It’s probably common knowledge that Pete and Andy from FALL OUT BOY were once hardcore bros, but I’m not sure that people fully realize the extent of it. They weren’t just in some run of the mill, forgettable moshcore bands, they were in some of the lulziest, most absurd bands of the 90s, including what was without a doubt the most No Fun Club band that ever existed and most likely ever will exist!
I’ve posted a bit about this stuff in the past, but just figured I should collect it all in one place for anyone who wasn’t familiar:
Andy Hurley’s main band (as far as I know) was KILLTHESLAVEMASTER, a sick SICK metalcore band from Milwaukee who never got the props they deserved. There’s really nothing funny about this band other than how different they are than FOB. Also, chances are very high that someone who reads SYWH was in this band?? Download their EP here, it’s fucking awesome!
Here’s KTSM doing a cover of another one of my favorite 90s bands, ABNEGATION. The lulzy part about this is that Abnegation were infamous for their pro-life song in which they had a sample of a baby’s beating heart and pre-breakdown gang vocals chanting “THE FETUS IS A LIFE!!” So many awesome 90s vsxe trademarks in this video: the singer’s 90s-style “fall on the floor and freak out” stage moves; the guitarist’s super-high Ibanez, puffy vest and giant pants; the handmade “fur = murder” banner behind them; the fluorescent lights and acoustic tile ceiling; and the fact that there were probably 35 people at this show, half of which were in the other bands (and that was considered a decent turnout).
Andy also played drums in Racetraitor, and I think Pete played with them a little bit as well. Their album was called fucking “BURN THE IDOL OF THE WHITE MESSIAH,” does it get any more lulzy and NFC than that?! It’s like a NOFX or Vandals song title, only it’s not a joke! I saw Racetraitor in 1998 at a fest in Indianapolis with Charles Bronson and (wait for it) Hatebreed– one of the best and weirdest lineups of all time.
I knew Pete from being in a vegan sxe band called EXTINCTION, who were so generic and unremarkable that I can’t even find any of their songs on Youtube (they were also on X Catalyst X, which was the Back Ta Basics of 90s vsxe moshcore). Mirin his giant pants and dreads!
I saved the best for last: VEGAN REICH! As you might guess from their hilarious name, these guys were the most absurd No Fun Club band of all time, and I really can’t see anyone ever topping them. The story of VR is way more than can be told in this post, but read the Wikipedia entry on Hardline if you dare– it’s even more bizarre than Krishnacore, and it’s pretty hilarious that the singer for VR, who made his name for being a pro-life, pseudo-Muslim, borderline eco-terrorist also owns the label who signed T-MILLS. Mindbottling, especially when you consider that VR’s original logo was the M-16s crossed in an X at the top of this post. Unlike KTSM and Racetraitor, VR were really bad, but their lyrics are good for a laugh if you are ever bored.
Which band was more awesome, KTSM or Racetraitor??? How often do you think people bug Andy and Pete about their vegan sxe past? Did you ever make the mistake of buying a Vegan Reich record back in the day?????