Morrissey said we hate it when our friends become successful, but I always thought the Smiths were shitty, so when my friends accomplish something, I think it’s awesome. For example, I am very proud to say that I’ve known all the guys in CHAMPION for 10+ years, who began as a humble TRIAL spin-off and ended up being one of the decade’s most influential and respected hardcore bands. They’re not only a great band, but genuinely nice, good-hearted dudes, which counts for a lot in my book.
As I’ve mentioned before on here, I went to high school with their drummer Todd Preboski and I count him as one of my top bros. The year or so that we lived in a giant house on the University of Washington’s frat row is one of my fondest memories, and I’m really happy that we’re still friends after all these years (no homo). In this edition of the SYWH TODDCAST, we talked about old NWHC, dumb shit from high school, and did a little Loveline-style advice segment- 90s minutes of pure gold, my friends!
Since we referred to a lot of obscure shit that you won’t know about unless you are an old NWHC bro and/or went to high school with us, here’s some audiovisual reference material so you can follow along at home. Sorry if TL;DR but I feel like this is as good a place as any to give props to some of these criminally underappreciated, ahead of their time NWHC bands:
My favorite song by FORMULA ONE, Todd’s old nofxcore band (I don’t think he played on this recording). The drummer, who is fucking sick, made me cry in 5th grade when he threw a green apple at me and it hit me in the balls really hard. The singer’s mom had a bunch of chihuahuas, one of which got its period blood on my shirt in 6th grade. And if you remember me joking about my friend who drank peach Fresca in high school, he played bass in this band.
“Fingerprints & Sandpaper” by LEFT WITH NOTHING. This has Nicky Platter on drums, who was the original drummer for CHAMPION and previously in TRIAL, and Paul DC on guitar, who played in TERROR for a little bit and is the guy Todd Jones asked about changing his strings. Brian Redman played bass, who was also in 3 INCHES OF BLOOD and died very tragically in 2009– best dude, RIP brother :(
And finally, my personal favorite NWHC band EVERYTHING WENT BLACK. Guitar: KC (HIMSA, BALANCE OF THE WORLD) & Josh (HIMSA, TRIAL). Bass: Soto (also from BALANCE). Drums: Ryan Murphy of UNDERTOW, ENSIGN, TEN YARD FIGHT, and (briefly) SHIFT. Vocals: EGO (Seattle graffiti OG). These guys were way, WAY ahead of their time, and it’s fucking tragic that they don’t get more recognition for it. I was going to put this recording out as a 7″ but I flaked on it for reasons I can’t remember.