my friend and High & The Mighty singer Drew Stone on vocals. We went on to perform the songs on Thou Shalt Not Kill and many others for eight years before calling it quits," Nunzio continued.

Fast-forward to 2008 and Antidote reunited to play the A7 reunion show in NYC, which was the first time they had been on stage together in over 15 years. Current Antidote vocalist Drew Stone commented, "We couldn't believe how many people packed the room to see us and as soon as we hit the first notes, the place exploded. Throughout the set everyone barked out the lyrics to the songs and the room was electric - it was intense and best of all it was a lot of fun." What started out as one "reunion" with Nunzio, Stone and longtime bass player Zum led to the band getting bigger and better and reignited more interest in Thou Shalt Not Kill than ever.

Enter Bridge Nine Records: owner and hardcore enthusiast Chris Wrenn was at the Agnostic Front 25th Anniversary show in NYC in February 2010 and had the opportunity to show off the AF/B9 re-release collaboration to Antidote. Chris pitched the idea to Drew to do the same for Antidote and a partnership was made. Wrenn said, "Thou Shalt Not Kill is one of the most important hardcore records of all time. The songs on that record are timeless and I knew that I wanted to expose a whole new generation of fans to Antidote, but still do the re-release justice so the old fans would be excited as well." Nunzio went on to say, "For Antidote, there was never any question about what label we wanted to be on - the attention to detail and the respect it garners from the community made Bridge Nine the only choice for us. We are very excited to be involved with the label, they do it right."

Finally after all these years Thou Shalt Not Kill received a proper release on August 24, 2010 from Bridge Nine Records on CD, 7-inch and digital formats, having proven to be such a popular reissue that it's now on its third vinyl pressing from B9. The packaging is the same as the original with updated liner notes from Robb Nunzio himself. Drew Stone continued, "Sometimes I just can't believe that it's 2014 and Antidote is playing great shows to a whole new generation of wildly enthusiastic kids. The interest in the band is unbelievable. We are pretty blessed right about now and don't think that we don't know it. Something about being a little older now and having lived a few lives makes us really appreciate the situation."

In 2012, the reunited Antidote even got together to record a brand new album, their first in 21 years. Dubbed No Peace in Our Time, the quick, hard, 10-song effort was described best by Stone: "We finally made the hard-as-fuck old-school back-to-basics record that we always wanted to make." That record in question was self-produced by the band themselves and mastered by the legendary Howie Weinberg (Ramones, Tom Waits, Nirvana), and led the band to make more regional live appearances and even visit Europe for the first time when they played Belgium's Ieper Fest in the summer of 2014.
Urban Waste
Urban Waste (active 1981-84) is a hardcore punk band that was part of the New York renaissance of hardcore punk in the early 1980s. Much more raw, visceral, and overtly confrontational than their New York punk predecessors, they were contemporaries of Reagan Youth (of which bass player Andy Apathy was an early member), the earliest incarnation of the Beastie Boys, and Bad Brains. They belonged to a group of bands coming out of the borough of Queens that included Kraut, Gilligan's Revenge (later called Token Entry), Murphy's Law, and The Mob. [1] The band, like many others of the era, was short-lived, and after the breakup several members went on to form Major Conflict.
Their only recorded material was an eight-song 7", which was released in 1982 on Mob Style Records, the record label of fellow hardcore band The Mob (and later as a 12" on Big City Records). The Urban Waste EP has been released by the New York City label Mad at the World Records in its series of New York hardcore reissues from the early 1980s.[2] The EP was also reissued in digital format by the New York based digital label Anthology Recordings.[3]
Roger Miret, lead vocalist for New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front, reportedly cited Urban Waste as the band that got him into hardcore, and has mentioned the group as being one of his favorites of the early NYHC scene.[4]
In 2002 Urban Waste played CBGB's for a 20 year reunion, and record release party for the "reissue" of the 82' E.P. This short lived fun experience ended a few months later.
The band re-grouped again in 2008 Playing infrequent shows, and still unable to pull a decent tour together, the band released "Recycled" in late 2010. This was a compilation of old unreleased songs and a few new songs written in this time period.
2012 has shown to be the strongest year for the band to date, as far as playing out, and writing new material. This is also the first time in the bands career that they have gone overseas, playing Europe in Venlo, The Netherlands on Sept. 22nd 2012. Look out for a new release from the band in 2014, with new material already being played at their live shows.
Stay in touch with the band on Facebook for upcoming tour dates and other info. or visit their Official Website at
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147