The Body, Assembly of Light Choir, Civilization

Perfect good times last night.  It was one of the highlights of the year for sure.

The Body and choir were amazing.  I’m glad it’s getting good coverage.  The Body record got so many well deserved great reviews, it’s only fitting that something as amazing as touring with the choir from the record be what they do next.  If they are coming to your town, don’t miss it!

Really, they are nice people.

And we (Civilization) didn’t mess up nearly as much as we could have.  It was tight that some people were into the Infest cover, too.

Here are some clips for the show.  My friend Mark filmed the Civilization set and I filmed the rest.







Clay Doran, one of the genius people responsible for the warehouse and making Jacksonville awesome, put up some pictures from the show here.  Some of the pictures at the top are his.

I put up a few random pictures from the show here.

The South “Sick Pits Bro Sesh” 7″

This 7″ was released in June 2003 by Paul of Perpetual Motion Machine Records and myself with Dead Tank Records, just in time for the band’s Summer tour.  540 copies on black vinyl. 100 were packaged in two-color silkscreened covers for tour and 440 were packaged in one color offset printed covers.

It’s a quick and urgent four song followup to the debut “Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!” LP I had released a year prior.  The trio known as The South were from St. Augustine, Fl and consisted of Jacob Hamilton on guitar, Jeff McNally on bass, and Ryan Verzall on drums.  Think chaotic and dynamic hardcore.  In the past, references have been made to Palatka, Eurich, End Of The Century Party and Assfactor 4, but these dudes cover all that ground and more with this solid release. 

Download it here.

Bad Baths & Rad Radishes

This weekend started out with a trip to Deland (one of my favorite places, but that is a blog for another time) to see Josh’s new band, Roamers, and old band, Civilization, play!  They were great, but the crowd consisted of an overabundance of teens and EARLY twenty-somethings.  I am not sure at what age it becomes unacceptable for me to hang out with kids ten years my junior, but I think it is fast approaching.  Especially when one of them kept trying to convince me to ‘get wasted and camp out in the back yard.’  Apparently, my Camelbak water bottle wasn’t all that cool.  Oh, and did I mention that I also brought, not one, but THREE books?…in case I found some downtime at the show.  In any event, it is always great to see Josh play (or hear him play from the driveway out front because crowded rooms freak me out).

During our short trip, Hannah visited her friends at Pet Paradise.  While they reassure me that she ‘has a great time,’ she still shakes like a leaf whenever we drop her off.  AND to make matters worse, she has to get a bath right when we pick her up.  She hates baths making the whole ‘my family left me to hang out in Deland’ experience that much worse.

On another note, our winter garden has produced beautiful radishes!

Turns out, Josh and I just discovered that we are not too keen on radishes and you really can’t do much with them except put them on salads and make decorative flowers.  Oh well.  Now we know for next year.

Today finds us both back to work, but this week should be exciting.  Josh is presenting to a bunch of 10th graders on Thursday night about becoming a librarian and all the cool stuff you can do at work.  And we are joining our friends for a Valentine’s Indian dinner on Friday at Cozy Tea!

And on Saturday, Josh works and I am convening with other members of my book club for ‘Harry Potter Movie Marathon, Part 1.’  This means I’ll be watching three HP movies in a row that day.  It may be the only Saturday in history that Josh is truly happy to be working…otherwise, I would have dragged him along.

Deleon Springs is not just for pancakes anymore.

First weekend in February, a little rock and roll on Friday.  It was fun.  Three of my cousins and my sister were there.  Amber was a super-trooper and drove!

Idiots on Ice and Critter played first and second.  Both very rockin’ types of bands. Idiots on Ice covered “Hey Hey My My” by Neil Young.  Super odd, since Roamers does too.  Below is Roamers playing our first show.

Playing with Civilization was fun. We haven’t played out a lot since Erik broke his foot. People were definitely going nuts and singing along.

I’m very glad that Nathan set up this show for us, and it was super cool of Judy to has us play her house! Some more pictures (mostly taken by Zach- thanks!) are here.


There is a new band from Jacksonville called Roamers. Listen to them here.  This is a recording from when we practiced Wednesday morning. 

Yeah, we start practice at 9am.  Coffee > Beer.

Stuart plays drums.  Andrew plays bass. And I play guitar and sing.

Warm Hands

Warm Hands

I saw this band for the first time recently at a house show in Avondale (fancy right?).  It’s member’s draw a striking resemblance to Starring Daggers and Gypsy Spit, insofar as it’s mostly the same people.  Past accolades for due time in these acts or individual members other bands, such as Casey Jones or Skatekorpse, aside, these four gentlemen are forging ahead with something interesting.  It’s definitely chaotic hardcore. I like how the guitar isn’t over the top distorted.  But the overall sound of the band is tough, for lack of a better word.

They recently recorded a demo that you can listen to in it’s entirety here.  I haven’t messed around too much with this Bandcamp website stuff, but I like it so far.  It hosts your music for you – it won’t even let you upload MP3’s since the quality of that format is so bad. And you can set it up to charge people for the downloads etc.

The above picture is from Clay Doran’s Flickr page.  See more of those here.

Tourist Trap

So this band once existed for about a year in Jacksonville, Florida called Tourist Trap.  Forgive the slight bias I have as a guitarist in the band, but we were really good.  It’s funny how bands can exist as a flash in the pan, or inversely, something akin to institution – sometimes faltering, but always there.  Unending.  As a band, we all got more or less busy with other things or uninterested.  Or maybe just the  subconscious burning out vs fading away on our heels got the best of us.  Maybe that’s saying too much, being too serious, for what is essentially just another hardcore punk band.  Although, Jacksonville doesn’t have many of those – so our time in the (Florida) sun was enjoyed.

This video’s introduction with the Reax logo is all too fitting.  Remember when Tom from Jaxscene worked there? For like 4 months?  That’s just it. Stuff just doesn’t last, eh?

Equally befitting is this flyer from the first show. The one we didn’t play because a picnic table full of people collapsed on Christiana’s (singer) leg.  The night was spent in two different hospitals instead of a show.   I think Shanty Town has gotten new tables since then.

So yes, ending won over unending, and that’s that.

Regardless, we recorded some songs with Tom Essex of Skinny Records fame.  Here they are, in – actually – a particular order.  More or less the order we wrote them.  Enjoy.

The last song, Legal Drugs, was one we never played out. Erik is singing.

You can also check out the band webpage here. Some more videos, pictures, and some one microphone recordings.

Civilization LP Review

Mr. Moyer reviewed the Civilization LP on the online music blog Ink 19.  Here’s the review.

“Recently opining late last year that there weren’t all that many duos making their name in doom/sludge music, I was promptly disproven by excellent albums from the likes of Eagle Twin, Black Cobra and Dark Castle. Now Jacksonville’s long-running sadness engine Civilization has added their own two cents into that rapidly multiplying sub-sub-genre with their self-titled vinyl LP. The duo of drummer/vocalist Joshua Jubinsky (also head honcho of label Dead Tank) and guitarist/vocalist Erik Hern has been a welcome presence in Northeast Florida venues for several years now, sharing stages with some heavies like Bloody Panda and Skeletonwitch, and this is their first extended foray into recording. But Civilization still has all the verve and brio of an outfit bashing out their first tune in someone else’s garage. Like Eagle Twin, even careful listens don’t give up the ghost that Civilization is only a duo. Their sound is full and crushing, perfectly fine without a bass or second guitar.

What Civilization “does” is no-frills doom, suffused with a background of hardcore punk, that is spry and kinetic. On Civilization, you’ll be as likely to hear echoes of Grief, Weedeater and Eyehategod, as you will Nirvana circa Bleach, Celtic Frost, and His Hero Is Gone. Jubinsky is a loose-limbed and groovy drummer along the lines of the Melvins’ Dale Crover, adding cool fills and flourishes where otherwise there might just be the flat hiss of a cymbal and a pregnant pause. Hern works his way through all manner of downtuned riffery and diabolus en musica, careful not to let a note bleed too long (that’s just lazy), and throwing in really evil riffs aplenty. The vocals follow the time-honored template of outfits like Extreme Noise Terror and Carcass, with Hern supplying the higher, raspy parts and Jubinsky no doubt destroying his vocal chords with the lower, guttural shouts.

Available as a vinyl-only release, this is an aesthetically pleasing album all around — the vinyl is colored like a block of veined granite and the screen-printed cover is a nice, eye-catching touch. Support good local music — soon it’s all there’s gonna be.”

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Last Sunday's Show

Mouthbreather, Tubers, AC Deathstrike and Vicious Fishes @ Lomax Lodge.

It got started a bit late (.. for Jacksonville, for Sunday, etc) since the Lodge shows an episode of Twin Peaks every Sunday.

But, in order of who played…

AC Deathstrike

They were awesome! I had only seen them once before. Mega-poppy! Listen to them here.   Live they are a bit more loud and rocking then the mp3s they have posted.  All good though!


I’ll always love tubers – whether it’s tubing down a river, or eating a tuber from a garden. If I could surf I bet I’d love getting in the tube.  I also love this band Tubers.   I loved watching them night after night in Europe for weeks and weeks, and you would too. You can listen to them here.


What a collection of assholes.  Not really.  These guys rule and have a good time.  John Martin sings and when I go to Best Friends Day in RVA, and don’t want to sleep face down in a ditch, he let’s me crash with him.  Very exclusively, too.  He’s down to party, but not at his house of BFD weekend.   This band did a split 7″ with the band Environmental Youth Crunch that I’m in. Listen to them here.

Vicious Fishes

No pictures from the show of these guys, but here we are at my wedding.  Listen to us here. We used to be called Environmental Youth Crunch – so you know… when you go record shopping look for that name.

Post First Lodge Show

Gypsy Spit

All killer no filler! What a great place for shows and a rad line up of bands for the first show!  It’s in my neighborhood, and next to a late night coffee shop that has food.  Thank you Ian and Marianne!  More pics from the show are here.

The bands were rad too. Hallelujah isn’t a band anyone, but the three instrumentalists of that older group played out some new stuff last night. Songs they had obviously been practicing for a long time. You could tell they’ve been playing together for some time. An extra treat for sure. I’d like to say more, but they don’t even have a name yet.

Killscreen is from St. Augustine and used to be called Buttons.  Good sludgy and rocking stuff. Not to the bands discredit, but I think they played a bit long.

Gypsy Spit was next. Rad.  Spence is a great guitar player and the other bands players I knew would be solid from other bands.   Erik from Civilization sang and it worked super well. The demo I downloaded is great! (scroll down for older post for the link.) Good mix of d-beat and grindy elements. Lots of quick and well thought out changes.

Unfortunately that was it for my night of bands. I’d seen Cough and Besotes before, and knew the next day at work with Much Ado would require to at least get to bed before 2am.

Besotes though, is full on recommended. Tom the guitarist does a appropriately and perfectly humble  label called Skinny Records. Many (more) solid things to come from that.  Thanks for taking a semester of school to make great things happen Tom. In fact they are going at it again this Saturday February 27th. Here’s the.. well.. Skinny. Copy and posted from your favorite updaters, Jaxscene.

Come out to Warehouse 8B Saturday Feb. 27th to see awesome performances by:

The Andalusians (Dischord Records, DC)

and these other Jax locals:

Opiate Eyes (Skinny Records)

Besotes (Skinny Records)

& Honey Chamber (Infintesmal Records)

The cost is only $3-$5…
So don’t miss out!